Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development, and food security to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil societies. ACDI/VOCA has approximately 50 projects in 30 countries and total revenues of approximately $174 million.
We are seeking a D.C.-based Director of Gender & Inclusive Market Systems. As part of the Equity and Inclusion Unit in the Technical Learning and Application Division, this person will ensure technical quality of ACDI/VOCA’s work related to gender equity, female empowerment and the inclusion of other marginalized groups in programs and proposals (gender and social inclusion). The Director will provide technical guidance for promoting the active and quality participation of women and other marginalized groups, addressing human rights and child labor concerns, and facilitating private sector partnerships in the development of inclusive market systems. They will also provide guidance to other technical areas – such as nutrition, finance, and climate smart agriculture – on how to apply gender integration, female empowerment and social inclusion principles into their sectors. This person will support gender integration, female empowerment and social inclusion in the design of proposals and throughout the project cycle.
Primary activities include but are not limited to: share technical learning and coach others to be leaders in the technical area; keep current with literature and other advances in the field and relevant professional organizations; coordinate with other departments as necessary to increase technical skills of field and headquarters staff by collaborating on trainings and/or information resources; deliver or oversee the delivery of specific technical assistance as STTA to projects or Task Orders under guidance from Senior Director of Gender and Social Inclusion; identify and qualify new business opportunities with minimal guidance from Senior Director to achieve new business goals; act as technical writer, contributor, and/or reviewer on gender-related components of proposals and/or oversee gender consultants; identify and meet with other organizations/donors on possible new funding activities and/or partnerships related to gender, inclusive market systems, and other relevant technical topics; respond to proposal questions from the donor related to gender and other activities as appropriate; demonstrate a professional-level mastery of technical specialty to provide credible leadership in areas of responsibility; lead and participate in the online Gender Community of Practice and the headquarters Gender Working Group; and develop and disseminate practices, processes, procedures, products, resources and tools related to gender and social inclusion, training, analysis, and other related areas.
In addition, this position will be responsible for organizing and/or facilitating continued dialogue, collaboration, and knowledge-sharing among HQ staff and field staff working directly on gender and market systems in projects. They will also be involved with working groups with participants from TLA and Project Management around relevant technical topics. This person will actively seek out opportunities to share technical knowledge, and solicit feedback from other groups and suggest effective ways to work together. The Director will identify venues for external dissemination of ACDI/VOCA’s learning and serve as principal contact with other agencies and individuals working on gender and market systems issues and foster good working relationships that maximize visibility and learning. Additionally, this person will participate in and present at international, domestic and local meetings, workshops and conferences.
Minimum Qualifications include a Master’s degree in international development, gender studies, behavioral economics, agronomy, sociology, or other related field required (additional years of experience may be considered in lieu of advanced degree). Minimum of seven years’ experience, including overseas work, in international development or related field required. Demonstrated experience and technical knowledge in gender and development, particularly related to food security, agricultural value chains/market systems, and nutrition-sensitive agriculture. Experience with research methods and conducting field based assessments required. Experience conducting gender analysis/assessment and gender trainings for US and overseas audiences required Strong interpersonal and team skills, with ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Excellent analytical and technical skills and expertise with the ability to work independently. Highly effective communication. Fluency in English required. Additional fluency in French and/or Spanish language is strongly desired. The ability and willingness to travel internationally is required.
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