Gender, Youth and Social Inclusion (GYSI) Specialist

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Job Description

Project Background

Tetra Tech ARD (Tt/ARD) and its consortium partners – Born Free USA, TRAFFIC, Winrock International, re: wild, and Dahlberg Associates– were awarded the USAID contract for the implementation of the West Africa Biodiversity and Low Emissions Development (WABiLED) Program from July 2021 to July 2025.

This program is designed to strengthen the resiliency and sustainability of West African institutions, ecosystems, and communities. WABiLED consists of three core thematic objectives:

Combating wildlife trafficking and supporting great ape conservation;

  • Reducing deforestation, forest degradation, and biodiversity loss in key forests area;
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing carbon sequestration from land use.
  • To counter the threats that wildlife crime, environmental degradation, biodiversity loss, and climate change pose to human and natural systems, WABiLED will assist institutions and stakeholders—regional, national, and local—to develop and/or strengthen capacity by applying cross-sectoral approaches to protect and sustainably manage biodiversity, forests, and promote low emissions land use.

WABiLED will work with core regional partners the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Mano River Union (MRU) as well as national and local level government and non-governmental institutions and organizations and with local communities.

WABiLED will also work through grantees to promote best practices and generate lessons learned in up to five transboundary forest landscapes.

Position Summary

The WABiLED Program is based in Accra and the GYSI Specialist is a full-time position and will be based in Accra, and travel as necessary to WABiLED landscapes, project offices, workshops, meetings, and other fora as appropriate to interact with WABiLED partners and stakeholders and work collaboratively to mainstream GESI and Youth issues and opportunities into planning, implementation, and policy formulation.

  • The GYSI Specialist work will be cross-cutting and support the integration of Gender, Youth, and Social Inclusion into all three WABiLED technical objectives.
  • To promote equitable WABiLED outcomes and achieve meaningful stakeholder engagement, the GYSI Specialist will lead the rollout, integration, implementation, and monitoring of WABiLED’s approved GYSI Strategy.
  • Guided by the strategy, s/he will work with WABiLED staff and partners to integrate gender and youth-responsive activities throughout the program.
  • The GYSI Specialist will also provide technical assistance to improve stakeholder engagement on GYSI issues and policies.
  • In this capacity, s/he will work with civil society, academic, and private sector actors to input into national and regional policies addressing GYSI issues in wildlife trafficking, biodiversity loss, transboundary forest landscape management, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration from land use.
  • The GYSI Specialist will work closely with WABiLED communications and knowledge management staff to apply learning from WABiLED landscapes to GYSI advocacy efforts as well as coordinate messaging to target groups.
  • Specific activities for the GYSI Specialist will be defined during the annual work planning sessions and adapted as needed during quarterly work plan reviews.
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Indicative GYSI activities that contribute to achieving WABiLED results and defined in coordination with objective Leads, regional grantees, and other relevant partners will include, but not necessarily be limited to:

  • Roll out, integrate, implement and monitor WABiLED’s GYSI Strategy.
  • Work with WABiLED technical and cross-cutting staff to integrate the GYSI Strategy into WABiLED work plans and activity implementation
  • Support GYSI integration in WABiLED’s monitoring and evaluation framework as well as learning on gender and youth in WABiLED.
  • Work with WABiLED staff to support regional partners, ECOWAS and Mano River Union, to integrate gender and youth issues in regional level policies and programming around biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation.
  • Provide targeted technical assistance and training to staff, partners, and grantees to succeed in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and documentation of these activities and achieve the GYSI Strategy.
  • Work with the cross-cutting services team to develop stories, videos, and other outreach and awareness materials to raise the profile of the role that women and youth play in NRM across West Africa.
  • Work with WABiLED technical and cross-cutting staff to integrate GYSI into CWT institutions, regional partners, and grantees and to provide training and other support to advance and enhance GYSI mainstreaming into WABiLED supported activities
    Required Skills or Experience
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Education:

  • Minimum of master’s degree in gender, natural resources management, sociology, or related field.

Work experience:

  • Demonstrated experience working on international development projects.
  • Minimum 7 years prior work experience as gender or youth advisor or similar position.

Ability to travel:

Must be willing to travel

Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work cross-culturally with diverse teams.

Languages:

  • Excellent analytical, written and oral English communication skills are required.
  • Professional fluency in French is preferred.

Contract duration:

The GYSI Coordinator will be recruited for the life of the project.

Conditions:

The position is based in Accra, Ghana with some regional travel required.

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Deliverables

The deliverables will include those reports, strategies, action plans, and other outputs under the tasks spelled out in the Terms of Reference for this position.

How To Apply

Submit your CV and cover letter to wabiledrecruits@gmail.com

Deadline for Submission of Applications: 2nd December 2021

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