CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in more than 90 countries. We create local solutions to poverty and inequality and we seek dignity for everyone every day and during times of crisis. These solutions have a broad range, from clean water to access to education; from microfinance to ensuring that everyone has nutritious food; from agriculture and climate change to disaster response. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because they have proven to be the best hope for creating lasting change in the world. Our staff live where they work, which makes us effective at understanding the challenges they face. We’ve been doing this for over 70 years, since World War II. It started with the world’s first CARE Package® of food for the post-war hungry in Europe. Our work today is as important as ever, we believe that poverty and inequality are historic injustices that we can end within a generation, for good. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us.
CARE is a leading humanitarian and development organization dedicated to fighting poverty and social injustice with a special emphasis on rights programming, gender equality, and women and girls. CARE works in a variety of contexts from protracted crises to stable development settings, as well as contexts in the nexus between these two types, and recognizes that the underlying drivers of food and nutrition insecurity are poverty, gender inequity, non-inclusive governance, poor adaptation to climate change and the inability to manage other economic and political shocks and stressors. To address these underlying drivers of poverty, the CARE Food and Water Systems (FWS) Global Team has developed the “She Feeds the World” (SFtW) framework, which underlies all of CARE’s food and nutrition security (FNS) programming. The SFtW framework leverages CARE’s experience and tools to bring about access to productive assets and resources to women and vulnerable groups, build capacities to improve their productivity, increase incomes through agriculture and other livelihoods, increase the awareness of the negative impacts of climate change and how to mitigate them, increase access to critical nutrients and the adoption of effective behaviors to reduce malnutrition, ensure healthy lives for all members of society, and increase the capacity of women, men, boys and girls to adapt to and absorb shocks and stressors to effectively sustain their FNS. Achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is at the center of achieving these outcomes in all of CARE’s FWS programs, and all participants must be able to express their views and influence the quality of service delivery and assistance regardless of the context. Wherever possible, CARE also works at the systems level to develop responsive governance systems that address the immediate and longer term needs of food insecure populations. At the same time, CARE works with market actors and systems to build their responsiveness to poor households, women and youth to enable their full participation and benefits from these systems. CARE’s FWS programming worldwide integrates these elements to reduce food insecurity and malnutrition and increase gender equality, women’s empowerment, inclusive governance and resilience.
CARE’s Food Security and Resilience team (FSR) is a key contributor to CARE’s global FWS programs worldwide. The team designs and manages USAID/Food for Peace Title II Development Food Security Activities (DFSA) and USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition programs in accordance with the SFtW framework. The role of the Food Security and Resilience Gender Advisor is as follows:
(1). Provide direct and high quality technical assistance to CARE’s Food Security and Resilience (FSR) programs (e.g.. FFP-funded DFSAs, USDA-funded FFECN programs, and other strategically-important FNS programs); (40%)
(2). Provide leadership, mentorship and coaching to country-based gender advisors, guiding them on state-of-the-art transformative gender approaches and continuous quality improvement in women’s empowerment in the context of food security and resilience programs; (20%)
(3). Support the development of tools, systems, processes and approaches that continuously improve technical excellence and impact in the area of transformative approaches to gender and women’s empowerment; (10%)
(4.) Contribute to the research, learning and advocacy themes prioritized by the FSR Team and FWS Unit through the projects and programs s/he supports as well as from his/her own research experience and knowledge and learning; (10%) and
(5). Support resource mobilization efforts to scale up and advance CARE’s gender work in the area of FNS and resilience. (20%)
The position should ideally be based in Lilongwe, Malawi.
- Provide direct, high quality TA to CARE’s Food Security and Resilience (FSR) programs
- Support resource mobilization efforts to scale up/advance CARE’s gender work in FNS & resilience
- Mentor/Coach/Lead CO-based Gender Advisors on SOTA transformative gender approaches
- Improve technical excellence & knowledge management in using transformative gender approaches
- Bachelor degree in International Development - in the field of women’s/gender studies, Economics, Business Administration, Agribusiness Development, Anthropology, Sociology, or a related field.
- 3 to 5 years experience in international gender programming, or related field
- Demonstrated ability to conduct gender analysis and apply findings
- Demonstrated capacity to facilitate trainings and learning on gender discrimination and women’s empowerment (or other social justice issues)
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse teams and effectively communicate new or sensitive topics
- Work experience in a developing country context
- Demonstrated ability to design and adapt program approaches that promote gender transformative programming and support women’s empowerment in diverse cultural contexts
- Experience in inspiring and supporting colleagues to integrate gender into their work