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Offer: Gender Specialist


Source: International Center for Research on Women

International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Dakar, Senegal
Closing date: October 20, 2013

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is a global research institute which works to empower women, advance gender equality, and fight poverty in the developing world. ICRW works with partners to conduct empirical research, build capacity, and advocate for evidence-based practical solutions to change policies and programs.

Primary Role:

The Gender Specialist will be responsible for ensuring integration of gender into the CIDA-funded four-country (Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, and Tanzania) project, “Creating Homestead Agriculture for Nutrition and Gender Equity” (CHANGE). The Gender Specialist assigned to the Helen Keller International (HKL) regional office in Dakar will work closely with and build gender capacity of the regional and country teams and what they need to do to integrate gender throughout the project. She/he will guide them in developing and implementing regional- and country-specific gender plans of action, and monitoring and evaluating the contribution of gender-focused strategies on project impact.
He/she will be a strong, effective gender advocate, will have a robust background in gender and empowerment, will possess deep skills in gender integration methodologies, and must have technical training/education in agriculture, nutrition, or a relevant technical domain.

Ph.D. in economics, agricultural economics, nutrition, or relevant social science. M.A. with additional experience acceptable.


At least five (5) years of post-graduate experience working on gender as it relates to agriculture and nutrition, property rights, livelihoods, economic development, and/or other relevant development issues. Experience with research, analysis, monitoring and evaluation, training, and linking research to programmatic activities are essential. Project management experience – including facilitating partner and donor relations, report writing, budget maintenance, and work planning – is preferred.


Demonstrated expertise in conducting gender analysis, gender assessments, and/or gender-focused research in the areas of agriculture, nutrition, land and property rights, livelihoods, or women’s empowerment.
Ability to conceptualize, design, conduct, and communicate research and evaluation. Sound understanding of program development, management, and monitoring and evaluation principle.
Ability to apply research and analytical skills and knowledge across disciplines, including economics, agriculture and nutrition.
Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills.
Demonstrated experience in designing and conducting training.
Outstanding written and oral communication skills and demonstrated track record of producing high quality, well-written deliverables in a timely fashion.
Demonstrated ability to effectively manage projects, work plans, deliverables, timelines, and budgets.
Fluency in French and English.
Excellent communications skills including: writing, power point and presentation capabilities.
Highly proficient in the use of one or more of the following statistical software: SPSS, STATA, ATLAS, as well as widely-known research measures (e.g., ARRM, HBM, etc).

Principal Responsibilities and Tasks:

In collaboration with the HKI Project Director and each of the 4 HKI Country Directors, leads conceptual development, implementation of gender integration program activities and deliverables, including training and monitoring & evaluation.
Undertakes quantitative and qualitative research and analysis as needed; draft sharp and comprehensive syntheses based on data analysis; and write high quality reports, papers, training materials, and more informal products such as blogs and success stories.
Conducts data analysis using econometric or statistical models.
Produces project-related technical deliverables, including research briefs, power point presentations, white papers, and M&E guidelines, training modules, indicators and frameworks.
Designs and conducts trainings for partner organizations, where necessary.

Scope of Work:
The Gender Specialist will work with the overall project team (HKI Regional offices, country project team leaders, etc.) to:

Develop a Gender Strategy and Gender Plan of Action for the overall project.
Establish a basic set of gender principles for the project that all levels of the project must adhere to, e.g.:
In coordination with the HKI Project Leader, coordinate with IFPRI to integrate gender into the IFPRI-led M&E plan, including indicators, data collection methods and instruments, and analysis.
Report on progress made to overall project team based in Dakar, and to International
Center for Research on Women (ICRW) HQ.

The Gender Specialist will work with each country project team to:

Assess in-country gender capacity and work with each country team to identify at least one in-country team member (HKI or partner organization) to work as a counterpart.
Conduct a country-specific Gender Situation Analysis (part of larger SA already planned) with each country team to identify gender issues as they relate to the project and its goals/objectives; lead them in an analysis of needs, gaps, and what needs to be done to build on strengths, address weaknesses.
Develop a Gender Plan of Action based on the findings from the Gender Situation Analysis to guide the implementation and evaluation of the specific country’s project.
Apply findings from the Gender SA to the design or refinement of their conceptual framework, PIP, DIP, and behavior change strategies and messages, to ensure they are informed by gender.
If analysis of the GSA points to problems that need additional clarification or data before they can be addressed within the parameters of the project’s field activities, conduct operations research studies to: (a) collect data to define the problem as it relates to the project’s goals, objectives; (b) develop strategies or activities that would mitigate the problem; (c) develop data collection plan for measuring affects of those strategies/activities on solving the problem; (d) implement strategies/activities in the field; (e) monitor and evaluate their effects.
Identify in-country trainers, and work with them to design and implement capacity building workshops to strengthen country team members’ skills in using gender assessment tools.
Provide on-going support to each country team through long-distance communications and trips.

Due to the large volume of responses we receive, ICRW is not able to provide candidacy status on an individual basis. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. ICRW is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V.

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