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Role: Programme Director, Pakistan

Organisation: Malala Fund

Location: Islamabad, Pakistan

Closing date: 26th April 2021

Important: Pakistani nationals only

About Malala Fund

Malala Fund is working toward a world where all girls can learn for 12 years and lead without fear. Our special focus is on girls’ secondary education. We seek to influence at local, national and international levels for resources, social norms and policy changes needed to give all girls access to 12 years of quality, free and safe education.

We amplify girls’ voices. Malala Fund is building a movement of young education leaders who, like Malala, speak truth to power around the world. The girls we serve have high goals for themselves — and we have high expectations for decision-makers who can help them.

Malala Fund in Pakistan

Pakistan has made significant progress for girls’ education in the last decade — but 12 million girls are out of school, with only 13% of girls reaching grade nine.

Malala Fund is completing our registration in Pakistan, and we have been working in Pakistan through support to partners since our inception. In Pakistan, our partners drive solutions to barriers to girls’ education nationally and in their communities. They work to secure adequate funding for education and support young women to speak out for their rights. Malala Fund works nationally, with a particular focus in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh provinces.

The main objective of Malala Fund in Pakistan is to support as many girls as possible in their ability to obtain free, safe and quality secondary education as guaranteed under the Constitution of Pakistan (Articles 25A & 37B).

Malala Fund’s objectives in Pakistan are: 1) The girls’ secondary education should be recognised as key political agenda in Pakistan; 2) The federal and provincial governments take policy and budgetary measures promoting girls’ and boys’ constitutional right to have equal access to quality secondary education; and 3) The work of civil society supports and strengthens environments that enable girls to continue education beyond primary school.

The Role

The Programme Director, Pakistan will provide strategic leadership and representation in one of Malala Fund’s key focus countries. Pakistan is the first country that Malala Fund made a strategic investment in, has the largest portfolio of grants, and will remain strategically important in the future. As the first country in which Malala Fund will register to operate where we implement programmes, this position will manage a small team with responsibilities for all elements of work in the country and liaise regularly with global Malala Fund staff.

The Programme Director will lead the rollout of an integrated and comprehensive country strategy for change, leveraging the Malala Fund brand and bringing diverse resources to innovative agendas for progress at national and provincial levels. Through the country strategy, they will align operations in Pakistan with Malala Fund’s five-year strategic plan and identify new opportunities to apply Malala Fund resources and expertise.

The Programme Director will manage expansion of the organisation’s programme and promote synergies across Malala Fund’s work in Pakistan and lead national influencing work with our partners. The Programme Director will build relationships with key stakeholders in the government, NGOs and private sector to advance a national girls’ education agenda.

This is a milestone appointment for Malala Fund, and we are looking for a feminist leader who shares our commitment to gender transformative change, and girls’ education. The successful candidate will be able to show us how they have lived and worked for these essential values in the past and have new ideas for how Malala Fund could advance these priorities in the future.