The Gender Integration Specialist provides technical expertise and strategic program development and management assistance for cross-cutting gender initiatives under the USAID Ingobyi Activity in Rwanda. This will include, but not be limited to, the prevention of and response to sexual and gender-based violence (GBV). S/he will work collaboratively with the project team to incorporate gender considerations into the program design, implementation, and M&E and learning plans, following USAID and national standard guidelines, to improve the quality and use of health services. S/he will develop and integrate gender interventions and tools into project activities, implementing them across all technical areas of the program including MNCH and Malaria, and will advocate for the widespread adoption of gender-related best practices. The Gender Integration Specialist will report to the Deputy Chief of Party/Technical Director. Consults routinely with HQ-based Senior Team Leader for Gender Equality and Health.
- Oversee the analysis and integration of gender considerations into project workplans and collaborative learning and adapting (CLA) activities across Maternal Health, Neonatal and Child Health, and Malaria (MNCH/M) technical areas.
- Design, conduct and analyze the results of a gender assessment of various aspects of the program, including providers, clients, network partners, in areas such as: access to MNCH/M services, training needs and opportunities and reporting.
- Develop a set of recommendations based on the results of the gender analysis that explores ways to address the health needs of both males and females.
- Identify gender indicators and analyze data to document improvements in gender integration across all project interventions.
- Review and/or adapt provider clinical training curricula and materials to ensure integration of gender analysis recommendations, and to ensure female participation on an equal level with males.
- Review and adapt training materials related to GBV, and guide or provide GBV training and follow up for master trainers.
- Review and/or adapt supportive supervision and other quality assurance tools and job aids to ensure that gender considerations are incorporated.
- Ensure that gender-related project activities have clear, measurable indicators that are included in the project monitoring and evaluation plan.
- Identify and manage project needs for external STTA on gender from IntraHealth International headquarters, or learning opportunities with other programs locally and in the region.
- Contribute to regular reporting and documentation of best practices in gender integration for the project.
- A Master’s degree in Gender Studies, Public Health or related field.
- A minimum of 8 years of experience working in the field/s of RMNCH/M with a specific focus on gender related issues.
- Significant knowledge of the Rwandan health context at all levels, including gender equality issues related to health services.
- Experience providing technical advice and capacity building in programs targeting women and youth.
- Experience interpreting qualitative and quantitative data to inform effective programming.
- Experience as a trainer with a strong track record of implementing training and mentoring strategies and programs.
- Experience working with international organizations and donors in the health sector.
- Experience with gender and youth analysis and integration.
- Capacity to design and manage results-oriented programs and to bring conceptual innovations in the technical support provided as an expert.
- EstabliS/hed capacity to work as a team with various technical, clinical and administrative personnel.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
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