Nepal Disabled Women Association

Project Lead

Nepal Disabled Women Association

Project Lead

Nepal Disabled Women Association (NDWA) was established in 2054 (1998) adopting the values of the fundamental rights and responsibilities provided by the constitution of Nepal in order to support Women with Disabilities (WWDs) to pursue their rights, and provide them protection and livelihood support. Unless WWDs from all sections of the Nepalese community get an understanding of their human rights, particularly as ensured by the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and exercise them, their lives will not be bright and prosperous. Thus, NDWA promotes the program to build the capacity of the WWDs living in both urban and remote areas of the country in order to make them capable and empowered so that they will be able to take initiative to exercise their rights. It is vital to empower women from other disadvantaged communities such as women with disabilities from Dalit and Madhesi to build their self-esteem and confidence. In this context, NDWA has an important role to advocate on the issues of WWDs, such as rights to education, health, employment, rehabilitation and social security. 

The Nepal Disabled Women Association (NDWA) is seeking an experienced and highly qualified Nepali candidate to lead the ACCESS project—Accelerating Civil Society’s Role in Securing Education for All in Madhesh, Karnali, and Sudurpaschim Provinces. This initiative, led by People in Need (PIN) and implemented by the National Campaign for Education (NCE), NDWA, and Accountability Lab Nepal (ALN), aims to develop a comprehensive, locally-driven strategy to strengthen civil society’s role in ensuring education for all. The ACCESS program focuses on empowering Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and networks to lead the implementation of the School Education Sector Plan (SESP). The consortium will work closely with member CSOs of NCE and NDWA to enhance their organizational and technical capacities in inclusive education methodologies. Additionally, the program will equip local CSOs with the skills needed to promote transparency and accountability in education plans, utilizing the Girls and Inclusive Education Networks (GIEN) and the CivActs model. This initiative is expected to benefit community members, Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and government tiers across the three provinces, including community schools. By strengthening the role of civil society, the program aims to improve participation and advance equitable access to education in Madhesh, Karnali, and Sudurpaschim.

Nepal Disabled Women Association (NDWA) was established in 2054 (1998) adopting the values of the fundamental rights and responsibilities provided by the constitution of Nepal in order to support Women with Disabilities (WWDs) to pursue their rights, and provide them protection and livelihood support. Unless WWDs from all sections of the Nepalese community get an understanding of their human rights, particularly as ensured by …

Project Lead

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Position: Project Lead
Work location: Kathmandu district with frequent travel to project sites
Report to: General Secretary 
Duration: 1 year (with possibility of extension)

Scope of Work 

Under the direct supervision of the General Secretary Program lead will manage the project team in the effective implementation of the related activities under the ACCESS project and supervise the provincial GEDSI Lead/trainers and Education Campaigners at the Province/district and local levels. This includes coordinating with provincial partners of consortia members (NCE, NDWA, and ALN) supporting the program, M&E department, and partners’ staff and district chapters in the implementation of project deliverable in the field.  S/he will be responsible for leading the project and related activities trackers, information sharing across the organization, partners, and other relevant stakeholders. H/S will be responsible for lead the project, to ensure compliance of partners and ensure timely reporting to PIN. 

Major Responsibilities and Tasks:

