Assignment Type:
Canadian International Volunteer
Eligibility Requirements:
Open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada only
Assignment ID:
VA-106443
Assignment Title:
Gender Advisor
Partner:
WUSC Uganda
Country:
Uganda
Duration:
4 to 6 months (flexible)
Time Commitment:
Full time

Assignment Context

Are you passionate about girls’ education? Do you have knowledge and skills in gender equality and social inclusion? 

As a Gender Advisor with Windle International Uganda (WIU) in Moyo and Obongi Districts in Uganda, you will collaborate closely with the AGENCI’s staff Gender Advisor and Monitor, Evaluation, Research, and Learning Manager (MERL) to identify, monitor and report on gender responsive solutions to barriers to girls’ education in the project locations. You will also explore opportunities for gender mainstreaming and develop and review gender related materials. 

Apply today to become a change agent and support WUSC in advancing educational aspirations for adolescent girls!

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Ensure the integration of gender transformative approaches in all key project interventions with implementing project teams
  • Support the projects teams to strengthen the engagement of men and boys in transforming gender relations and facilitate the empowerment of adolescent girls and young women
  • Support the Windle International Uganda project team in close coordination with the WUSC Gender Advisor to identify staff capacity gaps, and design relevant training materials to inform the development of training content for refresher training for staff
  • Conduct targeted follow-ups for project activities to ensure proper gender integration in collaboration with WUSC's MERL Manager and the wider AGENCI team
  • Contribute to the development of project learning materials for wider consumption
  • 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
  • Set up a personalized volunteer fundraising page on the WUSC fundraising platform and share it in your networks. Volunteers will be supported with the tools, training and support to achieve the fundraising goal
  • Submit reports as required by the partner organization and by WUSC.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelors or post graduate degree in Gender Studies, Sociology, Social Work and Social Administration, and/or related field
  • Relevant experience working on gender transformative projects
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Must have a clear understanding of diversity and ability to work with a diverse team
  • Ability to work in hard-to-reach locations
  • Minimum two (2) years relevant professional experience in your field of expertise.
  • A commitment to gender equality, youth inclusion, and international volunteering
  • Flexibility, adaptability, excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity
  • Experience with group facilitation and trainings, including content development considered an asset
  • Experience living and working internationally considered an asset
  • Written and oral fluency in English.

Partner Description

WUSC in Uganda works to build the capacity of local organizations, to improve opportunities for young people, especially young women, and to foster collaboration between different stakeholders, including private sector, NGOs and government. WUSC works with all ethnic groups, and has been delivering programming in Uganda for almost one year in three thematic focus areas of Economic Empowerment, gender equality and Environmental Sustainability, climate action & Durable solutions particularly for youth, women, refugees and other specific target groups in Uganda. Our vision is a better world for all young people. It is a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable world in which all young people, especially women and refugees, are empowered to secure a good quality of life for themselves, their families, and their communities. To achieve this goal, we work with a diverse network of institutions, governments, businesses and individuals to improve education, economic, and empowerment opportunities.

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
  • 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
  • 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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