Propcom Mai-karfi is an innovative, market-driven programme funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) that aims to reduce poverty in Nigeria. The programme works with government, the private sector and businesses to enable rural markets to work better for the poor.
The programme uses a ‘making markets work for the poor (M4P)’ approach in creating systemic changes in agricultural and rural markets in northern Nigeria. We work with motivated partners in the private and public sectors to deliver the programme’s goals and objectives.
The goal of the programme is ‘Increased incomes for the poor through enhanced employment opportunities in Northern Nigeria’ with an outcome of ‘Increased employment and improved productivity in selected agricultural and rural markets in Northern Nigeria.’
The Gender and Women's Economic Empowerment Manager will lead the integration of gender and economic empowerment for women across the Propcom Mai-karfi programme. This will include the development and implementation of the Propcom Mai-karfi's gender and Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) strategy and framework within all its market section interventions ensuring constant identification of gender and WEE implications and issues as well as the use of best practice within markets.
Responsibilities will include:
- Driving the development and implementation of the programme's gender strategy
- Leading the integration of appropriate and sustainable gender and WEE practices within the Prop com Mai-karfi programme's overall approach - including through gender sensitive market diagnosis, interventions and monitoring systems
- Setting standards for Propcom Mai-karfi's gender practice and providing guidance to the Intervention Managers and Market systems in general on how to meet them and how to measure them
- Representing Propcom Mai-karfi's gender-related work to external audiences, such as DFlD and the wider M4P and WEE communities
- Networking with government and non-government organisations in Nigeria to learn and exchange information about women's economic empowerment and to coordinate with other important activities
- Working with the project communications staff to develop materials that promote Propcom Mai-karfi's gender-related interventions and that disseminate its learning
Required Skills & Experience:
- An advanced degree (Masters of Doctoral) in the field of social sciences, business, gender, agricultural sciences, food security or related field of study or an equivalent combination of studies and experience
- 5-7 years' experience in economic market development, private sector and management in sub Saharan Africa, with M4P project implementation and management and advantage.
- Demonstrated experience with gender integration/mainstreaming in agriculture/market development projects (preferred) or across a variety of sectors - gender mainstreaming at a relatively senior level within an institutional context is preferred and experience of programming for women's participation and empowerment.
- Experience working directly with women and women's groups in northern Nigeria is preferred - experience with promoting the inclusion of women and working with or developing women managed or owned businesses within the private sector in Northern Nigeria would be advantageous.
- Detailed and non-stereotypical understanding of the culture and practices within northern Nigeria with emphasis on the gender dynamics is essential
- Ability to communicate in and understand Hausa is an advantage
Method of Application
In return we offer:
- A friendly and team-based working environment in Abuja
- Opportunity to collaborate with national and international agencies
- Opportunity to make a vital contribution to an innovative Nigerian development programme
- A competitive salary with benefits
The post is domiciled in Ahuja, however the incumbent will be required to make frequent travels within Nigeria and particularly to the Northern part of Nigeria. Applications are encouraged from all those who can clearly demonstrate sound evidence of success to improving institutional arrangements for the benefit of poor people, specifically for women and has substantive knowledge of gender equality and women's empowerment and a passion for development in Nigeria.
Please send your CV (maximum of three pages), full details of two referees, salary history and a 1 page covering letter outlining how your skills and competencies match the requirements of this post to: firstname.lastname@example.org