Development Assistance Specialist (Gender and Youth) (National)

  • Mid-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 18 September 2020

Job Description


USAID/Jordan has an immediate vacancy for a USAID Development Assistance Specialist (Gender & Youth) in the Program Office (PRO). The work schedule is 40 hours per week and the workweek is SundayThursday.

The Gender and Youth Specialist in the USAID/Jordan Program Office will guide the Mission in integrating gender equality and positive youth development in all Mission work and processes, support the Mission in meeting Agency requirements to address gender and youth concerns, and assist with the implementation of gender- and youth-related strategies, programs, activities, and monitoring and reporting throughout the USAID portfolio. The Gender and Youth Specialist will work directly under the supervision of the Team Lead for the Development Objective on Women and Youth Agency and Leadership (DO5) or his/her designee, and in close coordination with all Mission technical offices. S/he may be expected to manage activities as directed by the DO5 Team Lead.

Major duties and responsibilities:

Technical Expertise, Analyses and Reporting

  • Serves as the information source on all gender and youth-related matters relevant to the USAID portfolio.
  • Stays abreast of gender and youth issues relevant to USAID’s portfolio, and helps collect and disseminate best practices and lessons learned in Jordan, and globally, in efforts to integrate gender equality and positive youth development in programming, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Provides gender expertise in the design, implementation and monitoring of relevant sector activities, e.g., infrastructure, water and sanitation, health, education, democracy, human rights, governance, and economic growth.
  • Supports DO5 and the technical teams in integration of the Mission’s policies, programs, and analyses in gender equality and female empowerment to embrace, as appropriate, the guidance of related Agency policies and strategies, including but not necessarily limited to Gender Equality and Female Empowerment, Youth Positive Development and Gender Based Violence.
  • Monitors compliance with gender equality and female empowerment requirements.
  • Serves as an extended member of the Mission’s project and activity design teams, ensuring that gender and youth integration are maximized and providing recommendations on how projects may be better designed to ensure that both women, men, girls and boys all benefit equitably from USAID investments.
  • Supports the design and review of gender and youth analyses for strategies and programs, including conducting literature reviews and producing summaries/briefers on the impact of gender inequality on the technical areas within which USAID/Jordan operates.
  • Provides substantial input into gender, youth and social inclusion policy analysis, research, project design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Participates, as needed, as a technical advisor to support and backstop IPs in conducting requested gender analyses.
  • Identifies indicators and provides expertise to staff regarding monitoring, assessing and evaluating gender, youth and social inclusion performance, including outcomes and impacts of USAIDfunded projects.
  • Provides regular updates and progress reports on activities, assessments and evaluations, and progress on gender integration in all Mission projects.
  • Drafts gender and youth sections of strategic planning documents, the annual Operational Plan and Performance Plan and Report, Congressional Notifications, and other reports as directed by the DO5 Team Lead.
  • Serves as the Contracts/Agreements Officer’s Representative (COR/AOR) for gender-specific stand-alone activities.

Outreach and Capacity Building

  • Assists the DO5 Team Lead in responding to requests from internal and external stakeholders for information pertaining to gender- and youth-related issues and programs within Jordan.
  • Documents and shares success stories on evidence-based and innovative strategies and programs that are promoting gender equity and positive youth development and empowering women and youth to inspire others to adopt these practices.
  • Facilitates information-sharing and relationship development between potential partners and USAID/Jordan teams.
  • Collaborates with the Mission’s Development Outreach and Communications Team (DOC) to develop and implement a plan to guide USAID/Jordan’s communications to internal and external stakeholders regarding gender and youth, including key messages, written and audiovisual materials, fact sheets, infographics, briefers, success stories, VIP visits, talking points, and best practices and lessons learned.
  • Participates in relevant program cycle-related Mission and/or Agency teams and communities of practice to promote and strengthen the adoption of gender- and youth-related best practices and emerging project approaches for the achievement and scaling up of development results as directed by the DO5 Team Lead.
  • Supports DO5 Team Lead and other team members in dialogues and collaboration with other donors, to address gender integration and social inclusion, and to identify opportunities for collaboration.
  • As needed, represents USAID and the USG to internal and external audiences.
  • Facilitates knowledge management through exchange of program-cycle related information and ideas, to collaborate on cross-cutting issues and to promote program/project synergies.
  • Develops and sustains collaborative, professional relationships and facilitates regular dialogue between the key stakeholders, including USAID implementing partners, GOJ, civil society and other major donors to improve coordination and collaboration on gender equality and youth development.
  • Helps identify training resources and opportunities to increase Mission staff members’ technical skills in gender analysis, gender and youth sensitive project design, and related performance measurement and evaluation.
  • Designs and organizes or delivers gender equality and youth development training; including the development or sourcing of resource materials, organizing brown bag sessions and speaker forums, maintaining a virtual library of resources, as necessary or directed by DO5 Team Lead.
  • Develop tools to assist AORs/CORs in developing and/or reviewing work plans, MEL plans, solicitations, communication materials, etc.


