The International Rescue Committee started activities in Niger in June 2013, responding to the Malian refugee crisis in the Tezalit department in Tahoua region. Since then the IRC has expanded programs to address the evolving needs of vulnerable populations first in the protection, WASH, health, nutrition, emergency and economic recovery and development sectors. Since then, it has expanded to education, rapid response mechanisms and migration sectors in the regions affected by armed conflicts and natural disasters, in Tahoua, Tillabéri (since 2013), Diffa (since 2015) and Agadez (since 2017) regions.
Responding to increasing insecurity and ongoing displacement in Burkina Faso, in April 2019, IRC launched an emergency response with WASH programming in Djibo Commune, Sahel Region. As a result of the escalating crisis and unmet humanitarian need, the IRC recently expanded its response to establish a country program to continue to support particularly underserved populations.
IRC is seeking a Senior Gender Technical Advisor for a USAID-funded 5-year project in Niger and Burkina Faso. The 5-year project aims to equip vulnerable young women and men with technical and life skills, networks, and capital for increased strategic economic opportunities in the Tillaberi Region of Niger and potentially in Maradi, and Diffa and in the Est, and Centre-Nord regions of Burkina Faso, security permitting. The Senior Gender Technical Advisor will provide expertise on integrating gender analysis into entrepreneurship, livelihoods, and positive youth development. S/he will be responsible for leading on integrating gender into enterprise development for youths for this project. This position is contingent on the IRC being awarded funding and is anticipated to begin in September 2020.
• Work with COP and DCOP to develop and adapt proven and innovative approaches to promoting and building an inclusive and equal office culture and environment.
• Build Gender Equality (GE) capacity and understanding in project offices to ensure adequate knowledge across staff on basic GE principles, mechanisms, and language.
• Liaise with the regional safety and security focal point to work for more gender equal country risk analyses and safety trainings to allow for improved recognition of women-specific security concerns and leadership in security management.
• Oversee the implementation of the country and regional level gender mainstreaming plan and ensure that agreed to activities are delivered on time, on scope and meet technical standards
• Work with project staff to build their understanding and ability to apply sector specific approaches to delivering more gender equitable programming.
• Support project staff to build and use gender sensitive practices across the project cycle including conducting gender analysis, designing gender-sensitive projects and using gender-sensitive monitoring practices.
• Support efforts to build capacity of implementation partners to deliver gender equitable programs.
• Work closely with M&E advisor to monitor the impact of new practices and approaches on programs and document the results.
• Support the M&E team in refining and developing core indicators and relevant data collection and analysis tools to support use and uptake of data to course correct programming;
• Regular communication and coordination with the Chief of Party and key home office staff on technical and project management issues;
• Conduct regular visits to project sites, as possible, to provide technical assistance and ensure proper implementation and monitoring of project activities;
• Produce inputs to monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports for the Chief of Party and donors, as needed.
• Other gender related support as requested.
• Advanced degree in social sciences with a concentration in gender or women’s studies preferred; Background or extensive understanding of humanitarian assistance.
• At least 7 years of experience in the humanitarian or development sector with proven track record of integrating gender equality outcomes in operations and humanitarian programs, with at least four years of experience with work specifically in crisis or conflict-affected contexts is required, preferably in the Sahel and/or Niger and Burkina Faso.
• Demonstrated expertise in conducting and supporting gender analysis and program design
• Effectiveness in bridging practical guidance and conceptual frameworks
• Ability to create and implement country-level strategies according to organizational priorities, taking into account a variety of field contexts
• Experience in developing and administering gender trainings, ability to communicate technical expertise and standards, and implement best practice approaches
• Excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills with a demonstrated ability to develop positive relationships with local and remote team members at multiple levels
• Ability to work independently and with multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams
• Able to transfer technical knowledge to transform attitudes to improve gender equality
• Experience in strategy development and working across sectors or disciplines is highly desired
• Strong negotiation skills and the ability to develop relations with local counterparts, donors, and other stakeholders;
• Strong communication skills, both oral and written;
• Fluency in English and French is required
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles.