Gender Advisor at Jhpiego Ethiopia Country Office

Job Description

Our mission.

Jhpiego is saving the lives of mothers and babies, and transforming health care systems in communities, regions and countries—leading to overall improvements in quality of life. That’s the ripple effect of Jhpiego’s work, through both large-scale and smaller, unique projects on the ground.

Our values.


–  working with people in local communities, health care policymakers, funders and colleagues

–  forging trust, gaining true friendship and empowering people


–  never giving up, never says “impossible”; tireless and relentless, staying the course


–   for all people, whoever they are, wherever they live


–          in all that is done—rigor in science, in proven interventions, in the highest-quality standards, in being accountable for the resources provided.
Title:    Gender Advisor                                                                              Grade: E

Department:  Ethiopia Country Office, A/A                                           December 2019


Summary Scope of Work:

The Gender Advisor will provide technical leadership and project oversight in the areas of gender for an upcoming human resource for health project in Ethiopia. The Gender Advisor will provide technical assistance at the national, regional and institutional level to strengthen gender equity and integration. The project will operate over a 5-year period.

The position will operate under the leadership of the Technical Director and Jhpiego’s senior management team, and will oversee and ensure the technical and methodological soundness of all project activities. In collaboration with project team and partners, the position will support the design and implementation of service delivery strategies based on scientific evidence. This position is contingent on funding.

Reporting Structure:
  • Position Reports To:  TBD
  • Positions Supervised: None

Responsibilities: All staff members of Jhpiego, regardless of the level of responsibilities are expected to

  • model the mission and values stated above
  • participate in the business development process
  • contribute to the knowledge sharing and transfer process
  • make responsible decisions that result in time and cost containment and clear accountability
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and definition of appropriate project activities
  • Establish and implement a system to ensure technical quality of project activities
  • Develop and/or update evidence-based training materials, standards, job aids, and curricula, supervisory systems needed for implementation of the Project to meet the needs of USAID and the Government of Ethiopia
  • Provide mentoring and capacity building at the individual and organizational level in specific areas of expertise including but not limited to:
  • Ensure integration of gender into program activities, budgets and work plans, and into the design of service delivery strategies based on sound and current scientific evidence
  • Ensure project activities are aligned with USAID’s Health Policy Initiative Gender Integration Index to inventory the most pressing gender barriers to achieving project goals and to ensure that inputs are designed to minimize those barriers
  • Contribute to the development of evidence-based, gender-appropriate clinical learning (pre-service, in-service and continuing professional development) materials and standards, supervisory systems, and other materials needed for implementation of the project
  • Ensure that the activities health centers, regional health bureaus, universities and colleagues included in activities are implementing technically sound, evidence-based, responsive approaches to the gender equity
  • Assist in the identification and dissemination of best practices and new technical strategies and approaches
  • Provide technical assistance for conducting site assessments and strengthening referral systems, in-service and/or pre-service education, and supportive supervision
  • Coordinate advocacy, demand generation, and policy support, across project sites as required
  • Lead the formulation of innovative approaches for scale up of targeted gender services
  • Actively participate in relevant technical advisory/working groups and professional forums representing Jhpiego
  • Work with health care providers, universities, colleges, local authorities, community members and project team members to identify gaps in integration of gender-based services or gender equity approaches
  • Identify and implement appropriate strategies to address gender-equity within faculty/student bodies and health service delivery gaps based on gender
  • Identify training needs for clinical and community healthcare providers and assist in the design and implementation of measures to address those needs
  • Work closely with the Chief of Party on setting project priorities and directions, and responding to requests for support from local counterparts
  • Work with M&E staff to design, implement a plan to track data/results related to gender to inform adjustments in project implementation
  • Collaborate with all local stakeholders and implementing partners, especially the Ministry of Health and other US and international implementing partners, to ensure that all activities conform to the requirements and regulations
  • Document successes, lessons learned and challenges in implementation as well as reports of project activities and results to the project and donor, including routine quarterly and annual reports and other reporting requirements as requested
  • Document and maintain an inventory of successful tools and approaches for gender equity
  • Author/co-author abstracts, presentations, and articles for journals and conferences
  • Supervise technical staff
  • Maintain excellent relationships with USAID and in-country stakeholders and develop rapid responses
  • Provide technical leadership to the development the project strategic plan, work plan, and project monitoring, in close collaboration with FMOH, donor, other stakeholders to ensure timely implementation and compliance to the requirements and regulations of the award

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications & Competencies

  • Advanced degree in medicine, nursing, midwifery, public health, social sciences, development studies or equivalent degree
  • At least 5 years’ experience implementing and/or providing technical assistance in gender equity interventions
  • At least 7 years’ experience in implementing and/or providing technical assistance in donor-funded projects and in the design and implementation of overseas health projects; preferably in the East Africa
  • Demonstrated experience training clinical and community-based healthcare workers on gender-sensitive service delivery, gender-sensitive teaching methods, women’s empowerment and male engagement.
  • Demonstrated experience providing capacity building assistance at individual and organizational levels
  • Skilled in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery projects; training; pre-service education; performance and quality improvement; monitoring and evaluation
  • Demonstrated experience with a mix of practical technical skills in gender equity necessary for strengthening institutional approaches and service delivery at the regional, national, clinical and community-level
  • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of Ethiopian healthcare system, particularly the public health system, experience living and working in Ethiopia preferred
  • Familiarity with USAID’s administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems
  • Excellent qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • Proven track record managing a project team composed of several technical experts and fostering team work
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with USAID, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector
  • Expertise in research to practice—identifying and adapting best practices to specific project contexts
  • Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal and presentation skills in English and Amharic
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to travel nationally to project sites

Applicant are expected to STRICTLY follow the below listed application procedures:

1.      Only qualified and interested applicants can submit application letter and well written curriculum vitae saved in one complied PDF format

2.      Applicants are required to state their current basic salary in their application letter

3.      Applicants must make sure their application document is saved by their full name

4.      CREDENTIALS OR WORK CERTIFICATES must not be submitted at this point

5.      The job position being applied for must be explicitly stated in the application letter

6.      Application being submitted via email must have the job position title clearly stated in the subject line

7.      Please use either E-mail to submit your applications.

Equal Opportunity Employer.

Jhpiego offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive employee benefits package. The winning candidate is expected to start within short period after finalization of the recruitment process.

The deadline for applications is December 15, 2019.

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