CARE is a leading humanitarian and development organization dedicated
to fighting poverty and social injustice with a special emphasis on
human rights, gender equality and women and girls. One of CARE’s
flagship gender-transformative programs is the “Pathways to Empowerment”
program, a $15,000,000, 60-month grant with the overall goal of
increasing poor women smallholder farmers’ productivity and empowerment
in more equitable agriculture systems at scale. It is being implemented
in six diverse countries – Malawi, Tanzania, Mali, Ghana, India, and
Bangladesh. The program builds on and is inspired by the vital roles
that women play around the world in smallholder agriculture, meeting the
food and nutrition needs of their household and contributing to
economic development. This integrated program combines the themes of
women’s empowerment, systems change, value chain development, and
sustainable agriculture, with a strong research and learning component.
The program follows three mutually enforcing objectives:
- Increase the productivity and empowerment of 150,000 poor women farmers in sustainable and equitable agricultural systems
- Enhance the scale of high-quality, women- responsive agriculture programming
- Influence debates and policy dialogue on women and agriculture at local, national and global levels
Pathways activity programming follows CARE’s women’s empowerment.
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framework, which looks for interventions to strengthen women’s agency;
create gender-equitable structures (including norms); and improve equity
in relationships. Working with men and boys is a critical lever of
change, and it represents a relatively new area of programming for CARE
and in development in general.
The vision of the Pathways program is one of empowered women farmers who
have the resources, capacities, and enabling the environment to achieve
secure and resilient livelihoods and sustainable futures for their
households, themselves and communities.
CARE is seeking to hire a Technical Advisor, Gender and Livelihoods who
will work under the mentorship of the Pathways Program Team Leader, and
the Director of Agriculture and Market Systems.
- Pathway Technical Assistance. The immediate responsibility will be to provide direct technical assistance and guidance to the Pathways to Empowerment
program (see: carepathwaystoempowerment.org), which is currently in a
phase of reflection, consolidation and dissemination of project
findings, and scale-up of successful models.
- The TA for Gender and Livelihoods will contribute to essential
research and scoping activities that are required for developing a Phase
2 proposal. This includes stakeholder mapping of gender and social
movements and government partners; identification of institutional
partners for sustainability of the gender components; articulation of
gender-related policy and advocacy goals; and critical reflection of the
land-rights approach and other key approaches.
- S/he will work with Pathways teams to harmonize and document Men
Engage and male champion strategies and approaches across the countries
and to revise and update gender-related training materials and
guidelines for gender dialogues, the Farmer Field and Business School,
and gender Progress Marker monitoring approaches.
- S/he will work with aggregation of gender Progress Marker monitoring
data and consolidating global reports on gender behavior change across
- S/he will support Pathways teams’ capacities to disseminate tools
and approaches and share expertise on gender-transformative programs
within other country programs and regional strategies
- S/he will also support the Pathways teams with synthesizing
research, capturing best practices and lessons from Pathways and
developing Phase 2 proposals.
Support to other Food and Nutrition Security programs.
- Provide direct technical assistance and guidance to CARE's Food for
Peace (FFP) programs and other strategically-important Country, Regional
and Global long-term projects and programs that contribute to the Food
and Nutritional Security of CARE’s identified impact groups.
- Provide gender expertise, guidance, and technical support to ensure
CARE's gender-transformative principles and practices are reflected and
practiced in new and ongoing FNS programs. Support the development of
tools, systems, processes and approaches that continuously improve
technical excellence and impact in the area of transformative approaches
to gender and women's empowerment.
- Mentor and backstop gender advisors in other CARE country offices,
through co-facilitation of trainings and sharing of tools and best
Research, learning, and communications:
- Contribute to the research, learning and advocacy themes prioritized
by the Agriculture and Market Systems Unit and FNS unit through the
projects and programs s/he supports as well as from his/her own research
experience and knowledge and learning.
- Support resource mobilization efforts to advance the programs
objectives and CARE's work in the area of Food and Nutrition Security.
- Master’s in International Development, Women's/gender studies, Anthropology, Sociology, or a related field;
- 5 -7 years’ experience in international development and gender
programming, with sectoral experience in food security and agriculture;
- Demonstrated experience conducting gender analyses, gender audits,
social analysis, gender-mainstreaming exercises, formative research, and
other social science research with a lens on social inclusion and
analysis of power relations;
- Experience facilitating participatory trainings and workshops on
gender discrimination and women’s empowerment (or other social justice
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse teams and
effectively communicate new or sensitive topics and support colleagues
to integrate gender into their work;
- Demonstrated ability to design and adapt program approaches that
promote gender transformative programming and support women's
empowerment in diverse cultural contexts;
- Constructive engagement of men and boys, or synchronized gender strategies;
- Experience with gender integration within agriculture, economic
development and food security programming; land rights, gender and
assets; gender and nutrition;
- Excellent verbal and written English skills, particularly written
communications for donors, general readers, as well academic audiences;
- Demonstrated familiarity with participatory, qualitative, and
quantitative research and M&E approaches; good knowledge of current
gender measurement debates and feminist research;
- Excellent research skills and research portfolio; ability to
synthesize rich multi-methods data, pose prescient research questions;
and contribute to multidisciplinary research and learning agenda on
gender and agriculture.
Location and travel:
Preferably based in Atlanta, with approximately 35% travel.