Gender Project Program Officer: Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack

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Gender Project Program Officer: Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack

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Position Summary

The Gender Project Program Officer will coordinate the production of a briefing paper examining (1) the impact of attacks on education and military use of schools on girls and women, and (2) programs and policies to protect girls and women from attacks on education and military use of schools. While attacks on education and military use of education institutions can have a devastating effect on all students, teachers, and academics, girls and women have been specifically targeted, making them particularly vulnerable. Even when they are not targeted because of their gender, the ways that males and females are impacted by attacks and military use often differ, and females are frequently disproportionately affected.   A specialist consultant will be hired to research and write the briefing paper. The Program Officer will coordinate this work, as well as reviewing, editing, and disseminating the briefing paper. 

GCPEA seeks to conduct this research with the intention of informing strategies to better prevent these attacks on girls and women, and to more effectively respond to them. Towards achieving that end, the Gender Project Program Officer will be responsible for integrating recommendations based on the research into other GCPEA activities and reports, including Education under Attack 2018, GCPEA’s flagship publication that profiles attacks on schools and universities, their students and staff, and military use of educational institutions. The Program Officer will also support the research and writing of country profiles for EUA2018, with a focus on highlighting the impact of attacks on girls and women.   

The briefing paper on girls and women will be supervised by GCPEA’s Field-based Programs and Policies Working Group (FBPPWG), which is comprised of members of the Coalition with technical expertise on protective measures that can be implemented at the national, sub-national, and local levels. The Program Officer will support this working group.   

GCPEA was established in 2010 by organizations from the fields of education in emergencies and conflict-affected states, higher education, protection, international human rights, and international humanitarian law who were concerned about on-going attacks on educational institutions, their students, and staff in countries affected by conflict and insecurity.  The mission of GCPEA is to advocate for the protection of students, teachers, schools, and universities from attack during conflict and insecurity. GCPEA includes the following members: The Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA), Human Rights Watch, the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund, Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict, Save the Children, Scholars at Risk Network, UNESCO, UNHCR, and UNICEF.  

The Program Officer is an exempt position. Exempt employees are expected to work the appropriate and necessary time in order to complete key assignments and related tasks on schedule. The Program Officer must have authorization to work in the US.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities  

1. Coordinate the research, writing, review and dissemination of research examining attacks the effect of attacks on education on girls and women

  • Engage and work with consultant(s) contracted to conduct research
  • Support consultant(s) in developing methodologies for the research, including both a desk study and field-based case study(ies)
  • Edit briefing paper and other materials produced by GCPEA and prepare them for publication  

2. Integrate recommendations on girls and women in to GCPEA’s activities and products more broadly

  • Research and write country profiles for Education under Attack 2018, ensuring that they highlight the challenges that girls and women face
  • Integrate findings from GCPEA’s research on girls and women into Education under Attack 2018, and GCPEA other recommendations  
  • Organize a workshop to review Education under Attack 2018 recommendations, including their messaging on girls and women  

3. Support the Field-based Programs and Policies Working Group  

  • Convene and facilitate regular meetings with working group members and monitor their progress as needed
  • Identify individuals from GCPEA Steering Committee and affiliate organizations who have gender expertise to serve on the FBPPWG
  • Identify individuals with gender expertise to serve on an advisory committee that will provide technical advice on the project
  • Contribute to the development of FBPPWG workplans and facilitate the implementation of these plans in collaboration with working group members  

4. Other activities

  • Contribute to preparing op-eds, articles, blogs and press releases related to protect ing girls and women in the context of attacks on education
  • Prepare monthly progress reports and contribute to donor reports
  • Participate in Steering Committee meetings   
Education and/or Experience  
  • Masters degree in international development, education, gender studies, or a related field
  • Research experience, including conducting literature reviews/desk studies, and designing and conducting qualitative research such as ethnography
  • At least three years experience in research, project management, or advocacy on international education, child protection, women’s and girls’ issues, and/or human rights
  • Communications experience, including preparing and editing reports, and writing articles, newsletters, and op-eds  
  • Experience working in a conflict-affected context preferred  
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities  
  • Strong understanding of the challenges faced by girls in women in settings of armed conflict
  • Exceptional writing and analysis skills
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to work within a coalition of organizations with differing mandates
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-tasks and focus on several projects simultaneously
  • Fluency, including the ability to read, write, and converse, in a second language preferred, particularly French or Arabic  

The Program Officer will have frequent telephone and email interaction, and at least bi-annual face to face interaction with the Steering Committee organization members. In addition, he or she will communicate frequently with project funders and potential donors, as well as UN and nongovern mental organizations working in the education, humanitarian and human rights fields who engage in similar issues as the Coalition. Policy makers will often be advocacy targets.   

Physical Demands

The Program Officer will spend up to seven hours a day sitting at a desk working on a computer or speaking on a telephone. He or she will travel to countries outside the US, including potentially in conflict affected environments. The position will require the ability to travel by plane for extended periods.   

Work Environment

The work environment when not travelling is a shared office with natural light. The office is wheelchair accessible. When travelling, the Program Officer will be required to adapt to the conditions in the environment and will need to work from hotel rooms or whatever work space may be available. Meetings with partner organizations or field based practitioners may occur in locations that are not wheelchair accessible 

How to apply

Applicants should submit the following via email to [email protected] under the subject heading “Gender Project Program Officer”:  

  1. Cover letter  
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae  
  3. Short unedited writing sample of not more than 5 pages  
  4. Names and contact details of three professional references   

We thank everyone for their application but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

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