Gender and Energy Networking and Knowledge Consultant, Global and sub-Saharan Africa Focus

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    May 13

Position description

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) helps find pragmatic solutions to the world’s most pressing environment and development challenges. With a strong gender policy that mandates a gender-responsive approach to all programmes and projects Union-wide and throughout partnerships, IUCN is a unique example of a technical environmental institution that champions women’s empowerment and advancing gender equality as intrinsic to meeting its goals. The Global Programme on Governance and Rights (GPGR) contributes toward IUCN’s vision and mission through innovative approaches, technical support, policy development and capacity building to Government and non-Government members, IUCN programmes and offices, and to a wide range of partners around the world relating to gender equality, indigenous peoples and conservation, natural resource governance, and human rights.

A Consultant on Gender and Energy Network and Knowledge will be an essential part of delivering IUCN’s work developing and promoting knowledge on gender and energy linkages, particularly in the African energy sector. The Consultant will provide key support to IUCN’s partnership with USAID on Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT), particularly supporting networks and communities of practice relating to gender and energy issues.

This opportunity provides in-depth, hands-on work to support and grow gender and energy networks (both global and at the regional sub-Saharan level) and assist in the development and publication of knowledge products that advance the case for gender equality and women’s empowerment in the energy sector.

The Consultant reports to an IUCN Senior Gender Programme Manager. The Consultant will also work closely with IUCN technical and programme specialists and advisors, project managers, the communications officer and financial/administrative support staff. With core team members and key partners in multiple time zones, effective and efficient internal communications skills are as important as external communications.

The primary working languages of the office are English and Spanish. French capacity is desirable for fulfilling this contract.

Key Responsibilities And Deliverables

  • Generate and disseminate knowledgeSupport network facilitation of Women in African Power (WiAP)
  • Promote communications and messaging to support Women in African Power
  • Facilitate knowledge and communications products and platforms to support women’s career development in the African energy sector


  • Experience and strong interest in gender and environment issues, with a special focus on the African energy sector and renewable energy
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills; strong copy-editing skills, with meticulous attention to detail
  • A minimum of 3 years of previous experience in communications, marketing, and/or public relations, with evidence of strong writing and editing skills and studies or work in gender and energy issues
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required; Master’s degree in a relevant field, such as gender studies or international development, strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to consider 'big picture' items and prioritize their strategic delivery
  • Knowledge of and practical experience related to approaches for effective communications at an international scale, especially with respect to developing and implementing communications strategies and products toward diverse audiences

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