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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Adolescent Girls Empowerment Specialist, International Rescue Committee, Sierra Leone

Adolescent Girls Empowerment Specialist

Posted on: March 20, 2015

Job description

  • BACKGROUND
  • The IRC has been implementing specific programs to promote and protect the rights of women and girls affected by gender based violence in Sierra Leone since 2001. Currently the WPE / GBV program works in Freetown and the Eastern Region of Sierra Leone in three districts, Kono, Kenema and Kailahun. The Ebola outbreak that began in Guinea in December 2013, spreading most significantly to Liberia and Sierra Leone, continues to have a huge impact on women and girls. As in all emergencies, the Ebola crisis has exacerbated the already existing inequalities and vulnerabilities of women and girls to violence, and the demands of the crisis have devastated the support services and systems that previously helped to mitigate risk and provided women and girls with some levels of protection from GBV. For adolescent girls, the Ebola crisis and the subsequent schools closure, has left them more exposed to rape, and also sexual exploitation, early marriage, and pregnancy. Many girls may not be able to return to school due to these factors or on-going economic constraints, particularly for their mothers. This has life-long consequences for girls as their opportunities are restricted and they will continue to be vulnerable to violence and to the health consequences of early pregnancy. For girls who have experienced domestic violence, most have had nowhere safe to turn to.
  • PURPOSE
  • In response to these specific needs, the IRC will establish and develop informal adolescent girls groups, outside of the school setting, where girls are connected with other girls, to reduce their isolation, build supportive friendships and solidarity, develop confidence and voice, process their experiences, be empowered to make healthy choices, and develop their social and economic assets as well as enhance their safety and security; to reinforce their social and human capital to prevent violence. These groups aim to provide spaces where girls can think, imagine, create and act. They aim provide safe spaces, a sense of belonging, and also a route to disclosure for the girls with appropriate support and follow up.
  • SCOPE OF WORK
  • The specialist, working closely with the WPE Coordinator, will lead in the development, start-up and implementation of adolescent girls groupsresponsive of the current situation in Sierra Leone, with a view on the longer term, in collaboration with the WPE team, working closely with the WPE Coordinator.
  • The specialist will provide technical support, guidance and over sight to the IRC WPE team and partners (local community-based women's groups and organisations) on adolescent girls informal programming; to establish and develop the girls groups, founded on a girl-centred, feminist and rights-based approach, through assessment, programme design, resource development, staff and local partner capacity development (training and on-going practice mentoring); leading and guiding on the start-up and initial stages of the girls group implementation; supporting the IRC WPE team and partners to take the lead in the girls programming.
  • KEY TASKS:
  • Support the design, planning and development of criteria to determine which groups of girls to engage with, specifically reaching the most vulnerable; conduct the assessment to identify girls and ask the girls what they want to do in the groups and what their needs, interests and priorities are and use this to inform the next component -
  • Working with the IRC WPE team, lead in the development of a girls group facilitator resource (including themes and content) that will inform and guide (not highly structured or create a rigid curriculum) the girls groups. Themes such as friendship, self-expression, independent thinking, knowing our body, reproductive health, GBV, rights, life skills to build social and human capital among targeted adolescent girls; ensure this process is guided by the voices and input of the girls and their needs, interests and priorities
  • Provide capacity building (including training and practice mentoring) for the IRC WPE team and partners on working with adolescent girls, including informal, safe space, psychosocial support-based girls groups sessions founded on a girl-centered, feminist, rights-based approach; enable staff and partners to develop a strong understanding and technical competency for this adolescent girls programming and adolescent girls mentorship; provide specific support to - those identified as girls group facilitators to strengthen supportive facilitation skills and girl engagement, and mentoring
  • Work with the IRC WPE team and partners, develop and introduce positive engagement strategies for working with gatekeepers in the girls lives and key stakeholders (including community leaders) to gain/maintain their support and "buy in" of the groups and the girls' participation in the groups
  • Provide technical guidance, support and oversight on the start-up and initial implementation phases of the adolescent girls groups sessions across the three districts; co-facilitate with, and mentor, the staff and partner facilitators and young women mentors as the girls groups are on-going; support the team and partners in taking the lead in the programme more independently
  • Assist in the development of a participatory monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system for the adolescent girls' initiative.
  • REQUIREMENTS
  • Advanced University degree in social sciences, humanities, social/youth work, gender, or other relevant field
  • 2 + years' experience in humanitarian, development or similar organizations with direct experience working on adolescent girl programming; working directly with adolescent girls, and experience that includes addressing GBV is strongly preferred
  • Strong experience and skills in creating resources, facilitating practical workshops, providing capacity development to others through a variety of methods – technical support and guidance, training, practice mentoring, "learning by doing" approaches
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate, mobilise, energise, and inspire individuals and teams
  • Clear understanding of how power, inequality, violence, oppression and humanitarian crises impact upon the lives of adolescent girls and those working with them
  • Strong ability to respect differences of culture, opinion and lived experiences while upholding girl-centered, feminist, rights-based principles and women and girls' protection and empowerment
  • Highly organized and self-motivated, able to work efficiently independently, as well as working collaborative with others
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, positive and professional attitude
  • Strengths in listening, empathy, flexibility, and creativity
  • Fluency in English Language - essential
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How to apply

