Cuso International, a Canadian development NGO, is the executing agency of the five-year (February 2014-March 31st 2019) Youth Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Access and Development (YouLead) project in Cross River State, Nigeria. Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA, Canada) and Institute of Public Administration in Canada (IPAC) are Canadian implementing partners along with Nigerian partners and stakeholders. The project is in its 3rd year of implementation working 18 Local Government Areas.
YouLead is a capacity building project promoting female and male youth employment and sustainable economic growth in CRS by developing and supporting appropriately trained and skilled entrepreneurs and workers, and promoting the appropriate policies, regulations and enabling environment for this to occur in a gender-responsive, sustainable and market driven manner. YouLead provides technical assistance, using Canadian and in-country professionals, and working with local partners (government policy makers, business and financial services providers, youth resource centers and training organizations) to support natural resource value chains, help provide access to markets, and identify alternative and additional business opportunities for young women and men producers; build the capacity of micro and small enterprises to scale-up and ensure fair process and better working conditions for young women and men; and ensure that the appropriate policies and enabling environment is established. YouLead will also improve access to youth friendly financial services and products for young entrepreneurs. To that end, efforts will be made to ensure viable linkages between youth resource centers, technical training institutions, financial services providers, and the private sector.
The YouLead Project is being funded by Global Affairs Canada and therefore has to be implemented in line with GAC’s Gender Policy. The Project therefore uses GAC’s definitions for gender equity and gender equality. Gender equity means being fair to women and men. To ensure fairness, measures are often needed to compensate for historical and social disadvantages that prevent women and men from otherwise operating as equals. Equity leads to equality. Gender equality means that women and men enjoy the same status and have equal opportunity to realize their full human rights and potential to contribute to national, political, economic, social and cultural development, and to benefit from the results. Originally, it was believed that equality could be achieved simply by giving women and men the same opportunities. Same treatment, however, was found not necessarily to yield equal results. Today, the concept of equality acknowledges that women and men may sometimes require different treatment to achieve similar results, due to life conditions or to compensate for past discrimination. The Gender Equality Coordinator therefore needs to be creative and innovative in facilitating the design and implementation of programs and activities which lead to gender transformation, and address women’s strategic needs as well as women’s practical needs. This may require gender equality-specific activities and interventions and affirmative action to address historical inequalities and past discrimination.
Location: Calabar, Nigeria
Reports to: Project Team Leader, YouLead
Contract type: Fixed Term Contract - 2 years
The Gender Equality Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the YouLead Gender Equality Strategy (GES) and Action Plan (GEAP) in alignment with Cuso International Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Strategy (GESI) and programming guidelines, and with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) Gender Equality Policy. The GE Coordinator will coordinate reporting on the achievement of gender equality results as outlined in the YouLead Performance Measurement Framework (PMF). The GE Coordinator will lead the on-going review and updating of the GES and GEAP to ensure that they are in line on evolving best practices.
S/he will provide technical and methodical support to the YouLead Team with specific relevance to:
Achieving gender equality in youth entrepreneurship training and youth leadership, and ensuring that special arrangements are made to allow wives, mothers and disabled to access training gender mainstreaming value chain assessment and development, and ensure that women are not displaced from their traditional value chains while having greater access to non-traditional value chains and jobs.
Gender analysis and program development for equitable financial inclusion, including equitable assess to commercial banks, microfinance institutions, and village savings and loan associations.
Engendering natural resources management – policy, strategy, implementation and monitoring
Promoting and advocating for an equitable green jobs/green economy – closing the gender gap in workforce for green economy and renewable energy.
Promoting and advocating for equitable participation of women in professional and technical training for the green economy.
Using a gender perspective in the preparation of reports and media for the Project.
Provide gender capacity building for staff, project partners representing government, civil society and private sector, and develop shared strategy for implementation of local Gender Equality policies and other Laws aimed at achieving gender equality in Cross River State.
SUPERVISION AND COLLABORATION
The YouLead Gender Equality Coordinator is under the direct supervision of the YouLead Team Leader. The GE Coordinator will work closely with Project Managers (PMs): Entrepreneurship and Value Chain Development; Natural Resource Management Policy; Financial Inclusion, and Knowledge & Communication, and other staff who make up the YouLead Team. S/he will have access to technical support from the YouLead Standing Offer GE Consultant, Cuso International Gender Equality Global Lead, and the YouLead Project Advisor based in Canada. The Gender Equality Coordinator will also carry out any other role/task as requested by the Project Team Leader and Country Director.
STRATEGY AND PLANNING:
TECHNICAL AND METHODOLOGICAL SUPPORT
GENDER RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY
DOCUMENTATION OF BEST PRACTICES
MONITORING AND REPORTING
QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE, TECHNICAL EXPERTISE AND COMPETENCIES
A University Degree in Social Sciences, Gender Studies or similar field. A post university qualification would be an added advantage.
Technical trainings in gender equality and/or the empowerment of women and girls.
Innovative – always looking for new ways of addressing gender inequality and empowering women and girls.
Entrepreneurial – always looking for opportunities to contribute to gender equality and women’s economic empowerment
Your application must be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the competition number: Gender Equality Coordinator 2016-36 clearly marked as the subject title. Applications must be received by Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 11:59 pm Eastern Time. No late applications will be considered. CV must not be more than 4 pages in length maximum and covering letter must be 1 page long maximum.
To be considered, your résumé and cover letter should demonstrate that all of the essential qualifications are met. Applications that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.