Gender in Agriculture Partnership

Transforming agriculture to empower women and deliver food, nutrition and income security

Gender Specialist - CARE


*CARE encourages Bangladeshi nationals and international candidates to apply.

CARE Bangladesh seeks a Gender Specialist to support an upcoming, USAID-funded, project titled “Women’s Empowerment Activity”.

This effort aims to increase women’s leadership in their communities, enhance females’ collective and individual abilities to make decisions, and improve the target population’s access to income-generating activities - specifically in agriculture.  By providing women with more, and deeper, avenues to access non-traditionally-female domains of activity – such as participation in public discourse, financial management, and decision-making in farming and off-farm production – the project will help distribute the gender balance of power from hegemonic household and community actors (males, mothers-in-law) to rural, often poor, women – while acknowledging cultural norms and giving dominant stakeholders a space to voice potential concerns about greater female autonomy.

Gender-based inequalities all along the food production chain, “from farm to plate”, impede the equal attainment of food security for women and men, girls and boys. In order to contribute effectively to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, development programming will require increased attention to address gender inequalities as key drivers of hunger and poverty. CARE’s food security, livelihoods and nutrition program strategies take into account context-specific issues, including local gender constraints and assets. CARE emphasizes participatory methods of social change and works extensively with partner organizations to build local capacity and generate local leadership for change towards more gender-equitable systems, structures, and relationships.

The successful Gender Specialist candidate will demonstrate an understanding of gender-based inequalities, and will work to help project beneficiaries enjoy greater gender parity. S/he will pay special attention to the perspectives of dominant actors, namely males and mothers-in-law, and how their roles effect  women’s increased community leadership, improved decision-making, control over income, decision-making in agriculture, improved time use, and society’s increased acceptance of women’s empowerment.

Specific duties and responsibilities:

The Gender Specialist will play a key role in facilitating approaches that positively engage men and boys in contributing to gender-equitable behaviors, relationships, systems, and structures, specifically in the context of agriculture and livelihoods in rural Bangladesh. S/he will lead a gender analysis, to identify gender-based constraints and implement interventions that address these constraints and take advantage of opportunities to promote women’s empowerment in agriculture including interventions that increase women’s access to productive resources, and optimize their participation and benefits from agricultural value chains. S/he will provide direct technical guidance to the project and work closely with other project staff to develop and produce reports, contribute to the learning agenda, adjust programming in response to observed needs, challenges, or other issues. The Gender Specialist is responsible for developing and implementing plans to build capacity of staff, partners, and project beneficiaries in gender equity.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Minimum eight years’ experience of progressive professional experience in gender analysis and programming.
  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in gender studies, development, or a relative discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience working on projects promoting women’s empowerment.
  • Extensive field-based experience, preferably in Bangladesh.
  • Excellent communications skills in English (FSI level IV), both written and orally.
  • Knowledge of Bangla strongly preferred.

Apply here: CARE Careers

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