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Consultant Career in Kenya - Gender and Agriculture

International Center for Research on Women

Gender and Agriculture Consultant
Founded in 1976, the International Center for Research on Women’s (ICRW) mission is to empower women, advance gender equality and fight poverty in the developing world. To accomplish this, ICRW works with partners to conduct empirical research, build capacity and advocate for evidence-based, practical ways to change policies and programs.
ICRW is a global research institute with headquarters in Washington, D.C., and regional offices in Nairobi, Kenya, and New Delhi, India. We also have project offices in Mumbai and Hyderabad.

ICRW is comprised of social scientists, economists, public health specialists and demographers, all of whom are experts in gender relations. We are thought leaders driven by a passion to alleviate poverty and rectify injustice in the world. And we believe that women and girls – in collaboration with men and boys – are essential to the solutions. We know that when their quality of life improves, families are healthier and economies are stronger.
ICRW is looking for a long-term consultant (6-8 months with option to extend) to provide technical and managerial support to ICRW’s portfolio of activities within the East Africa Regional Office (EARO) related to gender and agriculture.
ICRW will be scaling up its regional engagement in 2011 to develop a portfolio of applied research and programmatic activities requiring technical inputs by a consultant with significant program and research expertise in the area of gender and agriculture. These activities will include workshops, applied research, monitoring and evaluation. An initial focus will be on gender and agricultural value chains.
The Consultant will work closely with other ICRW EARO and Washington, DC staff and with ICRW partners, under the leadership of the Director of the Economic Development portfolio, in the development and implementation of ICRW’s EARO program. S/he will work to ensure that ICRW makes outstanding technical contributions to the overall goal and objectives of the economic development program.
Principle responsibilities and tasks include:
Undertake a mix of activities including but not limited to applied research, technical assistance and training such as:
·         Strategic and technical assistance to donors and partners on integrating gender into agricultural programs.
·         Proposal or RFP co-development with partners, donors and grantees.
·         Technical support to implement agricultural projects that effectively integrate women and benefit them as participants in the agricultural and rural development sector.
·         Represent ICRW externally in its work on gender and agriculture, including with donors, partners, and in conferences, events, and networks.
Build partnerships with quality institutions working in the field.
Participate in program planning and review activities.
Length of Engagement: 6 – 8 months
·         Masters degree or Ph.D. in a relevant discipline (Agricultural Economics, Economics, Natural Resource Management) with demonstrated relevant program experience.
·         Five to seven years’ experience providing technical assistance to and implementing community-based programming in Africa related to gender and agriculture.  Demonstrated applied research, program management, technical assistance, training, monitoring and evaluation, and teamwork skills required.
·         Proven expertise in the field of gender and agriculture demonstrated through work experience and program reports or publications.
·         Demonstrated strategic programming skills and ability to translate expertise into relevant programming, advisory and training activities.
·         Skills in developing and delivering short-term training programs
·         Research and monitoring and evaluation skills.
·         Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
·         Strong analytical capacity.
·         Demonstrated successful project and people management skills along with maturity, diplomacy, and independence to work effectively with ICRW staff and partners.
·         Demonstrated networking capacity to identify, build and maintain relationships with a range of institutions, including donors.
Interested individuals should submit a statement of interest, a CV and two writing samples to with “Gender & Ag Consultant” in the subject line.

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