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Gender Advisor

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USAID Clean Power Asia Program, Bangkok Based

Abt Associates, a global leader in technical assistance, program implementation and international development, seeks qualified individuals to fulfill the position of GENDER ADVISOR for the USAID Clean Power Asia program, reporting to the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP).  This position is based in Bangkok, Thailand and will work closely with the entire USAID Clean Power Asia team, necessitating varied office hours and occasional regional travel. While there are no nationality requirements for applicants, it should be noted that neither allowances nor relocation will be considered or offered to the successful candidate. Applicants must be able to begin work on-site within three weeks of acceptance. Anticipated start date is January 2018.

 

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Clean Power Asia program is a                   multi-year U.S. government-funded initiative that supports governments and the private sector in the Lower Mekong countries of Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Vietnam to scale up investment in grid-connected renewable energy (RE). The Program provides assistance and expertise in energy planning and effective policy, regulatory, and technical environment for low-emissions growth in the power sector, while simultaneously attracting public- and private-sector investment in RE development.

 

Background

Southeast Asia has experienced dynamic development, but its growth is hampered by gender inequalities across all dimensions of life, including access to energy resources. While USAID Clean Power Asia does not have a standalone gender component or gender-specific funding, the program will address gender equality and inclusion in all activities. USAID Clean Power Asia will seek to collaborate with existing networks and organizations for greater impact with limited resources. The target countries, and the broader ASEAN region, are home to associations and organizations targeting both women and energy (though rarely both) and donor funding has allowed for significant inroads to be made in the promotion of gender equality in the energy sector. USAID Clean Power Asia will engage programs and organizations that remain active in these areas.

 

USAID Clean Power Asia will contribute to a reduction in gender disparities in access to, control over and benefits from reliable and affordable grid-connected power sources, while increasing the capability of women to realize their rights and influence over energy sources for power generation. There are multiple objectives that could be served through USAID Clean Power Asia’s work, including increasing women’s participation in the energy field; increasing the understanding of impacts on women/gender issues within the renewable energy (RE) value chain and the incremental impacts of accelerated grid RE investment on women/gender issues; and developing capacity and raising awareness of gender issues in RE while increasing access and creating opportunities for women to influence decision-making.

 

To date, the program (through a subcontractor) has conducted significant gender-related assessments across the Lower Mekong countries, resulting in several publications, which form a foundation for designing gender interventions. These include a White Paper assessing gender equality in the renewable energy sector of the Lower Mekong countries; a Gender Mainstreaming Strategy, designed to ensure program staff are continually examining the work of the program through a gender lens and that gender focused activities are meaningfully integrated into core technical programming; and initial research into the development of a gender champions program, modeled on similar successful approaches by previous USAID programs.  These initial studies provide a fairly comprehensive picture of both the challenges and opportunities faced by the program to promote greater gender equality in the RE sector. With this in mind, the Gender Advisor will play a key role in helping program management and staff determine (and implement):

  • Which approaches can be both implemented and institutionalized, thus providing the greatest return on investment of time/resources over a limited implementation period.
  • How best to engage, partner with, and leverage resources and expertise from organizations, individuals, and institutions (public, private, and non-profit; national, regional and international) leading efforts in this area and where USAID Clean Power Asia’s resources can have the biggest impact.
  • How to ensure gender is integrated into all program components, and how to balance leadership and support to technical staff whose primary focus is not gender and who may be applying gender equality principles to technical/energy work for the first time.
  • Which activities have the biggest potential for lasting impact, and are most likely to be replicated and scaled by others in the region.

 

Overall Responsibilities of the Gender Advisor

  • Balance the need to both lead and advise on gender issues, specifically to technical staff with less experience in this area, while increasing his/her own understanding of RE issues in the region and engaging directly with staff and counterparts in implementation.
  • Work in close coordination with the project team, under the direct supervision and guidance of the Deputy Chief of Party, lead activities related to gender analysis and share lessons learned with the broader Lower Mekong and ASEAN communities.
  • Collaborate regularly with the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor to systematically measure and evaluate impacts of gender programming.
  • Continue to monitor and assess gender issues and gender equality in the renewable energy sectors in Lower Mekong countries to further the body of knowledge available in this area.
  • Make recommendations for promoting gender equality and gender responsiveness in the renewable energy sector, and lead the adoption of those methods by the USAID Clean Power Asia technical team.

