Regional Gender Advisor

Aga Khan Foundation, Kyrgyzstan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st August, 2020

Job Description

The position

AKF is seeking an experienced Regional Gender Advisor to provide technical expertise, leadership and guidance for the Foundations for Health and Empowerment (F4HE) in Asia, a new partnership programme co-funded by Global Affairs Canada and Aga Khan Foundation. The programme has four components: Foundations for Health (F4H), Foundations for Children (F4C), Advancing Gender Equality through Civil Society (AGECS) and Advancing Canadian Champions for Development (ACCD). The Regional Gender Advisor will provide support to F4H, F4C and AGECS components.

The F4HE Regional Gender Advisor will be based in one of the F4HE countries in Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan). The post will report to AKF’s Global Advisor for Civil Society and Gender. The position will include regional travel of up to 40% per year to project countries.

  • Project Background
  • F4HE will be active in five countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic) and will improve the health and well-being of women, girls, their families and their communities. Taking a lifecycle approach, from early childhood through adolescence to adulthood, the project will strengthen the foundations for equitable development and empowerment. The project will work at the intersection of systems for health care, early childhood development, women’s empowerment, and gender equality.
  • Foundations for Health (F4H) in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Kyrgyz Republic will improve maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, sexual and reproductive health services, as well as address increases in non-communicable diseases by strengthening health systems that respond to the double burden of disease in project geographies. By focusing on a broad range of sexual and reproductive health and rights issues, as well as non-communicable diseases such as cervical and breast cancer, mental health and malnutrition, all with a focus on women and adolescent girls, the project will mitigate inter-generational cycles of poor health outcomes.
  • Foundations for Children (F4C) will give girls and boys ages 0-6 the developmental foundations needed to succeed in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan. F4C aims to improve the social, cognitive and emotional well-being of children and lay the foundation for a generation of girls and boys who value and benefit from gender equality. This component will adopt the Nurturing Care for Early Childhood Development framework that focuses on helping children to thrive to transform health and human potential.
  • Advancing Gender Equality through Civil Society (AGECS) will cover Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyz Republic and will promote gender equality through targeted and transformative programming delivered by AKDN and local gender equality and women’s organisation partners. It will strengthen the capacity of civil society, including post-secondary institutions, to deliver this programming, become more gender responsive and share learning and best practices on how to advance gender equality.

The requirements


  • The Regional Gender Advisor will ensure integration of gender equality in all aspects of F4HE programme planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and learning. The Regional Gender Advisor will achieve this through providing technical inputs, technical oversight and capacity building. The Regional Gender Advisor will support all relevant F4HE project staff and all implementing partners, to ensure the programme meets or exceeds the intended impact on gender equality and responds to donor and AKF requirements.
  • The Regional Gender Advisor will work closely with the F4HE grant and finance Managers, members of AKF’s Global Programme Team, partnerships staff, and members of other AKDN implementing agencies in each of the F4HE countries, ensuring that all deliverables meet the standards and expectations of Global Affairs Canada.

Required Qualifications and Experience


  • Advanced university degree in international development, social sciences especially gender studies, and/or other relevant disciplines. Additional educational background in health/early childhood development is an asset.


  • Minimum of ten years of experience in sectoral gender equality and gender transformative programming and implementation in governance, civil society, health, and early childhood development programmes (including significant experience in capacity building on gender mainstreaming);
  • Knowledge of gender equality issues and effective interventions, particularly in relation to health, early childhood development, civil society and women’s rights organisations;
  • At least five years’ field experience in developing countries, preferable in Central or South Asia.
  • Specialised experience on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the regional context and demonstrated experience designing, implementing, and/or reporting gender analysis for development programmes;
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate multi-country and/or multi-agency teams and assignments in a collaborative manner, remotely across digital platforms;
  • Experience conducting qualitative and/or quantitative research and knowledge of research methods, gender sensitive and ethical approaches;
  • Demonstrated capacity to respect and safeguard vulnerable populations;
  • Be able to travel to F4HE countries.


  • Ability to work well in teams and particularly teams that span across multiple geographies.
  • Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge through training, capacity building and mentoring.
  • Capacity to work independently, take initiative and manage a variety of activities simultaneously while meeting strict reporting deadlines and keeping colleagues and senior managers well informed.
  • Ability to facilitate collaborative and participatory processes with partners and stakeholders.
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal and problem-solving skills in a cross-cultural context.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English; ability to work in local languages relevant to the countries of project implementation is an asse.


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