3 USAID Program Officer – Gender Job Placements – AVSI Foundation

Organization: AVSI
Funding Source: United
States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Resilience”
Program Manager
About US:
AVSI Foundation is an
international not-for-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in
Italy in 1972. Its mission is to promote the dignity of the person through
development cooperation activities, with special attention to education,
according to the social teaching of the Catholic Church. AVSI has been present
in Uganda since 1984, first supporting hospitals and agriculture projects in
Gulu and Kitgum districts, and later expanding around 1990 to establish the
present-day headquarters in Kampala, offices in Pader, Gulu and Kitgum, and
project activities in 12 other districts.
About Programme:
AVSI, as leader of a consortium
including Trickle Up and IMPAQ is implementing a USAID funded project
titled “Graduating to Resilience” in Kamwenge District in western Uganda
targeting refugees in Rwamwanja and surrounding host communities.
Job Summary: The Program
Officer – Gender will support the Senior Gender Advisor in
conducting the gender analysis,
design, monitoring and adaptation of all gender-related work for a multi-year
USAID/Food for Peace Graduation program to ensure that the project design and
implementation addresses gender-specific concerns and any special needs and
circumstances of women and girls and provide on-going support for analysis to
bring a gendered lens to all aspects of the work of the implementation team to
support efforts to integrate gender for the entire period of the program
intervention in Kamwenge District, Uganda.  They will also work closely with Trickle Up’s
technical assistance team based in New York/Washington, DC.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • The Gender Officer(s) must bring knowledge and
    expertise that considers the context-specific constraints faced by women and girls in both
    refugee and host communities, in order to ensure that gender equity and
    female empowerment issues are being appropriately addressed in day-to-day implementation.
    Girls and women face different hazards and barriers at different stages of
    their life cycle and the Gender Officer(s) to this project must be able to
    effectively support the Senior Gender Advisor in addressing these
    constraints within initial program design as well as support the project team
    in implementing and monitoring this gender framework throughout the duration
    of the project.
  • Assist the field team in undertaking a holistic
    a gender assessment that takes into account the differential needs, risks, and opportunities faced
    by women and girls of all ages in both refugee and host communities.
  • Assist the Senior Gender Advisor in the
    consultative process to ensure a holistic gender framework (including engaging men and boys),
    strategies, and tools that cover all components of the project
    intervention, including but not limited to: livelihood development,
    nutrition, hygiene, health, and financial and social inclusion.
  • Support development of approaches to address gender-based violence concerns,
    access and utilization of reproductive health services, control over financial
    resources, and decision-making.
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with
    field team leadership to document
    best practices and lessons learned from the project in terms of effectiveness
    and increased gender consciousness that can be widely shared in
    publications, communication materials, and conferences.
  • Report as needed to Trickle Up (TU) and AVSI
    team members in place in Uganda/USA,
    which will provide Gender Officer(s) the appropriate management oversight.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicants for the Gender Officer should hold Bachelor’s
    Degrees with a focus on gender and/or social structures, power dynamics and international development.
  • Three to five years’ working experience
    supporting the implementation of gender-sensitive program design and implementation.
  • Demonstrated experience supporting and
    implementing gender analyses.
  • Previous experience working with refugee and
    ultra-poor populations.
  • Experience supporting the development and
    adjustment of monitoring and evaluation tools to local context, with specific focus on gender
  • Specific experience with USAID projects is preferably
  • Knowledge of livelihood and food security will
    be an added advantage.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people, with varying cultural and educational
  • Responsible, dedicated, and results-oriented
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office
    packages (Excel, Word,
  • PowerPoint),
    Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems.
  • Willingness to be based in rural setting with
    frequent travel within the implementation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
    skills with ability to
    write reports
  • Cultural sensitivity, patience and flexibility.
  • Required Language: English fluency with
    excellent oral and writing skills is required. Knowledge of Kiswahili/French and any of the local
    languages i.e. Runyankore, Rukiga, Rutooro is highly essential.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified
candidates should send their application letters, accompanied with updated
Curriculum Vitae indicating three professional referees and copies of relevant
certificates via e-mail with the subject line indicating ‘Application for
Program Officer – Gender’ addressed to:
The AVSI Country
AVSI Foundation,
P.O. Box 6785, Kampala, Uganda.
E-mail to: hr.kampala@avsi.org
Deadline: 14th February 2018 by 5:00PM
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