Gender Specialist – Kanungu Coffee Project UK NGO Jobs – Farm Africa

Organization: Farm
Africa
Duty Station: Kanungu,
Uganda
Reports to: Project
Coordinator – Coffee & CSOs
About US:
Farm Africa, founded
in 1985, is an international non-governmental organization working in Uganda,
Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. We drive agricultural and environmental change to
improve lives. Our strategy has three pillars: agricultural expertise,
management and preservation of ecosystems, and the power of business to drive
prosperity. We believe Africa has the power to feed itself and are helping make
this happen by establishing and spreading the best farming and forestry
techniques so that poor farmers and herders have more food to feed their
families and to sell. We help smallholders manage their natural resources sustainably
so that they can withstand climate change challenges and shocks and ensure
their families have enough food in the future as well as now. Farm Africa works
in partnership with communities, government, local and international
organizations, and the private sector to innovate, learn and share best
practices for maximum impact of our projects.
About Project:
Farm Africa is
currently implementing a three-year project supporting coffee farmers in
Western Uganda’s Kanungu district. The project comprises of two distinct parts.
The first part,
funded by the European Union, is already under way and focuses on building the
capacity of Civil Society Organisations (CSO) to create employment and
self-employment opportunities within the coffee value chain for 4,800 young
women and men Kanungu district. A broad range of CSOs are engaged ranging from
coffee growers’ cooperatives to national stakeholder platforms representing
both young farmers and coffee farmers. 
The second part,
funded by UK aid, will start in September 2019 and will focus on ensuring that
women are empowered and able to fully benefit from support given to coffee
farmers in Kanungu, as well as financially benefit from their contributions to
the coffee value chain.
Job Summary:  The Gender Specialist is responsible for
planning and delivering all the activities under the UK aid component of the
project (budget UGX 1 billion over 21 months). S/he will serve as the technical
lead, tasked with identifying gender-based constraints facing young women and
men in the targeted coffee-farming communities and steering project activities
to directly address these issues. The Gender Specialist will take
responsibility for advocating for greater attention to gender perspectives, and
for providing the necessary technical support to ensure gender integration
throughout the wider project. The Gender Specialist will support in ensuring
that gender mainstreaming and analysis are well conducted throughout the
project period
Key Duties and Responsibilities: The key responsibilities of the Gender Specialist
will be:
To plan and manage
the UK aid Match project implementation in accordance with the project’s agreed
objectives, work plans and budgets. In particular:
·        
To play
a key role in activity planning and sequencing of activities to ensure maximum
impact
·        
Work in
close consultation with the Project Coordinator (PC) to review and prepare the
project’s work plan and budget as part of the monthly, quarterly and annual
planning process.
·        
Manage
monthly, quarterly and annual work plans for project activities and logistics,
identifying and responding to the implications of interdependencies between
different sub-project work stream activities.
To deliver project
activities to a high standard, and in line with Farm Africa and donor
guidelines and requirements:
·        
Work
with coffee cooperatives to establish 160 women-led VSLAs in Kanungu, through
mobilisation, assessment, and training on VSLA & financial literacy.
·        
Grow
female membership of supported cooperatives.
·        
Support
household gender equitable relations through the GALS methodology and build
capacities of GALS champions in Kanungu district.
·        
Conduct
participatory sessions on household land use agreements for 160 groups,
engaging with household members and local authorities
·        
Support
cooperatives to become more gender inclusive in their governance structures and
operations
·        
Facilitate
awareness raising sessions with CGCs, CGC members, Coffee Sector National
Stakeholder meeting to share findings from project studies/evaluation and to
champion women in the coffee sector
·        
Ensure
that planned activities are delivered in accordance with the implementation
timetable and within the agreed budget.
To deliver assigned
activities in accordance with financial guidelines and within available budgets
by:
·        
Closely
monitoring expenditure on all relevant activity lines, ensuring that
availability of funds is confirmed and approved before delivery of an activity
begins
·        
Supporting
the Project Accountant & Administrator (PA&A) and PC with budgeting and
reforecasting budgets as required
·        
Ensuring
that all expenditure incurred is in compliance with and exceeds the basic
standards contained in the Farm Africa finance procedures manual.
