CHILD MARRIAGE PROJECT OFFICER POSITION

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) was established to build the institutional and operational capacity of civil society in West Africa, through knowledge management, capacity development and policy influencing. WACSI seeks a committed, motivated and dynamic person to join its team in contributing to enhancing civil society’s efficiency and effectiveness in West Africa.

Brief Project Description

Increasingly, different stakeholders including governments, international donors, UN agencies, and civil society are paying unprecedented effort towards ending Child Marriage practice in their respective countries, in West Africa. The role of civil society has become critical in raising awareness, sensitising and educating the key stakeholders (especially local communities where the practice is rampant) about the consequences of engaging in child marriage. Civil society groups are also saddled with the responsibility to effectively monitor and track the implementation of regional and national policy initiatives that governments have subscribed to, to end child marriage, as well as foster partnerships and intensify advocacy activities at local, national and global levels.

It is in supporting civil society to achieve these objectives that WACSI and partners are committed to strengthening the capacity of civil society groups, coalitions and networks working to end child marriage in six (6) priorities countries in West Africa, namely, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The project aims to provide capacity strengthening workshops in advocacy, networking and alliance building to these groups, as well provide technical assistance towards strengthening existing (or create new) national coalitions in these countries. The project also seeks to support CSO coalitions to identify advocacy entry points as well as develop effective strategies to engage in high-level advocacy opportunities at all levels.

Job Description (duties and responsibilities)

The Officer of the Child Marriage Project will work in the Policy Influencing and Advocacy Unit, under the supervision of the Head of Unit. S/he will assist in the implementation of project activities and work closely with programme officers and assistants towards the achievement of the project goal and objectives. S/he will;

  • Work closely with the Head and Programme Officer of the Policy Influencing and Advocacy Unit in the planning and implementation of the Child Marriage Project;
  • Provide general administrative and grant making support for the project including project budget monitoring and tracking;
  • Assist with the arrangement and organisation of workshops and capacity strengthening activities;
  • Assist CSOs network to develop and strengthen their leadership and governance structures;
  • Assist in gathering and analysing data on child marriage issues in 6 priority countries for networks;
  • Assist in the coordination and production of monthly updates on project to social media platforms;
  • Liaise with WACSI partners (and CSO coalitions) in all 6 countries to capture and collect updates;
  • Assist in writing narrative of project activities and disseminating same to CSO coalitions and key stakeholders including partners, women’s groups, traditional and religious leaders;
  • Develop activity budget and report on same to supervisor and finance team;
  • Assist in producing publishable articles on child marriage issues in West Africa;
  • Handle all administrative tasks and logistics required for convening, meetings (with partners and donors) or trainings delivery on project;
  • Assist to identify and resolve project issues, proffer practical solutions and ensure that project stay on schedule (approved timeframe) and within budget;
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the Head of Policy Influencing and Advocacy and the Executive Director.

Educational Qualification & Experience

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in gender studies, international relations, political science, public policy, development studies or other relevant social sciences with 3–5 years of relevant experience in project implementation within the non-governmental sector; or
  • Bachelor’s degree in the above- listed areas with at least 5-8 years project implementation experience in the non-governmental sector;
  • Preference will be given to applicants with experience in multi-country project implementation.

Key Requirements

  • Strong organizational, project management and social media skills,
  • Dynamic and self-motivated individual with ability to work with little or no supervision;
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written), highly organised and resourceful;
  • Ability to multi-task, take initiative and a good team player;
  • Ability to pay attention to detail and results oriented;
  • Fluency in English and French.

Interested applicants must submit their application letter and Curriculum Vitae/Resume, and 2 Referees (One academic and one professional) to recruitment@wacsi.org, Cc: obalogun@wacsi.org

Closing date for submission of all applications is 30 June 2019.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

(WACSI is an equal opportunities employer)