Gender and Social Inclusion Advisor (E-Volunteer)

Kenya

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Assignment ID:
VA-105467
Assignment Title:
Gender and Social Inclusion Advisor (E-Volunteer)
Partner:
Invest in Africa
Country:
Kenya
Duration:
4 months (with the possibility of extension)
Time Commitment:
5 to 35 hours per week (flexible)

Assignment Context

Are you passionate about equal opportunities for youth around the world?

As the Gender Advisor with Invest in Africa you will support the organization’s gender and social inclusion activities. You will also identify and develop strategic partnerships. 

 

Apply today and support equality and inclusion for youth in Kenya!

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Assist in  reviewing the existing gender and inclusion promotion strategies and propose new ideas for implementation 
  • Support the development of an organizational gender and inclusion policy  
  • Collaborate to  develop and implement program strategies and activities designed to promote gender and inclusion within the organization  
  • Contribute to ensuring that gender and inclusion are central in future programming by researching gender related funding opportunities and participating in project proposal writing
  • Identify training needs to continue to promote gender and inclusion within the organization  
  • Participate in pre-assignment online 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 
  • Ensure that a gender equality lens is consistently applied in the execution of all activities.
  • Support partners to empower young women and promote a culture of gender sensitive representation in all activities and program benefits  
  • Co-develop an e-volunteer work plan with the partner organization and country office using WUSC volunteer work plan template
  • Submit volunteer timesheets, reports and deliverables as required by the partner organization and WUSC.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Degree and/or formal training in gender studies, women’s studies, social sciences or a related field
  • Demonstrated experience in gender strategy development and inclusion
  • Knowledge and experience in monitoring and evaluation considered an asset
  • Strong understanding of organizational development, strategic and operational planning   
  • Ability to work independently as part of a remote working group
  • Comfortable using online working platforms
  • Access to a reliable internet connection
  • A commitment to gender equality, youth inclusion, and international volunteering
  • Experience with group facilitation and trainings, including content development
  • Flexibility, adaptability, excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity
  • Written and oral fluency in English
  • Experience living and working internationally is a strong asset.

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

Invest in Africa (IIA) is a private-sector initiative that collaborates between private companies, public bodies and donor organisations. Their aim is to increase local businesses’ access to markets, skills and finance. Bringing together leading companies across sectors allows IIA to be both more cost-effective and more impactful in supporting investment into Africa. IIA has three areas of focus: 1. Connects multinationals and larger businesses to credible local suppliers (Small and Medium Enterprises SME);2. Improves SMEs access to skills, contracts and finance to build long term capacity; and3. Helps improve the investment climate and quality of policy discussions in Kenya.IIA is focused on job creation and improving the business environment for both investors and local SMEs. Their priority is to increase the linkages between large international companies, domestic companies and smaller local businesses as well as to increase access to skills, markets and finance.

Support Package

  • Support and guidance from the WUSC Volunteer Mobilization Team prior to assignment and from the WUSC Country Team while on assignment
  • Pre-assignment training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for e-volunteering in an intercultural context and meet other e-volunteers
  • Country orientation to better understand the cultural context of the country
  • E-volunteers who contribute a minimum of 21 hours per week are eligible to receive an allowance of $35 CAD per day, up to a maximum of $700 CAD per month. This allowance is taxable income.
  • 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 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 with the lifting of Canada’s non-essential travel restriction: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories

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

  • Volunteers must be fully vaccinated (two vaccine doses) 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.

See available international opportunities below and click here for our international volunteer FAQ.

WUSC continues to work with our partners around the world through the support of e-volunteers residing in Canada as well. As an e-volunteer, you can work remotely from your kitchen table and still make an impact through WUSC’s e-volunteering program! See available e-volunteer opportunities below and click here for our e-volunteer FAQ.

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