Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International is seeking applicants for the position of Gender Specialist for an anticipated US Agency for International Development (USAID) Community-based Forest-management program in Zambia. This is a multi-year program to support the Government of the Republic of Zambia address the drivers of deforestation and degradation and strengthen forest management in the Eastern Province of Zambia. The responsibilities, duties, and qualifications are described in the attached position description.
Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.
SALARY & BENEFITS:
Winrock offers employees excellent benefits. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
- Applicants should submit a current resume and cover letter referencing “Livelihoods Specialist” by June 30, 2013. Zambians residing in Zambia are encouraged to apply.
- Winrock would like to graciously thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are short listed will be contacted.
UNIT: Forestry & Natural Resource Management
Winrock is seeking a Gender Specialist for an upcoming USAID-funded program in Zambia. The Community-based Forest-management program (CFP) will be a key component of USAID/Zambia’s Global Climate Change (GCC) program under the Presidential GCC Initiative. The CFP will strengthen the Government of Zambia’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) strategy, by using a range of approaches to more effectively and sustainably manage forested areas through integrated forest planning and active community engagement.
The Gender Specialist is responsible for developing and implementing a gender integration strategy across program components and providing technical assistance to program partners in respective areas. In particular, will work with communities and local government at REDD+ pilot sites. The Gender Specialist is responsible for developing and implementing a gender integration and vulnerable persons engagement strategy across program components and providing technical assistance to program partners in respective areas. In particular, the Gender Specialist will work collaboratively with Home Office, implementing partners and local stakeholders in target locations, will conduct gender analysis in land management, agriculture and fishing and determine climate change impacts on both genders. Based on the analyses, s/he will synthesize a gender action plan to be implemented by all program parties, provide assistance in integrating those considerations in activities and ensure ongoing monitoring of gender plan implementation. In addition, the Gender Specialist will identify strategies to meaningfully engage youth and other vulnerable populations throughout the program and will lead capacity building activities for youth leaders.
- In collaboration with the program team, lead gender assessment and develop action and engagement plan for the program to maximize program impact on beneficiaries.
- Effectively manage relationships with program and partner staff to implement gender action plan.
- Train and provide support to program and partner staff in effective techniques for analyzing and addressing gender within program activities.
- Provide ongoing counseling, guidance and training to program staff and partners on applying gender-sensitive and vulnerable population-inclusive approaches to activities, including engaging women and youth in planning and implementation.
- Follow-up and monitor implementation of gender assessment and action plan by all parties; monitor women’s and youth participation in all program activities and timely address under-representation.
- Contribute to quarterly reports. Assist with gender and youth relevant data collection, analysis and dissemination. Serve as the point person for gender and youth with the donor and be responsible for coordinating and preparing all required reports.
- Identify and document best practices and challenges in addressing gender in climate adaptation initiatives.
- Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND:
- Advanced degree or equivalent professional experience in gender in development, youth engagement or related field.
- At least 3–5 years of experience in conducting gender integration, youth development, community mobilization, and training working in one or more sectors including natural resource management, agriculture, climate change, rural development.
- Demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively with partners and transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through workshops, training, meetings applying participatory methods.
- Excellent analytic, organizational and computer skills. Skilled in MS Office including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint.
- Ability to work both independently and in a team.
- Effective interpersonal skills, creative problem solving, conflict and ethical management skills
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Fluency in English is required. Expertise in a local language is preferred.