Job advert: Associate Director (Gender, Gender Based Violence, Safeguarding)

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 Job titleAssociate Director (Gender, Gender Based Violence, Safeguarding)
Job locationAction Against Hunger/Action contre la Faim – Canada
Direct supervisorOperations Director
LocationToronto, Canada
Type of positionFull Time – 1 Year Contract

Created in 1979, Action Against Hunger is a non-governmental organization that aims to provide solutions to hunger. Our mission is to save lives by eliminating hunger through the prevention, detection and treatment of under-nutrition, particularly during and after emergency situations linked to conflicts or natural disasters. Action Against Hunger focuses on the promotion of gender equality and the prevention and mitigation of gender-based violence nutrition, health and healthcare practices; food security and livelihoods; water, sanitation and hygiene and advocacy. Action Against Hunger is committed to uphold the principles of gender equality, dignity and empowerment in all its operations and put people and communities at the heart of its work.

About the role

Action Against Hunger Canada is looking for an Associate Director to take on the leadership of our full scope of Gender Equality (GE) and Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Safeguarding programming. The position will be based in Toronto, Canada and will be a key senior position within the growing Programs Department.

The Associate Director will inspire and cultivate the strategic direction for our network’s Gender Equality, Gender Based Violence and Safeguarding vision and will grow our programmatic portfolio through the design of new programmes and the securing of funding for them.

The ideal candidate will have the following knowledge, skills and attitudes based on a previous track record of solid international GE/GBV or Safeguarding programming experience:

- Demonstrable experience building technical and programmatic strategy with the ability to lead teams towards their development.

- High level of international gender equality and/or GBV and/or Safeguarding expertise.

- Significant experience in the humanitarian and/or development domains working on GE/GBV policy and practice.

- Ability to work in an international and inter-cultural environment with previous experience managing remote based staff and programmes remotely.

- Strong understanding of international GE/GBV coordination mechanisms and a professional network globally within them.

This position will focus on the following:

1. Program Development, Implementation and Evaluation

2. Diversification and securing new project partnerships and funding.

3. Representation and communication of Action Against Hunger’s work with external stakeholders and partners

4. Team Management

5. Coordination within the Action Against Hunger International Network

Specific Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of Operations Director of Action Against Hunger Canada, the responsibilities of the Associate Director will be:

1. Programme Management, Implementation and Evaluation

- Ensure the implementation of a comprehensive GE/GBV strategy for the Action Against Hunger International Network including a specific programming strategy for Action Against Hunger Canada.

- Develop the annual implementation plan for the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) International Project.

- Co-ordinate the monitoring, evaluation and learning processes for all projects implemented by the Gender Unit and the PSEA International Project.

- Identify and cultivate relationships with new partners for global programming and/or national GE/GBV initiatives.

- Ensure robust financial management of all projects under the Associate Director responsibility, including but not limited to: development of project budgets, ensuring budget follow up, cash forecasting, approval of expenditures and ensuring coherent and eligible expenditures within the regulations of the donor.

- Ensure the highest level of technical quality of programmes.

- Conduct technical capacity building across the Action Against Hunger international network when and where relevant.

2. Diversification and securing new project partnerships and funding.

- Cultivate new donors and diversify the funding base with the objective of securing stable funding for the Gender Unit.

- Build a sustainable business model for the sustainability of future GE/GBV initiatives.

- Actively seek for opportunities to diversify Action Against Hunger Canada partnership opportunities for the evolution and/or technical growth of programming.

- Establish formal partnership strategies and agreements with prioritized partners.

- Develop and promote with institutional and private donors new and innovative project concepts and budgets.

3. Representation and communication of Action Against Hunger’s work with external stakeholders and partners

- Pro-actively develop and manage the relationship with donors related to GE/GBV and PSEA initiatives including technical representation, presentations and/or capacity building when required.

- Active representation of Action Against Hunger with International and Canadian based gender organizations and/or networks/coordination mechanisms including the participation in relevant technical working groups, conferences and other coordination as relevant to gender programming.

- Provide leadership on the development of a communications strategy for the work of the GE/GBV Unit and the overall gender initiatives coming out of the international network.

4. Team Management

- Ensure all processes related to the employee life cycle for team members are conducted according to Action Against Hunger Canada Human Resources policy.

- Foster a collaborative working environment.

