Gender Equality Technical Specialist
Short summary of the job: The Gender Equality Technical Specialist will be responsible for bringing local knowledge and expertise on gender equality and the rights and empowerment of women and girls to inform the planning, design, implementation, and monitoring of Global Affairs Canada’s development projects in Afghanistan in order to contribute to the success of Global Affairs Canada’s projects and programs. Within the first two weeks of being contracted, the Gender Equality Specialist, in consultation with the Global Affairs Canada Health, Education, and Linking Relief and Recovery to Development (LRRD) Teams personnel will develop a work plan for her services. The work plan will be reviewed and approved by the FSSP Project Manager and Global Affairs Canada’s designated counterpart based at the Embassy of Canada in Afghanistan. The work plan will be updated on a monthly basis according to priorities established by the Global Affairs Canada (Canadian Embassy and HQ-based) Health, Education, and LRRD Teams.
The position will be awarded on a competitive basis. The terms of the position are for a one-year contract, subject to a three-month probation period, with eligibility for renewal on an annual basis for a period of approximately two years. The position will be paid a daily fee, the rate to be negotiated at the time of offer based on a requested rate by the individual for the services to be delivered under these terms of reference and supported by evidence of past remuneration for similar work. Payment of fees will be made on monthly basis for actual time/days worked in the preceding month. Eligible travel and other work-related expenses will be covered by the FSSP. The level of effort for this position is anticipated to be between 15 to 20 days billable days per month and will not exceed 20 days per month except under exceptional circumstances. Applicable taxes will be applied/deducted from the gross payable amount and will be paid to Ministry of Finance on behalf of the candidate. The position is a consultancy type position and thus offers no paid benefits (vacation, sick, statutory holidays).
The duties and responsibilities of the Gender Equality Specialist listed below, but may not be limited to:
Provide technical support, guidance, and advice for what pertains to the Health, Education, and LRRD sectors and integrating Gender Equality in the planning, design, implementation and monitoring of Global Affairs Canada’s Afghanistan Development Program projects in the Health, Education, and LRRD sectors;
Provide technical support on issues related to Canadian policy and programming, including women’s economic empowerment, the rights of women and girls, implementation of Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW) Law, support to women’s rights organizations, needs of women and girls in education and health, humanitarian assistance activities, gender in governance, gender in in service delivery, and women’s role in peace and security, including in the police and armed forces in cooperation with the other FSSP Technical Specialists;
Interact with other areas of interest, including but not limited to women's political participation (at federal, provincial and district levels, sexual and reproductive health rights, women in journalism, women's land tenure, literacy and vocational training for women, women's rights organizations.
Attend meetings and other professional events to related to Canada’s Health, Education, and LRRD programming with the Government of Afghanistan, as well as with international and local partner organizations and other donors;
Provide timely summary reports to Global Affairs Canada on outcome of meetings and events;
Support the efficient implementation of Global Affairs Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and Gender Equality Policy in Afghanistan and support the integration and monitoring of gender equality concerns in Global Affairs Canada’s projects and programs;
Play a liaison and communication role with respect to gender equality activities with the Government of Afghanistan, donors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other development partners on behalf of Global Affairs Canada;
Collaborate and coordinate work, when required, with other Field Support Services Technical Specialists.
Support to Project and Program Planning
Provide technical inputs for project and program planning;
Provide technical support to improve project implementation including tracking progress against deliverables, project work plan and budget and develop project progress reports;
Conduct feasibility studies and needs assessments for project identification, planning, and design;
Provide technical feedback on project proposals, approval materials, work plans, and progress reports;
Provide technical support and required information for development and planning of project budgets;
Contribute to minimizing the environmental impacts of the projects in terms of activities undertaken and/or any construction of physical woks.
Update and track project/program progress (activities, milestones, reporting) for Health, Education, and LRRD projects;
Reports and analysis on developments related to elections with a focus on women's political participation;
Develop a monitoring plan for Global Affairs Canada Health, Education, and LRRD projects in consultation with Global Affairs Canada personnel and project implementing partners;
Draft plans and terms of reference, potentially with other FSSP Technical Specialists or external consultants, for site visits and monitoring missions with Global Affairs Canada personnel and project implementing partners;
Conduct field monitoring missions and site inspection visits to Health, Education, and LRRD project activities at the national, provincial and district levels;
Provide timely monitoring mission reports to Global Affairs Canada and, when requested by Global Affairs Canada, to vested stakeholders;
Monitor and summarize reports on government, donors, civil society, and development partner activities and trends in the Health, Education, and LRRD sectors in Afghanistan;
Monitor local Afghan print, online and social media and keep Global Affairs Canada personnel informed on matters related to women’s issues in Afghanistan;
Support, contribute and participate in the planning and delivery of missions and field visits of Global Affairs Canada HQ personnel and consultants, as needed.
Support to Coordination and Stakeholder Engagement
Liaise and communicate with donors, NGOs, other development partners and the Government of Afghanistan with respect to gender equality issues of interest to Global Affairs Canada by networking with these stakeholders;
Participate in and summarize outcomes of government, donor, NGOs and other development partners’ meetings and seminars;
Draft quality reports on donor activities and trends with respect to Health, Education, and LRRD sectors as related to Gender Equality in Afghanistan;
Develop and maintain an up to date contact list of government, donors, Civil Society Organizations and project stakeholders working in the Health, Education, and LRRD sectors;
Develop and maintain an up-to-date register of committees, working groups and other regular meetings comprising the government – donor – civil society coordination system in the Health, Education, and LRRD sectors in Afghanistan.
