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Project Overview and Role:

  • Voices for Change (V4C) is a recently designed, UK Aid funded, four year programme running from October 2013 to December 2017. The goal of V4C is to help transform social attitudes towards girls and women in Nigeria by working on specific individual, social and institutional changes. V4C will do this by operating at Federal level and in four States (Kano, Kaduna, Lagos, and Enugu). V4C?s Vision is to be known and recognised for creating new ways to change behaviour, contributing to a Nigeria where every girl, boy, woman and man achieves their full potential. V4C?s Mission is to inspire a generation of new voices to speak up and speak out to empower young women to achieve their real potential. V4C will achieve this by:
  • Creating space and opportunities for girls to grow.
  • Getting the support of boys and men.
  • Removing formal and informal barriers, or
  • Influencing behaviours and laws / behavioural and legal change in Nigeria.
  • V4C has 6 core values, and for V4C to be a success, every V4C team member is expected to embrace the core values as a fundamental part of how they operate:
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Modelling gender equality
  • Working as one team
  • Results driven
  • Listening to our audience


  • Create momentum at state level for implementation of V4C initiatives, including:
  • Responsible for kick starting Kano State Purple movement for change, mobilizing partners to take action promoting 50-50 as a call for change in the state.
  • Identify and work alongside religious and traditional leaders, government representatives, men?s networks and other key state influencers to events, keeping them up-dated on Purple progress, gaining their support and inspiring them to amplify messages that are in line with V4C initiatives.
  • Coordinate technical input and guidance to partners
  • Coordinating state programme meetings to plan, monitor, and review program success
  • Linking up partners to share successes, lessons, and strategies to overcome barriers.
  • Overseeing the delivery of work plans outlined in the V4C / partner sub agreement, including quality and pace of delivery.
  • Overseeing implementation at state level to ensure alignment with V4C goals and objectives

Support the Output 1 ? AGW Life Skills Lead in effectively leading on activities within communities and post-secondary institutions including:

  • Support institutionalization within relevant state institutions
  • Coordinating implementation of fusion model of Purple Academy at State level, ensuring results are being monitored effectively
  • Ensure facilitators and ambassadors in and out of school are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to pilot creative activities to promote Purple Academy

Create state level saturation of consistent messages that are appropriate to the State context with the aim of influencing the attitudes of V4Cs target audiences (AGW, men and boys, key influencers, implementation partners), including:

  • Collaborating with the V4C Communications team and Key Influencers Lead to ensure that physical and virtual messages ?speak to? V4C target audiences in Kano State
  • Ensuring linkages are made between young people and communication channels (e.g., radio stations).
  • Ensuring young people?s interests in Kano State are fed into Output level planning and quality delivery
  • Supporting state level lobbying by young people and influencers
  • Participate in, and support development of campaign activities that promote the V4C brand in Kano.

Ensure that V4C has the information required to monitor and measure the success of initiatives, including:

  • Supporting implementing partners to document and report monthly / quarterly on progress, success, barriers and learning for submission to diaries for safe space work.
  • Communicating regularly with output leads with programme updates and general state security that affects programming, to develop weekly and monthly plans and progress reports.
  • Following up with relevant programme staff to ensure monitoring templates have been completed and data entered into the system.

Continuously improve coordination and implementation of state level initiatives by networking formally and informally with other State Coordinators, including:

  • Participating in quarterly review meetings to formally review progress and share cross-state lessons and problems, and work together to generate potential solutions.
  • Liaising on a day-to-day basis to create a strong team for on-going peer support.

Identify and build on synergies and overlaps with other DFID program by liaising with other program partners, including:

  • Sharing V4C lessons and innovations with other development partners.
  • Creating linkages with partners seeking to complement / amplify V4C?s work (e.g., coordinating activities on violence against women).
  • Liaising with other DFID programme managers to identify overlaps / inconsistencies with V4C initiatives (e.g., Girl hub?s work with girls).
  • Any other reasonable activities determined by the thematic leads and approved by the DTL PDE.

Qualifications / Previous Experience:

  • Minimum of a Master's Degree in Social Sciences, Humanities or any related discipline.
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience working inthe development sector especially on gender and research.

Key Knowledge:

  • Excellent working knowledge of Nigerian culture.
  • Subject matter expert on social change programming, particularly gender equality issues, relationships and violence towards AGW, men and boys work.
  • Knowledge of AGW life style.
  • Knowledge of key influencers in affecting a change in attitudes towards AGW.
  • Knowledge of how to access relevant communication channels (e.g., radio stations).
  • Understanding of physical and virtual safe spaces.
  • Knowledge of other DFID progammes, donor funded safe space programs, civil societies in safe space work within the state and other programmme partners
  • Understanding of how to access government representatives, religious leaders and other key state influencers.
  • Fluent in the local language of the state.

Core Competencies:

  • Communication
  • Planning and Organising
  • Technological Awareness

Functional Competencies:

  • Building Collaborative Relationships
  • Planning and Project Management
  • Managing Partner Performance
  • Monitoring and Evaluating
  • Researching and Analysing.

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Administration & Office Support and NGO/Community Services & Dev

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Preferred Years of Experience

5 - 7 years