Job Vacancy For Gender Advisor, PROMISE / PATHWAYS Projects At CARE International (Tamale)

CARE works in 87 countries around the world to support over 900 poverty-fighting development and emergency projects.

Our Mission
To serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world

Our Vision
We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.

CARE International in Ghana is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of a Gender Advisor for the PROMISE / PATHWAYS Projects. Pathways and PROMISE project complements other initiatives of CARE Ghana and the themes build on and catalyze other initiatives already being implemented in CARE Ghana. For example it builds on the Village Savings & Loan Association (VSLA), community based land administration systems, Community Action Planning, Local extension service and conservation agriculture models  and Participatory Scenario Planning which all have a focus on improving the livelihood security of poor women smallholder farmers in Northern  Ghana.  This approach of Pathways and PROMISE focuses on increasing incomes using value chains that have an identified market opportunity by linking (i) Sustainable agricultural practices and (ii) Market development and business tools with (iii) Gender equity and women’s empowerment.


The Gender Advisor leads the strategic and programmatic integration of gender, and inclusion in the Promise and Pathways Projects. The gender advisor reports to the Project Manager of Pathways/Promise. H/S ensures that the Pathways and Promise effectively mainstream gender themes throughout its intervention activities, partnership approach, M&E systems, and documentation in order to help achieve the overall goals of making important differences in the lives of women and girls. The position is based in Tamale with approximately 50% travel to project locations in Northern, Upper West and Upper East Regions of Ghana.

Key Responsibilities

.The Gender Advisor supports the Project Manager and field staff in gender mainstreaming through technical assistance, dissemination of tools and guidelines for gender mainstreaming.

•   The advisor supports the project teams in gender mainstreaming by actively participating and facilitating dialogue about gender issues in meetings, retreats and annual review processes with staff and partners/stakeholders.
•   She/he is responsible for completion, and regular update, of relevant project level gender analysis for Promise and Pathways in line with existing gender programming principles. The GA is responsible for the development project level gender mainstreaming plans with annual targets.
•   Network with other agencies (Government, INGOs, research institutions, etc) dealing with gender and development, particularly around food security to ensure the application of relevant and up to date knowledge in programming.
•   The GA is responsible for ensuring continuous gender training and capacity building for all Partners and stakeholders in alignment with the individual mainstreaming plans.
•   The GA supports the project team in monitoring the gender mainstreaming of partners and stakeholders, providing support and guidance to the partners.
•   She/he organizes capacity building programmes for other project stakeholders such as gender champions.
•   The GA will support Partners and CARE in the development of gender responsive Partner/CARE M&E systems and frame works. The learning generated will then feed in to organizational thinking and subsequent planning. Specific tasks in this category are as follows;
•   Support’s Project M&E team in integrating gender in the project level Monitoring and Evaluation systems.
•   Support the project team in identifying indicators, tools, processes for effective gender monitoring and impact assessment.
•   Contribute towards ensuring gender sensitivity of data sets/data bases and the capacity of the programme to provide and use gender disaggregated data.
•   Ensuring that annual project reports and any additional reporting on gender mainstreaming at project level is planned for and delivered on time.
•   The GA leads a process of monitoring the implementation of annual milestones of project specific gender strategies and documents progress and challenges for further sharing with collegues.
•   Ensure documentation of processes, impacts and lessons learnt for dissemination

Qualification Required & Experience

•   A minimum qualification of university degree in Development Studies or related field. The candidate must have practical experience of gender and vulnerability interventions in Ghana.
•   Masters degree in Gender Studies, Equivalent in Development Studies, Social Sciences, including gender studies or related fields will be an added advantage.
•   At least 2 to 5 years of progressive experience in the area of gender and development, including policy and programme implementation related to the promotion of gender equality and programme management.
•   Familiar with cultural and programme context.
•   Experience in developing training materials
•   Experience in gender mainstreaming at a country or agency level. Must have knowledge in research, tools for gender analysis and reporting.
•   Good experience in at least two of the following areas; gender equity vulnerability, governance and institution building; civil society development; poverty alleviation; macroeconomics; environment and sustainable development; or crisis prevention and conflict resolution.
•   Excellent communications skills, strong interpersonal and networking skills. Practical experience with coordination and facilitation of multiple partners.
•   Excellent administrative and project planning, management and reporting skills. Must possess monitoring, supervisory and coaching skills and able to work with people.
•   Must have ToT skills. Proven competencies in designing and conducting training and workshops, Research and report writing skills
•   Ability to work independently and with limited supervision.
•   Must be computer literate; Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc)
•   Prior experience with INGOs is desirable.
•   Ability to ride a motorcycle, use a VHF radio, facilitation, languages; planning; budgeting; word-processing, basic accounting; advanced written communications; presentations; fundraising; training/facilitation, etc;

Location: Tamale

How To Apply For The Job

Interested candidates should submit their applications and detailed CVs to the HR Officer, CARE International in Ghana or electronically to:-

[email protected]

Closing Date: 21 November, 2014

•   Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted