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Job title: Senior Project Lead

Type: Contractual (36 months)

Project Category: Play-based gender- transformative approach in academic settings.

Location: Karachi-based, requires travel as required


II. Organizational Context


Aahung is a non-profit organization founded in 1995.  Aahung uses a rights-based approach to improve the quality of sexual and reproductive health services provided in Pakistan to men, women, and young people.

For nearly 2 decades, Aahung has been developing scalable and sustainable models for comprehensive sexuality education (Life Skills Based Education) programs in Pakistan. The purpose of these programs is to support young people in getting the necessary age-appropriate information and corresponding skills to be able to live healthier lives, free of violence and coercion, and make decisions that support their reproductive choices


Aahung has successfully developed culturally informed strategies to respond to the sexual health needs of the Pakistani population and to bring attention to sexual health issues and concerns in medical and educational institutions, non-government, and government organizations across the country. Aahung has also influenced the School Education and Literacy Department (SELD), Government of Sindh, to integrate core thematic Life Skills Based Education – (LSE) areas, into the mainstream curriculum to ensure that young people have access to critical reproductive health information.



III. About the Projects


The Project Lead will be responsible for overseeing two projects focused on a play-based gender transformative approach in academic settings.


Project I
Building on the success of What Works 1 (WW1), which showed that play-based learning has the potential to significantly reduce incidences of bullying, violence amongst children, corporal punishment, and even violence in the home, WW2 will take this a step further by focusing more intensely on violence against women and girls. Along with an implementing partner Right to Play (RTP), Aahung’s interventions will be tailored to address the issue of violence against women and girls by integrating Play-based learning and life skills-based education into schools by challenging harmful gender and social norms and practices against girls, such as child-early and forced marriage, power, and violence, including sexual violence and harassment by addressing power inequalities.


Project II

The first project is an initiative of the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI). The overarching goal is to promote gender equality by creating attitudinal transformations within young people through life-skills based education by introducing a gender transformative play-based curriculum in public and private schools. The play-based curriculum will focus on encouraging students to learn through play, while also recognizing and addressing harmful gender norms and stereotypes which exacerbate inequalities and violence.


IV. Essential Functions /Role and Key Job Responsibilities


We are seeking a qualified and experienced project lead to join our team.


Role as a Project Lead


The Project Lead will be responsible will be responsible for overseeing two important projects related to promoting a play-based, gender transformative approach in academic settings. The Project Lead will work closely with the project team, stakeholders, and beneficiaries to ensure the successful completion of project outcomes within the defined scope, timeline, and budget. The Project Lead will collaborate with various organizational components as well as implementing partners and donors to drive project success.


Key Job Responsibilities


1.     Project Planning and Implementation:

·        Project lead will be responsible for developing a comprehensive project plan that outlines the scope, objectives, deliverables, timeline, budget, and resource requirements. This includes developing a detailed work breakdown structure, and coordinating with the project team and implementing partners to ensure smooth implementation of activities.

·        Project lead will be responsible for managing changes (if any) due to evolving requirements or unforeseen circumstances by effectively assessing their impact, obtaining necessary approvals, and adjusting project plans accordingly.

2.     Communication and Coordination:

·        The Project Lead will be responsible for establishing clear lines of communication within Aahung. They will also be responsible for establishing strong and transparent communication channels with donors, implementing partners, project teams, and stakeholders at all levels.

·        They must facilitate regular project status meetings, provide progress updates, and address any concerns or issues raised by Aahung, implementing partners, donors, project teams, or other relevant stakeholders

·        Coordinate with project stakeholders and implementing partners for the implementation of project activities

·        Coordinate and provide necessary on-field support to the project team and Aahung staff during program-related activities

·        Coordinate with Aahung’s admin and support department and project implementing partners (if and when required) for the proper execution and successful completion of project activities.

3.     Team Management:

·        The Project Lead will be responsible to oversee the project team and ensure effective collaboration among team members.

·        They must assign tasks, provide guidance and support, monitor progress, and resolve conflicts to keep the project team motivated and productive.



4.     Project Content Development, Design and Dissemination

·        Develop comprehensive training plans and customized training schedules.

·        Develop training material including but not limited to training manuals/ toolkits/ activity books and content for IEC materials.

·        Review the content developed by project staff to ensure that the content is accurate, up-to-date, culturally sensitive, and inclusive.

·        Work closely with Aahung’s LSE component to seek guidance, support, and approval in content development

·        Work closely with Aahung’s Communication team to seek support in comms-related activities such as media campaigns, theaters, art competitions, and IEC design following communications protocols.

5.     Stakeholder engagement:

·        The Project Lead will engage with relevant stakeholders, including government agencies, NGOs, community leaders, and beneficiaries.

·        They will establish effective communication channels, build partnerships, and ensure stakeholder involvement throughout the project lifecycle.

6.     Monitoring and Evaluation:

·        The Project Lead will develop and implement a robust monitoring and evaluation framework to track project progress, identify challenges, and measure impact.

