Gender Specialist


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The Organisation:

Brethren in Christ Church (BICC) is a locally registered faith-based organisation. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is a global, non-profit organization that strives to share God’s love and compassion for all through relief, development and peace, working in over 60 countries. And, Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB), founded in 1983 is a Christian charity that works to eliminate hunger around the world. CFGB is a partnership of 15 churches and church-based agencies that work towards this goal. Together, BICC, MCC and CFGB are implementing an agricultural project called Agricultural Improvements for Climate Resilience (AICR). The main goal of the project is to increase food security and community resilience to climate change for 400 households in TA Maseya, Chikwawa District, Malawi. The project which runs for 3 years from April, 2021 through March, 2024 will focus on four activity areas: conservation agriculture (including increased crop diversity), increased market access, gender advocacy, and promotion of high-efficiency cook stoves.

Applications are therefore invited from suitably qualified candidates for the position of Gender Specialist for the three-year contract at BICC’s Blantyre office.

Reporting to: Project Manager

Duration: Three years depending on performance

Start Date: July 26, 2021

Role Overview

The Gender Specialist is responsible for coordinating gender equality and women’s empowerment activities for the Project. She will implement the activities necessary for meeting the gender requirements outlined in the Project’s PMF and guide and support the Project team in ensuring the Project’s gender requirements are met in all areas of project implementation.

Responsibilities

  • Work with women in the Project communities to build their capacity as leaders, including the planning and facilitation of workshops for women
  • Work with men in the Project communities to sensitize them on the importance of encouraging and supporting female leadership, including the planning and facilitation of workshops for men
  • Work with women on the Farmers Filed School to enable them to participate fully in decision making (monitoring their participation, coaching them, ensuring that they are each individually introduced as leaders to the community in all project activities)
  • Work with women to check gender imbalances that create inequalities between men and women and affect production and utilization of food
  • Assist in the verification of the participants after selection by the selection committee to ensure that there is a balanced representation..
  • With the Project team, ensure the Project’s gender indicator targets are met
  • Work with the M&E Officer in the data collection and analysis of the gender indicators as outlined in the Project PMF
  • Select and work with gender champions who will help women in the community to continue developing leadership skills and speaking up on behalf of women after the project is completed (mentoring champions)

Qualifications

This position requires a person with the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in development studies, social science, women’s studies or a relevant discipline preferred
  • A minimum of 3 years experience working on gender-related issues such as gender mainstreaming/gender equality

Other Competencies/Attributes

  • Awareness and sensitivity regarding gender issues
  • Ability to address controversial issues with tact and calm
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English and Chichewa
  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills
  • Knowledge of / and or experience of NGO or development sectors
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ability to work within a team, prioritize tasks and manage multiple activities with attention to detail, meeting tight deadlines and work under pressure

How to apply:

Interested individuals should apply to

Bishop Francis Kamoto:  [email protected]

Rev. Connex Kalinde:  [email protected]

Submission should be made by 5pm; 12th July 2021 Malawi time.

BICC Malawi welcomes applications from all sections of the community and promotes diversity. All applications will be considered on their individual merit. Due to high volumes of applications received, we will only contact short listed applicants.

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