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Africa Regional Coordinator


Position title:  Africa Regional Coordinator, Uniterra Program (75%) Gender Equality & Empowerment Advisor (25%)

Position location:   Ottawa, with frequent travel to Montreal and internationally

Reports to:  Uniterra Program Director and Deputy Director, Program Design, Quality & Learning

Position Level:  E

Contract term:  2 years

Application deadline:  May 7th, 2018

Background

 

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a leading Canadian international development organization focusing in three programmatic areas: Economic Opportunities, Education, and Empowerment. Our vision is a better world for youth - a world where all young people, especially women, are empowered to secure a good quality of life for stronger families and communities.  WUSC currently works in 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, with an annual budget of approximately CAD $45 million. We have a staff of over 90 people in our Ottawa office, and over 200 people overseas implementing 16 development projects in collaboration with donors such as Global Affairs Canada, the UK Department for International Development, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the African Development Bank. Globally, we collaborate with a network of higher education institutions, civil society organizations, private sector partners, professionals, students, volunteers, faculty and community leaders that work with us to achieve our mission.

 

The Uniterra Program is a volunteer cooperation program jointly implemented by WUSC and CECI supporting economic empowerment of women and youth through volunteer engagement and partnerships. Under the direction of the Uniterra Program Director, the Regional Coordinator is responsible for the implementation of the Uniterra Program and accountable for the delivery of results for the countries in the Anglophone Africa region (Malawi, Tanzania and Ghana).

 

Gender equality and empowerment is an important cross-cutting theme in WUSC’s program design and delivery. The programs team has a dedicated Gender Equality & Empowerment (GEE) Advisor who plays a leading role in implementing WUSC’s Gender Equality policy and strategy. WUSC is seeking to identify complementary skills in the hiring of a part-time GEE Advisor to support the full-time GEE Advisor. Working closely with the full-time GEE Advisor, this person will support the Programs Team, working in a matrix environment as a technical resource for integrating gender equality & empowerment into WUSC’s portfolio of overseas programs. The part-time GEE Advisor will develop tools, resources and conduct training and coaching to WUSC staff, partners and volunteer to enable them to contribute to WUSC’s gender equality and empowerment goals.

 

Uniterra and WUSC understand that the combination of these two positions will present at times conflicting priorities. Both supervisors are committed to working with the successful candidate to minimize these challenges. Both supervisors and the successful candidate will need to proactively communicate priorities, deadlines and timelines to ensure that core priorities are achieved. The successful candidate will require excellent communication, strong prioritization and multi-tasking skills.

 

Responsibilities, Africa Regional Coordinator, Uniterra Program:

As the Regional Coordinator, you will be responsible for the following Uniterra-related activities:

       1. Strategic Program Coordination in the region:  

  • Oversee the efficient and effective management of the Uniterra Program in the region, according to the procedures outlined in the Program’s Management Guidelines;
  • Ensure the achievement of Program results in the region by: planning, following through on activities, reporting on results and establishing agreements with partners following the principles of Results Based Management;
  • In collaboration with Country Coordinators, prepare budgets and monitor the Program budget for the region;
  • Approve the budget plans and Annual Work Plans in order to reach anticipated results;
  • Ensure the completion of analysis and strategic planning exercises, including sub-sector research, intervention strategies and partner capacity assessments;
  • Leverage additional resources into the program through partnership building and program development.

 

   2. Ensure Program Quality  

 

  • Ensure the integration of gender equality in all Program activities and, if necessary, organizing training;
  • Ensure the integration of youth employment strategy in Program activities and, if necessary, organizing training;
  • Ensure the quality of volunteer mandates, including their relevance to partner capacity development plans and subsector intervention strategies;
  • Ensure that volunteer resource quotas and Human Resource (HR) commitments are respected;
  • In collaboration with Operations Unit, participate in volunteer mobilization process to ensure appropriate country and mandate specific preparation;
  • Supporting country coordinators in the development of annual work plans narratives;
  • In collaboration with Communications coordinator, oversee the establishment of a communications system with volunteers in-post in order to collect, document and disseminate relevant Program information;
  • On an ad-hoc basis, as part of the Management Committee, contribute to the development of Program implementation tools;
  • Ensure fluid communication between Management Committee and Country Teams to ensure input from country teams in administrative and program decisions and coherent implementation of decisions within country Programming.

