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Consultant for Youth, Education for Active Citizenship and Gender Equality

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

Background

The Youth, Education for active citizenship and Gender Equality (YEG) programme forms part of the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) signed between DANIDA and Oxfam Denmark.  The project is designed to empower Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Young People to influence youth, education and gender-focused policy-decisions at the national and regional levels. With its focus on the West African sub-region including the West Sahel region, the programme has targeted interventions at the regional level and in six countries – Burkina Faso, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Mali, Niger, and Liberia. At the regional level, programme implementation is being done in partnership with the Africa Network Campaign on Education for All (ANCEFA). Country level interventions are being done through the respective country programmes of Oxfam, working through various CSOs.

Overall, YEG aims to “contribute to the inclusion of marginalized youth in society, with a focus on young women with specific needs, capabilities and rights, by supporting CSO partners’ engagement with duty bearers to create and implement a plan of shared action on context specific non-formal quality education for marginalized youth”Specifically, the programme seeks to achieve the following objectives:

Specific objective 1: To reduce gender disparities in formal and informal education and ensure equal access to education for marginalised youth, with a focus on young women.

Specific objective 2: To strengthen the education movement in WAF by contributing to the Institutional Development of ANCEFA and the implementation of its strategic plan for 2018-2022 with a focus on youth participation, especially female youth

Specific objective 3: To promote concrete changes in education policies and related legislative frameworks in the 6 targeted countries and in the region, ensuring inclusion of gender sensitive formal and non-formal education options for marginalized youth and increased gender equality by supporting CSO partners’ engagement with duty bearers (AU, ECOWAS, National governments) to create and implement a plan of shared action on context specific non-formal quality education for marginalized youth.

As part of interventions to achieve the above project objectives in Ghana and enhance harmoinsed and complementary advocacy by project CSO partners, Oxfam intends to engage a consultant to facilitate the development of a joint advocacy strategy for the CSO partners

The Role

The purpose of  this assignment is to provide a guiding framework for coordinated and focused  advocacy  by CSO partners on the YEG project and their constituent youth networks, at the national and local levels, using partners’ complementary resources and efforts, for the achievement of YEG project objectives.

 OBJECTIVES

  1. To facilitate the development of a joint Civil Society Advocacy Strategy informed by relevant contextual issues in Ghana as well as the experiences, information and priority issues of the CSO partners and their youth networks. The joint advocacy strategy should also link to the ANCEFA regional youth strategy.
  2. To transfer hands-on knowledge and skills on advocacy strategy development to CSO partners.     

What we are looking for

5.0 SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

Oxfam is looking for consultants with a strong record in producing high quality advocacy and campaign strategies.  The consultant will have wide credibility within the field, excellent knowledge of youth, education, gender, communication for change, and a good understanding of advocacy work.  The consultant should have the following skills and competencies:

  • Demonstrable experience of producing high-quality, credible advocacy strategies and papers (examples required)
  • Familiarity with different methodologies for producing strategies, and the additional factors involved in public advocacy work
  • Demonstrable experience of working with NGOs and educational authorities
  • Familiarity with policy advocacy work and demonstrable political sensitivity to youth, education and gender issues, preferably at the regional level.
  • Ability to produce/write concise, and analytical scripts and understanding of development/advocacy communication (i.e. strategy papers)
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills in English and some Ghanaian languages
  • Excellent organizational and facilitation skills.

We offer

This consultancy role will give you an opportunity to make a difference in the education sector in Ghana, working with a group of passionate people that are specialists in their respective fields etc, training and development, offers fair pay and competitive benefits package.

Our values and commitment to safeguarding

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom Oxfam GB engages. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation. All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

How to apply 

As part of your online application, please upload your up to date CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.  OR

As part of your online application, please upload your up to date CV and respond to three key questions related to your experience this role. Your application will be shortlisted based on your CV and your responses to the above questions. You need not comment on your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.

About us

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.

Oxfam GB is a member of international confederation of 19 organisations working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries. 

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