Position: Social Norms and Community Engagement Technical Manager
The technical manager will lead the promotion of a supportive environment for girls’ education and assure the effective collaboration of community structures and program approaches and entities to promote the successful completion of education of girls and boys, especially the most vulnerable. This role will ensure that program processes and activities work together to tackle harmful social norms, behaviours, belief systems and practices affecting the education outcomes of adolescent girls and boys. Reporting to the program director, this technical position leads on the program integrated strategy for the social norms approach in education learning outcome improvement, engaging communities, including males and religious leaders, girls and boys.
Lead the program strategy on building a supportive community level environment for girls’ education that will influence household and school education support systems.
Develop and oversee the project’ community engagement technical approach to achieve an active community level girls education champion network that fosters awareness and collaboration on gender, social inclusion and protection in schools and communities.
Integrate the project model approach of IGATE to ensure and support cohesion of community structures and groups working in collaboration for gender, protection and education outcomes.
Support community engagement approaches in assessing, developing, implementing, and reviewing school development and improvement plans and engagement of communities in education more broadly (with a focus on learning outcomes and inclusion), as guided by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE) and district policy guidelines and plans.
Lead tie project in identifying and addressing positive and negative/harmful community practices in the area of gender, protection and education affecting girls’ education outcomes.
Lead the engagement with collaborating government ministries at national and provincial level(besides MoPSE) to guide the project implementation alignment to national initiatives and structures
Build the capacity, provide technical backstopping and support the monitoring of operational staff working collaboratively with consortium partners and stakeholders.
Work closely with consortium partners and project leadership in guiding development of effective work plans and M&E (qualitative and quantitative) processes that measure community participation and social change.
Contribute to the child protection initiatives, support, and practise, as informed by identified gaps and opportunities.
Ensure the work of local partners is incorporated into the project’s plans and implementation.
Support and help increase the role and participation of males and religious leaders.
Champion issues of gender and social inclusion
Participate and contribute to the consortium technical working group structure towards the integration of strategies and standards and monitoring to achieve program results.
Take shared responsibility for the development of project operational workplans and to ensure alignment of project activities and budget spend.
Provide guidance, tools and protocols that capture critical views of stakeholders, is technically sound, reflects good practices and is adaptive to context changes.
Lead the development of policy briefs, technical reports, and other knowledge products in the areas of gender social norms and practice change. Communicate key lessons learned.
Conduct periodic review to identify technical and operational gaps and make recommendations and interventions thereof
Provide hands-on technical assistance and coaching to the organization’s staff and partners
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Degree in Gender Studies, Community Development, Social work/Social Sciences or equivalent. Masters will be an added advantage.
+8 years of practical experience in implementing and managing social and behaviour change communication, protection and gender related programs at senior / managerial level.
Field experience in developing and implementing Social and Behavioural change projects and programs that have demonstrated impact, at scale
Knowledge and experience of methodologies to assess and monitor change in individual and collective norms on gender roles and attributes , and ideas and beliefs, perceptions of ‘work’, the ‘economy’, ‘public and private sector responsibilities in work’ .
A demonstrated ability to work effectively with local community organizations, donors and other stakeholders
Ability to work, train and coach local staff and partners with differing levels of skills.
Ability to communicate complex issues clearly and write proficiently in English
Women, people with disabilities and people from disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply.