HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation is an independent development organization based in Switzerland and it has been operating for the last 65 years worldwide. HELVETAS is registered in Ethiopia as foreign organization with the Agency for Civil Society Organization to operate in the areas of Rural Infrastructure, Natural Resource Management, Support to Civil Society Organization (CSO) and Local Governments, Skill Development & Education and Emergency Response. See also www.helvetas.org.(http://www.helvetas.org/)
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation External Vacancy Announcement

Job Position 1 – Youth enterprise development and Partnership Officer (Two positions)

Required Qualification and Experience
Education: BA degree in social work, sociology, psychology, vocational management, adult education, cooperative management, economics, community Development, environmental health or public health, or related field in Social Sciences;
Experience: Minimum of total 5 years’ experience and of which at least two years NGO experience in TVET training, entrepreneurship and skill development, WASHCOs capacity development and Micro and small enterprise (MSE) and/or association development;
Proven knowledge of the training and MSE sector in Ethiopia;
Interpersonal skills, negotiation skills, teamwork skills, and networking skills (e.g., creating and maintaining good partnerships and collaborations with stakeholders);
Ability to work under pressure and travel frequently to project woredas and rural areas/kebeles to monitor and supervise project activities.
Good command of English, communication, and social skills;
Computer literate (Microsoft Office);
Good reporting skills and possessing a high degree of initiative, integrity, and accountability.

Summary of the Position

The Youth Development and Partnership Officer for YES-Amhara II will have a strong thematic background in youth employability, youth enterprise development, as well as training, mentoring, and coaching youth enterprises and WASHCOs or water users’ associations/WUAs. Technical support will be provided to ensure the project is implemented successfully and that the project’s objectives, outcomes, and outputs are achieved, while adhering to the principles, working approaches, and strategies of HELVETAS and the YES-Amhara II initiative. For the delivery of project activities, it is expected that she/he will work with youth enterprises and youth structures, and WASHCOs/WUAs, as well as, local government structures, the private sectors, and other partners/stakeholders.

Main roles:

Facilitate and coordinate the provision of trainings and formation of youth enterprises to meet the ultimate criteria regarding interest, commitment, and qualification, in collaboration with relevant government and other stakeholders in the zones and respective Woredas.
Provide thematic, technical, and methodological support to the youth enterprises and key actors including project signatories at the zonal as well as youth groups for better achievement of the project outputs and outcomes.
Support proper functioning of potential youth enterprises, encourage, and advise on additional business networks, learning, and experience sharing and spotting opportunities for income earning and enterprise sustainability.
Provide technical support and advise to project implementing partners in the legalization and strengthening of WASHCOs/WUAs.
Support the demand creation for operation and maintenance, training for water, sanitation and hygiene committees (WASHCOs) leaders and kebele leaders in order to define the roles and responsibilities of each stake holder (Helvetas, woreda water and energy offices, labour and training office, youth enterprises, WASHCOs, and the community at large as well as to make clear that the operation and maintenance service is a paid service from water tariff as well as cash collection from community exclusively.
Ensure functional linkage among youth enterprises, water users, and other potential industries using innovative approaches in line with the government youth employment strategies and policies.
Collaborate with the zonal and woreda water, irrigation, and energy offices to establish an effective system for better community ownership and management so as to create willingness to pay for water and demand for service of the youth groups.
Organize and facilitate a zonal multi stakeholders’ forums inclusive of all relevant partners to create common understanding and joint action on post-construction support for sustainable water supply service.
With support and guidance from the project manager, prepare annual plan of operations, annual, semi-annual, and quarterly progress reports based on reporting templates, and prepare youth enterprises progress, market linkage and partnership related monthly progress report for team reflection.

Specific Tasks:

