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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Project Officer, UN Women, Cairo, EGYPT

Location :Cairo, EGYPT
Application Deadline :06-Dec-15
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-4
Languages Required :Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
Under the overall guidance and direction of the UN Women unit of Women Economic Empowerment (WEE), the Project Officer contributes to the effective management of UN Women project in agri-business sector by providing substantive inputs to programme design, formulation, implementation and evaluation.  S/he guides and facilitates the delivery of UN Women project by monitoring results achieved during implementation and ensuring appropriate application of systems and procedures and develops enhancements if necessary.  She/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ staff, Government officials, bi-lateral donors, private sector and civil society ensuring successful UN Women project implementation.
UN Women has entered into a partnership with USAID to provide a mechanism to advance safe and women-friendly workplaces within the agribusiness sector in Egypt. The project targets six agribusiness firms and related value-chains to assist them to reposition themselves as models in gender-balanced workplace policies, attitudes, and inclusive work environments that promote equal job opportunities, equal wage for work of equal value, provides incentives for employees’ retention, and low rate of absenteeism particularly for women. The project works at multiple levels to respond to the specific support needs at the targeted agribusiness firms dealing with management, staff, related supply chain, women farmers/ workers at processors and factories, and farmers’ associations (if any), so that they may have greater influence in reshaping their internal employment policies.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of UN Women’s unit of Women Economic Empowerment and UN Women Country Representative, the project officer will ensure implementation and coordination on project activities across the subject matter. Summary of Key Functions:
  • Programme Development;
  • Project Management;
  • Strategic partnerships building.
Programme Development
  • Keeps abreast of data and studies related to agri-business and women’s economic empowerment and documents evidence based practices in this field;
  • Contributes substantively to discussions on the strategic direction of UNW country office economic empowerment programme;
  • Participates in the design and formulation of programme initiatives translating UNW’s priorities into local interventions and ensuring substantive rigor in the design and application of proven successful approaches;
  • Helps ensure quality of programme/projects design incorporating lessons learned, newly developed policies and best practices and establishing appropriate execution and monitoring mechanisms and systems;
  • Expedites and coordinates programmes/projects implementation establishing collaborative relationships with executing agencies, experts, government counterparts and other UN agencies facilitating timely and efficient delivery of inputs, ensure harmonization of activities and exchange of information;
  • Ensures effective application of RBM tools and monitoring achievement of results.
Project Management
  • Supports the planning, coordination and implementation of project activities;
  • Conducts field visits to supervise, coordinate, facilitate and monitor field level activities of portfolio;
  • Measures and reports on progress in achieving results of portfolio while assessing risks and developing mitigating measures;
  • Identifies appropriate service providers, and consultants for the implementation of project activities;
  • Provides technical support for the identification of project beneficiaries including agri-business firms, farmers’ organizations and other value chain partners;
  • Undertakes the preparation of TORs, letters of agreement, and contracts for implementation of project activities;
  • Reviews project outputs, including service provider project reports, training materials, ensuring high quality delivery etc;
  • Communicates and liaises with target group to ensure project activities are implemented according to work plans and high technical standards;
  • Supports effective coordination with UNW management to ensure timely project delivery and high quality reporting requirements;
  • Performs other duties as required.
Strategic partnerships building
  • ??Supports strategic partnerships by preparing relevant documentation, i.e. project summaries, conference papers, speeches, donor profiles, and participating in donor meetings and public information events;
  • Helps create and coordinate partnerships with the UN Agencies, government institutions, bi-lateral donor, private sector, civil society etc;
  • Proactively contribute to UN Women knowledge networks and communities of practice;
  • Understands donor visibility guidelines and ensures its application.

Core Values and Guiding Principles:
  • Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity
  • Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;
  • Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.
Core Competencies:
Ethics and Values
  • Promoting Ethics and Integrity / Creating Organizational Precedents.
Organizational Awareness
  • Building support and political acumen.
Developing and Empowering People / Coaching and Mentoring
  • Building staff competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation.
Working in Teams
  • Building and promoting effective teams.
Communicating Information and Ideas
  • Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication.
Self-management and Emotional intelligence
  • Creating an emotionally intelligent organization;
  • Conflict Management / Negotiating and Resolving Disagreemente.
Leveraging conflict in the interests of the organization & setting standards:
Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning
  • Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning.
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:
  •  Fair and transparent decision making; calculated risk-taking.

