Gender Advisor


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Position Title: GENDER ADVISOR

Position Location:  Moyo, Uganda

Reports to:  Deputy Program Manager, WUSC Uganda

Contract term:  1 year (renewable)

Likely start date : September 1, 2022

Application deadline : August 15, 2022

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a Canadian non-profit organisation with a mission to enhance education, economic opportunities, and empowerment for youth. We work with a diverse network of students, volunteers, institutions, governments, and businesses. Together, we foster youth-centred solutions to overcome inequality and exclusion. WUSC is working in partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada (AKFC) with funding from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) to implement the Adolescent Girls’ Education in Crisis Initiative (AGENCI). This four-year project (2020-2024) will focus on enhancing the empowerment of vulnerable refugee and host community girls in northern Uganda through life skills, mentorship programs, support to reduce financial barriers, and community engagement. WUSC will work closely with AKFC teams in Uganda to jointly implement this initiative.

General Duties

The Gender Advisor will play a crucial role in developing and implementing AGENCI’s Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Strategy. The Gender Advisor will develop tools, resources and conduct training and coaching to project staff, partners and volunteers to enable them to contribute to AGENCI’s gender equality and social inclusion goals. Specifically, the Gender Advisor is responsible for the following:

  • Work with the Project team to ensure the integration of GESI in activities design, including: initial rapid gender equality & empowerment assessment, updating the GESI strategy, refining of GESI activities;
  • Recommend financial and human resources necessary to execute project GESI strategies;
  • Conduct analysis of opportunities to maximise GESI results within AGENCI;
  • Facilitate the use of GESI data to promote evidence-based learning, reflection and decision making within AGENCI;
  • Work with the MERL manager to ensure that the Project’s M&E system is established to ensure that GESI results are captured and reported to relevant stakeholders;
  • Support the MERL manager to monitor and report on the implementation of the GESI indicators
  • Liaise regularly with the HQ Gender Equality Advisor; project-specific gender equality resources (staff/consultants) to share best practices, tools, and organisational approaches to GESI;
  • Participate in GESI-related working groups and maintain close working relationships with counterparts in other relevant international NGOs; and
  • Participate in WUSC’s communications work by providing data, information and other material for use with WUSC’s Canadian and International constituency and assists in implementing constituency building, communication strategies

Staff and Partner Capacity Building

  • Deliver training to AGENCI staff (including staff of local partner organisations) on how to integrate gender equality and social inclusion principles into their day-to-day work and planning, especially with regard to community engagement activities;
  • Support project staff in the development of project-specific GESI strategies, plans and activities;
  • Assist project staff in integrating Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) into project planning and management approaches (including results based management tools) and propose strategies to increase project impact on GESI;
  • Create GESI resources and tools (ie. Tipsheets, Operational Plans) to assist staff in effectively prioritising and integrating GE in their work;
  • Facilitate organisational learning opportunities, such as webinars, tipsheets, etc; and
  • Seek opportunities to increase the awareness, commitment and involvement of project staff, local partners and other key stakeholders in GESI.

Qualifications

  • MA/MSc or equivalent in International Development, Gender Studies or a related field (such as human rights) required;
  • A minimum of 5 years of active GESI work experience in development programming is required. The ideal candidate will have both theoretical and practical background in GESI and skilled in GESI analysis and methodologies;
  • Proven experience working on education projects;
  • Technical experience in education, particularly education for marginalised populations such as refugees and other displaced persons;
  • Knowledge of child protection and Do No Harm approaches, women and children’s rights frameworks, and best practices;
  • Strong analytical and research skills;
  • Proven ability to work productively with a variety of stakeholders to run participatory processes and meet tight deadlines with an emphasis on producing quality products;
  • Excellent capacity building skills, with demonstrated experience in effective training, coaching and facilitation; and
  • Demonstrated high level written and verbal communication skills in English, Kiswahili, and ideally at least one other language commonly spoken in Uganda.

Applications

WUSC offers a dynamic work environment with a diverse intercultural workforce. We offer employees exciting opportunities to apply their skills and gain experience all while making a difference for youth around the world. We believe youth have the potential to provide for their families, build strong communities, and create positive social change for future generations. Employees at WUSC work hard to create lasting change in education, employment and empowerment.

WUSC is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.