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Apr 9, 2010, 17:04

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EXTERNAL ADVERT

ORGANISATIONAL CONTEXT

ActionAid is an international anti-poverty agency working in over 40 countries, taking sides with poor people to end poverty and injustice together.  ActionAid works in partnership with local NGOs, CBOs and government organisations.


Vacancies exist in the organisation for the following positions:

1. JOB TITLE:       WOMENS RIGHT COORDINATOR      JOB REFERENCE:     WRC/10

DUTY STATION:    FREETOWN BUT WITH FREQUENT TRAVELS TO OUR OPERATIONAL AREAS

CONTRACT DURATION:  2 YEARS (WITH POSSIBLILITY OF AN EXTENSION)


GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsible for ensuring standards and effective coordination, supervision and management of Gender and Womens rights projects within the guidelines set by AAISL.


SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

KEY ACTIONS AS PER RTEP

Strengthen the capacity of women and girls to claim their rights and meet their basic needs

Take actions to protect women and girls from violence and provide support if they suffer violence

Strengthen womens leadership and participation in governance and decision making

Build and strengthen womens organizations and movements and

Support them in connecting with broader alliances

Advocate and campaign for laws, policies and practices that advance and protect womens rights

Raise consciousness and change attitudes so that men and women relate to each other as equals and men and boys support the cause of gender equality.


PROGRAMME PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION

Responsible for developing appropriate and sustainable strategies for Gender and Womens Rights support initiatives through AAI strategy RTEP, AAISLs CSP, AAISL plans and budget, three year plans and other strategic plans and procedures.

Provide technical support for developing and managing plans for Gender and Womens Rights support activities

Responsible for ensuring consistency and quality control of work plans, reports and other strategic documents on Gender and Womens Rights support programmes.

Ensure a well balanced, well documented and cost effective programme on Gender and Womens Rights projects.

Ensure co-operative relationships established with various specialist institutions and other parts of AA and ensure that these joint initiatives conform to programme objectives.

Ensure Gender and Womens Rights support activities are sensitive to and responsive to changes in the political, social and economic environments.

Maintain sound relations with policy, research and advocacy officers at country and at regional levels.

In collaboration with the HROD Manager, build capacity of AAISL staff in Gender and Womens Rights support programming.

Participate, facilitate, monitor and evaluate horizontal working groups on Gender and Womens Rights throughout AAI at national and international levels.

Ensure networking and collaborative work with government and other agencies on Gender and Womens Rights support initiatives.

Conduct and participate in annual participatory review and reflection processes

Produce monthly, quarterly and annual reports.

Takes the lead in working with womens social movements at all levels

Work very closely with the HIV & AIDS Coordinator on the implementation of all HIV & AIDS initiatives and interventions


PERSON SPECIFICATION

Higher degree with a minimum of 3 years development experience post graduate qualification in gender studies is an added advantage

Knowledge of Gender and womens rights and HIV & AIDS development policies and priorities of national government and wider global development context,

Knowledge of participatory processes and methodologies and experienced on use of gender analysis tools

Excellent leadership, negotiation, communication, networking and writing skills

In-depth knowledge of gender issues and the challenges of implementing programmes in resource poor settings.

Demonstrable knowledge of the challenges facing Womens rights work in developing countries, specifically Sierra Leone and the Africa Region

Proven ability of project planning, implementation and management especially with partners and from a gender perspective

Knowledge of the relationship between gender, poverty and HIV/AIDS,

Knowledge and experience on international instruments and treaties guiding the advancement of womens right, e.g. CEDAW.

Experience in working with womens group and other special movements

Understanding of financial administration-Ability to plan and maintain transparent budgetary and accounting records

Strong financial, research, analytical, report writing, and presentation skills, including the ability to present complex issues clearly and concisely

Good political judgment and experience of lobbying at a senior level

Ability to work long hours and to cope with pressure and emergencies;

Very good knowledge of standard computerised software packages (Word, Excel, email) is necessary. Knowledge of database packages will be useful


2. JOB TITLE:      PROJECT COORDINATOR, WOMENS RIGHT TO LAND PROJECT

JOB REFERENCE: WRPC/10

DUTY STATION: FREETOWN BUT WITH FREQUENT TRAVELS TO THE PROJECT AREAS

CONTRACT DURATION: 3 YEARS

Purpose of Role:

To manage an EC funded multi country project on Womens Right to land, ensuring effective delivery of the project in line with the original proposal and with donor requirements.


Background

AAI has been awarded a three year multi country grant by the EC, for a project aimed at enhancing poor and excluded womens access and control over land, as a strategy for empowerment and fighting hunger. It will be implemented in Guatemala, India, and Sierra Leone, plus an international component. There are five main result areas:

Increased capacity of womens groups to develop and lead advocacy on Womens Right to land

Increased participation of landless womens movements in policy and legal frameworks development at local and national levels

Increased awareness of rights and use of the justice system

Creation of a national/regional alliance of movements and groups

Increased knowledge and empirical evidence of linkages between land access/control and womens empowerment

The project will be implemented in our operational areas and AAISL will work with identified partners and womens groups which are at very local levels.


Overall Project Management

Develop project plan and ensure project is delivered according to project plan

Set up and develop an effective national project management team for this project 

Represent and promote the Womens rights to land at national levels

Plan and facilitate implementation of the international components of the project, as outlined in the original project document.

Ensure national management structures for the project work effectively

Manage and resolve obstacles to delivery through linking the project staff and partners to appropriate support at national and international level (via the Womens Rights Coordinator).

