Shared East Africa Gender Advisor

Shared East Africa Gender Advisor

The Shared Gender Advisor is a senior position based in Uganda, but supporting three country offices (Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan) to strengthen quality in gender equality and gender transformative programming across a portfolio of projects. The position is strategically designed to support in-country gender coordinators and/or gender focal persons and technical specialists, while providing cross-learning and support to all three countries and the wider region. A key marker of success will be measurable improvements in gender equality programming, and how it strengthens positive results for children.

The Advisor is expected to provide technical inputs and guidance throughout the project lifecycle, from community assessment to proposal development and design, through implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The Advisor will distil learnings from this portfolio to produce programming guidance related to Save the Children's Gender Policy and Gender Equality Marker, thought leadership on gender integration in proposal design, and strategic planning to ensure gender is more fully incorporated into our work for children. In addition, the Advisor will stay abreast of programming developments within Save the Children, such as Common Approaches, and industry developments while maintaining relationships with key players in the thematic space and within Save the Children Members.

The focus of this position is to build in-country capacity to exceed expectations on high-quality gender programming, and facilitate a community of practice in East and Southern Africa for cross-learning. The position requires regular travel in East Africa.

Qualifications and experience
  • 6 -9 years' field work experience implementing, managing, and/or providing technical assistance to programs in developing countries with a focus on gender equality; focus on child and youth programming desirable.
  • Proven experience with gender-transformative child rights programming in areas of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Livelihoods, Maternal, Newborn and Child Heath, and/or Education.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to present clearly and effectively at all levels, as well as cross-culturally, and manage through influence.
  • Experience in writing gender transformative proposals and/or integrating gender effectively in design, especially large and complex programmes in both development and humanitarian settings.
  • Proven ability to conduct gender assessments of individual projects, and a portfolio of projects.
  • Training skills, both face-to-face and by webinars, to communicate new information and change behaviours amongst professionals of all levels.
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets.
  • Ability to synthesize and develop high-quality knowledge products from diverse data sources including programmatic materials and tools.
  • Experience working independently and solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in from multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple requests and organise time and resources efficiently to achieve priority results.
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required.
  • Commitment to Save the Children values, including willingness to abide by and enforce the Child Safeguarding policy.
  • Significant experience in the region
  • Demonstrated thought leadership expertise such as contributions to academic journals, books, articles; speaking engagements, workshop facilitation, leading conference presentations and pane
  • Experience in working as a Gender Equality Advisor in humanitarian contexts is considered an asset

Contract length: 1 year, renewable

Location: Kampala, Uganda or Kigali, Rwanda

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Contract - Full-Time

Closing date: Thursday 17 January 2019

All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified

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