Reporting Lines: Reports to the Director of Programmes
Location: Kenya. May consider remote working from the Continent for the right candidate.
Contract: 1 year Fixed Contract (with potential to extend)
WHO WE ARE:
Purposeful is an Africa-rooted global hub for girls’ activism. For millennia girls have played a critical role in struggles for freedom and liberation. From Africa’s anti-colonial movements to the Arab spring to climate justice organising and everything in between – their resistance has always sparked and sustained transformational change. And yet, too often girls are separated and sidelined from resources and shut out from decision-making spaces, their power deliberately obscured and hidden from view.
Centering the political power of young feminists across the world, we work so that girls and their allies have access to the resources, networks and platforms they need to power their activism and remake the world.
Our Ways of Being in the World – We believe that another world is not only possible, it is already being built right here and now, in the ways that girls are organising with each other, imagining with each other, pushing us all a little further towards liberation. To build that world we imagine, a core set of values guide all that we do at Purposeful: Taking bold action, Many ways of knowing, Centering lived expertise, Deep embodiment, Cultivating radical imagination, Joy as resistance, Power in diversity, Rooted in sisterhood.
CONTEXT OF THIS ROLE:
We are looking for a dynamic, feminist, Senior Communications Manager to join the Purposeful family. This important new role will help determine and then drive our storytelling agenda – amplifying work across the organisation while centering the knowledge, wisdom and expertise of the young feminist organisers we support across more than 90 countries.
You are a communicator with deep roots in social justice movements on the Continent and an embodied commitment to the safety, dignity and freedom of girls and young women everywhere. You understand the powerful role that storytelling plays in our struggles for freedom and justice, centering all that you do in feminist principles and politics. You bring a flair for language, a high degree of integrity, and are committed to finding innovative ways to reach a diversity of audiences.
You will develop and implement a refreshed communications strategy for Purposeful and identify innovative ways to share our work.
You will co-create a community led approach to storytelling, in partnership with activist advisors, grantees and other young activist partners across the ecosystem of our Funds and programmes.
You will manage a small communications team – to be built up over time – to ensure effective communication and visibility for Purposeful’s work.
You will be responsible for all of Purposeful’s communications materials, working closely with our programmes teams to amplify our work across different moments of the year.
You will be a champion for the brand inside and outside the organisation, building equity, trust, resonance and relevance into the brand – ensuring it feels collectively owned by our community.
You will seek out, optimise and oversee management across a range of social media platforms to reach different audiences at scale
You will grow key relationships with media partners to amplify the work of our community
Working with our Advocacy team, you will seek out and coordinate interviews and speaking engagements for our team and our community of partners
You will plan and lead creative events online and in-person
You will be responsible for editorial direction, design, production and distribution of Purposeful’s publications, offering direction to programme staff in producing content (vlogs, blogs, podcasts and photos etc)
You will author opinion pieces on various issues as agreed with the leadership team.
Offer direction to program staff to produce content (vlogs, blogs, podcast, photos) for Purposeful’s online presences.
You will maintain our internal and external communications calendars.
REQUIRED SKILLS, EXPERIENCE & QUALITIES
Degree or equivalent in a related field (e.g. Media studies, Journalism, International Development, gender studies)
Involved in social justice organising locally or transnationally
Identifies as a feminist communications practicioner – commited to the ‘language of liberation’
Experience in advocacy initiatives that seek to draw attention and/or investment in gender justice movements.
Passion for working with girls and girl-led initiatives.
Experience of working in a senior communications role in an organisation working across countries and contexts
Able to communicate with a range of audiences – from justice movements to private funders
Experience of developing and/or implementing a communications strategy.
Dynamic and persuasive communication skills, both orally and in writing.
Proficiency in public speaking and/or speaking to the media.
A proven interest for storytelling in innovative ways and on various platforms and modes.
Strong interpersonal skills (approachable and professional) and a proven ability to work collaboratively in a small team and across varying functions.
Personal flexibility and creativity in proactively recognising and responding to opportunities, whilst working within parameters set by the organisation. Understanding of the girl organising spaces and the social justice movement and how to engage with various stakeholders.