 

Position Specific Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the DCOP, the Gender Advisor will lead overall activities related to gender, a cross-cutting activity and a USAID Smart Development Screen, that must be integrated and coordinated among three technical teams and four countries, along with multiple partners and subcontractors. Overall, the Gender Advisor will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring the program’s Gender Mainstreaming Strategy is incorporated into all technical/workplan activities, providing guidance and training as needed to technical staff in implementation, and ensuring that relevant gender principles, policies and regulations are applied consistently throughout the project cycle.
  • Ensuring the program is supporting, and to the degree possible, enabling, the equitable participation by men and women in the opportunities the renewable energy sector affords for improving lives and increasing livelihoods.
  • Supporting activities that ensure the voices of women and girls are heard and taken into account with regard to RE policies and that benefits from developments in the RE sector accrue equitably to men and women.
  • Support stronger women’s business unions and women-led green growth enterprises, and link them to clean energy project financing investors.
  • Enhance the capacity of gender specialists, women/gender organizations, and multilateral gender focal points on the gender dimensions of renewable energy.
  • Support, train, and/or mentor identified individuals within national women’s ministries and non-governmental organizations (NGO) to regularly conduct gender analysis of proposed strategies, regulations and developments, and to make specific recommendations to ensure these will lead to gender-equal and inclusive results and benefits.
  • Document case studies of women and men’s involvement in the renewable energy value chain, specifically those impacted by USAID supported interventions, and the resulting benefits and constraints.
  • Work closely with the program team, partners, governments, businesses and business associations, and other key stakeholders to address gender-related differences, needs and inequalities, and ensure a direct, comprehensive approach to mitigate the risks.
  • Coordinate and oversee the quality of all gender-sensitive technical activities, providing direction, feedback and support to ensure success.
  • Ensure program adherence to internationally accepted technical norms and standards of practices.
  • Facilitate continuous quality assessment and improvement in gender activities and programming, and ensure that program best practices are documented and disseminated throughout the program cycle.
  • Ensure high quality program delivery and the cost-effective use of USAID and resources.
  • Provide regular written/oral progress updates.
  • Other duties to be determined in conjunction with the COP, DCOP and USAID.

Required Qualifications

(Applicants not holding the required qualifications or equivalent will not be considered)

  • A Master’s degree in gender or women’s studies, international development or another relevant field (a Bachelor’s degree and equivalent work experience may be substituted.)
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in managing programs with gender-sensitive and gender mainstreaming approaches, preferably for USAID or other international donors.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with government partners in implementing a complex project in the field under challenging circumstances.
  • Significant knowledge of gender principles in the power sector/renewable energy sector in the Lower Mekong countries and preferably, the wider ASEAN community.
  • Experience in gender based programming with substantial understanding of and commitment to equality and equity issues and mainstreaming.
  • Background and knowledge of USAID Rules and Regulations.
  • Strong ability to manage and deal with diverse stakeholders.
  • Fluency in English.

 

Application Procedure

 

To be considered, candidates must SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATION by email to cparecruitment@abtassoc.com referencing “Gender Advisor” in the subject line, no later than November 25, 2017.

 

A Complete Application MUST INCLUDE the following information; failure to provide this information may result in your application being discarded.

  1. A written expression of interest summarizing your qualifications for the scope of work.
  2. CV/Resume clearly indicating work/consulting history and either daily consulting rate or annual compensation for each consultancy/position, stated in currency of payment.
  3. US Federal Form 1420 (EBD) https://www.usaid.gov/forms/aid-1420-17
  4. Proof of annual salary or daily consulting rate as stated in the EBD (acceptable forms include employment agreement, pay stubs, employer verification letter).
  5. Proof of Education/Degree attained (transcript or diploma).

 

**Failure to submit all required documents may result in application being discarded.**

 

Due to the volume of anticipated applicants, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Abt Associates is doing business as Abt Associates Thailand, registered with the Thai Department of Commerce. Abt Associates is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce.

Contact : cparecruitment@abtassoc.com

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