The CAtalyzing Strengthened policy aCtion for heAlthy Diets and resiliencE (CASCADE) is a EURO 60 million project funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented across six countries: Uganda, Nigeria, Benin, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Mozambique. The overall goal of CASCADE is to improve food security and contribute to the reduction of malnutrition of at least 5 million women of reproductive age and children under 5. In Uganda, the project will be implemented across five regions (Karamoja, West Nile, Northern, Southwestern, Eastern) through a CARE-led consortium including GAIN, Food Rights Alliance, Africa Innovations Institute and Kyambogo University. The project will work with government, business, and communities to foster an enabling environment for nutrition actions by advocating for increased investments for nutrition and completion of Uganda’s nutrition policy document.
The Gender Advisor for CASCADE is responsible for providing overall technical leadership on gender to ensure project implementation, results measurement and results are gender transformative. This requires the Advisor to ensure that program approaches are gender transformative, and that program staff, partners and consultants are properly trained, oriented, and empowered to ensure program delivery approaches are gender transformative. It requires the Advisor to prioritize research and learning to constantly inform and influence the program to be more gender transformative. The Advisor is responsible for strategic engagement, partnerships and coordination with program partners and relevant stakeholders including government entities and civil society.
Technical Leadership on gender transformation (30%)
· Provide technical leadership and steer processes for gender transformative quality assurance in the entire program cycle from design, delivery, impact measurement to programme closure.
· Provide technical advisory support to ensure that all gender mainstreaming initiatives are aligned to the CARE International (CI), regional, and global strategies/thematic areas and emerging programmes.
· Work with advocacy initiatives to develop gender-transformative national advocacy strategies.
· Support policy analysis of relevant laws, policies and strategies that impact gender equality and women empowerment issues aligned to CARE mandate.
Capacity Building of CARE Staff and Partners (20%)
· Based on program Gender Strategy and related CI Strategies, lead on developing capacity including gender modules, tools, and related policies/strategies.
· Plan for and conduct gender capacity assessments and develop tailor made gender plans for staff and partners including training and coaching. In doing so, identify capacity gaps in terms of designing gender programs.
· Work collaboratively to enhance a gender friendly environment and strengthen integration of Gender Equity and Diversity (GED) approaches in programming and in human resource processes from recruitment, orientation to performance management.
· Provide cutting edge technical capacity building and on-the-ground support for staff, partners and for field activities in the core programming themes that include Gender Equality and Women’s Voice, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (GBV), Engaging Men and Boys, Gender in Emergencies (GiE) including Women Lead in Emergencies (WLiE) and women/girls’ empowerment among others.
Mainstream Gender in Learning and Impact Measurement (20%)
· Support and facilitate the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team with integration of gender by generation documentation, coordination, and management of knowledge on gender, women, and girls’ empowerment approaches across impact group programs.
· Contribute to the development of impact measurement and knowledge management system, leading on the development of appropriate impact indicators and reflective learning systems related to gender, women and girls’ empowerment program aiming at demonstrating the evidence of impact of programs in addressing gender issues.
· Work closely with the MEAL team, lead the identification, documentation, and dissemination of best practices on conducting evidence-based gender transformative programming with a focus on GBV prevention, response, integration, and mitigation protection within/outside CARE.
External Engagement and Coordination of Gender Activities (20%).
· Strategically engage in program development and design as the gender expert to ensure that these programs and initiatives are gender transformative and well-resourced for gender transformation.
· Identify, develop, actively involve, and directly represent CARE in strategic partnerships, networks, platforms, coalitions, and spaces to engage/work with at local, national, regional, and potentially international levels in close collaboration with the CARE Uganda and relevant staff in other countries, and other relevant platforms and networks within CI.
· Lead the revision of materials and generate gender specific thematic training manuals, materials and guides based on the programmatic areas of focus in relation to the key gender issues captured under the various CARE Uganda Programmes.
Promote Gender Equity and Diversity and Safeguarding Practices (5%)
Any other duties assigned from time to time (5%)
· Any other duties incidental to the role or assigned by management.
WHAT DO YOU BRING TO THE TABLE
A Master’s degree holder in fields of Gender and Women Studies, Development, Political Science, Public Administration, Social Sciences, or related field is a must.
· Over 7 years of experience leading Gender programming.
· Substantial knowledge of gender transformative approaches, gender mainstreaming, GBV prevention, response, and mitigation as well as protection and advocacy processes.
· Knowledge of training tools and experience delivering training on gender-responsive programs.
· Ability to translate technical knowledge and analysis into programmatic and community-level interventions, workplans, activities, reporting, etc.
· Knowledge of government structures and policies at local and national level (particularly within the field of gender, nutrition, sexual and reproductive health).
· Skilled trainer and facilitator.
· Ability to communicate ideas in a culturally sensitive manner and conducive to their practical application.
· Strong interpersonal skills.
· Ability to explain complex ideas in easily accessible ways tailored to different audiences.