The Head of Gender will lead efforts to ensure that AGRA’s partnerships, programs and projects promote and facilitate greater food security using gender-sensitive and gender-transformative approaches.
Reporting to the Vice President – Country Support & Delivery, the Head of Gender will be the key resource in providing quality advisory services to AGRA management and to the country teams in regard to incorporating gender within all programs and activities at AGRA. S/He will be responsible for providing technical support and coordinating internal capacity building, as well as promoting the capacity of partners and grantees through integration of a gender approach in policies and programs, across AGRA. S/He will help position AGRA as a knowledge leader and technical leader in the Gender with various stakeholders.
Key Qualifications and Experience
Position requires 10 years’ relevant work experience working in similar organization or institutions including time working in developing countries e.g. a bilateral aid agency, a multilateral organization or with a partner government on gender issues in a developing country context (analytical, policy and operational);
At least five (5) years’ Senior-Level experience designing and implementing programs and/or gender development policies and activities in developing countries;
Excellent track record in leading evidence-based analysis in the field of development and gender-related issues;
A Master’s degree in agriculture, political science, public policy, international relations, agri-business or other relevant discipline with a specialization in gender and development. Relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of this;
An understanding of various African gender laws and devolution related legislations; Understanding of international conventions on gender equality and women’s empowerment;
Deep understanding of both the government and private sector policies and governance structures;
Experience and proven capacity to communicate effectively with different counterparts (government authorities, heads of agencies, civil society, and the private sector) to align actors and build networks;
Experience in managing complex initiatives with proven ability to develop high impact partnerships;
Proven leadership ability to influence, develop and empower employees to achieve their best with a team approach;
Excellent organizational, and problem solving/decision making skills;
Intelligent, motivated self-starter with strong interpersonal skills and work ethics;
Results and detail orientated with a hands on approach;
A working knowledge of French or Portuguese will be an advantage.
Support the implementation of AGRA’s gender strategy and approach.
Lead in adopting the gender strategy at country and continental level with accountability, reporting and communications mechanisms.
Support the implementation of AGRA’s country plans by incorporating women in agriculture strategy and gender governance, advocacy and thinking.
Be the gender focal person on gender matters at AGRA in relation to policies, priorities, program development and development partner resource mobilization.
Identify and supervise the work of expert consultants providing substantive inputs to the program.
Lead interdisciplinary work and initiatives with the agricultural sector, government, public sector, AGRA country teams, multilateral organizations and NGOs.
Work collaboratively to advocate and advance gender equality and women’s empowerment at national, regional and global levels.
Advisor to AGRA staff and leadership on incorporating gender within all programs and activities.
Provide leadership and high quality advisory services to AGRA management and to the country teams on Gender, ensuring that outputs are delivered in a timely manner according to budget.
Develop guidance, policy positions, issue papers and factsheets on gender, for a range of audiences.
Lead in conducting evidence-based analysis, and policy dialogue with relevant stakeholders
Ensure capacity building of AGRA staff and teams to set and deliver against gender specific targets.
Provide technical support and capacity building for AGRA grantees.
Consult with grantees to develop new grant ideas around gender in achieving sustainable productivity growth.
Conduct country level project visits and provide technical guidance on gender during monitoring and evaluation.
Contribute substantially to Knowledge management, communications and thought leadership around women in agriculture.
Driving the advancement of knowledge management and thought leadership in gender development activities.
Write project reports, gender technical briefs, abstracts and document success stories.
Develop and implement effective communication strategies for policy products to maximize their value, visibility and impact within AGRA and food security and sustainable development community.
Represent AGRA at designated international meetings and conferences, prepare briefing materials, speaking points, provide training and presentations.
Lead fund-raising activities for AGRA’s programs that address gender advancement ensure the agreed work program activities are supported by a sustainable funding base.
Foster relationships and develop strategic partnerships with partner organizations, countries, multilateral organizations and NGOs, working on gender and development.
: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience
: 10 years
English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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