The Intersectionality Consortium
As of 2021, Akina Mama wa Afrika, The Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians, Forum for African Women Educationalists, Liliane Foundation, VSO Netherlands, and Wemos as lead, in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), join forces. We will work together in the Intersectionality Consortium, a trailblazer in operationalising the concept of intersectionality in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). In the next five years, we aim to mobilise a critical mass of civil society as successful intersectional SRHR advocates in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia, the (East) African region and at the global level.
Description of the programme
Marginalised young people with compounded vulnerabilities are particularly at risk of facing discrimination, disempowerment, and exclusion from mainstream sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, policy and planning. Because of this, they are often unable to fully realise their SRHR, resulting in consistently poorer SRH outcomes and a vicious cycle of poverty and exclusion. If we apply an intersectional lens, we can identify how their intersecting vulnerabilities exacerbate existing barriers. It also shows which underlying societal and systemic causes should be addressed to overcome these barriers. For example, countering negative societal views and norms, ensuring sexuality education is comprehensive and inclusive, empowering youth and movement building, increasing social accountability for available, accessible, acceptable, and quality SRH services, strengthening health systems, and advocating better multi-sectoral policies.
In our programme we diffuse innovative practices in intersectional SRHR advocacy, strengthen the advocacy capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs), and – together with these CSOs – implement effective intersectional SRHR lobby & advocacy at all levels; from community and local, to national, regional and global decision-makers.
For this programme, we are currently looking to hire a
PLANNING, MONITORING, EVALUATION AND LEARNING OFFICER
As PMEL officer you will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing the implementation of the Consortium’s PMEL plan, in close collaboration with the consortium programme coordinator. You will be part of the programme coordination unit (PCU), together with the consortium programme coordinator, a PCU-officer, a communication officer and a finance officer.
Programme management and coordination
• Organise and chair the PMEL forum of the PCU.
• Together with the consortium programme coordinator, coordinate the consortium’s planning and reporting processes (yearly planning, development and revisions of Theories of Change, annual reflections).
• Provide PMEL support to the country coordination groups and the regional & global team during all phases of the PMEL processes, specifically in:
o developing and implementing context-specific PMEL plans;
o participatory data collection and validation processes (when necessary);
o documenting lessons learnt and challenges experienced, based on the collected data;
o providing guidance on necessary programme adaptations based on learnings;
o knowledge creation in the form of e.g. case studies and knowledge products, together with the communication forum of the PCU.
• Support the PMEL forum and programme managers forum in developing a learning strategy for the consortium.
• Oversee the data management processes within the consortium, including timely, correct and transparent data and information flows and data storage, and quality assurance.
• Ensure that the consortium programme coordinator, the country coordination groups, the regional & global team, the steering committee, and the lead party have correct and timely data to make informed decisions about the programme.
• Coordinate all processes of the mid- and end-term evaluations in line with the MFA requirements.
• Ensure youth engagement in the respective PMEL cycles.
• Strengthen collaboration with and between PMEL officers of the consortium partners through regular bilateral communication and consortium meetings (mostly online).
• Facilitate development and ensure quality of reports from the country coordination groups and regional & global team.
• Synthesise reports from the country coordination groups and the regional & global team.
• Prepare and compile narrative reports for the MFA, in line with MFA requirements.
As PMEL officer you report to the consortium programme coordinator, who in turn reports to Wemos, as the lead party of the Intersectionality Consortium.
What we offer
• A key role in an innovative, international programme, aimed to improve SRHR for the most marginalised groups.
• Working within a diverse group of organisations, with advocates, policy researchers, communication specialists and organisational support.
• Working from Wemos’ office, located in Amsterdam and the possibility to work from partners’ offices (note: we are currently working from home due to Covid-19. Home office essentials are provided).
• A 32-36 hours working week.
• A contract for one year with the possibility of extension on condition of positive performance appraisal.
• A competitive salary based on experience and background.
• The position is offered under the condition that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will grant final approval for the intersectionality programme as submitted (expected by early December).
What we ask: required knowledge, experience and skills
• An advanced university degree (masters or equivalent) in public health, or a related field.
• At least 5 years relevant working experience in complex international environments, preferably with experience in sub-Saharan Africa.
• Sound knowledge of and experience with PMEL methodology, including Theory of Change, outcome harvesting and other participatory M&E methods, programme planning, results frameworks, data synthesis, analysis and reporting.
• Experience with facilitating workshops and conducting PMEL training.
• Writing and presentation skills for periodic reporting on process/outcome/outputs & deliverables.
• (Basic) knowledge of lobby and advocacy, global health and SRHR.
• Excellent command of written and spoken English.
• Organised and detail-oriented.
• Strong diplomacy, tact, and interpersonal skills.
• Organisational and intercultural sensitivity.
• Experience in strategic partnerships with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a plus.
• Based in The Netherlands, but willingness and ability to travel frequently to East and Southern Africa (4-5 times per year) once the Covid-19 situation allows.
• A work permit to be able to work in the Netherlands is required.
How to apply?
Submit your letter of motivation and curriculum vitae to email@example.com by 6 December 2020 at the latest. The first interviews will be held in the second half of December 2020.
Would you like more information?
For more information, please visit our website www.wemos.nl/vacancies; there you will find the vacancy including more information about the consortium and the programme. You can also contact Karen Kramer, Wemos’ head of programmes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Offers from recruitment/employment agencies will not be considered