Gender Specialist

Job Title

Gender Specialist


Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)



Partner Organization


Placement Location

Capital city

Mid-sized town: Mbarara

Rural town/village: Isingiro


Comments: SNV Uganda under the TIDE project works with local partners and one of them is Uganda Crane Creameries Cooperative Union (UCCCU) in the south western part of the country. The offices of the union are in Mbarara. UCCCU is an umbrella of 140 primary dairy cooperatives. The volunteer with be hosted by UCCCU to work with various cooperatives that have been clustered.


12 months / 1 year

Start Date

May 2018

Pre-Departure Training Dates

Held once a month

Eligibility Requirements

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language Requirements





Note: Translator needed for community meetings. Office language is English.

Academic Qualifications

University degree in international / rural development, gender studies, social sciences or related field

Cooperative governance and management and/or Animal production Agribusiness

Professional Background/Skills


  • Knowledge of rural development and sustainable livelihood strategies
  • Knowledge of gender issues and integration strategies
  • Effective cross-cultural communication skills
  • Commitment to the principles of volunteer cooperation and familiarity with participatory approaches to development, including the promotion of gender equality, good governance and environmental sustainability


  • Experience conducting gender analysis in a developing country context
  • Previous international work / volunteer experience in Uganda or other developing country

Placement Goal and Objectives (Preliminary)

Overall Goal: Improve on the livelihoods of dairy farmers within The Inclusive Dairy Enterprise (TIDE) project area by supporting UCCCU in improving the position of women in dairy farming households.

Objectives: Strengthen the position of women in dairy households in the project area by working with the gender officer of UCCCU:

  • Identify social and cultural barriers to effective women participation in dairy farm management, and develop approaches and proposals to overcome those.
  • Design and implement pilot approaches supporting women participation in dairy household management.
  • Develop culturally sensitive approaches to making joint household management and succession planning possible to discuss within dairy communities.

Potential Objectives:

  • To work with UCCCU/SNV staff to prepare a Gender Equality Action Plan for the V4H2 project that will guide the GE priorities for future incoming Canadian volunteers

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

Volunteer Terms and Conditions

VWB covers the majority of the costs of being an overseas volunteer, including:

  • Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course in Ottawa
  • Return airfare to placement country and visa/permit costs
  • The cost of required vaccinations, anti-malarial medication and overseas emergency travel health insurance
  • A monthly living allowance (MLA) will be paid into the volunteer’s bank account in Canada. The MLA is designed to cover simple housing, basic food requirements and other typical monthly living expenses.


VWB/VSF asks each volunteer to raise $2,000 to contribute towards the overall project total costs.

How to Apply

If interested, please send your resume and a covering letter which clearly indicate the position you are applying for, and how your qualifications meet the requirements of this posting. Resume and cover letters can be sent to: Allyson Fradella at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you need more information, please contact Volunteer Program Manager Kristen Rodrigues at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Veterinarians Without Borders

In the global south, more than 90 per cent of food animals are raised by subsistence farmers yet these 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 who provide important protein and/or income for poor 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-Canada) works for, and with, communities in need to foster the health of animals, people and the environments that sustain us. VWB/VSF-Canada works nationally and internationally to train animal health workers, increase food security, and improve animal & public health. VWB/VSF-Canada provides overseas volunteer placements for veterinarians and other animal & public health professionals.

About the Project: Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)

For ten years, Veterinarians without Borders has been sending Canadian Veterinarians and Vet students to poor communities around the world to help increase the knowledge and skills of small-scale farmers to keep their cows, chickens, goats, pigs, guinea fowl and other livestock healthy, well-fed and housed securely.   Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2), a project funded through the Volunteer-Cooperation Program of Global Affairs Canada, will allow VWB/VSF to substantially increase the number of Canadian volunteers it is able to send overseas.  Over the next two years (2018 to 2020), over 50 Canadian volunteers will work with local organizations and community partners in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Lao PDR, and Vietnam to help create integrated animal health systems that will help to strengthen the livelihoods and household nutrition of small scale farmers who raise livestock.  We will be looking to recruit professors of veterinary medicine, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal and human nutritionists, laboratory experts, rural development specialists, food safety specialists, horticulturalists, community health workers, gender specialists and other professionals that respond to the specific needs identified by our local partners.


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