Vets Without Borders has an open Gender Specialist position at SEND Ghana based in Tamale.Download Job Overview
Job Title: Gender Specialist
Partner Organization: SEND Ghana
Duration: 6 months
Start Date: As soon as possible
Pre-departure Training: VWB/VSF will provide training orientation.
Eligibility: Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
Language: English (essential)
Academic Requirements: University degree in sociology/social science with specialization in gender studies.
Fundraising: VWB/VSF encourages each volunteer to raise funds towards the organization’s operations.
Volunteer Terms & Conditions
VWB/VSF covers most of the costs of being an overseas volunteer, including:
- Return airfare to placement country
- Visa/permit costs
- The cost of required vaccinations, anti-malarial medication, and overseas emergency travel health insurance
- A monthly living allowance (MLA) that will be paid into the volunteer’s bank account in Canada. The MLA is designed to be sufficient to cover simple housing, basic food requirements, and other typical monthly living expenses.
Veterinarians Without Borders/Vétérinaires sans Frontière is an equal opportunity employer and values the diversity of our team.
We are committed to inclusive and equitable employment practices and strive to create a workplace that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion. VWB/VSF Canada welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, including members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, women, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.
Please let us know if you require an accommodation and we will work with you to ensure an equitable hiring process. Thank you for your interest in VWB/VSF Canada.
The primary purpose of the Gender Specialist volunteer position is to assist in planning and implementing gender-responsive interventions in line with desired outcomes of the VETS project.
- Train country partners, Gender Model Families, and community groups on gender awareness and sensitivity
- Assist in developing and implementing leadership training for rural commercial women association leaders and other community groups within the area
- Assist to facilitate gender equality dialogue sessions related to women’s economic empowerment and leadership roles
All volunteers are expected to promote gender equality, environmental sustainability, and good governance within their placement responsibilities.
- A strong understanding of and commitment to women’s rights, with demonstrated ability to utilize gender and feminist approaches in the design, monitoring, learning, and evaluation of programs
- Experience in gender equity promotion and women’s economic empowerment using innovative gender mainstreaming approaches.
- Knowledge and experience in conducting gender assessments and gender action plans in developing country contexts
- Strong communication skills and ability to communicate across cultures
- Previous experience in conducting gender assessments and audits
- Experience in applying participatory methods and tools, including the promotion of gender equality, good governance, and environmental sustainability
- Understanding and knowledge of socio-cultural norms in Northern Ghana and ability to speak at least one widely spoken language in Ghana
- 1-3 years of relevant experience in program management in an international development/humanitarian context.
About the Project: VETS
Volunteers Engaged in Gender Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS), funded through the Volunteer Cooperation Program at Global Affairs Canada, will engage 190 volunteers to work with local partner organizations in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
Volunteers will help create integrated animal health systems to increase the livelihoods and household nutrition of small-scale farmers. The VETS program utilizes the skills of volunteers to build local partner capacity to support community members, primarily women, to reduce poverty. Through improved production of livestock and crops, volunteers help improve family income and nutrition.
The VETS program is built around the One Health concept, which recognizes that the health of people, animals, and the natural environment are interconnected. This project promotes the production of more and better food and increased incomes from livestock, all the while promoting land rehabilitation and conservation for sustainable development.
About Veterinarians Without Borders
In the global south, more than 90 percent of food animals are raised by subsistence farmers. However, small-scale livestock producers, the majority of whom are women, have very limited access to quality and affordable animal health services.
Aside from the risks associated with the loss of valuable livestock that provides important protein and/or income for low-income households, zoonotic diseases that can be passed from animals to humans offer a very real threat to human health on a wider scale.
Veterinarians Without Borders/Vétérinaires sans frontières (VWB/VSF) works for and with communities in need to foster the health of animals, people, and the environments that sustain us. VWB/VSF works nationally and internationally to train animal health workers, increase food security, and improve animal and public health.
VWB/VSF provides overseas volunteer placements for veterinarians and other animal and public health professionals.