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Oct 23, 2017

ACDI / VOCA Gender, Youth and Inclusion Director Job in Kenya

Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI / VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. 

Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI / VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society.

ACDI / VOCA currently has approximately 49 projects in 30 countries and total revenues of $151 million

Overview: ACDI/VOCA is currently implementing a $45 million, five-year program entitled “Feed the Future Livestock Market Systems (LMS)” development projects in Northern Kenya funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The aim of the USAID Kenya Feed the Future LMS program is to strengthen people’s resilience to shocks and stresses and reduce the prevalence and depth of poverty, household hunger, and chronic undernutrition. 

The program aims to do so by taking collective action on economic opportunities, and by strengthening institutions, market systems, governance, and human capital.

Pursuant to its mission, ACDI/VOCA is seeking for experienced and talented professionals for the Gender, Youth and Inclusion Director position. 

The position will provide technical guidance across associate awards under the LMS.  

He/she will oversee gender and youth integration efforts across the associate awards, including ensuring that gender and youth-based approaches are central in each associate award project activities, in accordance with the program design and the intended outcomes of the associate award. 

He/she will lead the process of identifying and addressing gender- and age-specific constraints across associate awards that limit social and economic empowerment, such as mobility, social stigma, early marriage, adolescent pregnancy, household decision-making, and access to markets. 

He/she will lead the development of an evidence-based gender and youth strategy in collaboration with key technical staff under LMS, which will provide overarching project guidance and include specific recommendations for each associate award.

  • Lead the development—with the support and collaboration of key LMS staff including Leader chief of party (COP), and Associate Award COPs —of an evidence-based, overarching LMS Gender and Youth Strategy, which includes specific guidance and recommendations for each associate award objective.
  • Work with each associate award COP, DCOP, and other technical staff to ensure activities are designed and implemented in accordance with the LMS Gender and Youth Strategy and address youth- and gender-specific considerations, needs, and gaps.
  • Work closely with each associate award program team to ensure gender equity and female empowerment approaches are central to program design and subsequent project activities.
  • Lead the analysis of available desk research and support field assessments, as appropriate, to identify gender- and age-specific challenges, opportunities, as risks, particularly related to social and economic empowerment in the project sectors.
  • Collaborate with each associate award COP, DCOP, and other technical team leads to identify and develop gender- and youth-specific project opportunities, particularly to promote equitable household decision-making, improved nutrition, WASH, and women’s engagement in on- and off-farm economic opportunities, market access, control over income, and leadership.
  • Lead the development and promotion of context-sensitive, culturally appropriate female empowerment, male engagement, and gender-transformative approaches.
  • Support the development of strategies and interventions that promote the economic and social empowerment of adolescents, particularly adolescent girls.
  • Support the development and implementation of activities that address household decision-making and promote reductions in early marriage and adolescent pregnancy.
  • Oversee the design and implementation of gender-sensitive and gender-transformative activities that increase women’s and household dietary diversity through intergenerational and male engagement approaches.
  • Work with the Director of MEL to ensure that gender and youth impacts and resource utilization are tracked, monitored, analyzed, and reported. 
  • Contribute to annual work plans, working with technical staff to develop and write gender and youth related activities and ensuring these considerations are included in the activity design.
  • Contribute to quarterly and annual reports for the Leader and each Associate Award, summarizing gender and youth results and evidence as well as progress and evidence of transformative approaches.
  • Offer contribution to the gender and youth monthly and quarterly reports in the LMS project.
  • Identify and address capacity building and resource needs for project staff and partners, including training, mentoring, and other technical support.
  • Represent ACDI/VOCA at workshops and events where information on gender mainstreaming in food security is requested. Represent the project on the ACDI/VOCA Gender Community of Practice by sharing learning and successes with other gender specialists and advisors, and by participating in webinars and accessing resources, templates and networks.
  • Prepare required and ad hoc reports for government, donor, and HQ, and writes success stories about gender interventions that highlight successes and lesson learned regarding women’s empowerment and gender integration.
  • Recommend areas of improvement in ACDI/VOCA's activity delivery based on the lessons learned on gender and youth in the 5 counties.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in sociology, gender studies, or youth development is required.
  • Minimum 8 years of prior work experience in international development or related field, including at least five years of work experience in gender and youth integration. Must have highly developed project coordination and strategy development skills, as well as experience supporting both gender and youth across multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and proven successful ability to conduct gender and youth analyses and integration programming.
  • Knowledge of Kenyan gender and youth challenges required.
  • Clear knowledge and understanding of gender and youth relationships within pastoral systems. Demonstrated awareness of and responsiveness to gender and social issues in cross-cultural contexts.
  • Strong analytical skills, including ability to gather and analyze a variety of information pertaining to issues and to develop appropriate recommendations for action.
  • Proven ability to successfully design and conduct participatory training and workshops and lead interviews and focus groups.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with persons on all levels both inside and outside the company on issues that could be complex or sensitive in nature.
  • Strong written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write required documents in a clear, concise, well-organized manner.
  • Good interpersonal skills with ability to build personal relationships with staff, donor partners, communities and government leaders at all levels in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment. Awareness, sensitivity, and understanding of cross-cultural issues particularly in representing a US-based agency.
  • Fluency in English, written and oral.
  • Advanced computer skills in a Windows based environment including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Accuracy, attention to detail.
To Apply:
Please submit a resume to [email protected] no later than November 1, 2017. 

Please include the position title in the subject line. 

Application shall be provided as a single attachment and list long-term employment history and any relevant short-term consulting work. 

Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone. 

Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. 

ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. 

Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. 


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