Crossroads International is an international development organization that is working towards reducing poverty and increasing women’s rights around the world. Working with local partners in 28 projects, in eight countries and supported by hundreds of volunteers each year, Crossroads leverages expertise and resources, North and South, required to help people overcome poverty and assert their human rights.
Project description :
UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, with the mission of delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. The organization was created in 1969, the same year the United Nations General Assembly declared “parents have the exclusive right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children.” UNFPA calls for the realization of reproductive rights for all and supports access to a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services – including voluntary family planning, maternal health care and comprehensive sexuality education. Since UNFPA started its work, the world has seen progress: The number and rate of women dying from complications of pregnancy or childbirth has been halved. Families are healthier. Young people are more connected and empowered than ever before. In 2018, UNFPA launched efforts to achieve three transformative results, that promise to change the world for every man, woman and young person: Ending unmet need for family planning, Ending preventable maternal death, and Ending gender-based violence and harmful practices. In order to achieve its objectives in Ghana, UNFPA partners with governmental, civil society and other developmental organizations.
UNFPA support to the state and none state actors including CSOs in the prevention and provision of information and services on sexual and gender based violence, particularly against women and girls includes but is not limited to the following:
Policy development and implementation, coordination of response, capacity development and training, national and community based advocacy and sensitization, data management and services delivery. Specifically, UNFPA has supported and continue to support the national partners to developed national policies including the national gender policy and 5 years’ strategic framework on ending teenage pregnancy, capacity building of key staff of MDAs and MMDAs on the mainstreaming of the national gender policy, technical assistance for the effective coordination in the implementation of these national policy across ministries and agencies, national advocacy and increasing access to the Legislative Instrument of the Domestic Violence law, equipping of the Domestic Violence Secretariat to improve efficiency, development and establishment of the SGBV data system for the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), capacity building and training of DOVVSU officers and non-DOVVSU personnel on SGBV, RR, SRH and humanitarian response, development of training manual for DOVVSU on rights based issues and the training of instructors from the police training schools on the use of the manual, capacity strengthening of regional DOVVSU officers and coordinators on counselling and case management, development and dissemination of the SGBV CODIFIED Hand Book and Laws used by DOVVSU for effective case management
Mandate historical context:
After various meetings between Crossroads International and UNFPA Ghana during which common strategic orientations were identified, it was decided the two organisations would collaborate in the area of prevention and reduction of GBV.
The volunteer will provide support to the M&E portfolio in the UNFPA Country Office which consists in tracking achievement of targets, field monitoring of UNFPA Joint Adolescent Girls Programme (AGP) and the Joint Child Marriage Programme (CMP) that is being implemented at the regional and national level. Specific tasks will include reviewing of baseline and targets outlined in the results resources framework. In addition, the volunteer will also support UNFPA quality assurance processes in the context of these programme as well as the monitoring and reporting of UNFPA my/Results Strategic Information Systems, and programmatic assessments related to Adolescent Girls Programme and the Child Marriage Programme.
- Alongside the UNFPA’s National Programme Analyst, support the development a M&E plan meeting strategic, organizational and operational needs of UNFPA particularly as it relates to the Joint Adolescent Girls Programme (AGP) and the Joint Child Marriage Programmes (CMP);
- Support the development of M&E tools and processes for both Joint Programmes;
- Provide support for the completion of the baseline survey and tracking of the targets for the AGP and CMP;
- Support provision of training in M&E to local partners and staff to improve the monitoring of the Programme results;
- Develop tools for capturing success stories and potential changes in both Programmes;
- Document best practices identified during the AGP and CMP;
- Write required volunteer reports.
Qualification criteria for selection include:
- Degree (Postgraduate studies in Statistics/Demography/ Social Sciences/International Development etc.) and/or formal education in M&E
- Two years experience in M&E in international development context
- Experience in participatory approaches
- Read and commit to the CCIC Leaders’ Pledge on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct https://ccic.ca/news/ccic-leaders-pledge-on-preventing-and-addressing-sexual-misconduct/
Other skill set/knowledge:
- Use of statistical packages e.g. STATA and SPSS
- Ability and willingness to work in a non-Canadian socio-cultural and professional settings.
- Strong communication and writing skills
- Ability to adjust to new situations easily.
- Work with little or no supervision.
- Good interpersonal skills
Language : English
- Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
- Must be 19 years and older
- Willing to conduct fundraising and public engagement activities before, during and after the placement
- Share the commitment of preventing and addressing sexual misconduct. https://ccic.ca/news/ccic-leaders-pledge-on-preventing-and-addressing-sexual-misconduct/
- In good physical and mental health (medical examination required)
- The volunteer needs to bring their own computer
Personalized support before, during and after the mandate provided by an experienced and welcoming team. The Crossroads’ experience includes the following:
- Daily living allowance (amount varies depending on the country of assignment)
- Plane ticket and local transport
- Medical insurance and vaccinations
- Pre-departure training and re-orientation upon return
“Crossroads International is committed to addressing gender-based violence by supporting the innovative work our partner organizations in ending violence against women and girls. To find out more, please visit:
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