·        
Reviewing
budget monitoring reports, and provide timely explanations and corrective
actions for any significant variances relating to the UK aid Match project
·        
Ensuring
that procurement of goods and services is carried out in line with Farm Africa
procedures and also follows the terms and conditions stipulated in the donor’s
Financial Management Guidelines
Monitoring,
evaluation learning & reporting:
·        
Contribute
to the development and implementation of Monitoring & Learning Plan (MLP)
for the project in line with Farm Africa’s guidelines and the donor’s
requirements
·        
Ensure the
project’s log-frame and data collection plans are regularly reviewed and
refreshed, and the project is collecting the breadth of indicators required at
a frequency and timing in line with reporting purposes
·        
Ensure
that the project is regularly conducting beneficiary surveys, collecting other
data through relevant sources, developing case studies and collating photos
·        
Support
mid-term, final evaluation and other external evaluations, ensuring that
learning and recommendations from those evaluations are explicitly incorporated
into the project’s future implementation activity
·        
Contribute
to internal and external reporting, and annual & semi-annual project
performance reviews and workshops
Playing a key role
in delivering the wider objectives of the Kanungu Coffee Project including:
·        
Undertaking
any other duties as reasonably requested by the project coordinator M Support
the wider project delivery team to integrate gender approaches within work plans
and stakeholder engagements
·        
Work in
close collaboration with the cooperatives in ensuring that knowledge, findings
and tools are shared
·        
Maintain
regular and effective communications with the wider project team, Uganda
Country Office and implementing partners
·        
Work in
close consultation with the PC, act as an ambassador in promoting the project
and the work of Farm Africa, including hosting visitors, speaking at workshops,
conferences and meeting donors and other officials as and when required
Play an active role
as a member of the Farm Africa Country team:
·        
Contribute
to the development and implementation of Farm Africa’s strategy, particularly
with regards to Gender
·        
Identify
and explore opportunities to grow and expand the country project pipeline, both
in relation to the current project or related to new project opportunities
·        
Work
with the PC, PM, CD and the UK Programme Funding Unit to prepare funding
proposals where requested, ensuring that any lessons learned during
implementation are documented and built into future project design
·        
Participate
in country-level or Pan-Farm Africa programme meetings as reasonably requested
NB: These essential functions are not to be
interpreted as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be
required to perform other job related duties as required. All work
responsibilities are subject to having performance goals and/or targets
established.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·        
The ideal
candidate for the Farm Africa Gender Specialist – Kanungu Coffee Project job placement
must hold a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in in a relevant field, such as
gender studies, development studies, agriculture, women’s studies,
masculinities or similar related field
·        
A
minimum of three years’ experience working for an INGO or agri-business
·        
A
minimum of two years’ experience in a gender- focused role
·        
Experience
of working directly with female smallholder farmers
·        
Experience
building capacities of cooperatives or farmer groups
·        
Experience
of delivering activities aimed to empower women within rural households
·        
Experience
of establishing or strengthening community savings groups
·        
Experience
of commissioning and/or managing research or studies carried out by external
consultants
·        
Experience
of managing expenditure, and monitoring spend against budget
·        
Experience
of ensuring compliance with financial and operational policies and procedures
in field office.
·        
Excellent
communication skills, including the ability to communicate with people from a
broad range of backgrounds
·        
Excellent
organisational and planning skills – with demonstrable ability to plan and
manage your own workload including writing concept notes for activities and
reporting on progress
·        
Good
working knowledge of Microsoft Office programmes, in particular Word, Excel and
PowerPoint
·        
Able to
work under own initiative
·        
Flexible
and ‘can do’ attitude
·        
Honest
and Integrity
·        
Team
Player
·        
Ability
and willingness to ride a motorcycle as part of field duties.



Desirable
·        
Further
relevant academic qualification in the area of gender studies, development
studies, agriculture, women’s studies, masculinities or similar related field
·        
Knowledge
and understanding of the coffee value chain in Uganda
·        
Experience
of supporting gender mainstreaming across a wider range of activities as part
of a rural development initiative.
·        
Experience
of working in the coffee value chain
·        
Experience
of using GALS methodologies as part of your role
·        
Experience
of supporting women to engage more actively in agricultural value chain
·        
Experience
of delivering advocacy-focused activities
·        
Experience
of producing content for donor reports
.
Duration & Hours: Fixed-term, full-time contract ending 31st May 2021.
How to Apply:
To apply, please
send a CV, salary history, and a two-page supporting statement detailing how
you meet the person specification to ugandarecruitment@farmafrica.org including
‘Gender Specialist- Kanungu Coffee Project ’ in the subject line. 
 Please DO NOT send additional documents such
as certificates and references with your application. Successful candidates
ONLY will be required to provide these documents during the referencing
process.
First round
interviews will take place w/c 19th August at Farm Africa’s country office in Kampala.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
‘Farm Africa is an
inclusive employer and welcomes applications from a wide range of diverse
people, including women.’
Deadline: 6th August 2019
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