Project Officer - Gender & Advocacy

Project Officer - Gender & Advocacy

Practical Action

Kakamega, Kenya

ABOUT THE ROLE

Practical Action is looking for a Project Officer-Gender and Advocacy who will be responsible for gender mainstreaming and proactive advocacy support to the DGBP project. They will work with partners/stakeholders to ensure that gender equity principles are incorporated into all project activities, policies, plans and budgets. They will plan, implement and follow up on gender and advocacy-related activities and provide support to counterpart staff, partners and other stakeholders on mainstreaming gender in their programs, policies, plans, budgets and activities, including design and implementation of trainings on gender-related topics.

ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Promote and facilitate gender and social inclusion mainstreaming and gender transformative approaches in the day-to-day activities of the project;
  • Ensure that the different perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of the stakeholders, including those of waste and sanitation workers, are reflected in the project strategies and implementation plans;
  • Build the capacity of staff, waste and sanitation workers and other partners through training and technical assistance on gender and social inclusion and ensure they embrace gender mainstreaming in all their operations;
  • Plan and actively involve the partners/stakeholders in marking the recognized gender, waste and sanitation related days;
  • Lead in conducting gender technical studies and assessments in relation to waste and sanitation management;
  • Represent the DGBP project in coordination meetings and other related forums to ensure gender and inclusion issues in waste and sanitation management are captured and acted upon;
  • Take lead in the planning and implementation of the advocacy component of the DGBP project;
  • Take lead in establishing dialogue, sensitizing, lobbying and supporting gender mainstreaming and social inclusion among community organisations and partners at local, sub-national and national level to mobilise their support and participation in the project’s advocacy and influencing agenda;
  • Support the development and implementation of gender action plans within the project and among the project partners to enhance gender equality and social inclusion integration in the waste and sanitation sector;
  • Contribute to the development of technical guidance tools and approaches and coordinate the operational roll out of the same;
  • Network and maintain dialogue with relevant Government Institutions, National and International Development Organizations to ensure collaboration, synergy and sharing of experiences on GESI, Waste and Sanitation management;
  • In collaboration with the communications and impact and influence team, contribute to the production of GESI related content i.e knowledge products, success stories, etc.;
  • Represent Practical Action in the project area to local government, local communities, NGOs and other actors when requested to do so;
  • Participate in local coordination / networking meetings as required;
  • Support effective lesson learning, information management and sharing in close collaboration with the Communication team;
  • Contribute to visibility/positioning of Practical Action as a thought leader in gender, waste and sanitation management, including representation at sub/national, regional and international forums;
  • Collaborate efficiently and effectively with partners for learning and adoption of innovative interventions to improve project delivery;
  • Participate as a member in the organizational Global Gender Group & interact with any other internal and external groups as appropriate;
  • Support the timely and accurate preparation and utilization of project activity budgets;
  • Support the preparation of donor project reports and other internal reports as required;
  • Support development of fundable project ideas and proposals to raise funds for scaling up the DGBP work in the region;
  • Keep abreast of information and knowledge in the area of gender, waste and sanitation management, synthesize, document and share both internally and externally.

PERSON PROFILE

To be successful in the role, the ideal candidate should meet the following requirements:

Experience & Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences (Gender studies, Sociology, Rural development or related studies from a reputable University.
  • At least 4 years’ field and technical working experience with three years in the gender and development field or relevant working experience in NGOs.

Essential

  • An excellent understanding of gender issues in development and women economic empowerment;
  • Good understanding of the institutional frameworks pertaining to gender and poverty in Kenya;
  • Good lobbying and advocacy skills and ability to negotiate and network with broad range of stakeholders including youth;
  • Good networking, team building and alliance building skills;
  • Proficient in communicating with different stakeholders including women in rural communities, county and national government representatives, other stakeholders at national level etc.;
  • Good experience in integrating gender and diversity and sensitivity to gender and diversity issues;
  • Good communication, facilitation, training and representation skills;
  • Ability to work with, support and influence others;
  • Good writing, speaking and typing skill in English is mandatory.

Desirable

  • Good knowledge and application of the Gender Action Learning Systems (GALS) methodology in agriculture will be an added advantage;
  • Experience working with multi-faceted teams both directly and remotely providing timely support when required;
  • Working knowledge of the private sector in waste management in Kenya.

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