Technical Advisor

CARE USA, Atlanta, United States

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
23rd November, 2016

Job Description

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:

  1. Increase the productivity and empowerment of 150,000 poor women farmers in sustainable and equitable agricultural systems
  2. Enhance the scale of high-quality, women- responsive agriculture programming
  3. 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:, 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
    the program;
  • 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.


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