 

       3. Contry Program Office Oversight  

  • Ensuring the establishment, updating and application of the emergency and security procedures established by WUSC and/or CECI  as they relate to volunteers and Program personnel;
  • Directing, planning and coordinating meetings, in head office or in the field, to ensure coherent programming and establish connections and synergy between the Program and other WUSC and CECI programs in the region;
  • Managing Program personnel, including recruitment, training, and evaluation of outputs, according to the policies in force at WUSC and/or CECI.

 

Responsibilities, Gender Equality & Empowerment Advisor, WUSC

 

  1. GEE Advice & Coaching to WUSC Programs and Projects
  • In coordination with the full-time GEE Advisor, support program staff in the development or revision of program/project-specific GEE strategies, plans and activities;
  • Assist program staff in integrating GEE into project planning and management approaches (including results based management tools) and propose strategies to increase project/program impact on GEE;
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in existing GE practices, leading the development of improved systems, processes, and tools for improving our results in GEE;
  • Facilitate the use of GEE data to promote evidence-based learning, reflection and decision making within programs/ projects;
  • Work with program managers and MERL Advisor to ensure that M&E systems are established to ensure that GEE results are captured and reported to relevant stakeholders;
  • Create GEE resources and tools (i.e. tipsheets) that to assist staff in effectively prioritizing and integrating GE in their work.

 

  1. GEE Advice to new Programs
  • In coordination with the full-time GEE Advisor, work with the Program Development unit to ensure the integration of GEE in new program design, including: initial rapid gender equality & empowerment assessment, initial GEE strategy, identification of GEE activities;
  • Recommend financial and human resources necessary to execute program/ project GEE strategies;
  • Support new project inception planning, particularly gender analysis and the development of the program/ project-specific GEE strategy and planning.

 

  1. Support to WUSC’s GEE Policy, Strategy & Learning
  • Support the full-time GEE Advisor on the development and execution of WUSC’s annual GEE workplan;
  • Liaise regularly with the Uniterra Program colleagues on program-specific gender equality strategies to share best practices, tools, and enable organizational learning on GEE;
  • As needed, participate in GEE-related working groups and maintain close working relationships with counterparts in other relevant international NGOs.

  

Qualifications:

  • Seven years of experience in the development and/ or management of projects/programs and teams in the international development sector
  • Two years of experience integrating gender equality and empowerment into international development programs;
  • Two years of overseas experience in a developing country context, knowledge of and experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Malawi, Tanzania and Ghana an asset
  • Extensive technical experience in WUSC’s areas of programming: inclusive education, skills for employment, inclusive market systems development, youth empowerment, women’s economic empowerment
  • Knowledge of accountability, protection, women and children’s rights frameworks and best practices;
  • Proven ability to work productively with a variety of stakeholders to run participatory processes and meet tight deadlines with an emphasis on producing quality products;
  • Excellent capacity building skills, with demonstrated experience in effective training, coaching and facilitation;

 

Competencies:

  • Effective interpersonal and influencing skills, including the ability to build relationships, network, communicate effectively in a cross-cultural context are essential;
  • Flexibility, with a strong work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit to accommodate high levels of responsibility and multiple priorities;
  • Commitment to local capacity building and the ability to engage local stakeholders in policy design and implementation;
  • Passion and commitment to volunteer cooperation, gender equality, women’s and youth empowerment;
  • Superior oral and written communication skills: clear, concise, persuasive writing style

Education/ training:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (social sciences, international development, women’s/ gender studies, human rights);
  • Master’s degree in a related field an asset.

Languages:

  • Complete fluency, oral and written in English and French is essential; knowledge of a third language (Spanish) is an asset.

 

The WUSC office is centrally-located in Hintonburg, Ottawa. We offer competitive benefits, four weeks of annual leave (for full-time employees), safe and healthy working conditions, and fair compensation. WUSC offers a dynamic international work environment with a diverse intercultural workforce.  We offer employees exciting opportunities to apply their skills and gain experience all while making a difference for youth around the world. We believe youth have the potential to provide for their families, build strong communities, and create positive social change for future generations.   Employees at WUSC work hard to create lasting change in education, employment and empowerment.

   

Applications:

WUSC is an equal opportunity employer.   We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.   No telephone calls please.

 

If you wish to apply for this position, please follow this link to register on WUSC’s candidate database.

 

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