Programme Officer- Economic Justice and Rights At The African Women’s Development and Communications Network


The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) is pan-African based, membership organisation established in 1988 to amplify African women’s voices and advance women’s and girls’ rights and gender equality. FEMNET has over 600 members, both individuals and Women’s Rights Organisations working across the African continent and diaspora to realise Gender Equality and Women and girls’ human rights.

FEMNET’s economic justice work focuses on the intersection of women’s rights and macro level economic policy work. Macroeconomic policies continue to shape everyday realities of women and girls across the world – from inadequate access to healthcare to the burden of unpaid care work that women continue to do those subsidies economies without being reflected in national accounts. FEMNET envisions macroeconomic spaces that are transformative, responsive and inclusive towards ensuring a just, equitable and fair world for all.

FEMNET’s work on economic justice was informed by a series of consultations with women’s rights groups as well as African feminist economists who pointed to the need to increase capacity to influence macroeconomic policies on the continent and globally as a strategy. The academy is an intensive capacity development initiative targeting gender advocates, activists, movement leaders, journalists and networks working towards achieving women’s rights and gender equality. The aim of AFMA is to deepen their understanding of how macroeconomic policies shape the lived realities of the women whose lives they are working to transform. This in turn will translate to their ability to influence mainstream macroeconomic policy processes and outcomes all the way from local to global levels. To ensure transformative impact on global, regional and national macroeconomic policies is sustained, there needs to be a deliberate investment in a critical mass of advocates that are articulate and have the tools to push for inclusive and gender transformative economies.

For more information about FEMNET’s work, visit our website: www.femnet.org

Programme Officer- Economic Justice and Rights – FNT/EOI/05/2022

FEMNET is seeking to recruit a dynamic Programme Officer- Economic Justice on a 2-year contract, who can help run the Economic Justice and Rights thematic work both administratively and technically. The position holder will work closely with diverse teams to formulate and implement specific activities in the annual work plan for the Network in accordance to FEMNET’s contractual obligations and internal policies and procedures. PO-EJR will ensure quality reports for assigned projects are done on a timely basis meeting necessary standards and responding to strategy. The PO-EJR will report to the Economic Justice and Rights Lead and work closely with a team of enthusiastic, passionate and diverse feminists.

1. Main Duties include:

2.1 Provide support in assessing emerging trends and systematic changes relevant focusing on macroeconomic policies, practices, systems, and structures.

2.2 Conduct desk-based literature reviews, data collection and analysis

2.3 Draft, and coordinate with the team on preparation, final editing and submission of memos, proposals, concept notes work plans, quarterly and other reports with substantive guidance

2.4 Assist in the planning, coordination and implementation of the overall programme activities, events and meetings developed within the framework of the economic justice and rights portfolio’s mandate

2.5 Identify strategic platforms and opportunities for FEMNET to provide input into economic policy processes across the African region where the project is implemented

2.6 Assist in drafting correspondence, the preparation of presentations, speeches, web releases, and other outreach and communication materials to include managing data repositories

2.7 Represent FEMNET at relevant strategic network events and meetings at national and international levels

2.8 Assist in the implementation of specific administrative services, ensuring consistency and timely deliveries

2.9 Assist and contribute in fostering good relations with the current implementing partners and building new strategic partnerships with key external stakeholders to build and strengthen the women rights movement.

2.10 Undertake other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

2. Person Specification

This role offers a unique opportunity for an individual with a genuine passion and commitment to work for the advancement of gender equality, and women and girls’ rights by leading specific actions of one of the largest and influential Pan-African feminist network.

Minimum requirements, qualifications and experience

Education and Experience

· Have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Economics, Gender, Law or any other relevant discipline from a recognised university. Master’s Degree in a relevant field is an added advantage

· At least 3 years’ related experience and/or equivalent combination and achievement against the majority of the TORs

· Experience working at the African regional level and international levels including working with African Union Institutions/Organs and UN Bodies.

· Demonstrate commitment and experience in gender and development and/or women’s human rights organisation in Africa in all of its diversity—including a commitment to African women’s autonomy and choice and African Feminist Principles

· Proven research, analytical skills and ability to apply them in inter-disciplinary contexts

· Comfortable with virtual communication – through email, Skype, Zoom, Teams and social media

· Strong oral and written communication skills to a wide range of audiences

· Proven interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-interest, multi-ethnic environment

· Must be highly organised and detail-oriented and have the ability to multi-task under limited supervision

· Tech Savy – digital, Information Technology (IT) & Information System (IS) skills, including Microsoft Office packages, MS Outlook, ERPs etc

Other attributes:

· Ability to break down complex information into actionable points

· Highly developed conceptual, analytical and innovative problem-solving ability

· Ability to communicate and work in both English and French will be added advantage

· Must be willing to travel frequently within Africa and internationally.

· A high level of self-awareness, initiative, sound judgement, personal energy, passion and flexibility.

· Must align with values as outlined in the Charter of Feminist Principles for African Feminists

How to apply

Application process

Interested applicants should send their intent letter accompanied by resume with names and addresses of 3 professional referees (not more than 3 pages including telephone and e-mail) Applications are by e-mail only, sent to: recruitment@femnet.or.ke. Please indicate the reference on the subject line as ‘**Programme Officer- Economic Justice and Rights (Ref : FNT/EOI/05/2022)’**

Please Note: Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to safety for all in all our activities. Criminal record checks will be undertaken for successful applicants. FEMNET is committed to welcoming people from the widest possible diversity of backgrounds, culture and experience. We will make any practical adjustments to enable people with disability participate fully in an inclusive working environment. Please let us know in advance if you have a disability and require any special assistance in making your application, attending an interview and carrying out the task.

FEMNET upholds the highest ethical standards. We are committed to the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment as well as other ethical breaches.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews.

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