Adolescent Girls Technical Adviser
Yaoundé | Dakar | Nairobi
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home. The IRC’s vision is to lead the humanitarian field by implementing high-impact, cost-effective programs for people affected by crisis and by using our learning and experience to shape policy and practice. To achieve that vision, the IRC’s Technical Excellence units (TE) provide technical assistance to IRC’s country programme staff and shares what we learn to influence policy and practice. TE is comprised of Technical Units, all of which have deep expertise in their respective sectors: Education, Economic Wellbeing, Governance, Health, and Violence Prevention and Response.
The Violence Prevention and Response Unit (VPRU) works to reduce people’s vulnerability to and support their recovery from violence and promote transformative work for a future free from violence. The unit houses expertise in the fields of Child Protection, Protection and Rule of Law, and Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE). WPE supports programs to adhere to minimum standards and principles of good practice in the prevention of and response to gender-based violence and to meet the safety, health, psycho-social, and justice needs of women, girls, and survivors of gender-based violence. Today, IRC manages WPE programs in more than 30 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Haiti, with funding from governments, the UN, foundations, and private donors.
The position will be based within the Violence Prevention and Response Unit (VPRU)’s Technical Innovations Team which focuses on the development and testing of innovative programme models and approaches; development of programming tools, guidance, curriculum and other resources; the generation of evidence through research and learning; and evidence-based advocacy to influence policy and practice in the field of violence prevention and response.
The Adolescent Girls (AG) Technical Advisor (TA) will be responsible for supporting a 36-month French Development Agency (AFD)-funded grant titled Feminist Solidarity Fund for Girls’ Education (FSF). Through this project, FSF Consortium will support a range of feminist CSOs and Women’s rights and Women led organisations(WROs/WLOs) and youth organisations, working in our 7 target countries and/or at a regional level to accelerate gender equality in and through education. These include:
· CSOs providing direct support to girls and their families to remove individual-, family- and community-level barriers to education.
· CSOs working directly with schools and other sub-national institutions to improve the quality of support for adolescent girls in school as well as access to education for out-of-school girls.
· And, CSOs conducting research and/or advocacy to advance the rights of girls, including access to education
Priority will be given to CSOs working with the most marginalised, vulnerable or under-served subgroups of adolescent girls such as those that have experienced violence, those living through multiple crises, those that are marginalized because of their gender identity and sexual orientation.
The Adolescent Girls TA will guide the program design, provide direct technical support, and technical capacity strengthening to implement, measure and continuously improve the proposed project in in close collaboration with the Education Technical Advisor.
This is a primarily a field-facing position with the central responsibility focused on program quality. The Technical Advisor’s specific responsibilities are as follows:
• Provide technical leadership to ensure a shared regional framework, as well as context-appropriate adaptation, for program design, innovation, influence, and monitoring, evaluation, and learning for the FSF project;
• Support consortium partner staff to undertake FSF activities, ensuring that they are aligned with the project strategies which include contextualizing gender equality in education outcomes and including interventions chosen based on best available evidence;
• Provide support to ensure proposed activities are responsive to client needs and preferences based on sound context and gender analysis;
• Document and share cross-context learning internally (with country program staff) and externally (in relevant meetings, conferences, etc. in national, regional, and global fora);
• Regular communication and coordination with the Project Manager and key home office staff as well as other regional Technical Advisors on technical and project management issues;
• Give technical input to relevant communication materials such as fact sheets, briefs, papers, and presentations that can be disseminated and used for influence at the national and global level;
• Produce technical inputs to internal and external reports, as needed;
• In collaboration with education Technical Advisor, act as lead technical focal point for education in emergencies technical questions with the donor.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: FSF Project Director in VPRU
· Education: Master’s/post-graduate degree in gender studies, international development or relevant field or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Participate in ongoing training courses and share knowledge and skill sets within the unit.
· Work Experience: A minimum of 6 - 8 years of implementing and/or managing large education, or gender equality and empowerment programs and teams, is required, within a humanitarian or international development setting, with at least 1—2 years acting in an advisory capacity on women’s protection/ gender equality programming. Experience in technical tools and materials development, monitoring and evaluation, innovation, and research in relation to women’s protection/ gender equality is highly desired. Experience working in adolescent girls programming. Experience in strategy development and working across sectors or disciplines is highly desired.
· Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
· Demonstrated expertise in program design, monitoring and evaluation, with the ability to turn concepts and strategy into measurable action. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrated commitment to renewing and maintaining currency with best practices.
· Experience working directly with partners through a consortium is highly desirable.
Language Skills: Fluency in English and French is mandatory.
Working Environment: Up to 40% travel may be required. This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya. However, other locations can be considered for the right candidate.All IRC staff are required to adhere to THE IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country employment policies.