The Gender Advisor will assume a leadership function in designing, operationalizing and embedding gender and women’s economic empowerment strategies within supply chains that reflect both individual market and country contexts. The Gender Advisor will lead assessments of country-level WEE and supply chain contexts, conduct barrier analyses, and co-design programs and initiatives that address constraints for full participation of women in productive activities and supply chains. They will work to ensure that initiatives and partnerships address the unique needs of women and girls, with country context and do no harm principles guiding the approach. The Gender Advisor will be an integral member of program and partnership teams responsible for design, strategy development, and implementation ensuring activities incorporate WEE best practices, to the extent feasible. They will have the opportunity to lead teams (including local teams and consultants) and will provide expert advice and facilitation across USG and/or corporate clients. This is a full-time position reporting to the Director of Inclusive Markets. Ability to travel 30-40% internationally on short notice required.
• Provide technical leadership and oversight and integration of gender approaches and considerations across programs, initiatives, and partnerships focused on WEE within global supply chains, agriculture, workforce development, entrepreneurship and financial inclusion;
• Develop strategic frameworks for integrating WEE best practices and solutions within the context of specific countries, market system, sector, and supply chain contexts.
• Lead and/or contribute to country-, locality- and supply-chain oriented gender barrier analyses to inform the design of WEE initiatives and incorporation of do no harm principle within activities. Analyses may include interviewing farmers, company representatives, NGOs and other relevant organizations – analyzing the results and providing recommendations on activities for ‘next steps’ and measure against gender indicators;
• Identify opportunities to better include women in market systems, as well as integrating a gender lens into value chains or value chains involving women smallholder farmers, women-owned enterprises, and women’s associations;
• Consult with corporate partners, their field staff and other counterpart organizations on gender inclusion and barriers, and WEE practices and challenges;
• Contribute the design and deployment of innovation and challenge grant funds aimed at promoting and enabling WEE within global supply chains and market systems;
• Work closely with technical teams on project reporting, including outlining activities, key stakeholder meeting outcomes, assessments and results and general recommendations moving forward for successful implementation of gender mainstreaming;
• Contribute to thought leadership and outreach to influence and shape the integration of WEE principles and practices within the corporate global supply chain landscape.
• Master’s degree in Anthropology/Sociology, Gender Studies, Business Administration, International Development/Relations or other relevant fields
• At least 10 years of professional experience in global development, including value chain development, agriculture, private sector engagement or corporate sustainability
• At least 7 years of professional experience working on international women’s empowerment and/or gender equality programs or projects
• Experience working in frontier markets on designing, managing and implementing gender programming and/or performing assessments on gender issues
• Prior experience in gender sensitive value chain development and/or female led enterprises in agriculture
• Familiarity with policies related to gender and social inclusions gaps, gender-based violence, and USAID gender programs
• Additional technical experience in one or more of the following areas: market systems, economic growth, trade, inclusive market development, financial inclusion, and enterprise development/ entrepreneurship
• Demonstrated experience analyzing qualitative and quantitative data to understand economic and social inequalities based on gender and ability to show how gender inequalities influence poverty reduction and economic growth
• Outstanding written and oral communications skills
• Eligibility to work in US
How to Apply:
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Gender Advisor” in the email subject line, and save documents (cover letter, resume, and references) in one PDF as ‘Last Name_First Name.pdf’. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please. Resonance is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About the Organization
Resonance is an award-winning frontier market solutions firm based in Burlington, Vermont that helps a variety of donor, commercial and investor clients around the world to catalyze lasting impact. We envision a prosperous and just world of thriving markets, healthy ecosystems, and vibrant communities where business, governments and citizens work together creating a better world for all.
Resonance seeks to catalyze large-scale social, environmental, and economic change by fostering new and dynamic forms of collaboration. We do this by fostering public-private partnerships, facilitating sustainable investment, and providing deep analytical insights in frontier markets. We strive to merge strategic insight with practical on-the-ground knowledge into an integrated approach that emphasizes results.
We seek candidates who are ready to apply their analytical and problem-solving skills to some of our planet’s greatest challenges in an entrepreneurial, fun, and fast-paced environment. We are looking for passionate and committed people who can work in a highly collaborative environment to deliver results for our clients and stakeholders around the world.