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Knowledge & Learning Advisor

Are you a feminist with a proven track record in the generation and use of evidence looking to make your mark in building knowledge and learning to support women's rights?
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Are you a feminist with a proven track record in the generation and use of evidence looking to make your mark in building knowledge and learning to support women's rights? As an expert in research, monitoring and evaluation and a great relationship builder and facilitator, you will help to strengthen our technical development and learning, through a feminist lens. In addition to specialist research, monitoring and evaluation expertise and experience, you will have the critical thinking, communication and presentation skills to work with our partners to draw out, synthesise and curate knowledge from multiple types of project and initiative and to support strategic dissemination. 


Overall purpose

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced research, monitoring and evaluation professional to lead on research, monitoring, evaluation and learning at Womankind, including using, developing and promoting innovative feminist approaches. Your role will contribute to quality and effectiveness across our programmes and policy & communications initiatives, as well as demonstrating impact and facilitating knowledge sharing and learning across Womankind’s partnership network and the women’s rights and international development sectors more broadly.. This is an opportunity to develop new and distinctive approaches to measure and demonstrate the impact of women’s movements. The role will also represent Womankind in relevant forums, facilitate knowledge / research partnerships and develop and contribute to Womankind’s strategic development and planning..

Key internal relationships

The post is based in the Policy, Programmes & Learning (PPL) team. The role will be managed by the Director Programmes & Learning (DPL) and work closely with all staff team members and with Womankind’s partners. The post holder may manage interns/volunteers on an ad hoc basis.

Travel Requirements

The post holder will be required to undertake reasonable international travel in order to fulfil their duties, this is expected to be no more than eight weeks per year.


RESPONSIBILITIES

Oversight of Womankind’s MEL Framework and processes

  • Work closely with the DPL to strengthen and implement a comprehensive strategy for Womankind’s monitoring, evaluation and learning, helping to identify appropriate tools and refine measures to demonstrate programme impact and support continuous programme improvement.
  • Support recruiting, interviewing, and training M&E consultants including the design of commissioned pieces of work.
  • Lead on developing and reporting of project reviews, assessments, surveys, and other analytic or evaluation processes and products.
  • Foster a community of learning within Womankind and partners, supporting partners to document and share progress, lessons learned, and success stories and building inter- and cross-regional and thematic bridges between each other via in-person and virtual spaces.
  • Oversight of Womankind data collection, analysis and management systems, strategies and methods, including use of existing databases and tools.

Support to project design, donor reports and publications

  • Provide technical leadership and support to project and partner staff in planning and implementing M&E systems and activities, data-based programme decision-making, and results reporting, develop tools and provide training as needed.
  • Support management of Womankind knowledge building and learning projects related to understanding the organisation’s impact and contribution to change.
  • Work closely with PPL and the Fundraising and Marketing team members to provide high quality, technical input into concept notes and proposals, and ensure that lessons learned through monitoring, evaluation and learning activities shape project and programme design.
  • Produce/contribute to reports illustrating Womankind’s impact (donor reports, concept notes, annual reports, blogs/articles).
  • Create and integrate graphics in proposals, reports and information products to help visualise data in a meaningful way.

Partner Engagement

  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships with partner organisations.
  • Work closely with the PPL team staff to-design learning visits and support for partners based on their priorities and project requirements.

Collaborating with Sector as MEL Expert

  • Participate in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning working groups and communities.
  • Lead and author key articles and communication products reflecting on feminist approaches to MEL practice.
  • Represent Womankind at regional or global meetings.

This post will also undertake other reasonable responsibilities not outlined above which are commensurate with a role of this nature.

The Knowledge and Learning Advisor must be committed to the mission, vision, values and aims of Womankind Worldwide as it seeks to support and speak out about women’s human rights and development internationally.

All posts are expected to contribute towards developing a supportive working environment, to demonstrate a commitment to professionalism and respect, transparency and accountability and uphold quality standards as outlined in policies and procedures, and in compliance with Womankind Worldwide’s Equal Opportunities Policy.


PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential Experience and Skills

  • Strong methodological / research design capabilities and experience. 
  • Links with relevant academic/research institutions and initiatives
  • Significant experience of undertaking a MEL role including in planning, implementing and managing projects or initiatives related to activism, human rights, gender or development.
  • Experience working on women’s rights in the global south.
  • Demonstrated experience of feminist approaches to research, monitoring, evaluation, and/or learning in social justice, human rights or international development organisations.
  • Experience of and commitment to participatory approaches.
  • Experience of training and capacity building.
  • Knowledge of institutional donors and experience of developing proposals and reporting.
  • Strong attention to detail, organisational skills and ability to multi-task.
  • An ability to represent an organisation in front of diverse audiences and situations.
  • Ability to take initiative and work efficiently under pressure, both independently and as a team member.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity and appreciation for diverse viewpoints and different communication styles in a politically and culturally diverse environment.
  • Fluency in English and excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and familiarity with online technology and information management platforms.

Essential Knowledge

  • Masters or doctorate level research qualification or equivalent demonstrable experience.
  • Knowledge of women’s rights, women’s movements, international development, and the donor environment.
  • University degree in women’s studies, human rights, international development, community development or a related field, or equivalent alternative levels of experience and training.

It is essential that the post holder is willing and able to undertake reasonable international travel in order to fulfil their duties, this is expected to be no more than eight weeks per year.

Desirable

  • Understanding of the strengths, needs, opportunities, and challenges of women’s rights organisations in advancing movements and agendas.
  • Knowledge or experience of consortia working.
  • Knowledge of and networks related to feminist activism and / or academia in local, regional, national and/or global contexts.
  • Knowledge of database design and use, data processing and analysis.

Terms and conditions

Hours                                     

35 hours

Salary              

Circa £37,802 - £44,675

Contract        

2 years Fixed Term Contract

Probationary period            

6 months 

Holidays                             

25 days per annum, plus English bank holidays, plus 3 days when the office is closed over the Christmas break

Pension

Womankind has a contributory pension scheme in place 

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we regret we are not always able to respond personally to applicants who are not short-listed. If you have not heard from us within three weeks from the closing date, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 4 September 2019, 11pm

Interview date: TBC - current plan is as follows:

  • First round interviews: w/c 9 September 2019
  • Second round interviews: w/c 23 September 2019

 

We will review applications from candidates who don't currently have the right to live and work in the UK, but if we feel we have enough candidates who we feel could fill the role, and they are already have the right the live and work in the UK, then we will have to prioritise those.


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Wenlock Studios
N1 7EU London Directions info@womankind.org.uk 02035675930

Perks & Benefits

Other than the rewarding work we do working with partner organisations to improve the lives of women and girls, there are other perks and benefits of working Womankind too. Some of them are listed here...

  • Pension

    We offer a generous pension contribution to all staff, whether temporary or permanent.

  • Flexible Working

    We understand that modern life is hectic, and not always as easy as the standard 9 - 5. We can offer flexible working patterns and day/s worked from home depending on the needs of the organisation. We also offer 5 days of paid dependency leave per year.

  • Development

    Womankind strongly encourage development in their staff. We hold quarterly in-weeks which are 2 days of training for all staff in areas that have been identified as needed skills. We also encourage staff to attend training throughout the year in areas they wish to develop.

  • Summer and Christmas Party

    While our Summer and Christmas parties might not be huge galas at the Ritz, we do make sure we celebrate our successes twice a year, and get together as a team to reward ourselves and socialise outside of the working environment.

Workplace & Culture

Here at Womankind, we are continually trying to adapt, evolve and improve our workplace and culture to the needs and desires of the team. We have an organisational culture committee who meet once a month, and everyone is encouraged to attend. Here we discuss ideas on how to build upon our workplace culture and the working environment. Over the last few years, a lot of work has been done to improve cross team working, community building and social events. We have annual Summer and Christmas parties, regular team lunches and weekly cake and tea gathering. We must admit, the eating cake and drinking tea is a fairly large part of day to day life at Womankind, so be prepared to gain the 'Womankind stone' if you become part of the team. You're never far from a slice.

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