Gender Equity and Social Inclusion/Youth Specialist, OtL, Nigeria
FHI 360
Maiduguri, Nigeria
1d ago

FHI 360 is a global development organization, with a rigorous, evidence-based approach to human development. Our team of professionals includes experts in health, nutrition, education, economic development, civil society, environment and research.

FHI 360 operates from over 60 offices with more than 4000 employees in the United States and around the world. Our commitment to partnerships at all levels and our multi-disciplinary approach allows us to have a lasting impact on the people, communities and countries we serve by improving the lives of millions of them.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Gender Equity and Social Inclusion / Youth (GESI / Y / Y) Specialist for an upcoming USAID-funded opportunity in Northeast Nigeria entitled the USAID / Northeast Nigeria Opportunities to Learn (OtL).

This position will be based in Northeast Nigeria and is contingent upon award.

Project Description :

The anticipated Northeast Nigeria OtL will improve foundational reading, writing, math, and social and emotional skills acquisition for children and youth, as well as increase retention and transition rates from primary to lower secondary in rural Northeast Nigeria.

Additionally, the anticipated five-year activity will support youth transition to the market place, and increase engagement with communities and families to support foundational skills practice outside of school as well as enrollment, attendance, and transitions in school.

ERA will emphasize the inclusion of marginalized groups such as out-of-school, marginalized, and disenfranchised children and youth, girls, and learners with disabilities.

Given the context of on-going spontaneous violent conflict for school-aged children and youth in Northeast Nigeria, the GESI / Y specialist will be able to devise effective programming for children and youth caught up in a cycle of violence, identify ways to insulate them from those factors that are specific to the Northeast Nigerian context, and work with the MEL Director to identify viable measurements and critical assessments to support those children and youth.

Job Description :

The GESI / Y Specialist will work closely with the Chief of Party and Technical Leads, as well as the Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning to ensure that principles of gender equality and social inclusion are integrated into all aspects of project design and implementation.

S / he will provide programmatic and technical support to the project team, government counterparts, and other stakeholders on effective integration of GESI / Y considerations, specifically emphasizing the equity and inclusion of marginalized groups such as indigenous children and youth, girls, and learners with disabilities.

S / he will work closely with project staff to ensure integration of GESI / Y elements in the M&E plan. The GESI / Y Specialist will also provide necessary guidance related to GESI / Y mainstreaming within the project’s internal operations and processes, including in recruitment and HR policies.

The GESI / Y specialist will have a strong grip on best positive youth development practices, and how to apply them to the Northeast Nigerian context.

Job Summary / Responsibilities

  • Provide GESI / Y technical guidance related to the project’s objectives to the CoP, Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, and other key technical staff.
  • Lead and / or collaborate with a headquarters-based GESI / Y Specialists as well as the Research and Evaluation team to conduct a GESI / Y analysis at the beginning of the project, leading to a project GESI / Y strategy.
  • Support the COP to oversee the integration of GESI / Y activities into the project work plan and M&E plan and adjust activities to be responsive to GESI / Y issues identified during the GESI / Y analysis.
  • Provide technical guidance across the various components of the project to ensure GESI / Y integration in project interventions and trainings.
  • Support the MEL Director to track and report against GESI / Y-related indicators and disaggregating data appropriately to analyze results within each project component (intermediate result).
  • In collaboration with the MEL Director, conduct annual GESI / Y assessments to measure progress and adjust and / or refine project activities.
  • In collaboration with a headquarters-based Gender / GESI / Y Specialist (if needed), mentor and train project staff, partners, and stakeholders, including Ministry of Education officials, on GESI / Y integration and mainstreaming issues, tools, policies, and practices as relate to project objectives.
  • Prepare and deliver training content on gender- and socially inclusive pedagogy and curricula as well as safe school methodologies to prevent and reduce school-related gender-based violence.
  • Support technical project staff to ensure that training materials and participant engagement are gender- and social inclusion-sensitive.
  • Provide technical support to education system stakeholders on the quality implementation of gender- and socially inclusive pedagogy and safe school methodologies.
  • Provide overarching GESI / Y technical support to project stakeholders,
  • Review and provide technical feedback on results and project reports required by funders to ensure quality and full compliance with donor GESI / Y policies and progress toward achieving GESI / Y integration in the project.
  • Develop tools, frameworks, and resources to enable better GESI / Y integration in the project.
  • Identify successful practices in the project that can be showcased in publications, communication materials, and conferences.
  • Prepare communications materials that highlight the project’s GESI / Y programming, successes, and lessons learned.
  • Required Qualifications

  • A Master's degree in the relevant subject area(s), preferably in gender, social work, education, international development, or community development required.
  • Five to eight years of experience designing, managing, and implementing activities to promote gender equality and social inclusion.
  • Strong understanding of issues related to gender equality in education, including gender- and socially inclusive pedagogy and safe learning environments, and disability inclusion required.
  • Experience ensuring GESI / Y integration in project design, implementation and M&E required.
  • Experience developing and delivering GESI / Y-themed content in training and education materials as well as GESI / Y-focused assessments, training, and organizational capacity-building preferred.
  • Experience in the field of education, and knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and menstrual hygiene management with target population and age-group preferred.
  • Ability to navigate politically sensitive subjects and maintain constructive relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and transmit her / his vision to partners and colleagues.
  • Ability to influence, motivate, and collaborate with others.
  • Experience in the education sector in Northeast Nigeria or the region strongly preferred.
  • Fluency in English required.
  • We offer competitive compensation and a package of exceptional benefits. Please visit the FHI 360 Career Center at for a list of all open positions.

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