Senior Gender and Agriculture Specialist

ACDI/VOCA

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.

Duties

The Senior Specialist will promote implementation of the ACDI/VOCA Gender and Social Inclusion (GSI) Policy and build staff capacity in gender integration, female empowerment, and other inclusive approaches. The Senior Specialist will possess strong analytical skills and have experience in applied qualitative research, particularly gender analysis in the agriculture sector and/or gender-integrated studies of agriculture value chains/market systems. The Senior Specialist’s responsibilities will include 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 Senior Specialist will report to the Senior Director, Gender and Social Inclusion.

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications include a Master’s degree in international development, gender studies, behavioral or agricultural economics, agronomy, sociology or other related field required (additional years of experience may be considered in lieu of advanced degree). Minimum of six years’ experience, including overseas work, in international development or related field required. Demonstrated experience and technical knowledge in gender and women’s economic empowerment in development, particularly related to food security, agricultural value chains/market systems, or nutrition-sensitive agriculture required. Experience with USAID and USDA agriculture and market systems programming, particularly Feed the Future and Food for Peace, strongly desired. Knowledge of qualitative research methods and standards, with field research experience required. Experience conducting gender, diversity or other related participatory trainings for US and overseas audiences 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. Understanding of and expertise in Social Behavior Change (SBC) desired. Strong interpersonal and team skills, with ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures is desired.

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