Required Skills and Experience
  • Masters’ Degree in business administration, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, Social Science, or related field. 
  • Minimum four years of relevant experience, including the management of development projects at the national or international level including hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation, addressing initiatives on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • Experience with UN Agencies and ATLAS would be an asset.
Language Requirenments:
  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of official national language essential.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

New Delhi, India - Multiple Openings with CREA

Special Program Assistant to the Executive Director

Organisational Profile
Founded in 2000, CREA is a feminist human rights organisation based in New Delhi, India. It is one of the few international women's rights organisations based in the global South, led by Southern feminists, which works at the grassroots, national, regional, and international levels. Together with partners from a diverse range of human rights movements and networks, CREA works to advance the rights of women and girls, and the sexual and reproductive freedoms of all people. CREA advocates for positive social change through national and international fora, and provides training and learning opportunities to global activists and leaders through its Institutes.
Position Summary
Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Special Assistant to the Executive Director provides executive support in a one-on-one working relationship. The Senior Coordinator, Executive Projects organises and coordinates executive outreach and external relations efforts, and manages special projects that are led by the Executive Director. She/he must be creative and enjoy working within a small, entrepreneurial environment that is mission-driven, results-driven and community oriented. The ideal individual will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations, with strong written and verbal communication skills in English, exceptional administrative and organisational skills, and the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities. She will have the ability to work independently on projects, from conception to completion, and must be able to work under pressure at times to handle a wide variety of activities and confidential matters with discretion.

Scope and Responsibilities
Executive Support
  • Provides leadership to build and maintain relationships between the ED and key external stakeholders that are crucial to the success of the organisation.
  •   Hands-on management of a variety of special projects for the ED, some of which may have organisational impact, ensuring deliverables and timelines are met.
  •  Researches, prioritises, and follows up on incoming issues and concerns addressed to the ED, and determines appropriate course of action, referral, or response.
  • Works closely and effectively with the ED to keep her well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, following up appropriately. Acts as a "barometer," having a sense for the issues taking place in the environment and keeping the ED updated.
  • Drafts correspondence, assists the ED with writing/editing new programme documentation, prepares presentations/documents to support the ED’s participation in panels and meetings, and other related tasks that facilitate the ED's ability to effectively lead the organisation.

Senior Management Liaison
·   Provides a bridge for smooth communication between the ED’s office and internal departments; demonstrating leadership to maintain credibility, trust and support with senior management.
·         Participates as an adjunct member of the Executive Team.
Communications, Partnerships and Outreach
  • Edits and completes first drafts for written communications to external stakeholders.
  • Works with the Communication & outreach teams to coordinate the ED's outreach activities.
  •  Follows up on contacts made by the ED and supports the cultivation of on-going relationships.
  • Communicates directly, and on behalf of the ED, with donors on matters related to ED's programmatic initiatives, including writing acknowledgement letters from the ED to donors.

Qualifications and Experience
  • Strong organisational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritise multiple/conflicting tasks, excellent attention to detail, and ability to follow-through to successful completion, often with deadline pressures.
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, external partners and donors.
  •  Expert-level written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem solving with strong decision-making capability.
  • Highly resourceful team player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently.
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion, be adaptable to various competing demands, and demonstrate the highest level of customer/client service and response.
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment.
  • Forward-looking thinker, who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions.

Education and Experience Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree required.Strong work tenure: 5-7 years of experience supporting C-Level Executives, preferably in a non-profit organisation.
  • Experience and interest in internal and external communications, partnership development, and fundraising.
  • Have an understanding of issues relating to women's rights and the sexual and reproductive rights of all people, and a commitment to advancing these rights.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point), Adobe Acrobat, and Social Media web platforms.

