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Counterpart International is currently seeking a Gender Expert - Manager. This is a full time position based in Kabul, Afghanistan. This position will report to Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP).
Counterpart is currently implementing, a USAID funded, Afghan Civic Engagement Program (ACEP). The goal of ACEP is to promote civil society and media engagement that enables Afghan citizens to influence policy, monitor government accountability, and serve as advocates for political reform. The program aims to achieve this goal through the following five program areas: (1) regular CSO engagement with government; (2) increase CSO and media thematic expertise in democracy and governance; (3) expand civic engagement; (4) improve access to independent news and public affairs information; and (5) increase CSO organizational capacity.
With the support and under the supervision of the Program Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP), the Gender Expert will ensure that gender is appropriately integrated into program activities, methodologies, and approaches in a manner that is results-oriented. The Gender Expert will provide leadership and technical guidance to the Gender team, ACEP staff, its grantees, and other partners by providing technical leadership in design and delivery of gender training and mentorship. The Gender Expert will provide overall leadership to and management of the Gender Department in close collaboration with the other related units under the DCOP of Programs and other ACEP staff members regarding gender issues and programming, to ensure that the ACEP goal, objectives, and targets for gender are successfully achieved. This position is open to international candidates only.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the supervision of the DCOP of Programs and through close collaboration with the Counterpart Headquarters Team, the Gender Expert will:
• Design and implement policies and procedures that support the gender empowerment in Afghanistan.
• Increase the capacity of civil society organizations to advocate on women’s rights issues through greater policy awareness and social involvement.
• Promote the importance of gender equality and the elevation of women’s status in Afghan society as a key to creating positive change.
• Contribute to the development of activities directly related to a strong media and civil society with a focus on gender.
• Coordinate with the HQ and local office staff to support the monitoring and reporting of gender issues, challenges and successes during the course of the program.
• Responsible for leading and managing the ACEP Gender Department and providing technical and managerial leadership to Gender Officers.
• Design and document the ACEP gender strategy in collaboration with other members of the Programs Departments, ACEP staff members, and the HQ gender expert.
• Responsible for drafting and finalizing the ACEP Gender annual work plans that support ACEP goal and objectives and the gender strategies in close collaboration with the ACEP management team and ensure that activities are meeting the timelines and targets intended.
• Coordinate with the HQ gender expert to support the monitoring and reporting of gender issues, challenges and successes during the course of the program.
• Work with the M&E and Communications teams to draft and edit gender program reports for ACEP reporting purposes as well as for promotional purposes as requested.
• Promote knowledge sharing throughout the ACEP program by leveraging internal technology (Yammer), strengthening links between the various departments, linking up with other Gender Managers/Specialists at ACEP and improving integration of lessons learned among departments in the program.
• Plan, manage and report on the budget and its usage
• Ensure gender is represented in all relevant program activities in collaboration with the DCOP of Programs.
• Supervision and training of the Gender officers reporting directly to this position.
• a Master Degree plus a minimum of eight years related experience in gender programming with a specific focus on civil society strengthening, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Previous responsibility for ongoing management of existing program(s).
• A successful track record of performing program assessments and design
• Experience working to develop and implement programming that empowers women to participate in civil society and the public dialogue in conflict-affected countries.
• Ability to work well in a team environment and individually with limited supervision.
• Recent work experience in Afghanistan preferred and a thorough understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the country particularly as these relate to the functional guidelines for gender in Afghanistan such as the NAPWA, UN Resolution 1325, and the CEDAW.
• Excellent organizational, analytical, oral and written communications skills.
• Excellent public speaking and fluency in English; knowledge of a local language such as Pashto, Dari, etc., is preferred but not required.
• Collaboration: Develops and maintains strong and cooperative relationships with others in the organization and across all functional areas to ensure that we achieve the best results for our programs.
• Communication: Communicates effectively individually and in groups.
• Client Focus: Considers donor and beneficiaries needs first while balancing the organizations needs and processes.
• Leadership & Influence: Takes responsibility for creating a positive work environment.
• Results Oriented: Able to develop effective solutions despite ambiguity.
• Attention to Detail: Understand how details impact the larger outcome and acts tactically to connect the two.
Please apply online at www.Counterpart.org. No calls or emails please.
Counterpart International is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of Counterpart International to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.