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Gender Advisor - Apply by 22 December 2017

Gender Advisor - Apply by 22 December 2017

As a Specialized Agency of the African Union, ARC adheres to the African Union’s Gender Policy and its commitment to gender equality through (among others) the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA), and the vision of Africa as expressed in the Agenda 2063. At the global level, ARC is committed to contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 5 that aims to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.

To this end, ARC is seeking to recruit a Gender Advisor to join the ARC Secretariat in Johannesburg, South Africa for 11 months, with possibility for extension.

Responsibilities and Expected Deliverables

The Gender Advisor is responsible for providing strategic, policy, operational, and technical guidance and oversight to the organisation’s activities. Under the supervision of the Chief Operating Officer, s/he oversees, leads, and coordinates the development and the implementation of the ARC Gender Equality Strategy, including a gender equality results-based management throughout the organisation, its operations, and programs.

Specifically, the Gender Advisor will:

Policy and Strategy

  • Develop and lead the implementation of the ARC Gender Equality Strategy
  • Promote the mainstreaming of gender equality at all stages of ARC program cycle
  • Revise ARC’s Standard Operating Procedures to account for gender equality
  • Contribute to the development of project proposals to ensure that gender equality is adequately addressed

Management, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

  • Collaborate with other departments within ARC to ensure the incorporation of gender equality in their work
  • Work with HR to develop and/or amend HR-related policies to adequately reflect gender parity or equity
  • Assist the M&E department in developing indicators to monitor gender equality in ARC programs
  • Coordinate with the M&E department to collect and report on gender-disaggregated data and other gender-related information
  • Participate in operational missions to promote the implementation of the gender strategy and enhance the level of gender analysis in Member States

Capacity Building

  • Conduct gender training sessions and other related capacity building for ARC staff and partners
  • Support and guide the inclusion of gender in all ARC activities, especially gender equality among staff team, training, and beneficiaries
  • Support government counterparts and in-country partners to incorporate gender equality in the Technical Working Groups, contingency planning, and the implementation of ARC payout
  • Coordinate with other departments within ARC on issues related to gender equality in capacity building and technical support provided to ARC Member States
  • Contribute to ARC Semi-Annual and Annual Report

Strategic Partnership

  • Liaise with key gender-related NGOs, multilateral organizations and national institutions in ARC Member States for purposes of information-sharing, networking, and operational collaboration

Knowledge Management

  • Ensure that lessons learned and best practices in mainstreaming gender equality in ARC programs are systematically documented
  • Contribute to research and studies relevant to gender equality in the context of disaster risk management in Africa


  • Advocates for and represents ARC in his/her area of expertise as requested by the Chief Operating Officer or ARC Management.


Education: Master’s degree in gender studies, economics, rural development, social development, social studies, or related areas with a focus on gender equality


  • Minimum of 10 years of experience (of which three are international) in gender analysis, gender equality strategy and policy development, research and advocacy skills, conducting gender assessments, and designing/implementing/evaluating gender in development projects and/or programs
  • Demonstrably outstanding understanding of gender issues and gender-based analysis and strategy formulation in the context of emergencies and/or disaster risk management
  • Extensive knowledge of the practices of major bilateral and multilateral partner development agencies in African countries is an advantage

Functional Competencies

  • Proven capacity to lead and to coordinate
  • Proven capacity to conduct Gender Equality and Results-Based Management with a clear accountability mechanism
  • Ability to establish strategic networks and partnerships, including with Regional Economic Communities, the African Union, governments, civil society organizations, etc.
  • Effectiveness in leading negotiations
  • Proven intellectual and research capacities, especially in risk and disaster, food security, and climate change

Language: Fluency in English and French is required.  Limited knowledge (intermediate/level B) of another AU official language – Arabic or Portuguese – desirable.

Knowledge: Strong computer skills, including excellent skills in MS Office software (e.g. Word, Excel, and Powerpoint) and other standard software packages

Deadline for Application: 22 December 2017

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