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Volunteer role: Gender Economic Empowerment Advisor


Type of role:Advocacy policy and research
Location:Various Countries, Various Countries
Application Closing Date:28 Feb 2022
Interview date:To be Determined
Start date:March 2021

VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. As a VSO volunteer you’ll live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. By sharing your unique skills and experience you’ll help generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities you work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us as a VSO volunteer and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.

Role overview

The Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE) https://fundforyouthemployment.nl/, initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), aims to create new jobs and make jobs more accessible for 200.000 youth (half of these for women) in the ministry’s priority focus countries in the Middle East, North Africa, Sahel & West Africa and the Horn of Africa. The fund is open to Private sector and (I)NGO applications (or mixed consortia). VSO will strengthen the work of the selected Implementing Partners through strategic VSO volunteer engagements.
The aim of the Fund will be achieved by supporting youth employment initiatives in these regions. Initiatives will offer youth, particularly young women, opportunities for decent work that delivers better prospects for personal development, is productive, and offers a stable income, social protection and safe working conditions.
Strengthen the private sector to engage with women and to create decent work for women that meets their aspirations and provides them voice and agency. Develop knowledge products for economic empowerment and support the implementation of these tools within private sector companies, micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and target communities.
Expected Responsibilities (to be confirmed and refined):
As a Gender Economic Empowerment Adviser you will:

•Develop knowledge products for the partners (definitions, guidance, tools, training, research) regarding gender responsive strategies in the employment sector for private sector partners.
•Advise on how to integrate and embed gender within the private sector into program and policy.
•Monitor the use and results of the framework implementation, with contextually appropriate indicators and measurement tools. And if necessary, provide further support and guidance in the use of the framework to support the development of robust evidence of gender economic empowerment.
•Develop the capacity building of the private sector on gender issues and process modules for integrating gender institutionally to create decent work for women that meets their aspirations and provides them voice and agency.
•Develop a strategy for the private sector to update and adopt gender equality mainstreaming policies and strategies within the private sector.
•Coordinate the baseline assessments in company and action plan settings to improve the gender equality.
•Develop the capacity of the program, partners and external stakeholders on training frameworks and toolkits on gender & economic empowerment.

You will work in a multidimensional project team, with experts in different kinds of areas.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Qualifications:

• You have a Bachelor/Master’s degree in Behavioral and Social Science, Gender, Development, international relations or related field.

Experience:

• You have extensive (5+ years' work experience) with corporate social responsibility, gender policies, implementation and advisory, gender economic empowerment.
• You have experience and demonstrated result in integrations of gender in programming in the private sector.
• A demonstrated understanding of issues and challenges related to gender.
• Ability to work independently as well as take an advisory role with multiple stakeholders in a time-pressured environment.
• Cross cultural awareness and ability to work amongst a diverse group of staff, volunteer and partners.
• Good understanding of developing training modules and facilitation.
• Experience in mentoring on gender.
• Monitoring and evaluation.
• Private sector experience is essential.

Desirable:

• Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities.

Competencies and Behaviour

At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:

• Ability to be open minded and respectful
• Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
• Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
• Ability to seek and share knowledge

Equal Opportunities

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

Allowance

As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at home.

Accommodation

VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.

Some background about VSO

Much has changed since VSO started 60 years ago. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation. In 2016/2017 alone, we worked with over 7,000 volunteers from all over the world and from all backgrounds to deliver services that had an impact on the lives of almost 2.6 million people in the 24 countries where we work. Our programmes focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organisations, from local and national governments, to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programmes. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.

Terms & Conditions

In- country International volunteers
• You will be sharing your skills with implementing partners and other stakeholders on a full-time basis. VSO covers your pre-arrival preparation: training, necessary permits, medical and security clearance, vaccinations and flights.
• In-country VSO will arrange and cover your accommodation and medical insurance costs, work related expenses and a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country but will not be enough to send money home.

E-volunteers
• You will be sharing your skills remotely from your home country with implementing partners and other stakeholders on a part-time basis.
• You have an existing source of income to cover your commitments and you have the basic equipment to carry out this assignment e.g. laptop, internet connectivity. VSO will not provide a monthly allowance for this role but will reimburse basic operational costs (e.g. internet costs).

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

To submit your application, click on ‘Make an application’ and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.

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