Gender, Equity, and Social Inclusion (GESI) Advisor – USDA/Malawi Market Transitions to Enable New Growth Opportunities (MTENGO)

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    3 weeks ago
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    Diversity and Gender, Social and Inclusive Development, Treasury and Investment
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The Market Transitions to Enable New Growth Opportunities (MTENGO) project is a five year, USDA-funded project implemented by Winrock International in the Northern and Central regions of Malawi. MTENGO uses a farmer-first approach grounded in market incentives to increase resource-efficient, reliable production from Malawian agriculture in the face of climate unpredictability. MTENGO’s approach will enable farmers to: Diversify and achieve stable returns from their farming portfolio through climate smart farming by responding to market demands with diversified production; Increase access to water for productive purposes through improved water management practices; Make ecosystem services work for farmers by improving farmer access to, and collective management of, water, soil, and forest products; and Increase access to markets and finance so farmers can make climate smart investments. The Gender, Equality, & Social Inclusion (GESI) Advisor will provide technical guidance related to gender and inclusion-responsive programming for women, youth, and other vulnerable populations under the USDA Market Transitions to Enable New Growth opportunities (MTENGO). ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Design and conduct the project’s GESI Analysis within the first year of the project. Lead the design and implementation of the project’s GESI Action Plan/strategy and related activities based on the findings from the GESI Analysis, ensuring that all project activities and approaches are at a minimum gender and inclusion-responsive. Regularly report on and update the GESI action plan/strategy. Work closely with the technical team to ensure gender and inclusion-responsive activities are integrated into project activities and reflected in annual workplans. Collaborate with experts, project participants, community leaders, public and private sector actors, and other key stakeholders to design and carry out gender and inclusion-responsive activities (e.g. trainings) that address identified capacity needs. Facilitate a process of ongoing learning around gender equity and social inclusion with project staff, partners and participants. Serve as a resource and mentor to project and partner staff on GESI (e.g., conduct training sessions and refresher workshops on GESI issues, principles, and opportunities). Organize meetings and workshops with community leaders, project partners and participants to share and disseminate GESI lessons learned, and best practices identified through project implementation. Serve as the project’s GESI subject matter expert in relevant national working groups and/or platforms. Other duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND: Education: Bachelor’s degree in international development, education, gender and inclusion, sociology, or related fields. Experience: Minimum of 6 years progressive experience in gender and social inclusion programming, such as youth and female empowerment, inclusion of persons with disabilities and minority populations. Strong demonstrated experience in GESI analysis and assessment. Strong demonstrated experience in the development of GESI learning tools (e.g., training manuals; job aids). Strong demonstrated experience in GESI training and facilitation. Strong demonstrated experience in the design of GESI-responsive programming, ideally in Climate Smart Agriculture or other Agriculture related projects. Strong understanding of issues faced by women and marginalized populations related to agriculture. Experience in conducting assessments, monitoring and evaluation, strong analysis and writing reports. Direct experience in Malawi is preferred. Previous experience working on USDA or USAID projects preferred. Knowledge, Skill & Ability Requirements: Commitment to the principles of inclusive approaches to programming that encourages full participation of individuals regardless of gender, disability, status, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or other marginalized status. Strong communication, writing, and public speaking skills. Strong analytical skills. Demonstrated understanding of and experience applying an intersectional lens programmatically. Cultural sensitivity and adaptability. Strong management, communication, and negotiation skills with ability to coordinate and liaise with multiple partners and stakeholders to collect and share data. Proficient written and oral communication skills in English are required. About Winrock International Winrock is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all people and value diversity and inclusiveness. 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