Volunteer Opportunities

Position - GENDER ADVISOR

VCP

Field of Work (sector): Gender equality and social inclusion
Country: Uganda
Duration: 12 Months
Language: English
Deadline: September 19, 2021

***IMPORTANT ELIGIBILTY CRITERIA:

Be living currently in Uganda and meet one of the following criteria:

  • a) Be a citizen of an African country other than the country where volunteer mandate will take place (for example a Kenyan living in Uganda could apply for a volunteer mandate in Uganda) OR:
  • b) Be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Crossroads International is a leading Canadian international cooperation organization, advancing equality for women and girls and eradicating poverty in some of the world’s poorest countries in Africa where women and girls face great adversity: unequal access to resources and economic opportunities, gender-based violence and limited participation in political and public life. Crossroads International works in partnership with local organizations in 9 countries of sub-Saharan Africa, to draw on the skills, expertise and resources, from the North and the South, required to enable people, particularly women and girls, to overcome poverty and defend their rights.

Crossroads is a registered charity supported by government and non-government funders, and many individual donors around the world.

OUR VISION

ONE WORLD where poverty is eliminated, equality prevails, and the rights of women and girls are fulfilled.

Project description and context:

Crossroads International’s 2020-2027 Volunteer Cooperation Program (VCP) entitled Championing Gender Equality Together, funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), will engage Canadian women and men, Canadian stakeholders, Crossroads staff and volunteers, local partner organizations and women and men in sub-Saharan Africa to become Gender Equality Champions. Collectively these Gender Equality Champions constitute a global community of strong change agents and advocates for the advancement of gender equality both in Canada and overseas.

The Project aims to reduce gender inequalities and alleviate poverty by addressing gender-based violence, inequalities in access to resources and economic opportunities, and barriers in exercising strategic forms of choice, voice, and influence, which are the culmination of unequal and discriminatory power relations entrenched in society.  Crossroads will address the root causes of gender-based inequalities and discrimination through a multidimensional holistic approach in the VCP that will, 1) promote women’s rights; 2) advance access to justice and the reduction of gender-based violence (GBV), 3) promote equal representation of women and men, and 4) target inequalities that limit women’s ability to participate in and benefit from economic activities. Crossroads applies a rights-based approach to programming, which extends to promoting, protecting, and defending women’s rights, including strengthening the capacity of women’s rights organizations to participate in and influence policy formulation and hold accountable those who have a duty to act.

Partner Description

 

ACFODE is a national women’s organisation whose vision is a just society where gender equality is a reality and with a mission to empower women and girls and to influence policies and legislation for gender equality in Uganda. ACFODE depends on donors for most of its activities and yet there is a lot of competition and with advocacy sometimes the resources are not easily accessible. Secondly ACFODE has undeveloped assets (particularly land) in a strategic area effort to have it developed into a women’s centre have not yielded any results. So we are interested in a volunteer that is conversant with Public- Private partnerships, endowment funding and other resource mobilisation strategies such investment options for NGOs. The developed asset would support ACFODE to be self-sustaining and to provide services to other women right organisations (WROs) at subsidised rates hence contributing to women’s rights and women’s leadership.

For the last three decades since inception, ACFODE has been advocating for gender equality though a number of interventions including challenging social and gender norms that perpetuate gender inequalities including GBV, Violence against women and girls, leadership development, economic empowerment of women and youth empowerment.

 

Main responsibilities

  1. Reviewed and improved gender responsive documentation across all ACFODE reporting, including an improved strategic plan.
  2. Enchanced capacities for innovative gender and feminist research
  3. Increased knowledge and best practices in gender transformative approaches across the programme cycle
  4. -Look at approaches currently being used at ACFODE and help understand how these work towards achieving a gender equality society

    -Review documentation and make recommendations across programs

    -Sythesize information found within programmatic areas and come up with a more strategic plan

    -Make sure reports capture key gender

  5. -Identify research institutes for partnership with ACFODE for research on gender, feminism

    -With ACFODE staff, test the modules used by ACFODE on violence against women & women’s leadership and economic empowerment through randomised controlled experiential trials to

  6. -Review the different programmatic pillars used at ACFODE in comparison with current research and trends to help advise on the approach, address gaps and implement learnings.

    -Help come up with new innovative approaches to achieving gender equality based on research conducted

  7. Enhance staff capacities in gender mainstreaming, gender-responsive monitoring
  8. Review and make recommendations to improve the gender responsiveness across organisational programme cycle and interventions. This would include reviewing the programme cycle for gender blind spots, ensuring programs are gender transformative from inception to closure, incorporating gender-responsive indicators, integrating lessons learned, and planning activities in a gender transformation

 

Qualification criteria for selection include:

  • A Degree in Development studies, Economics, Political Economy, Social Sciences, Gender and Women’s Rights, Communications, or any other related field. Masters in any of the mentioned field will be of added advantage.
  • Experience in working on gender, and women’s rights
  • A minimum of 3 (three) years professional experience
  • Experience in gender mainstreaming
  • Experience in results-based management
  • Demonstrable experience of producing high-quality, credible and learning-focused project results
  • Ability to produce timely, analytical and concise reports
  • Demonstrated understanding of gender mainstreaming
  • Specialized Vocational Training inWomen and Gender Studies, Feminist activism, Feminist programming and Research ,Monitoring and evaluaton, Organisational development, Policy advocacy and documentation
  • Proven knowledge of Result Based program planning and management
  • Ability to promote and monitor inclusion of gender-specific objectives, indicators, targets and activities in ORG programs
  • Knowledge and experience of facilitation techniques and participatory approaches
  • Knowledge and experience of programs in advancing women’s equality and economic autonomy.
  • Demonstrated experience and/or training in international cooperation, preferably in a non-profit environmental at the local level is an asset.
  • Excellent ability to work autonomously and willingness to take initiative.
  • Capacity to work collaboratively with a team, in person and from a distance.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills to support volunteers, including mentorship and counselling.
  • Exceptional intercultural competencies and attitudes, including patience and respect for local expertise and work culture and intercultural communication.
  • Ability to cope with cultural isolation and a different standard of living.

Eligibility criteria:

  • ***IMPORTANT : Be living currently in  Uganda and meet one of the following criteria:
    • a) Be a citizen of an African country other than the country where volunteer mandate will take place (for example a Kenyan living in  Uganda could apply for a volunteer mandate in Uganda) OR:
    • b) Be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Share the commitment of preventing and addressing sexual misconduct
  • In good physical and mental health (medical examination required)
  • The volunteer needs to bring their own computer

Personalized support before, during and after the mandate provided by an experienced and welcoming team. The Crossroads’ experience includes the following:

  • Monthly living living allowance of approximately 1600 $CAD
  • Medical insurance and vaccinations
  • Pre-assignment online training.

Crossroads International is committed to addressing gender-based violence by supporting the innovative work our partner organizations in ending violence against women and girls.

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APPLICATION

To apply for this position, please send motivation letter and resume to volunteer@cintl.org

Please contact our Volunteer mobilization team if you have any question: volunteer@cintl.org