Senior Gender Specialist

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Development and Project Management, Social Sciences and Community
Addis Ababa 
Career Level:
Managerial Level (Manager, Supervisor, Director)
Employment Type:
Full time

Job Description


As a member of the Program Development & Quality (PDQ) Team, the Senior Gender/Specialist will lead efforts to ensure that the Save the Children Ethiopia Country Office designs and implements gender sensitive and gender transformative programs in humanitarian and development contexts.  S/he will specifically support several key projects to ensure gender transformative approaches are implemented, monitored, and evaluated.  S/he will lead a Gender Community of Practice (CoP) that will serve as the main vehicle to build learning and institutional capacity on gender. S/he will also contribute to program development to ensure the incorporation of gender sensitive and gender transformative approaches into program development. She will be responsible for undertaking through capacity assessments, develop systems and capacities at various levels to ensure the effective adaptation of Gender with SCI Ethiopia CO.  S/he will also represent the Ethiopia Country Office by participating in global Save the Children networks and in relevant meetings, in country and SCI’s global working groups, and conferences in Ethiopia. This will include building a strong professional network on behalf of the organization.


Reports to: Deputy Country Director, Program Development and Quality

Dimensions: Save the Children works in all 9 regions in Ethiopia with a current staff complement of approximately 1,500 staff and current expenditure of approximately $100 million in 2018. The country office

Staff directly reporting to this post: 2-3


Program Quality

  • Ensure the incorporation of gender transformative approaches into all programs of Save the Children in Ethiopia in all cycle of project management i.e. design through evaluation.
  • Ensure the effective application of SC’s Gender Equality Strategy across the work of SC in Ethiopia and take appropriate measures to ensure Gender Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Build capacity of staff involved in implementing gender transformative strategies and measures based on robust capacity self assessment.
  • Play significant role in generating and driving innovative ideas, approaches and ideas to improve program quality
  • Extract, document and disseminate high quality best practices and evidences around the implementation of Gender Equality Strategies/actions within and outside the Country Office.

KILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


  • Holds him/herself accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modeling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency

Lead and Support Organizational Gender Mainstreaming Processes

  • Work with Human Resources to rollout organizational policies on gender equality (gender equality, diversity, and anti-sexual harassment procedures) for staff and partners.
  • Hold regular meetings and trainings with to systematically build organizational capacity on gender transformative program design and implementation including sharing knowledge and facilitating capacity development opportunities
  • Develop an organizational gender mainstreaming capacity across the organization through training and technical support to gender focal points and staff at large
  • Revise and harmonize MEAL tools and methodologies (quality benchmarks, surveys, etc.) to include gender perspectives
  • Embed gender perspectives in assessment and evaluations, or preferably conduct standalone gender analysis for programs with lifespans over 3 years, to identify gender differential information for organizational learning and gender responsive programming
  • Work with communication department to include articles on gender issues in the organization’s publications, and ensure the gender sensitivity of contents including the use of language in written, verbal and visual in  communications and publications
  • Form a gender taskforce initially at the head office level composed of GSC, HR, MEAL, Comms’, Partnerships, CGS, CP, PDQ, CRG, and Advocacy & Research
  • Ensure the roll out of Gender transformation/mainstream actions by working with managers and staff responsible with implementation of programs.

Support Program Development Unit (PDU)

  • Serve as a resource person for the PDU and technical teams to ensure the inclusion of gender sensitive and transformative approaches into proposals
  • Work with the PDU and budget teams to ensure that adequate aggregate resources are available to effectively include gender strategies in programs and to support the Gender Community of Practice
  • Review project proposal/concept note to meet Save the Children’s (SC’s) Gender Equality Marker (GEM) essential quality standard for a gender sensitive, whenever possible, a gender transformative programming.

External Representation

  • Participate in relevant Save the Children global gender working groups and learning initiatives
  • Represent Save the Children externally within Ethiopia on gender-specific working groups, meetings, and workshops
  • Build and share internally a network of professional contacts with gender expertise including with SCI global and SC members Gender resources persons and working groups

Job Requirements



  • At least BA Degree, preferably Master’s degree in gender, development or related fields
  • Deep technical expertise in gender development programming particularly in education, health, nutrition, WASH, livelihoods, migration, and child protection programs


  • 8 years of relevant progressive experience in an international NGO or similar environment
  • Significant experience in providing expert advice for effective implementation of projects 
  • Significant Experience in planning and implementing work objectives


  • Deep understanding of gender considerations in Ethiopia
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong communications and proposal/report style writing skills in English and Amharic
  • Good knowledge and experience in Project Cycle Management
  • Good skill in emotional intelligence and continuous self-learning
  • Very good skill in communication, report writing, proposal development and facilitation
  • Ability to work effectively in a complex, fast-paced, matrixed, and multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to develop strong professional relationships and collaborations across functions, projects, and teams
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience with major donors such as USAID, , DFID, and EU preferred.
  • Willingness to travel to remote field locations including refugee camps
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches

How to Apply

The  Organization

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at


We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.
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