TIPPING POINT PROJECT DIRECTOR
CARE USA , United States
CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in more than 90 countries. We create local solutions to poverty and inequality and we seek dignity for everyone every day and during times of crisis. These solutions have a broad range, from clean water to access to education; from microfinance to ensuring that everyone has nutritious food; from agriculture and climate change to disaster response. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because they have proven to be the best hope for creating lasting change in the world. Our staff live where they work, which makes us effective at understanding the challenges they face. We’ve been doing this for over 70 years, since World War II. It started with the world’s first CARE Package® of food for the post-war hungry in Europe. Our work today is as important as ever, we believe that poverty and inequality are historic injustices that we can end within a generation, for good. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us, and fight with CARE.
The promotion of gender equality and women’s voice is a core part of how CARE works everywhere and it applies across all our programme areas. In our experience, strengthening gender inequality and women’s voice requires transformative change. This means addressing the structural causes as well as the symptoms of gender inequality, with the aim of achieving lasting change in the power and choices women and girls have over their own lives, rather than just a temporary increase in opportunities. CARE’s Tipping Point project takes a transformative approach to addressing child marriage through innovation, insight, and influence. The project focuses on identifying the root causes of child early and forced marriage (CEFM) and facilitates innovative strategies to create alternative paths for adolescent girls in Nepal and Bangladesh. Grounded by this work, the project in Phase 3 (July 2020 - December 2023) also seeks to influence the way policymakers, donors, researchers, and civil society approach the issue of CEFM, specifically to steer the global discourse beyond short-term solutions.
The Project Director (PD) leads the Tipping Point project, serving as a key member of CARE USA's Gender Justice Team in the Program, Strategies, and Impact Division. The PD oversees the project to ensure technical excellence, robust learning, and uptake of evidence-based and transformative interventions. In particular, The PD provides the necessary strategic direction and practical guidance to achieve the project's goals for evidence generation and oNGOing influencing of the broader CEFM discourse within and outside of CARE and uptake and institutionalization of effective approaches in Phase 3.
I In this role, the PD will work with the Gender Justice team's Gender Program Director and Senior Director, manage a team of three technical and operational specialists, and coordinate with CARE country office staff, local partners, and other key internal and external stakeholders to ensure this multi-country program is able to effectively generate and share knowledge in ways that influence broader change to promote the rights of adolescent girls and address the root causes of CEFM. S/he will ensure that all project interventions are of high quality and foster evidence generation and learning across CARE USA and CARE globally. S/he ensures that the project contributes to CARE's broader goals to advance gender equality and women's voice. Specifically, the PD will lead strategy development, provide strong technical oversight and global thought leadership, implement an advocacy and influencing agenda in conjunction with internal and external allies, and oversee program operations.
- Drive project strategy and results
- Provide global thought leadership on transformative approaches to address CEFM
- Oversee project operations delegated to project staff
- Contribute as a core member of the Gender Justice team
- Advanced degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience in International Development, Women's / Gender Studies, Public Health, Anthropology, Sociology, or a related field
- Demonstrated experience managing a large project with multiple partners in multiple countries
- Demonstrated experience in people management skills (including relationship management) that guide and suport others
- 6-10 years of experience in international development and gender transformative programming
- Minimum of 3-4 years of overseas work experience
- Experience working on child marriage and/or adolescent girls rights
- Demonstrated behavior as a learner and promoter of learning & innovation
- Excellent verbal and written English skills, particularly presentation skills for coordinating and facilitating workshops and trainings
- Excellent communication skills including interpersonal, intercultural, negotiation and conflict resolution
- Excellent project coordination and management skills and expertise
- Excellent leadership, relationship management, and teamwork skills
- Exceptional planning, organizing, and problem solving skills
- Ability to work independently and with a virtual team
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite Demonstrated experience managing and accountability for a multi-million dollar budget Technical expertise in gender transformative programming
- Extensive demonstrated conceptual and practical knowledge of gender issues, focusing on underlying causes of gender inequality; sexuality; and practice in promoting girls' leadership and empowerment, and behaviorial and social change processes for addressing harmful gender norms
- Demonstrated ability to design and implement gender programs across countries
- Demonstrated ability in speaking in external forums and with donors
- Program assessment, design, monitoring and evaluation, and communications skills