Background and contextual information
Under the Volunteering for Development grant, DFID, VSO country office Pakistan will undertake foundational groundwork in the thematic sector of gender and social inclusion in order to develop a basis for its combating gender-based violence signature programme and conduct research to generate evidence on status of women/gender in Pakistan and demonstrate social exclusion trends, gaps and challenges. This intervention for year 1 will set forth work of VSO for the future and will identify key strategic relationships and enable VSO to be represented at high level meetings.
The role will create linkages and build relationships with key stakeholders (working on women/gender issues) from government, civil society, non-governmental organisations, the United Nations, international non-governmental organisations, activists, alliances and/or other relevant practitioners as well as maintain and sustain them. By strategic positioning, these relationships will enable VSO to identify future interventions as well as be able to have representation at meetings, events contributing towards the achievement of SDG5. This role is based in Islamabad with travel to the field occasionally to meet with and establish relationships with gender thematic working groups etc. for VSO to have representation at such high level meetings. In addition this role will also support the Social Exclusion and Gender Analysis (SEGA) work which will strengthen the development of the Signature Programme, in turn this placement will also contribute towards the consolidation of existing evidences on the trends of women/gender issues and data collection in Pakistan with particular regard to those most marginalised. This position will also act as a liaison between the team/consultant and other external stakeholders as well as possible reach out to the primary actors at the grass roots level. Moreover, case studies will also be documented demonstrating status of women/gender in Pakistan and SDGs.
Duties and Responsibilities
Coordinating and building strategic partnerships
To identify and engage existing working groups/taskforces/other stakeholders and to build linkages and relationships including the Pakistan Forum for Democratic Policing
To participate in gender practitioners meetings, identify entry points for VSO and organize meetings with key stakeholders such as government, INGOs, UN etc.
To maintain a functioning database of contacts with a variety of stakeholders to gain better understanding of gender development agenda
Social Exclusion and Gender Analysis (SEGA)
To remain a focal point for review of SEGA of all programmes and establish linkages with primary actors and key stakeholders
To support in the consolidation of existing evidence (secondary data) and emerging trends on status of gender/GBV in Pakistan especially those most marginalized
In close collaboration with M&E officer, design methodologies and methods for participatory research into
Conduct structured surveys, FGDs, interviews and consultation to collect primary data from a range of stakeholders.
Analyse both quantitative and qualitative data and compile research reports or short summary reports for country office evidence based programming from the lens of social inclusion and gender mainstreaming.
Coordinate research dissemination and follow up activities and generating evidence from the current gender project for gender SIG signature programme development
Maintain and update project database.
Programme Planning & Reporting
To support in developing and implementing quarterly and monthly plans for the project
Other Duties – Fulfil other appropriate level responsibilities as defined by the line manager.
Abide by VSO core values and other VSO policies regarding Safeguarding, Gender Sensitivity, Child Protection, Data Protection Act, Confidentiality and Security.
Coordinating and establishing working relationships
Demonstrates/safeguarding ethics and integrity, knowledge and sound judgment. Acting as a team player and facilitating team work. Provides and responds constructively to feedback (correction or recognition)
Open Minded and Respectful
A non-judgemental approach that values other people and culture.
Seeking and Sharing Knowledge
Recognition that learning is a two-way and continuous process.
A flexible approach and the ability to adapt behaviour and sensitivity to different situations.
The self-confidence to work with a variety of situations, diverse people and ambiguity.
Required Skills and Experience
Masters in social sciences, gender studies, international development or any related discipline related to women’s issues/gender and research in Pakistan
2-3 years’ gender thematic work experience in Pakistan, knowledge of the local context, gaps and challenges to achieving SDG5
Shows pride in work and achievements
Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
Remains calm in stressful situations;
Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Knowledge and understanding of development issues in Pakistan:
Social, institutional and political environment, local power structures,
laws on women (national and international commitments)
Good understanding of the global goals and national commitments of Pakistan
Direct experience of working cross-culturally
Ability to communicate to a range of audiences
Promote sharing and learning between cultures
Strong verbal and written communication
Ability to correspond with key stakeholders and range of audiences
Fluency in English (written/verbal) and local languages
Ability to work on one’s own initiative, with little guidance.
To apply online, click on:https://www.vsointernational.org/volunteering/volunteering-pro/jobs/social-inclusion-and-gender-research-officer-national-volunteer-a0md000000bewuqiaz. Deadline for online application submission is 17th July.