SRHR & EVAWG OFFICER- We Lead- Claim our Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” (We Lead)

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Organization: The African Women’s Development and Communications Network
Closing date: 31 Jan 2023

1.About FEMNET.

The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) is pan-African women’s rights network with over 800 individual and institutional members in 50 countries in Africa and the diaspora. FEMNET continues to inform and amplify African women’s voices and advance women’s rights in policy and practice. Since 1988, FEMNET has continued to make remarkable strides toward promoting the meaningful and structured participation of women in Africa to influence the design, implementation, and monitoring of development frameworks and policies at local, national, regional, and global levels to ensure the realization of women’s and girls’ rights. At the heart of FEMNET’s work is the commitment to progressively push for and sustain a strong and vibrant women’s movement in Africa that catalyses social and gender justice.

FEMNET’s vision is “African women and girls thrive in dignity and well-being, free from patriarchal and neoliberal oppression and injustices”. In line with this, FEMNET’s mission is to **“**mobilize African women for the achievement of gender equality and the realization of women’s and girls’ rights at all levels through policy advocacy, strategic communication, strengthening of capacities and feminist movement building”. For more information, visit www.femnet.org.

2.Background of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Eradication of Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG).

SRHR and EVAWG is one of FEMNET’s core thematic focus area, which has 3 priority areas of:

  1. Ending FGM, CEFM and eradicating harmful practices,
  2. Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, and
  3. Bodily Autonomy and Integrity work.

To accomplish the above, FEMNET has developed innovative and agile approaches including “We Lead” project which is a new, inspiring, innovative, and far-reaching five years program aiming to improve the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRH-R) of young women: who live with HIV, who are differently abled, who identify as lesbians, bisexual, trans, or intersex, and who are affected by displacement by connecting them in local Communities of Action (CoAs) through supporting and coaching to empower them to advocate for their rights. A CoA facilitator will guide the CoAs.

Funded by the Dutch government, the project puts young women in the driving seat, while supporting them to impactfully and sustainably advocate for their SRH-R. The project will be implemented, through a consortium in nine countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Central America. The consortium consists of six civil society organisations – Positive Vibes, Restless Development, Marsa, FEMNET, the Central American Women’s Fund, and Hivos (the Lead)

3.Job Purpose.

To consolidate its work and move to the next level, We Lead Consortium, is seeking to engage a young woman below 35 years of age to assume the role of SRHR & EVAWG Officer on a two (2) years contract with a flexible location within the project countries.

Working closely with the FEMNET SRHR Lead and team, Finance, MEAL, other FEMNET departments and /or units, as well as with the consortium Coalition of Action facilitators within the African region, the officer will coordinate activities in the field of capacity strengthening, lobbying and advocacy of SRHR through the consortium partners and local organisations and other stakeholders.

4.Terms of Reference.

Main duties and responsibilities

  1. Program design
  • Supports and guides local organisations in the development of their individual or joint plans and proposals for SRH-R lobby and advocacy, including activities on capacity strengthening.
  • Contributes to the development of FEMNET’s’ overarching “We Lead” planning, particularly to the design of innovative elements of the program, Implementation of work plans, realizes successful implementation by the specific goals, working methods, and budgets of the projects.
  • Supports and guides Women’s Rights and youth organizations in the development of their individual or joint plans and proposals.
  • Coordinates with CoA facilitators in the region, with consortium members, and with the FEMNET secretariat around capacity strengthening and advocacy activities. Ensures FEMNET’S activities are implemented according to plan.

2. Monitoring and Evaluation.

  • Monitors progress towards established goals of the FEMNET We Lead Project. Relates progress to the overarching “We Lead” plans.

3.Coordination and collaboration.

  • Throughout the process of project design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation, the PO plays a proactive role in coordinating with the Community of Action facilitators in the region, with the organizations that participate in the CoA, with the host organization, with consortium members, and with the regional FEMNET secretariat team. Actively contributes to and supports activities at the national and regional level, such as research, advocacy campaigns, learning events, etc.

4.Sharing, learning, and quality improvement.

  • Identifies, analyses, and highlights success and good practices, as well as potential risks and problems. Proposes solutions for identified problems and follows up on those.
  • Contributes to identifying the most significant change stories from the project and sharing positive stories.
  • Collaborates with the CoAs, the COA facilitators, the consortium members, FEMNET’s SRHR Lead, FEMNETs’ Capacity Building officer, communications team in the design and realization of exchange and learning events.
  • Contributes to reflection and learning on both the national and regional level, as well as on the wider programmatic level.

5.Minimum Academic Qualifications and Requirements.

Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies, Law, Social Sciences, Public Health, Political Science, Humanities Gender, and Law or any other relevant disciplines.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience working with the Women’s Rights Movement or civil society organizations, in Human Rights with a focus on project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and working in international teams.
  • Expertise in working on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRH-R) or with one or several of the rightsholder groups.
  • Keen on ensuring ownership by local organisations, and finding innovative and creative solutions to realize goals.
  • Work experience in a regional or international environment.
  • Flexible attitude, creative, supports FEMNETs’ and We Lead values, has a progressive and positive view on SRH-R and the leadership of rightsholders.
  • Solid technical knowledge of/expertise in SRHR programming and advocacy using a feminist frame of analysis**.**
  • A critical understanding of and deep commitment to feminism, social justice, and human rights issues facing women and girls within the continent.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Charter of African Feminist Principles
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively in English and Portuguese.

Competencies

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills,
  • Excellent writing and public engagement skills
  • Ability to organise and work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • A high level of self-awareness, sound judgment, self-care, passion, and flexibility
  • Ability to multi-task and work under limited supervision

6.Renumeration.

Remuneration will be in line with the set procedures of the organisations which consider the experience and qualifications of the candidate.


How to apply

Interested applicants should send their application letter accompanied by a resume with names and addresses of 3 professional referees including telephone and e-mail.

Applications by e-mail only and should be addressed to the Executive Director, sent to: recruitment@femnet.or.ke**.** Please indicate the reference in the subject line **SRHR & EVAWG OFFICER (We Lead) – (Ref: FNT/EOI/03/2023),**Deadline for submission of applications is on 31st January 2023, 21.00, GMT.

Please note: Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to equity, inclusivity, safeguarding and non-discriminatory principles and practices. FEMNET is committed to welcoming and working with all people irrespective of age, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, race, religious or political beliefs, disability, socio-economic background, or any other aspect of their background or identity. We will make any practical adjustments to enable persons with disability to participate fully in an inclusive working environment. Please let us know in advance if you require any support or assistive technologies in making your application.

Only complete applications will be reviewed, and only applicants who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

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