The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.


To meet basic eligibility requirements, the applicant must be a Jordanian Citizen and must submit a complete application as outlined in the section titled APPLYING. The selected applicant is required to undergo and successfully pass medical and security clearances. This process takes, on average, up to nine months. The selected applicant must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (60 days).


Applications will be initially screened for eligibility in accordance with the qualification criteria below.

Applicants must address each criterion in their application in order to meet the below minimum qualifications for this position.

a. Education: A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in gender studies, women’s studies, sociology, international development or social science is required. Supporting documentation (i.e. a copy of the Bachelor’s degree) must be included in the application for eligibility purposes).

b. Prior Work Experience: A minimum of five years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in gender and youth is required. Demonstrated experience in gender analysis of policies, procedure, and best practices. Demonstrated experience in designing and/or implementing development projects that directly address gender equality and youth development, e.g. with international organizations, private sector firms or Non-Governmental Organizations.

Demonstrated experience in designing and conducting training programs on gender- or youthrelated issues. Demonstrate experience in working with donor-funded organizations and host government organizations and policy makers to advance gender equality and youth development at the policy level.

c. Language Proficiency: Level IV (fluent) English and Arabic proficiency for both oral and written communication is required. At Level IV, an employee is required to possess a high degree of proficiency in both written and spoken English, including the ability to translate the host country language into precise and correct English, and English into the applicable foreign language. On occasion, an employee at this level might be expected to act as an interpreter in situations where considerable importance attaches to proper word meaning. English proficiency will be tested. A minimum score of 785 on the TOEIC exam (Listening & Reading components only) or 590 is for the TOEFL ITP exam or 96 for the TOEFL iBT are acceptable. Examination scores must have been recorded within the last six months; otherwise, the candidate will be tested again.

d. Skills and abilities: Must have a high degree of judgment, maturity, ingenuity, and originality to interpret strategy, to analyze, develop, and present work, and to oversee and evaluate implementation of projects. Demonstrated ability in data analysis, project design, strategic planning, coordination and implementation of gender and youth projects, especially within a developing country context.


To ensure consideration of application for the intended position, applicants must prominently reference the solicitation number in the application submission. Eligible applicants are required to complete and submit the following as a complete application package:

  • a. A current curriculum vitae that includes the National Jordanian ID number.
  • b. Filled and signed Universal Application for Employment (DS-0174).
  • c. Copies of educational certification for eligibility purposes.

Failure to submit copies of certification will mark your package incomplete and will eliminate your application from the recruitment process even if you were qualified.

Applications must be received by the closing date and time specified and submitted to the Application forms can be accessed from the Embassy web site:


OPEN TO: All Interested Jordanian Citizens

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Employment under this contract is of a continuing nature. Its Duration is expected to be part of a series of sequential contracts; all contract clauses, provisions, and regulatory requirements concerning availability of funds and the specific duration of this contract shall apply. The contract will be for a base period (between one to three years) and based on the Agency needs, the Contracting Officer may exercise (an) additional option period(s).

If the U.S. Government exercises this option, the total duration of this contract, including the exercise of any options, shall not exceed five (5) years.


JOD 22,970 – JOD 37,894; Equivalent to Grade FSN-10

In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of USAIDJordan. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value (Salary).


CLOSING DATE/TIME: September 30, 2020 11:59 p.m. Amman Local Time

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