Peacebuilding UK, girl's empowerment consultant

Consultant to develop evaluation model for girls' empowerment, North Caucasus/Russia

 

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only. 
Peacebuilding UK (http://peacebuildinguk.org/, a UK-based charity running children- and youth-focused programming in Russia and Ukraine, seeks to hire a consultant for the development and application of an evaluation methodology for adolescent girls’ programming in Russia’s North Caucasus region. This program was launched in 2012 and in fall 2015 will start its fourth year. It was designed by a coalition of local women’s NGOs and is jointly led by them, and reaches more than 1000 girls per year. Peacebuilding UK provides development support and technical expertise, as required, to the project. 

The consultant will observe and analyze our extracurricular program for adolescent girls, design an evaluation model of girls’ human rights and empowerment outcomes based on appropriate existing models and the specific context of the region, train program staff in how to apply this measuring model to their ongoing assessment of program outcomes, conduct an evaluation of outcomes among program graduates and participants and prepare a report of the findings. 
For this purpose, the consultant will:
  • Conduct initial desk review of program materials and relevant evaluation methods
  • Travel to Russia’s North Caucasus for a two-month period between September and November 2015
  • Familiarize herself with the program and the specific context of women’s and girls’ rights and empowerment in the region
  • Observe the ongoing program, interview program staff and conduct surveys among program participants and graduates as well as other stakeholders
  • Design a methodology to measure and quantify outcomes such as girls’ empowerment, human rights, safety, assertiveness etc., based on existing methodologies developed by institutions like ICRW as well as on the specific context of the North Caucasus region.
  • Train program staff in applying the methodology in their routine reporting and self-assessment and provide implementation support
  • Review current reporting and self-assessment forms and adjust them to reflect the new methodology
  • Prepare a full evaluation report using the newly developed methodology, including recommendations for adjustments and improvements that may lead to stronger outcomes
  • Liaise with Peacebuilding UK staff and program advisers at all stages about progress
We are looking for candidates who:
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to promoting women’s and girls’ human rights, equality, freedom and opportunity, and to community-based activism that creates this change
  • Have a strong track record of evaluating programs empowering women and girls
  • Ideally, have some background in girls’ empowerment, girls extracurricular education etc.
  • Ideally, have developed measurement methodologies for women’s and girls’ human rights and equality
  • Have experience in research and analytical roles as well as in activism, working with grass-roots organizations and working in difficult, post-conflict and/or patriarchal communities in the global South
  • Have experience training and mentoring community-based activists
  • Demonstrate strong leadership and take initiative, have problem-solving capacities, flexibility, reliability, diplomacy and patience, ability to work under stressful and difficult conditions, good time management and communication skills
Requirements:
  • advanced degrees in gender studies, education, sociology, political science, international relations or development, human rights, public policy or management (or any other combined with relevant experience)
  • at least 5 years of professional experience, post graduation, in a relevant field
  • speak Russian well enough to conduct all interviews, observation and training, with little or no interpretation support
  • excellent, proven technical writing skills (a relevant writing sample will be requested from candidates invited for interviews) in English
  • must be able to travel to Russia visa-free or to obtain a Russian business visa
  • must be available for two months, preferably in one block, in fall 2015
Peacebuilding UK will cover all travel and housing expenses, provide a living stipend during the consultant's time in the North Caucasus, assist with visa arrangements and pay an agreed fee.

Interested candidates should send their resumes and a cover letter to Chris Hunter at chris.hunter@peacebuildinguk.org. The cover letter should contain information about the candidate’s experience with evaluation methodologies, especially for measuring progress on women’s and girls’ human rights and empowerment, as well as experience as a grass-roots activist or supporting grass-roots activists. We will request writing samples, fee requirements and references from candidates after an initial interview. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and a decision will be made before the end of August 2015.
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