CREA promotes pluralism and equal opportunity and is committed to diversity in its staffing and to the maintenance of an environment free of discriminatory employment practices. CREA’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals. No individual shall be discriminated against because of his or her actual or perceived age, caste, class, disability, marital status, religion or sexual orientation. Compensation will be based on experience and internal equity. A generous benefit package is included.
Please send a cover letter, stating your interest and why you are an excellent candidate for this position, along with your CV to by 15 December 2015.  Please include in the subject line the name of the position you are applying for. You may also send your cover letter and CV by mail to:
CREA (Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action)
7 Jangpura B, Mathura Road,
New Delhi 110014.

Senior Coordinator, Resource Development, Proposals and Acquisitions

Scope and Responsibilities
·    In coordination with the Director, Resource Development and relevant programme staff and consultants, lead the development of funding proposals for major institutional and development donors in response to donor RFPs.
·         Review proposal requirements, communicate requirements and deadlines to relevant staff/consultants, write and/or edit proposal content, coordinate timely receipt of proposal inputs from all stakeholders, and ensure completion of proposal by the deadline.
·    Manage development and delivery of all institutional donor reports, and submit all donor reports.
·   Track proposal and report submission and status (hard copy and using our donor management software), update staus as required, and ensure accuracy of fundraising reports and donor analysis.
· Manage ongoing communication with institutional donors, and build strong relationships with current and new donors.
·    Identify potential new donors, including prospect research and developing concept notes.
·         Provide support for Executive Director and other senior staff members’ meetings with major donors; and assist in the coordination of donor meetings, and preparation of necessary support materials.
Qualifications and Experience
  •  Post-secondary graduate in the fields of social science, human rights, international development, business, or other relevant field.
  • Have 5-7 years of experience in resource development and/or external communications; preference will be given to people with solid fundraising experience, especially those with experience securing funding from large institutional donors.
  • Be able to coordinate complex proposal submissions, work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders, and work under pressure to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Have an understanding of issues relating to women's rights and the sexual and reproductive rights of all people, and a commitment to advancing these rights.
  •   Be an excellent writer in English and be able to communicate well with both internal and external audiences.
  • Be detail oriented and thorough, with an ability to self-motivate and produce high-quality work.
  •  Be committed to ongoing professional learning and sharing knowledge with CREA staff.
  •   Be proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point)

Coordinator, Resource Development, Online, Events & Corporate Collaboration

Scope and Responsibilities 
  • In coordination with the Director, Resource Development, explore and develop fundraising opportunities with the private sector, including individual donors, Indian and global corporations and corporate foundations, and special events.
  • Raise funds from individual donors through online donation portals, social media, and crowd sourcing platforms, and help grow and develop CREA’s pool of individual donors.
  • In coordination with the Director, Resource Development and other relevant staff and consultants, prepare funding proposals and reports for private sector donors.
  • Raise funds and support the smooth implementation of special events that CREA either leads or participates in.
  •  Support ongoing communication with private sector donors, and build strong relationships with current and new donors.
  •  Manage corporate and individual donor records (hard copy and using our donor management software) and keep up to date information on donors, including contact points, action items and proposal/reporting deadlines.
  •  Assist, as needed, with development of major funding bids for institutional donors, and in the coordination of donor meetings, and preparation of necessary support materials.
  • Liaise with key programme staff.
Qualifications and Experience
  •  Post-secondary gradute in the fields of social science, human rights, international development, business, or other relevant field.
  • Have 3-5 years of experience in resource development, marketing, communications, and/or other relevent fields; preference will be given to people with solid fundraising experience, particularly those who can demonstrate experience with the private sector.
  • Have an understanding of issues relating to women's rights and the sexual and reproductive rights of all people, and a commitment to advancing these rights.
  • Be an excellent writer in English and be able to communicate well with both internal and external audiences.
  • Be detail oriented and thorough, with an ability to self-motivate and produce high-quality work.
  • Be committed to ongoing professional learning and sharing knowledge with CREA staff.
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point) and scial media platforms.

