Gender Economic Empowerment Adviser (International)

at Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted July 24, 2020
Category Charity & Voluntary
Job Type Volunteer
Currency UGX


VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. As a VSO volunteer you’ll live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. By sharing your unique skills and experience you’ll help generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities you work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us as a VSO volunteer and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.

Role overview

Programme information
The Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE), initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), aims to create new jobs and make jobs more accessible for 200.000 youth (half of these for women) in the ministry’s priority focus countries in the Middle East, North Africa, Sahel & West Africa and the Horn of Africa. The fund is open to Private sector and (I)NGO applications (or mixed consortia). VSO will strengthen the work of the selected Implementing Partners through strategic VSO volunteer engagements.
The aim of the Fund will be achieved by supporting youth employment initiatives in these regions. Initiatives will offer youth, particularly young women, opportunities for decent work that delivers better prospects for personal development, is productive, and offers a stable income, social protection and safe working conditions.
Strengthen the private sector to engage with women and to create decent work for women that meets their aspirations and provides them voice and agency. Develop knowledge products for economic empowerment and support the implementation of these tools within private sector companies, micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and target communities.
Expected Responsibilities (to be confirmed and refined):
As a Gender Economic Empowerment Adviser you will:
• Support partners in developing knowledge products (definitions, guidance, tools, trainings, research, etc.) regarding gender responsive strategies in the employment sector for private sector partners.
• Advise on how to integrate and embed gender within the private sector into program and policy.
• Contribute to the design of online trainings on Gender.
• Mentor and facilitate online training sessions on Gender economic empowerment, GBV through organized webinars.
• Share knowledge/mentor programme staff and volunteers/consultants on Gender and economic empowerment
• Participate in periodic virtual project team meetings to identify promising practices and areas for improvement
• Identify external good practices on gender and economic empowerment and share with the community of practice for learning and exchange
• Support with monitoring & evaluation for documentation of learnings and good practices.

You work in a multidimensional project team, with experts in different kinds of areas.

Skills, qualifications and experience

• You have a Bachelor/Master’s degree in Behavioral and Social Science, Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, or HR.

• Significant experience (5+ years' work experience) in designing and implementation of gender and economic empowerment.
• Good understanding of developing training modules and facilitation
• Experience in undertaking research and developing case study products
• Ability to provide remote accompaniment
• Experience of developing situational analysis and gathering facts and data on gender and economic empowerment
• Experience of training and mentoring on Gender
• Experience in writing case studies and reports

Competencies and Behaviour

At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:

• Open-minded and respectful
• resilient and adaptive to new situations
• facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
• seek and share knowledge

Equal Opportunities
VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

Terms & Conditions

• You will be sharing your skills remotely from your home country with implementing partners and other stakeholders on a part-time basis.
• You have an existing source of income to cover your commitments and you have the basic equipment to carry out this assignment e.g. laptop, internet connectivity. VSO will not provide a monthly allowance for this role but will reimburse basic operational costs (e.g. internet costs).

Some background about VSO

Much has changed since VSO started 60 years ago. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation. In 2016/2017 alone, we worked with over 7,000 volunteers from all over the world and from all backgrounds to deliver services that had an impact on the lives of almost 2.6 million people in the 24 countries where we work. Our programmes focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organisations, from local and national governments, to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programmes. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.

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