Job Title: National Technical Adviser – Equality and Gender

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Concern Worldwide is a nongovernmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries. In Sierra Leone Concern Worldwide’s integrated programming approach aims to tackle all dimensions of poverty, focusing on the overlapping areas of health, education and livelihoods while maintaining our response to emergencies. Concern fully integrates equality in all its work, with emphasis on a gender transformative approach. Concern Worldwide has been operational in Sierra Leone since 1996. Programme implementation is based in three areas, namely Tonkolili District, Port Loko District and Urban and peri-urban areas in Freetown and the surrounding the Western Area. 

On this note, Concern would like to invite well experienced and professional applicants for the under mentioned new role:

Job Title:  National Technical Adviser – Equality and Gender   
Reports to:  Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Coordinator
Direct reports:  Nil
Liaises with:Working closely with Grants and information manager, Programmes director and Safeguarding Advisor All sector Programme Managers, Coordinators, Country Director Concern HQ Technical Advisors, especially Equality Advisor Systems and HR staff Partner agencies/Consortium technical advisors, District and national stakeholders
Job Location:  Freetown/Tonkolili with frequent travel (more than 50% of time to Port Loko, Tonkolili and Western Areas)
Contract Details:  Fixed term
Job Purpose:  You will provide leadership, technical and strategic support to strengthening how Concern Sierra Leone (SL) fully integrates equality in all its work, with emphasis on a gender transformation approach. You will lead the capacity building of staff and partner’s in equality activities and interventions; and contribute to strengthening of Concern SL organisational approach to equality, diversity and inclusion both programmatically and internally. 
Main duties &  Responsibilities:  Specific Responsibilities: Technical Provide leadership and technical guidance to roll out (and review as necessary) the Concern SL equality strategy and action plan Ensure equality activities, interventions and targeting is aligned with Concern’s Global Equality Policy and is informed by How Concern Understands Extreme Poverty (HCUEP) and global best practice Provide technical support and guidance to key programme staff to embed equality – including gender transformational approach – into ongoing project interventions as well as the design of new projects across Concern SL programme sectors (Education, Health, Emergencies and Livelihoods) Produce a monthly report on equality work across programmes In collaboration with MEAL and programme quality team support in: Ø Developing tools and systems to monitor and evaluate effectiveness and impact of equali-
 ty interventions across programmes  Identify and document learnings, success stories and best practices on equality activities/interventions – for internal & external sharing and learning  Supporting equality and gender analysis and technical input to proposal development for new programmes or projects – contributing to the design of gender transformational programming Provide inputs to Concern’s strategic planning and budgeting processes in relation to equality and gender transformation  Stay informed on global and Concern specific trends and initiatives on equality and gender transformation and engagement with Concern HQ technical advisors Support particular projects of importance to Concern as required on occasion (e.g. Adolescent Girls Empowerment and Protection (AGEPP) project closure & final reporting). Capacity building: In collaboration with Programme Coordinators, and Programme Director identify staff and national partners capacity needs related to equality and gender transformation Focal point for the partnership with Sonke Gender Justice, in capacity-building in gender transformation for staff Provide capacity building through on the job mentoring and coaching, training, technical advice (remote and in person), tools etc. for staff and national partners to increase skills and knowledge as well as influence attitudes and behaviours  Identify and coach Concern SL equality champions to foster an appropriate working culture sensitive to equality and gender including organise events to enhance employee understanding of equality and inclusion issues Representation and Advocacy Develop and maintain good professional relationships with relevant ministries, international agencies, NGOs, partners, service providers and other stakeholders working in the equality and gender at national/District level Assist in the development of effective, innovative actions in advocacy (related to equality) to achieve a larger and more sustained impact through programmes Represent Concern SL in regional, national and district level relevant meetings, consortia working groups and other workshops, and coordination forums  GeneralResponsibilities:  Promote accountability and ensure compliance with Concern’s Safeguarding Policies in including Concern Code of Conduct, Programme Participants Protection Policy Child Safeguarding Policy, Anti-trafficking in Persons Policy, Anti- Fraud Policy and Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) standards, including the complaint and response mechanism (CRM), to ensure maximum protection of programme participants and the efficient and transparent use of Concern’s resources. Promote and protect the reputation of Concern in external settings, ensuring that the organisation’s experience and expertise is well communicated and consistently presented, and that we are looked upon as a professional organisation, guided by organisational policies and Concern’s Code of Conduct.   Other:  Any other reasonable tasks assigned by Line Manager.
Emergency responseConcern is committed to responding to emergencies efficiently and effectively in order to help affected people meet their basic needs, alleviate suffering and maintain their dignity. To this end, when emergencies strike and Sierra Leone Program is to respond, all staff are required to actively participate in the response, regardless of location and contribute to the efforts aimed at achieving the humanitarian objective of the organization. Equality and gender advisor will work to ensure the integration of equality and gender aspects into any emergency response plans and activities.
Person specification:    Education, Qualifications and Experience Required To effectively deliver this engagement, the applicant should meet the following requirements: 

