GESI & Safeguarding Advisor (Accra, Ghana)

Africa, Ghana

POSITION TITLEGESI & Safeguarding Advisor
REPORTS TOProject Director
CONTRACT TERM2 Years with possibility of renewal
EXPECTED START DATEAs soon as possible


WUSC (World University Service of Canada) is a Canadian non-profit organization working to create a better world for all young people. We bring together a diverse network of students, volunteers, schools, governments, and businesses who share this vision. Together, we develop solutions in education, economic opportunities, and empowerment to overcome inequality and exclusion for youth around the world, particularly young women and young refugees. WUSC currently works in 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, with an annual budget of approximately CAD $40 million. We have over 90 staff in our Ottawa office, and over 200 people overseas implementing 16 development projects in collaboration with donors such as Global Affairs Canada, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Mastercard Foundation and the African Development Bank.

The ACTIVATE Project

The Accelerating Change Through InnoVation in Agricultural TVET (ACTIVATE) project is a 5-year collaborative initiative that will contribute to a stronger, gender-responsive, socially inclusive and market-driven Agriculture Technical, Vocational Education and Training (ATVET) System that facilitates sustainable employment pathways, well-being and resilience of young women and men in Ghana. ACTIVATE will blend education and high quality, market relevant skills training in specific agriculture value chains and support growth of agripreneurship.

The project will reduce gender specific barriers, elevate the voice and aspirations of youth and integrate a strong inclusivity lens, with respect to gender and disability while building collaboration and linkages among key stakeholders such as public and private actors, academia, and agriculture value chain actors to create decent work for young people.

ACTIVATE will respond to key challenges facing the agriculture and adjacent sectors including insufficient management capacity of ATVET sector facilitation bodies, non-alignment of new TVET policies and reforms across sector ministries, low quality of ATVET instruction, curriculum and equipment, lack of ATVET engagement with industry, poor business skills among others.

Our network in Canada also works with WUSC to raise awareness among Canadians to inspire greater action on global development issues.


The Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) and Safeguarding Advisor ensures that the ACTIVATE program takes an intersectional approach to maximize opportunities to reach diverse individuals including women, adolescents, people with disabilities, people who are of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity. The GESI Advisor leads the integration of gender transformative and socially inclusive programming elements in accordance with global best practice, donor and WUSC’s requirements. The GESI Advisor is responsible for providing technical support, programming guidance, policy advice, capacity building and developing our evidence base with staff in the ACTIVATE program. This role will ensure that gender equality, disability and social inclusion approaches are incorporated into project design and monitoring and evaluation frameworks. The role will also be required to develop and guide implementation of WUSC’s GESI and safeguarding strategies and provide advice to the Senior Management Team. Specifically, the GESI and Safeguarding Advisor is responsible for the following: 


  • Provide direct technical assistance: Support the development and roll out of the GESI strategies including technical advice and development of tools and resources as required; 
  • Support the ACTIVATE program to design and deliver realistic and pragmatic strategies and programming interventions that will lead to positive and equitable outcomes;
  • Ensure transformative approaches are well integrated into program delivery models.
  • Roll out evidence-based GESI tools: Develop tools, frameworks and resources that continuously improve technical excellence and impact in the area of transformative equality, inclusion and safeguarding approaches to programming; 
  • Lead, coordinate, support, and/or conduct GESI analysis to identify and address barriers to access including individual and context specific issues.
  • Assess GESI organizational capacity and provide technical advice on organizational policies, practice and procedures that promote GESI; 
  • Strengthen GESI capacity of project staff and partners through the development and roll out of GESI training as well as on the job capacity building; 
  • Contribute to strong learning and knowledge sharing community within WUSC around transformative equality and inclusion practices. 
  • Work closely with program staff to ensure transformative approaches are effectively integrated into project management processes and support in the development and application of relevant tools; 
  • Provide quality review and technical feedback to team members to ensure GESI approaches are incorporated into project design and M&E frameworks in line with relevant policies and donor standards; 
  • Contribute to WUSC global GESI community of practice for knowledge learning and sharing globally


  • Lead the development and implementation of a safeguarding strategy;
  • Serve as Ghana focal point on safeguarding and Provide advice and support to Ghana Senior Management Team; 
  • Safeguarding compliance and support: work with program staff to ensure safeguarding is incorporated into all programming. 
  • Undertake safeguarding assessments and regular reviews of safeguarding policies and systems ensuring partners have capacity to meet safeguarding requirements; 
  • Support the development and implementation of safeguarding actions plans and support new partners to become compliant, where necessary; 
  • Maintain relevant policies and review policies to ensure alignment with GESI and safeguarding requirements; 
  • Maintain safeguarding risk register and regularly review safeguarding risks; 
  • Liaise on Safeguarding incident reports and join the decision committee to manage safeguarding reports.



  • Relevant Degree (MPH, MA, MBA desirable) or equivalent professional experience with a focus on gender equality, disability, human rights, SRH/FP;
  • Additional qualifications in relevant technical field (highly desirable)

Experience and Competencies

  • Significant demonstrated knowledge and experience (min 5 years) in providing GESI technical advice to improve programming and developing and implementing safeguarding policies and practices
  • Experience as leader and advocate on issues of gender, disability, inclusion and safeguarding, including lived and community-based experiences
  • Advanced knowledge of methodologies and best practices for equality and inclusion approaches
  • Demonstrated experience in translating strategies and policies into practice
  • Significant experience in capacity building in international development settings
  • Significant experience of developing organizational guidance and promoting reflective learning on technical issues;
  • Proven track record of effectively facilitating learning internally and externally
  • Experience working on GESI within agricultural systems and/or TVET an advantage

Personal Attributes and Skills

  • Highly collaborative and an ability to work effectively with a range of stakeholders and at all levels in an empowering way
  • Ability to be strategic and entrepreneurial, and to foster a cultural environment of innovation and collaboration
  • Ability to synthesize information and analyze its relevance for different functions
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to contribute to research, monitoring, evaluation and learning activities
  • Able to work independently and be self-motivated in defining goals and objectives, while also working collaboratively in a team across disciplines, geographical locations and cultures
  • Advanced computers skills (Office 365, Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe)


WUSC offers a dynamic work environment with a diverse intercultural workforce.  We offer employees and volunteers exciting opportunities to apply their skills and gain experience all while making a difference for youth around the world. We believe youth have the potential to provide for their families, build strong communities, and create positive social change for future generations.  Employees at WUSC work hard to create lasting change in education, employment and empowerment. 

WUSC is an equal opportunity employer.  Female candidates and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. .

Please send your application to [email protected]

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