International Development Enterprises
GENDER EQUITY & SOCIAL INCLUSION (GESI) MANAGER
Location: Lusaka (Zambia)
Department: Strategy and Innovation Unit (Zambia)
Reports To: Director, Strategy and Innovation Unit (Zambia)
Supervises: GESI Officer
iDE is an international nonprofit dedicated to combating poverty in the developing world not through handouts, but by helping rural households access the tools and knowledge they need to increase their income and improve their health and well-being. IDE’s vision, to catalyze the power of entrepreneurship to allow millions of people to lift themselves out of poverty, is ambitious and bold.
iDE Zambia needs a person who is, first and foremost, passionate about this vision and wants to harness the power of knowledge and team work to help iDE achieve it.
Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI): iDE recognizes that biases and social norms prevent women, men, and socially excluded groups from exercising free choice and from taking full and equal advantage of opportunities for individual development, contribution, and reward. iDE further recognizes the intersectionality of biases represent a double and triple burden, further limiting individuals from exercising free choice and from taking full and equal advantage of opportunities for individual development, contribution, and reward. These disparities and biases undermine the effectiveness of iDE’s programs – leading to less inclusive markets, businesses that miss critical segments, and unsustainable social and economic outcomes. To uphold our mission of creating income and livelihood opportunities for poor rural household’s iDE requires a strong GESI Manager to engage our staff and partners in the advancement of our GESI commitments.
This role is a full-time (contractual) position that will be based at iDE Zambia Head Office in Lusaka.
iDE is committed to equal opportunities for all, and does not discriminate on grounds of race, gender, religion or any other status. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
- Assist in the implementation of iDE’s Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) policy in partnership with Sector and Area Managers across the country to ensure policy and country program strategy commitments are implemented.
- Engage all staff with GESI initiatives, ensure staff have a strong understanding of iDE’s GESI policy and their role in implementing and contributing to a gender-aware organizational culture.
- Engage in action items for the rollout of Mainstreaming Commitments in collaboration with relevant internal and external stakeholders.
- Collaborate with iDE’s global GESI activities aligned with the fulfillment of the GESI Policy.
- Integrating GESI transformative innovations that consider gender and social inclusion norms in program planning, assessment, design, implementation, and evidence and analytics.
- Ensure that GESI assessments assist in GESI transformative improvements and reporting needs for program enhancement and resource mobilization.
- In line with Integration Commitment, engage with women’s networks and relevant community stakeholder groups to incorporate best practices in women’s economic empowerment into our work.
- Improve the mainstreaming of gender into project activities and project management and implementation tools. Work with Sector Managers to integrate GESI into project activities at the planning and implementation stages.
- Provide input in project proposals and planning to ensure GESI transformative approaches are implemented.
- Engage in activities to minimize negative unintended consequences and ensure “do no harm” approaches across project life cycles.
- Contribute on participatory and Area-based project planning, evaluation and project activities and contextualize solutions to project implementation for each province of operation.
- A minimum of a degree in business, gender studies, political science, economics, sociology, anthropology or related social science/humanities discipline or 5 years of relevant work experience in place of the bachelor’s degree.
- At least 3 years of relevant experience in gender equality analysis, planning, and integration activities for international development projects and/or private sector diversity and inclusion initiatives is required.
- Demonstrated knowledge of gender equity and social inclusion issues and inclusive, participatory approaches to international development work is required.
- Demonstrated ability to work with organizations to plan for and implement GESI interventions that create behavior change among both women and men.
- Strong written and oral communications.
Behaviors and Values
- Demonstrates empathy, humility, authenticity, and respect in the workplace
- Willingness to ask questions and seek feedback
- Excellent problem-solving and creative thinking abilities
- Ability to work independently and prioritize effectively
- Desire to work in a fast-paced environment and across different provinces of Zambia.
- Excellent verbal, intercultural and interpersonal communication skills
- Enthusiastic with a sincere interest in the mission of the organization
Language/Analytical and Reasoning Skills
- Ability to read, analyze, and interpret scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
- Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
- Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; sit; and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to walk. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The employee is also often required to travel to field-based rural, urban and peri-urban locations in Zambia with limited infrastructure, and international locations as needed.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
- Equipment used: all office equipment
- Access stairs
- Field Visits
- Variable Work Hours/Shifts
Method of Application
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and résumé to email@example.com not later than 29th October 2023