Gender Support Officer NGO Jobs – Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)

Job Title:       Gender Support Officer 
Organization: Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)
Duty Station: Arua, Uganda
Reports to: Program Coordinator, Strengthening Educational
Systems in East Africa (SESEA)
About US:
Aga
Khan Foundation (AKF) is a private, non-denominational, development agency
promoting creative solutions to problems that impede social development. AKF
(East Africa) seeks sustainable solutions to long-term problems of poverty,
hunger, literacy and health, with a special emphasis on the needs of rural
communities in coastal and other resource-poor areas. AKF (EA) works in five
sectors including Health, Education, Early Childhood Development, Rural
Development and Civil Society enhancement. Over the last several years, AKF
(EA)’s programs have evolved and expanded in response to government policies,
beneficiary demand and assessment of needs. In order to optimize AKF (EA)’s
efficiency and effectiveness as a development actor in the region, it seeks to
support and improve innovations that create viable solutions to community
problems that impede development.
About SESEA Project:
SESEA
is a five-year project co-funded by Global Affairs Canada and the Aga Khan
Foundation, Canada that aims to sustainably improve learning outcomes, with a
particular focus on literacy and numeracy, for pre-primary and primary children
in target areas of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. The project aims to leverage
assets of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) institutions to achieve broad,
systematic, and distinctive impact on the quality of teaching in the region in
both public and private education systems. Specifically, the project builds on
the experience and gains made by various AKDN institutions working in the
education sector in East Africa, including Aga Khan University-Institute for
Educational Development, Aga Khan Academies, Aga Khan Education Services, and
Aga Khan Foundation.
Job Summary: The Gender Support Officer will be the lead person
responsible for gender within the SESEA educational project. The incumbent will
offer technical support to explicitly and systematically integrate gender equality
considerations (activities, outputs, and results) at all stages of the project,
including budgetary provisions where possible. The GSO will ensure effective
implementation of the SESEA Gender Equality Strategy by AKDN SESEA implementing
agencies and partners. The GSO will be responsible for providing targeted
expertise to ensure gender is integrated into all aspects of SESEA project
implementation. The GSO will also strengthen the capacity of AKDN implementing
agencies, to address gender barriers and identify specific opportunities for
improving and mainstreaming gender equality through project activities. The GSO
will work with SESEA project teams and partners to support gender integration
into project activities, including monitoring and evaluation tools.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Coordinating gender
mainstreaming:
  • Set priorities, and develop and implement a
    clear and comprehensive gender action plan to redress gender concerns
    within respective SESEA implementing agencies.
  • Provide input and comments on development of
    project/program plans, budgets, reports and agency policies, and make
    recommendations for improvement.
  • Regularly review, edit, and comment on gender
    achievements contained in the agency monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and
    annual progress reports as appropriate.
2. Offering technical
support to the project team:
  • Provide technical support to project staff,
    managers, and partners on the SESEA Gender Equality Strategy and
    implementation of key gender components across all activities
  • Keenly analyze and ensure interventions are
    sensitive and responsive to gender issues in education, within respective
    project locations.
  • Offer technical support the updating and
    sharing of recent developments and knowledge tools in the areas of interventions.
  • Actively participate in program team
    meetings, campaigns, and civil society forums and ensure gender topics are
    considered and discussed.
3. Knowledge Management
and Sharing:
  • Render support in the data collection,
    compiling lessons learned, and establishing indicators to support
    knowledge sharing.
  • Render support in the development of concept
    notes and project documents on gender issues, as directed by the
    supervisor.
  • Take part in the gender-related community of
    practice in the region.
  • Support the writing of stories related to
    program and project developments, as they relate to gender equality
    issues.
  • Provide support to different partners/civil
    society organizations in all SESEA project activities.
4. Monitor and report on
gender issues:
  • Work closely with teams to review training
    resources, and monitor and report on project-related gender issues.
  • Guide development and/or review of M&E
    tools – specifically the verification, indicators, and analyses matrix to
    monitor implementation of gender mainstreaming.
  • Provide feedback to the project team to
    ensure practical implementation of activities related to the SESEA Gender
    Integration Guidelines and Gender Equality Strategy.
  • Prepare timely and quality monthly,
    quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports to share with the Program
    Manager and SESEA Program Coordinator at the Project Coordinating Unit
    (PCU) PCU.
  • Perform any additional duties assigned by the
    Program Manager or Program Coordinator, as required.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the  Gender Support Officers should hold a Bachelor’s
    degree in a relevant discipline, particularly gender studies, education,
    or the social sciences.
  • Additional training in project planning,
    management, and Monitoring and Evaluation is an added asset.
  • At least three years’ of relevant experience
    in gender mainstreaming into projects/programs.
  • Prior exposure and experience working with
    NGOs, government agencies, and donor-funded projects.
  • Previous experience in conducting gender
    reviews, gender integration, and implementing gender equality activities
    in international development projects, particularly in the education
    sector.
  • Broad working knowledge of and in experience
    of results-based monitoring and evaluation, with particular attention to
    assessing gender equality results.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational,
    interpersonal, negotiation, and problem-solving skills.
  • Proven ability to meet strict reporting
    deadlines and produce results.
  • Excellent written and oral communication
    skills in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, work
    independently, take initiative, and manage a variety of activities
    simultaneously.
  • Flexible, innovative, and dynamic team player
    with strong facilitation and coordination skills.
  • Prior exposure and experience in the East
    African development context is an asset.
  • Previous experience with Global Affairs,
    Canada and other bilateral donors is an asset.
  • Willingness to travel to project locations
    within the respective project implementation sites.
  • Language proficiency in Swahili (Kenya and
    Tanzania) and one local language in West Nile Region (Uganda) is strongly
    recommended.
How to Apply: 
All
suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their applications
with updated CVs including desired project location, cover letter explaining
why they are best suited for the position and names and contact information of
three referees to the Human Resource Officer, Aga Khan Foundation (East Africa)
by e-mail to: recruitment@akfea.org.
Deadline: 7th February 2016

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