- Ensure the application of all relevant performance management processes for team members. including establishment of performance objectives, regular feedback and performance appraisals.

- Manage recruitment processes for Gender Unit and PSEA international project team members including the design of job descriptions and coordination of employment contracts.

- Ensure professional development objectives for all team members are identified, planned for and actioned.

- Conducting mentoring and/or coaching for staff when/if relevant.

5. Coordination within the Action Against Hunger International Network

- Effective contribution to the Technical Directors International Management Group (IMG): playing an active participatory role representing GE/GBV, including monthly conference calls and face to face meetings when relevant.

- Provide overall management and reporting on the International Gender Equality and Gender Based Violence project on behalf of the international network.

- Ensure participation and representation of Action Against Hunger Canada GE/GBV and Safeguarding initiatives within the International Donor Relations Unit (DRU), Human Resources Directors and Advocacy Directors.

- Support Gender Unit team members in the management and coordination of the relationship between the leadership of Action Against Hunger Regional or Country offices where Canada project staff are based and/or where network projects are being implemented.

- Establish and maintain strong working relationships with other Gender technical staff and/or Department Heads (Nutrition, WASH, Food Security and Livelihoods, Mental Health Care and Practices) across the Action Against Hunger Network to ensure their participation, insight and technical advice GE/GBV strategy and mainstreaming.

6. General

- Attend planning sessions, team meetings and annual performance reviews as required.

- Pro-active exchange and collaboration with Action Against Hunger Canada team members and the International Network.

- Ensure an on-going process of personal professional development and learning.

- Other duties as assigned.

Specific Work Conditions

- The position is based in Toronto, Canada

- Staff work a five-day, 37.5 hour work week.

Travel Requirements

- The position will require global travel within North America and Europe for short durations and international travel to field locations in Central South America, Africa, Middle East, South and South East Asia for intermediate durations (2 weeks).

Minimum Qualifications

- Master Degree in relevant discipline in a field related to social sciences, development or gender studies and/or equivalent experience gained.

- Minimum of 5 years with an international organization working on technical Gender Equality and/or Gender Based Violence programming.

- Demonstrated field/country level experience directly managing GE/GBV humanitarian/development programmes.

- Demonstrated understanding and/or practical experience working on the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse prevention, mitigation and response in the humanitarian and development domains.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes

- Demonstrated commitment to Gender Equality and solid understanding of the complexity of Gender Based Violence in humanitarian emergencies.

- Demonstrated understanding of the creation of an enabling environment for gender equality and PSEA prevention in the workplace and in programming.

- Strong understanding of current humanitarian trends and the architecture of the humanitarian system.

- Demonstrated skills in team management, able to create an enabling environment, trust within a team and ability to motivate to achieve organizational goals and objectives.

- Demonstrated capacity to build partnerships.

- Demonstrated capacity to negotiate and secure project funding.

- Excellent written and spoken skills in English

- Working-level knowledge of French.

- Strong computer skills and knowledge of MS Office applications.

- Demonstrated capacity in working in a cross-cultural environment.

- Commitment to the mission, goals and strategies of Action Against Hunger.

Desirable Skills

- Fluency in the French and/or Spanish languages.

- Advanced skills and knowledge in Adult Learning and training/facilitation.

- Specific experience in the development and administration of funding (including donor regulations) of institutional donors (USA, UK, European).

- Demonstrated coordination experience at national, regional or global levels. Previous coordination experience and knowledge of the cluster system is highly desirable.

Action Against Hunger Canada is committed to promoting the well being of people around the world and focuses its efforts on saving the lives through the elimination of hunger. Action Against Hunger Canada has a zero-tolerance policy for any behavior violating our code of conduct, including workplace violence, harassment and sexual harassment, any form of exploitation and abuse, corruption, fraud and any behavior lacking integrity. Action Against Hunger actively recruits new team members who demonstrate a commitment to our organizational values and principals.

We actively welcome applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities and others who may contribute to our organizational diversity and who share our values. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us as soon as possible of any particular adaptive measures you might require.

All employment offers with Action Against Hunger Canada are conditional upon the receipt of satisfactory references and the signing our code of conduct and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Policy. Certain positions may be subject to appropriate screening checks.

If you are interested in this position, please apply online by January 3rd, 2020. To access the job advert online to apply click here.

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