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Volunteer Position - Gender Specialist | GAPNET, Ghana

Vets Without Borders has an open Gender Specialist position at Ghana Poultry Network (GAPNET) based in Accra. 

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Job Details

Job Title: Gender Specialist

Country: Ghana

Location: Accra

Partner Organization: GAPNET

Duration: 6 - 12 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.

Volunteer Application: Gender Specialist, GAPNET, Ghana

Our Commitment 

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.
 
 

Overall Goal

The primary purpose of the Gender Specialist volunteer position is to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in the VETS project by ensuring gender mainstreaming in all project activities.

Objectives

  • Build the capacity of staff and partners on gender equality and women’s rights
  • Work with GAPNET staff to include gender analysis and lens in all project activities
  • Support project team to set gender-responsive objectives, and to monitor and report on gender outcomes
  • Integrate gender analysis and propose additional or alternative measures of gender-responsive outcomes and impact for all MEL work supported by the contract
  • Support the documentation of successful activities and methodologies for gender integration

All volunteers are expected to promote gender equality, environmental sustainability, and good governance within their placement responsibilities.

Skills

Essential

  • 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

Desirable

  • Background in livestock sector commercial poultry production and health and knowledge in rural poultry
  • Experience working as a volunteer with a local or international organization
  • Knowledge of Ghanaian livestock sector is an added advantage

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.

Learn More About The VETS Project

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.

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