Technical Director, Girls' Empowerment

from Pathfinder International
Closing date: 07 Dec 2019

Pathfinder Overview
Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, we have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive health services. Together, we expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women’s lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections, wherever the need is most urgent. Our work ensures millions of women, men, and young people are able to choose their own paths forward.

Technical Director, Girls' Empowerment


Program Overview
Pathfinder is seeking a Technical Director for the upcoming USAID-funded Inter-Community Girls’ Empowerment project in Egypt. The project will promote tolerance and understanding between different communities in Upper Egypt and Cairo, including different religious communities. Activities will focus on girls’ empowerment and may include: mentorship between girls of different communities; educational support; safe spaces for education on topics such as gender-based violence and early marriage; and leadership skills development. Volunteer-led activities will address shared community development needs through small-scale projects. This will encourage inter-community cooperation, inspire girls to take on leadership roles, and address tangible community-based priorities that can be solved at the grassroots level.

Position Purpose
The Technical Director will oversee and provide overall technical leadership and direction for project, including the design, implementation, and monitoring of a high impact girls’ empowerment intervention. S/he will develop and motivate a highly effective girls’ empowerment and gender-based violence team. S/he will contribute to creating a learning culture through innovation and knowledge sharing and will maintain excellent relationships with government counterparts.

* Lead the development and implementation of strategies for inter-community cooperation and priorities to promote tolerance and advance leadership roles for girls.
* Support the establishment and expansion of innovative and effective interventions for reaching youth and other underserved populations.
* Provide technical guidance/assistance to project staff and partners for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating girls’ empowerment and GBV activities for the accomplishment of project objectives.
* Support preparation of work plans, training programs and budget and quarterly reports.
* Lead the preparation of quarterly and annual technical progress reports. Supervise, mentor, and coach the girls’ empowerment and GBV teams.
* Liaise with other relevant project teams to ensure linkages of educational support and community GBV activities
* Monitor project performance and leads course corrections to the girls’ empowerment, educational support, and GBV technical component based on service statistics to ensure project objectives are achieved or exceeded.
* Document and disseminate key lessons learned
* Initiate and nurture partnerships with new and existing girls’ empowerment, private sector, education, and GBV stakeholders/partners.
* Manage close collaborative relationships with education and GBV host country agencies, including central and local government, development partners, civil society, and community-based organizations.
* Represent the project and internal and external technical meetings and conferences.
* Travel throughout Egypt will be required.

Minimal Requirements

* Advanced degree in political sciences, social sciences, gender studies, international development or related field.
* Minimum 8 years of senior-level experience implementing donor-funded women’s or girls’ empowerment programs, including skills development and educational support around GBV in developing countries.
* Demonstrated experience in the design and implementation of girls’ empowerment, gender, education, and GBV programs, advocacy efforts, and gap analysis.
* Experience working with community-based girls’ empowerment programs, including educational support components.
* Experience interacting/collaborating with government agencies, host-country governments and counterparts, international donor agencies, private sector, civil society, and community-based organizations.
* Knowledge of and experience with USAID and/or similar donors’ funding policies, rules and regulations.
* Demonstrated management, leadership, decision making, and interpersonal skills.
* Experience living and/or working in Egypt or the Middle East/North Africa region.
* Strong speaking and writing skills in English; proficiency in Arabic required.

Pathfinder International is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. Pathfinder International does not charge candidates Recruitment or Application fees for any position, to which they may apply globally.