Gender Specialist

Gender Specialist (this position is contingent on award decision from the donors): International Position, based in Ha Noi (International contract)

SNV ( is a not-for-profit international development organization. Founded in the Netherlands 50 years ago, we have built a long-term, local presence in 38 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors work with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organizations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

SNV has been working in Vietnam since 1995. Using market based approaches, SNV is committed to reducing poverty by catalysing environmentally sustainable solutions for the poor in agriculture, energy, water & sanitation, and REDD+. 

SNV Vietnam is preparing for an upcoming Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) tender, “Australia-Vietnam Partnership for Women’s Economic Empowerment”. This programme will focus on improving the social and economic status of women in Vietnam by strengthening their engagement in key value chains. We are seeking an experienced Gender Specialist with the requirements listed as below. 

The Gender Specialist will be responsible for providing technical and programmatic support in gender equality and women’s empowerment to the program, through 1) the design and development of high quality gender-transformative interventions aligned with national policies and evidence-based practice; 2) the provision of strategic technical assistance to improve program quality and achieve desired Program outcomes; 3) strategy implementation focusing on the development, testing and scale-up of effective, innovative products, tools and services to support women’s economic empowerment and integration of gender with other sectors; 4) staff capacity building; and 5) increasing influence by raising awareness about the Program through external representation in gender or agriculture-related working groups and forums. This position will collaborate with the Program Team Leader and other technical Specialists.


  • Provide direct technical assistance and guidance on women’s economic empowerment to the program and its delivery partners.
  • Support the development of tools, systems, processes and approaches that continuously improve technical excellence and impact in the area of transformative approaches to women’s economic empowerment.
  • Lead, coordinate, support, and/or conduct gender and power analyses, effectiveness and efficacy studies, appraisal, evaluation and needs assessments as required by the program.
  • Assist with quantitative/qualitative assessments in communities and among ethnic minority households to assess effectiveness of interventions and impact.
  • Support delivery partners to understand the role of gender equality and women’s economic empowerment for the Program impact groups.
  • Ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment criteria are well integrated into market-systems approaches.
  • Work closely with other technical specialists to integrate gender across all Program components.
  • Facilitate and support a strong learning and knowledge sharing community around gender-transformative practices amongst delivery partners.
  • Serve as a key spokesperson in Viet Nam on issues related to ethnic minority women’s economic empowerment.
  • Represent work being done in gender-transformation and ethnic minority women’s economic empowerment under the Program in relevant internal and external forums.

General Qualifications

  • MSc or Ph.D. in international development; gender studies; agriculture or other relevant fields of study; or equivalent combination of education and related experience;
  • At least 7 years of experience working on international development projects in the areas of gender, women’s economic empowerment and private sector development; past experience in Vietnam or Southeast Asia is desirable;
  • Demonstrated ability to design and adapt conceptual program approaches that promote gender transformative programming and support women’s empowerment in diverse cultural contexts;
  • Experience in conducting gender analysis and developing recommendations on integration of gender into programming;
  • Experience in conducting participatory training and capacity building on gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Experience in ensuring gender transformative approaches are mainstreamed across programs, including training materials, monitoring, operations, policies and procedures;
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse teams and effectively communicate new or sensitive topics;
  • Significant experience working on donor-funded programmes; past experience on DFAT-funded projects is strongly desirable;
  • Excellent, coordination, networking and partnership building skills;
  • Fluency in English and excellent written and oral communications and presentation skills.

Type of Contract: Two year international contract with the possibility of extension.

Desired start date:  Start date is estimated for January 2017.

How to apply: Please send your application letter and CV, together with an indication of your current salary and compensation package to Manoli Strecker, Business Development Manager, at [email protected] by 20th June 2016. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come first-served basis.

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Job Details
Organisation Name: 
SNV – Netherlands Development Organisation
Application Deadline: 
Mon, 2016-06-20