SRHR and GBV specialist

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Pro-Femmes /Twese Hamwe (PFTH) is an Umbrella of Rwandan Civil Society Organizations aiming at the advancement of women status, peace, and development. It was established in October 1992, and currently represents 53 member organizations within the country.  The mission of Pro-Femmes/Twese Hamwe is to eradicate all forms of discrimination towards women, to promote their socio-economic-political and legal status, and to enhance the institutional and organizational capacities of its member organizations through the promotion of a sustainable human development approach based on gender equality and a culture of peace, justice, and human rights.

To achieve her mission promoting the social-economic status of women in partnership with Initiatives for Peace and Human Rights (iPeace) and The Network University (TNU) with the financial support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is implementing the project on “Empowering Women in Informal Cross-Border Trade in The Great Lakes Region (EWICBT)”.

The project activities will be implemented in Rubavu and Rusizi in Rwanda then Goma and Bukavu in DRC borders with the aim to contribute to the social-economic empowerment of women in cross border trade between DRC and Rwanda. This will be achieved through improving their business environment and increasing their income and their social-economic welfare. To accomplish this, the project is built on improving the legal and policy framework for WICBT, providing access to legal aid services to WICBT, strengthening their entrepreneurial and financial capacity, and increasing WICBT’s access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).

It is in this regard that PRO-FEMMES/ TWESE HAMWE is looking for 1 suitable female candidate to fill the position of SRHR and GBV specialist of EWICBT Project. The position will be based in Kigali at Headquarters of PRO-FEMMES/ TWESE AMWE.

Duties and responsibilities

The main responsibility will be to respond to gender needs and sexual reproductive health and rights in Empowering Women in the Informal Cross Border Trade (EWICBT) project from Rwanda and DRC. She will be in charge of building staff capacities on SRHR and GBV at the same time she will be responsible for ensuring the SRHR and GBV components are mainstreamed in project interventions. The SRHR and GBV specialist shall be responsible for working on gender equality, gender-based violence prevention, and response, and supports the partners including field teams/offices in ensuring Gender Equality and SRHR mainstreaming cross-thematic mainstreaming of gender, coordinating and provide technical guidance in implementing activities. She will closely work with the gender officer in based in DRC and SRHR technical advisor who will be based at PFTH. She will be a gender focal person for Pro-Femmes / Twese Hamwe. The staff will have travels to the field in Rwanda and DRC.

Key tasks

Gender and social inclusion mainstreaming

  • Provide assistance in advancing gender equality and female empowerment by ensuring full integration of gender issues in performance monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
  • Support the development of tools, systems, processes, and approaches that improve women’s economic empowerment.
  • Support partners to understand the role of gender equality and women’s economic empowerment;
  • Lead the design and implementation of the program’s gender and social inclusion strategy across the program’s objectives, including in research and data collection in line with the national gender and social inclusion strategy, PFTH gender policy, and donor requirements.
  • Represent work being done in gender-transformation and women’s economic empowerment under EWICBT in relevant national and regional forums
  • Develop the capacity of staff of partners, and stakeholders to understand the benefits of gender and social inclusion and implement actions that would ensure the inclusion of gender norms across EWICBT Project.
  • Update curriculum, training, and dissemination of materials to thread stronger gender-sensitive messaging throughout
  • Document and champion learning in gender and social inclusion across the project
  • Work closely with other program staff to develop quality weekly, monthly and quarterly reports as per donors’ requirements.
  • S/he will contribute to gender policy research and advocacy through networking and collaboration with relevant civil society organizations and other strategic partners
  • Promote the use of gender – disaggregated data, and develop gender sensitive indicators in private.

Sexual reproductive health and rights

  To ensure mainstreaming of SRHR in the project implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting

  • To contribute to the design, planning, and implementation of strategic actions from SRHR perspective
  •  Strengthen the capacity of SRHR officer, 10 proximity advisors, 5 legal officers, and other related project staff and assist them to set goals and performance objectives against achievements of the EWICBT project
  • To increase WICBT’s access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Through raising awareness, equip WICBT with skills to take an informed decision on control of their body, engage their husband and link their families with SRHR service providers;
  • Contribute to the identification of critical factors, gaps, and actions necessary for effective integration of SRHR in project activities
  • Setting up the goals, activities, outcome/outputs, and indicators on SRHR;
  • Identify issues related to SRHR to be advocated for and propose possible solutions and advocacy strategies;
  • Ensure coordination with other actors in the field of SRHR in the region and identify possible synergies;
  • Link the interventions of the EWICBT project to the national and regional guidelines on SRHR;

 Qualifications and experience

 Only female candidates fulfill the following requirements:

  • Bachelors’ degree Public health, Social Work, Gender Studies, Psychology, Social sciences, or related field required.
  • Proven experience of a minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience working on gender, SRHR, Women empowerment, gender projects.
  • Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with the ability to make a sound judgment.
  • Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with culturally diverse groups.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English, French, and Kinyarwanda with the ability to write reports
  • Experience in mentoring, training, and facilitating workshops
  • Knowledge of gender and social inclusion issues in Rwanda including social, political, and cultural gender norms and challenges. Knowledge of the status of vulnerable and marginalized populations within Rwanda and their engagement in social, political, and cultural norms.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment, as well as work effectively with civil society organizations, donors, project staff, and other beneficiaries.

 Expression of interest and application

Interested female candidates should address their application enclosed with a cover letter, Curriculum vitae, academic documents, and other certificates to the Chairperson of PRO-FEMMES/ TWESE HAMWE and delivered in a single PDF document to PRO-FEMMES/ TWESE HAMWE’s e-mail “recruitment@profemmes.org not later than 23rd October 2020 at 4:00 pm.

N.B:

  • The subject of the e-mail should be mentioned “Application for the position of SRHR and GBV Specialist”
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for written test.

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