Veterinarians Without Borders Canada – Gender Specialist/Advisor.

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Volunteer Positions: Gender Specialist – 2 (Kenyan Nationals Only)

Project Title: Volunteers Engaged In Gender Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS)

Donor: Government of Canada (Global Affairs Canada)

Implementing Partners: VWB/VSF Canada , Meru Central Dairy Union, Wakulima Dairy Union

Country: Kenya

Contract Period: Full time

Time Commitment: 1 year

Reporting to: Kenya Local Coordinator

Expected Start Date: April 2021

1. Overview

Veterinarians without Borders/ Vétérinaires sans frontières – Canada (VWB/VSF) is a charitable, humanitarian organization whose mission is to work for, and with, those in need to foster the health of animals, people, and the environments that sustain us. More information about the organization can be found at www.vetswithoutborders.ca.

VWB/VSF sends many Canadian volunteers overseas to work with partners help create integrated animal health systems. The Canadian volunteers include professors of veterinary medicine, veterinarians, animal nutritionists, rural development specialists, food safety specialists, horticulturalists, community health workers, and gender specialists. While universities, community organizations—even government agricultural extension workers benefit from this initiative, the primary focus is on improving the lives of small-scale livestock producers.

The Volunteers Engaged In Gender Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS) Project will directly improve the economic and social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized people, particularly women and girls, in six countries in Africa and Asia, through support to animal, human and environmental health (One Health) initiatives. The Project will use the skills of Canadian volunteers to support smallholder farmers, primarily women, to reduce poverty by improving family income and nutrition principally through improved production of livestock and crops. By working with local women’s organizations and associations, as well as local partners that work with and support the identified women’s groups, the Project will also help women assume greater leadership and control over their livelihoods. The Project is built around the One Health (OH) concept which recognizes that the health of people, animals and the natural environment are interconnected. It promotes the production of more and better food and increased incomes from livestock, all the while promoting land rehabilitation and conservation for sustainable development. Between 2020 and 2027, Canadian volunteers will work with national volunteers and selected country partners in Cambodia, Ghana, Kenya, Laos, Senegal and Vietnam to help create integrated animal health systems that benefit small scale farmers.

Role Purpose

The primary purpose of the gender specialist volunteer position is to support with the development, management, and implementation of gender-focused and gender integration activities for all program components. The role will involve working directly with the community members and Meru Central Dairy Union extension staff, in liaison also with the local coordinator and Africa Program Officer.

Responsibilities

  • Provide direct technical assistance and guidance on women’s economic empowerment to the program and its partners.
  • Support the development of tools, systems, processes and approaches that continuously improve technical excellence and impact in the area of transformative approaches to women’s economic empowerment.
  • Lead, coordinate, support, and/or conduct gender and power analyses, effectiveness and efficacy studies, appraisal, evaluation and needs assessments as required by the program.
  • Assist with quantitative/qualitative assessments in targeted communities to assess effectiveness of interventions and impact.
  • Support the implementation partners to understand the role of gender equality and women’s economic empowerment for the Program impact groups.
  • Provide advice on appropriate gender sensitive indicators in the performance measurement framework and support colleagues in the monitoring and reporting of programme results/outputs and objectives against agreed indicators
  • Work closely with other technical specialists to integrate gender across all Program components.
  • Facilitate and support a strong learning and knowledge sharing community around gender-transformative practices amongst delivery partners.
  • Represent work being done in gender-transformation and women’s economic empowerment under the program in relevant internal and external forums.

Qualification

Essential:

  • Degree in gender studies or social sciences with experience in gender issues.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in program management/program development in an international development/humanitarian organization;
  • A strong understanding of women’s rights is required, as well as demonstrated experience incorporating gender and feminist approaches into the design, monitoring, learning, and evaluation of programs;
  • Experience in applying participatory methods and tools, including the promotion of gender equality, good governance, and environmental sustainability;
  • Strong knowledge and experience in conducting gender assessment and gender Action Plan in a developing country context;
  • Knowledge of multi-stakeholder program development processes including coordination and learning;
  • Knowledge of training tools and methods and proven experience delivering training on gender responsive programs. Experience in coaching and mentoring in rural and agricultural communities is considered an asset.
  • Effective cross-cultural communication skills
  • Commitment to the principles of volunteer cooperation and familiarity with participatory approaches to development, including the promotion of gender equality, good governance and environmental sustainability

Desirable:

  • Previous international work / volunteer experience in development sector.

How to apply

Please submit via email your resume/CV and a motivation letter to recruitment@vetswithoutborders.ca

Please note the following:

The subject line of your email should read “Gender Specialist Volunteer – Meru / Wakulima.”

The file name for your resume should read: “(last name)(first name) Resume

The file name for your cover letter should read: “(last name) (first name) Cover Letter

(Your letter should state why you wish to be considered for the role and how you meet relevant skills)

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only applicants shortlisted for the interview will be contacted.

Application deadline is 8 April 2021.

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