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

CONSORTIUM PROGRAMME COORDINATOR

(32-36 hours/week)

As consortium programme coordinator you will act as the overall coordinator of the programme and lead of the programme coordination unit (PCU).

 

Responsibilities:

Programme management and coordination

  • Oversee and coordinate the activities of the PCU and manage the PCU budget (as described below).
  • Provide hierarchical leadership to the planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning (PMEL) officer and PCU officer.
  • Act as secretariat for the Steering Committee.
  • Organise and chair the programme managers forum.
  • Provide programmatic and process support to the country coordination groups and regional & global team.
  • Together with the PMEL officer, coordinate the consortium’s planning and reporting processes (yearly planning, development and revisions of Theories of Change, annual reflections).
  • Ensure that the steering committee, the country coordinators and the lead party have the right information to make informed decisions on the programme.
  • Ensure youth engagement in the governance structure.
  • Build partnership and strengthen collaboration with and between consortium partners through regular bilateral communication and consortium meetings (mostly online).

 

Reporting

  • Oversee the development and quality of reports from the country coordination groups and regional & global team.
  • Together with the PMEL officer, prepare reports for MFA and ensure they meet MFA requirements.

 

External communication

  • In coordination with Wemos, facilitate communication with the MFA, other partnerships and other relevant parties.

Reporting lines

The consortium programme coordinator reports to head of programmes of 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 8 – 10 years relevant working experience in complex international environments, with field experience in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Ability to oversee a complex, multi-levelled and multi-partner programme.
  • Programme management skills, including Theory of Change methodology, process management, scheduling, project control, documentation development, risk management and quality management, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Writing and presentation skills for periodic reporting on process/outcome/outputs & deliverables.
  • Sound knowledge of lobby and advocacy, global health and SRHR.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.
  • 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 info@wemos.nl by 6 December 2020 at the latest. The first round of interviews will be held on Friday 11 December 2020, the second round is foreseen to be held on Friday 18 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 karen.kramer@wemos.nl.

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Offers from recruitment/employment agencies will not be considered

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