Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.
We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.
The Nature Conservancy Africa program follows a holistic approach to protect vital lands and waters, transform the way natural resources are used and managed and inspire to equip others to contribute to the shared vision of a healthy and sustainable future for Africa’s lands, waters, wildlife and people. We use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners.
TNC Africa has identified a greater focus on gender as a key element for strengthening the social, economic and organizational sustainability of our strategies and community-based conservation projects in the region. TNC Africa also has three ongoing projects that include reproductive health activities. This position strengthens the gender work in the region. The learning under this position is expected to influence TNC operations beyond Africa.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
The Gender Advisor will provide leadership and technical support as a subject matter expert for TNC conservation strategies, programs, as well as conservation teams in Africa. The Gender Advisor will be the gender focal point person between Africa and TNC’s Global teams as well as other conservation and development organizations that focus on gender. They will implement gender strategies in line with TNC Gender policy. The position will report to the TNC Africa Director of Conservation and can be based at any of the TNC office locations in Kenya, Tanzania, or Zambia.
The Gender Advisor advises and trains conservation teams in the Africa Region on how to better address and integrate gender issues. This position will identify the top leverage points for increasing uptake of gender transformative initiatives within our teams and programs. The Gender Advisor will primarily focus on integrating gender into all aspects of the regional program of work and supporting our ongoing programs.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
- Define priorities for gender and conservation for the region.
- Serve as the Africa technical expert/spokesperson for gender.
- Provide technical leadership on gender to various projects and staff.
- Ensure that all Africa conservation initiatives are aligned with TNC gender guidelines.
- Monitor and analyze developments on gender and conservation within Africa.
- Develop key partnerships with public and private organizations on gender training.
- Ensure gender is integrated into public and private fundraising proposals.
- In partnership with the fundraising team, develop donor-specific proposals to fund our gender work.
- Train Africa staff including the leadership team on gender awareness and unconscious bias.
- Develop a cohort of gender focal points across the region.
- Work with the communications team to regularly share progress, successes, learnings to raise profile of gender.
- Support the Africa Women in Nature (WIN) employee resource group and the Africa Affinity Group for Women and Girls.
- Share good gender practices with TNC colleagues outside of Africa.
- Review regional staffing data each year to ensure a continued gender balance at different grade levels and in different teams.
- Must be willing to work in variable weather conditions, remote locations, hazardous terrain, and physically demanding circumstances
- BA/BS degree and 7 years’ experience in gender or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Evidence of good analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation
- Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.
- Experience working with current trends and practices in gender integration and inclusion.
- Experience influencing without authority, motivating teams and individuals, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
- Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups, and/or government agencies.
- Experience networking effectively, with the ability to develop a wide range of relevant contacts.
- Experience negotiating, influencing, developing, and implementing gender plans at program or country level.
- Experience with financial management of a program.
- Experience working cross-culturally with the ability to present gender topics to large multicultural groups.
- Experience working in Gabon, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, or Zambia.
- Writing and presentation skills.
- Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
- 7-10 years’ experience in conservation practice, rural development, or gender integration or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Knowledge of current trends and practices in gender, reproductive health and conservation.
- Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations related to gender, reproductive health, development, and conservation. Knowledge of methods and standards of gender planning, analysis and
- Ability to conduct training and capacity building for staff and implementing partners on gender equality, women inclusion and integration