Technical Specialist

World Vision, Canada

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource Mobilization
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
24th May, 2019

Job Description

Job Description:

The Technical Specialist, Gender will provide technical leadership for World Vision Canada’s (WVC) work in Gender. The position will focus on expanding World Vision Canada’s programming in Gender and will play a critical role in developing, growing and supporting World Vision Canada’s capacity and expertise in gender mainstreaming and gender transformative programming, through strategically developing, strengthening and supporting comprehensive gender equality strategies and action plans within the grants portfolio; cultivation of donor relations and funding opportunities, showcasing impact of our gender equality work; and underpinning gender advocacy efforts and policy influence with a results based management framework. The position represents World Vision Canada internally and externally, working collaboratively with the other Programs & Policy technical specialists as well as other World Vision Canada departments and the larger World Vision partnership.

The Technical Specialist, Gender will be housed in the Resource Acquisition and Management (RAM) department, reporting to the Monitoring and Evaluation Team Lead and will have a matrix reporting relationship to the Sectoral Integration Lead in the International Programs (IP) Department. The Gender Specialist will work collaboratively with other Technical Specialists, and program staff within RAM; the International Programs Department (IP), Humanitarian Emergency Affairs Team (HEA); Advocacy and Policy Department and other colleagues at WVC. The Gender Technical Specialist will also interface with staff from the field teams. The position is based at World Vision Canada Mississauga Office with significant overseas travel.


  • Expand the scope and diversity of WVC’s resource base in Gender programming through technical support for resource acquisition and donor engagement, as well as providing technical and management oversight as appropriate.
  • Investigate and pursue opportunities to increase the extent and quality of WVC’s Gender programming in collaboration with field partners and WVC colleagues.
  • Draft concept papers and proposals in participatory process with field partners for presentation to donors.
  • Review resource acquisition opportunities for gender mainstreaming, including support for donor pre-positioning, grant proposal writing and review, and grant start-up and implementation.
  • Strengthen the capacity of all stakeholders, both in WVC and the field, in Gender transformative programming, through training, coaching and mentoring to support quality programing leading to measurable impact.
  • Ensure WVC funded programs and policy influence initiatives are aligned with WVI global Gender Equality technical standards as well as global best practices contributing to improved child wellbeing.
  • Provide technical support to programs in both emergency and development contexts to ensure gender mainstreaming. This support includes guidance on the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs, through ongoing correspondence with field partners, review of proposals and reports, and regular field visits.

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

  • The successful candidate should possess a Master’s degree in International Development / Relations, Women and Gender Studies or related field; or equivalent training/experience.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience developing, leading and managing complex, large scale Gender initiatives.
  • Experience in Gender programming in the international development context both in emergency as well as development contexts is key to this position.
  • Experience in policy influence and Gender policy development
  • Demonstrated ability to mobilize stakeholders into partnerships and alliances, lead and facilitate collaborative processes.
  • To be successful, candidates will have excellent facilitation and interpersonal skills, strong negotiation, diplomacy and leadership skills and commitment to teamwork.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in both English and French are highly desirable for this position.
  • Also required are analytical skills for synthesis of materials, evaluations, and preparation of presentations/articles for publication as well as experience in a PC environment and the MS Office suite of software.


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