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18-294: Consultant: EA$E Technical Consultant
Country:Iraq
Department:International Programs
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

BACKGROUND

IMC recently started a GBV project that include implementation of the EA$E approach to economically empower women and girls in the community, including GBV survivors. This component will be part of the broader GBV program, which includes women centers with GBV response and prevention activities. The proposed project will follow a timeline of 24 months for one complete EA$E series. This will ensure sufficient time for initial adequate research and planning as well as the time needed between cycles to document, analyze and incorporate learning. It will also allow time at the end for evaluation and final modification of the EA$E model. Through EA$E, IMC will also target men and boys through discussion groups. In addition to these activities, men and will be reached through PSS-related activities. IMC has a GBV team in country composed by one GBV Coordinator leading the program in country, and GBV Managers in the main offices. A GBV Technical Advisor supports the program in remote with regular field visits. The consultant will implement the EASE component in coordination with the GBV Coordinator, the program coordinator and provide technical support for the GBV field team.

The consultant will be based in Baghdad but oversee the implementation of the program in all of the operational sites. S/he is responsible for managing and overseeing all aspects of the EA$E program, which includes overseeing planning, execution and monitoring of the EA$E activities. These activities may include ensuring adequate staff capacity building, overseeing the implementation of the Discussion Group Series and staff training. The consultant will mentor and coach the EA$E program managers who will be responsible for directly supervising Economic Empowerment officers, support in monitoring and data collection, and conduct regular data analysis exercises with staff and the GBV technical unit to determine areas for improvement.

 

SCOPE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

  • Review the implementation plan with the team and adjust as needed
  • Assess the locations involved in the intervention and provide feedback on the feasibility of the EA$E approach within the first 2 months of his/her assignment
  • Train the national staff on all the EA$E phases (support with the recruitment if needed)
  • Work with the field program teams to select the members of the VSLA, start the groups, monitoring the groups
  • Work with the field program teams to select the members of the community dialogue and start implementing
  • Adapt the material already available to the Iraq context and alternatively, develop and document the needed technical material (including trainings, assessment, implementation guidelines). Submit training and assessment reports along the implementation of the activities to the respective program coordinators and her direct line supervisor.
  • Submit a final report within 15 working days of the consultancy to include findings, training outcomes and recommendations

 DELIVERABLES DESCRIPTION

  • Conduct needs assessments that will support with the contextualization of the EA$E methodology
  • Support the teams with community mobilization
  • Conduct trainings for the GBV program teams (economic empowerment)
  1. EA$E assessment tools; assessments forms, checklists, monitoring and evaluation forms
  2. Orientation on VAWG (violence against women and girls)
  3. VSLA groups formation
  4. Discussion groups series formation
  5. Training of Trainers for EA$E Staff
  6. Training on the VSLA management information system (VSLA MIS)
  • Support in the establishment of VSLA groups
  • Support the teams with the start-up of the community dialogues
  • Develop contextualized tools for the formation of the VSLA groups and appropriate DG series (compare VSLA and ROSCO methodology). This should be done in collaboration with the MEAL teams.
  • Development of an extensive VSLA and DG work plan
  • Report with recommendations on way forward
  • Support the MEAL teams on reviewing the survey findings and recommendations
  • Review the VSLA MIS with the EA$E teams and with the technical unit analyze the data collected.
  • Conduct a three days’ workshop on the findings and way forward in regards to the implementation

 

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in international or community development, business administration, social work and social administration or related field
  • Experience in managing economic empowerment programs for at least 3 years
  • More than 2 years of experience working with community groups
  • Extensive training and mentoring skills
  • Familiarity with savings and credit schemes, business administration and/or livelihoods programming
  • Strong computer skills (Word and Excel)
  • Belief in and understanding of gender equality, women’s rights and empowerment
  • Willingness to travel to field sites frequently and, preferably, experience working in GBV programs and in rural settings
  • Worked in a Middle East like cultural context
  • Experience in managing the EA$E approach
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Management experience and the ability to work as part of a team and to foster team spirit
  • Good written and verbal communication skills