Play a leadership role in development of the Gender Equality Strategy and gender-based capacity building initiatives for HerStart.
Location: Ghana (remote)
Timeline: October 2020 – April 2021
About Youth Challenge International (YCI)
YCI is a leading global youth development organization that promotes youth innovation to drive positive change. Together with our partners we create market ready solutions that catapult youth around the world to succeed and prosper; we are driven by youth and their potential to affect positive change in the world. Our solutions are focused – always keeping the young people we are designing for and with at the center of the conversation. Our approach is rooted in creativity and constantly evolving to respond to changing needs and market realities. YCI is an organization where diversity and talent come together to shape a better future for youth around the world.
HerStart: Innovate the Future
HerStart: Innovate the Future is an initiative developed by Youth Challenge International that targets the
development of young entrepreneurs, primarily women, to foster and create
innovative solutions for a more equitable and prosperous economy within Ghana,
Tanzania and Uganda.
The program includes training and support for aspiring young entrepreneurs in social enterprise,
gender responsive business planning, social impact measurement, and access
to finance through the HerStart Catalyst Fund. Canadian and local volunteers
will be engaged in providing human capital support for activities through
on-site and remote placements that support the execution of the program and capacity
building initiatives with partner organizations. This initiative provides
programmatic support for organizations to more effectively deliver
environmental and gender-responsive activities that drive sustainable and
equitable business ventures. The entrepreneurial ecosystem in
each country will be further catalyzed to identify and reduce
gendered barriers, in order to foster more enabling environments, including
access to finance, for young women’s economic empowerment.
Women’s economic empowerment is central to realizing women’s rights and gender equality. Women’s economic empowerment
includes women’s ability to participate equally in existing markets; their
access to and control over productive resources, access to decent work, control
over their own time, lives and bodies; and increased voice, agency and
meaningful participation in economic decision-making at all levels from the
household to international institutions.
Gender Equality Consultant
Reporting to the Director of Programs, the Gender Consultant will support YCI Country Teams and partners in the development of
the Gender Equality Strategy and gender-based capacity building initiatives for
Lead the development of the HerStart Gender Strategy by collaborating with stakeholders to adapt and
contextualize the gender strategy, and related policies and processes –
including gender themed health, risk and safety frameworks – at the
Analyze the quality and effectiveness of existing gender
programming and identify opportunities and gaps to further mainstream
gender throughout, drawing on the support of YCI staff and HerStart volunteers.
Conduct policy-relevant research on the priority areas for gender equality and
economic empowerment of women within each program country.
Provide gender technical support to the HerStart program to enhance project outcomes, develop training
materials and resources for HerStart staff and volunteers and inform
capacity building activities with partners.
Research, document and analyze best practices, challenges, lessons
learned and trends for continuous learning. Contribute to HerStart’s
Community of Practice through the provision of training and resources.
· HerStart Gender Strategy and Implementation Plan
· Gender focused training and resources package to guide technical support
· Report integrating research findings and learnings
Skills and Experience:
You are a self-starter with 7+ years of experience
and implementing organizational and programmatic gender strategies,
specifically providing technical advice and building capacity for gender
equality and women’s empowerment outcomes; you have concrete experience
providing technical advice and conducting research related to gender
transformative programming in women’s economic empowerment and gender-based
violence; you possess sound knowledge of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal
5 and Global Affairs’ Canada Feminist International Assistance Policy; you are
passionate about investing in women and youth; you are inspired by the
potential of innovation and social entrepreneurship; you work
respectfully and inclusively with diverse stakeholders; you are an effective communicator with
excellent written and verbal English proficiency.
How to apply:
Please submit in a single PDF attachment which should
include the following components:
1. Your expertise, including past examples of similar work, and fit for this opportunity.
2. Your CV
3. Contact information for two previous clients to serve as a recommendation.
Please follow this
to submit your application.
Deadline to apply is October 23rd and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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