Work with the WR  Coordinator and District Managers to ensure high priority is given to delivering on the project

Maintain all project documentation and archives

Ensure project management team, Senior Management Team, and partners understand donor rules and requirements for the project


Project Start Up

Develop and run project inception training in co-ordination with Project Manager & EC Co-ordinator

Initiate and manage RACI matrix for project

Initiate and manage Risk matrix for project

Ensure the project is integrated into ongoing work at country programme level and that all project management systems are set up to deliver to a high standard

Ensure partners are clear about their roles and responsibilities and agree MOUs with partners


Project monitoring and evaluation

Ensure that the project is properly monitored and evaluated, bringing in support appropriately from the Impact Assessment and Shared Learning Coordinator

Agree programme quality standards and systems to support delivery

Set up monitoring systems in line with AAISL systems to develop appropriate benchmarks and to measure project indicators

Ensure accurate plans and budgets are prepared in suitable formats, up to date, and according to donor requirements

Work with Project Manager & EC Co-ordinator to negotiate approval of budgets and plans

Produce reports according to EC requirements and seek feedback on reports from EC Co-ordinator prior to submission to donor

* Resolve any issues with quality of the reports

Provide management analysis of the progress and financial reports to the Project Manager & Executive Director and respond to priorities that emerge from the groups meetings in a timely manner


Financial Management

Provide financial management oversight of the project including setting up project finance systems

Ensure the project expenditure is in line with the budget and any under-spends or overspends are raised with Project management Team

With support from the Finance Unit, ensure systems are set up for high quality financial reporting and are within existing systems


Technical support to project

Lead on the design and consolidation of relevant capacity building programmes for communities, staff and partners.


Project learning

Liaise with the Partnership Development & Fundraising, IASL, Finance & Internal Audit Units to capture and share lessons learned


HR related

Monitor performance of all project staff and input into appraisals of all project staff


Donor related

Lead on the development of annual plans and reports to be approved by the Executive Director and Project Manager 

* Ensure that contract management meets donor requirements


Person Specification

Essential

Higher degree with a minimum of 3 years development and management experience

Sound knowledge of womens land rights issues

Demonstrated skills in managing national donor funded projects and Experience of negotiating with donors

Experience in financial management and budgeting

Skills and experience in delivering projects to high quality and to donor requirements

Excellent leadership, negotiation, communication, networking and writing skills - writing clearly in different ways for different audiences.

Strong financial, facilitation, research, analytical, report writing, and presentation skills, including the ability to present complex issues clearly and concisely

Demonstrated hands on experience of programme development, planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation

A self-starter, requiring little supervision to prioritise tasks and produce high-quality work under pressure;

Experience of managing an extremely complex workload and a proven ability of planning and prioritising effectively;

Strong experience of team leading and an ability to provide support while being able to independently take decisions;

Excellent inter-personal and problem-solving skills and diplomacy;

Very good knowledge of standard computerised software packages (Word, Excel, email) is necessary. Knowledge of database packages will be useful


3. JOB TITLE:     PROJECT OFFICER              

JOB REFERENCE:  WRPO/10

DUTY STATION:   FREETOWN BUT WITH FREQUENT TRAVELS TO THE PROJECT AREAS

CONTRACT DURATION:      3 YEARS

Purpose of Role:

To implement the EC funded multi country project on Womens Right to land, ensuring effective delivery of the project in line with the original proposal and with donor requirements.


Key Responsibilities

1.  Overall reporting responsibility

Produce monthly and quarterly field reports (to be shared with the Project Coordinator & WR Coordinator) in line with AA reporting. Work with the project team to produce annual progress reports.

Coordinate partners involved in the project to ensure timely delivery of project activities at community level.

2. Project Co-ordination

Act as the key project contact for the project in the communities where the project is being implemented and monitor and review processes in the project area(s)

Responsible for co-ordination of  community partnerships

3.  Support of project partners

Work with the Project Coordinator in assisting partners in designing their activities in line with the ActionAid project objectives, EC requirements, and key policy issues

Monitor  activities in the field regularly to be updated and to offer support to keep the project on track

Ensure the partners in the field are provided with relevant external expertise where this is required 

4. Managing relationships with key stakeholders

Represent the project in regular consultative meetings, as necessary with relevant coalitions/networks/platforms

Ensure that the Project Coordinator. is kept updated with the progress of the project and alerted to any issues arising in a timely manner

5. Ensure Monitoring and Evaluation process

Work with team in annual review and reflection processes for the project including peer review after the first year of the project


Role related knowledge, skills and experience at entry

Essential

First Degree in the Social Sciences/Humanities

Sound knowledge of womens land rights issues

Good working knowledge of Womens Rights and Emergencies policies

Strong analytical, report writing, financial and presentation skills

Excellent negotiation, networking and communication skills

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively by support, facilitation, and co-ordination

A strong commitment to ActionAids values

Ability to initiate/develop and implement programmes independently

Ability to work long hours and under pressure

A good team player with good interpersonal relationship

Very good knowledge of standard computerised software packages (Word, Excel, email) is necessary. Knowledge of database packages will be useful


Please Note:  ActionAid International is an equal opportunity employer. Women are especially encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should apply with an application letter clearly outlining their suitability to the position and recent Curriculum Vitae including names and full contact addresses of three referees, one of whom must be current or most recent employer. 

Deadline for the submission of applications is 9th April 2010 at 4.00PM. Please write job reference on top right hand corner of the envelop. All applications together with copies of certificates and CV should be forwarded to:

The HR/OD Manager, ActionAid International Sierra Leone, 36A Freetown Road, Lumley 

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT A COPY OF THE APPLICATION LETTER MUST BE SENT TO THE NGO DESK OFFICER, MINISTRY OF LABOUR, NEW ENGLAND.  A PHOTOCOPY OF A VALID LABOUR CARD SHOULD BE ATTACHED TO ALL APPLICATIONS.  



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