Accounts Officer

 Scope and Responsibilities

The Accounts Officer should be a dynamic person who assists the Manager, Finance and Administration in finance and operations-related activities, purchasing office equipment, and supporting the overall management of the financial operations of CREA, in accordance with CREA's strategic vision, mission, and goals. Working closely with the Director, Finance and Administration (DFA) and the Manager, Finance and Administration, the Coordinator, Accounts will implement and maintain systems to ensure strong financial controls and smooth financial operations, and has directed responsible for the following tasks:
  • Perform accounting procedures to ensure effective operations of the office in accordance with CREA’s standard practices.
  •  Vouching of expenses to correct accounts through Tally for FCRA and Non FCRA Accounts.
  •  Prepare monthly Bank Reconciliation Statement.
  •  Assist in preparing quarterly and annual TDS return to Income Tax department and issue TDS certificates.
  •   Assist in making payment of all expenses and keep track of any advances.
  • Liaise with AMC agencies on issues related to telephone, internet and office equipment, to ensure that all bills are paid on time and maintenance contracts are updated.
  •    Maintain consultancy and employment contracts.
  •  Maintain office fixed assets record.
  • Prepare purchase orders – printing, equipment request etc.
  •  Administrative support for workshops/ meetings and reimbursement to participants against expenses.

·         Other than the above tasks, Accounts Officer may be called upon to do other accounting work if the need arises.

Qualifications and Experience
  • An ideal candidate should have the following qualities.
  • 3-5 years experience in nonprofit accounting and grants management.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in a business-related field preferred.
  •  Trustworthiness and good interpersonal and communications skills.
  •  Impeccable attention to detail.
  • A foundation in nonprofit accounting.
  •  High energy level, flexibility and willingness to work beyond office hours.
  •  Experienced user of Tally, Excel and Power Point.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively at all levels and to build and maintain strong internal and external customer relationships.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Become a Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Specialist with Sonke Gender Justice in South Africa

Organisation: Sonke Gender Justice
Closing Date: 4 December 2015
Based In: Cape Town or Johannesburg, South Africa
Salary: Negotiable dependent on experience & qualifications

About Sonke

With a full-time staff of 100 people working from offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Bushbuckridge, Sonke works globally, and especially across Africa, to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to take action to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS. In this way the organisation contributes to the development of societies in which men, women, youth and children can enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development of just and democratic societies (see
About this position

The Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Specialist (MEL Specialist) is responsible for leading Sonke’s MEL activities for the organisation’s Policy Development & Advocacy Unit (PDA). The MEL Specialist will primarily focus on the prisons advocacy programme within PDA, but will play a critical role in increasing Sonke’s internal capacity to conduct ongoing MEL on policy activities. Based in either Cape Town or Johannesburg, the Specialist will work under the direction of the Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Unit Manager, together with the M&E Manager, and in coordination with the national and regional prisons policy advocacy team and partners working to address sexual violence in prisons in southern Africa.

Key Functions:
  1. Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
  2. Data capturing and Reporting
  3. Training and Capacity Development
  4. Strategic Networking

1. Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
  • Develop an MEL strategy for the PDA unit, focusing especially on the national and regional prisons advocacy project. The strategy will take into account Sonke’s own policy advocacy efforts, as well as the activities and approach of the organisation’s key implementing partners in South Africa and the region. The MEL strategy will be iterative, and devised to pick up the nuanced mechanisms through which policy change occurs through the work of the PDA Unit.
  • Coordinate the data collection of quarterly and annual reports from sub-grantees.
  • Be responsible for data analysis, reporting and data dissemination to various stakeholders.
  • Assist with data management processes and management of MEL system.
  • Contribute to the development of the MEL standard operation procedures for the PDA Unit.
  • Review and recommend further improvement of logical/MEL frameworks including the theory of change.
  • Assist with the development of indicators, as well as results based management frameworks.
  • Monitor and evaluate overall progress on achievement of results, as well as identify ongoing lessons learnt to inform recalibration of project approaches if necessary.
  • Monitor the sustainability of the projects’ results.
  • Provide feedback to project managers on project strategies and activities, within Sonke and across implementing partners and sub-grantees.
  • Report monthly, quarterly, bi-annually and annually, progress on all project activities to the Research and M&E Manager, and to the PDA Unit Manager and Regional Prisons Advocacy Specialist.
  • Participate in annual project reviews and planning workshops and assist the PDA Unit Manager and Regional Prisons Advocacy Specialist in preparing relevant reports.
  • Assist project personnel with MEL tools and support sub-grantees in the utilization of these tools, and;
  • Perform other duties that may be required.

