Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with c15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We're changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.

Contract length: Full time, one year contract with possibility of renewal

The role

Reporting to the Senior Gender Advisor/Head of Thematic Quality in Toronto and Regional Program Director in Nairobi, this position will support several ongoing and upcoming projects, which may include both livelihoods (with focus on women and youth) and maternal, newborn and child health projects in Ethiopia, Egypt, Uganda, Malawi, Burkina Faso and Tanzania. The role will be based at the Save the Children East and Southern African Regional Office in Nairobi.

For the Gender Advisor position, responsibilities will include ensuring gender mainstreaming throughout project evaluations and results based management frameworks; developing, strengthening and supporting comprehensive and tangible gender equality strategies and action plans; and facilitating gender capacity building for field teams via training and/or tool development. Ongoing responsibilities include high quality technical support, both remotely and via travel to work with field teams across thematic and country contexts.

Additionally, the post-holder will support the Senior Technical Advisor and Regional Program Development and Quality team on gender equality work as required, with duties including but not limited to supporting the design of new programs, facilitating gender audits and the ongoing development of gender tools, research, and trainings. Further, the post-holder will lead a regional gender equality community of practice, and support the development of regional gender strategies and action plans.

Qualifications and experience

  • Master degree in International Development / Relations, Women and Gender Studies or related field, or equivalent training/experience
  • 6 - 9 years' field work experience implementing, managing, and/or providing technical assistance to programs in developing countries, including with focus on gender mainstreaming/gender focused programs; focus on child and youth programming desirable
  • Knowledge of gender equality principles and practices
  • Experience with gender-sensitive child rights programming in areas including Health, Education, Child Protection and Livelihoods
  • Experience working in a range of African contexts and countries
  • Experience in gender advocacy or policy work; prior experience with the African Union, Regional Economic Communities, or other regional or national mechanisms to advance gender equality is an asset
  • Successful proposal development track record; prior experience with Canadian government-funded projects and knowledge of Global Affairs Canada or The MasterCard Foundation policies and procedures an asset; knowledge of Results-Based Management (RBM) approach
  • Demonstrated thought leadership expertise such as contributions to academic journals, books, articles; speaking engagements, leading conference presentations and panels


  • Is a strategic big picture thinker, with the ability to engage at detailed project level
  • Is innovative, develops new ideas, and demonstrates adaptability
  • Ability to synthesize and develop high-quality knowledge products from diverse data sources including programmatic materials and tools; outstanding gender analysis skills
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills to develop strong working relationships across cultural and organizational boundaries with internal and external stakeholders, and managing through influence
  • Superior English communication and writing skills; proficiency in other languages considered an asset
  • Comfortable working independently with little supervision, as well as with receiving and accounting for direction and engaging as part of a dynamic team
  • Valid passport and ability and comfort to travel to national and international locations multiple times per year, potentially including fragile states.


  • Demonstrate strong commitment to Save the Children's Mission, Vision and Values. Previous experience with child rights programming is an asset.
  • Adhere to Child Safeguarding policies & procedures
  • Subject to police background check: vulnerable sector screening
  • Computer literacy including Internet, Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

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  • Organization: Save the Children
  • Location: Nairobi
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Gender Mainstreaming
    • Gender Mainstreaming
    • Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2016-03-23

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