Gender Advisor - Africa Water Investment Programme

Deadline for applications is 27 May 2020.

The AIP-WACDEP-G sub-programme takes a gender-transformative approach to address a specific gender gap at the systemic level. Across Africa, planning, decision-making and institutional processes are not gender-transformative; they reflect the structurally embedded cultural norms, practices and gendered power relations.

The goal of the AIP-WACDEP-G is to ensure that the preparation, development, design, governance and management of ongoing and new climate resilient water infrastructure investments, institutions and job creation interventions strategically advance gender equality. The overall objective is to transform gender inequalities at scale by promoting gender-transformative planning, decision-making and institutional development for climate resilient water investments in Africa. The sub-programme is expected to be a ‘game changer’ across the water sector and beyond, addressing gender inequalities across Africa by taking a gender-transformative approach to development at the water and climate interface. The envisioned system-wide transformation will be achieved by influencing country-wide processes for water infrastructure investments in 18 countries and 5 river basins across Africa. The sub-programme will support and benefit 3.6 million people over the course of 6 years. Targeting to influence $1 billion of gender equal and climate resilient investments from public and private sources.


The Gender Advisor position requires a high level technical/professional expertise. Interested applicants are required to have the following qualifications and experiences:

  • Minimum qualification with Masters Degree in development studies, gender studies, social sciences, or related field.
  • An understanding of development issues including gender inequality and understanding of the institutional and policy environment around water security, climate resilience building and gender equality in the country and in the region
  • At least 10 years of experience in gender analysis, developing gender sensitive or gender transformative activities or plans. Desired but not required- ability/experience to develop trainings and experience with facilitating training/meetings/event).
  • At least four years of working experience in the region and/or in the country preferably in gender equality and social inclusion, women empowerment and gender mainstreaming areas
  • Experience working in the field of climate change, water and natural resources is an advantage
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills and very good organisational and task management skills, demonstrated team work skills and ability to work independently
  • Fluency in English language is a must, another regional language is an advantage.
  • Experience of collaborating and/or working with government institutions and agencies
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people, both independently and as part of a team

Location: Lusaka, Zambia with frequent travel to South Africa

Interested applicants should submit a one-page motivation letter which addresses GWPSA’s requirements stated above, curriculum vitae, and contact information of three professional referees who may be contacted if you are short-listed for the position. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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