Gender Advisor


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Assignment Type:
Canadian International Volunteer
Eligibility Requirements:
Open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada only
Assignment ID:
Assignment Title:
Gender Advisor
Youth Social Advocacy Team
6 to 12 months (flexible)
Time Commitment:
35 hours per week

Assignment Context

Are you passionate about improving opportunities for young women? Do you have gender equality skills to share? 

As the Gender Advisor with Youth Social Advocacy Team (YSAT), you will support the development of an organizational gender policy, encourage gender mainstreaming in all programs and services and integrate gender-specific indicators into monitoring and evaluation frameworks. 

In this role, you will improve YSAT’s knowledge and understanding of gender equality and increase the practice of integrating gender equality into the organization’s programming, resource mobilization, communications, and impact measurement. 

Apply today to have an impact in advancing gender equality in Uganda!

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Conduct a gender analysis of the Youth Social Advocacy Team (YSAT)
  • Develop Gender and Social Inclusion strategies for the organization
  • Work with YSAT Team to develop a Gender Policy for the organization
  • In collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation team, develop gender equality indicators and methodologies for tracking changes in gender and social inclusion, including developing gender impact assessment tools
  • Design and deliver training sessions on gender equality and social inclusion for project staff. 
  • Support YSAT to integrate gender language in external communication materials, such as the website, on Facebook, and in blog posts
  • Support implementation of gender equality and gender mainstreaming initiatives such as gender audits, gender-sensitive work planning and gender budgeting
  • Develop templates to capture gender-specific success stories and cases studies for YSAT
  • Support YSAT to apply an environmental sustainability lens in the execution of all activities and scan for opportunities to include climate action in their operations, programming, and governance.
  • Ensure that a gender equality lens is consistently applied in the execution of all activities
  • Use an intersectional lens to ensure the inclusion and participation of young women and other marginalized youth, as well as their representation, in all activities related to communications
  • 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 and/or training in gender studies, sociology, or another related field
  • Demonstrated experience in gender and social inclusion and women’s economic empowerment.
  • Previous experience in organization gender strategy development
  • Knowledge and understanding of policy frameworks that impact gender equality, social inclusion, and the status of women 
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation would be considered an asset
  • Ability to do research, analyze information, and draw insights

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

Youth Social Advocacy Team is a Refugee Youth-Led Non-Governmental Organization That Works to Address the Increasing Culture of Violence by Creating an Inclusive Environment for Community Empowerment Through Skills Development, Conflict Transformation, livelihood, Basic Adult Literacy, Social Innovations, That Promotes Peaceful Coexistence, Livelihoods and Education for Self-Reliance to Support Peace and Development at The Grassroots Level. YSAT Founded in June 2016, YSAT was first registered in 2017 with ADLG/DCS Reg. 503/360 with Head Office in Ocea Village, Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement West Nile Region. YSAT was registered as National NGO Reg No. INDR152704213NB Operational Permit No. INDP0004213NBYouth Social Advocacy Team (YSAT Uganda) implement its projects through 3 programmes, working in partnership with existing community-based structures, including Local Leadership, Sub County and District Local Development/Community Services departments, community-based organizations, Youth Networks, Office of Prime Minister, Humanitarian & Development Partners. The 3 programmes are; Peaceful Coexistence (Conflict transformation, community dialogue, exchange programme, Livelihood (L, GFA, Entrepreneurship, skills development, social innovation Education In Emergency (Basic education, numeracy & literacy, both formal and informal) and our targets beneficiaries are as follows (15-35) youths both female and males, PSNS- Livelihood, Community leaders (RWCs, LCs), Men, Women, Adolescents (boys and girls) out of school.

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.

International Volunteer Departures Have Resumed

Your work building capacity towards more resilient and inclusive economies is needed now more than ever! After a pause on travel since March 2020, international volunteer departures to Africa, Asia and the Caribbean have resumed.

All individuals considering volunteering internationally with WUSC must demonstrate openness, flexibility and accept to meeting the following conditions:

  • Volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and be able to provide proof of vaccination.
  • Volunteers must meet Canadian and Assignment Country Government and airline requirements related to PCR testing.
  • Volunteers must agree to follow all COVID-19 mitigation instructions as issued by the Canadian Government, WUSC and by the local authorities in the country of assignment.

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