Global Fund (GF) Program Jobs – Gender Specialist at The AIDS Support Organization (TASO)

Job Title:   Gender Specialist
Organisation: The AIDS
Support Organization (TASO)
Funding Source: Global Fund
(GF)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Director
Policy, Research and Programming
About US:
The AIDS
Support Organization (TASO Uganda) is an organisation contributing to a process
of preventing HIV infection, restoring hope and improving the quality of Life
of persons, families and communities affected by HIV infection and disease.
About GF Program:
The Global Fund
(GF) to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has provided additional
resources to fight three of the world’s most devastating diseases and directed
those resources to areas that hinder access to those services. Following the
recent landmark signing of grants under the New Funding Model for the next two
years, The Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC) will work collaboratively with The AIDS
Support Organization (TASO) Uganda Ltd-the nonpublic sector Principal Recipient
(PR) in the coordination of the smooth implementation of gender interventions
and activities under the Global Fund Health Systems Strengthening – HSS
(UGA-S-TASO) and HIV/TB (UGA-C-TASO) grants. The country’s GF support to gender
interventions under the two grants is anchored in the revised National Gender
Policy (2007), NDP II, National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan (NSP 2015-2020) and
the Health Sector Development Plan (HSP) whose ultimate objective is to lead to
a society that is both informed and conscious of gender and development issues
and concerns. The available support from the GF focuses on:
·        
Generating programmatic evidence needed to address
gender inequalities that hinder access to and use of prevention, care and
treatment services.
·        
High level advocacy engaging leadership at national
and sub-national levels to address gender based violence, stigma and
discrimination associated with perceived or known disease status.
·        
Offer policy and technical guidance and support
supervision for the multisectoral response to address gender inequalities and
improving responses for women and girls.
·        
Engaging community level groups and leaders to
reform harmful gender based and socially discriminatory practices that hinder
access to and use of health services.
Job Summary: The Gender
Specialist will be responsible for overseeing national level activities aimed
at improving collaboration, linkages and resource mobilization for a gender
transformative HIV response. The incumbent will also provide technical and
operational support to the GF PRs and respective SRs in relation to gender
work. S/He will actively contribute to defining strategies in consultation with
other key gender actors that advance gender work in the country through
research, partnership/alliance building, capacity development, advocacy
initiatives for respect to gender equality and Human Rights. The Specialist
shall represent the UAC and the PR in his/her area of expertise as requested by
his/her supervisor. S/ He will also build and maintain a network with
stakeholders from strategic line ministries of Gender, Labour and Social
Development, Health, Justice and constitutional affairs, Internal
Affairs-Departments of Police and Prisons, the UN and development partners,
district and civil society services providers and people living with/affected
by the diseases among others.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Ensure that annual gender assessments of the
national disease response to HIV and TB are done in order to establish
responsiveness to gender inequalities that hinder access to and use of
prevention, care and treatment services in Uganda.
·        
The incumbent will support the finalisation and
coordinate dissemination of the GBV elimination Policy and Action plan and the
requisite capacity building manuals.
·        
Provide timely support to the MoGLSD and other
Partners to ensure implementation, monitoring and reporting of the National
Action Plan for women, girls and HIV in Uganda.
·        
Ensure active engagement of the leadership at
various levels to address stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and TB
perceived or known disease status.
·        
Convene and guide all activities of the SCoGiS
(national Gender Working Group) for addressing gender inequalities and
strengthening responses for women and girls.
·        
Ensure establishment of effective GBV response and
referral mechanisms at Local government level
·        
Work closely with partners, ensure regular support
supervision for the work of Stop GBV Champions at District and community levels.
·        
Coordinate and quality assure the work of partners
including sub-recipients in engaging cultural, religious and community groups
and leaders aimed at eliminating harmful gender based and socially
discriminatory practices in the community that hinder access to and use of
health services.
·        
Ensure capacity building for Stop GBV champions at
district level
Key Performance Indicators: 
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Annual gender assessments conducted
·        
National GBV policy and Action plan disseminated and
capacity building manuals developed
·        
Provide leadership to partners at various levels
engaged to address gender inequalities including GBV, stigma and discrimination
associated with perceived or known disease status related to HIV/TB and
Malaria.
·        
Strengthened multi-sectoral oversight and supervision
for responses towards gender inequalities and empowerment for women and girls.
·        
Community groups and leaders meaningfully engaged to
eliminate harmful gender based and socially discriminatory practices that hinder
access to health services.
·        
Functional stop GBV response mechanisms including
referrals at local government level (Stop GBV champions)
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The ideal candidate for the Gender Specialist
vacancy must hold a Master’s Degree in Social Science, Gender and Development
studies, Public Health with training in Gender programming, or relevant
discipline.
·        
At least five years’ experience in gender work with
Government or a national or International Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
at Management level
·        
Prior exposure and experience in strategic planning,
lobbying, policy formulation and advocacy
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Past experience in alliance and partnership building
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Skills and experience in research.
·        
Experience in monitoring and evaluation of gender
intervention projects
·        
Skills in computers applications Word, Excel power
point. Report writing skills are an essential requirement for the position.
·        
Language: Fluency in
English language
Personal Competencies:
·        
High level of conceptual, strategic thinking
·        
Excellent Communication (written and oral), Public
Relations skills, including presentation skills
·        
Broad knowledge and understanding of gender issues
at Policy and other levels.
·        
Conversant with Civil Society and Social Movement
approaches on gender work at National level
·        
Conversant with, research, negotiation and
analytical capabilities
·        
Ability to identify, obtain and analyse information
from a variety of sources
·        
High ethical standards, promotes the shared vision,
mission and strategic goals. Sensitivity and adaptability to a multidisciplinary,
multicultural and multi-religious, environment.
·        
Good knowledge management and learning: Promotes a
knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office. In-depth knowledge on
development issues. Ability to advocate and provide policy advice. Actively works
on continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas.
Applies newly acquired skills
·        
Operational Effectiveness: Ability to
lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting of development
programmes, new systems, and cause staff behavioural/ attitudinal change.
·        
Management and leadership: Builds strong
and strategic alliances and partnerships and leverages on their resources.
Leads teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills. Consistently
approaches work with energy and a constructive attitude. Remains calm, in
control (within deadlines) and good humoured even under pressure. Demonstrates
openness to change and ability to manage complexities. Develops and implements
conceptually innovative approaches to the provision of technical expertise.
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates are invited to send their applications in
sealed envelopes marked “Gender Specialist” to TASO Grants Management Unit, 1st
Floor House of Hope, Windsor Loop, Kololo Kampala. Uganda
Deadline: 29th October 2015 by 4.00 pm

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