Options Consultancy Services Small Grants Scoping and Validation Consultant Jobs in Ethiopia

Options Consultancy Services Small Grants Scoping and Validation Consultant Jobs in Ethiopia

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The UK Government (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office - FCDO) has a vision of a world free from Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) by 2030, in line with the SDGs. A programme has been established entitled ‘Support to the Africa-led movement (ALM) to end FGM/C’ to contribute to global efforts to achieve that vision. Following a co-creation period, programme implementation began in September 2021.

This programme will support and build the capacity of the ALM to end FGM/C at multiple levels and at scale, working in partnership with the rest of the FGM/C movement, complementing UN agencies (such as the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on FGM/C), Saleema initiative, other alliances (such as Girls not Brides etc.) and grassroots Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), women’s and girls’ movements, etc.

The programme includes two consortia working in close collaboration. Options leads a consortium including Amref Health Africa, ActionAid UK, Orchid Project, ACCAF and University of Portsmouth to implement the ‘Support to the ALM to End FGM/C’ programme. Population Council is implementing ‘The FGM/C Data Hub: Data and Measurement Support to the ALM to end FGM/C’.

Community-based activities within the programme are focused in Gunna and Farta woredas within Amhara region in Ethiopia, with communications and advocacy activities taking place at region, national and international levels.

One important output of the programme is the provision of small grants to build the capacity of grassroots women-led, girl-led, women’s rights and youth-led organisations and activists to end FGM/C, given these
types of organisations are often unable to access large formal funding mechanisms.

Options Consultancy Services seeks a Small Grants Scoping and Validation Consultant to support the Africa Led Movement to End female Genital Mutilation (FGM) programme to refine and finalise the design of the small grants mechanism for Ethiopia.


Undertaking a scoping exercise that will enable us to:

  • Understand the diverse priorities, needs and ambitions of potential grantees (a range of activists (including girls and young women), grassroots organisations, women’s networks etc.) that we aim to support and collaborate within our target regions.

  • Map out potential grantee partners

  • Identify potential grassroots organisations, movements, networks and stakeholders to derive members of local grants panels and other key stakeholders that the grants programme should engage with in Ethiopia

  • Leading a consultative process to refine and finalise the grants mechanism to reflect the Ethiopia context

  • Updating and revising the grants strategy and funding manual to reflect any agreed adaptations for the Ethiopia context

    Person Specification:

    To succeed in this role, you will have:

  • Senior experience in leading scoping exercises or formative research in a related technical area (VAWG, child rights, RMNCAH) in the Ethiopian context

  • Proficient in reporting in English

  • Proficient in Amharic and any other local language(s)

  • Highly skilled and diplomatic in working sensitively at community level including with women’s groups, collecting qualitative data/information.

  • Familiarity with grant-making processes, at the community level, is an advantage

  • Master’s degree preferred

  • Must possess a Bachelor’s degree in any of the following areas: Gender Studies, Women's Rights, Public Policy Community Studies, Social Science, or any other relevant social degree.

  • The consultant should have at least 5 years of proven experience in gender

  • The individual consultant should have the ability to meet deadlines and strong communication and facilitation skills;

  • The individual consultant should have experience in working with Governments, development partners, and civil society;

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Options Consultancy Services Small Grants Scoping and Validation Consultant Jobs in Ethiopia

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