Regional Gender Equality Technical Advisor – East and Southern Africa Regional Office


The Regional Gender Equality Technical Advisor for the East and Southern Africa regional office will guide the region’s implementation of Save the Children’s Global Gender Equality Policy, using their in-depth contextual understanding, technical and practical expertise, and relationship building skills to define and deliver our strategic ambition for advancing gender equality across the region.

They will provide timely, quality and demand-driven technical assistance to our 12 Country Offices in the region, including technical support to design and implementation of high-quality programmes to ensure our work is grounded on intersectional gender and power analysis, and advance gender equality to ensure that children, girls and boys can equitably access, participate within, benefit from and act as decision makers for both emergency and development programming.

The role supports regional advocacy and influencing and includes a focus on external representation on priority issues including child-centred gender and power analysis, girls’ empowerment, gender-based violence and other topics central to gender transformative child rights-based approaches across thematic areas. As well as driving strategic partnerships for new business development, and working closely with partners, especially women’s/girls’ rights and gender equality-focused organizations, in East and Southern Africa, supporting the on-going ownership and agency of local organisations.

It provides leadership and supports to the design and implementation of gender transformative monitoring and evaluation systems to demonstrate impact, while sharing learning across our programmes, teams and partners to support cross-regional and global learning.  This role will provide leadership for and nurture a Regional Gender Equality Community of Practice, as well as engage closely in global Gender Equality technical leaderships structures, ensuring cross-learning, coordination and alignment. The role will provide thought leadership and guide system strengthening, setting standards and driving technical excellence in close collaboration with in-country gender equality advisors, coordinators and/or focal persons.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

In order to be successful, you will bring/have:



Master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies or related degree with focus on gender equality in international development, social work, public health, sociology, anthropology or related area, or equivalent experience


At least 7 years’ experience (including field experience) providing technical leadership for the design and implementation of humanitarian and development programmes focused on advancing gender equality
Strong understanding of gender equality principles and practices, the gender equality sector, policy priorities and key gender inequalities impacting children in East and Southern Africa
Proven senior level experience leading diverse, complex initiatives and virtual teams to achieve agreed objectives; including demonstrated experience designing, implementing and reporting upon thematic/cross-cutting strategies and/or policies
Significant experience in gender equality training, capacity building and mentoring, and a demonstrated ability to make complex concepts compelling and accessible
Demonstrated knowledge and skills related to intersectional gender and power analysis, and to the design, piloting, implementation and evaluation of innovative technical tools and resource to advance gender equality
Track record in successful business development/fundraising, designing and pitching gender transformative approaches, models and programs
Demonstrated strong knowledge and skills related to gender sensitive and transformative program design, monitoring and evaluation, including designing pathways to sustainable impact at scale.
Experience of strategy development and planning to advance gender equality and social justice
Experience of context, capacity and policy analysis, grounded on intersectional gender and power analysis, and influencing and advocacy at regional/international level in order to hold duty bearers to account to advance gender equality and realise children’s rights.
Skilled at networking, representation and partnership development in order promote learning, strengthen civil society and mobilise resources.
Able to generate and use data and evidence to innovate, deliver, learn and share what works and what doesn’t work for transforming the root causes of harmful gender norms and promoting gender equality for and with children
Demonstrated thought leadership expertise such as contributions to academic journals, books, articles; speaking engagements, workshop facilitation, leading conference presentations and panels
Experience of promoting quality and impact through at least one cross-cutting area: resilience and climate change; adaptive and safer programming; child rights; disability; migration and displacement.
Experience of supporting humanitarian preparedness, response and recovery
Fluent in English and high level of English writing skills.
Contract duration: 2 year
Closing: 25 Jan 2023


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