Position: Women & Child Protection Technical Advisor
Reports to: Head of Programming
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is a US based relief and development agency working in over 100 countries/territories to alleviate poverty and suffering. In India, CRS has managed development and emergency programs across India since 1946. Currently, CRS works with local partners to support programs in India in the areas of health, livelihoods (agriculture/nutrition), women and child protection, disaster risk reduction, and emergency response.
CRS’ interventions in the area of women & child protection aim to protect sex trafficking survivors, prevent trafficking of children, rehabilitate survivors by strengthening employability skills and providing psychosocial support, reduce sexual and gender-based violence and providing options for family-based care for children in child care institutions. In October 2015 CRS began a new, three-year anti-trafficking project in 4 states of India. In addition to this project, CRS’ ongoing women and child protection projects to fight trafficking operate from source to destination areas, including projects in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Bihar, as well as work with Sri Lankan refugees residing in the refugee camps of Tamil Nadu. CRS’ relief and recovery efforts following emergencies include women and child protection components. In addition to these programs, CRS also seeks opportunities to develop new projects to increase the scope and impact of women and child protection programming in India and to mainstream protection issues in emergency response and other program areas. Learning is a central part of CRS’ work, and CRS values opportunities to try innovative program approaches and apply rigorous monitoring and evaluation systems to understand and improve program interventions.
The Technical Advisor, Women and Child Protection (TA-WCP) will work closely with project teams and partners to ensure high quality design, implementation, and cross-learning in CRS India’s WCP projects. In order to achieve this, the following are priority roles the TA-WCP will play:
- Take lead role in strengthening and developing core competencies and capacities of staff at both CRS and partner level.
- Align key systems and processes within the country program to better support implementation of the WCP programs, including mainstreaming the protection policy.
- Establish and/or strengthen relationships with a range of stakeholders who can provide technical support and collaboration, as well as funding support.
- Work with state offices to ensure adherence to agency / country program quality standards, guidance, and best practices in the areas of anti-trafficking, child protection, gender-based violence, and gender equality.
- Keep up to date on best practices in women and child protection, identify and document promising practices in CRS’ programming, and disseminate relevant information to CRS India staff working in WCP projects.
- Represent CRS/India’s work in WCP to other actors within India and amongst technical and programming staff in the region and at headquarters.
- Given the broad range of technical area within women and child protection programming, where the TA-WCP has less experience s/he will be expected to identify and engage with technical advisors or consultants that can complement his/her experience and support project teams.
This position will require significant travel (30-40%) to state offices and field sites.
The primary responsibility of the TA-WCP is to support Women and Child Protection programs to adhere to agency/country program quality standards and to recommended industry best practices for implementation, sustainability and/or scale-up. This includes 30-40% travel to CRS and partner sites in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana. More specifically the TA-WCP has the following responsibilities:
Program Quality Support (50%):
- Provide technical support to state office programs in the area of Women & Child Protection through proactive identification and promotion of opportunities to strengthen the quality and impact of CRS/India’s Women & Child Protection programming.
- Ensure timely, constructive review and feedback to field staff on 7 Steps of Planning and Facilitation Guides for Women & Child Protection and related meetings/workshops.
- Participate in regular project review meetings, providing appropriate technical input and co-facilitating technical sessions/updates.
- Support the development and use of high quality project progress reports and evaluations through timely, constructive review and feedback.
- Support and/or lead the development of training materials and resources for CRS/India’s Women & Child Protection programming.
- Support the facilitation of trainings, workshops and reviews of CRS/India’s Women & Child Protection projects.
- Provide technical input into the Women & Child Protection aspects of CRS/India’s Strategic Program Plan.
- Work with the Human Resources team and Heads of Office to roll out the CRS’ protection policy to partners, and additional guidance on child protection in programming.
Capacity Building and Learning (25%):
- Provide regular technical updates and technical capacity building sessions to State Office/Operations staff and partners involved in Women & Child Protection programming.
- Support the identification and documentation of promising practices and case studies across Women & Child Protection projects/programs
- Contribute to the identification and promotion of strategic learning opportunities for CRS staff and partners in the area of Women & Child Protection – CRS trainings, non CRS trainings, exchange visits etc.
Project Design & Proposal Development (15%)
- Support project design and new proposal development following standard CRS proposal development guidance.
- Support the national proposal review process by providing quality and timely reviews of proposals with Women & Child Protection components.
- Assist as needed in the development of Women & Child Protection project Detailed Implementation Plans, M&E Plans and Scopes of Work for external technical advisors or consultants.
Networking and Representation (10%):
- Support State Offices and Operations Sites in constructive engagement with state and local-level Women & Child Protection-related authorities.
- Identify, explore and promote relationships with key GOI Ministries and other Women & Child Protection and research stakeholders at the national level.
- Contribute to raising the profile of CRS as a leader in Women & Child Protection programming in India through sharing program results and lessons learned, dissemination of progress and evaluation reports, and participation in conferences/seminars.
Key working relationships:
Supervisor: Head of Programming
Key internal relationships: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator-Anti-trafficking and Protection, MEAL PM2 – South Asia, Heads of Office, Operations Manager, National Program Quality Team, Program Coordinators and Program Officers working in the field of Women & Child Protection at State Offices and Operations Sites.
Key external relationships: CRS/India’s implementing partners, Government departments, other agencies engaged in Women & Child Protection programming.
Essential Skills and Competencies:
- Minimum of 10 years of experience in Women & Child Protection programming, with a preference for experience in prevention of trafficking or child rights.
- Masters in a Social Science/ Masters in Social Work/ Masters in Arts (Women Studies/Human Rights)
- Excellent writing skills as demonstrated through previous experience writing high quality progress reports, case studies, learning documents or final reports.
- Proven experience working with Government, Women & Child Protection agencies and networks in India.
- Proven experience developing training resources and materials and facilitating trainings.
- Excellent facilitation skills demonstrated by previous experience successfully leading groups/organizations through Women & Child Protection-related planning or design processes.
- Excellent interpersonal, organizational and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to work in a team to engage and motivate staff in a challenging program environment.
- Ability to multi-task, to work effectively under pressure and to organize and prioritize competing activities.
- Ability to analyze and improve own skills to reach goals, proactively seeking support and guidance as required.
- Fluency in English and fluency in Hindi or Telugu.
- Willingness to travel extensively (at least 30% of the time)
These are rooted in the mission, values and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve desired results:
- Serves with Integrity
- Models Stewardship
- Cultivates Constructive Relationship
- Promotes Learning
Interested candidates may apply with a detailed C.V. by Mar 04, 2018 stating current salary drawn and expected salary and giving details of three references to:
Only short-listed candidates will be notified and called for interview.
CRS is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, caste, religion, race, HIV Status etc. Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.
CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.