Save the Children Canada is a member of Save the Children International, a federation that works in more than 120 countries worldwide delivering programs focused on health and nutrition, education, child protection, child poverty, humanitarian response, and child rights governance. As the world's leading independent organization for children, Save the Children’s vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development, and participation.
Position Title: Gender Equality Advisor Status (FT/PT/Contract): PT 
Department: International Programs Job Level Classification: V
Reporting to: Head of Thematic Quality Bargaining Unit (Y/N): Y
Location: Toronto (Flexible)  People Manager (Y*/N): N
Primary Job Purpose   Gender equality is a basic right for all people, including children. 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 Canada seeks to advance gender equality in all aspects of its work and across the organization, guided by Save the Children’s Gender Equality Policy. Reporting to the Head of Thematic Quality/Senior Gender Equality Advisor, within the International Programs Team, this position will support several ongoing and upcoming projects to ensure that their design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation capture and respond to the specific needs of girls and boys, challenge discriminatory gender norms and reduce gender-based barriers to the realisation of the rights of women and girls and of all children. Depending on the approved funding for 2018, this position can become a full time position with Save the Children Canada. Responsibilities will include gender equality mainstreaming throughout the program cycle for several ongoing and upcoming projects taking place across all contexts. This will include: projects baseline/endline reports; gender sensitive/transformative budgeting; activities and results based management frameworks; and the development of innovative gender-transformative approaches supporting projects’ gender equality strategies.  This position will be responsible for strengthening the capacity of Save the Children Canada staff, field teams and partners on gender equality, including the development of tools and facilitation of workshops. This will include: 1) assessing KAP (Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices) in relation to gender equality, and developing capacity strengthening plans and materials as per needs identified; 2) providing cross-sectoral technical support to project implementation, both remotely and via travel to work with field teams and local partners across all contexts; 3) quality assurance across the project cycle, including implementation of gender transformative approaches. The post-holder will work closely with the gender equality team in Canada to share learnings and good practices from the projects under their responsibility, and to support the design of new programs. The following represent accountabilities for this position.
1 Thematic Advisory and Technical Quality Assurance: Translate global thematic strategy into local objectives and initiatives Provide high quality technical assistance to program delivery teams, building a solid evidence base to the implementation of gender-transformative approaches Maintain line of sight on technical quality at the country level through effective relationships with Regional and Country offices, enabling timely provision of technical input and oversight In coordination with Awards Management team, review project deliverables and donor reports from a gender equality technical quality control perspective Contribute to the development, dissemination, and monitoring of program quality tools including supporting program evaluations from a gender equality perspective
2 Advocacy & Business Development: Support business development, leveraging technical expertise and project learnings from Save the Children projects to develop concept notes and proposals in partnership with Country Offices and Resource Development & Business Development teams Support execution of advocacy strategy to influence policy changes and resource mobilization, including producing high quality thought leadership materials and leading positioning activities such as representation at industry panels, presentations to donors, participation in external practitioner networks, and global Working Groups  
3 Program Learning & Innovation: Support Country Offices in the design, testing, and evaluation of innovations to advance quality gender-transformative programming Distill learnings and evidence generated into succinct and compelling programmatic guidance and thought leadership for internal and external consumption Monitor developments in the sector and field to develop and refine program models and identify new research opportunities Partner with the Communications team to develop and disseminate technical and project materials
4 Capacity Building: Assess KAP of Country Offices in relation to gender equality Support the development and implementation of capacity strengthening plans for Country Offices and local partners to design and implement quality gender-transformative programs Educate Country Offices on Canadian donor priorities, e.g. Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, providing advice on approaches and donor-specific language and terminology
  • 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
  • Successful proposal development track record, with prior experience with Canadian government-funded projects; knowledge of Global Affairs Canada policies and procedures; knowledge of Results-Based Management (RBM) approach
  • 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
  • Experience in working as a Gender Equality Advisor in humanitarian contexts is considered an asset as well as experience with monitoring and evaluation
  • Demonstrated thought leadership expertise such as contributions to academic journals, books, articles; speaking engagements, leading conference presentations and panels
  • Experience with gender equality in advocacy and professional communications considered an asset
Competencies, Skills and Behaviours
  • 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
  • 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; proficiency in French required; proficiency in Spanish/Arabic or 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
  • Ability to travel internationally, several weeks per year
  Other Requirements
  • 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
  • Valid passport and ability to travel to national and international locations on occasional basis
  • Computer literacy including Internet, Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)
  • 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
If you are interested in this position, please e-mail a letter of application and a resume by Friday, April 20th 2018 , to with Subject heading “Gender Equality Advisor”. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Save the Children welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process