Position: Gender Advisor/Team Lead
Location: Juba, South Sudan with frequent travel to field locations in S. Sudan.
Duration: 2 years
Reports to: Deputy Country Director, Programs
Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 20 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.
Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships, and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.
RI believes that gender equality is a basic right for all people, and it is critical to directly address gender-based discrimination and promote gender equality in order to ensure sustainable development.
The Gender Team Lead will provide overall leadership for integrating gender-sensitive and gender-transformative approaches across an anticipated large donor-funded Gender and WASH project in South Sudan. The position will work alongside project leadership and WASH experts to ensure the successful delivery of a quality program that responds to the specific WASH needs of women and girls, men and boys; that challenges discriminatory gender norms and harmful practices, prevents and responds to GBV in WASH, and that promotes women and girls’ empowerment. The position will be responsible for the development and execution of strategies and approaches for GBV prevention, in particular related to WASH.
The position is contingent on Relief International successfully securing funding for the proposed project.
Position Responsibilities and Duties:
Technical Leadership & Quality Assurance
- Lead the development of project-specific strategies and initiatives for GBV prevention and women’s empowerment, particularly in relation to WASH.
- Provide high quality technical assistance to project team, including development and sharing of tools/ resources, and processes for the advancement of gender equality in WASH programming.
- Lead on the development of gender- transformative approaches, including by linking WASH interventions to other programs and implementers delivering relevant services in the targeted areas.
- Supervision/management of a team of national and international gender experts, including the use of short-term technical assistance through internal and external consultants.
- Be accountable for program quality control/ quality assurance from a gender perspective.
- Document gender-transformative approaches along the project life for evidence-base.
- Provide technical support to participatory approaches and feedback mechanisms throughout the project, ensuring appropriate women and female youth representation.
- Technically input into project monitoring & evaluation systems to ensure adequate protection and gender equality perspectives are included.
Learning and Innovation
- Lead on the development and implementation of the project’s continuous gender analysis (including the use of findings in the design, adaptation and implementation of interventions).
- Support project team in the design, testing and evaluation of innovations to advance quality gender-transformative programming for WASH.
- Develop and share gender-related programmatic guidance and thought leadership for internal and external audiences.
- Keep up to date on and share relevant studies on gender and WASH, and refine program approaches accordingly.
- Identify research topics for the project and coordinate with researchers from a gender equality perspective.
Local Capacity Building / Sensitization
- Support the development, implementation and evaluation of capacity strengthening plans for project staff (including non-gender specialists) to design and implement quality gender-transformative approaches.
- Lead the development of local capacity building strategies / plans for women and female youth’s empowerment (including meaningful engagement of participants).
- Lead the development of community sensitization strategies for advancing gender equality and preventing GBV
- Lead design and implementation of strategies to involve men and boys in gender equity programming from the outset.
Qualifications & requirements:
This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.
- Master degree in Gender and Women’s Studies, International Development/Relations or related field.
- Minimum of 5 years of field work experience implementing, managing, and/or providing technical assistance to programs in developing countries with a focus on gender equality; focus on women’s economic empowerment desirable.
- Proven experience with gender-transformative programming in WASH programming
- Proven experience of working in prevention and response to GBV programs in development contexts
- Experience in working as a Gender Equality Expert in humanitarian contexts
- Proven experience of development and managing conflict-sensitive gender and protection programs, preferable in conflict-affected communities.
- Knowledge of South Sudan context is considered an asset
- Strong English skills, speaking, reading, writing required;
- Excellent time management skills;
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including patience, diplomacy, willingness to listen and respect for colleagues.
- Demonstratable experience of working in consortia
- Experience of working with USAID considered an asset
- Must be capable of working both individually and as part of a team;
- Cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
- Good analytical and problem-solving skills
- Ability to think critically and creatively;
The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience working to establish program quality frameworks for multiple team members. A demonstrable commitment to national capacity strengthening is mandatory. Additionally, S/he will have excellent written and verbal communications skills, and will be fluent in English. Experience of working within an INGO in conflict-induced fragile settings is mandatory, with previous experience in South Sudan desirable.
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
- Transparency and Accountability
- Agility and Innovation
Living Conditions/Environmental Conditions
This position is based in Juba, South Sudan and requires up to (40%) travel to field office locations within the country, and offers an opportunity to join a diverse and open workplace, with a team committed to inclusion, innovation, and personal development. We also offer:
- Self-contained living accommodation (own bedroom, kitchenette and sitting area) in a very safe shared compound in Juba.
- 6-week R&R cycle with a financial contribution towards the R&R costs
- Very competitive compensation, Danger Pay and daily post differential among other benefits
- Access to RI’s award-winning learning management system with a wide menu of training resources, and internal/external training courses.
How to Apply
Interested candidates are required to submit a detailed CV and cover letter by February 18th, 2021. We greatly appreciate your interest in working with RI, but we will only be able to contact shortlisted candidates. Due to the critical nature of this assignment, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates will be interviewed prior to the closing date that may appear on any of the job boards where this vacancy is posted. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.