Senior Gender Advisor, USAID Food for Peace DFSA

Senior Gender Advisor, USAID Food for Peace DFSA

HKI - Helen Keller International

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Functional Relationships Reporting to the Chief of Party, the Senior Gender Advisor serves as the gender integration lead for the USAID Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) program. The Senior Advisor will supervise gender integration in-country and work closely with other colleagues at HKI’s Africa regional office and headquarters. The position also requires close cooperation with the government of Burkina Faso, partner NGOs and key stakeholders, as well as with the donor.

Scope of the Position:

The Senior Gender Advisor will assure that program activities reflect an in-depth understanding of gender, age, and other socio-cultural factors in the context of food security programming. The Advisor will lead the collection, analysis, and utilization of information from a broad range of sources utilizing participatory data collection. S/he will facilitate collaborative problem solving while fostering commitment and building capacity among activity staff and in-country actors to gender integration and empowerment. This position will be based in Ouagadougou, with frequent travel to project areas.


  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant academic area plus a minimum of five years of field experience at the community level, including significant experience with gender-focused programs and activities is required, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated capacity to write and speak compellingly about gender issues, age and other socio-cultural factors in the context of food security programming.
  • Experience with two or more of the following types of programs is an advantage: WaSH, climate change/disaster risk reduction, livelihoods (farm and/or non-farm), maternal and child health and nutrition, or community resilience.
  • Ability to design and implement workshops, seminars and trainings.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to lead and motivate a team, build consensus and clearly communicate a vision and decisions made.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
  • Fluency in English and French are required. This includes excellent oral and written English language skills, including the ability to quickly synthesize complex technical and programmatic issues into concise communications and develop high quality reports.
  • Experience working within the Francophone West African/Sahel development context is an advantage.
  • Computer literate in use of word-processing and spreadsheets; experience in statistical software, data analysis and interpretation.
  • Ability to travel extensively within the country and internationally, as required and as security permits.
  • An ability to work in challenging and changing environments, and to see through challenges to find solutions; an ability to maintain balance when under stress.
  • Demonstrable respect for all persons regardless of religion, ethnicity, class or gender, with a high comfort level working in a diverse environment with a demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards.

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