African Women’s Development and Communications Network (FEMNET) – Project Coordinator – Ending FGM.

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Consultant Job Project Coordinator – Ending FGM
Country  Kenya, Somalia, Niger, Somalia, Guinea and Egypt
Duration 5 Months
Expression of Interest FNT/EOI/02/2021/ADV
Dated of Issue 27th January 2021
  1. Introduction

The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) is a Pan-African membership-based network set up in 1988 to advance African women’s development, gender equality and women’s and girls’ human rights. Over the years FEMNET has played a central role in sharing information, experiences, ideas and strategies among African women’s NGOs in order to strengthen women’s capacity to participate effectively in the development processes on the continent. FEMNET has played a lead role in building the women’s movement in Africa and has ensured that African women voices are amplified and influence decisions made at national, regional and global levels, which have direct and indirect impact on their lives. (Visit our website  for more information).

Since inception in 1988, FEMNET has strategically positioned herself as a convenor, organizer and facilitator on dialogues around critical issues including women’s involvement in governance and leadership, promoting women’s economic justice, advocating for women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, ending gender-based violence and harmful practices (such as female genital mutilation and child marriage) and strengthening the women’s movement in Africa. FEMNET continues to be intentional in influencing decisions made at national, regional and global levels, constantly ensuring African women voices are amplified and their needs, priorities and aspirations are prioritized in key policy dialogues and outcomes that have direct and indirect impact on their lives.

FEMNET through UNFPA Spotlight Initiative is implementing an FGM Project in Kenya, Somalia, Egypt, Niger, and Guinea.  The project will engage young girls and women, in girls’ activism, training, solidarity actions, online and media campaigns.


  1. Objective of the Consultancy

To support FEMNET’s work within the coalition and Spotlight initiative in five target countries (Kenya, Somalia, Niger, Somalia, Guinea and Egypt) and oversee harmonization and coordination of the programme components for results.

The Programme Coordinator will work in close collaboration with FEMNET secretariat and regional teams in various countries who will support this programme, as well as assist other staff and FEMNET to perform the role assigned to them under the Spotlight Initiative project.

  1. Terms of Reference

Specific tasks to be performed by the consultant

Working closely with the SRHR Lead, and other staff and departments, the project coordinator will be expected to:

  1. Coordinate the implementation and management of the Ending FGM project in Kenya, Niger, Somalia, Guinea, Egypt
  • Work closely with different coalition working on ending FGM to ensure a coordinated, well-functioning and aligned presence of the project.
  • Work closely with FEMNET and UNFPA to support in overseeing implementation, schedules, deliverables, and budgets as articulated in the programme document and liaise with the Spotlight Secretariat when programme revisions are foreseen.
  • Ensure the programme is implemented in compliance with the approved document and in collaboration with UNFPA, Implementing Partners and the National Steering Committee (NSC).
  • Provide strategic support to achieve programme outcomes, consolidate AWP, budgets, and reports.
  • Lead the development of system and processes necessary for the tracking, planning and execution of all programme activities and programme-related governance structures.
  • Oversee the monitoring of the programme implementation at all stages, with particular and special attention to the analysis of risks and other difficulties, initiate remedial actions when necessary.
  • Support UNFPA to facilitate the Mid-Term Review, periodic evaluations, and the independent final Evaluation.
  • Provide support, coordinate the convening, the Civil Society Reference Groups, Women Rights organizations, coalitions, and the Technical Committees prepare working documents for discussion at the meetings.
  • Ensure the timely preparation of joint substantive, financial and other project reports stipulated in the programming document for their submission to FEMNET and UNFPA and the annual workplan including the financing required.


  1. Facilitate technical assistance, programme development advisory services, and capacity development to the Ending FGM project.
  • Oversee the technical coherence through supporting the coalition and linking to Spotlight Initiative implementation approach and strategy.
  • Ensure the project team draws from the relevant experts in the agencies to support project implementation and results.
  • Facilitate the joint delivery of results by the different coalitions that will reduce transactional costs, duplication and build economies of scale.
  • Organize periodic consultations with key stakeholders to gather inputs on the programme design, as necessary.
  • Prepare and provide guidance to implementing partners on Result Based Management and performance indicators including the Spotlight Initiative implementation strategy focusing on outputs and outcomes.
  • Provide reports to and advise the SRHR Lead and Head of Programmes on programme performance and results.
  • Coordinate with all key partners including the UN, government, donor and civil society to ensure harmonization of Ending FGM (SI) interventions with other efforts particularly on capacity-building and technical assistance.


  1. Manage budget and finalize financial reports.
  • Manage the allocated Programme Management Unit (PMU) budget and finalize financial reports and provide relevant support to the coalition members and Women Rights organizations in consolidation of their plans and reports.
  • Oversee the work of the coalition members supported by FEMNET, via mentoring and effective supervision of their work.


  1. Lead advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts
  • Lead and manage advocacy and communication efforts (in collaboration with UNFPA and other coalition members within the Spotlight Initiative-Ending FGM Project.
  • Represent the Spotlight Initiative-Ending FGM Project in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to ending FGM project.
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning.


Required Qualification, Skills and Competencies

This call is open to Individuals meeting the pre-selection criteria defined below:

Academic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in social sciences, human rights, gender/women’s studies, international development, or a related field is required.

Knowledge Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible experience at the national, regional, and international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of FGM/C projects.
  • Proven experience in coordinating and liaising with government agencies, women rights movements, coalitions, and civil society.
  • A project/programme management certification would be an added advantage.
  • Technical experience in FGM/C is a strong asset.
  • Experience working with Women Rights movements, FGM Networks and coalitions and UN System would be an added advantage.
  • Experience in leading/managing a team and coalition is an asset.
  • Experience and knowledge in of the Africa especially Kenya, Niger, Somalia, Guinea and Egypt region are asset.


Language Requirements:

English, Kiswahili and French as an added advantage

Core Competences

Innovation, leadership, people management, communication, delivery, technical functional, strategic planning, partnerships, resource mobilization, project management, knowledge management and Gender Equality

  1. Request for Expression of Interest

The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) now invites eligible and qualified Individuals to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services giving a description of similar assignments undertaken.

  1. Selection of individual Consultant

A consultant/s will be selected in accordance with the selection of Individual consultants’ procedures in FEMNET Procurement Policy and Procedures. The consultant will be supervised and remunerated by FEMNET.

  1. Duration of Assignment

The assignment shall be expected to be completed within a period of 5 months

  1. Application Process

Interested applicants should send their CVs clearly outlining their suitability for the role. The CV should not be more than 3 pages and should include the names, emails and telephone numbers of 3 professional referees. Applications are by e-mail only, sent to: recruitment@femnet.or.kePlease indicate the reference on the subject line as Consultancy:  Project Coordinator – Ending FGM (Ref: FNT/EOI/02/2021/ADV) Deadline for submission of applications is on 8th February 2020.

Applications should be addressed to:

The Executive Director
African Women’s Development and Communications Network (FEMNET)

Block 12, Masaba Road, Upperhill
P. O. Box 54562, 00200 Nairobi, Kenya.

Please note:  Our recruitment and Selection procedures reflect our commitment to safety for all in all our activities. FEMNET is committed to welcoming people from the widest possible diversity of backgrounds, culture and experience. We will make any practical adjustments to enable people with a disability participate fully in an inclusive working environment. Please let us know in advance if you have a disability and require any special assistance in making your application.

Only candidates who have been shortlisted for interview will be contacted.





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