Group Strengthening and Gender Specialist at Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)

VSO is the world's leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our highimpact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Group Strengthening and Gender SpecialistResponsibilitiesThe volunteer will have a range of tasks and activities: Develop strategy, participate in team discussions for group strengthening of farmer collectives.Take a lead in implementing the strategy for farmer collective strengtheningProvide guidance and support to the project partner and its staff members in assessing the context and needs of female farmers and farmer collectivesContribute to the development of relations with farmer collectives and other partners and work towards their strengthening and organise dialogue among diverse project stakeholdersStrengthening the competence – of farmer collectives and other partners to assist in the design and delivery of training and other support activitiesSupport project partners and staff members/coordinators to ensure the participation of marginalised groups  women, young people and the people with disabilities and engage them to participate in the dialogue and advocacyHelp develop appropriate advocacy strategies - in co-operation with partners and the teamMonitor and analyse the official and non-governmental debates on issues relevant to the projectServe as the program resource for gender-based questions and engage with stakeholders’ gender issues being addressed by the projectAdvise partner VSO and partner staff on ways to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality through program interventions, and advise on how to tailor each intervention to ensure that women are able to attend and participate fully;Key Performance IndicatorThe Key performance indicators of this placement are that:Target beneficiaries are able to sustain their livelihoods and the livelihoods of their families. This includes managing their own businesses, supply their produce to the markets and are always able to meet the market demands by having adequate produce for identified markets.Below includes number indicators:Number of beneficiaries who have increased produce for the markets as a result of agriculture extension support and trainings received.Number of beneficiaries who have increased their income and have businesses as a result of training and support received.Number of beneficiaries able to reach the market demands through supplies of their produce.Number of beneficiaries supported/reached.Number of female participants in IMA4P Project capacity building interventions designed to increase access to productive economic resources (assets, credit, income or employment);CompetenciesBuilding and Sustaining working relationships:The social skills to build and actively maintain working relationships that foster teamwork and collaboration with others for the benefit of a common goal.Open Minded and Respectful:A non-judgemental approach that values other people and culture.Seeking and Sharing Knowledge:Recognition that learning is a two-way and continuous process.Facilitating Positive Change:The ability to analyse problems and develop lasting solutions in line with VSO approaches.Adaptability:A flexible approach and the ability to adapt behaviour to different situations.Resilience:The self-confidence to work with a variety of situations, diverse people and ambiguity. 

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