Counterpart International is seeking a short-term Gender Expert to support the Afghan Civic Engagement Program (ACEP), a 5-year USAID-funded project focused on promoting civil society and media engagement that enables Afghan citizens to influence policy, monitor government accountability, and serve as advocates for political reform.
The Gender Expert will support the local Gender Coordinator to ensure that gender is appropriately integrated into program activities, methodologies, and approaches in a manner that is results-oriented. The Gender Expert STTA will provide technical guidance and support to the Gender team, ACEP staff, its grantees, and other partners by providing technical leadership in design and delivery of gender training and mentorship.
Scope of Work:
The Gender Expert STTA will:
- Assist the Gender Coordinator to design and document the ACEP gender strategy in collaboration with other members of the Programs Departments, ACEP staff members, and the HQ Gender Specialist.
- Assist the Gender Coordinator to ensure gender is represented in all relevant program activities.
- Contribute to the development of activities directly related to civil society with a focus on gender.
- Assist the Gender Coordinator and the M&E team to ensure that M&E indicators and results reporting is gender sensitive.
- Provide technical assistance related to gender in the development of annual work plans, performance monitoring systems and tools, and writing of progress, quarterly and final program reports. Identify and, as requested, assist in drafting impact stories on gender-related issues for USAID.
- Work with the M&E and Communications teams to draft and edit gender program reports for ACEP reporting purposes as well as for promotional purposes as requested.
- Minimum of five (5) years related experience in gender programming with a specific focus on civil society strengthening.
- University degree in international development, international relations, women’s studies, public administration, or a relevant field.
- Experience working to develop and implement programming that empowers women to participate in civil society and public dialogue in conflict-affected countries.
- Excellent organizational, analytical, oral and written communications skills.
- Ability to work well in a team environment and individually with limited supervision.
- Excellent public speaking and fluency in English.
- Master’s Degree.
- Recent work experience in Afghanistan preferred and a thorough understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the country particularly as these relate to the functional guidelines for gender in Afghanistan such as the NAPWA, UN Resolution 1325, and the CEDAW.
- Knowledge of a local language such as Pashto, Dari, etc., is preferred but not required.
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