Please follow this link to apply: Click Here

Location

Sierra Leone, Western Area, Sierra Leone

Details

Start date
March 20, 2015
Application deadline
May 19, 2015
Education requirements
Languages needed
Employment type
Full time
Professional level
Professional
Salary details
Negotiable
Job function
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Resident Gender Advisor, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Resident Gender Advisor

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking a Resident Gender Advisor for a four-year, multi-million dollar USAID technical assistance program to improve political competition and government accountability in Cambodia. The program seeks to strengthen democratic systems and increase the participation and leadership of women and youth in electoral and political processes.
Deadline: April 18, 2015
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Organization: The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs 
Based in Phnom Penh, the Resident Gender Advisor would support the Resident Director in implementing program activities to mainstream gender considerations into current and future programs. The Resident Gender Advisor will integrate gender into activities by examining the constraints and opportunities for both men and women and will lead civil society and political participation programs.
Field experience in Asia, especially Cambodia, is highly desirable. This position is contingent upon the availability of funding for NDI’s programs in Cambodia and funder approval of personnel. This position is anticipated to start in the fall of 2015.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • High-level, seasoned professional that can work closely and collaboratively with the Resident Director, and other high-level stakeholders and party leaders;
  • Expert in gender and women's issues, who can conduct trainings with members of civil society.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills.
  • Designs and oversees the implementation of program activities to ensure integration of gender considerations.
  • Supervises, guides and mentors local gender staff on best practices in the field.
  • Contributes to the planning, design and evaluation of NDI’s programs from a gender mainstreaming perspective in Cambodia in collaboration with NDI staff, local partners, in-house experts and external experts and advisors.
  • Contributes to the development of materials, training exercises, information sheets, reports, website articles and other products required to implement and publicize NDI’s gender-related work in Cambodia.
  • Assists the Resident Director and NDI colleagues to identify, develop and seek funding for new or follow-on activities or programs to enhance NDI’s gender-related programs in Cambodia.
  • Provides assistance and leadership in day-to-day internal management of Phnom Penh office and acts as management focal point in absence of Resident Director.
  • Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with international organizations, local civic organizations, political party networks and partners, and NDI’s network of trainers and experts.
  • Monitors and keeps Resident Director and other NDI staff informed of political, social and economic events in country, with specific attention to gender.
  • Serves as NDI representative at gender-related local conferences and meetings and at other events as assigned.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, preferably in women’s or gender studies, international development, international relations or related subject; graduate degree desired.
  • A minimum of fourteen (14) years of professional experience is required, with ten (10) years of experience specifically in implementing women's- and gender-focused programming in the field of democracy and governance, international development, community organizing, political campaigns, or organizational development. Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for educational requirement on a one-for-one basis.
  • Living or working experience in Asia, and specifically in Cambodia, strongly preferred. 
REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
  • Exceptional competency in gender mainstreaming and women’s participation in political processes. 
  • Demonstrated training skills on gender-related topics and building local staff capacity.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with beneficiaries, all levels of staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, funders, and policy makers.
  • Superior oral communications skills to present information effectively, respond to questions and negotiate.
  • Superior writing skills, clear and persuasive and experienced enough to draft and edit all types of documents.
  • Exceptional analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues and to think innovatively and introduce new concepts.
  • Knowledge of the Asian political and cultural environment preferred.
  • Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications.
  • Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) desired. 
  • English fluency required; Khmer language skills preferred but not required.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations outside of Phnom Penh, which are often remote and difficult to reach.
NDI is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, political affiliation, religion, gender, disability, and/or sexual orientation.
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Head Of Communications, Girls Not Brides, London, UK