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Education / qualifications; Bachelor’s degree in relevant subject, (gender studies, community development, human rights or relevant social sciences) or equivalent qualifications or experience.  Experience and skills At least 5 years of equality and gender transformative analysis, programming and mainstreaming in development/humanitarian contexts Demonstrated knowledge & understanding of equality, including gender transformation & drivers of exclusion, marginalisation & inequality in Sierra Leone Knowledge and experience in approaches that engage men and boys for gender transformation Demonstrated ability in capacity building, coaching and facilitating trainings for others (staff and partners) Strong verbal communication skills and effective in representation and liaison with external actors and internally (management, staff, head office advisers, etc.). Experience in networking and coordination with local authorities, national and international NGOs/UN agencies Excellent English speaking/writing skills required. Ability to provide technical support and feedback with a high degree of tact and diplomacy Ability to write clear and detailed reports with clear program improvement recommendations. Empathy with Concern’s mission, vision and goals, and our target group Passionate about equality, gender and challenging discrimination and harmful gender norms and attitudes. Desirable  Master’s in gender studies or relevant social sciences Experience in prevention and response to gender-based violence programming. Knowledge of protection principles and best practice  Strong communication skills in Temne  Strong Motor-bike rider with a valid driving license
SAFEGUARDING AWARENESS Concern has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Programme Participant Protection Policy, which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organization, and the standards of behaviour expected of them.  In this context staff have a responsibility to the organization to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment.   By signing the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct candidates acknowledge that they have understood the contents of both the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and the Programme Participant Protection Policy and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these two documents.

Concern Sierra Leone is committed to respond to HIV & AIDS and to a supportive working environment for those infected or affected.  Each staff member is required to contribute to achieving this commitment by: 

  • Raising awareness and being updated on HIV & AIDS issues
  • Protecting him/herself and colleagues
  • Sharing information with colleagues and avoiding stigma and discrimination

GENDER

Concern Worldwide in Sierra Leone recognizes that the establishment of equality of opportunity between men and women is fundamental to both the achievement of fairness and to poverty elimination. Therefore, each staff member of Concern is expected to be sensitive to equality issues in their relationships with colleagues and in their work and to participate in implementation of gender mainstreaming plans, both at the workplace and in programmes

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates should apply with:

  • An application letter clearly justifying how you meet the selection criteria
  • Recent Curriculum Vitae including names and full contact addresses of three (3) referees, one of whom must be their current or most recent employer.  
  • Candidates must state the position of each referee and his/her relationship to the candidate.
  • A copy of a valid labour card must be attached to ALL applications (written or electronic) Police Clearance will be required from the successful candidate

Applications should be sent either through email or by hard copy to the following addresses.

You can send through email to [email protected] OR deliver in Hard copy to the below locations

The HR Department, Concern Worldwide, 20 Old Railway Line – Signal Hill, Freetown The HR Department, Concern Worldwide, 2B Shamel Street, Magburaka, Tonkolili.

2 New London Avenue, Off Sheriff Street, Port Loko by Advocacy Radio – Port Loko

Please mark your application as per the references stated in position above (by email please put the reference in the SUBJECT heading).

Closing date for receipt of applications for the above vacancy is on the 8th April, 2021

“FEMALE CANDIDATES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY”

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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