Develop detailed implementation plan at site level based on the endorsed project agreement document and work plan.
Facilitate carrier and employment counseling for youth enterprises with business development service (BDS).
Facilitate the delivery of Business skill training, life skills and entrepreneurship including business plan development.
Actively follow-up life-skill and entrepreneurship training and provide capacity building training for youth enterprises when needed.
Actively follow-up youth enterprises training sessions and take feedbacks regarding the training quality and contents of training for future improvement.
Support YES to diversify their business;
Coordinate and facilitate sensitization and awareness creation to WASHCOs and end users on community ownership and management and the need for payment of users’ fee;
Facilitate training for zones and woreda water and energy experts’ on the procedures of WASHCO legalization
Facilitate woreda water and energy offices in the legalization of WASHCOs;
Facilitate and follow WASH committee members capacity building trainings- water supply scheme operation, management, and maintenance, promotion of hygiene and sanitation, promotion of use of sanitary products, energy technologies, record keeping and financial administration.
Continuous support, coordination, and networking between key actors to strengthen the link between youth enterprises and user communities (through WASHCOs).
Facilitate the linkage of youth enterprises with MFIs and other supporting partners and access to the revolving fund to diversify business.
Document and share learning and innovations and best practices through showcases, story clips, news articles to sensitize and mobilize water user communities.
Document feedbacks from partners and look for alternative improvements on lessons learnt and better practices on youth enterprise mode.
Support project manager and regional implementing partners in the development or review of directives, other rules and procedures, manuals etc that will contribute to influence policy issues;
Monitor project activities in accordance with the project milestones, working collaboratively with government and other partners.
Participate in regular project reviews and experience exchange meetings, share lessons learnt, and represent Helvetas’ views and roles.
Plan and prepare TOR for different occasions, training and workshops related with youth enterprise capacity development and community ownership and management of WASH facilities.
Work with MEAL officer on project monitoring activities, documentation and sharing of learning and innovations, regular project review meetings, and other related activities.
Represent the YES-Amhara II project and/or Helvetas Ethiopia at zonal and woreda level in events or forums that will be held at zonal level.
Interested and able to travel to rural areas to oversee project activities and provide technical support.
Volunteer for temporary relocation in one of the project zones if the need arises.
Works other activities that will be given by line project manager or supervisor.

Job Position 2 – Consultancy service for Intersectional Gender Analysis

Required Qualification and Experience
Education: Post-graduate degree in development studies, gender studies, sociology, social work, social science, psychology, economics (or related field),
Experience: 5-7 years proven experience in conducting gender analysis and assessments, designing, and reviewing projects that promote gender equality and social inclusion. including expertise in gender mainstreaming in various sectors, e.g. climate change, agriculture, natural resources management.
At least 5 years’ consultancy experience in the field of research and data collection, analysis, and assessment reports
Has a basic knowledge of Ethiopia.
Has a basic knowledge of Ethiopia’s Gender legal framework, key policies, and strategies.
Strong analytical skills
Proven ability to report on quantitative, qualitative and provide relevant recommendations.
Very good oral and fluent written English
Technical and methodical skills for conducting such an assessment.
Multi-stakeholder and interpersonal relationship management
Conflict and cultural sensitivity, following a human-rights based and do no harm approach.
Commitment to and capacity for participatory approaches etc.

Purpose and objectives of the Consultancy
The main purpose of the consultancy is to design and carry out an intersectional gender analysis, based upon which relevant recommendations will support HELVETAS and Concern Worldwide to address more systemically gender ad social disparities, impacting especially women’s, youth and other vulnerable groups’ food and livelihood security, rights, and safety, increasingly threatened by climate change and disasters, in Debark, Janamora, and Beyeda Woredas in North Gonder.

Some of the key factors in addition to gender that should be assessed in relation to intersectionality, include age, , disability, social and economic status, and other forms of identity.

Specific objectives include:
Identify and assess gender and social attitudes, practices, norms, rules, and relationships in the households and at community level in the target woredas.
Identify and assess power relationships, and if and how these perpetuate exclusion and inequality?
Identify and assess if and how women’s participation is impacted by social norms, gendered attitudes, and power relations in the household and at the community level.
Assess social inclusion and cohesion, (i.e. gender, ethnicity, age, disability, social and economic status), in associations, committees and community organisations and formal decision-making structures.
Assess if and how gender and other intersectional factors (listed above) influence the decision-making power between women and men in the household level and at community level.
Identify and assess if and how governance processes and systems effect gender relations and equal opportunities for women, youth and otherwise left behind groups?
Identify and assess if and what practical and strategic challenges are there for women and other vulnerable groups for more self-determination and security in agricultural, and natural resource management. E.g. women’s access and control over resources such as land and productive inputs, equipment and/or capital.
Assess and understand how consumption patterns and agriculture-related choices may be affected by gender, age, social and economic status, disability and other identity and intersectional factors.
Identify and assess if and which institutions, services, and emerging opportunities are available and responding to women’s, and other vulnerable group’s practical and strategic needs and priorities. E.g. farmers training centres, farmers unions and information related to, markets, finance, agriculture, and natural resource management/climate resilience.
Assess if and how gender and social inequalities and gender-based violence are exacerbated during disaster and conflict .
Identify and assess social, economic, and communal strategies for more inclusive and safer, climate and disaster resilience in the target communities.

