Save the children is hiring a Regional Gender Equality Advisor WCA.
The Regional Gender Equality Advisor West and Central Africa guides the regional implementation of Save the Children’s Global Gender Equality Policy, using their in-depth contextual understanding, technical and practical expertise, and relationship building skills to define and deliver our strategic ambition for advancing gender equality across West and Central Africa and more in particular the Sahel and Northern Nigeria. The role will lead strategy development and the technical design and implementation of high quality programmes that advance gender equality and ensure that children, girls and boys can equitably access, participate within, benefit from and act as decision makers for both emergency and development programming. The role supports regional advocacy and influencing, while driving strategic partnerships for new business development. It provides leadership to ensure our work is grounded on intersectional gender and power analysis, and supports the design and implementation of gender transformative monitoring and evaluation systems to demonstrate impact, while sharing learning across our programmes, teams and partners to support cross-regional and global learning.
This role will provide leadership for and nurture a Regional Gender Equality Community of Practice, as well as engage closely in global Gender Equality technical leaderships structures, ensuring cross-learning, coordination and alignment. The role will work closely with operations colleagues and with partners, especially women’s/girls’ rights and gender equality-focused organizations, in West and Central Africa, fostering the building of ownership and agency of local organisations. It will provide leadership to design/adapt and deliver gender transformative content for capacity building, adapting global and regional products to local contexts. The role will provide thought leadership and guide system strengthening, setting standards and driving technical excellence in close collaboration with in-country gender equality advisors, coordinators and/or focal persons. This role includes a focus on external representation on priority issues including child-centred gender and power analysis, girls’ empowerment, gender-based violence and other topics central to gender transformative child rights-based approaches across thematic areas.
Qualifications and experience
- Master degree in Women and Gender Studies or related degree with focus on gender equality in international development, social work, public health, sociology, anthropology or related area, or equivalent experience
- At least 7 years’ experience (including field experience) providing technical leadership for the design and implementation of humanitarian and development programmes focused on advancing gender equality
- Strong understanding of gender equality principles and practices, the gender equality sector, policy priorities and key gender inequalities impacting children in West and Central Africa
- Proven senior level experience leading diverse, complex initiatives and virtual teams to achieve agreed objectives; including demonstrated experience designing, implementing and reporting upon thematic/cross-cutting strategies and/or policies
- Significant experience in gender equality training, capacity building and mentoring, and a demonstrated ability to make complex concepts compelling and accessible
- Demonstrated knowledge and skills related to intersectional gender and power analysis, and to the design, piloting, implementation and evaluation of innovative technical tools and resource to advance gender equality
- Track record in successful business development/fundraising, designing and pitching gender transformative approaches, models and programs
- Demonstrated strong knowledge and skills related to gender sensitive and transformative program design, monitoring and evaluation, including designing pathways to sustainable impact at scale.
- Experience of strategy development and planning to advance gender equality and social justice
- Experience of context, capacity and policy analysis, grounded on intersectional gender and power analysis, and influencing and advocacy at regional/international level in order to hold duty bearers to account to advance gender equality and realise children’s rights.
- Skilled at networking, representation and partnership development in order promote learning, strengthen civil society and mobilise resources.
- Able to generate and use data and evidence to innovate, deliver, learn and share what works and what doesn’t work for transforming the root causes of harmful gender norms and promoting gender equality for and with children
- Demonstrated thought leadership expertise such as contributions to academic journals, books, articles; speaking engagements, workshop facilitation, leading conference presentations and panels
- Experience of promoting quality and impact through at least one cross-cutting area: resilience and climate change; adaptive and safer programming; child rights; disability; migration and displacement.
- Experience of supporting humanitarian preparedness, response and recovery
- Fluent in French and high level of French writing skills.
- Working level in English
Contract length: 2 years
Location: Based in West and Central Africa (WCA) region in country with SCI programming
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.
We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
- No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
- All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
- Violence against children is no longer tolerated
We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.
Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.
We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as contrary to the values and practices of our organization.
Closing date: 17 May 2021 – 23:59 GMT.
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