Project Officer-Gender

  • Kasama, Zambia
  • Full-time
  • Contract type: National employment contract

Company Description

SNV Netherlands Development Organization is a not-for-profit international development organizational founded in the Netherlands in 1965; and currently maintains a global presence in 30 countries;across Africa, Asia and Latin America. SNV has been present in Uganda since 1989 and currently undertakes donor funded programming within 100+ districts across the country. As an organisation, SNV focuses on the Agriculture, WASH and Energy sectors and maintains the belief that no one should have to live in poverty; and that all people should have the opportunity to pursue their own sustainable development. SNV contributes to programming within the Agriculture, WASH and Energy sectors by strengthening the capacities of targeted partners and communities at the field level; in order to realize increased skill sets and sustainable performance; reduce poverty levels, expand employment; improve food security; while paying special attention to gender equity, social inclusion of marginalised groups and stakeholder accountability.


With increasing attention on how multi-sectoral nutrition action is critical to achieve positive nutrition outcomes, SNV proposes to scale the Sustainable Nutrition for All (SN4A) approach in Zambia to support the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) and the Department for International Development (DFID) realise nutrition targets.  SN4A Phase 2 is currently being implemented in the three districts of Kasama, Chinsali and Isoka in the Northern and Muchingwa Provinces of Zambia. The first phase of the project was successful in increasing the dietary diversity of women of reproductive age (WRA) and infants (6-23 months). SN4A applies both a demand and supply side strategy, integrating the key pillars of demand creation through triggering, social and behaviour change communication (SBCC), improved supply of safe, affordable and nutritious diets year round and strengthened sub-national governance. SNV Zambia proposes to scale SN4A in three new districts in the Northern Province to improve the diets of women of reproductive age, including adolescents and infants (6-23 months) over a 2-year programme.

Job Description

The Gender Officer is expected to work with existing networks of local and national service providers from public health, gender, agriculture, education and sanitation to which the project is already connected; to integrate gender particularly around intra-household dynamics in the project’s key pillars (triggering and demand maintenance, behaviour

change communication and nutrition sensitive agriculture). The Gender Officer is expected to develop BCC activities with special focus on intra-household gender relations in particular workload, joint decision making and access to resources. He/She will be expected to work closely with other project staff including nutrition and agriculture officers, under the guidance of the Programme Manager in implementation activities.


Job Description

Key Responsibilities

-Develop gender tools for the SBCC and NSA based on current SN4A gender approach- the Gender Officer will be tasked to build local capacity for implementation of gender and will work with the local nutrition teams (District, Ward, Hub Nutrition Coordinating Committees and Nutrition Action Groups at village team), and SN4A partners.

- Coordinate Gender analysis as required in the targeted districts and assess and identify gender gaps related to intrahousehold dynamics. This will be done in line with the project’s M&E framework.

- Train local partners and build capacity on the Gender and Nutrition nexus and monitor and support nutrition teams and Nutrition Champions through supervision and support visits.

-Coordination of project activities with SUN and national structures - gather lessons emerging from the project on early adaptors and results and ensure these are shared and reviewed at national and district level meetings.

-With project team establish and build capacity of District and Ward Nutrition Teams- Establish the DNCCs and WNCCs and work with them to build their capacity for implementation of project activities related to gender as well as for upscaling activities in line with national standards.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

- Work with project partners to undertake community and household mapping study including gender aspects

- Organize and steer gender activities including the training of local nutrition teams and partners and implementation of gender activities.

-Provide follow up support to district facilitators and Nutrition Champions on gender activities

- Facilitate the adaptation and development of gender materials and tools for BCC and support the dissemination of developed tools

-Establishing of district nutritional teams and nutritional hubs

- Work with partners to facilitate development and support implementation of innovation platforms in the target districts.

- Data collection and analysis for monitoring and evaluation

-Documentation and share results and lessons learnt from the project.



- A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Gender, social work, public health, nutrition or other relevant discipline or a Master’s degree in a relevant field will be an added advantage.

- Minimum of 3 years of experience in nutrition programming, with experience in gender mainstreaming.

- Demonstrated Knowledge on how to improve dietary diversity at intra-household level.

-Demonstrated success in implementing programs with a measurement for results framework.

-Demonstrated experience in providing capacity development services

-Demonstrated experience in collaborating across projects.

-Interested to undertake extensive field work


Additional Information

Competencies, Capabilities and Attributes: (Skills/behavioral (Special Training or Competence) :

-   creativity, willingness to innovate, think systemically and work independently

-     High-level interpersonal skills

-     Strong background in gender integration and women empowerment.

-     Team player

-     Relationship builder

-     Ability to work with a wide range of actors from different backgrounds (smallholder farmers, private sector companies, government, and NGOs)

If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your Cover letter and Curriculum Vitae in English on or before the 22nd April,2020. 

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