Job Title: Gender and Youth Senior Specialist
Reporting Unit/Supervisor: Country Director
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Everyone deserves the opportunity to build a better future. This simple idea has been at the heart of work around the world for over 50 years. TechnoServe is a pioneer in leveraging the power of business and markets to create sustainable pathways out of poverty. The low-income communities in which we work are full of enterprising people. Their small-scale farms and businesses are the keys to economic development. But they face many challenges: low literacy, lack of access to jobs and markets, unpredictable political dynamics and, increasingly, the effects of climate change. For many women and young people, the challenges are even more daunting. Working with TechnoServe staff, people around the world are lifting themselves out of poverty. The results are amazing...when incomes increase and living conditions for families get better, they are able to access health care and education previously out of reach. Communities and even whole countries are better off.
PRAISE - Plastics Recycling & Aggregatorsâ Initiative in Southwestern & Eastern Nigeria (PRAISE) is a two-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Coca Cola Foundation. The objective of the project is to reduce plastic waste by increasing the volume and quality of recycled PET plastics. This objective will be achieved through inclusive, market-driven interventions along the value chain and an enabling environment that will improve the competitiveness, sustainability, and profitability of collectors, aggregators, and recyclers.
SAY WEE - TechnoServeâs Skilling Adolescents and Young Women for Entrepreneurship and Employability (SAY WEE) project will replicate and scale our proven multi-country approaches, which have provided 68,000 youth with the skills and knowledge they need to improve their livelihoods. SAY WEE will improve the employability and entrepreneurship capability of 37,000 adolescent girls & young women in Kano and Lagos states in Nigeria, targeting those enrolled in vocational training or formal education institutions and those running microbusinesses, providing them with the entrepreneurial, digital and soft skills to secure formal employment or succeed in entrepreneurial ventures.
The Gender and Youth Senior Specialist will work closely with the entire program team in Nigeria and in coordination with the Global Gender and Youth Practice to support the delivery of gender and youth integration and empowerment activities of multiple projects in the country office portfolio, including the PRAISE program and the SAY WEE project. This will include technical support to program staff, staff capacity development, direct management of gender and youth integration activities, support to monitoring, reporting, and knowledge management activities, participation in the Gender Champions Network, and overall support to advance TechnoServeâs Gender Equality Policy.
Primary Functions & Responsibilities
Key responsibilities will include:Develop the overall gender strategy for Nigeria. Provide technical oversight and technical assistance to a portfolio of activities across the PRAISE, SAY WEE and other programs. Conduct a Gender Analysis for PRAISE, SAY WEE and each of the projects, that will inform program design and implementation. Ensure that all projects in our country portfolio have gender action plans. Identify, develop, and support deployment of gender- and youth-responsive activities to meet the needs of clients.Â Build local capacity for gender and youth integration, and facilitate gender and youth-related training for staff and partners. Support the development and adoption of gender and youth analysis tools including action plans which assist with the design and implementation of activities and continuously improve technical excellence.Â Conduct assessments and facilitate meetings, as needed, with key stakeholders and clients to identify measures to improve inclusiveness, especially for women and youth within program interventions. Provide strategic guidance and counsel to program leadership and staff on gender and youth integration approaches, priorities and compatibility with program aims and resource constraints.Â Support monitoring of gender and youth integration in activities and inclusion in program reports. Contribute to reporting on gender and youth-related topics. Support the development of key knowledge products (e.g., case studies, lessons-learned documents, etc.) that facilitate program development, program implementation, internal knowledge sharing, and support the behavioral change required to achieve the programâs key performance indicators (KPIs). Support staff recruitment and hiring processes. Work with the Gender and Youth Practice to ensure that all projects have gender and youth indicators and are meeting their gender and youth targets. Participate in regular meetings with program leadership and staff as well as the Global Gender and Youth Practice team.Â Participate in the Gender Champions Network.
Basic QualificationsA Bachelorâs degree with 5 years of experience or a Masterâs degree in development economics, sociology, anthropology, gender or another relevant discipline with at least 3 yearsâ experience. Demonstrable experience implementing practical approaches to advance gender and youth equality in agriculture programs; experience working with donor-funded programs in francophone Africa highly preferred. Experience and an established and relevant network in Cote dâIvoire will be considered a plus. Demonstrated success in leading tasks, activities, or initiatives requiring a combination of strong analytical, writing, social and management skills. Experience implementing approaches to mitigate and reduce gender-based violence in economic growth programs will be considered a plus.
Required Languages: English
Travel: In-country travel up to 30%
Knowledge, Skills and AbilitiesExperience in adult learning techniques, excellent in-person and virtual facilitation skills. Must be able to work across teams to influence behavior and build capacity. Ability to work both persuasively and diplomatically in a team-based environment with a high degree of complexity and ambiguity. Ability to communicate complex gender and youth issues with clarity and precision. A deep, demonstrable commitment to gender and youth equality and economic empowerment. High standards of personal integrity; a commitment to achieving sustainable impact, learning, and teamwork; and excellent sense of humor required.
We encourage all qualified individuals who share TechnoServe's vision of improving the lives of others through proven business solutions to apply.
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