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Gender Equality & GBVTechnical Specialist – Somalia/Somaliland

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Title: Gender Equality & GBV Technical Specialist – SomaliNational/International

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 15,000 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.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.

Gender Equality & GBVTechnical Specialist

Somalia Country Office

TEAM/PROGRAMME:Program Development & Quality Department – technical unit LOCATION: 
GRADE:  TBC (Competitive Package) POST TYPE: National/International
Child Safeguarding: Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

Save the Children has been working in Somalia for more than 60 years. The Country Office has over 500 staff across 13 field offices (Boroma, Burao and Hargeisa in Somaliland; Bosasso, Garowe, Galkayo and Gardo in Puntland; Beletweyne, Adaado, Abudwak, Baidoa, Kismayo, and Mogadishu in South States of Somalia). In 2019, we reached more than 2.7 million people through our humanitarian and longer term development work in Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Education, Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Child Protection and Child Rights Governance. The Country Office has a large and diverse funding portfolio – managing 73 active awards totalling US$230 million from a range of governmental/institutional donors, including DFID, GPE, EU, OFDA, USAID, NORAD and DANIDA being some of our largest.


Reports to: Deputy Director for Program Development & Quality

Background:Save the Children believes that it is critical to directly address gender-based discrimination and promote gender equality in order to ensure no harm comes to children, and to advance our vision for a world where every child attains their equal right to survival, protection, development and participation. Save the Children recognizes that gender inequalities create major barriers for sustainable development, and works to ensure all its programs identify and account for the different needs, abilities and opportunities of all stakeholders. Save the Children further strives to utilize gender-transformative approaches whenever possible, supporting meaningful and lasting impacts in the lives of children and adolescents. Save the Children  seeks to advance gender equality in all aspects of its work and across the organization, guided by Save the Children’s Gender Equality Policy.

Role purpose: Working closely with a team of technical advisors and program officers/managers within the program operations team, this position will support the design and implementation of gender-sensitive and gender-transformative development and humanitarian projects in order to ensure the successful delivery of quality programs that respond to the specific needs of girls, boys, men and women, and to  mitigateSGBV across the programme cycle. S/he will support the integration of a gender equality lens in Save the Children’s advocacy and campaign efforts; work with the Business Development team to develop gender transformative programs for donors; lead capacity strengthening efforts on gender equality with Country Office staff, as well as local partners; and support initiatives to collect, measure and report on program learnings and innovation on gender transformative approaches; and support the Senior Management Team in advancing gender equality efforts in our organisational culture.

Staff directly reporting to this post: None


Strategy & Program Development:

  • Support the organization in the implementation of Save the Children’s Gender Equality Policy to advance gender equality in how we program, advocate, partner and organize, and translate global thematic strategy into local objectives and initiatives
  • Collaborate globally with peers and participate in relevant Global Initiative working groups, such as the global Gender Equality Working Group and Gender Equality and Humanitarian Technical Working Groupsub-working group,  to achieve thematic outcomes and drive breakthroughs

·         Lead Country Office Gender Analysis and Self-Assessment exercises and the subsequent development and follow up of gender equality action plans. Where possible, engage in inter-agency gender analysis to avoid duplication;

·         Support the Country Office in the development of ambitious yet practical strategic plans, annual plans, priorities and milestones for gender, and collaborate closely with other thematic technical leads i.e. child protection, education, health & nutrition, and Food security & livelihoods, to provide gender sensitive lens to sector specific strategic plans and priorities

·         In collaboration with the Program Development team, provide high quality technical inputs into the design of gender sensitive and transformative project proposals and concept notes for a range of donors

·         Input into and review all internal humanitarian response strategies, sectoral plans, emergency preparedness and contingency plans ensuring integration of Gender and GBV (inc.PSEA) considerations;

Thematic Advisory and Technical Quality Assurance: 

·         Provide high quality and timely technical guidance and assistance to diverse teams across the Somalia Country Office

·         Provide directions and trainings to program/project teams and partners involved in delivering projects focusing on appropriate approaches and methodologies; conceptual and practical frameworks; standards and tools for effective and quality delivery of gender equality programmes.

