PROJECT DIRECTOR, TIPPING POINT
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This has been our vision since 1945, when we were founded to send lifesaving CARE Packages® to survivors of World War II. Today, CARE is a global leader in the movement to eradicate poverty. In 2016, CARE worked in 94 countries and reached 80 million people with an incredible range of life-saving programs. We also put women and girls at the center of our work because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. We seek dynamic, innovative thinkers to further our mission. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us.

 

Work Location : US - Atlanta, GA                            Type of Post : Not Applicable                  

Other Possible Location :                                         Funding : APPROVED

Expected Travel : up to 20%                                              Type of Contract : 

Language Requirement : ENGLISH                          Application Deadline : 

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The promotion of gender equality and women’s voice is a core part of how CARE works everywhere and it applies across all our programme areas. In our experience, strengthening gender inequality and women’s voice requires transformative change. This means addressing the structural causes as well as the symptoms of gender inequality, with the aim of achieving lasting change in the power and choices women and girls have over their own lives, rather than just a temporary increase in opportunities. CARE’s Tipping Point project takes a transformative approach to addressing child marriage through innovation, insight, and influence. The project focuses on identifying the root causes of child early and forced marriage (CEFM) and facilitates innovative strategies to create alternative paths for adolescent girls in Nepal and Bangladesh. Grounded by this work, the project also seeks to influence the way policymakers, donors, researchers, and civil society approach the issue of CEFM, specifically to steer the global discourse beyond short-term solutions. The Project Director (PD) leads the Tipping Point project, serving as a key member of CARE USA's Gender Justice Team in the Program, Partnerships, and Learning Division. The PD oversees the project to ensure technical excellence, robust learning, and uptake of evidence-based and transformative interventions. In particular, The PD provides the necessary strategic direction and practical guidance to achieve the project's goals for Phase 2 (evidence generation and ongoing influencing of the broader CEFM discourse within and outside of CARE) and Phase 3 (uptake and institutionalization of effective approaches). In Phase 2, Tipping Point’s approach focuses on synchronized engagement with different participant groups (e.g. girls, boys, parents, community leaders), around key programmatic topics, and creates public-facing spaces for all community members to be part of the dialogue. Tipping Point’s synchronized approach relies on challenging social expectations and repressive norms and also promotes girls-driven movement building and activism, components designed to help adolescent girls find and collectively step into spaces to engage with and tackle inequality. In this role, the PD will work with the Gender Justice team's Senior Director, manage a team of six technical and operational specialists, and coordinate with CARE country office staff, local partners, and other key internal and external stakeholders to ensure this multi-country program is able to effectively generate and share knowledge in ways that influence broader change to promote the rights of adolescent girls and address the root causes of CEFM. S/he will ensure that all project interventions are of high quality and foster evidence generation and learning across CARE USA and CARE globally. S/he ensures that the project contributes to CARE's broader goals to advance gender equality and women's voice. Specifically, the PD will lead strategy development, provide strong technical oversight and global thought leadership, implement an advocacy and influencing agenda in conjunction with internal and external allies, and oversee program operations.

Responsibilities:

  • Drive project strategy and results
  • Provide global thought leadership on transformative approaches to address CEFM
  • Oversee project operations delegated to project staff
  • Contribute as a core member of the Gender Justice team

Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience in International Development, Women's / Gender Studies, Public Health, Anthropology, Sociology, or a related field
  • Demonstrated experience managing a complex project with multiple partners in multiple countries
  • Demonstrated experience in people management skills (leadership, relationship management, teamwork) and guiding and supporting others
  • Demonstrated experience managing and accountability for a multi-million dollar budget
  • Excellent project coordination and management skills and expertise, including planning, organizing, and problem solving
  • Program assessment, design, and monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Excellent communication skills including interpersonal, intercultural, negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Ability to work independently and with a virtual team
  • Experience working on child marriage and/or adolescent girls' rights
  • Extensive technical expertise in gender transformative programming, including conceptual and practical knowledge of gender issues, focusing on underlying causes of gender inequality; sexuality; and practice in promoting girls' leadership and empowerment, and behaviorial and social change processes for addressing harmful gender norms
  • Demonstrated behavior as a learner and promoter of learning & innovation
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Excellent verbal and written English skills, including presentation skills and demonstrated ability speaking in external fora and with donors
  • 7-10 years of experience in international development and gender transformative programming
  • 2-3 years of overseas work experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite


 

 

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