Head Of Communications

The Head of Communications will provide strategic advice and leadership on all Girls Not Brides communications and media activities. S/he will lead efforts to increase awareness of child marriage and raise the global profile of Girls Not Brides.
Deadline: April 19, 2015
Location: London, UK
Organization: Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage
Based in the Girls Not Brides office in London, the Head of Communications will provide strategic advice and leadership on all Girls Not Brides communications and media activities. S/he will lead efforts to increase awareness of child marriage and raise the global profile of Girls Not Brides.
Driven by a belief in the power of partnership, s/he will also lead communications among our growing civil society partnership.It is an exciting time to join the Girls Not Brides team. In just three years, Girls Not Brides has grown to more than 450 civil society organisations that are based in over 60 countries.
Global attention to child marriage continues to build as Girls Not Brides members raise awareness of the impact of child marriage and what it will take to end it. At the Girls Not Brides secretariat we connect those working at grassroots, national and global levels as together we call for the laws, policies and programmes to be put in place that will make a difference in the life of millions of girls.
We empower those seeking to end child marriage through peer learning and exchange of best practices as we work to end child marriage and ensure girls can fulfil their full potential.
Accountability: Executive Director
Manages: Communications Officer and Digital and Content Editor
Overview
  • Provides strategic leadership and advice on all Girls Not Brides communications and media activities
  • Develops and implements external and internal communications strategies for the Girls Not Brides Partnership that are effective, high-quality and delivered across platforms
  • Raises the Girls Not Brides global profile and promotes its work to key audiences
  • Oversees work of the Communications team, consultants and interns
Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provide strategic leadership and advice on all Girls Not Brides communications and media activities.
  • Develop effective communications strategies for the global partnership that further Girls Not Brides’ objectives and harness the expertise, talents and resources of Girls Not Brides partners to contribute to ending child marriage.
  • Provide advice to members and partners developing communications strategies at local,national and regional levels
  • Together with the Communications Officer, develop a media outreach strategy in support of Girls Not Brides’ strategic objectives. Work with international media, as well as national media in high prevalence and donor countries to highlight issues of child marriage and to promote strategies to end it.
  •  Manage communications strategy and outreach in relation to Girls Not Brides events and staff and Trustees’ trips.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of effective tools to facilitate information sharing and communications among the members of the partnership, including newsletters,website, social media and other tools as required.
  • Develop and ensure consistent messaging for Girls Not Brides secretariat and the collective efforts of the broader partnership.
  • Draft, edit and supervise distribution of media releases and other materials for external communications.
  • Oversee the Girls Not Brides/Filles Pas Epouses websites, and support the Digital and Content Editor in website management, e-communications and content creation.
  • Oversee the Girls Not Brides social media presence to build and support a global campaign to end child marriage and support the Digital and Content Editor in its implementation and digital community management.
  • Commission relevant print and broadcast material to be used by partners across different geographies.
  • Build a global network of lead spokespersons or ‘champions’ to speak on behalf of Girls Not Brides across sectors (including politics, business, grassroots activists and NGOs). Respectfully guide spokespersons who may not have had prior experience speaking to the media.
  • Contribute to the broader strategic, policy and programmatic work of Girls Not Brides.
  • Provide support to members of the Board of Trustees and Advisory Committee and other champions for media and public appearances as required. Assist in preparation and editing of Annual Reports and other reporting materials.
  • Direct and empower the communications team to deliver high quality, effective and timely messages using conventional and new media platforms. Requirements Expertise in communications strategy
  • Demonstrated ability to create, develop and deliver a communications strategy for a global social issue campaign.
  • Expertise in creating traditional media content, web content, managing online community engagement and online campaigning.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage internal communications.
  • Excellent proven experience in working with media contacts interested in global social issues.
  • Crisis and reputation management experience; maturity and discretion. Experience in amplifying the voices of a wide range of stakeholders, including grassroots activists and high-profile figures.Communications skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to write engaging, clear and concise copy.
  • A keen eye for accuracy and detail.
  • Excellent written and spoken English; fluency in French is highly desirable; proficiency in another relevant language is desirable.Management and interpersonal skills
  • Strong management skills, including experience in managing contractors, such as web developers and photographers.
  • Willingness to work in a collaborative team and with diverse alliances, including an ability to work in different cultural environments.
  • Excellent managerial, interpersonal skills and ability to empower and inspire others.
  • Ability to work with sensitivity and diplomacy with a range of stakeholders, including minors and people living in vulnerable situations or insecurity.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, meet tight deadlines and juggle multiple priorities.
  •  Experience working in developing countries or with developing country partners strongly preferred.
  • Willingness to travel internationally when necessary, sometimes at short notice.
Eligibility criteria and terms
A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered to the successful candidate.
How to apply
To apply, please send your CV and a brief cover letter demonstrating how you meet the criteria for this position to recruitment@GirlsNotBrides.org by 23:00 GMT on Sunday, 19 April 2015 clearly stating “Head of Communications” and your name in the subject line.
We regret that due to the large number of applications anticipated, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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Project Assistant - Gender And Security Programme, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, Geneva

