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Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Manager

🔍 Liberia

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International Development Group
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Project Background and Job Summary:

RTI International is implementing the USAID Transforming the Education System for Teachers and Students in Liberia (TESTS) Activity. This activity will work closely with and support the Liberian Ministry of Education (MOE) to improve the quality of teachers’ instruction in early childhood education and primary grades. This position is based in Monrovia, Liberia. The successful candidate must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, including fluency in English.

RTI seeks a Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Manager, who will provide technical direction, oversight, and leadership to create and maximize opportunities to engage social inclusion and gender equity through TESTS activities. This position will report to the TESTS Chief of Party.

Essential Duties:

  • Provide technical leadership and oversight, and integration of GESI approaches across program activities.  
  • Lead a GESI assessment for the project, including desk review, coordination with all stakeholders, key informant interviews, focus group discussions and report writing.
  • Support completion and reporting of Teacher Training Institution (TTI) Gender and Disability Organization Assessments.
  • Use TTI Gender and Disability Organization Assessment analyses to purposefully engage women, and marginalized groups in all activities and result areas to meet TESTS targets relating to GESI.  
  • Develop and lead the implementation of the TESTS GESI strategy and action plan, including the adaptation and development of tools and approaches to support the strategy and action plan.
  • Work with senior project management to raise awareness and capacity of project staff on issues related to GESI, and to expand gender- and disabilities-supportive content and activities.
  • Facilitate GESI training and develop and/or adapt training content.
  • Engage Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) and other existing local and national networks of youth, women, and individuals with disabilities to integrate women and individuals with disabilities and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) strategies in all core aspects of TESTS activity design and implementation.
  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment of TTIs to identify strategies for recruiting and retaining women teacher-aspirants and assist TTIs in implementing sustainable strategies and incentives for recruiting women to become teachers.
  • Support the integration of GESI activities and GESI-specific tools within the work plan to promote gender and disabilities balance in the Activity implementation.
  • Support development of GESI-sensitive behavior change communication activities and messages. Write blogs, articles, and success stories related to the GESI work being done.
  • Work closely with the M&E team to ensure that GESI considerations are reflected in the M&E plan, frameworks, and reports to assess whether the GESI objectives are being met. Support the tracking and maintenance of any GESI performance indicators.
  • Support the TESTS partners in mainstreaming GESI—and in particular UDL—principles and strategies in their policies, management systems, and programs and provide training and education in implementing the policies.
  • Perform other tasks as needed

Field trips are required.

 

Minimum Required Education & Experience

Masters degree and 14 years of experience or Bachelors Degree and 20 years of experience in social sciences, preferably sociology, social development, education, or gender studies or relevant experience

 

Skills & Abilities

The skills and abilities required to perform the essential job duties of this job are listed below. An addendum that clarifies additional skills and abilities for incumbents in this job may be used in addition to this description.

  • Grounding in gender-inclusive and UDL principles, strategies, and assessment approaches.
  • Experience working with assistive technologies and adaptive materials to support the needs of individuals with various disabilities.
  • Experience designing, implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of inclusive and gender-sensitive recruitment efforts, retention practices, and job placement strategies.
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with donors, government counterparts at all levels, local organizations, community groups, and other program partners and stakeholders.
  • Ability to conceptualize, plan, guide, and implement work with demonstrated experience in mainstreaming GESI principles and strategies.
  • Proven experience leading gender and disabilities development and planning for a donor-funded program of this size and geographic expansion.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English. 
  • Prior experience designing and implementing gender and/or disabilities inclusion plans for projects. USAID or other donor-funded experience preferred.  
  • Prior experience working in the integration of gender and disability considerations in education projects preferred.
  • Familiarity with the MOE Special and Inclusive Methodology teaching manual preferred.
  • Availability to travel.

 

Physical/Mental Demands

The physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above.  Examples include:  remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between offices and beneficiary locations; ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines; ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require; ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.

 

Disclaimer

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Minimum Required Education & Experience

Masters degree and 14 years of experience or Bachelors Degree and 20 years of experience in social sciences, preferably sociology, social development, education, or gender studies or relevant experience

 

Skills & Abilities

The skills and abilities required to perform the essential job duties of this job are listed below. An addendum that clarifies additional skills and abilities for incumbents in this job may be used in addition to this description.

  • Grounding in gender-inclusive and UDL principles, strategies, and assessment approaches.
  • Experience working with assistive technologies and adaptive materials to support the needs of individuals with various disabilities.
  • Experience designing, implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of inclusive and gender-sensitive recruitment efforts, retention practices, and job placement strategies.
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with donors, government counterparts at all levels, local organizations, community groups, and other program partners and stakeholders.
  • Ability to conceptualize, plan, guide, and implement work with demonstrated experience in mainstreaming GESI principles and strategies.
  • Proven experience leading gender and disabilities development and planning for a donor-funded program of this size and geographic expansion.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English. 
  • Prior experience designing and implementing gender and/or disabilities inclusion plans for projects. USAID or other donor-funded experience preferred.  
  • Prior experience working in the integration of gender and disability considerations in education projects preferred.
  • Familiarity with the MOE Special and Inclusive Methodology teaching manual preferred.
  • Availability to travel.

 

Physical/Mental Demands

The physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above.  Examples include:  remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between offices and beneficiary locations; ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines; ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require; ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.

 

Disclaimer

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.


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