We are seeking a Gender and Youth Specialist for the USAID-funded Afghanistan Value Chain (AVC) – High Value Crops (HVC) Project. This Project will work with anchor firms nationwide to reverse market failures, strengthen backward and forward linkages, drive growth, and create jobs for men, women, and youth along, while supporting the rapid growth of the fruit and nuts, high-value horticulture, spices, and medicinal crops value chains. The Project will contribute positive and measurable impacts to the sectors and will increase the efficiency of market actors involved at every stage of the value chain.
This is a CCN position that will oversee gender and youth integration efforts across the project, including ensuring that gender and youth-based approaches are central in the project activities, in accordance with the program design and the intended outcomes of the award. He/she will lead the process of identifying and addressing gender- and age-specific constraints across the project that limit social and economic empowerment, such as mobility, social stigma, household decision-making, and access to markets. He/she will lead the development of an evidence-based gender and youth strategy in collaboration with key technical staff, which will provide overarching project guidance and include specific recommendations for the award.
- Lead the development, with the support and collaboration of key staff in the project, of an evidence-based, overarching Gender and Youth Strategy, which includes specific guidance and recommendations for the award objective.
- Work with the technical staff to ensure activities are designed and implemented in accordance with the program’s Gender and Youth Strategy and address youth- and gender-specific considerations, needs, and gaps.
- Collaborate with the technical team leads to identify and develop gender- and youth-specific project opportunities, particularly to promote equitable household decision-making, improved nutrition, and women’s engagement in on- and off-farm economic opportunities, market access, control over income, and leadership.
- Lead the development and promotion of context-sensitive, culturally appropriate female empowerment, male engagement, and gender-transformative approaches.
- Support the development of strategies and interventions that promote the economic and social empowerment of adolescents, particularly adolescent girls.
- Oversee the design and implementation of gender-sensitive and gender-transformative activities with intergenerational and male engagement approaches.
- Work with the M&E Specialist to ensure that gender and youth impacts and resource utilization are tracked, monitored, analyzed, and reported.
- Represent ACDI/VOCA at workshops and events where information on gender mainstreaming in food security is requested. Represent the project on the ACDI/VOCA Gender Community of Practice by sharing learning and successes with other gender specialists and advisors, and by participating in webinars and accessing resources, templates and networks.
- Prepare required and ad hoc reports for government, donor, and HQ, and writes success stories about gender interventions that highlight successes and lesson learned regarding women’s empowerment and gender integration.
- Bachelor’s degree preferably in sociology, gender studies, or youth development is required.
- Minimum 7 years of prior work experience in international development or related field, including at least five years of work experience in gender and youth integration. Must have highly developed project coordination and strategy development skills, as well as experience supporting both gender and youth across the project(s).
- Demonstrated knowledge of and proven successful ability to conduct gender and youth analyses and integration programming.
- Knowledge of gender and youth challenges in Afghanistan is required.
- Strong analytical skills, including ability to gather and analyze a variety of information pertaining to issues and to develop appropriate recommendations for action.
- Proven ability to successfully design and conduct participatory training and workshops and lead interviews and focus groups.
- Ability to communicate effectively with persons on all levels both inside and outside the company on issues that could be complex or sensitive in nature.
- Strong written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write required documents in a clear, concise, well-organized manner.
- Good interpersonal skills with ability to build personal relationships with staff, donor partners, communities and government leaders at all levels in a culturally sensitive manner.
- Awareness, sensitivity, and understanding of local cultural issues particularly in representing a US-based agency.
- Fluency in English
Please apply online at www.acdivoca.org/international-jobs. No phone calls please. Only finalists contacted. Women, minorities, and local nationals encouraged to apply. EOE.
About the Organization
Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development, and food security to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil societies. ACDI/VOCA has approximately 50 projects in 30 countries and total revenues of approximately $174 million.