SEND Ghana seeks to engage the services of a Gender Advisor in Northern Region.

Full Time Northern Region SEND Ghana
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State: Tamale, Ghana
Country: Ghana
Deadline: 21/05/2021
Qualification: Degree
Work Experience: 4 Years
Career Level: Midcareer
Industry: NGO

SEND GHANA is the oldest of the three affiliate national NGOs (i.e. SEND-Liberia and SEND Sierra Leone) established by the Social Enterprise Development of Foundation of West Africa ( SEND West Africa). SEND West Africa was founded in Ghana in August, 1998 to promote livelihood security, equality of women and men and accountable and transparent governance. The target groups of SEND’s programs are mostly women, youth and farmers in conflict prone , resource poor and difficult to reach communities in each country.
Job Description

About the Project: Volunteers Engaged in Gender Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS)
Livestock production is an important livelihood activity in many rural households in developing countries. It often contributes to multiple economic objectives and is an important source of nutritious food, income and climate resilience (Ilukor, 2017). However, animal diseases continue to be a threat to livestock production in most developing countries. An outbreak of disease can mean the difference between sufficient food and food insecurity; having a secure income and losing key household assets; and even between eating healthy or contaminated food (FAO, 2011). Epidemic diseases, such as peste des petits ruminants (PPR) and contagious caprine pleuropneumonia (CCPP), have led to the deaths of many animals, while other diseases, including foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and brucellosis, affect animal growth and milk production (McDermott, Grace & Zinsstag, 2013). In developing countries, more than 90% of food animals are raised by small and subsistence farmers (FAO, 2014). These small-scale livestock producers the majority of whom are women, have very limited access to animal health services and remain extremely vulnerable as they lack the necessary support to prevent, or cure diseases in their livestock, leading to a loss of their livelihoods and keeping them in the cycle of poverty.

Agriculture is an important engine of growth and poverty reduction. The sector is underperforming in part because women, who are often a crucial resource in agriculture and the rural economy, face constraints that reduce their productivity (FAO, 2018). Although women comprise about 43 percent of the agricultural labor force globally and in developing countries, 1 in 3 have no control over major household purchases such as livestock, limiting their influence over decision making and financial planning (ILO, 2016).

For fifteen years, Veterinarians Without Borders has been sending Canadian Veterinarians and Vet students to poor communities around the world to help increase the knowledge and skills of small-scale farmers to keep their cows, chickens, goats, pigs, guinea fowl and other livestock healthy, well-fed and housed securely. Volunteers Engaged in gender Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS), a project funded through the Volunteer-Cooperation Program at Global Affairs Canada, will allow VWB/VSF to substantially increase the number of Canadian volunteers it is able to send overseas. Over the next seven years (2020-2027), 190 Canadian volunteers will work with local organizations and community partners in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Lao PDR, Cambodia, and Vietnam to help create integrated animal health systems that will increase the livelihoods and household nutrition of small-scale farmers.

Duration (Months): Between 6 months

Overall Goals
To assist in planning and implementation of gender responsive interventions in line VETS project results

Objectives:
Assist to train and support the Gender Model Families (GMFs) across project districts/communities
Assist to d evelop and implement leadership training for rural commercial women association leaders
Assist to facilitate gender equality dialogue sessions related to women’s economic empowerment and leadership roles
All volunteers are expected to promote gender equality, environmental sustainability and good governance within their placement responsibilities.

PRELIMINARY JOB DESCRIPTION

Objectives:
Assist to train and support the Gender Model Families (GMFs) across project districts/communities
Assist to d develop and implement leadership training for rural commercial women association leaders
Assist to facilitate gender equality dialogue sessions related to women’s economic empowerment and leadership roles
Cross-cutting theme #1: Gender Equality
It is a VETS project requirement that all placements will include a focus on promoting gender equality in the organization and in the community where the volunteer is working. Please describe how the volunteer can help promote gender equality through their work:
Support in the implementation of SENDs Gender policy and Gender Equality Action guide by ensuring that all activity planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting is gender sensitive
#2:Cross-cutting theme #2: Environmental
It is a VETS project requirement that all placements will include a focus on promoting environmental sustainability in the organization and in the community where the
Sustainability volunteer is working. Please describe how the volunteer can help promote environmental sustainability through their work:
Support in the promotion of One Health approach and practices as well as enhancing the resiliency levels of communities
Cross-cutting theme #3: Good Governance
It is a VETS project requirement that all placements will include a focus on promoting good governance in the organization and in the community where the volunteer is working.
Ensuring that activity implementation is subjected to SENDs principles of transparency, accountability and equity
Required Skills or Experience

Eligibility requirements:

Open to Ghanaians Citizens and other national’s residence in Ghana.
Language Requirements

Essential: English language
Desirable:The volunteer will be supported with translation services during community level activities
Qualifications

Essential: Masters degree in the social sciences or related discipline
Desirable: Degree in Communication
Practical experience in gender equity promotion and mainstreaming approaches
Professional Essential:

Experience in gender equality promotion and women empowerment using innovative gender mainstreaming approaches .
Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of gender issues/gaps in Northern Ghana
Good writing sills
Experience in conducting gender assessments and audits
Good facilitation skills
Desirable:

Good understanding and knowledge of socio cultural norms in Northern Ghana and ability to speak at least one widely spoken language in Ghana

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