Gender & Youth Specialist

Madagascar
Apply by 31 May 2018
Mid-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 13 April 2018

Job Description

Pact Overview
At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant.


Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Project Overview
Pact strives for a world where all people are heard, capable, and vibrant. The five-year USAID-funded project, Hay Tao – part of USAID Madagascar’s Conservation and Communities Program (CCP) – aims to enhance the enabling environment for effective community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) and conservation of biodiversity in Madagascar through a number of targeted interventions.
Pact’s activities under this USAID Hay Tao contract will contribute to CCP’s three objectives:

  • Objective 1: Targeted ecosystems sustainably managed through improved CBNRM and better protected area management
  • Objective 2: Human wellbeing improved near selected areas of High Biodiversity Value through economic development and social support programs that help protect biodiversity
  • Objective 3: Decentralized natural resource governance enhanced through more effective environmental policy, tenure security and civil society engagement

Pact has an immediate need for a highly competent development professional to fill the following position.


Position Purpose
Pact seeks a Gender and Youth Specialist to support the USAID Hay Tao project in Madagascar. The Gender and Youth Specialist will be responsible for planning and implementing mechanisms to effectively engage women and youth across USAID Hay Tao interventions. The Gender and Youth Specialist will work closely with the COP, DCOP, and the technical team to ensure that Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) considerations are integrated across all project components. S/he will lead efforts under Objective 2 to develop and promote strategies to engage women, youth, and marginalized genders in biodiversity-friendly livelihoods, engaging with government, USAID Mikajy partners and CSOs, the private sector, and other stakeholders and developing the capacity of youth and women in NRM/conservation-focused associations and networks.


Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the gender equality and social inclusion analysis to identify explicit or implicit gender or age-related biases in CBNRM-related laws, policies, regulations and institutional practices.
  • Support in mainstreaming gender and youth considerations into the Applied Political Economy Analysis (APEA).
  • Develop and promote strategies to engage women, youth, and marginalized groups in biodiversity-friendly livelihoods and protected areas management.
  • Work with Institutional Development team to ensure GESI is mainstreamed into all capacity development initiatives.
  • Work closely with selected local partners to develop their internal and external GESI programming capacities
  • Coordinate with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) team to develop and implement gender responsive MERL systems across project activities.
  • Provide ongoing coaching and mentoring to project staff and partners on gender integration/social inclusion sensitivity and approaches
  • Develop materials and processes for specific areas/topics identified as needed for the effective integration of gender and youth in all major project areas, including training, mentoring and coaching of partners, and other methodologies.
Basic Requirements
  • Master’s or a related advanced degree in international development, gender, education, natural resource management (NRM), livelihoods, community development, or a related area
  • A minimum of 4 years related experience in gender mainstreaming and/or youth initiatives/programs within national, sub-national, and community-based organizations and networks.
  • Knowledge of key national policies and commitments related to gender, youth, and marginalized groups (particular attention paid to issues of land tenure, CBNRM, sustainable livelihoods, and benefit sharing)
  • Demonstrated understanding of gender and youth issues in NRM sector
  • Work experience in Madagascar
  • Strong written and verbal French and English communication skills
  • Ability to travel within Madagascar
  • Demonstrated flexibility, adaptability and ability to perform and collaborate under challenging conditions
  • Ability to work independently and produce timely and high-quality results
Preferred Qualifications
  • Proficiency with theories, methods, and technology in GESI integration
  • Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations
  • Experience working on US Government-funded projects
  • Experience with personnel, budget, and program management
Review and shortlisting will be done on a rolling basis until such time as a successful candidate has been identified. Suitable candidates are invited to submit their electronic application letter and CVs in English to haytaomadagascar@pactworld.org.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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