Gender and Youth Inclusion Specialist

Job Description

Title: Gender and Youth Inclusion Specialist

Company Name: International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)

Vacancy: Not specific

Job Location: Dhaka

Employment Status: Full-time

Educational Requirements:
∎ Postgraduate degree in international development, gender, behavioral economics, agronomy, sociology, or other related disciplines.

Experience Requirements:
∎ At least 7 year(s)

Job Context:
∎ Gender and Youth Inclusion Specialist-Feed the Future Bangladesh Climate Smart Agriculture Activity
∎ Current Job Openings --> Full Time --> Full Time Asia
∎ Dhaka • ID:20121043
∎ Context and Background
∎ IFDC is an independent non-profit organization that combines innovative research, market systems development, and strategic partnerships to spread sustainable climate-smart agricultural solutions for improved soil health, food security, and livelihoods around the world.
∎ IFDC is recognized by the Government of the People`s Republic of Bangladesh as an International Organization. IFDC established its Asia Divisional Office in Dhaka Bangladesh and enjoying diplomatic status under the same Government declaration.
∎ IFDC is recruiting for the above project in Bangladesh.
∎ The Feed the Future Bangladesh Climate Smart Agriculture Activity funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will work in 21 Feed the Future Zone of Influence (ZOI) Districts targeting 900,000 farmers and 2,485 private sector enterprises including 10-20 big companies. The Activity`s purpose is to: facilitate farmers, firms, and public sector actors to increase the sustainable productivity and diversity of smallholder farmers through a more resilient and inclusive food and agriculture production system in Bangladesh. The goal is to sustainably improve food security and the nutritional status of the rural population, decrease the incidence and severity of poverty among the rural poor, and better adapt agriculture systems to meet the threats and challenges linked to climate change-related events, thus transforming farming systems through climate-smart agriculture (CSA). Mainstreaming women and inclusive development presents a significant opportunity. Meaningful participation of women is essential to purpose and goal achievement.
∎ The Activity will result in marked improvements in smallholder farmers` access to and use of high-quality CSA technologies and practices as well as CSA inputs, to improve the productivity of target crops such as rice, pulses, legumes, and vegetable and other suitable crops. More than 200 model CSA villages will be developed in the ZOI districts with a village farm area group seeking advice on how to set up and operate an agriculture cooperative to serve area farmers with CSA input supply and sale of harvested crops by linking farmer-members to buyers. These 200 villages will be advertised as model villages and gradually spread all over the country. Farmers` incomes will increase, bolstering food and nutrition security.
∎ The three intermediate results (IR) of the Activity are:
∎ IR 1: Increased availability of climate-resilient varieties of target crops through seed system strengthening.
∎ IR 2: Enhanced market delivery of climate-adapted innovations of agro-inputs, including seeds, practices, and climate information services.
∎ IR 3: Increased smallholder farmer application of climate-smart agriculture technologies and practices.
∎ IFDC is seeking to recruit a qualified and self-motivated national Gender and Youth Inclusion Specialist for the above Activity, to be based in Dhaka.
∎ Position Summary
∎ The Gender and Youth Specialist will develop a strategy to facilitate women and youth participation and coordinate with all the key specialists to increase women and youth access to all activities and benefits of the project. He/she will make suggestions in designing the monitoring system to ensure collection of gender- and age-disaggregated data and measuring the direct and indirect impact of the project, particularly through CSA technology transfer on women and youth. He/she will also suggest program adjustments if needed to ensure greater participation of women and youth.
∎ This position provides leadership, guidance, and technical support to the project, in designing, implementing and documenting the Gender, Youth, and Social Inclusion focus of the project.

