Gender Advisor

USAID Food Security Service Center
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 4 April 2018
Mid-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 15 March 2018

Job Description

Gender Advisor, Food Security Service Center (FSSC), Washington, D.C.


The USAID Food Security Service Center (FSSC) is a five-year project managed by Social Impact. It was launched in October 2013 with the overarching goal of supporting USAID’s Bureau for Food Security (BFS) in providing a broad range of integrated and knowledge-driven technical services to FTF Missions, USAID/Washington, other USG operating units, and host country counterparts. Specific services include: state-of-the-art food security support services with a focus on program and project design and management, expert analyses, capacity building; and bridging support and/or developing small scale pilots.

Position Description:

SI is seeking a Mid-Level to Senior-Level Gender Advisor to work with USAID’s Bureau for Food Security Service Center to support USAID’s Gender portfolio. This position is a 4-month, part-time consultancy that will serve as a USAID/ Bureau for Food Security technical adviser on gender equality and female empowerment in agricultural development, food security, nutrition, and resilience. The position will work remotely at the consultant’s home of residence.


  • Reviews procurements, reports, workplans, communications, and other relevant documents in support of Feed the Future and broader USAID efforts to ensure they meet USAID and BFS standards for supporting gender equality and female empowerment.
  • Advising and assisting missions and other USAID operating units on gender issues related to agriculture and food security through application & development of tools, resources, and virtual or in-country technical assistance
  • Drafts or contributes to written materials for a wide variety of audiences within USAID, the USG and the broader development community such as technical briefs and gender analysis guides, briefing materials and digital and social media content.
  • Dedicated virtual support to 1-3 countries for technical assistance on key gender themes necessary for implementing Country Plans for the Global Food Security Strategy.
  • Collaborates with BFS offices to consolidate and identify lessons for gender integration from current and prior centrally-funded Feed the Future programming
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree or higher in a social science, public policy or a related social science field.
  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience in gendered research, design, implementation and/or evaluation of agriculture, nutrition, or resilience programs, with at least two (2) years’ experience in an international or resource challenged setting.
  • Ability to work and write independently.
  • Familiarity with Feed the Future and the Global Food Security Strategy.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability and interest to work with a diverse and multicultural team in a respectful and culturally appropriate manner.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting critical analysis, designing programs, and evaluating technical and programmatic aspects of programs for gender responsiveness.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including ability to write technical documents for external audiences.
  • Preferred but not required:
    • Ability to design and deliver trainings.
    • Experience in livestock programming, agricultural research, and/or approaches to gendered roles in decision-making
    • Knowledge of agency program goals and objectives, the sequence and timing of key program events and milestones, and methods of evaluating the worth of program accomplishments.
    • Comprehensive knowledge of the range of policies, practices, social norms and precedents applicable to gender and inclusion issues as they affect and/or are affected by agriculture, nutrition, food security, and environmental aspects of international development assistance.
    • Spanish language proficiency - Fluent reader of Spanish and flawless writer in English required
    • Work specific to Central America highly encouraged

Come join our energetic and innovative team! We offer you the opportunity to play a leading role in the growth of our company, work as part of a creative and committed team, and make a difference in the well-being of our world.

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SI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please, no phone calls.

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