An excellent manager of processes, including being able to summarise reports and present them for different audiences.
Strong project management experience and an ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines.
Proficiency in use of website content management systems, social media platforms, and e-marketing tools.
Experience with Adobe Creative Applications (InDesign, photoshop) or other publishing software.
A team player who is able to work in a diverse and fast-paced team.
A proven track record of published writing.
A creative and critical thinker who can capture the audience’s imagination.
Understanding of the girl organising spaces and the social justice movement and how to engage with various stakeholders.
A team player who is able to work in a diverse team.
Proficiency in an additional language (other than English) is a distinct advantage.
1.1. About Empow’Her
Empow’Her is an international network of social ventures that works towards women’s empowerment. Convinced that entrepreneurship is a powerful lever for emancipation, our main activity is to deploy training and capacity-building programs so female entrepreneurs can both acquire the skills necessary to develop sustainable businesses and build their self-confidence and decision-making abilities. In doing so, we believe we are empowering women to take charge of their lives, so that they can decide on their own future and develop sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their communities.
To date, Empow’Her has supported over 7,000 women worldwide, conducted projects in +11 countries and is employing +40 people in 4 different countries.
1.2. Program’s context
In 2019, PUR Projet contracted Empow’Her to run a gender diagnosis study in Ethiopia and Uganda on its agroforestry projects in order to (1) better understand the gender dynamics at stake, (2) grasp what was preventing women from fully participating to and benefiting from Pur Projet activities and (3) identify key levers and how to activate them in order for Pur Projet to contribute more to women’s empowerment through its projects.
At the end of the assignment, Empow’Her delivered to PUR Projet a full diagnosis report including recommendations that were applicable to both countries. Among our recommendations, building staff capacity and supporting partnering cooperatives in achieving organizational change were both priorities.
Following this assignment, PUR Projet contracted Empow’Her to help them start their action plan matching several of these recommendations. More specifically, Empow’Her new mission consists in:
• Engaging PUR Projet and its partnering cooperatives’ staff into a capacity building plan so that they are able to address gender inequalities in the long run;
• Support PUR Projet and its local partners in Ethiopia and Uganda in designing together a 3- to 5 years gender strategy in order to mainstream gender policies and practices in their operational activities.
1.3. Program’s global content
As explained above, the program consists of two main dimensions:
• GOAL #1 (“PEOPLE”): train and empower PUR Projet local team and the cooperatives’ technicians in Ethiopia & Uganda on gender issues
Our approach to build a gender strategy at the organization level relies on a participatory methodology involving various stakeholders within Pur Projet teams and the partnering cooperatives. In order to reach the relevant staff and governance levels within the cooperatives, to ensure ownership and sustainability regarding the implementation of a gender strategy, and to lay the foundation for a successful second phase, it is essential to raise awareness and build in-depth knowledge on gender among the technicians, who will be empowered as the key sponsors of gender issues within their organizations.
Based on our previous diagnosis, this capacity-building phase is key to foster a culture of equality within the organization, empower staff to champion gender equality (in their personal and professional lives) and to act on gender discriminations in their projects. Our specific train-the-trainer methodology will be implemented in this context so that technicians are legitimized as gender champions and ready to lead and take charge of the internal transformation of their respective organizations. A dedicated toolbox will be elaborated in order to help the technicians in their mission: it shall contain good practices and advice on how to take gender issues into account in each field of work of Pur Projet and its partners (technical issues, commercial issues, human resources, etc).
• GOAL #2 (“PROCESS & STRATEGY”): design together with Pur Projet and its local partners (the cooperatives) a 3- to 5 years gender strategy that can be implemented by the local teams afterwards
The aim here is to support Pur Projet in both countries in the design and implementation of a gender strategy that can be internalized in its projects but also in the cooperatives’ operations and processes while becoming a cultural norm within the local organizations. The targeted gender strategy should be comprehensive enough and include (1) the vision of Pur Projet locally and its partners on gender equality, (2) the impact and goals to be achieved through this strategy, (3) the action levers, tools, and methodology to be employed as well as (4) the roles and responsibilities including regarding monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. Together with the first step based on capacity building, this second step ensures that a common vision as well as good practices are well-integrated in the long term by the operational teams, benefitting their projects for several years.
