Job Title: Gender Adviser
Location: Yangon, Myanmar
Closing Date: 27 September 2020
Salary: Not Stated
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Working Pattern: Full Time
Sponsors international candidates? No, this position is only open to individuals with the right to work in Myanmar.
The Gender Adviser will play a senior role within the Myanmar team to guide Saferworld’s gender, peace and security programming and to lead gender-focused research and advocacy. S/he will provide technical support in the following areas: supporting the programme team to implement community security and justice projects using gender-sensitive and transformative approaches, designing and conducting research on women, peace and security, supporting advocacy efforts at local, sub-national, and regional levels, and providing mentorship to Saferworld staff, CSO partner organisations, and other external groups as needed.
The Gender Adviser will provide an advisory and support role for ongoing projects that either focus on gender, peace and security or that require mainstreaming gender into peace building interventions. Thematic areas covered include identifying and challenging gender norms as drivers of conflict, assessing and promoting women’s representation in security sector and justice roles, strengthening responses to gender-based violence, and conducting research that contributes to the women, peace and security agenda in Myanmar.
Finally, the Gender Adviser will play an important role in shaping strategic and programmatic planning and decisionmaking within this programme year.
Role and Responsibilities
1. Senior technical advising
Provide senior level, high quality advisory inputs to Saferworld, ensuring that Myanmar’s strategies and programmes are responsive to relevant gender/inclusion policies, priorities and strategic plans, and feed into the advancement of Saferworld’s organisational strategic goals.
Provide leadership in the development, implementation, and analysis of women, peace, and security related research for conflict-affected areas, particularly the Thai-Myanmar border.
Support Saferworld and CSO partners to analyse gender and conflict-related data and project evidence collected by the project teams at the grassroots and sub-national level.
Review Saferworld’s Gender Analysis of Conflict Methodology to tailor to local contexts; lead the development of a process to integrate gender analysis into community security work.
Analyse security and justice legislation and policies from a gender perspective to advise programme activities and learning objectives.
Develop research, written documents, presentations and other materials to facilitate Saferworld’s work on gender, peace, justice and security.
2. Enhance gender analysis and responsiveness within the Myanmar programme
Support project teams to integrate gender into programming and work with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Coordinator to generate and maintain gender and age disaggregated data in project implementation and MEL.
Provide regular review of project and strategic documents (reports, action plans and communication/advocacy products) from a gender mainstreaming perspective and advise team accordingly on adaptations needed.
Lead in the delivery of gender-focused internal skill-building within the team.
Assist in activity design and writing proposals to support gender-responsive programming in all phases of the project cycle.
3. Build and maintain relations and partnerships
Cultivate strong relationships and partnerships with local and national civil society organisations and international organisations to enhance the impact of our work on safety, justice and gender
Represent Saferworld in working groups or forums exploring innovative approaches to gender, women’s representation and leadership in conflict prevention in Myanmar; participate in stakeholder and donor meetings
Contribute to decision-making about strategic partnerships
4. Mentorship on gender, including for CSO partners, peer organisations, and authorities
Design and deliver learning sessions for Saferworld staff and project participants, including at local and sub-national levels on gender and conflict, masculinities, gender justice, gender responsive programming, or other requested gender-related topics.
Support the uptake of Saferworld’s safeguarding policy for staff and partners
Experience, Skills and Qualifications
A graduate degree in international relations, conflict/peace studies, gender studies or a similar discipline, OR equivalent professional experience
Significant experience working on gender policy work, research and programming, and a network of contacts in this sector
A minimum of 5 years’ demonstrable work experience on gender or women’s rights programming at a community level – preferably in contexts of conflict prevention, security and justice and/or peacebuilding
Knowledge and understanding of current debates regarding women, peace and security in Myanmar
Experience of advising on and/or implementing programmes on gender mainstreaming and/or gender transformation, preferably related to conflict-affected or fragile contexts
Experience in conducting high quality participatory research and analysis on issues related to conflict, security, justice, gender, human rights and/or governance; knowledge of relevant research methodologies is desirable
Experience working in conflict-affected or mixed governance areas in south east Myanmar is desirable
Experience of working in complex and politically-sensitive contexts, and excellent political judgement
Experience in facilitation, training and mentorship is desirable
Experience developing collaborative, trusted relationships with civil society organisations
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