Gender, Youth, and Social Dynamics (GYSD) Lead - Malawi

  • Senior-level
  • Posted on 16 November 2018

Job Description

Position Summary:

CNFA is currently seeking a Gender, Youth, and Social Dynamics (GYSD) Lead to support its Development Food Security Activity in Malawi. The position will be based in Malawi. The GYSD Lead will lead gender and youth integration through the entire five-year award program across all program activities and will be responsible for coordination of best practices across all levels of the program. The GYSD Lead will ensure that the social dimensions of food security and community resilience are effectively addressed across all activity components, at all levels. CNFA is a global leader in building strong and stable agricultural value chains and has more than fifteen years of experience in Malawian agriculture.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic leadership to baseline gender audit and gender-transformative programming;
  • Provide strategic leadership to ensure gender and youth integration and empowerment is implemented across all activity components;
  • Facilitation of national and regional workshops;
  • Capacity building for program staff and partners to increase the integration of gender-sensitive activities;
  • Review of key program materials for gender sensitivity and equity factors;
  • Continuous analysis of contextual and socio-cultural factors in gender equity in program activities

Key Qualification:

  • Seven (7) years of experience implementing gender and youth-sensitive programming at the community level is required, experience conducting such programming in Southern Africa is strongly preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant technical areas, such as gender, women’s studies, agricultural economics, or international development, is required, a Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Two (2) years of experience in the field-level management of development projects is required;
  • Strong understanding of socio-cultural factors within the food security context is required, including gender and youth;
  • Demonstrated experience leading participatory data collection and monitoring and evaluation focused on gender, youth, and other socio-cultural factors;
  • Experience building the capacity of stakeholders and program staff to facilitate gender and youth integration and empowerment is required;
  • Demonstrated experience in participatory learning and action and facilitating collaborative problem solving;
  • Knowledge of agricultural, livelihood, and/or food security programming is preferred;
  • International donor experience required, USAID, particularly Food for Peace funding, preferred;
  • Strong oral and written English skills required, knowledge of local languages preferred.

About the Organization

CNFA is a not-for-profit international agricultural development organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. and dedicated to increasing rural incomes by empowering farmers and rural entrepreneurs. CNFA assists smallholders in increasing household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations, and strengthened linkages to markets. CNFA has a successful track record of implementing agricultural development programs in 43 countries.

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