Gender Advisor

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Organization: World Vision
Closing date: 30 Nov 2015

Job Description

*Preferred locations: Mali, Ghana, Senegal or Sierra Leone determined by the home country of the successful candidate where WVI is registered to operate

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*Reports to: SATISFY Regional Technical Coordinator (Direct), and WVC SATISFY Program Manager (Dotted)

Provides support to: Field Program Managers in SATISFY Countries (Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone)

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION: The Systems Approach to Improve and Sustain Food Security in West Africa project (SATISFY)is a five year project funded mainly by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (formerly the Canadian International Development Agency) and implemented by World Vision Ghana, Mali, Senegal and Sierra Leone. The ultimate outcome of the project is ‘Improved food security status of people living in poor rural communities targeted by the project in these countries.’The primary purpose of the SATISFY Gender Advisor is to update (as required) the project’s Gender Equality Strategy (GES), revising ongoing and proposed activities, suggesting improvements, and planning and designing new activities, and subsequently oversee the GES implementation to ensure gender mainstreaming across the project. To this end, the gender advisor will be responsible for facilitating the building of gender capacity for staff and partners in the countries within the scope of the project and provide ad hoc support during activities implementation. He/she will also be responsible for monitoring gender equality outcomes, in coordination with the project’s regional monitoring and evaluation specialist, ensuring that sex-disaggregated and gender- based indicators are being measured, collected, analyzed and reported on. The gender advisor will be reporting to the Regional Technical Coordinator (RTC), and will closely collaborate with the SATISFY Field Project Managers (FPMs), in making operational decisions, and managing the various components of the project related with gender. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:Key Result #1: Overall strategic leadership and direction to SATISFY project team on advocacy and integration of gender equality outcomes is provided (25%)In consultation with members of the SATISFY project team, revise as required the GES, fully reviewing current activities and designing new ones to mainstream gender further into project activities, and provide support to the country teams and oversee the GES implementation to ensure gender equality is promoted and meets donor expectations; Support the development of SATISFY’s Annual Work Plan, ensuring integration of gender equality activities, objectives, and indicators in line with DFATD’s gender policy.Key result #2: Planned gender integration outcomes are achieved, tracked and reported (20%)In line with the reporting calendar for the SATISFY project, ensure effective planning, tracking and reporting on gender equality results of the project, in coordination with SATISFY Regional M&E Specialist;Help identify the key performance questions and parameters for monitoring project performance, while designing the format for such performance reports to meet DFATD reporting requirements; andProvide accurate data for donor reports and ensure timely reporting internally and externally.Key result #3: Organizational capacity on gender advocacy and integration is strengthened (30%),Develop and implement a SATISFY Capacity Building Strategy that enhances staff capacity to oversee the implementation of the GES for mainstreaming of gender in all of SATISFY’S programming areas through training, learning and knowledge sharing activities;Work cross-functionally to identify and support capacity building opportunities for team members in the four implementing countries on gender equality and on social accountability; andSupport institutional capacity building on gender equality for key project partners and other stakeholders including community level opinion leaders, to equip them to support gender equality integration in all program areas.Key result #4: Under the direction of the RTC and FPMs facilitate introduction and implementation of mechanisms to promote mainstreaming of gender perspectives in program operations, systems, and practices (15%)Convene a representative cross country Gender Working Group (GWG) to support and advise on the gender equality work in SATISFY. The GWG will be composed of SATISFY local staff, regional and country Gender Advisors and partners/stakeholders members who have interest and passion for the gender equality agenda. The GWG members will serve as the main contact persons for gender-related activities and outcomes in their respective countries.Facilitate quarterly GWG meetings and periodically report to the SATISFY RTC, FPMs and WVC Project Manager (PM) on issues discussed, lessons learned and future plans;Participate in the World Vision Community of Practice on Gender; andIdentify, promote, and facilitate introduction of other mechanisms for gender mainstreaming in SATISFY and participating NOs. Key result #5: Advocacy, policy research & public awareness on gender equality and gender justice is conducted (10%)Profile SATISFY’s leadership on gender equality, developing and sharing case-studies on innovative approaches developed within the project; Develop and/or support partnerships and cooperation with other organizations’ in Ghana, Mali, Senegal and Sierra Leone on gender equality and its impact on food security to promote learning and to improve / develop new approaches to the integration of gender in SATISFY; and.Coordinate public awareness on gender equality and gender justice and be a spokesperson for SATISFY on identified gender issues.

QUALIFICATIONSMinimum of an undergraduate degree completed in gender studies.Minimum 3 years program experience in international development with a focus on women, girls and gender equality.Strong technical capacity, practical experience and solid insight into program level challenges in designing and implementing gender sensitive community development programs.Demonstrated capacity to mainstream gender in policy, programs, operations, systems and practices.Thorough knowledge of World Vision’s approach to achieving child well-being through relief, development and advocacy.Ability to apply Christian foundations and perspectives on social justice issues.A good knowledge of gender and global development issues, preferably with understanding of DFATD’s approach to gender equality.Comprehension of rights based approaches to development, with particular knowledge in women’s rights and child rights.Proven experience developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating advocacy / gender projects and programs.Proven experience in strategy development including developing and implementing gender strategies. Skilled trainer particularly using participatory approaches at community level.Able to coordinate effectively with field offices and partner organizations and promote constructive relationships.Strong program coordination and advocacy skills.

Fluent in both English and French.

Attitudes and Behaviors:

World Vision reserves the right to disqualify a candidate who has any record relating to child abuse or opposite behavior to child protection, even after the hiring.

How to apply:

http://careers.wvi.org/job-opportunities-in-mali

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