Volunteer Opportunities

Position - GENDER EQUALITY ADVISOR

VCP

Field of Work (sector): Gender equality and social inclusion, Monitoring and evaluation
Location: Kampala
Country: Uganda
Duration: 12 months
Language: English
Deadline: June 20, 2021

***IMPORTANT ELIGIBILTY CRITERIA:

Be living currently in Zambia 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, in order 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.

The Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Uganda) is one of the leading women’s rights organizations in Uganda and the pioneer of legal aid and public legal education in sub-Saharan Africa. Formed in 1974, FIDA-Uganda has an established track record of promoting and defending human rights, with a focus on the rights of women with children as beneficiaries of this work. In particular, FIDA (U) seeks to promote human rights standards as established in international, regional and national human rights instruments and uses a feminist and rights-based approach in order to address the underlying causes of abuse, including patriarchy, injustice and exclusion.”

FIDA therefore needs a Gender Equality Advisor to help in conducting a gender audit, creating a gender policy , training staff  , and support in integrating/mainstreaming gender into programming.

Main responsibilities

  1. Increased capacities in gender mainstreaming, gender audit and gender monitoring evaluation and learning amongst the staff both at the secretariate and field offices
  2. Increased knowledge on best practices in results-based management and gender sensitive approaches

3.A gender audit is conducted and a gender policy is  developed adopted by the institutions and rolled out in all the different field offices

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 in the field of Monitoring and Evaluation, focusing on gender programming relating to gender equality and women’s rights project
  • 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
  • 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

We thank all applicants but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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