We are Hiring! Gender officer

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Kenyan Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA) is the national membership representative body and voice of conservancies in Kenya. Our role is to support and catalyse the conservancy movement by connecting, informing, convening and representing conservancies and other key stakeholders in a shared effort to make wildlife conservancies thrive in Kenya.

KWCA seeks to recruit a highly motivated, analytical and skilled gender officer to join our team based in Nairobi with frequent field travel. The Gender Officer will report to the Chief Executive Officer and serve as the KWCA gender focal point, coordinating the implementation of the organisations gender strategy and associated projects.


About the role


The main focus of the Gender Officer will be to lead on the delivery of the USAID Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable Environment (RISE) project that addresses Gender Based Violence (GBV) and aims to ensure more equitable access to and control of natural resources in conservancies in Kenya by advancing equitable norms. The 16 month project is implemented through a consortium comprising of Fauna & Flora International (FFI), CARE International in Kenya and the Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW).

The Gender Officer will provide project management, technical and strategic support to guide the project to achieve its outcomes including implementing or coordinating the implementation of project activities, project monitoring, learning and reporting, budget oversight and ensuring program quality. This will involve coordinating and leading the project steering group and ensuring that appropriate technical approaches and linkages are identified and strengthened and the intervention methodology responds to the goals and objectives of the project.

S/he will also be responsible for positioning KWCA as a convener and collaborator for matters gender in conservancies. S/he will act as a gender and GBV resource for conservancy staff and members, developing gender tools and guidance and sharing expertise and knowledge as appropriate.


Tasks and responsibilities

  • Lead and coordinate the implementation of KWCA’s gender strategy and efforts to promote gender equality and GBV prevention internally and across its members.
  • Contribute to the development of KWCA’s annual work plan, ensuring alignment of the gender equality results with program approach and achievement of annual target gender related indicators.
  • Coordinate the National Women Conservancies Forum as a platform for empowering women to participate in conservancy leadership and to influence outcomes across KWCA regional associations and conservancies.
  • Provide support to enhance the institutional capacity of KWCA to integrate Gender Equality in its programmes and activities.
  • Coordinate the implementation of RISE project activities including but not limited to the following:
    • Review set project gender equality outcomes and results against indicator targets to strengthen project reporting, planning, implementation and decision making.
    • Coordinate and participate in monthly project steering group meetings and other partner meetings to monitor the projects progress, adapt activities accordingly and draw out and share learnings.
    • Conduct a participatory gender audit of KWCA.
    • Review and update KWCA’s gender strategy to integrate GBV and findings from the gender audit and other gender related analysis.
    • Support the facilitation of gender trainings for staff and board, including discussions on power and gender norms.
    • Take lead in documentation of lessons learnt and best practices on  gender and support in the development of gender related tools and communication.
    • Guide and support the development and implementation of a KWCA safeguarding policy for all staff and related personnel.
    • Support in conducting project monitoring, learning and reporting, and ensure that reporting is timely and meets the evidence and communication needs of the project.
  • Support in fundraising efforts to enable KWCA to upscale and develop further gender and GBV focused projects.
  • Forge strategic partnerships and represent KWCA in relevant meetings, networks and platforms to learn and share best practices.
  • Any other appropriate duties assigned by the supervisor


Required Qualifications and Experience

  • A University Degree in Gender, Development Studies, Environmental/Conservation studies or other relevant social sciences. A gender focused and Masters University degree preferred.
  • At least five years’ relevant practical experience in gender and, preferably GBV Programming .
  • Experience of training and other capacity building approaches.
  • Awareness and sensitivity regarding gender issues including gender and power norms.
  • Knowledge and experience in community approaches to transforming social norms
  • Experience of managing and reporting international donor funded projects.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Kenya’s conservancies desirable.


Required Skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills: Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and a  team player.
  • Strong facilitation skills: Ability to facilitate sensitive gender related discussions with peers and community members.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to interact effectively with a geographically dispersed multicultural team.
  • Good report writing, analytical and proposal writing skills
  • Good organisational, communication and management skills.


How to apply


Applications including a cover letter, a detailed CV, should be sent to [email protected] by Friday 5th February 2021.  Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.  KWCA is an equal opportunity employer.


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