Job Responsibilities:
∎ Elaborate an overall gender and youth strategy for the project based on finding from the gender, and youth assessments conducted during the inception phase, oversee the implementation of these strategies and adapt and improve them as needed.
∎ Develop specific, actionable gender and youth strategies and targets for each result area in the five project components.
∎ Work closely with the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) in integrating the findings from the gender/youth assessment into the project's work plan and milestones.
∎ Ensure that farm family trees are effectively developed in households and that gender and youth-inclusive decision-making feeds into household visions.
∎ Collaborate with management and field teams to integrate gender and youth throughout the project.
∎ Lead in the development and refinement of a project gender and youth integration plan.
∎ Assess gender and youth dynamics in the selected value chains in coordination with project staff and sector specialists, addressing barriers to improving participation of youth and women.
∎ Provide support in the development of operational manuals to ensure gender and youth equity and sensitivity in manual content and presentation.
∎ Oversee the implementation of the Gender Action Plan at the field level with the various value chain actors including Farmer Groups, Farmer Business Groups, and households.
∎ Collaborate with local women's groups, gender-focused organizations, youth-focused organizations, and other groups implementing similar gender- and youth-related activities in similar areas.
∎ Participate in gender-related meetings with the donor, stakeholders, government officials, and implementing partners.
∎ Work closely with technical staff to design and implement activities that strengthen women and youth's access to finance, training, and family income.
∎ Formulate strategies, activities, and messages for communicating the business case for investing in women and youth enterprises.
∎ Propose indicators and data collection methods for tracking changes in women's and youth's empowerment, gender dynamics, and gender inequality gaps that integrate into the project's Monitoring and Information system.
∎ Develop relationships and linkages with organizations implementing other donor-funded programs focused on gender and youth in Bangladesh.
∎ Conduct regular community consultations to ensure the project adaptively remains gender and youth sensitive and on-track.
∎ Collect and share learnings and best practices.
∎ Identify, build, and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, donors, local government, and other stakeholders.
∎ Communicate effectively to ensure overall gender, youth, and socially inclusive project targets and donor obligations are continuously met.
∎ Develop targeted gender and youth capacity building interventions to promote integration with project staff.
∎ Support project team in the development and delivery of training and capacity building on key gender and youth topics to project participants.
∎ The Gender and Youth Officer is supervised by and reports to the DCOP. She/ he works in close collaboration with project colleagues, other IFDC staff and colleagues from other project consortium members.

Additional Requirements:
∎ The Gender, Youth, and Social Inclusion Officer is a national position with a duty in the IFDC offices in Dhaka
∎ The position requires intensive travel (up to 50% of the time) in target regions in Bangladesh and may require some international travel to other IFDC countries.
∎ Ability to work independently under pressure and meet strict deadlines.
∎ Ability to work in a multidisciplinary and international environment.
∎ Strong interpersonal skills, and team working skills with the ability to maintain effective work relationships.
∎ Previous experience as a CSA expert or any relevant experience in a USAID-funded project.
∎ Excellent communication skills with the ability to express ideas clearly, logically, and effectively.
∎ Ability to assess priorities and work on own initiative.
∎ Great organizational skills and attention to detail in CSA technologies and practices.
∎ Good communication and interpersonal skills.
∎ Strong sense of integrity and personal commitment to the achievement of goals.
∎ Good teamwork skills and ability to work in a multicultural environment.
∎ This is a senior position that requires highly motivated and self-driven individuals with the following qualifications.
∎ At least 7 years of experience in a similar or related position - demonstrated experience and technical knowledge in gender development, particularly as it relates to food security, CSA technologies and practices, agricultural value chains/market systems, climate change, rural household development, and nutrition-integrated agriculture.
∎ Demonstrated success in implementing gender integration, youth and social inclusion strategies and activities in the context of providing advisory services or implementing gender interventions in an agriculture project or program context.
∎ Substantial knowledge of good practices in developing gender integration strategies and interventions, mainstreaming gender in institutions and in projects.
∎ Knowledge and experience in designing and implementing Women and Youth economic empowerment interventions.
∎ Experience in gender-related national strategies and policy reviews, analysis, and application.
∎ Must be a self-directed, highly organized person who can effectively prioritize and follow through on multiple initiatives simultaneously.
∎ Strong communication skills, specifically strong verbal communication skills in English including excellent report writing skills.
∎ Ability to conduct training and capacity building to staff and implementing partners on gender equality, women's inclusion integration.
∎ Experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as conducting field-based assessments.
∎ Excellent analytical and technical skills and expertise with the ability to work independently.
∎ Knowledge of Bangladesh's national community development and gender policies is an advantage.
∎ Familiarity with IFPRI's Women Empowerment Agricultural Index (WEAI).
∎ Demonstrated capacity to lead the collection, analysis, and utilization of information from a broad range of sources to ensure effective integration of gender and youth concerns throughout the project's duration.
∎ In-depth understanding of gender, age, and other socio-cultural factors in the context of CSA programming and model village-based community development program.
∎ Ability to foster commitment and build capacity among project staff and in-country actors around gender and youth integration.
∎ The ability to communicate in a second/third national language would be an advantage;
∎ Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally in small audience and large audience settings.

Job Source: Online Job Posting.

Application Deadline: 10 Jun 2023

Company Information:
∎ 21 May 2023
∎ International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)

Category: NGO/Development


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