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Gender Advisor


Position: Gender Advisor

Reporting to: Deputy Chief of Party

Location: TBD (Kampala or Karamoja)

Appointment is contingent upon project award

Purpose of the position:

The Gender Specialist is responsible for overall integration of gender related aspects throughout the USAID DFAP project cycle, including leadership of a gender analysis at project start up, integrating analysis findings into project implementation, including gender in monitoring and learning systems, and integrating gender into budgets and evaluations as appropriate. The Gender Specialist is also responsible for women empowerment and gender-based violence prevention and/or mitigation aspects of the program.

The Gender Specialist will work closely with the DFAP team and sector experts in WASH, Livelihood, Nutrition, Food Security, Monitoring, Learning and knowledge Management to create coordination and harmonization of WVU’s program response. The Specialist should be able to build the capacity of the DFAP staff including partner staff for effective gender program design and implementation, oversee the mainstreaming of gender in the entire DFAP program and establish collaboration with the local government and other key stakeholders.

The Specialist will have technicaland managerial oversight for behavior-change programming efforts around gender norms.

The Specialist will ensure that the USAID’s Gender Equality and women empowerment policy, Food for Peace gender guidance, ADS 205 and other relevant guiding principles, policies and regulations are applied throughout the DFAP Initiative.

Major Responsibilities

Lead gender analysis at project start-up and other relevant formative research processes as relevant

  • Integrate gender findings into program activity plans, strategies, budgets, and monitoring, evaluation and learning systems

  • Identify the unique characteristics of gender relations as it relates to food security and nutritional outcomes in key communities within the Karamoja region.

  • Continuously recommend adjustments to project strategies and activities to respond to gender findingsthroughout the life of the program

  • Ensure monitoring systems disaggregate data by sex, include gender sensitive indicators, and have strategies for monitoring unintended consequences

  • Ensure gender analysis of sex disaggregated data and gender sensitive indicators

  • Identify learning questions related to gender, manners of meeting those information needs, and their fulfillment and documentation

  • Facilitate the documentation of best practices and lessons learned, directed toward multiple audiences

  • Develop gender- sensitive empowerment approaches for all program design, implementation and monitoring activities, considering the special interests and needs of women and men to promote behavior change.

  • Ensure gender and youth activities are appropriately budgeted, and monitor spending of relevant budget lines

  • Ensure strategies and activities to prevent and/or mitigate gender-based violence is included during project implementation

  • Build staff capacity in gender, possibly including gender sensitization training (or overseeing training) of project staff

  • Serve as a technical representative for gender on behalf of WV in inter-agency working and learning groups, as relevant

  • Contribute to internal gender communities of practice

  • Conduct field visits to monitor implementation as it relates to gender concerns

  • Provide technical and managerial oversight for any gender programmatic aspects as relevant, such as behavior change initiatives to transform gender norms

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Gender Studies or a related field (agriculture, nutrition, development studies, social sciences, health) preferred

  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in the gender programming; most preferably related to food security, livelihoods, nutrition, and WASH

  • In-depth understanding of gender, age, and other socio-cultural factors in the context of food security, nutrition programming

  • Proven rigor in analytical, conceptual and programme /project design skills relevant to gender and development with an understanding of theories of change and path from intervention to results.

  • Proven capacity to lead in the collection, analysis, and utilization of information from a broad range of sources in order to ensure effective integration of gender and youth concerns throughout the project’s duration.

  • Experience and demonstrated ability to motivate others, create and encourage a climate of teamwork and collaboration across sectors and in a multi-cultural environment.

  • Ability to foster commitment and build capacity among activity staff and in-country actors to gender integration and empowerment, including training and workshop facilitation skills and experience.

  • Ability to contextualize and be able to translate the approaches into practicable programme/project design in complex environments where gender issues are often sensitive to raise.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to write succinctly, clearly and speak in public forums compellingly with confidence and build effective relationships

  • Advanced English writing skills for a variety of stakeholders

  • Ability to travel within project areas as the security situation allowsProven ability to connect sectoral issues and programmatic approaches on gender; experience with this in emergency contexts an asset.

  • Substantive knowledge and experience integrating gender into programming, including needs assessment, gender analysis, programme implementation and monitoring.

  • Ability to facilitate, coordinate and advocate for gender equality programming across the program.