Gender Equality and Inclusion Advisor

Malawi

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Assignment ID:
VA-105856
Assignment Title:
Gender Equality and Inclusion Advisor
Partner:
Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust
Country:
Malawi
Duration:
6 to 12 months (flexible)
Time Commitment:
35 hours per week

Assignment Context

Are you passionate about gender equality and developing new inclusive environmental sustainable programs? 

As the Gender Equality and Inclusion Advisor with Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust, you will support the development of an organizational gender policy, strategies and tools to ensure that gender mainstreaming and inclusion are included in all program planning and implementation. You will also assist in program planning, development and implementation of environmental sustainable inclusive projects in order to support the continued growth of the organization.

Apply today to make an impact in environmental work in Malawi!

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate on the design of gender and inclusion promotion strategies in the organization including the development of gender and inclusion policy  
  • Assist staff to identify training needs, develop training materials and conduct training to build capacity on gender equality, women’s economic empowerment and gender inclusion 
  • Provide support to program team in proposal development, program development, implementation and reporting
  • Collaborate with staff to offset the environmental footprint of the planned assignment activities and training 
  • Support organization to consider meaningful inclusion of program participants and developing gender and inclusive programs
  • Ensure that a gender equality lens is consistently applied in the execution of all activities
  • Participate in pre-assignment training
  • Participate in at least 3 public engagement initiatives before, during, or after the assignment. Volunteers will be equipped with the tools, training, and support to achieve these goals. Volunteers will also have one virtual check-in with the Public Engagement Officer throughout the course of their assignment
  • Submit reports as required by the partner organization and by WUSC.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Degree in gender studies, women’s studies, social sciences or equivalent relevant field
  • Previous experience in gender and inclusion strategy development 
  • Demonstrated experience in program development, previous experience in gender program development would be considered an asset
  • A commitment to gender equality, youth inclusion, and volunteering
  • Flexibility, adaptability, excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity
  • Experience with group facilitation and trainings, including content development considered an asset
  • Written and oral fluency in English.

Project Description

Volunteering for development is one of the important ways in which WUSC pursues its mission. The IGNI+E project, funded by Global Affairs Canada, supports over 70 partner organizations to advance gender equality and the economic empowerment of 1.2 million youth around the world. IGNI+E harnesses the knowledge, capacity and expertise of skilled Canadians through volunteer assignments and public engagement activities to assist partners in improving their performance, advocating for gender equality, and implementing more sustainable, innovative and inclusive initiatives and services for poor and marginalised youth, particularly young women. Overseas, our volunteers collaborate with a wide variety of partners, including enterprise and social enterprise development incubators, skills training centres, women's organizations, and youth groups. In Canada, WUSC works with institutions and individuals to identify, prepare, and support volunteers who travel overseas to support our partners. Our network in Canada also works with WUSC to raise awareness among Canadians to inspire greater action on global development issues. Our collective focus is on sustainable and inclusive changes to create a better world for youth.

Partner Description

MMCT has a mission to provide long-term reliable support for the management, research and conservation of the biological diversity and the sustainable use of the natural resources within the Mt Mulanje Biosphere Reserve, a biodiversity hotspot of global significance. MMCT works in close partnership with government departments, CBOs, international donors and most importantly, the surrounding communities that are dependent upon the Mountain’s resources. To achieve this mission, MMCT has three active programs: 1) Biodiversity Conservation, Research & Monitoring, 2) Forest Co-management & Sustainable Livelihoods, and 3) Environmental Education & Communication, and additionally carries out comprehensive monitoring and evaluation.

Support Package

  • Support and guidance from the WUSC Volunteer Mobilization Team prior to departure and from WUSC Country Team while on assignment
  • Pre-departure training to learn about the volunteering for development program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and network with other volunteers
  • Travel, meals and accommodation during in-person pre-departure training
  • In-country orientation upon arrival in country of assignment
  • Language training in country of assignment, where required
  • Modest monthly living and accommodation allowance
  • Airfare to and from the assignment country
  • Visa/work permit
  • Pre-departure medical exam
  • Health insurance
  • Vaccinations and antimalarial medication
  • COVID-19 PCR testing
  • Criminal record verification
  • Vacation leave entitlement
  • Debriefing after completion of assignment
  • Support for accompanying spouse and dependents for assignments of 12 months or longer
  • An incredible opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to global development, enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!

WUSC’s Safeguarding Policy

WUSC’s activities seek to balance inequities and create sustainable development around the globe; the work ethic of our staff, volunteers, representatives and partners shall correspond to the values and mission of the organization. WUSC promotes responsibility, respect, honesty, and professional excellence and we will not tolerate harassment, coercion and sexual exploitation and abuse of any form. Successful applicants will be required to sign off on the WUSC Code of Conduct and the Self-Disclosure Form. International and national volunteers will also be required to submit a criminal record verification.

WUSC is a signatory to the Cooperation Canada Leaders’ Pledge on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct. The pledge represents the shared commitment as Canada’s global development and humanitarian leaders to ensure the full implementation of practices and policies that will protect and respond to our own staff, volunteers and the communities we serve. We are committed to creating safe and respectful workplaces and programs that promote gender equality and are free from gender-based violence, including by addressing and responding to all abuse of power, holding people to account, and protecting the vulnerable. Read the full pledge.

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