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The Nordic International Support Foundation (NIS) first established its presence in Somalia in late 2011 with the implementation of a pilot solar street lighting project in Mogadishu designed to increase the legitimacy of the local administration by increasing its capacity to deliver public services. The success of the pilot project attracted donor interest in NIS’ approach to stabilization and NIS was able to develop and diversify its project portfolio to include a variety of infrastructure delivery programs.
The Initiative for Stabilization, transition and National Development (I-STAND) is a program contracted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The goal of I-STAND is to increase legitimacy for and trust in government institutions at varying levels (local, regional, and federal). The I-STAND Program is Built around a comprehensive Theory of Change (ToC), that suggests investing in the government’s ability to deliver small-scale infrastructure projects will directly improve local residents’ trust in Somali authorities, which in turn will enhance government legitimacy and, ultimately, increase stability in the target districts. This is realized by assisting local governments in delivering small-scale infrastructure projects, such as the installation of Solar streetlights, hospital solar electrification, creation of a technical and vocational training centre; rehabilitation of roads; and investment in sports facilities among others. While some projects will have a gender transformative framework, all should have gender mainstreamed throughout in a gender sensitive way.
2. Essential Functions
Reporting to the Programme Manager with close working with NIS M&E Manager, the GESI Expert is responsible for the establishment and running of the baseline and periodic assessments and analyses of I-STAND, optimising the PESA and other start up reports to align the operating strategies and plans of core I-STAND functions with GESI principles (i.e. programme implementation, MEL, thematic assessment, and communications).
The GESI expert will conduct a thorough handover with the dedicated GESI officer to ensure continuity after start up, including training/mentorship and skills transfer if needed to guarantee the officer is up to the task of keeping the I-STAND team focused on the proper integration of GESI strategies across all programme activities. The GESI expert is expected to understand global best practice on implementing GESI strategies and principles in programmes and to have strong technical understanding of gender equality and social inclusion in complex situations, and particularly cultural practices and social structures in different parts and communities of Somalia. The GESI expert is expected to play a key role in building awareness and sensitivity for social and gender imbalances and a culture of GESI excellence within the I-STAND team.
3. Main Responsibilities
· Reporting to the Programme Manager, oversee smooth functioning, quality control and compliance of all programmatic aspects relating to GESI.
· Establish and manage the GESI programmatic input, providing innovative and practical programming solutions which are aligned to the programme strategy and ensure compliance with donor standards, equality and international best practice.
· Provide mentoring and coaching, including the delivery of technical guidance, allocation of duties and monitoring performance to the GESI officer and M&E team.
· Foster communication with local women’s groups to develop feasible, safe and innovative paths forward for women within career, leadership and community.
· Work closely with the PESA team to develop a strong GESI context within all analyses and reporting.
· Develop and lead the thematic assessments of four selected project areas that have been deemed to present the strongest outcomes for women.
· Provide ongoing support during periodic reviews and assessments throughout the three-year term of the programme to ensure the delivery of effective and responsive programming that reflects global lessons in gender equality and social inclusion within Somalia.
· Provide contextual analysis relating to gender equality and social inclusion, and remain abreast of national and global practice and policy relating to gender equality and social inclusion.
· Undertake periodic project site visits to monitor and confirm agreed GESI strategies are institutionalized and implemented.
· Adhere to NIS codes of conduct, handbooks, guidelines and policies
· Other tasks as may be required by I-STAND and NIS Senior Management.
4. Desired qualifications
· Master of Gender Studies, International Development, Anthropology or equivalent.
· 10-15 years expertise with at least five (5) years of MEL experience internationally and in cross-cultural, international organisations with a specific focus on gender equality and social inclusion.
· Comprehensive understanding of gender equality and social inclusion opportunities and challenges in Somalia or a similar context.
· Demonstrated understanding of MEL processes and best practices.
· Sound knowledge of risk management and conflict sensitivity.
· Demonstrated skill in translating evidence and theory to innovative practical initiatives and outcomes.
· Demonstrated ability to communicate with multiple stakeholders in complex environments.
· Experience working in transitional environments and with donor programmes.
· Strong networking skills with an ability to create synergies between individuals, organisations and initiatives.
· Team player with the interpersonal skills to engage, motivate and empower team members
· Strong communication skills essential, Somali and/or Arabic language skills preferred.
· Develop a feasible, safe and innovative career & leadership action plan together with local women’s groups
· Develop thematic assessments, GESI tools & guidelines for target projects
· Provide input to the M&E manager to ensure a GESI focus is taken within the PESA
· Provide contextual analysis relating to gender equality and social inclusion
· Periodic project site visit reports for the implementation of GESI strategies.
· Provide incoming GESI officer with mentoring and coaching through training development plan and strategies for skills transfer/ institutionalization.
· Renumeration to be agreed for 3-6 months initially (with periodic follow up for assessments) through a project period for 36 months.
· Travel expenses related to the assignment will be covered as per approval
HOW TO APPLY:
Only those interested should follow the below link:
Wednesday, 31 Jul 2019
NIS is committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and the I-STAND programme. We welcome and encourage applications from women, men, people with disabilities, and people from ethnic minority groups and other diverse backgrounds.