Girls Not Brides is seeking a Senior Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean to work with the Head of Latin America and the Caribbean Engagement in coordinating outreach to civil society, spearhead engagement with governments, institutions and stakeholders, and play a key role in the implementation of Girls Not Brides’ strategy in the region. The successful candidate will be bilingual (English and Spanish) and will be based in a Latin American country (home-based).
Girls Not Brides is the only global organisation entirely focused on creating and sustaining a worldwide movement to end child marriage, and ensuring that this movement leads to tangible change for the girls at risk or affected by the practice. We are a network of over 1,000 civil society organisations in over 95 countries, all committed to working in partnership to end child marriage.
Our vision is a world without child marriage where girls and women enjoy equal status with boys and men, and are able to achieve their full potential in all aspects of their lives. Our vision challenges deeply embedded social norms that harm the lives of girls, women and their communities.
Our members are diverse. They vary in size, location, and the type of work they do. They include programme implementers and service providers working directly in their communities, and groups focused on research and advocacy to bring global, regional and national attention to this problem. They include small community groups and large international NGOs. Our members approach how to address child marriage from various perspectives, including health, women’s and girls’ rights, child protection, education, economic empowerment and general development.
In some countries, our members have come together to form national coalitions to end child marriage. Collective engagement helps to consolidate their work and catalyse broader national action to end child marriage.
The Girls Not Brides secretariat is based in London, with colleagues in Mexico City, Nairobi and New Delhi. The secretariat coordinates and supports the activities of the Global Partnership in line with our 2017-2020 strategy, which was developed in consultation with 500 members and partners.
Our work to end child marriage in LAC have grown in the past year, and we are seeking an outstanding bilingual individual (Spanish and English) to join our team as Senior Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The position will be based in Latin America, preferably in a country in South America, although other countries would be considered for the right candidate. This is a home-based role, with all necessary equipment and technology provided by Girls Not Brides.
Contribute to the development and implementation of Girls Not Brides’ strategy in the region
Monitor and analyse major policy developments related to child marriage in the region
Support members in the region and promote joint action
Engage with selected regional intergovernmental organisations
Work with the Head of LAC to establish and develop Girls Not Brides’ presence, visibility and credibility in the region
Contribute to the broader Girls Not Brides strategic, programmatic and communications work with the regional perspective, where possible and as appropriate.
Wider responsibilities of Girls Not Brides team members
We are looking for bilingual (Spanish and English) candidates with the following qualifications and skills:
At Girls Not Brides, we are committed to the wellbeing, empowerment and rights of children, and to safeguarding children from harm in all of our activities. Girls Not Brides aims to promote an environment of trust and understanding where the welfare of children is paramount. You will adhere to the Girls Not Brides Child Safeguarding Policy and its Code of Conduct and report any concerns relating to the safeguarding of children in accordance with agreed procedures.
Eligibility: Candidates must have a valid visa/permit that allows placement/work in the chosen location.
Reporting to: To the Head of LAC Engagement (based in Mexico City) and strong collaboration with the Partnership Team (based in London).
Contract type: Fixed-term (1 year, with the possibility of extension).
Salary range: Local equivalent of £33,000-£37,000, plus a generous benefits package.
We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. To apply, please send your CV and a brief cover letter demonstrating how you meet the criteria for this position to recruitment@GirlsNotBrides.org by 23:00 GMT on Thursday 11th April 2019 clearly stating “Senior Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean” and your name in the subject line. In your application, please let us know your preferred location. Candidates will need to have the authorisation to work and reside in the country specified.
We regret that due to the large number of applications anticipated, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
The purpose of this evaluation is to evaluate the relevance, effectiveness, impact, and likely sustainability of the Girls Not Brides Secretariat’s efforts in fostering collaborative action at the regional and national levels to drive change, and to provide recommendations that will inform the Secretariat’s future work in these areas.
Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 1000 civil society organisations committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfil their potential. Members are based throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Stronger together, Girls Not Brides members bring child marriage to global attention, build an understanding of what it will take to end child marriage and call for the laws, policies and programmes that will make a difference in the lives of millions of girls.
Girls Not Brides’ 2017-2020 Strategy represents a roadmap for the Partnership’s work. The strategy, based on consultations with over 500 individuals from member and partner organisations, identifies a set of six shared goals for the Partnership to maximise our impact for the four-year period. The strategy has guided the Secretariat’s priorities since 2017.
Girls Not Brides is looking for a consultant to undertake an evaluation of two specific areas of our work. The focus areas of the evaluation were chosen by the Girls Not Brides Secretariat in consultation with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), who have supported Girls Not Brides since 2017 and are funding this evaluation. Both areas of work were selected as they are at a critical juncture, before the Girls Not Brides Secretariat plans to increase efforts in these areas. Learnings generated by the evaluation will influence and help guide our future work.
The following areas of Girls Not Brides work in the period of 2017 – 2019 have been selected for inclusion in the evaluation:
Girls Not Brides National Partnerships are groups of members who believe in the power of collective action to end child marriage. Girls Not Brides has National Partnerships in nine countries and one Indian State: Bangladesh, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Nepal, Rajasthan, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States. We also work with emerging and established coalitions in a number of other countries.
