CARE seeks a Senior Advisor, Partnership, and Social Accountability for the anticipated USAID-funded Empowered Communities Activity (ECA) in Ethiopia. This project will focus on strengthening the understanding, ownership, accountability, and quality of Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH-N) services. This activity will identify opportunities and solutions to strengthen women and girls’ involvement in decision-making that affects how RMNCAH-N services are delivered or adapted.
The Advisor will report directly to the COP or DCoP. S/he will serve as project technical lead of the partnership and accountability efforts towards quality design and implementation that ensure women’s empowerment and gender equality. The Advisor will coordinate partnerships and accountability-related tasks in collaboration with country office technical teams. The Advisor will oversee the integration of social accountability and partnership strategy in ECA as well as within CARE and with partners in ECA locations; advice monitoring, evaluation, and learning events related to partnership and social accountability. The advisor will also serve as the main point of contact for all partnership and accountability communications internally and at the global level to ensure ECA and CARE Ethiopia are fully represented and visible among donors and peers including government, non-government, private sector, research institutes and community partners.
This position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and is contingent upon award and donor approval. Application deadline: 26th May 2023.
- Lead on and periodically update the partnership strategy, including identification of strategic partners and relationship cultivation at all levels.
- Design and lead local subgrantee partner selection processes for a range of diverse types of partners, including government, NGO, private sector, and research institutions.
- Lead the orientation of new partners during bids, project designs, implementation, review, and feedback processes.
- Participate in detailed implementation planning and annual reviews to ensure alignment with CARE Ethiopia commitments.
- Support the review of partnership practices, and recommend, and facilitate improvements.
- Produce annual review reports on social accountability mechanisms and partnership practices.
- Develop the project accountability strategy in collaboration with other staff, local government stakeholders, and local subgrantees aligned with the Ethiopian MoH policy and guidance.
- Develop indicators to measure results in the areas of partnership and accountability.
- Ensure the adoption and implementation of strategic partnership guidelines and other CARE standards.
- Provide technical support to project partners to develop or operationalize strategic partnerships and accountability mechanisms.
- Ensure that the accountability and partnership analysis results inform the project design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
- Ensure partnership and impact at scale scores are widely shared.
- Conduct technical and operational partner capacity assessments, prepare learning plans, and lead their implementation.
- Lead the development and facilitation of training and capacity building related to leadership, partnership, and accountability.
- Continuously update staff and partners on emerging issues to enhance and sustain conceptual clarity and awareness of partners’ and others’ best practices.
- Design and lead partnership surveys, analyze results, and write reports to inform the adaptive management process of ECA.
- Advise and help promote appropriate community mobilization strategies aligned with the partnership and accountability strategies of the project.
- Co-Lead staff transformation sessions with project teams and support the staff transformation work of project partners, including government partners.
- Set up systems to monitor ECA’s partnership performance/achievements & ensure consistent actions.
- Keep up to date with developments in partnership and accountability including best practices in-country, regionally, and globally, and ensure ongoing personal development and learning.
- Support the use of ECA’s accountability and impact at scale learning into evidence-based policy influence.
- Actively engage in program evaluations & assessments & based on the assessment outcomes provide strategic recommendations to further strengthen program intervention in areas of impact at scale.
- Participate in partnership-related task forces and working groups within CARE, at the national and international levels.
- Represent CARE professionally; organize and participate in cross-visits within CARE and with other organizations.
- Demonstrated work experience in development-related areas, conversant with adult learning and training of trainers methodologies, and practical experience in women and MNCAH+N programming.
- Substantial experience cultivating and managing capacity building and partnership activities in community health programming.
- Demonstrated commitment to CARE values, efforts to champion poor and marginalized communities and to promote social justice and gender equality.
- Proven experience in strategic planning and ability to effectively articulate strategy to internal and external stakeholders.
- Proactive, initiative-taker with experience building strategic organizational relationships.
- Demonstrated technical and managerial ability, sound judgment, and ability to interact and work effectively with others at all levels.
- Demonstrated experience working with diverse partners.
- Excellent networking and negotiation skills.
- Excellent planning, organizational, analytical, and decision-making skills.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Fluency in a local language is desired.
- Demonstrated commitment to principles of Gender Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, as evidenced in previous management positions and programming.
- Demonstrated commitment to Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Harassment (PSEAH).
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