Key Summary of Functions  

  • Project implementation and project management, budget management and oversee the implementation of all outputs and mainstreaming agenda Gender and Inclusion, Safeguarding, project visibility, education resilience etc.) under ACCESS project.
  • Work closely with PIN's program team, sectorial departments and NCE for (including but not limited to) project planning, budgeting, budget forecasting, implementing and monitoring of planned activities, reviewing the progress including preparing periodic reports, developing case studies/transforming the lives/success stories, and documenting entire process.
  • Ensure compliance with PIN and NDWA project management guidelines, financial procedures, and reporting requirements.
  • Reporting (quarterly and annually), update trackers and other project deliverables reports. 
  • Management of project staff and assess the capacity building needs of staff, prepare plans and support for implementation, and monitor on a regular basis. 
  • Provide technical support to staff for the capacity development and community engagement plan and activities with/for communities and local stakeholders that are directly linked with project activities. 
  • Develop work plan and budget along with Detail Implementation Plan (DIP) and phased budget.
  • Effectively mainstreams cross-cutting issues in the project, including safeguarding, protection, gender, and environment across project planning, implementation and MEAL components. 
  • Ensure the safeguarding of children, vulnerable groups ,  people with disabilities and those in fragile and states at all times. 
  • Coordinate with M&E department, programs department and ensure regular program monitoring and evaluation.
  • Support PIN and NCE in capacity building and monitoring of the CSO's for implementation of FTSP.
  • Work with finance to make sure that all finance-related work is following financial requirements of the project, including quality and timely reporting. 
  • Ensure all the compliances are met, while working with PIN, Consortium partners, communities, vendors, CSOs, third parties and other relevant stakeholders. 
  • Coordinate with relevant government and non-government agencies/ organizations to ensure optimum elaboration, reducing duplication, and maximizing the result. 
  • Led project team with “Girls and Inclusive Education Network (GIEN)” interventions in the working areas. 
  • Build synergy with other core program areas in the planning in-line with log frame.
  • Ensure and review that the plans and budget submitted to PIN are in line with the project's log frame, budget, and work plan and align with the donor and Government’s national priority plan & policies.
  • Ensure the high standard of documentation and knowledge sharing and in collaboration with the Monitoring, media & documentation officers aligning with NDWA and PIN standards and protocol. 
  • Need base reporting as required by leading origination and consortia partners.
  • Create comprehensive survey and mapping tools to assess inclusive education methodologies.
  • Ensure tools align with the School Education Sector Plan (SESP) implementation and emphasize equity, inclusion, and community engagement in education.
  • Participate in all layers of the government planning process and Provide input on incorporating gender and disability inclusion.
  • Design curricula and develop training packages with a focus on gender and disability inclusion in education and ensure materials are relevant and inclusive.
  • Assist the CSOs to support  in implementing the SESP effectively with strategic support .
  • Conduct drop-in sessions for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to offer guidance and support.
  • Engage with all layer of government entities to promote and incorporate gender and disability inclusion.
  • Collaborate with schools to formalize complaint response mechanisms, enhance teaching and learning pedagogy, developing SIP by incorporating gender and disability inclusion.
  • Work jointly with consortium partners to maximize the engagement of SMC/PTA Federation, NARMIN, and MUAN.
  • Map and mobilize stakeholders and experts, ensuring the inclusion of gender and disability considerations.
  • Support the development of local education plans with a focus on inclusive education practices.
  • Provide support to carry out the capacity development and community engagement activities with/for CSOs, communities and local stakeholders that are directly linked with project activities including Financial Support to Third Parties (FSTP) grants.  

Programme Management  

  • Operational management of the project including following financial, admin, logistics, communications tasks to ensure full compliance with NDWA’s and Lead organization’s financial and procurement procedures.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to ensure complies with contractual obligations.
  • Coordinate with relevant sectorial departments to ensure the Project team are on track in terms of meeting deadlines and producing quantitative and qualitative deliverables.
  • Provide guidance in monitoring staff, and consultants/suppliers’ adherence to NDWA’s and Lead Organization’s  policies and internal procedures, protocols, NDWA’s and Lead Organization’s Code of Conduct, with special attention to Safeguarding Standards and Procedure including Case Handling, Child Protection and Do No Harm policies; immediate reporting and response of any complaints and issues based on its severity.
  • Support HR department with relevant i) HR processes related to the project team, including recruitment, performance management, professional growth, capacity building of project staff, including the identification of training needs, development of training plans and ensuring the delivery of appropriate training; ii) day-to-day team management such as leave and time management of the team, handling disciplinary issues in cooperation with HR in the field. 
  • Coordinate with finance department for financial management of direct costs, project drawing forecast. 
  • Support logistic department with i) project procurement planning (annual/monthly procurement plan) in line with project work plan, and ii) project documentation & archiving in the internal databases, according to NDWA’s and Lead Organization’s guidelines. 
  • Coordinate to ensure communication and visibility requirement are fulfilled in line with NDWA’s  policies and Lead Organization’s requirements. 
  • Ensure safety, security and risks measure of staff and asset in the field office; and update risk register.  
  • Support organization and project in developing contingency planning and emergency response.  
  • Lead on adaptive management and facilitation approach, ensuring the largest impact of the project in line with the developments in the programme areas and across the three layers .
  • Lead the project team, provide guidance and support and ensure quality of project delivery and its understanding among the team.   
  • Together with GEDSI Technical Specialist, and PIN's GEDSI and protection Coordinator, identify GEDSI, and inclusivity issues and mainstream GEDSI and inclusivity throughout the project cycle management. 

Reporting, collaboration, and Networking:

  • Act as program’s focal person for all communication and coordination with stakeholders represent NDWA and "ACCESS" professionally with external stakeholders, including government, non-governmental agencies and the donor.
  • Ensure that NDWA and "ACCESS" is well represented in community, among the relevant networks and stakeholders and within coordination forums and delegating this responsibility as appropriate to programme staff.  
  • Together with MEAL department and project-learning based and advocacy and development. 
  • Engage in advocacy and policy dialogues on federal, provincial, district and local levels and/or where appropriate, ensuring NDWA represents the needs of its beneficiaries and based on its field experience in order to campaign for needed policies, donor commitments etc.  
  • Liaise with PINs representatives, providing updates on project implementation, financial management, and reporting and engage day to day with PIN and consortium partners. 
  • Coordinate donor visits or external visits to project as required
  • Coordinate with provincial coordinators, District/ Education campaigners, GEDSI advisors and other consortium partners' staffs including Local OPD (organizations of persons with disabilities organization), ensure effective implementation of project activities, including the compilation of reports and data collection.
  • Support the development and dissemination of project materials, including reports, publications, and behavior change communication materials.
  • Represent at meetings, conferences, and events related to the NDWA's project, as required.
  • Establish and efficiently manage the electronic filing system. 
  • Open to share and seek guidance, support, information within the consortia. 

