Women for Women International (WfWI) – In countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International (WfWI) supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, she is able to create sustainable
change for herself, her family, and community.
Since 1993, Women for Women International (WfWI) has helped nearly 429,000 marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict. We directly work with women in eight countries, offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Consultant
- WfWI is delighted to be among the recipients of the Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) II, a fund that has been set up by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands to improve the position of women and girls in developing countries by the promotion of equal rights and opportunities. It also aims to foster a transformation towards an enabling environment in which women’s rights are better protected.
- WfWI’s grant under FLOW II titled “Engaging women as agents of change against gender-based violence and poverty in Afghanistan, DRC and Nigeria” is for a period of five years, from 1 January 2016 through 31 December 2020, and covers activities in three countries – Afghanistan, DRC and Nigeria – as well as global activities.
- The civil society/NGO partners will receive sub-grants and collaborate on program implementation.
- Alongside program implementation, WfWI will build the capacity of local NGOs as it is critical to ensure that organizations are equipped to meet the needs of women, remain relevant in changing contexts, and achieve the best results.
- The model of capacity building espoused by the Dutch government is the 5 capacities or “5C” model, which emphasizes the entity’s capabilities 1) to commit and engage, 2) to carry out functions or tasks, 3) to relate and attract resources and support, 4) to adapt and self-renew, and finally, 5) to balance coherence and diversity. This is the model that WfWI will use to strengthen the capacity of local NGO partners. WfWI has conducted initial orientations on the 5C model, but it is a new capacity building model for WfWI.
- As part of its FLOW grant, WfWI is committed to developing and strengthening partnerships with civil society, international and women’s organizations, as well as with governments and private sector actors in the countries of operation.
- Under this grant, WfWI has selected local and legitimate civil society actors that are intent on collaborating with WfWI to achieve outcomes. This range of partners will work with WfWI in every FLOW country to jointly combat violence against women (VAW) and improve women’s economic participation at the community level and to work together for national level change by focusing on national laws, policy and practice on VAW and/or women’s economic participation.
Purpose of Consultancy
- WfWI is seeking a short-term consultant to build WfWI’s capacity on implementing the 5C model. This includes understanding of the specific 5C capacity building model, orientation on existing tools, guidance on the development of new tools (if needed), and coaching of staff of how to incorporate the 5C model in our relationships with local NGOs and reflect it in our grants with local partners in our target countries.
To do this, the consultant will engage with WfWI country offices, HQ office and UK office to undertake the following tasks:
- Collect detailed information on approaches and activities that WfWI country offices have taken, to date, on capacity building activities with local NGOs, including 5C model, as well as information from local NGO partners (as necessary)
- Assess WfWI’s current approach and activities related to capacity building, including 5C model, and develop a workplan to strengthen the organization’s capacity to implement the 5C model;
- Orient WfWI staff – HQ, UK, and mid- and senior-level country office staff – on the 5C model
- Train WfWI staff – same as above – on 5C implementation tools (as necessary) including:
- General training on the model and any existing tools to use to implement the model
- Initial agenda, assessment and discussion tools to use with local NGOs
- Indicators and data collection to capture baseline of capacity
- Methods to measure progress
- Reporting framework
- Any other tools
- Following training, provide follow-up support to country office staff on specific issues that have arisen with implementing the model with local NGOs
- If needed, conduct one field visit to a WfWI country office to provide hands-on training and coaching to field team
- Facilitate a ~3 hour session on 5C model for WfWI at a global program meeting in September (if funding permits)
- Initial report on assessment based on findings from conversations with country, HQ and UK offices;
- Action plan for capacity building of staff;
- Orientation and training of staff (remotely, via Skype);
- Tool sharing, including assessments, logframe(s), indicators, and data collection tools for capacity building work;
- Draft report of findings and recommendations for WfWI;
- Report on follow-up coaching, and session at global program meeting (if funding permits); and
- Final report of findings and recommendations for WfWI.
- Report from one field visit;
The consultancy should begin in April 2017 and will be approximately 2-3 months for the initial work (Points 1 – 6) plus light-tight follow up support and participation in global program meeting (if funding permits) through September 2017. Consultancy is based on successful achievement of key milestones and delivery of deliverables. The consultant is not expected to work full-time and should propose workplan/timeline to compete deliverables.
The budget for this consultancy is approximately $15,000 – 18,000.
This position can be based in any location. The bulk of the work can be done remotely, with information collected via Skype, email, etc. The consultancy will report to the Director of Program Design and Development in WfWI HQ (Washington, DC).
Collaboration with WfWI Staff
As much of this work will depend on a developing an understanding of WfWI’s mission, niche, current activities, operating model and fundraising potential, the consultant will work with individuals across the organization including HQ, UK office, and Country teams.
Required Skills & Qualifications
- Minimum Master’s degree, in International Development, Economics or related field;
- Minimum eight (8) years of relevant work experience in capacity building and/or civil society strengthening with a focus on gender and women’s empowerment;
- Minimum four years’ work experience in conflict impacted countries;
- Work experience in any WfWI country preferable;
- Extensive experience in 5 C and other capacity building programs related to training, staff development, civil society strengthening; tool development, etc.
- Demonstrated knowledge of relevant social development issues such as women’s rights and empowerment, gender and conflict;
- Demonstrated skills in training and facilitation;
- Successful at establishing relationships, building trust, and inspiring others;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; knowledge of other local languages would be an advantage;
- Ability to quickly incorporate feedback and respond to deadlines and requests;
- Demonstrated initiative, problem solving and judgement skills, positive attitude;
- Commitment and respect for Women for Women International’s mission and values; and
- Strong computer skills in MS Word, Excel, internet, email applications.
- Due to urgency of the recruitment, applications will be shortlisted on a regular basis and we may offer the position before the closing date.
- Women for Women International provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Interested candidates (individuals, teams or firms) should submit:
- Current CV;
- Narrative proposal;
- Draft work plan (with timeline);
- Budget (including number of proposal consulting days);
- Documentation from past/similar work (if available); and
- 3 professional references.
- Submissions should be made to the WfWI Career page at http://www.womenforwomen.org/aboutus/careers
Application Deadline: 10th April, 2017.
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