  • Support the development, implementation and evaluation of capacity strengthening plans with Country Offices and local partners to design and implement quality gender-transformative programs and to translate our Gender Equality Policy into practice, including facilitating high quality trainings via workshops, webinars, etc.

·         Work closely with the Area-level monitoring teams and project teams to undertake joint monitoring visits to project sites, ensuring projects are implemented in line with Quality Benchmarks and global standards and protocols, and support M&E and operations teams in the identification and implementation of action plans.

  • In coordination with Awards Management team, review project deliverables and donor reports from a gender equality technical quality control perspective 

·         Support integration of GBV response within Child Protection and Health sectors: including providing oversight and quality control for relevant training to be cascaded by deployable staff to Child Protection (on Caring for Child Survivors of Sexual Abuse) and Health (on Clinical Management of Rape), and advocating for necessary resources (to ensure quality control for survivor-centred and best interest of the child approaches and practices for the implementation of CMR and Case Management

Advocacy &Representation

  • In collaboration with the Advocacy & Campaigns team, support the design and execution of advocacy strategy to influence policy changes, including producing high quality thought leadership materials
  • Leading positioning activities on gender, such as representation at industry panels, participation in external practitioner events and networks, and internal regional/global Working Groups

·         Work with the field teams and Partnerships team in the identification of new partners and relationship building with existing partnerships with civil society and consortium partners, using SC partnership approaches

·         Support sector-specific colleagues to identify and advocate in clusters and other forums to address gaps related to gender equality and GBV;

·         Proactively seek and share information on donor priorities and funding opportunities linking to Country and Area strategies on gender, and support donor engagement and relationship building as needed

Evidence, Learning & Innovation:

  • Participate in periodic technical project and programme review meetings and thematic community of practice workshops to internally review progress, challenges, best practices, lessons learnt etc on gender equality
  • Work closely with the Research & Evaluations team to provide technical inputs and guidance on knowledge gaps/needs, study conceptualisation, tool development, report review, the translation of recommendations and findings into actions
  • Distil learnings and evidence generated into succinct and compelling programmatic guidance and thought leadership for internal and external consumptionto inform project design, implementation and advocacy
  • Support Country Offices in the design, testing and evaluation of innovations to advance quality gender-transformative programming and building a solid evidence base for the implementation of gender-transformative approaches

People Management and Coordination 

·         Work closely with programme quality and operations team in a matrix management environment for development and implementation of high quality projects

·         Provide coaching, mentoring and constructive feedback for learning and development and capacity building of relevant staff

·         Support the development of an organisational culture that reflects our full spectrum programming, promotes accountability and high performance, encourages a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation, and frees up our people to deliver outstanding results for children


  • Master degree in Gender and Women’s Studies, International Development/Relations 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 with a focus on gender equality; focus on child and youth programming desirable
  • Proven experience with gender-transformative child rights programming in areas of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Livelihoods, Maternal, Newborn and Child Heath, and/or Education
  • Commitment to and understanding of gender equality, child rights, GBV Guiding Principles, the aims and principles of SC, and humanitarian standards such as the Sphere Charter and the IASC GBV Guidelines;
  • Experience in working as a Gender Equality Advisor in humanitarian contexts is desirable
  • Demonstrated thought leadership expertise such as contributions to academic journals, books, articles; speaking engagements, workshop facilitation, leading conference presentations and panels is an asset


  • Is a strategic big picture thinker, with the ability to engage at detailed project level 
  • Ability to synthesize and develop high-quality knowledge products from diverse data sources including programmatic materials and tools
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills to develop strong working relationships across cultural and organizational boundaries with internal and external stakeholders, and managing through influence
  • Strong and demonstrated capacity strengthening skills
  • Superior English communication and writing skills
  • Comfortable working independently with little supervision, as well as with receiving and accounting for direction and engaging as part of a dynamic team


  • Holds oneself accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency

Because Save the Children’s work is based on deeply held values and principles, it is essential that our commitment to children’s rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and

assign the best qualified talent.

Interested and qualified applicants can view the profile and apply for this position through thebelow URLs:-


Closing Date will be 28th March 2020


Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents

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