Capacity building

  • Develop Training materials and curriculums, presentation and facilitate to enhance the organizational and technical capacities of member CSOs of NCE and NDWA in implementing inclusive education methodologies.
  • Provide local CSOs with skills to promote transparency and accountability in education plans through the mobilization of Girls and Inclusive Education Networks (GIEN). 

Mainstreaming and Quality Management  

  • Conduct regular field visits with appropriate tools and checklists, including discussions with beneficiaries on program effectiveness, and feedback on improvements to communities, government and other CSOs
  • Conduct regular (monthly) analysis of program implementation to identify strengths and weaknesses of the project and share the team for appropriate action.
  • Support PIN in conduction of Assessments, baseline, endline and other relevant assessments.
  • Conduct the review of progress on quarterly basis and identifies the areas where they need to improve in terms of capacity building, cost efficiency, efficient use of staffs and help them to make necessary changes in their original plans if required.
  • In collaboration with Executive Director and relevant colleagues oversees mainstreaming and strengthening of GEDSI, Inclusive , Education, Climate change, DRR and safeguarding agendas within programme planning and implementation. 
  • Work closely with MEAL& Executive Director and team to ensure that project-based learnings and monitoring/evaluation results are regularly used and reflected in NDWA work.
  • Ensure Value for Money (VFM) in the project delivery with maximum benefit delivered to the target groups.
  • Ensure and strengthen quality focus within the project, across all cross-cutting components; Ensure the Project activities are planned and implemented in a gender-sensitive and inclusive manner and sensitized and trained in monitoring and reporting gender and social inclusion-sensitive results.
  • Ensure GEDSI consideration in workstation, communication, and personal behavior,

Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Engage with community members, Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and all three government layers to strengthen civil society's role in advancing equitable access to education.
  • Coordinate with relevant government and non-government agencies/ organizations to ensure optimum elaboration, reducing duplication and maximizing the result in field level.
  • Ensure the clear communication flow and coordination with PIN, Consortia and Government Stakeholders, other partner and beneficiaries and represent in Federal and provincial forums. 

Safeguarding

  • Accountable for ensuring that all children and adults who come into contact with the project are safeguarded to the greatest extent possible. 
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance to all aspects of the organizational Safeguarding and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, abuse and harassment policies and associated standards and procedures.
  • Promote safeguarding among project teams and ensure safeguarding is embedded in all stages of project cycle management.  

Qualifications, Experiences & Key Competencies:

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Master’s degree in education, social science, international development and cooperation, or other relevant subject with significant working experiences of more than 3 years in applying gender analysis or Bachelor’s degree in education, social science, international development and cooperation or other relevant subject with significant working experiences of more than 5 years in applying gender analysis. 

ESSENTIAL QUALITIES & SKILLS

Knowledge & experience in inclusive education, Project Management, Intersectional issues, Disability and social inclusion issues from disability perspectives is preferred.

  • At least 5 years of proven experience in a project management and related field,
  • Demonstrated experience in developing inclusive education methodologies and tools.
  • Strong understanding of gender and disability inclusion in educational settings.
  • Proven track record of working with all layers of government and CSOs.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills. 
  • Demonstrated experience in small grant handlings, monitoring, and reporting.  
  • Ability to design and implement training programs and curricula.
  • Knowledge of the SESP and experience in its implementation is highly desirable.
  • Gender sensitive, responsive and experience in gender and inclusion mainstreaming from the perspective of women/girls with disabilities.
  • Proven ability to think analytically and critically and able to translate ideas into action.
  • Experience in conducting or other involvement gender-based analysis, including community led-participatory assessment/analysis. 
  • Strong documentation and reporting skills
  • Strong leadership and ability to facilitate change in the organisation. 
  • Demonstrated skills in building collaboration and work with government institutions and other relevant stakeholders to design and implement gender and social inclusion strategies and action plans.
  • Well organized with the ability to work on multiple priorities
  • Proactive, focused and result oriented. 
  • People management and capacity building skills
  • Excellent skills in capacity strengthening of organization and individual in GBV issues.
  • Good experience in facilitating training for diverse target groups.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, facilitation, communication, negotiation and networking. 
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Flexible approach to work demands.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English and Nepali languages.
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Word, WordPerfect, Excel, PowerPoint).  
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