2. Training and Capacity Development
  • In this function, the MEL Specialist will focus on skills building both within Sonke, the PDA Unit specifically, and across the Unit’s implementing partners for its regional prisons projects. Several different tasks and constituencies are of potential interest. As appropriate and agreed to by PDA and Research and M&E unit, the incumbent will:
  • Develop tools and resources in MEL for use by Sonke and its implementing partners;
  • Be part of the regional Technical Support Team based in the PDA Unit and responsible for the regional prisons project, and;
  • Conduct regular capacity and technical assessments, and manage close out function among implementing partners for the regional prisons project.
3. Strategic networking
  • Attend key research and knowledge dissemination meetings and international conferences to represent Sonke’s national and regional PDA work, especially the regional prisons project, and;
  • Identify and collaborate with strategic partners and institutions in MEL.

Qualifications and Experience:

Education: Bachelors degree and preferably policy-related graduate studies.

Experience Required:
  • At least 5+ years of experience in the design and implementation of MEL in policy development and advocacy projects implemented by NGOs/international organisations/government;
  • Experience working in collaborative and team research projects on gender, violence, and HIV and AIDS in Southern Africa, preferably including criminal justice and penal systems;
  • Experience in training and facilitating MEL with diverse communities in Southern Africa;
  • Experience in designing tools and strategies for data collection, analysis and production of reports for policy development and advocacy projects;
  • Proven ICT skills, especially in the use of various MIS software using database software;
  • Expertise in analyzing data using qualitative and statistical data analysis software; and
  • Strong training & facilitation skills.
  • Record of publications in academic journals, newspapers, etc.
  • Experience in presentations and disseminating knowledge in conferences, seminars and other fora.

Skills Required:
  • Ability to develop MEL frameworks for new projects;
  • Ability to present MEL findings in formats relevant to communities and partners;
  • Exceptional public speaking and formal presentation skills;
  • Strong problem solving skills;
  • In-depth knowledge on MEL, policy development and advocacy, gender and criminal justice / penal issues;
  • Excellent knowledge of monitoring and the application of methodology; Good understanding of capacity assessment methodologies and excellent ability to identify significant capacity building opportunities;
  • Self-Management and the ability to focus on results for the team
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive constructive attitude;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view; and
  • Has excellent communication skills (written and oral); Sensitive and responsive to all partners;
  • is respectful and helpful with donors and project staff.

  • Willingness to travel up to 40% of the time within Southern Africa.
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of Sonke.
  • Demonstrates integrity by Sonke’s values and ethical standards.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Organises and accurately completes multiple tasks by establishing priorities while taking into consideration special assignments, frequent interruptions, deadlines, available resources and multiple reporting relationships;
  • Plans, coordinates and organises workload while remaining aware of changing priorities and competing deadlines;
  • Establishes, builds and maintains effective working relationships with staff and partners to facilitate the provision of support; and
  • Knowledge Management and Learning.
To Apply

  • Interested applicants should submit their Curriculum Vitae, a writing sample (up to 5 pages), and a motivation letter (please provide contact details of two referees) detailing experience to Sonke’s Human Resource Department via email to closing date 4 December 2015.
  • Salary is negotiable dependent on experience & qualifications. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
  • For non South Africans attaining of the work permit from the Dept. Of Home Affairs is the responsibility of the applicant and employment will depend on a valid work permit being in place.
  • The organisation reserves the right not to make an appointment.