Gender Equality Officer at Save The Children – TDPel Jobs
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Save the Children is working to strengthen health systems and support maternal and child health in four northern states. Much work needs to be done for Nigeria to deliver its promises on Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 (which aim to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health) before 2015.
Facts About Nigeria
More than 173 Million people live there
The average girl stays in school only until she’s 9
123 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday
A parent earns an average of just $4 a day
Save the Children has been working in Nigeria since 2001. We’re helping to improve health systems in northern Nigeria to delivery maternal, newborn, and child health services, including the revival of routine immunization.Job ID: 210003NZ
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Level 3 – The responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have occasional contact with or access to children or young people.
The Gender Officer will support the Gender Equality Coordinator to provide technical support to the humanitarian mission to ensure the vision of Save the Children where all girls and boys can hold diverse hopes and dreams for their futures, and have equal opportunity to make these come true are met.
The Officer will support the Gender Equality Coordinator to provide technical support to mainstream gender in across programmes in the humanitarian response in NE Nigeria.
She/he will ensure gender is integrated into the results based management frameworks, strengthening and supporting gender equality strategies and facilitating gender equality capacity strengthening for field teams via training and tool development.
She/he will not only ensure programmes are gender sensitive but aim to provide support to make such programmes become gender transformative.
Key Areas of Accountability
Duties and Responsibilities:
Support the Gender Equality Coordinator to develop a gender mainstreaming strategy for SCI humanitarian programmes.
With support from the Gender Equality Coordinator, formulate key gender messages and targets from lessons learned, assessments, research and evidence gained through project implementation.
Contribute to the development and implementation of project objectives and initiatives, both short and long term, encompassing a wide range of issues with a gender lens.
Support the Gender Equality Coordinator to ensure that voices of children disaggregated by sex form the basis of all key organizational strategies.
Acquire information and understanding of key gender issues in the country particularly in the north east focusing on boys and girls (e.g GBV, Early Child Marriage, SRH etc) and adapt strategies as necessary.
Support to build the capacity of key programme staffs and volunteers including CS on gender.
Develop good knowledge of state and national government structures, parliamentary and political processes and key decision making structures and how to influence them working with the Gender Equality Coordinator and the advocacy team.
Provide inputs into systems for research, analysis and documentation that underpin evidence for gender based programming and influencing at state and national levels.
Write regular progress reports for activities implemented, as well as support gender related programme reports as directed.
Maintain a strong relationship with other Gender related staff across SCI
Develop and maintain a network of external contacts with key individuals in the government, NGO sector, civil society and the media particularly working on gender issues and participate in gender working group meetings, which may include providing oversight.
Perform other tasks, as required, to ensure the smooth running of the organisation.
Skills and Behaviours (Our Values in Practice)
Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
Future orientated, thinks strategically.
Actively listens to different perspectives and experiences of stakeholders
Actively participates in networks to access and contribute to good practice
Establishes and maintains clear communication and dialogue with disaster and conflict affected people and other stakeholders
Establishes clear objectives with partners
Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
Willing to take disciplined risks
Honest, encourages openness and transparency
Commitment to Save the Children Values
Understanding humanitarian contexts and application of humanitarian principles:
Ensure that programme goals and activities uphold the principles of the key national and international humanitarian frameworks, codes and commitments
Integrates beneficiary accountability principles into the approach
Participates in disaster coordination mechanisms and interagency cooperation mechanisms
Leadership: Action; Thinking; Self; Inspiring; Developing Others:
Demonstrates approachability and trust by listening carefully to others and valuing their contribution, and making others feel comfortable by being open and honest about their thoughts and feelings
Demonstrates self-development and management by taking responsibility for own development, and actively seeking out feedback to better understand their own strengths and weaknesses
Makes positive statements about work
Effectively influences others by understanding their interests and showing how they will be met by own preferred solution
Gives constructive feedback to enhance capabilities and responsibilities to partners and others
Qualifications and Experience
University Degree or equivalent in Social Science, development studies, gender & development or equivalent combination of relevant training and experience
Minimum – 2 years post NYSC experience
Proven experience working on normative change for gender equality and adolescent sexual and reproductive health in sensitive contexts
Proven experience in supporting the designing, implementing and evaluating gender-transformative social and behaviour change communication interventions.
Experience in supporting the implementation of gender-transformative approaches in humanitarian context.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team setting with minimal supervision
Specific knowledge of international development and gender equality issues; experience engaging children and other community members on gender equality issues desirable.
Excellent planning and organizational skills with the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Fluent in English
Local language skills – ability to communicate in Hausa
Experience building capacity and trainings especially on gender related issues.
Prior work experience in communities across Nigeria.
Knowledge of the policies, functions, structures and decision-making processes of key national institutions with regard to Gender.
Team player with strong leadership skills
Local language skills – ability to communicate in Kanuri will be an advantage.
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