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Functional Title: Manager – Education & Adolescent Empowerment
Responsibility Level/Grade: Manager / 6
Department/Project: Gender Justice, Health and Education Rights (GJHER)
Work Station: Based in Kathmandu with 60% field visits
(Work station will shift to Madhesh Province later)
Incumbent’s Name: Vacant
Supervisor/Principal Evaluator: GJHER Coordinator
Women’s and Girls’ leadership and voice is at the heart of CARE Nepal’s work as we seek to
achieve gender equality and focus on marginalized women and adolescent girls in all our
programming. Empowering women and girls in order for them to be able to take on leadership roles and have their voices heard is critical to strengthening gender equality and achieving CARE Nepal’s overall goal. CARE takes a transformative approach to its work on social justice and gender equality which emphasizes changing political, social, cultural and economic systems, norms and institutions that are oppressive. The intervention areas under the GJHER component are Women’s Leadership and Decision Making, Access to education and Health, GBV prevention and response, Socio-Economic Empowerment and Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment.
Along with marginalized women, CARE Nepal also explicitly focuses on Poor, Vulnerable and
Socially Excluded (PVSE) adolescent girls aged 10-19; particularly those who are excluded, have
dropped out, or are at risk of dropping out, of the formal education system. CARE Nepal is initiating work on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (ASRHR) as part of adolescent girls empowerment.
This position will manage the adolescent girls’ education and empowerment program and supervise a team of staff with responsibilities in empowering education, livelihoods, monitoring, evaluation, partner capacity building and advocacy. S/he will provide technical, evidence-based and strategic leadership to the overall Education program aiming to improve students’ enrollment, retention and learning outcomes. The position holder will ensure that the project and its partners implement innovative and best practices to strengthen school-based management systems, build capacity of teachers; foster community support for education that includes addressing inequitable gender norms and financial barriers to education; and improve gender, social and disability inclusive infrastructure. S/he will be responsible to develop approaches, provide training and technical support to partners and government counterparts on inclusive education and also ensure it in various project development processes for scalability. S/he will manage overall implementation of education related multiple projects in partnership with implementing partners which includes overall program planning, (including annual work plans and budgets), budget management, donor reporting, coordination with strategic partners, linkages across civil society and monitoring of the program at local and national levels.
S/he will establish strong relationship with CI members for receiving technical backstopping and
linking grassroots evidence with regional and international advocacy. S/he will establish strong
partnership with the government line agencies at the local level that are relevant to child marriage and Gender Based Violence, safety and security of girls and promotion of girl’s education. S/he will represent CARE at various national and regional level forums, where adolescent empowerment issues are discussed and raised. S/he will be fully informed of National and International policies related to adolescents and education system. Being the budget holder of the program, the manager will oversee all administration, financial management and human resource development according to the CARE’s policies and principles. S/he will be accountable for producing and submitting progress reports as per donor requirements. In addition, s/he will be responsible to pro-actively learn about CARE Nepal program approach and generate synergy between the projects and programs that contribute to the larger institutional goal of Women and Adolescent Girls Empowerment. The employee shall fully comply with CARE policies and procedures and should be accountable for it.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS:
R1. Planning and Implementation – Effective Program Management
- Analyze the situation of adolescent girls and boys in the project districts, understand the policies of the government and design relevant programs, plan activities and prepare policy briefs in collaboration with implementing NGOs
- Develop Theory of Action based on situation analysis
- Review adolescent girls program document and develop implementation plan for district and national level activities
- Review the Adolescent Empowerment Program Framework of CARE Nepal and develop a common understanding among CARE and partner staff on the Pathways of Adolescent Girls Empowerment to which the various projects are contributing
- Develop realistic annual implementation plan (AIPs), project plan and annual operation plan (AOP), individual operating plan, budget as guided by program development and strategic plan
- Provide technical input to team/partners for timely implementation and strategies
- Ensure the quality of the program implementation using participatory approach
- Support team/partners in timely and appropriately available of resources e.g. budget, capacity building, equipments and supplies
- Regularly monitor the project burn rates and provide necessary guidance
- Make regular contacts with the community stake holders including adolescent girls to deepen the understanding of the issues to make necessary changes in the program implementation strategy
R2. Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), Reporting and Documentation
- Develop program level monitoring plan and monitor activities along with detailed AIP
- Generate evidence for evidence based advocacy
- Establish effective knowledge management system
- Establish data based program activities and update regularly
- Analyze and use data obtained from M&E and various reports (PIRs, database etc) to design, refine, manage and implement intervention plans
- Prepare program implementation reports (PIRs) as per requirement of donors and projects on a timely manner
- Provide support to the monitoring and evaluation of the program activities using program quality assessment tools
- Organize periodic review and reflection workshops/meetings to review program plan and strategies and document learning and evidences.
- Orient staff, partner and other stakeholders about program operation strategy, mission strategy, project activities.
