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Capacity Building Program Officer Job Vacancy: African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) Career Opportunity

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Background

The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) is seeking to recruit a suitable person to take up the Position of Capacity Building Program Officer from February the 15th 2010.

FEMNET is a pan-African regional women’s rights network that has been in existence for over 20 years and has been at the forefront championing gender equality, equity and women’s rights through delivery of critical information, and strengthening linkages and collaboration among women’s organizations.

FEMNET has three Program areas namely Advocacy, Communication and Networking and the Capacity Building Program.

Over the last 20 years of its existence the network has played an important role in empowering and building capacities of its members, partners, and stakeholders at various levels through awareness raising and education programmes, knowledge building initiatives and training to improve skills in networking, women’s organizing, leadership development, managing and implementing advocacy campaigns and use of ICTs to enhance women’s participation in development and governance in Africa.

To consolidate this work and move it to the next level FEMNET is seeking to recruit a suitable person to be in charge of its Capacity Building Program.

Qualifications

Personal and Professional Qualities


The suitable candidate for this position should have the following qualifications/
qualities:
• Be a masters degree holder in social sciences with additional relevant training
• At least 5 years experience working at regional or sub- regional level and in multi- cultural teams
• Experience in organizing and providing/ supporting training and experience sharing events
• Experience in management and project cycle management
• Proven experience in, exposure to, and capability for collaborative work, nurturing of networks and alliances.
• Sound knowledge on gender and its mainstreaming strategies, leadership development and generally women’s rights issues in Africa
• Fluent in written and spoken English and Portuguese. Use of French is desirable
• Very good communication skills both written and spoken
• Well developed interpersonal skills
• Highly motivated as a self-starter and self-driven person
• Able to motivate people, build and nurture networks of contacts
• A proven encourager and promoter of an environment of support conducive to cooperation, collegiality, consultation and collaboration
• Abilities of public speaking and giving presentations to a variety of audiences
• Willing and able to travel mainly in the Africa region
• Willing to adhere to FEMNET’s beliefs, values and principles that guide its work and programming framework

Application Requirements

The main tasks for the person holding this position will include the following:

Capacity Building Responsibilities:-
• Through consultation with other Program Staff members and key stakeholders develop and design the Capacity Building Program for FEMNET for 2010 and for the next three years.
• Initiate and implement capacity development initiatives of the Regional Office and these could be organized at the Regional, sub- regional or national level.
• Take the lead in mobilizing resources required to implement the Capacity Building Program activities as agreed upon.
• Identify key partners, resource persons and experts in different fields to support the implementation of the Capacity Building Program of FEMNET.
• Ensure and liaise with the relevant staff members in the development and production of essential tools and materials to be used in the different activities of the Capacity Building Program.
• Manage the organization of capacity building training and other activities meeting the set standards required and agreed upon by the Network.
• Put in place a monitoring mechanism to assess the extend to which the capacity building program activities are contributing to improved organizing around women’s Rights in Africa.
• Act as the link between FEMNET Secretariat and the FELITAMO/EU Project which is to be implemented in Mozambique and Angola and facilitate the effective and smooth implementation of the Project components that FEMNET is responsible for.
• Provide technical and programmatic leadership to ensure quality implementation, and further development of the different projects under the Capacity Building Program.
• Ensure that the activities agreed upon under the various projects are implemented in a timely manner as per the work plan and set targets are achieved.
• Ensure that relevant project outputs, best practices and lessons learned are captured, well documented and disseminated, complying with the agreed requirements.
Networking and Collaboration responsibilities:-
• Develop and maintain existing networks and partnerships with projects’ stakeholders and partners.
• Ensure gender equity throughout the organization’s capacity building activities and practice.
• Represent FEMNET at selected meetings, conferences and other relevant events with a focus on staying up-to-date in the field of capacity building requirements in the area of women, gender and development.
• Work closely with the other Program Officers and their Associates to advise on their training and capacity building activities and render support whenever called upon or where appropriate.
• Advise FEMNET on advocacy issues that the Network would take on arising from the information collected through the capacity building activities
• Ensure that the narrative and financial reports for various purposes are compiled and submitted in a timely manner to the various stakeholders.

Personal and Professional Qualities

The suitable candidate for this position should have the following qualifications/
qualities:
• Be a masters degree holder in social sciences with additional relevant training
• At least 5 years experience working at regional or sub- regional level and in multi- cultural teams
• Experience in organizing and providing/ supporting training and experience sharing events
• Experience in management and project cycle management
• Proven experience in, exposure to, and capability for collaborative work, nurturing of networks and alliances.
• Sound knowledge on gender and its mainstreaming strategies, leadership development and generally women’s rights issues in Africa
• Fluent in written and spoken English and Portuguese. Use of French is desirable
• Very good communication skills both written and spoken
• Well developed interpersonal skills
• Highly motivated as a self-starter and self-driven person
• Able to motivate people, build and nurture networks of contacts
• A proven encourager and promoter of an environment of support conducive to cooperation, collegiality, consultation and collaboration
• Abilities of public speaking and giving presentations to a variety of audiences
• Willing and able to travel mainly in the Africa region
• Willing to adhere to FEMNET’s beliefs, values and principles that guide its work and programming framework
Remuneration will be in line with the set procedures of the organizations and the experience and qualifications of the candidate.

Interested applicants are requested to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with references to the Administrator at admin @ femnet.or.ke

Please use “Capacity Building Program Officer” as the subject of your email.

Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Deadline for submission of applications has been extended to 7th February 2010.
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