Facilitate roundtables and design and deliver training workshops on gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment in the Health, Education, and LRRD sectors;
Develop a detailed mapping of government, donor and partner development activities in the Health, Education, and LRRD sectors as related to Gender Equality in Afghanistan and develop relevant reports;
Develop a geographic mapping of Global Affairs Canada and other donor project activities in the Health, Education, and LRRD sectors as related to Gender Equality in Afghanistan
Collaborate, as necessary with other FSSP Technical Specialists to address project and sector-specific issues related to gender.
Collect, analyze and summarize sex-disaggregated data on the socio-economic situation of women and trends in Afghanistan;
Provide technical inputs to support policy developments and briefing notes;
Design, conduct, analyze and summarize surveys, reports, action plans, and evaluation reports pertaining to women and girls’ rights in Afghanistan;
Conduct institutional assessments of partners in the Health, Education, and LRRD sectors, including donors, government agencies, development partners and civil society organizations.
Communications and Stakeholder Engagement
Provide technical input and support for development of communications plans and strategies;
Capture/collect data, information, and high-quality images, photos and materials related to Health, Education, and LRRD sectors and gender equality as required for drafting/developing success stories, fact sheets, brochures;
Collect/ develop materials for the Canadian Embassy’s Twitter, Facebook, and website posts.
Project Management Support and Technical Assistance
Provide written summaries of key meetings for Global Affairs Canada personnel;
Provide technical assistance and coaching on integrating gender equality as cross-cutting themes in Global Affairs Canada’s priority areas of health, education, and linking relief and recovery to development;
Provide technical support to improve project implementation including tracking progress against deliverables, project work plan and budget, and risk management;
Provide technical support for the integration of gender equality into all phases of the Global Affairs Canada project cycle (planning, design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation) for existing and new projects;
Conduct technical analyses and review of project proposals, reports, operational reviews, and evaluations;
Provide technical inputs to help the design of the project and program risk management and project approval documents;
Participate in project briefing/information workshops and familiarize him/herself with project and program scope and objectives;
Participate, on request by Global Affairs Canada Health, Education, and LRRD Teams or Technical Authority in status and planning meetings;
Participate in status and planning meetings with the Global Affairs Canada Technical Leads for the Health, Education, and LRRD sectors;
Draft quality reports of meetings with the Embassy Development Assistance team, consultants and Global Affairs Canada technical team working for the Health, Education, and LRRD sectors.
In consultation with the Global Affairs Canada Health, Education, and LRRD Teams and Technical Authority, develop monthly and annual work plans and prioritize the activities on a quarterly basis over an annual period;
Draft progress reports and update work plan on regular basis (monthly).
Qualifications and Experience
Minimum Bachelors in social science related discipline and three years’ work on gender or human rights issues;
Experience/knowledge of Government of Afghanistan policies related to National Action Plan 1325 (NAP 1325), Women’s Economic Empowerment in the light of National Priority Program (WEE-NPP), EVAW Law, Anti-Harassment Law, Provisions of VAW in Penal Code, Citizen’s Charter, National Action Plan for the Women of Afghanistan (NAPWA);
Experience/knowledge of International Community (donor) Health, Education, and LRRD sectors-related policies and programs in Afghanistan;
Experience/knowledge of Government of Canada’s international development assistance policies and Health, Education, and LRRD sectors programs in Afghanistan will be an asset;
Capacity to design and deliver training workshops;
Experience and capacity in collecting the raw data from the field and draft quality reports in English;
Flexibility to attend meetings and/or events on short-notice; and
Being fluent in English and, ideally, one of the local languages, Dari and/or Pashtu; working knowledge of French will be an asset.
The incumbent should:
Have good communication skills in English (writing reports and briefings notes, oral presentations, speaking at meetings);
Have good analytical, management, financial, logistics (arranging meetings, visits), people management skills (interacting with senior officials – Afghan, Canadian, other foreign representatives, as well as peers within the FSSP);
Have strong working knowledge of computer programs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint);
Be willing to work extra hours or during statutory holidays, if required;
Have the ability to work independently, be detail oriented, creative and a self-starter; and
Have sufficient knowledge of Afghan culture and local contexts.
Place of Work
The Gender Equality Technical Specialist will be based in Kabul and usually expected to work from the AHG FSSP Offices. She will be expected to attend meetings within Kabul at offices of the Canadian Embassy, other International Community members, project implementing partners and relevant ministries of the Government of Afghanistan. Work-related transportation, within Kabul, will be provided by the AHG FSS Office. This is excluding the commuting for pick up and drop off from home to office and vice versa, (female candidates are exempt). The Gender Equality Technical Specialist will be required to conduct regular field visits, expected to average 10 to 15 days per quarter, to project sites either alone or in company of other FSSP Technical Specialists. Travel may include remote and potentially insecure areas throughout Afghanistan including in, but not limited to, the provinces of Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Bamyan, Daikundi, Ghazni, Herat, Kabul, Kandahar, Kapisa, Khost, Nangarhar, Panjshir, and Takhar. Programming of other sectors in Global Affairs Canada’s portfolio may be in other locations. Locations of project activities are subject to change depending on security situation and future programming sites. For work outside Kabul, transportation, accommodation, meals and incidentals will be covered by the FSSP. For Technical Specialists who are female, when travel with a mahram is necessary, expenses for the mahram will be reimbursed.