MSA seeks a talented professional with exceptional experience integrating gender and women’s economic empowerment into development programming to join the team in the position of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Advisor based in Kampala, Uganda on the USAID Feed the Future Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets Activity. Reporting directly to and working alongside the Chief of Party, the GESI Advisor will play a critical role in the project’s success. The GESI Advisor will provide ongoing support to the Chief of Party, technical teams, human resources, and monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) team for implementation of the Gender Action Plan (GAP).
Specific Responsibilities Include:
- Design and manage the implementation of a Gender Action Plan over the life of the project
- Provide input on integration of gender analysis into market systems research plans and instruments.
- Meet with the MEL team monthly to review targets and results, and assist them with analyzing the results disaggregated by gender.
- Meet with technical managers monthly to review targets and results, and provide input into their intervention strategies on how to integrate gender and promote women’s economic empowerment (WEE), youth empowerment, and the empowerment of marginalized communities.
- In collaboration with project leadership, develop a plan for monitoring and mitigating risks to gender, youth and minority relations that may arise from the proposed interventions.
- Support technical managers and field teams in creating value propositions that support business investments in empowerment.
- Conduct quarterly field visits to project sites to support interventions and recommend ways to enhance the project’s empowerment results.
- Beginning in Year 3, collaborate with the MEL team to conduct applied research on what works for empowerment in agriculture and the gender audit. Design and conduct a workshop for technical staff and project leadership about the socialization of gender norms and statuses, how gender relates to value chain development, the context of gender inequality and empowerment in Uganda, and the GAP.
- Bachelor’s degree in gender studies, economics, international development or other related field and 8 years of related experience or a Master’s degree and 5 years of related experience
- Minimum five years of experience working in gender and women’s economic empowerment in Uganda
- Strong ability to design and conduct qualitative research that addresses project learning priorities
- A passion for learning, investigation and for working in economic development
- A positive, collaborative attitude
- Familiar with private sector development, market systems facilitation and/or other economic development approaches (e.g., economic strengthening, inclusive business)
- Ability to build the capacity of colleagues and partners in integrating gender and women’s economic empowerment into programming
- Excellent English written and oral communication skills
- Capacity to take initiative and be a self-starter