Project Coordinator – Inclusion of Women with Disabilities in Prevention of Gender Based Violence
Position Name: Project Coordinator
The objective of the Project: Strengthened capacity of public sector and civil society partners to advance gender equality and prevent and respond to gender-based violence for Women and Girls with disabilities in development and humanitarian settings
Time of the Consultancy: February 2023 – June 2023 (extendable)
Place of the project: Islamabad – Pakistan (with travel to provinces)
Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) is non-profit organization (NGO), works for better, more inclusive policies and capacities that adequately and systematically address the needs and rights of persons with disabilities with focus on gender-based violence. Gender-based Violence (GBV) is widely recognized as a major public issue and grave violation of Human Rights, with serious consequences for the health and well-being of survivors, their children, and families and communities. According to Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey 2017-18 about, 34% of ever-married women have experienced spousal physical, sexual, or emotional violence. The most common type of spousal violence is emotional violence (26%), followed by physical violence (23%). Five percent of women have experienced spousal sexual violence. Among women who have experienced any type of physical or sexual violence (56%) have not sought any help or talked with anyone about resisting or stopping the violence. Rural women (30%) are more likely to have experienced physical violence than urban women (24%). Evidence shows that persons with disabilities are up to 3 times more likely to experience violence including emotional violence, and women with disabilities are up to 10 times more likely to experience violence.
Survivors of GBV need multidisciplinary support to ensure their needs are met. To comprehensively approach the needs of persons with disabilities, STEP with support of UNFPA (under Aawaz II programme) advocates for disability inclusive evidence generation, laws, policies, programmes and services through strengthening the inclusion of persons with disabilities particularly focusing on women and girls with disabilities. STEP’s advocacy is embedded in the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and its “Leave no one behind” principles, as well as in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
STEP is seeking the services of a Project Coordinator for ensuring and leading the programmatic aspects, based on women rights and empowerment; gender analysis and monitoring tools; communication and negotiation; personal development; institutional development; racism and discrimination, etc.
The Project Coordinator would responsible for strengthening organizational advocacy efforts for gender responsive and inclusive policies, supporting and ensuring program-wide integration with special focus on the needs and concerns of persons with disabilities and gender-based violence issues, including opportunities and risks. S/he will facilitate the project program team in
- Developing capacities both in-house and counterparts to integrate gender concerns in all practice areas including PSEA;
- Implementing and integrating gender-responsive policy to promote gender equality and women empowerment; and
- Supporting all project intended policies that benefit women with disabilities to mitigate gender-based violence
At the operational level, s/he will be responsible for the coordination, project implementation, management and reporting of project-designed to work on GBV prevention and response for persons with disabilities, with a specific focus on
- Overseeing and managing of the project on day-to-day basis;
- Overseeing monitoring and evaluation activities of the project;
- Managing partnerships, policy, resource mobilization and advocacy efforts and;
- Facilitating knowledge management and sharing.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Design a gender-sensitive capacity-building framework/plan that can target the specific needs of the Psychosocial Support to address GBV again women with disabilities.
- Build capacities of STEP staff, Psychosocial support (PSS) workers, and stakeholders on gender/GBV and persons with disabilities integration, and monitoring & evaluation to ensure institutionalization of these affirmative measures after project phase-out.
- Lead the programme management team in developing program strategies with the aim of fostering a shared vision and direction with regard.
- Lead the development of gender-based violence responsive interventions and indicators to set targets and monitor interventions that support women with disabilities.
- Manage the project team (PSS workers, project staff, consultants) and ensure timely implementation and achievement of project results; roles and responsibilities, accountability and reporting ensuring the quality outputs and timeliness;
- Guide the project staff to perform project oversight, quality assurance, monitoring, reporting, field missions, and project support services providing day-to-day guidance;
- Mobilize, foster and strengthen strategic partnerships with UNFPA and with relevant Government bodies by working closely with Government counterparts;
- Guide development of overall monitoring and evaluation systems for the project and put mechanisms in place for proper and timely reporting to the donor;
- Lead quarterly review meetings and annual project reviews by monitoring the progress of project implementation, assessing results and identifying areas of weaknesses to ensure the project achieves the planned results in accordance with relevant plans;
- Establish and maintain a usable and well-communicated records of the project;
- Communicate progress, risks, expectations, timelines, milestones and other key project metrics to team members;
- Develop proposals / activity concept notes and make critical recommendations to ensure that gender-based violence against persons with disabilities are adequately addressed;
- Develop PSEA implementation plan within the organization and support the roll out.
- Providing inputs for communications collateral including briefs, reports, website posts/ blogs, etc.
- Lead the process of knowledge creation and dissemination and contributing to the formulation of gender equality research and knowledge management initiatives and developing and/or supporting gender to gender equality.
- Develop necessary systems that ensure knowledge development and dissemination on good practices and lessons learned in affirmative actions introduced to mainstream gender in STEP programs and policies.
- Perform any other tasks relevant to the enhancement of gender issues be requested by the program team
- Postgraduate degree in social sciences, international law, development studies, and/or gender studies, or similar.
- A minimum of 5-7 years of practical experience in implementing activities that address GBV and support gender equality and community
- Having knowledge of GBV, data segregation, and donor reporting.
- Ability to work well in a team environment and to act both responsively and proactively to ensure effective implementation of program activities related to gender.
- Experience in working with governmental bodies as well as civil society organizations on the advancement of women and equal rights.
- Written and spoken, English and Urdu
- A good understanding and proven application of all gender aspects and other related tools and mechanisms for the realization of a gender-based approach.
- Strong knowledge of gender and development issues, operational as well as theoretical and political.
- Proven ability to develop research methodologies, data collection tools with the aim of gender mainstreaming.
- Competency in conceptualizing, designing, implementing gender-focused strategies, and evaluating outcomes.
- Demonstrated capacity in planning and implementing community participation training, including the development of materials and using participatory methods.
- Strong communication skills, ability to handle details and present a persuasive case.
- Ability to work harmoniously with persons of different nationalities and cultural background issues Initiative and proven ability to work with little supervision
Interested candidates are invited to submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their relevant qualifications and experience:
- Cover letter
- 01 Updated Curriculum Vitae, showing clearly the relevant work experience related to the position and contact information of 2 references.
- Deadline for the application submission will be 15 March 2023
- Selected candidate must be signed our PSEA Policy, Anti-Harassment Policy, Code of Conduct and undertaking.
- Applications should be sent via email to: email@example.com or apply online: www.step.org.pk