Location: Karachi with at least one week in a month in Khairpur
Reporting To: Program Manager Education
The Reproductive Health through Girl Education is a project being implemented by IRC in collaboration with Sindh Education and Health departments in Khairpur. It is funded by the Packard and Lucille Foundation, USA, and aims to enhance the quality of life of young women and girls, through developing their understanding of reproductive health and related issues, providing them training on the skills necessary to live meaningful lives, and facilitating the setting up of a young womens network. The main component of the project covers development and teaching on social and reproductive health issues, in selected IRC and Government schools for young girls and boys, and training of communities around these schools on issues related to gender.
The project is currently in its 3rd and last year of implementation, with the possibility of an extension. It has conducted an innovative baseline study of attitudes and practices towards women and RH in particular in three tehsils of Khairpur, with assistance from the AKU, developed a Life Skills Based curriculum with help from Aahung, trained several teachers who are teaching the curriculum at 5 IRC managed secondary schools, facilitated the setting up of a network of young women who wish to play a role in bringing about social change, and trained several young men, all members of local CBOs in gender training. It has also run adult literacy classes which integrate LSBE (and RH) concepts. The project is currently implementing the LSBE curriculum in government schools.
The current phase of the project involves ensuring that the LSBE curriculum is taught successfully at the 16 targeted schools 5 IRC, and 11 government), that district education departments own the process and RH integrated teaching is accepted and incorporated, the young men and women are able to sustain their interest and that the project model is documented and advocated at district and provincial level. During this year, the project will also undertake a field evaluation to assess the changes in attitudes and behaviors of the targeted groups, in comparison with the baseline findings.
IRC needs an experienced project manager to bring the current phase of the project to a successful end, and to take a lead in planning the next phase. The position is initially for 8 months, with a possibility of extension of the project. The manager will work in collaboration with, and assistance from the IRC senior staff in both Khairpur and Karachi, leading a team of 4 staff in Khairpur.
The project manager will be responsible for
Represent IRC and present the project at various meetings
- Overall management of the Project
- Monitor all activities and outcomes
- Ensure that the project is implemented within stipulated budget, with due diligence
- Correspond with IRC head office on project affairs and respond to queries regarding smooth implementation of project activities
- Consolidate monthly project and donor reports
- Manage and ensure all activities are implemented and data is recorded
- Conduct and facilitate in training workshops/ seminars
- Moderate high profile meetings
- Make presentations regarding project progress and achievements to visitors
- Implement communications related activities- printing, radio messages
- Coordinate and communicate with all line departments
- Coordinate and assist all M&E activities initiated by IRC Karachi or the donor
- Develop advocacy strategies
• Technical skills in monitoring and evaluation, • Design appropriate data collection instruments, • Excellent English writing skills, backed up by, • Initiative-taker, but also team player., • Action oriented and result oriented