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Job Title:       Gender Specialist  
Organisation: WEI/Bantwana
Project Name: USAID funded BETTER OUTCOMES for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda
Reports to: Youth Sector Head
Duty Station: Jinja, Uganda

About US:
WEI/Bantwana Initiative is a Non-Governmental Organization that helps families and children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS to access the comprehensive support and care they need to grow into healthy adults.

World Education Inc. /Bantwana (WEI/B) is implementing the five- year USAID funded BETTER OUTCOMES for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda. The goal of the project is to improve the wellbeing of children and youth orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV and other adversities in Eastern and Northern Uganda. BETTER OUTCOMES is implemented by a consortium of five partners, namely: WEI/B as the prime partner; Mercy Corps, Uganda Women’s Efforts to Save Orphans (UWESO), Youth, Alive and Friends of Christ Revival (FOC-REV); each responsible for specific technical aspects of the project. The project is being implemented in 20 districts of Eastern and Northern Uganda.
Job Summary: The Gender Specialist will work under the supervision of the Youth Sector Head , and is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of Gender mainstreaming in the organization and across all projects The Gender Specialist will also ensure that Gender activities are consistent and overall fit within the Organisation and BETTER OUTCOMES programming framework, will participate in the project planning, monitoring and capacity building meetings, and will leverage as appropriate organisational resources, in coordination with the Regional Managers and other technical staff. Over all the Gender Specialist will ensure that organizational and project Implementation structure responds to the 95 95 95 Strategy by ensuring that AGYW and their households have access to, and demand for essential services to contribute to Epidemic control

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Programme Development and Implementation:
  • Strengthen the capacity of technical staff and partner organizations in Gender mainstreaming
  • Guide the organization in the development of Gender specify Strategies, guidelines, SOPS to promote gender equity
  • Design strategies that promote Male involvement to in household labour, child care and access to and demand for health services
  • Design and implement strategies that promote Asset building for AGYW to increase their life skills and resilience
  • Develop and support implementation of specific strategies for GBV prevention and response across the organization
  • Support Local Governments through the systems strengthening Platform to main-stream Gender issues in Local Government development plans across all sectors
  • Promote community dialogue to increase awareness on the effect of gender and social norms on community development
  • Support all organizational platforms to mainstream gender in all their operations
  • Support the organization in the roll out and implementation of the Gender policy
  • Review social and behavior change communication and group education materials that seek to transform norms on gender and gender-based violence to ensure they are gender-sensitive and transformative
Representation Networking and Advocacy
  • Represent the organization in all Gender related engagements with key stakeholders
  • Participate in key Government and other stakeholder activities that promote gender such as 16 days of activism
  • Strengthen collaboration, linkages and referral to ensure increased access to GBV-related services across sectors
  • Link women and youth groups to existing opportunities in Government and other agencies
  • Develop and a clear referral Path way for GBV victims to access health, legal support and other wrap around services
Project Monitoring and Documentation
  • Conduct regular site visits and spot checks to districts, CSOs and activity locations to monitor implementation of GBV interventions.
  • Define parameters for GBV reporting/record keeping in case management data base and Work with the M&E team to develop and truck relevant indicators on Gender mainstreaming
  • Develop monthly, quarterly, and annual reports detailing the TA provided
  • Support documentation data collection, analysis and development of success stories  and best practices across technical areas on the benefits of mainstreaming gender issues in programming

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant for the USAID Project Gender Specialist job placement must hold a Degree in Social work, or other humanities with relevant training in Gender, project planning and management
  • At least five years of mid-to senior level management experience in developing, implementing and evaluating OVC, GBV, protection, livelihood, and/or public health programs, including implementation of community health activities with a focus on adolescent girls and young women.
  • Sensitivity of cultural differences and understanding of the political and ethical issues surrounding HIV prevention, care and treatment, health and gender
  • Experience in Gender programming and mainstreaming
  • Experience within USG-funded mechanisms is an advantage.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of HIV/AIDS prevention, counseling and testing and, behavior change interventions.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of case management, community-facility linkages, integration of multiple programmes and activities across the continuum of care.
  • Detailed knowledge of community based services, structures, national policies and programmes.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Good knowledge of administrative requirements, budgeting and fiscal management in support of sub-awards and contracts.
  • Good knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets and databases is required. Numerical skills for data analysis are required.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the World Education Inc. /Bantwana (WEI/B) are encouraged to apply via E-mail only be sending an updated CV and cover letter to: Human Resource Manager, World Education Inc Bantwana at

Deadline: 6th April 2018 by 5:00pm

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