Save the Children International is currently recruiting for a Gender Specialist at our Country Office in Kampala. Save the Children believes that gender inequality and inequity affects our ability to effectively protect and promote the rights of children. We therefore seek to be gender transformative in the way we design and implement programmes as well as ensuring that our colleagues and key partners also benefit from gender transformative training and support.  Gender equality has been identified as a priority cross-cutting theme within our strategy and the post holder will drive this work forward. The Gender Technical Specialist will provide dedicated technical support to systematically mainstream gender equality and equity activities in our work taking a Child Rights perspective and framework. The Gender Technical Specialist is responsible for supporting technical and implementation colleagues. S/he will coordinate national level gender-related advocacy activities and initiatives with government, CSOs and national level partners. In collaboration with the MEAL Manager, s/he contributes to monitoring programme quality, initiating and participating in gender assessments, audits and studies; documentation and dissemination of innovations and good practices, lessons learnt. S/he will contribute to gender policy research and advocacy through networking and collaboration with relevant civil society organisations and other institutions.

 To be successful for this role, you will have/bring the following:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor Degree in an appropriate social and development field such as Social Science, Sociology, Gender/ Women Studies, Development Studies, Community Development or Rural Development, Public Health, International Development. A Post Graduate training in Project Management, or a Master’s degree in any relevant field is an added advantage.
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in Gender Equality and GBV program management, coordination, policy advocacy, technical assistance in women rights and programming around gender equality and transformative approaches and with an international development organization;
  • Relevant experience in supervising community based social development and gender equality mainstreaming with in INGO particularly those addressing women’s rights and Men Engage.
  • Demonstrable financial, planning and budget management skills.
  • Willingness to travel and work in hard-to-reach areas, occasionally under strenuous conditions including extra hours during times of humanitarian responses.
  • Experience in coordination and advocacy;
  • Experience with proposal writing, reporting and MEAL.
  • Strong public speaking and negotiating skills, and representational experience.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, to remain flexible to a changing environment, and to make decisions independently.
  •  Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in a dynamic environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Proven record of enabling/facilitating change through influencing, inspiring and mobilising others;
  • Proven record of programme design in a development or humanitarian context;
  • Experience conducting assessments – including gender analysis – and revising monitoring and evaluation tools to capture gender and protection considerations for different sectors;
  • Effective communication skills, written and verbal, and the ability to present arguments clearly and effectively to a wide range of internal and external audiences;
  • Fluent written and spoken English;
  • Commitment to and understanding of gender equality, child rights, the aims and principles of SC, and humanitarian standards such as the Sphere Charter and the IASC Guidelines.
  • Commitment to comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.

The organization:

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and protection.  We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize children’s rights and ensure their voices are heard.  We are working towards 3 breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

Application information

Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document. Please apply online by following this link indicating 3 referees, two of whom should have been your direct supervisors.

Important to note: Testimonials/certificates SHOULD NOT be attached to application that is submitted online. Hand delivered applications will not be accepted and are therefore not considered during the shortlisting process.   Application closes on 19 February 2021 at midnight Uganda time. We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.