AGA KHAN FOUNDATION CANADA
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Foundations for Health and Empowerment and Foundations for Education and Empowerment Gender Analysis Coordination Short-term Consultancy
Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) is seeking a short-term consultant to lead the design, coordination, and reporting of a gender analysis under the Foundations for Health and Empowerment (F4HE) Program and Foundations for Education and Empowerment (F4EE) Program. The consultant will work from home, and support the AKFC Gender Advisor & MERL Advisor remotely, between June 29, 2020, and August 31, 2020.
- Background and Context
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) brings together human, financial and technical resources to address some of the challenges faced by the poorest and most marginalised communities in the world. Special emphasis is placed on investing in human potential, expanding opportunity and improving the overall quality of life, especially for women and girls. The Aga Khan Foundation works primarily in six areas: Agriculture and Food Security; Economic Inclusion; Education; Early Childhood Development; Health and Nutrition; and Civil Society. Its activities are intended to improve the quality of life of beneficiary communities by assisting in the struggle against hunger, disease, illiteracy, ignorance and social exclusion. AKF is largely a field-based organisation with programme units located in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Kenya, the Kyrgyz Republic, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Pakistan, Portugal, Russia, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania and Uganda; resource mobilisation offices in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States; and headquarters based in Geneva, Switzerland.
In Canada, AKFC raises funds, builds partnerships with Canadian institutions, and promotes discussion and learning on international development issues. Established in 1980, AKFC is a registered Canadian charity and an agency of the worldwide Aga Khan Development Network.
Foundations for Health and Empowerment (F4HE) is a new partnership between Government of Canada and AKF that will improve the health and wellbeing of women, girls, their families and their communities in select countries of Asia. Taking a lifecycle approach, from early childhood through adolescence to adulthood, F4HE will strengthen the foundations for equitable development and empowerment. F4HE will is active in five counties: Afghanistan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan.
Foundations for Education and Empowerment (F4EE) is a new partnership between Government of Canada and AKF that will improve educational systems at the pre-primary and primary level, in addition to strengthening women’s empowerment and gender equality. F4EE is active in five countries: Kenya, Mozambique, Madagascar, Tanzania and Uganda.
Advancing Gender Equality through Civil Society (AGECS) is a component of F4EE and F4HE. AGECS will promote gender equality through targeted and transformative programming delivered by AKDN and local gender equality and women’s organisations partners. It will strengthen the capacity of civil society, including post-secondary institutions, to deliver this programming, become more gender responsive, and to share learnings and best practices on how to advance gender equality.
A Gender Analysis will be conducted for F4HE and F4EE, including AGECS, in order to inform the project’s COVID-19 response programming and the Project Implementation Plan.
AKFC seeks a consultant with strong gender equality and research experience, and strong coordination, communication and English writing skills to lead the gender analysis for F4HE in Asia and F4EE in Africa.
- Specific Objectives
The selected individual will be responsible to work remotely in collaboration with the AKF Global Civil Society and Gender Equality Advisor, AKFC Gender Advisor and Program Manager, and support AKF Country Units to implement the gender analysis in alignment with the F4HE and F4EE Gender Analysis Guidelines.
|Deliverables||Specific Tasks & Responsibilities||Proposed Days|
|Manage the planning and implementation of gender analysis across ten countries||
|Coordinate document reviews||
|Support the planning and implementation of consultations||
|Summarize findings from each gender analysis and develop consolidated report||
- Qualifications and Competencies
- Demonstrated experience designing, implementing, and/or reporting gender analysis for development programs;
- Knowledge of gender equality issues, particularly in relation to women and children’s health, education, civil society and women’s rights organizations;
- Demonstrated ability to coordinate teams and assignments in a collaborative manner, remotely across digital platforms;
- Demonstrated experience conducting qualitative or quantitative research and knowledge of research methods, gender sensitive and ethical approaches;
- Knowledge of the gender equality related context in the target countries is an asset;
- Outstanding written and interpersonal communication skills in English; knowledge of additional languages relevant to the target region is an asset;
- Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing scenarios, while maintaining strong initiative.
- Duration of the Consultancy
The assignment is expected to begin on June 29, 2020, and completed by August 31, 2020, and will require the consultant to work from home. Deadlines for all deliverables will be confirmed as part of the consultant’s work plan, developed during first few days of the consultancy.
- Application and Evaluation
- Applicants are requested to submit their updated CV, letter of interest and a sample of previous work to Julia Falco, AKFC Gender Advisor ([email protected]) by June 26, 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis prior to this date.
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Short-listed applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:
|Knowledge of gender equality issues, particularly in relation to health, education, civil society and women’s rights organizations||
|Previous experience designing, implementing, and/or reporting gender analysis for development programs||
|Strong communication, writing and reporting skills in English||
|Demonstrated ability to adapt and display strong initiative||
|Demonstrated ability to coordinate teams and assignments in a collaborative manner, remotely across online platforms||
Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
AKFC is committed to advancing gender equality and inclusion through our programming and operations in Canada and overseas. AKFC requires all contractors to review and abide by the AKFC Gender Equality Policy.
AKFC welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
AKFC recognizes the importance of safeguarding and is committed to ensuring it manages a wide range of risks such that beneficiaries, staff, other associates, and the organization as a whole are kept safe from harm.
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