Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist

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The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is seeking a candidate for the position of Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist for the anticipated USAID-funded Ghana Accountability Activity. The purpose of Ghana Accountability Activity is to strengthen civil society oversight of and feedback into government performance in public service delivery and to support the government, especially at the local level, and public service providers to be more responsive to citizen demand in delivering quality essential services. This is based on the premise that citizen action and engagement are critical for ensuring that the government delivers quality services with increased accountability in 17 target districts of northern Ghana.

The goal of Activity is for citizens to adopt constructive behaviors in relation to achieving three objectives: (1) Citizens Demand Responsive Service Delivery; (2) Government Manages Policy Implementation for Efficient Service Delivery; and (3) Local Public Service Providers Adhere to Quality Standards. The expected duration of the project is five years. This will be a contract position pending award from USAID.

This position is expected to be a three-year duration, beginning December 2022.

Position Summary

Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) Specialist will be responsible for technical oversight, and integration of GESI approaches across program activities. S/He will develop and lead the implementation of the project’s GESI strategy and action plan. S/He will train other project staff and consultants on GESI, and design GESI specific tools and materials to facilitate gender and youth integration in project implementation. The GESI Specialist will support the development of GESI sensitive social behavioral change communication activities and messages, as well as project publications such as articles and success stories related to GESI work. S/He will work closely with the Chief of Party (COP) and other Senior Team Managers to ensure that GESI considerations are reflected in M&E plan and tools.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Provide technical leadership and oversight of programmatic activities supporting the inclusion of youth, women, the disabled, internally displaced persons, and other vulnerable populations in community-based organizations and strengthening social capital (e.g. networks, membership in groups, social relations, and access to wider institutions in society).
  • Design gender-sensitive social behavioral change practices to promote women and girls increased access to WASH, education, and health services
  • Orient and train project staff on gender integration and social inclusion sensitivity and approaches in governance with experience in education, life skills, and community-based organization development for vulnerable populations.
  • Support the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team in implementing gender and youth sensitive monitoring, evaluation, and reporting systems, including working with the M&E team to ensure data is sex and age disaggregated and analyzed regularly.
  • Lead the development of program-wide gender, youth, and social inclusion analysis and contribute to annual work plans and write progress, quarterly and final program reports.

Required Skills or Experience

Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in gender studies, sociology, education, international development, or related field required, Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience working with development programs and specifically on gender and social inclusion or a similar context.
  • Experience working with communities on adaptive strategies that increase access to education, assets, resources, and decision-making by women and youth.
  • Proven ability to mobilize and encourage the inclusion of marginalized groups and building social cohesion (e.g. collective action, collaboration, and self-organization).
  • Experience drafting program-wide gender, youth, and social inclusion analysis and reports.
  • Experience working on USAID and other USG-funded programs and knowledge of USAID’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policies and monitoring indicators.
  • Previous experience working with disabled, LGBTQ, or other vulnerable populations, such as landless poor youth and women and refugees facing low self-esteem and social isolation preferred.
  • Proven experience and expertise in delivering social behavioral change preferred.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to organize and manage multiple priorities.
  • Commitment to company mission, vision, principles, and values.
  • Excellent computer skills (Outlook, Word, Excel).
  • Fluency in English is required.

This position will be based in Tamale, Ghana, with around 25% to 35% of the time for field travel around Northern Ghana or to Accra for project implementation and/or project management duties.

How To Apply

To be considered applicants shall forward to [email protected] and [email protected] the following documents with the subject line “Ghana Accountability GESI”:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV in reverse chronological format

Closing Date: March 15, 2022

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