• Technical Advisor in Gender, Youth & Social Dynamics (Consultant)

    Job Locations US-DC
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    Contract (STTA Consultant)
  • Overview

    Opportunity in Washington, DC

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through ZemiTek partnered with CAMRIS International, to recruit and hire a qualified individual for the following position:

     

    Title:  Technical Advisor in Gender, Youth & Social Dynamics (Consultant)

    United States Agency for International Development/Food for Peace/ Food Security Team/Technical, Learning & Planning Division

     

    Please note this is a 100 Day Consultant Position

     

    With more than 30 years’ experience providing information technology (IT) and management consulting services worldwide, Rosa Caldas, formed ZemiTek in 2007. Based in the Washington, DC metro area, ZemiTek delivers solutions to the federal government by supporting agencies such as USAID, US Patent and Trademark Office, US Department of Justice, US Department of Agriculture, and Department of Homeland Security, among others; and internationally to their missions in Africa, Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

     

    CAMRIS International is among the top 20 USAID contractors for the third year in a row. CAMRIS realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective programs and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, CAMRIS combines proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world.

     

    BACKGROUND 

    The USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) seeks to reduce hunger and malnutrition and assure that adequate, safe and nutritious food is available, accessible and well-utilized by all individuals at all times to support a healthy and productive life.  Working in both emergency and development settings, FFP each year on average provides more than $2 billion of food assistance, reaching 45-55 million program participants in approximately 50 countries.  Gender, age and social dynamics affect every element of FFP programming. 

    More information on FFP is available at http://www.usaid.gov/food-assistance.

     

    ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    The Technical Advisor in Gender, Youth & Social Dynamics, under the supervision of the Food Security Team Leader, will provide technical guidance in Africa to ensure that: (1) the gender, age and social dimensions of food insecurity are addressed adequately across the spectrum of FFP programming; (2)  “do-no-harm” measures are in place in each and every activity to mitigate risk and protection concerns; (3) women and men of all ages are engaged equitably in improving household and community food security; and, (4) the creativity, energy and commitment of young people is tapped in building a food secure future.  S/he will work closely with other gender/youth advisors as well as nutrition, agriculture, livelihood, water/sanitation and marketing technical advisors within FFP, and with other offices and bureaus within the Agency and in Missions. 

    Responsibilities

    DELIVERABLES AND ACTIVITIES

    The consultant will:

    1. Lead a collaborative assessment of the use of the Annual Results Report Gender Checklist, its impact on gender reporting in ARRs, and the incorporation of issues addressed in ARRs in follow-on year work plans.
      Deliverable: Concise written summary (4 to 7 pages) that includes assessment findings, suggestions to reinforce and extend the use of the ARR process to address social dynamics and the intersection of gender, age and other social factors effectively in programming, plus agreed-upon next steps forward.

    2. Manage the translation and production of infographics for use in Francophone Africa.
      Deliverable: Set of French infographics ready for use in FFP led consultations and workshops.

    3. Facilitate a 5-day gender/youth consultation in Burkina Faso in early December 2018 (with planning in November) for implementing partners of four new Food for Peace 5-year Development Food Security Activities (DFSA) in Niger and Burkina Faso.
      Deliverable: Gender consultation successfully completed and gender/youth core team established among staff of each new DFSA in Burkina Faso and Niger.

    4. Assist in preparing a team of facilitators to lead gender/youth consultations in future DFSAs (first prep activity scheduled for late November 2018).
      Deliverable: 3 to 4 potential future facilitators who understand the purpose of the gender & youth consultation, the flow and rationale of the design and the role of the facilitator, and are ready to lead specific sessions.

    5. Guide the identification of studies to be conducted during the Refine & Implement Year of new development activities in Burkina Faso and Niger, and provide input to the proposed scope of work of each study, ensuring sound study designs and attention to gender, age and social dynamics.
      Deliverable: All input to R&I process documented with summary of lessons learned to improve consideration of gender/youth factors in subsequent R&I Years. 

    6. Review emergency food security applications received for at least four African countries (specific countries to be determined). 
      Deliverable: Documentation of input provided to each emergency application reviewed with wrap-up summary on common issues/challenges to inform subsequent revision of the Annual Program Statement for Emergency Programming (APS).

    7. Adapt the gender consultation design for development programs to emergency settings, and test with FFP implementing partners in at least one region of Sub-Saharan Africa.
      Deliverable: Draft of Emergency Gender & Youth Consultation agenda and draft materials developed and ready for testing.

    8. Manage the gender and youth capstone activity with participating universities, ensuring that capstone research addresses FFP gender/youth priority issues.
      Deliverable: List of priority issues to frame capstone research to be supported by FFP.

    Qualifications

    QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

    The consultant must have:

    • Masters or PhD in a social science or other field that addresses the social dimensions of food security.
    • French fluency—spoken and written.
    • In-depth understanding of food security and the dynamics that shape women’s and youth participation in, and benefit from, food security programming in Africa;
    • Working knowledge of Food for Peace operations and programming at headquarters and within the field;
    • Knowledge of emerging evidence and best practices incorporating gender and youth dynamics into FFP programming across sectors in development and emergency settings in Africa;
    • Ability to facilitate gender and youth consultations in French with FFP Francophone implementing partners;
    • Ability to convey social science concepts and approaches to specialists and non-specialists orally and in writing in ways that foster commitment to and build capacity for gender/youth integration and the consideration of social structure and dynamics in food security programming.
    • Demonstrated understanding of quantitative, mixed method, and qualitative research—from formal research to community-led participatory learning and action—and the capacity to lead others in translating research findings into practical recommendations for programming;
    • Ability to lead collaborative assessments with various actors with different perspectives that result in shared conclusions and agreement on the way forward;
    • Strong writing, communication and interpersonal skills.

    This is an opportunity for employment or a contract, but we reserve the right to make no selection or award.

     

    ZemiTek and CAMRIS International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits.

     

    ZemiTek and CAMRIS International are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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