- Initiate joint monitoring visits with Government Line agencies as well as within different program themes in organization to oversee the status of project and get integrated feedback
R3. Liaison, Coordination and Program Collaboration
- Build and maintain working relationship with program team, partners and relevant stakeholders
- Strengthen coordination and linkages with major Government line agencies at different tiers
- Represent CARE at the local and provincial level and maintain contact with Government counterpart, line agencies, NGOs, communities and visitors as required
- Organize critical review and reflection meetings periodically to share plan, progress, issues and way forward
- Share program level learning, best practices and experiences in different forums
- Represent CARE, and cluster in external and internal forums
- Build working relationship with organizations working on girls’ and women’s issues
- Ensure effective capacity building of civil society partners in citizen mobilization, internal
accountability, gender and good governance, and evidence based advocacy on women and girls related issues.
- Support CSO/Partners organizations to identify advocacy issues on the women’s and girls’ rights and carry out effective advocacy in line with plans
- Regularly and systematically assess the capacity of civil society partners and ensure that capacity building plans are followed and have the intended outcomes
R4. Effective Financial, Administrative and HR management
- Ensure that functional administrative systems are established and maintained in the program and the partners
- Prepare annual program budgets and periodic analysis and actions.
- Strictly follow CARE-Nepal’s policies and requirements on procurement manual, finance manual, personnel manual, etc
- Ensure that all financial documents like OFS, CIK etc are prepared and submitted on a timely basis
- Monitor program expenditures and take necessary action to ensure the burn rate is within acceptable limits
- Plan staff requirement estimates and make recommendations and assist HR and SMT for transfer and promotion of staff.
- Ensure that the personnel policies (contract renewal/extension, disciplinary actions etc.) are effectively followed.
- Facilitate performance management of direct reports. Support staff development and capacity building, identify and address staff development needs in coordination with HRD
- Keep them abreast on current situation and reorient them on new guideline whenever changes occur
- Develop accurate and detailed job descriptions which reflect specific job responsibilities.
- Motivate, train, coach, supervise and mentor the project staff from time to time to boost their confidence
R5. Provide Technical Support
- Provide technical advice in design and implementation of education projects and any external facing forums representing CARE
- Bring specific technical expertise to the adolescent girls’ education and empowerment program and ensure achievement of identified outcome while incorporating relevant evidence-based innovative solutions in different programs and new initiatives.
- Provide technical support as part of regular program review and ensure that relevant lessons learnt are integrated so as to facilitate continuous improvement in effective program and influencing.
R6. Contribute in advancing programmatic shift through effective implementation of strategic direction
- Provide input during strategic level discussions on issues of adolescent girls.
- Support in project/program assessment (CIPP rating, gender & diversity), Contribution to
furthering CARE Nepal’s goals – GED, Social Inclusion, focus and work with PVSEs prepare action plan, implement, prepare report and disseminate the finding to project team and country office
- Develop project database & monitoring system that contributes tracking organizational progress towards programmatic shift and strategic direction
- Identify and prepare effect and impact level case studies report, thematic and anecdotes that contributes in strategic direction
- Contribute in developing new project proposal by providing technical input and support the Thematic Coordinator–to contribute in the areas of adolescent education and empowerment
R7. Upholding CARE’s Core values and ensuring its principles
- Comply and exercise organizational values, policies and culture
- Help to promote rights and good governance
- Responsible for gender responsive behavior in all actions and decisions, and strong commitment to safeguarding principles.
SPENDING AUTHORITY: As per ASF
Based in Kathmandu with 60% field visits to Madhesh and Lumbini Province (eventually the position will be based in Madhesh Province)
PERSON SPECIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Qualifications and Experience
Master’s degree in Social or Gender Studies or Education with a minimum of 5 years of relevant
experience in project management. Experience in people management, research, social analysis
and management of projects involving multiple partners or stakeholders is desirable. Knowledge of existing policies related to Gender, Women and Child Rights in Nepal will be an advantage.
Knowledge and Skills
- Project management skills (including financial management, human resource management, leadership and team building skills).
- Expertise in human rights based programming and monitoring required. Technical expertise in education and gender & social inclusion.
- Good knowledge of the political context and key policies relating to women’s and girls’ rights.
- Knowledge of key organizations, advocacy coalitions and movements at local and national level working to address early marriage or promote girls’ rights to education.
- Knowledge of human rights based programming and national and international frameworks.
- Familiarity with the women’s and girls’ situation in Nepal and related policies and resources.
- Expertise in Civil Society Mobilization, Networking and Alliance Building.
- Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, Documentation and Report Writing Skills.
- Demonstrated commitment to principles of Gender Equity and Diversity, as evidenced in previous positions / programming. Demonstrated commitment to PSHEA (Prevention of Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse).
- Ability to plan, implement monitor and complete project effectively
- Strong analytical coordination and communication skills
- Ability to inspire, motivate, influence and coach staff and other people for independent action and learning
- Ability to hold staff accountable for delivery on agreed commitments
- Ability to manage resource effectively and efficiently and have good decision making capacity
- Capitalize on diversity among team members to optimize team functioning
- Strategic thinking and ability to assess risks and suggest mitigation measures
- Ability to seek solutions to obstacles and problems and act to solve problems
- Develop strategies for dealing with multidimensional issues (and linking local to national and international processes)
- Ability to engage confidently and accurately in English (written and speaking)