Women's Economic Justice Advocacy Advisor – Asia
CARE Bangladesh

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Position: Women's Economic Justice Advocacy Advisor – Asia

Position Title, Location & Contract Duration

Women's Economic Justice Advocacy Advisor – Asia

1 position, based in CARE Bangladesh Dhaka Office with reporting to the Deputy Regional Director, Program Quality - Asia under CARE Asia Regional Office.

The duration of the proposed contract will be 6 months from the date of joining.

I.             Job Summary:  

CARE is one of the world's leading international humanitarian and development organizations, committed to helping people in poor communities improve their lives and alleviate poverty. Founded in 1945, CARE is working across 94 countries to fight global poverty and marginalization. CARE has been active in Bangladesh since 1949 being one of the largest country offices of CARE. CARE works to help people achieve social and economic well-being, while being among the best in their fields. In CARE put women and girls at the center of our work because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. CARE Bangladesh is currently shifting towards a program approach, where it has developed longer-term impact visions to have more sustainable changes in the lives of the extreme poor and marginalized.

In a period of unprecedented economic uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, CARE in Asia understand the criticality of placing women’s economic justice at the center of efforts for global recovery. Alongside program efforts, effective advocacy is an essential element of our strategy. The Women’s Economic Justice (WEJ) Advocacy Advisor- Asia plays a leadership role in shaping and delivering advocacy strategies for CARE’s work across the Asia region related to three main themes: dignified work (with a particular focus on Dignified Work for female garment workers via the “Made by Women” strategy), women & value chains and financial inclusion.  Working directly with a regional team while also maintaining links to both global and country teams, the WEJ Advocacy Advisor – Asia will conduct analysis to identify and advance Women’s Economic Justice/Made by Women advocacy priorities; provide capacity building and technical support to country programs, including on capturing the results of advocacy initiatives; lead specific regional initiatives; and prepare advocacy, campaign messaging and talking points. In addition, the WEJ Advocacy Advisor – Asia will develop and build strategic partnerships to advance advocacy priorities and play a key representational role in external forums.

 

II. Responsibilities and Tasks:

      % of Time

Responsibility # 1: Support to Made by Women Strategy

      50%

  • Technical support and capacity building
  •  Provide direct technical support for a multi-country program on worker well-being, supporting timely delivery of quality advocacy plans and initiatives
  • Management of a small grants mechanism available to country programs to advance advocacy initiatives on dignified work for female garment workers, ensuring activities are strategic and outcomes focused
  • Develop and implement an annual plan of technical support for country program advocacy initiatives in line with regional and global efforts, including ratification of the ILO Convention on Ending Violence and Harassment in the World of Work (ILO190), and other relevant advocacy issues to advance strategy
  • Design and implement advocacy initiatives
  • In collaboration with the regional team and country program teams, proactively identify priority advocacy issues and policy windows, analyze options for engagement and develop associated action plans to advance impacts through the Made by Women program
  • Compile monthly summary updates of international, regional and national policy and dialogue relevant to the program, to inform advocacy planning and to promote CARE’s role in influencing agendas.

 

Responsibility # 2: Support to wider Women’s Economic Justice Work

35%

  • Women & Value Chains: support country-level efforts and maximize regional and global opportunities to raise awareness and understanding of WEJ in the private sector at the national level (such as amongst agro-dealers, farm shops, small and medium-sized enterprises, cooperatives). 
  • Financial Inclusion: support country-level efforts and maximize regional and global opportunities to promote financial inclusion, and enable tangible progressive steps to financial inclusion for women such as the removal of regulatory barriers to savings groups and formal banking institutions
  • Dignified Work: support country-level efforts to expand current advocacy efforts, including but not limited to promoting better policies to protect women workers in the informal sector, funding and policies for rural-urban and cross-border migrants facing lack of livelihood opportunities, broaden ILO advocacy work to also look at other related gender equality conventions.

 

Responsibility # 3: Over-arching Responsibilities

15%

  • Design and implement advocacy initiatives
  • Co-ordinate CARE’s engagement in strategic advocacy initiatives at regional level alongside the Regional Advocacy Advisor – Humanitarian, where relevant
  • Generate media releases, advocacy briefs, talking points, research briefs, and key messages for campaigns and to position CARE as a thought leader in relevant policy debates
  • Conduct specific, relevant and timely research or analyses to inform advocacy
  • Technical support and capacity building
  • Provide technical support to country offices to ensure results of advocacy initiatives are captured, and strengthen program learning and documentation on advocacy initiatives
  • Ensure lessons from country programs across Asia inform global and regional agendas and decision making
  • Networking
  • Develop and strengthen external strategic partnerships on regional program priorities, in consultation with key staff
  • Develop and maintain strong internal relationships with the Asia regional team, focal points in country programs and global advocacy teams

 

 

III.           Reporting to:  

Reporting to the Deputy Regional Director, Program Quality - Asia under CARE Asia Regional Office.

 

IV.          Working Condition:  

The position is based at CARE Bangladesh Dhaka Office.

 

  1. Qualification:
  • 8 - 10 years’ relevant work experience in an International NGO focused on Advocacy with at least 5 years’ experience in Managerial role in relevant field
  • Masters or equivalent degree in related subjects
  • Experience working in a regional capacity, preferably Asia.
  • Relevant International development experience.
  1. Core Competencies
  • Demonstrated experience in providing advocacy technical support, training and capacity building to country program teams
  • Experience in designing advocacy initiatives with a focus on gender equality
  • High level analytical skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English and experience in generating policy and research briefs
  • Ability to work well under pressure and work to deadlines
  • Excellent representation and communication skills, including in cross cultural work contexts
  • Ability to develop and maintain networks with remote based teams and to work within matrix management environments
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of CARE.
  •  Ensure and Promote GEDI and be GEDI sensitive, creating an enabling environment where diversity can flourish and all staff and stakeholders experience inclusion and appreciation.

Candidates need to be highly motivated and committed to CARE Bangladesh’s vision, mission, and long-term development work to significantly improve the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalized Candidates must be capable of displaying great learning agility, support and encourage knowledge sharing across projects, for the ultimate benefit of all of CARE’s mission wide initiatives.

Compensation

Attractive remuneration package will be offered to the really deserving candidate.

Interested candidates meeting the above requirements should apply through CARE Bangladesh’s e-recruitment site: http://www.er-carebangladesh.org/care-recruitment/home on or before October 28, 2020.

Note:

  • CARE Bangladesh aims to attract and select a diverse workforce ensuring equal opportunity to everyone, irrespective of race, age, gender, HIV status, class, ethnicity, disability, location and religion.
  • Women are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Any personal persuasion/phone-call will result in disqualification of candidature. We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria.
  • CARE Bangladesh has a non-negotiable policy of ZERO TOLERANCE towards discrimination, harassment and abuse. All employees are expected to abide by the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse & Child Protection Policy of CARE Bangladesh.
  • Internal and external applicants shall be treated equally in the entire selection process.
  • To ensure transparent processes during recruitment, internal candidates should discuss potential applications with their Line Managers to ensure endorsement of their applications by respective Line Managers.
  • There is no cost involved with applying for positions with CARE Bangladesh. Any solicitation of job application costs should be regarded as fraudulent.
 
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