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Senior Gender and DRG Specialist Job in Nairobi Kenya

Vacancy Announcement: Senior Gender and DRG Specialist

Since 1972, the USAID East Africa Regional Mission in Nairobi has served as one of USAID’s regional
platforms in the field. 

USAID East Africa carries out three mandates: managing multi-country and cross-border programs that respond to regional challenges; administering USAID’s programs in Djibouti, Somalia, Burundi and the Central African Republic; and providing essential services to USAID missions. 

Working together with governments in the region and our implementing partners, USAID helps to improve the quality of life for the people of eastern and central Africa.
USAID/East Africa (EA) seeks a Senior Gender and Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG) Specialist who will be responsible for providing leadership and direction to promote gender based programming within USAID/EA. 

The incumbent will be responsible for promoting the Agency goals described in USAID’s Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy. 

He/she will provide guidance to ensure program planning and designs address gender equality, female empowerment, youth issues and related human rights issues.
 He/she will develop innovative strategies to raise awareness and support training needs for program managers to skillfully mainstream gender equality, female empowerment, and associated youth and human rights concerns throughout the development portfolio. 

He/she will lead monitoring, evaluation and reporting in these areas for the Mission. 

He/she will also be required to make presentations to internal and external audiences to promote Agency policies and communicate with various internal and external audiences. 

The Specialist is part of the Program Development and Implementation Office and will report directly to the Supervisory Program Officer.
This position is open to U.S. Citizens currently residing in Kenya only.
Qualifications Required:
  • A Master’s degree in social science, development studies, or political science with a strong academic background in gender studies, democracy and human rights issues preferred.
  • A minimum of seven years of demonstrated successful experience in international development, international relations, or a related field is required.
  • The applicant must read, write and speak fluent English; French ability highly desired.
  • Knowledge of development conditions in Africa, including host country policies and priorities, and of African communities and societies as evidenced by at least five years of relevant experience concerning development program implementation in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Experience in gender aspects of international development, coupled with the ability to train others in areas of gender integration and program monitoring.
  • Professional expertise in development fields including; human rights, youth, economic growth, agriculture and trade, environment, education and training, global health, democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance and/or conflict.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate complex development issues, including gender-related aspects of development across sectors. Highly developed analytical skills required.
  • Ability and openness to work with a wide range of beneficiary groups, including members of the LGBT community.
  • Expertise in MS software applications needed to maintain and present the data (i.e., Excel, Access and PowerPoint) is required; experience with more advanced research, database and graphic applications is highly desired.
  • Willingness to travel regionally is a must.
Qualified applicants may submit their applications to 

All attachments should be sent to 

The deadline for applications is January 11, 2013.

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