Project Assistant - Gender And Security Programme

The Operations III Division is responsible for the Africa Programme and for the Gender and Security Programme. DCAF Operations III is looking for an experienced, motivated, and flexible individual who will undertake a wide range of support tasks related to gender and security sector reform.
Deadline: April 20, 2015
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Organization: The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) 
The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) is an International Foundation promoting good governance and reform of the security sector. DCAF conducts research on good practices, encourages the development of appropriate norms at the national and international levels, makes policy recommendations and provides in-country advice and assistance programmes. A Project Assistant is being hired for our Gender and Security programme.
Eligible applicants must be Swiss or EU citizens, or hold a valid work permit.
Other requirements for the position are:
  • Advanced university degree or equivalent in international relations, peace, or security studies, with a strong focus on women’s/gender studies
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Practical knowledge of issues of governance and/or security and women’s/gender studies, or women, peace and security
  • Excellent academic research and analytical skills in social sciences or international law
  • Excellent organisational skills Demonstrated ability to draft clear and concise communications
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access and Powerpoint
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in an international team
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, solve problems and exercise initiative
Further desirable characteristics for the position are:
  • Experience in web-based communication
  • Fluency in French and/or other languages
The position commences on 15 May 2015. Candidates meeting the requirements are invited to email or post their CV with a cover letter addressing the selection criteria:
Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)
Administrative Assistant,
Operations III
P.O. Box 1360CH-1211
Genève 1
E-mail: genderpa2015@dcaf.ch
Re: Project Assistant
DCAF is committed to a diverse and discrimination-free workplace. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. For further information on DCAF, please visit our website: http://www.dcaf.ch.Applications must be received, by post or e-mail, by 20 April 2015. Interviews will take place in late April/early May. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
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Senior Gender Advisor, Comprehensive Integrated Nutrition, Hygiene and Sanitation Project, Gender Resources, Inc, Kabul, Afghanistan

Senior Gender Advisor - CINHS

GRI is recruiting for experienced Senior Gender Advisor for the upcoming USAID-funded Comprehensive Integrated Nutrition, Hygiene, and Sanitation Project. 
Deadline: Open Until Filled 
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Organization: Gender Resources Inc 
ABOUT GENDER RESOURCES:
GRI advances gender equality and women’s empowerment so that all people – women, men, boys, and girls – have equal abilities and opportunities to lead more fulfilling lives. We utilize innovative practices in adult education, communication technology, and results-based program management to achieve programs with tangible impacts for real people. GRI is a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) based in San Francisco, California.
JOB SUMMARY:
GRI is recruiting for experienced Senior Gender Advisor for the upcoming USAID-funded Comprehensive Integrated Nutrition, Hygiene, and Sanitation Project. CINHS is a five-year multi-sectoral, integrated project which focuses on a three-prong approach: improving the delivery of nutrition and hygiene/sanitation specific services within the existing health system mainly through the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS); fostering rapid adoption of optimal nutrition and WASH behaviors at the household and community levels; while increasing availability of nutrition and sanitation products. The Senior Gender Advisor, based in Kabul, Afghanistan, will have overall accountability to ensure strategic development, delivery of project results, and client satisfaction for gender related activities. The Advisor will report to the Deputy Chief of Party.
This position is contingent upon funding.
RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Manage all gender equity and women’s empowerment activities and staff for the CINHS program
  • Serve as the program’s primary point of contact for gender with counterparts and donors
  • Oversee gender equity training for program counterparts and beneficiaries
  • Lead behavior change communications efforts for
  • Support cash transfer programming which effectively reaches mothers and children
  • Support women entrepreneurs to develop and sell hygiene and sanitation products and services, including facilitating linkages to existing micro credit opportunities
  • Develop small farm schemes for women, including home gardens and small poultry programs
  • Identify innovations to save women’s time in the household
  • Develop a constructive working relationship with relevant government staff and counterparts
  • Oversee production of consultant reports and other assigned project deliverables
  • Contribute to monthly, quarterly, annual reports, work-plans, and success stories as required by client and GRI
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the DCoP 
QUALIFICATIONS: 
  • MPH or MD required
  • Ten (10) years experience promoting women’s health, nutrition, water, sanitation, behavior change communications
  • Experience training and/or mentoring health service staff on gender equity issues
  • Experience with institutional development related to gender equity
  • Experience developing sector-specific curriculum and training materials
  • Fluency in English required; Dari or Pashto a plus
  • Prior experience working on USAID programs preferred
  • Excellent management and administrative skills
  • The ability to think creatively and be proactive in program management
  • High level of interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, British and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, funders and policy makers
  • Self-motivated and well organized
  • Ability to work collaboratively, supportively, and respectfully with others
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel to difficult environments to complete program assignments
APPLY:
To apply, please visit GRI’s jobs board at https://genderresources.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=19.
Pay is commensurate with position and experience.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.
GRI is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, disability, citizenship status, uniformed service member status, marital status, or pregnancy.
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