2. Objectives of the call for proposals
2.1. General information
The program implementation will be carried out by Empow’Her and the consultant.
The consultant’s deliverables are expected following two steps (t he second step is optional at this stage) :
• phase 1 to be implemented from March 2021 to May 2021;
• phase 2 (optional) to be implemented from June 2021 to February 2022.
All the field activities in Ethiopia are expected to take place in the Awassa-Yirgalem area and will involve, apart from Pur Projet’s team, 6 to 9 cooperatives (app. 30 technicians). In Uganda, they will take place in the Kasese area and will involve two organizations of producers (app. 6 technicians).
Empow’Her will take the lead on the first steps to be carried out in Uganda. It means that the consultant, regarding steps a, b, c and d (phase 1), will focus on the Ethiopian organizations, although some inputs and contributions may also be required from him/her regarding Ugandan organizations. A specific handover effort will be made by Empow’Her to help the consultant take charge of the Ugandan organizations starting at step 2c of phase 1.
The activities detailed below are described for indicative purposes only. Some activities or their schedule may be adapted following the evolution of the program’s execution.
2.2. Details of the activities to be carried out by the consultant
The Consultant’s contribution to Phase 1 will consist of:
a. [Ethiopia] Conducting an initial training session with technicians from Pur Projet and its partnering cooperatives
Detailed information on the exact conditions of this training session is still pending but we may expect the audience to be splitted into two groups (app. 15 persons per group).
b. [Ethiopia] Identifying, within the audience that attended the training, gender champions in each organization, and defining their role and responsibilities.
A specific methodology should be defined with Empow’Her in order to carry out this identification process. A detailed statement on the role and responsibilities of the identified gender champions will be elaborated and broadcasted.
Gender strategy for the organizations:
c. [Ethiopia] Conducting a dedicated brainstorm session with staff and key cooperatives members to get field inputs for the strategy.
As the number of cooperatives to follow in Ethiopia is large, the audience for this activity may be splitted into two groups as well.
d. [Ethiopia] Organizing a focus group meeting with key participants from the cooperatives (incl. board members) to apprehend their expectations on a gender strategy.
Audience to be splitted into two groups.
e. [Ethiopia + Uganda] Organizing 1-2 task-force consultation meeting(s) (the task-force will be constituted by the gender champions identified in step 1b) in order to go further in the definition of the gender strategy for the organizations (Pur Projet + cooperatives) and validate its main orientations.
f. [Ethiopia + Uganda] Writing the gender strategies of Pur Projet and its partnering cooperatives in both countries, and making it a pproved by their respective boards.
If confirmed, the contribution of the consultant to phase 2 will consist of:
a. [Ethiopia + Uganda] Collecting inputs from the gender champions on the field in order to help Empow’Her design a “Gender Toolbox” including awareness raising tools for the communities.
b. [Ethiopia + Uganda] Designing and organizing 1-2 extra training sessions on gender along the year with the audience that received the initial training session (step 1a) in order to deepen the learning and empower the local staff as levers of change in their communities.
Note that as part of its core expertise, Empow’Her will lead the design and delivery of the Gender ToT (training of trainers) modules in both countries. The ToT is not included in the 1-2 extra training sessions to be designed and delivered by the consultant.
c. [Ethiopia + Uganda] Conducting a specific and individual monthly follow-up over the year with each gender champion (following their identification at step 1.1b) in order to deepen their training and to foster internal change and ownership on gender issues.
Gender strategy for the organizations:
a. [Ethiopia + Uganda] Conducting monthly sessions within the six months that follow the strategy’s adoption for each country/organization in order to monitor its implementation, get some f eedback and take some corrective actions
b. [Ethiopia + Uganda] Carrying out a SWOT analysis for each strategic document that can be used to gather feedback and consolidate it in a small ”impact report” regarding the implementation of the gender strategies
c. [Ethiopia + Uganda] Providing inputs to Empow’Her in order to update the respective gender strategies according to the feedback and SWOT analysis carried out in the previous step
d. [Ethiopia + Uganda] Participating, with Empow’Her, in a final meeting with each gender task-force in order to draw conclusions and share some follow-up good practices
e. Participating, with Empow’Her, in a final meeting with Pur Projet in order to see how to r eplicate and broadcast the gender strategy in the whole organization.