National/ state level Partnerships work in the following ways:
Through collective engagement, members have a real opportunity to catalyse broader change to end child marriage.
The evaluation will focus on Girls Not Brides’ support for two National Partnerships (selected by Girls Not Brides), one in Asia and one in Africa.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Model Law on Eradicating Child Marriage and Protecting Children Already in Marriage is the first-ever regional model law on child marriage. The SADC Model Law provides a common framework to end child marriage and protect children already in marriage, for law-makers, policy-makers, service providers and civil society, among other actors across the SADC region. It was developed in order to support and catalyse legal and/or policy reform on child marriage in SADC Member States by providing a regional standard and to promote cohesion among SADC Member States’ in relation to their legal response to child marriage.
Girls Not Brides was involved in the development of the model law, including holding civil society consultations, and partnered with the SADC Parliamentary Forum and UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Office (UNFPA ESARO) to develop a user-friendly Guide to using the SADC Model Law. Girls Not Brides is now involved in disseminating the law among members and other relevant stakeholders.
Please note the scope may be further refined in further consultations between Girls Not Brides and the selected evaluator.
The purpose is to evaluate the relevance, effectiveness, impact, and likely sustainability of the Girls Not Brides Secretariat’s efforts in fostering collaborative action at the regional and national levels to drive change, and to provide recommendations that will inform the Secretariat’s more focused future work in these areas. The evaluation will complement other completed and ongoing internal learning initiatives of the Girls Not Brides Secretariat.
The evaluator may also be requested to take stock of how our existing monitoring and evaluation mechanisms support Girls Not Brides to measure impact in the focus areas to inform the refresh of the Secretariat’s monitoring and evaluation framework planned for 2019. Similarly, it may offer an opportunity for our Girls Not Brides members involved in the process to reflect upon how they can strengthen their own M&E capacity and systems and tell the story of their work.
3. Evaluation objective and questions
3. 1. National/State Partnerships, objective of evaluation
The Secretariat is currently considering how to intensify its work to support national level coalitions to drive change. An evaluation of the relevance, effectiveness, impact, and likely sustainability of the Secretariat’s support to National Partnerships at this point in time will help inform our planning for future engagement. For example, an evaluation of how we are supporting the sustainability of National Partnerships would be particularly useful in light of our current consideration of how to resource and support National Partnership co-ordination and capacity development in the future. Findings may also inform case studies and generate ‘stories of change’ which both the secretariat and National Partnerships can use to highlight key successes and learning.
We propose a review of our support to two National/State Partnerships. The evaluator will make 2 country visits to enable a deeper interrogation of data and engagement with key stakeholders at the national/state level.
3.1.1 Possible evaluation questions for National/State Partnerships (to be refined with the consultant):
3.2 Development and dissemination of the SADC model law to end child marriage, objective of evaluation
This evaluation will review the Secretariat’s work on the SADC model law at the end of the first phase of the project (development and dissemination of the model law and the guide on how to use it). Learnings from the evaluation will shed light on how Girls Not Brides partners with regional actors, disseminates information for further usage and rallies regional collaboration and action. We hope it will inform our future work encouraging members and governments to use the SADC Model Law and handbook going forward, as well as informing similar processes within Africa and in other regions.
3.2.1 Possible evaluation questions related to work on the SADC Model Law (to be refined with the consultant):
How effective was Girls Not Brides’ support to the development of the SADC model law and development and dissemination of the guide? What was its unique added value? What was successful? What were the challenges?
To what extent did the development of the user guide for the SADC model law developed by Girls Not Brides and partners prove to be relevant and meet the needs of stakeholders?
What lessons could we learn from the partnership amongst the organisations in the development of the guide?
How effectively have the model law and user guide been disseminated? What are the next steps and opportunities to increase awareness of the law and effective legislation at the national level?
What are the lessons from this approach for Girls Not Brides work on other regional opportunities and how might our approach be adapted for greater impact?
For both areas of evaluation, we propose two broad stages of data collection: a review of existing project and operation documents, followed by a country visit(s) for face to face interviews with key stakeholders and/or remote key informant interviews.
The consultant will be required to:
The consultant will work with a reference group made up of Girls Not Brides staff. The reference group will provide support with:
The reference group will be made up of representatives of the following Girls Not Brides secretariat teams:
The consultant will report directly to the Head of Learning.
The evaluation should conform to OECD/DAC’s Quality Standards for Development Evaluation. The evaluator should make use of the OECD/DAC Glossary of Key Terms in Evaluation and the evaluators shall specify how quality assurance, in accordance with DAC’s quality standards, shall be handled by them during the evaluation process.
The estimated total number of days for the consultancy is 50.
Suitable candidates will have the following skills, experience and qualifications:
Interested candidates should submit the following to the Girls Not Brides recruitment inbox recruitment@GirlsNotBrides.org by 12th of April: