Job Description


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For over 90 years, Save the Children has been making a difference in children’s lives in more than 120 countries. We are the world’s largest independent child rights organisation, underpinned by a vision in a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Save the Children is an organization for talented people with different backgrounds and perspectives. We are proud that our people are representative of the children we work with and we thrive on our diversity. We are an equal opportunity organisation dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity. Our culture is embedded in these values, along with a strong commitment to our Child Safeguarding Protocol, ensuring that all representatives of Save the Children demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour towards children both in their private and professional lives.

In Uganda, we implement programmes in five thematic programme areas of Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, Education, Child Poverty, Health and Nutrition in development and emergency contexts. Save the Children delivers programs in over 36 districts in the North, Rwenzori, North-Eastern and Central regions of Uganda, Currently, Save the Children has a staff complement of 240 persons. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential.

Save the Children Uganda Country Office is looking to recruit for the following position:

Gender Advisor (1 Position): Location – To be Determined

Role Purpose:

The Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Assistance Program (DFAP) is implementing a USAID-funded initiative in Uganda with the primary goal of improving food and nutrition security, and self-reliance among extremely poor households in refugee settlements and host communities in Kamwenge District in Western Uganda.  The project is planned to start in October 2017 and operate for a minimum of five years. This initiative will be a pilot, multi-year “graduation activity” program which will include significant learning and research as well as engagement on the part of FFP and USAID’s Global Development Lab. Critical activities for this initiative will including the following: strong focus on households from both the Rwamwanja refugee settlement and neighboring host communities; targeted efforts for extremely poor households; and enrollment and graduation for one adult per household, typically the woman of the household.

Save the Children is currently recruiting for a Gender Advisor who will ensure a gender-sensitive and gender transformative approach throughout the program assessments, program implementation, and program monitoring, that takes into account the differences in men’s, women’s, boys’, and girls’ roles in the community context, as well as the intergenerational and gendered inequalities that exist within a household. The Gender Advisor will work closely with the DFAP team, the government, local authorities, and other key stakeholders to address gender-related differences, needs and inequalities, and ensure a direct, comprehensive approach to dealing with them in the DFAP programming.

Among other gender-related objectives, the Gender Advisor will be responsible for ensuring and/or promoting in the DFAP activities the equitable participation by men, women, boys and girls, the reduction of gender inequalities to achieve nutritional outcomes and strengthen resilience to food insecurity, gender-sensitive activities that mitigate unintended consequences, and where necessary, gender-transformative activities and approaches that work to transform harmful individual and social norms and behaviors. The Gender Advisor will ensure that USAID’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy, Food for Peace gender guidance, ADS 205, and other relevant gender principles, policies and regulations will be applied consistently throughout the DFAP initiative. The Gender Advisor will also advise and ensure that gender-based violence (GBV) and female empowerment will be addressed in the DFAP activities.

Academic background, Experience & Person Specifications;

  • Master’s Degree in gender, women’s studies, international development, agriculture, health, nutrition or related area preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of relevant experience working on assessments and program implementation related to nutrition, livelihoods, food security and/or water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs.
  • Proven ability to apply gender-sensitive and gender-transformative approaches on DFAP initiatives or on programs similar to DFAP initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with host government and partners in implementing a complex project in the field under challenging circumstances.
  • Significant knowledge of gender principles as they relate to livelihoods, nutrition and resilience for community-based programs in Uganda.
  • Significant knowledge of the health and nutrition system, and livelihoods context, in Uganda, specifically as it relates to government policies, programs and partnerships addressing the needs of food security.
  • Experience in gender-based programming with substantial understanding of and commitment to equality and equity issues and mainstreaming.
  • Experience working on similar USAID or other donor-funded programs; familiarity with USAID regulations and policies preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required.
  • Ugandan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application information:

Please send a copy of your CV with a cover letter (attached as one document) indicating 3 referees, two of whom should have been direct supervisorsto

Important to note:

  • Testimonials/certificates should not be attached to applications that are submitted online. Hand delivered applications will not be accepted and are therefore not considered during the shortlisting process.
  • Candidates from the districts/communities listed above are encouraged to apply. More information on the open positions is available at SCI district/regional offices.

Application closes on 24th February 2017 at midnight Uganda time.

We work with children, communities and governments all over the world and we believe in the right person for the job regardless of where you come from and how you identify yourself. We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these posts. All successful applicants will therefore be required to complete a Police Check and must sign onto our Child Safeguarding Policy and organizational Code of Conduct.

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer, persons with disabilities and female candidates are encouraged to apply.


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