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We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: 
Gender and Woman Economic Empowerment Officer

Location: Abuja; however, incumbent will be required to make frequent travels within Nigeria and particularly to the Northern part of Nigeria

Project Overview and Role

  • Propcom Mai-karfi is a six year DFID programme aimed at increasing incomes for the poor in northern Nigeria through enhanced employment opportunities for increased employment and improved productivity in selected agricultural market systems in Northern Nigeria
  • It now has a three-year extension 2018-2021 to work in a reduced number of states from mid 2018:

    • Tier 1 (Borno, Adamawa and Yobe);
    • Tier 2 (Gombe, Taraba and Bauchi) and
    • Partnership states (Kaduna, Kano and Jigawa).


  • To contribute to and enhance the integration of gender and women economic empowerment across the Propcom Mai-karfi programme
  • This will include the embedding of the Propcom Mai-karfis gender and Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) strategy and framework within all its interventions ensuring the constant identification of gender and WEE implications and issues as well as the use of best practice within markets and, increasingly, its geo-political activities especially in the NE of Nigeria and in the three DFID Partner states.

The Gender and WEE Officer will be required to use a variety of gender technical, leadership and management skills, along with desk and field-based research and activities to do the following:

  • Guide and monitor the Propcom team in mainstreaming gender and WEE to ensure accountability across the whole programme for the gender and WEE deliverables.  This will include support to the Tier Leads and his/her teams and Results Measurement teams to develop their gender analysis capacities through specific formal training and on the job mentoring in the field or office.
  • Provide gender and WEE support to intervention plans for work in existing markets, to the selection of new markets, and to the design of interventions in these new markets. This will involve the following tasks:
  • Review the key programme documents (Technical proposal, Business Case, etc) to understand and improve the gender strategy proposed and to support the Tier Leads and Market Managers to operationalise that strategy in their daily work.
  • Assess current interventions in various markets, and in collaboration with Market Managers, gather and analyse gender data and conduct gender targeted surveys, focus groups and assessment (where necessary) to provide advice to Tier Leads and Market Managers on appropriate approaches that enhance gender impact.
  • Assist with developing and implementing interventions in selected new markets.
  • Work in collaboration with the Recovery Coordinator, the Tier Leads and Market Managers by providing gender and WEE support to the selection of other new markets and to the design of interventions in these new markets.
  • Link Tier Leads and Market Managers with Good/Best Practices in mainstreaming gender and WEE in economic development/market development programmes within Nigeria/Africa, and other relevant global case studies.
  • Provide expert and technical support/advice to Tier Leads and Market Managers on identifying specific markets that target women in northern Nigeria.
  • Provide expert and technical support and regular reviews to the Propcom Mai-karfi senior management team on the operationalisation of the programmes gender strategy.
  • Work with the Tier Leads and his/her teams and the Results Measurement teams on the design of survey tools aimed at ensuring maximum gender impact across all interventions.
  • Liaise with the Results Measurement team on the development of tools and indicators aimed at monitoring and evaluating the impacts of implemented gender strategies within all programme interventions and recommend any new strategies based on findings
  • With the Recovery Coordinator NE and represent Propcom Mai-karfi?s gender-related work to external audiences, such as DFID, other donors, INGOs and the wider M4P and WEE communities.
  • Network with government and non-government organisations in Nigeria to learn and exchange information about women economic empowerment and to coordinate with other important activities.
  • Work with the project communications team members to develop materials that promote Propcom Mai-karfis gender-related interventions and that disseminate its learning as widely as possible across a diverse set of media channels.
  • Provide relevant gender input to the programmes business plans, annual work plans and annual reports.

The Gender and WEE Officer should have:

  • An Advanced Degree (Master’s or Doctoral Degree) in the field of Social Sciences, Gender, Agricultural Sciences, Food Security or a related field of study or an equivalent combination of studies and experience;
  • 5-7 years experience in economic market development, private sector and management in sub Saharan Africa;
  • Minimum 5 years experience in women participation and women empowerment programming, (within agricultural market systems would be a distinctive advantage);
  • Demonstrated experience with gender integration/mainstreaming in agriculture/market development projects (preferred) or across a variety of sectors, gender mainstreaming at a relatively senior level within an institutional context is preferred;
  • Experience working directly with women and women groups in northern Nigeria is preferred – experience with promoting the inclusion of women and working with or developing women managed or owned businesses within the private sector in Northern Nigeria would be advantageous.
  • Previous project implementation and management within an M4P programme would be advantageous.
  • Detailed and non-stereotypical understanding of the culture and practices within northern Nigeria with emphasis on the gender dynamics is essential
  • Ability to communicate in and understand Hausa is essential
  • Ability to communicate in one other major language of the north (Fulbe, Kanuri, etc) would be an advantage

Application Closing Date
26th March, 2018.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:

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