Counterpart International is implementing the Participatory, Responsive Governance Project (PRG-PA) in Niger on behalf of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The project is funded for a period of 5 years, from February 2016 to February 2021. The goal of the PRG-PA project is to improve the collective response (government and citizen) to priority public needs. The main objective of the project is to increase the capacity of stakeholders - including civil society organizations (CSOs), traditional and religious leaders, government and the media and the private sector - to identify local dynamics that block or encourage reform (research), to apply this knowledge and to mobilize around collective action. Counterpart is preparing for the strong likelihood of additional funding to implement an integrated Women Peace and Security component into the PRG-PA project.
Contingent on funding, Counterpart International is currently seeking a Women Peace and Security (WPS) Advisor for its PRG-PA project. Reporting to the PRG-PA Deputy Chief of Party, the Women Peace and Security Advisor will oversee the implementation of the project’s WPS component that aims to make communities more resilient to violent extremism due to increased women and girl leadership and participation in community-level decision making, citizen action, and inclusive service delivery. This is a full-time position based in Niamey, Niger with frequent travel to the regions of Diffa and Tillaberi. Local and regional candidates are encouraged to apply.
- Be primary point of contact with relevant WPS stakeholders such as HCME, HACP, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Women’s Empowerment, female parliamentarians, regional sectoral authorities, regional and local elected officials, traditional and religious leaders, and targeted civil society organizations and women groups.
- Maintain contact with Counterpart – CVC (Citizen Monitoring Committees) and other relevant community-based organization involved in peace and women right in Diffa and Tillaberi, provide technical assistance to ensure women and girl’s inclusion, participation etc.
- Responsible for planning, coordination, and monitoring all activities implemented in direct support of the WPS component.
- Work closely with PRG-PA sectoral specialists and field teams as well as sub-partners and external stakeholders to plan and coordinate activities related to Women Peace and Security.
- Provide guidance and supports to the PRG-PA staff and partners to ensure that interventions utilize a gender lens during the planning, implementation and reporting phases, and that activities are also complementary to Niger’s National Gender Policy.
- Support the identification of synergies where PRG-PA can leverage from other relevant USAID projects in Diffa and Tillaberi such as USAID’s Office of Transition Initiative (OTI) Program for Community Cohesion (PCCN), REGI-ER, Voices for Peace
- Document implementation successes, challenges, and lessons learned and share them with Counterpart and USAID through regular program reports and online Knowledge Management portal.
- Develop and test innovative approaches that measure resiliency to violent extremism and coordinate with the Peace and Security Technical Director in the Home Office to share challenges and lessons learned.
- Deliver technical presentations on program achievements to audiences, including implementing partners, civil society organizations, government officials, USAID, and other relevant organizations or multi-donor task forces.
- Ensure Counterpart’s best practices are institutionalized within the program and adapted to the local context.
- Report on progress of WPS activities toward achieving their stated goals. Ensure that data is gender disaggregated and properly collected to inform project M&E requirements.
- Facilitate and contribute to the implementation of the WPS learning component.
- Other duties as assigned.
- MA/S or equivalent combination of education and experience in social science, management, business, peace/conflict or international development, humanitarian response.
- 3 to 5 years’ experience in conflict and/or social cohesion and gender programming in a development and/or humanitarian setting.
- Experience working on donor supported programs, especially USAID.
- Formal training in gender, conflict management/mitigation and/or social cohesion, CVE, peacebuilding.
- Experience engaging women, youth and other marginalized groups to ensure their inclusion and participation.
- Experience in highly volatile security situations and a commitment to team safety.
- Ability to work effectively and develop trusting relations with government officials at all levels, civil society organizations (CSOs), USAID, project staff, and other beneficiaries.
- Effective verbal and written communication, organizational skills in English and French.
- Fluency in written and spoken French and English proficiency.
- Strong teamwork, multicultural and interpersonal skills.
- Experience in and knowledge of Diffa and Tillaberi regions
- Experience with integrated youth, gender local governance and peacebuilding interventions preferred.
- Commitment to the principles of participatory team management and participatory, community-based development.
- Able to work effectively and professionally with high-level government officials, civil society organizations (CSOs), USAID, project staff, and other beneficiaries
- Proficiency in any Nigerien local languages
- Nuanced understanding of drivers of violence, conflict and radicalization in the Nigerien and/or Sahelian context.
- Good mastery of Internet and Microsoft Office software such as Word, Excel and Power Point
- Mastery of advocacy techniques.