The mission of the MDG Centre – West Africa, based in Dakar, Senegal is to assist the countries to develop operational strategies to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and to support their implementation.
The MDGs Center focus on two complementary scales: (i) the national level, through national planning and implementation processes to meet the MDGs; and (ii) the local level, through the Millennium Villages concept to assist and empower pilot African villages lift themselves out of their poverty trap and achieve all MDGs in five years. The combination of national and local scales provides the foundation for scaling up innovations that have been demonstrated to be effective at the local level.
The MDG Centre – West Africa intervenes in 8 sites of the 4 countries supported by the Centre, as follows: Dioro and Farakoumassa in the Segou region and Toya in the Tombouctou region in Mali; Ikaram, Ondo State and Pampaida, Kaduna State in Nigeria; Bonsaaso, Kumasi Region in Ghana; and Léona in Senegal. More recently the clusters of Tombouctou and Ikaram are graduating from the project and will be taken over by the government. The newest Millennium Village is in the Tamale region, in northern Ghana.
Achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and to help establish a robust local economy that can sustain and extend the progress made during the project has to incorporate gender across the board. The project will achieve this by coordinating delivery of a package of science-based proven interventions for agriculture, education, health, and rural infrastructure with the leadership of strengthened local governments and communities, with the full implication, consideration of the specific needs of women and girls at all levels as outlined in the UN Millennium Project’s recommendations. Rigorous measurement, monitoring and evaluation underpin the coordinated delivery of this package of interventions.
The Gender Specialists will work under the responsibility of the Team Leader of the Cluster and will be located in the Builsa and West Mamprusi Districts, Upper East Region and Northern Region, Ghana; in the Segou region in Mali; Pampaida, Kaduna State in Nigeria; Bonsaaso, Kumasi Region in Ghana; and Léona in Senegal and will work/travel to the villages covered by the project.
He/she will be mainly responsible for strengthening the capacities and mainstream gender across all the sectors of the Millennium Village.
More specifically, he/she will be in charge of the following responsibilities:
* Conduct a gender baseline study on the socio-economic and cultural aspects of women, men, boys and girls in the project zone
* Develop a gender mainstreaming strategy to be effectively implemented
* Identify and support the implementation of effective methods and strategies with convincing results in the increase of girls schooling rate at primary and secondary schools and to monitor their implementation
* Identify and support the implementation of effective methods and strategies with convincing results in the improvement of teenage girls and boys rights as regards sexual and reproductive health and protection against HIV/AIDS and to monitor their implementation
* Support the development and the implementation of intervention plans to carry out activities that will increase the girls capacity to take part in educational, productive and civil activities, with special emphasis on infrastructures that can reduce the time constraint of teenage girls and women in particular as regards transport, water, sanitation and energy
* Identify and support the implementation of effective methods and strategies with convincing results in allowing girls and women to access income generating activities
* Initiate and/or improve data collection on gender issues, analyse and create the conditions for sharing lessons learned/experiences gained at village and all levels
* Create the partnership conditions with all national and international governmental and nongovernmental organisations intervening on gender in the project zone
Skills and Professional Experience
– University degree in sociology, sustainable development or any other discipline relevant to the position
– Minimum of 5 year practical experience in gender equality and promotion of women’s empowerment activities
– Working experience with central, decentralized governments and NGOs
– Strong skills in multicultural and multidisciplinary team work with local, national and international partners
– Strong skills in the use of MS software
– Strong skills in oral and written communication in English and local language
– Strong writing skills (reports, articles, & publications)
– Skills in facilitating trainings, community mobilization, and sensitization meetings, with various stakeholders, including civil society organizations, local population, women’s groups, religious and traditional leaders, and the private sector partners.
Desired appointment date: As soon as possible
Length of contract: 1 year
Submission and closing of applications: September 15, 2012
How to apply:
Please send CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org