Gender Specialist

Save the Children , Sierra Leone
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Job Summary

Job Description


The Gender Equality Advisor is responsible for providing technical support to GAC funded Child early and forced marriage and adolescent pregnancy project to address in the Western Area and Kailahun of Sierra Leone; The position would be responsible for ensuring the integration of a strong gender equality approach into the planning, implementation, and monitoring of all activities, and for ensuring the appropriate links between gender equality issues/approaches, and the relevant protection issues that each project aims to address, such as child early forced marriage (CEFM), adolescent pregnancy, harmful traditional practices (HTP), sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), and so on. This may include ensuring gender mainstreaming throughout the project's implementation & MEAL frameworks, strengthening and supporting gender equality strategies and facilitating gender equality capacity strengthening for field teams through a range of approaches. The post holder will provide technical support to both projects remotely and via travel to work with field teams.


  • Bachelor's Degree in any of the Social Sciences related to the field of study and a postgraduate degree or diploma will be an added advantage



  • Five or more years of experience in programming related to gender equality, women's empowerment, gender based violence, or a related field in a humanitarian or development context.
  • Minimum three (3) years of experience in a gender technical or management/coordination role.
  • Proficiency in computer e.g. MS Word, MS Power Point and Excel
  • Demonstrated understanding of underlying factors related to gender equality, patriarchy, and women's empowerment; how these impact on the experiences of men, women, boys, and girls in Sierra Leone; and how to adapt programming (in all sectors) to address these factors.
  • Demonstrated experience with programming to address such gender/protection issues as gender based violence, harmful traditional practices, child/early/forced marriage, and related issues
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, including excellent internal consultation and liaison skills; facilitation and coaching skills
  • Understanding of and commitment to principles of the relevant international conventions and national laws, policies, and strategies related to gender equality and women's empowerment.
  • Excellent analytical and creative abilities; ability to read and synthesize new information, research and evidence; and to use it to adapt current programming or design new programming.
  • Ability to contribute gender-transformative elements to other proposals and concept notes.
  • Ability to train staff, partners, and other stakeholders in basic concepts pertaining to gender equality and gender based violence, using reflective and interactive approaches.
  • Commitment to Save the Children's values and Child Safeguarding / safe programming.
  • Experience of representation and ability to represent SC effectively in external technical forums, particularly with respect to gender equality and gender-based violence.
  • Experience working with local partners and helping them strengthen their technical capacity.
  • Experience working with government agencies in a professional and constructive manner.
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy.
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances


  • Experience working in child-focused programmes or programmes serving children and families, or engaging directly with children; and with a particular focus on child/early/forced marriage, adolescent pregnancy, sexual and gender based violence, and other harmful traditional practices.
  • Experience working in emergency working circumstance.
  • CONTRACT LENGTH: 12 Months

Closing Date: 22nd October, 2020

The Organization

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding Career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.


Applicants are advised that

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