Tasks to be undertaken by the Consultant(s)
The consultant(s) will design and conduct an Intersectional Gender Analysis in the target communities of SEGORP II.

Furthermore, the consultant(s) will provide concrete, relevant and viable, short-, mid- and longer-term recommendations on where and how to address gender and other intersectional factors in the intervention strategy of the project, considering the priority sectors, of livelihood, nutrition sensitive and climate smart agriculture, natural resource governance, disaster risk reduction, and emergency response management in Debark, Janamora and Beyeda Woreda, North Gonder.

The recommendations will inform the approaches and adjustments to the planned activities to enhance gender, social, and economic, equality, equity, security and justice for more positive systemic changes and impact of SEGORP II.

Specific Tasks
The consultant(s) will carry out below specific tasks, in close coordination, consultation and where indicated (pre)agreement with designated SEGOPR II partner representatives:

Conduct a desk review.
Develop and submit an inception report and participate in a kick-off/pre-briefing meeting.
Design and agree on the tools and methodologies of the intersectional gender analysis with SEGORP II partners.
Identify stakeholders and agree on interview approaches with SEGORP II partners.
Plan field work and surveys, according to agreed meetings, logistics and timing with SEGORP II partners.
Conduct agreed field work.
Develop and submit a draft report and participate in a post-briefing meeting.
Update and finalize the report, with annexes according to feedback and agreements from SEGORP II partners and donor.
Conduct an orientation on findings and recommendations for all SEGORP II partners’ staff and if relevant, agreed other key implementing or system stakeholders.

Deliverables
Inception Report: The consultant is expected to submit an inception report in English, maximum 3 pages. The report will be based on desk review, and highlight any observations, findings which may affect the focus, methods, timing and/or logistics of the assignment. The inception report will also include a draft plan which outlines the tools and methodology development, and detailed work plan until the end of the assignment, including contingency in case of forces majeures, such as a disaster, conflict, pandemic etc.
Design of tools and approaches for conducting, reviewing, and synthesizing the gender intersectional analysis
Draft Report: A draft final report in English including an executive summary presenting the key findings of the analysis as well as conclusions and recommendations.
Debriefing: A PowerPoint presentation in English with the key elements of the draft report: methodology, preliminary findings, and recommendations of the assessment (audience and location to be determined) for discussion and agreement on adjustments for finalizing the report.
The final report, incorporating feedback from the debriefing and draft report as well as a round to incorporating feedback from the donor should they not be present at the debriefing. The report will be in English, maximum 25 pages, with annexes.
A maximum 2-page executive summary in English, which synthesizes the key findings, conclusions, and recommendations. A digital copy of all reports will be required by SEGORP II at the end of the assignment.
All excel hosted data in English and disaggregated by sex and, where appropriate, by age, disability, and other diversities.
Orientation workshop will be facilitated for SEGORP II staff to create understanding and ownership (participants will be determined)

Methodologies
The consultant is fully responsible to propose and design a suitable methodology and develop tools required for conducting the intersectional gender analysis, data collection, data analysis, interpreting and presenting the results and recommendations in a clear, coherent, systematic, and user-friendly way.

The methodology should include participatory, mixed-method approaches (quantitative and qualitative).

The research should include both a secondary data review and primary data collection (focus group discussions, key informant interviews and quantitative surveys and observations). Stakeholder interviews may be in person or remote, pending accessibility and viability. Stakeholders must be pre-informed and provide written consent, for both written and any audio-visual materials produced with them. In case of minors, a designated adult/guardian must consent.

Data should be analysed using appropriate software and methods, applying personal privacy and data security good practices and protocols.

Do No Harm is integrated into all aspects of the assignment, paying attention to gender and social inclusion, hierarchy and power dynamics, local custom, social and environmental responsibility, laws, and conflict sensitivity

How To Apply For The HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation?

Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by sending their application and updated CV through HumanResources.ETH@helvetas.org or through ethiojobs website.

Qualified Female are highly encouraged to apply.

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Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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