Gender and Youth Specialist


About the organization

Since 1963 and in 148 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development, and food security to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil societies. ACDI/VOCA has approximately 34 projects in 19 countries and total revenues of approximately $128 million.


The Specialist will promote implementation of the ACDI/VOCA Gender and Social Inclusion (GSI) Policy and build staff capacity in gender integration, female empowerment, Positive Youth Development, and other youth approaches. The Specialist will possess strong analytical skills and have experience in qualitative research, particularly related to gender in development.

The Specialist’s responsibilities will include supporting the production of high-quality deliverables in a timely manner; training and mentoring/coaching project teams and field staff; networking with donors and partners; and representing the GSI team’s work through presentations and publications. The Specialist will report to the Director, Gender and Youth, and support the design and implementation of the ACDI/VOCA Youth Strategy.


Minimum qualifications include a Master’s degree in international development, gender studies, behavioral economics, agronomy, sociology or other related field required (additional years of experience may be considered in lieu of advanced degree). Minimum of four years’ experience, including overseas work, in international development or related field required. Demonstrated experience and technical knowledge in gender and development, particularly related to food security, agricultural value chains/market systems, or nutrition-integrated agriculture. Demonstrated experience and technical knowledge of positive youth development approaches is required. Demonstrated experience and technical knowledge in areas of gender-based violence, positive masculinities, male engagement, inclusion of people with disabilities (PWDs), inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) populations; and inclusion of other marginalized groups desired. Knowledge of qualitative research methods and standards, with field research experience strongly desired. Experience conducting gender, positive youth development, or other related participatory trainings for US and overseas audiences strongly desired. Experience with USAID and USDA programming, particularly Feed the Future and Food for Peace, strongly desired. Strong interpersonal and team skills, with ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures is desired. Excellent problem-solving skills.

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