About Save the Children:
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.
We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
• No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
• All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
• Violence against children is no longer tolerated
We know that great people make a great organization and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.
SCI - Afghanistan
Save the Children has been working in Afghanistan since 1976. Our way of working close to people and on their own terms has enabled us to deliver lasting change to tens of thousands of children in the country. The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child is the basis of our work.
We are helping children get a better education, we make it possible for more boys and girls to attend school, we help children protect themselves and influence their own conditions. We work with families, communities and health workers in homes, clinics and hospitals to promote basic health in order to save lives of children and mothers
Reporting to the PDQA Director the thematic Gender Advisor is responsible for providing technical, thematic leadership and guidance on gender equality programming. The Gender Advisor will support Save the Children Afghanistan to mainstream gender equality in all its operations and ensure programs are designed, implemented, monitored and evaluated with a focus on gender equality.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
1. Thematic Advisory and Technical Quality Assurance
Translate global thematic strategy into national strategies and initiatives, with priority focus on providing leadership to roll out the global and CO gender equality and inclusion strategies to achieve thematic outcomes and drive breakthroughs.
Provide high quality technical expertise to program delivery teams, building a solid evidence base to support progressing innovations to scale relating to gender equality within the programmes.
Support the implementation of technical quality through effective relationships with field offices and projects, enabling timely provision of technical input and oversight.
Contribute to the development, dissemination, and monitoring of program quality tools including supporting program evaluations.
Collaborate with and participate in relevant working groups, cluster coordination meetings and other sub-working groups, to drive learning and thematic outcomes.
Take appropriate action to ensure SCI Gender Equality Key performance indicator is met and standards upheld.
Strategy development and implementation
Develop, strengthen and support comprehensive and tangible gender equality and inclusion strategies and action plans with project design and the country strategic plan to achieve the SCI breakthroughs.
Implement Save the Children International’s gender strategy and Save the Children Afghanistan Gender and inclusion strategy within the SCI Afghanistan country strategic plan.
Provide support to other TA’s to strengthen gender mainstreaming and inclusion approaches in all projects throughout the project lifecycle.
Facilitating gender equality and inclusion audits and the ongoing development of gender tools, research
Lead and/or provide Technical Assistance (TA) in the development of high quality concept notes and proposals across a range of thematic areas ensuring gender equality is mainstreamed across all projects.
Contribute to the development of holistic approaches with a view to improving the quality and scale of interventions and documenting learning.
Contribute to the creation of robust gender sensitive MEAL frameworks in new proposals
Ensure proposals at a minimum are gender sensitive or transformative as per SCI gender equality marker.
Provide support that strengthens the capacity of staff in country to transform restrictive gender norms which harm the lives of girls and boys.
Contribute to the delivery of approaches focusing on gender equality, with a view to improving the quality and scale of interventions
Work closely with project implementation teams in ensuring quality and timely implementation of gender projects.
Capture lessons learned and best practises for gender equality from project implementation.
Develop and implement trainings to build capacity of staff and partners to design and implement quality programs.
Provide leadership on the roll out of key global gender resources, including Save the Children’s Gender Equality Program Guidance and Toolkit and Gender Equality Marker.
Build capacity, mentor and coach SCI staff in Afghanistan in gender equality to be delivered through programming.
Contribute to the technical assessment of SCI partners for gender equality expertise
Advise on advocacy initiatives designed to promote policy and legislative changes that enhance gender equality.
Support execution of gender advocacy strategy to influence policy changes and resource mobilization.
Coordinates Save the Children Afghanistan’s gender engagement in relevant government and CSO forums and Global Initiatives & working groups within the Save the Children movement.
Participate in monitoring, evaluation and reporting on gender equality to obtain lessons learned and data analysis
Lead on gender components of needs assessment including the leading of the gender analysis
Represent Save the Children Afghanistan to potential funders, working in close collaboration with other advisers across the department.
Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
Holds the team accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
Sets ambitious and challenging goals, takes responsibility for own personal development and encourages others to do the same
Widely shares vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
Future orientated, thinks strategically.
Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues and Government officials
Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
Willing to take disciplined risks
Honest, encourages openness and transparency
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Degree in International Development / Relations, Women and Gender Studies or related field, or equivalent training/experience
At least 4 years’ field work experience implementing, managing, and/or providing technical assistance to programs in development or humanitarian contexts, including with focus on gender mainstreaming/gender focused programs; focus on child and youth programming.
Knowledge of gender equality principles and practices.
Experience with gender-sensitive child rights programming in areas including Health, Nutrition, Education, Child Protection Emergency response and Livelihoods.
Proven experience in staff and partner capacity building.
Excellent English communication skills, both written and verbal. Able to read and write Dari/Pashtu.
Computer literacy including Internet, Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)
Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches.
Qualified applicants are highly encouraged to apply for the position by filling in the online application form. In addition to the online application form, they can also attach their CV and cover letter in the online system. Please note that only the applications received through the online portal will be considered for this position.
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