Program Advisor

The Freedom Fund

The Freedom Fund (www.freedomfund.org) is a leader in the global movement to end modern slavery. It: • invests in those countries and sectors with the greatest incidence of slavery. • analyses which interventions work best and shares thatknowledge. • brings together a community of activists committed to ending slavery and empowered by the knowledge of how best to do so.…

Job Information

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    Duty Station Eastern Terai
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
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    Job Level : Manager
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    Job Experience : 7+ Years
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    Job Category Admin & Management
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    Job Qualification : Bachelor
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    Posted Date : May 26, 2021

Job Description

Since 2014, the Freedom Fund has been working with local partners to reduce the prevalence of a traditional form of agricultural bonded labour (known as Harawa-Charawa) in the Terai districts of Siraha, Saptari and Dhanusa. The program has recently refocused its strategy to build on success in local and national level advocacy – promoting the rights Harawa-Charawa labourers and linking them with other activist groups to support a unified movement against bonded labour.
The Freedom Fund is seeking a Program Advisor to manage our programs in the eastern Terai region of Nepal. The Program Adivsor will work closely with another Freedom Fund Program Advisor who is based in Kathmandu. The successful candidate will have a range of responsibilities including managing grants to four local partners working in the districts of Siraha, Saptari and Dhanusa, conducting site visits, monitoring results, coordinating joint advocacy initiatives and convening meetings and events for partners, government officials, and other stakeholders.
The position will be an independent contractor to the Freedom Fund and not an employee of the organisation. As a consultant, the position is not eligible for any employee-related benefits, plans or programs of the Freedom Fund. The consultant is expected to provide their own workspace to successfully carry out the deliverables listed below.

This is a full-time assignment with funding secured until December 2023. The successful candiate will be given a one-year contract which will be reviewed annually with the potential for renewal.

Responsibilities

Working with the programs team in London and existing Program Advisor in Nepal, the successful
candidate will manage and implement the Freedom Fund’s program in the districts of Siraha, Saptari and Dhanusa. Resonsiblities will include, but are not limited to:

Provide advice to the Freedom Fund team to support program implementation in the south-eastern
districts, working closely with local grantee partners, local government officials, and other key
stakeholders.

  •  Work closely with local grantee partners to ensure they are able to meet donor compliance requirements.
  •  Contribute to the Freedom Fund’s on-going understanding of the program context and specific trends and issues related to agricultural bonded labour.
  •  Conduct regular office and program site visits of grant recipients.
  • Facilitate reviews of grant recipients’ operations, processes, and policies, such as financial reviews and,organisational capacity assessments.
  •  Contribute to the development and coordination of capacity building plans for grant recipients.
  •  Provide assistance to grant recipients to ensure the completion of impact reports and bi-annual narrative reports.
  •  Review grant recicients’ quarterly data and financial reports, giving feedback and supporting grant recipients to improve quality of their reporting.
  •  Provide financial oversight of grant recipient budgets and ensure strong financial management and reporting.
  •  Support the coordination of program-level research and evaluation projects among grant recipients.
  •  Assist in the development and facilitation of a learning ‘community of practice’ for implementing organisations.
  •  Manage relationships, and coordinate work with technical assistance providers.
  •  Work closely with the existing Program Advisor to coordinate with other grant recipients, and survivor groups working across Nepal to combat agricultural bonded labour.
  •  Contribute to the design and implementation of local and national level advocacy strategies.
  •  Provide logistical support for Freedom Fund representatives and other donors to visit the program.
  •  Communicate progress, challenges, and lessons learned related to program deliverables with members of the the Freedom Fund team on a regular basis.
  •  Cooperate with other members of the Freedom Fund staff and teams in other countries and the headquarters offices, as needed.

Location

  • Strong preference will be given to candidates who reside in Province 2, or Bhiratnagar, Nepal.
  • Candidates from other locations will be considered however they must be willing to spend approximately
    30% of their time in the program implementation districts of Siraha, Saptari and Dhanusa.

Compensation

  • USD 1,400 – USD 1,800 per month, depending on experience and location.
  •  33 days of annual leave, inclusive of national holidays.
  •  USD 500 per annum for health insurance.

Required Qualification & Experience

Minimum Qualification & others

  • 5-7 years of experience in project management/coordination and community development in Nepal.
  •  Experience advocating with government stakeholders on the rights of vulnerable populations.
  •  Grantmaking experience on behalf of an international organisation to local civil society organisations.
  •  Experience in monitoring and evaluation of grants and programs, including data collection, data management, and financial monitoring.
  •  Experience liaising with and hosting donors.
  •  Experience working with vulnerable populations in a highly sensitive environment.

Desirable

  • Knowledge and experience working with the bonded labour movement in Nepal, and/or forced labour, human rights, anti-human trafficking or modern slavery initiatives.
  • Experience managing projects funded by institutional donors (such as FCDO, EU, USAID) is highly desirable.
  •  Familiarity with agricultural bonded labour in the eastern Terai region is desirable.
  •  Knowedge of government policy, structure and legal systems is desirable.
  •  Experience of child-protection and safeguarding challenges, risk management strategies.

Personal attributes

  • Excellent written and verbal communications in English and Nepali.
  •  Verbal communication in Maithili is highly desirable.
  •  High proficiency with Microsoft Office tools (especially Word and Excel).
  •  Detail oriented with the ability to manage and track data across multiple grant recipients.
  •  Strong group facilitation skills and community organising skills.
  •  Strong problem-solving, analytical, and organisational skills.
  •  Ability to manage multiple deadlines.
  •  Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Ability to form good working relationships with survivor groups, local grantee partners, government, INGOs, and other local stakeholders.
  •  A positive attitude, willingness to support team members to meet short-term needs in a fast-paced environment.
  •  Proven experience working effectively in a cross-cultural team

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted in English and include a CV, cover letter (maximum one page) and contact details of two professional referees, one of which must be the applicant’s current / most recent line manager or current / most recent Head of HR.

Please send applications by email in PDF format to jobs@freedomfund.org, including ‘Program Advisor –
Nepal’ in the subject line before 1.45pm Nepal Standard time on Wednesday 9th June 2021.

Please note that only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.