·        They will collect data, analyze results, and prepare regular reports for internal and external stakeholders.

·        Conduct regular monitoring visits to schools to assess the implementation of Project activities.

7.     Collaboration with Project Partners:

·        Coordinate with other project implementing partners.

·        Attend sharing forums to share best practices, lessons learned, and resources with partner organizations.

·        Participate in coordination meetings to ensure effective collaboration

8.     Financial management:

·        The Project Lead will oversee budget allocation, expenditure tracking, and financial reporting.

·        Monitor project expenses against approved budgets and take corrective actions as necessary.

·        Identify opportunities for cost optimization and resource allocation efficiency

·         They will work closely with the finance team to ensure compliance with donor requirements and efficient utilization of resources

9.     Risk management:

·        The Project lead will identify potential risks to project implementation and develop mitigation strategies.

·        They will regularly assess risks, monitor their impact, and take necessary actions to minimize disruptions to project activities.

10.  Documentation and Reporting:

·        Project lead must maintain accurate and up-to-date project documentation, including project plans, progress reports, meeting minutes, and change requests.

·        They will also be responsible for preparing regular project activity status reports for donors and line managers to provide visibility into the project’s progress.




11.  Closure and Evaluation:

·        Once a project is completed, the project lead will be responsible for overseeing the closure process, including finalizing all deliverables, conducting post-project evaluations, capturing lessons learned, and archiving project documentation for future reference.

V. Core Competencies: (What we hope a person has or will have soon after joining)

·        Demonstrates commitment to Aahung’s mission, vision, and values.

·        Demonstrates commitment to the Project’s mission, vision, and values.

·        Experience and understanding of Life Skills Education and Comprehensive Sexuality Education

·        Experience and understanding of human rights, reproductive rights, and sexual rights

·        Familiarity with concepts such as empowerment, stigma, discrimination, non-judgmentalism, gender, and social justice

·        Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability.

·        Familiarity with reproductive health indicators and the situation in Pakistan

·        Familiarity with relevant international documents such as the MDGs, ICPD, the Beijing Conference, etc., and Pakistan’s commitments to them

·        Demonstrable commitment to working with the empowerment of sexually marginalized groups (gay, lesbian, transgender, transgender, HIV positive, etc.)

·        Respect for confidentiality and ability to adhere to confidentiality policies


VI. Functional Competencies


1.     Accountability

·        Accepts and gives constructive feedback.

·        Meets deadline, cost, and quality requirements for outputs.

·        Monitors own work to correct errors.

·        Takes responsibility for meeting commitments and for any shortcomings

2.     Teamwork

·        Actively contributes to an effective, collegial, and agreeable team environment.

·        Seeks input and feedback from others

3.     Planning and Organization

·        Effectiveness in planning and organizing own work


Effectively applies specialized knowledge skills in designing, implementing, monitoring, and reporting training initiatives.

VII. Qualification a) Education:

A bachelor’s or master’s degree in a relevant field such as social sciences, development studies, or gender studies. Professional certifications such as Project Management Professional (PMP) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) are an added advantage.


b) Experience:

At least 5-10 years of experience in project coordination or management, preferably in the field of SRHR or violence against women and children. Experience working with government agencies, NGOs, and community-based organizations is highly desirable.


c) Knowledge:

In-depth understanding of gender-based violence issues, international frameworks, and best practices in addressing violence against women and children. Understanding of comprehensive sexuality education/ Life Skills Education, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and child protection policies is required. Familiarity with relevant national policies and legislation is an advantage.



d) Communication Skills:

Excellent written and verbal communication skills in the English language. Ability to effectively engage with diverse stakeholders, facilitate meetings, and deliver presentations.


VII: Candidate Profile We are seeking qualified and diverse candidates for the position (contractual) of Project Lead at Aahung.


Gender: Females are encouraged to apply.

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. Aahung values diversity and respect for all individuals, and we provide a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.

VIII.  Duration: The Project Lead will be engaged on a full-time basis for 36 months.
IX. Contract and Duration

A possible extension based on performance evaluation and depending on the scope of work and availability of funding is possible but not committed.

X:  Working Hours and Conditions:

·        The employee is expected to work full-time, i.e., 40 hours a week.

·        The Project Lead will be based at the Aahung’s office but may need to travel frequently to schools and communities.

·        The position may require working slightly outside regular office hours to accommodate community events. The candidate must be flexible to adapt to changing project requirements and work in challenging environments.

·        The Project lead will work closely with a team of project staff, partners, and stakeholders.

·        The job may require domestic travel. If traveling is needed, TADA/ daily allowance will be provided as per AAHUNG’s policy

XI: Salary and benefits:

The salary for this position will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefits will be provided as per Aahung’s Policy.

XII: Application Procedure:

Interested candidates should submit their resume and application form, along with a cover letter, to jobs.aahung@gmail.com by March 1st, 2024. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.


For more information, please visit our website www.aahung.org



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