Gender Specialist – Somali at CARE Ethiopia

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Job Description

CARE Ethiopia Program

CARE started working in Ethiopia in 1984 in response to severe drought and famine that devastated the population and claimed the lives of nearly one million people. Since then, the organization’s activities have expanded to address the root causes of poverty and vulnerability.

In 2008, CARE Ethiopia’s office moved from a project-based approach to a more focused and strategic program-based approach. Over the eight years since that transition, CARE Ethiopia has implemented a series of programs with successful outcomes, while simultaneously impacting the policies and practices of government, serving as a thought leader amongst NGOs, and bringing transformative change to rural communities. These broader and deeper impacts go beyond the direct impacts of its programs and are a result of CARE Ethiopia’s overall country strategy, which enables CARE to design for scale.

CARE Ethiopia works in various sectors but has particularly targeted the following: Food Security and Resilience; WASH+; Nutrition; Dignified Work; Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Humanitarian Response as cross-cutting (focusing on the above sectors).

I.  Job Summary:

The Gender Specialist for the Resilience in Pastoral Areas will lead quality implementation of activities that address women’s empowerment and gender equality for pastoralist households participating in the project. S/he will be responsible for building the government partners’ capacity in understanding and applying both gender equity and women’s empowerment approaches, tools, and best practices. S/he will use a hands-on approach that will require outstanding skills in planning and facilitation of training workshops, coaching and mentoring, and an ability to influence and facilitate change through high-level interpersonal and communication skills.  The Gender Specialist will report directly to the Cluster Program Manager and will work closely with other technical specialists and project staff to ensure program quality and impact in line with the Resilience for Pastoral Areas goals and objectives at field office level.

 Ii. Responsibilities And Tasks:

Job Responsibility #1:  Analysis, strategy, reporting and design (15% of time):

§  Contributes to the project’s detailed implementation plans (DIP), at the start-up and annual reviews, to ensure gender-responsive project planning

§  Conducts regular assessment and analysis of gender norms and relations in pastoralist households and communities in Resilience in Pastoral Areas project operational areas to feed into project learning and strategy revisions

§  Participates in the designs of household surveys to ensure that gender dynamics are appropriately included, analyzes results and writes reports in the field office. 

Job Responsibility #2: Capacity building and technical assistance (20% of time):

§  Tailors gender equity and women’s empowerment training and discussion materials to the local context

§  Leads and coordinates capacity building of CARE and Mercy Corps staff, in the project operational areas for gender equity and women’s empowerment interventions, including in social analysis and action (SAA)

§  Participates in the development and facilitation of trainings for partner and staff development on gender specific initiatives, including staff transformation (the first step in SAA)

§  Develops and implements follow-up coaching plans to sustain staff expertise and commitment to apply new skills

§  Supports Woreda government partners in implementing gender and social development strategies

§  Advises and helps promote appropriate community mobilization strategies around gender

§  Documents and shares lessons/results of gender work and strategies in Resilience in Pastoral Areas operational Woredas

Job Responsibility #3: Gender Interventions Planning and implementation (30% of  time):

§  Ensures that technical assistance activities in the DRM/ NRM, Livestock production, nutrition and livelihood pathways are implemented in such a way that women are able to participate profitably

§  Support Multi-Stakeholder Platforms to implement strategies to address social barriers that affect pastoralist households

§  Enhances the awareness and knowledge of traditional leaders and influential community members on gender equity and women’s empowerment

§  Supports customary institutions able to influence, practice and monitor gender equitable norms including addressing harmful traditional practices and gender-based violence

§  Supports the other component staffs in rolling out social analysis and action processes and gender discussions in their intervention

§  Works identify role models and engage them to raise awareness about benefits of changed social norms 

Job Responsibility #4:  Learning and networking (20% of time):

§  Keeps up to date with developments in gender initiatives, including best practice in-country, regionally and globally, and ensure ongoing personal development and learning

§  Explores and participates in networks and gender-related task forces at the regional and local levels

§  Supports the documentation and use of project gender learning into evidence-based policy influence

§  Identifies, establishes and maintains productive relationships with like-minded non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the region

§  Regularly disseminates information regarding gender interventions and accomplishments among stakeholders, including the government

§  Organizes and participates in cross-visits to leverage lessons and best practices on gender equity and women’s empowerment activities

§  Together with the PQL, supports impact measurement and documentation of lessons learned and best practices on gender equity and women’s empowerment 

Job Responsibility #5: Gender equity and diversity (10% of time):

§  Supports and mentors intern(s) within the Samara office

§  Organizes and facilitates Women’s Club activities within Samara office

§  Promotes gender equality within teams, communities and households

§  Ensures that proposals and reports make explicit reference to approaches used to address unequal gender relations; ensures that data are disaggregated by gender

§  Facilitates different capacity building activities for staff on gender and diversity issues.           

Job Responsibility #6: Other activities (5% of time):

§  Performs other duties as assigned

Iii.           Problem Solving (Thinking Environment)

While the incumbent will face all three levels of  problem-solving, the biggest challenges belong to category number three. The reason for creating this position is to ensure intenalization and mainstreaming of gender work across the Resilience in Pastoral Areas, partners and Afar implementation areas. This position requires innovative thinking and the ability to think and communicate broadly and strategically.

Job Requirements

Iv. Qualifications (Know How)

A) Education/training


BSc/BA in relevant disciplines, e.g. Social Sciences, Sociology, Gender and Rural Development, and other related studies 


Professional training in gender and social transformation

B) Experience

Required: 4 years of work experience in:

§  Developmental related areas, conversant with adult learning and training of trainers, methodologies, practical experience in women rights/livelihoods programming

§  Gender analysis, training and mainstreaming


§  NGO experience

C) Technical Skills


§  Gender analysis, interpretation and mainstreaming

§  Firm belief in teamwork, gender equality, transparent and participatory management

§  Sensitivity to different aspects of diversity (cultural, religion) and sensitivity to HIV/AIDS

§  Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies

§  Strong training/facilitation skills

§  Writing skills (for report), proficiency in oral and written English

§  Computer literacy in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.


§  Project design, monitoring and evaluation

§  Quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills

§  Action learning/research methodologies

D) Competencies

§  Coaching, initiating action, communicating with impact, innovation, planning and organizing, building partnership and commitment, facilitating change, adaptability, and contributing to team success 

Iii.           Contacts/key Relationships 

The Gender Specialist work is expected to build partnering/service provision relationships with partners to smoothly run gender equity and women’s empowerment activities in Resilience for Pastoral Areas project implementation areas. S/he will report to the Cluster Program Manager and will work in close collaboration and report in dotted line to the Gender Advisor in CARE Addis Ababa and other specialists at the field office level, Particularly the Nutrition and WASH Specialist (for analysis and action on social norms surrounding nutrition, food security, and gender), the DRM and NRM Specialists, and the EMD Coordinator and Specialists, to ensure that project activities are well tailored to the needs of women. The Gender Specialist will also coordinate with the project stakeholders to support the implementation of Gender and Social Development provisions where appropriate.

If you are interested to be part of our dynamic team, exciting work environment and contribute to CARE Ethiopia’s mission and vision, please forward your: CV (not more than 3 page) and cover letter (not more than one page) directly by e-mail to

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Note: On the subject Line, please clearly write the position you are applying “Gender Specialist – Afar”. Your application will be automatically disqualified, if you fail to do so.

Passionate and dedicated candidates who meet the requirement are strongly encouraged to apply, especially women

Closing Date : March 22, 2020

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