The consultant’s contribution to phase 1 is expected to require approximately 20 days (field work + office work).
Regarding phase 2 (optional), it is estimated to up to 40 days (field work + office work).
These metrics are mentioned for indicative purposes only and shall evolve according to the program’s needs.
3. Expected experience
Empow’Her will pay a specific attention to the following elements regarding the consultant’s profile:
• expertise on gender issues in the farming sector, preferably in coffee or agroforestry ones
• high level of knowledge on gender and cultural issues in rural areas in Ethiopia and Uganda
• ability and previous experience (at least 3 years) in conducting training sessions using collective intelligence methodologies
• experience in conceiving pedagogic tools
• good capacities to carry out analysis and make theory and field inputs coincide
• excellent writing skills
• fluency in English as well as Amharic
4. Selection criteria
Empow’Her will base its selection process on the following criteria:
• Financial quotation
• Content and relevance of the proposal in relation with the targeted audience for the program and the described activities
• Level of experience and expertise (see above)
• Portfolio of pedagogical and methodological skills
• Existence of a legal status/structure
5. How to apply
The candidates to this call for proposals are required to submit an application file which must contain:
• A proposal document consisting of: (1) a description of their understanding of the terms of reference and of the objectives
and ambition of the program, (2) their methodological proposition for each step of the program (see part 2.2); the
proposition must be splitted into two parts, one for each phase (phase 2 being optional and to be further confirmed by Empow’Her), (3) a presentation of the previous similar programs or activities carried out by the consultant
• their curriculum vitae
• a financial offer splitted into two parts: part 1 for phase 1, part 2 for the optional phase 2. The financial offer shall include and detail both consultancy fees as well as other optional costs incurred by the field missions.
The application file must be sent in PDF format via electronic mail before March 5th, 2021 at 11.59 PM with the mention Call for Proposals PP-Empow’Her Ethiopia-Uganda to the following email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Inua Kike?
Inua Kike is a community-based organization in Nairobi, Kenya, that works to empower women from underprivileged backgrounds to obtain social and economic mobility through education, entrepreneurship, and community. Swahili for Women Rising, Inua Kike is based on the story of its founder, Susan Achieng, who took it upon herself to study for and take the exam to receive her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), eight years after having to drop out of high school. Using Susan’s experience as a model, Inua Kike was born and began with its pilot program, Somesha Kike (Women Study), in January 2016. Through Somesha Kike we support motivated women through the entire process of sitting for and successfully completing the KCSE with test preparation, financial assistance, and social guidance. We work hard to provide the sustained support needed for them to reach this milestone and the social mobility it enables to help actualize a Kenyan society where every woman can get a second chance in life and realize her full potential.
Please see our website, www.inuakike.org, for more information.
Primary Responsibilities for Grant Writer:
We are looking for a volunteer to support our Executive Director in securing funds from institutional donors and foundations. Specifically, you would be responsible for:
Researching and identifying potential donors and keeping track of relevant funding opportunities.
Leading the writing, reviewing, and submission of quality funding applications, concept notes and proposals.
Managing and updating a fundraising database.
Contributing to developing a fundraising strategy, including a donor engagement plan.
This position is remote, can be based anywhere globally, with a time expectation of up to 10 hours per week.
Our Ideal Candidate would be:
Eager to help actualize Inua Kike’s vision of a Kenyan society where every woman can get a second chance in life and realize her full potential.
Experience in writing successful proposals and fundraising for institutional and corporate donors
Experience in developing and working with project budgets
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong attention to detail
Fluency in written and spoken English, fluency in Swahili desirable
Ability to work well independently with good personal organisational skills, including time management, and ability to meet deadlines
Someone who can dedicate up to 10 hours per week toward the position.
Length of Term: 3-5 Months (with potential to be extended)
Further terms and conditions will be discussed with the successful candidates.