Senior Technical Advisor (Gender)

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Job Summary 

The Empowerment through Skills Program (ESP), Tanzania, is a 7-year (2021-2028) program which will support the development and delivery of skills training programs that benefit women and adolescent girls working in the informal and formal economies throughout the country. By providing community and institution-based training programs at Folk Development Colleges (FDCs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) across 12 communities, and by strengthening the financial, counselling, and family support systems women need to be successful in key growth sectors, ESP will contribute to social and economic empowerment.

Reporting to the Manager of Operations, Caribbean and Anglophone Africa, the STA (Gender) provides senior level leadership and technical expertise on Gender Equality and Human Rights, and education and employment for women and adolescent girls to Canadian and local Tanzanian partners.

Working closely with the Tanzanian Gender Advisor, the STA, and other member of the ESP team in Tanzania and  Canada, the STA (Gender) ensures smooth, high quality implementation of ESP activities and achievement of Gender Equality related results.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Graduate from a post-secondary institution or its equivalent, preferably in the field of Gender Studies and/or International Development
  • A minimum of five (5) years’ experience, both theoretical and practical, in Gender Equality and/or International Development
  • A minimum of five (5) years project management experience
  • Demonstrated strong analytical, writing, networking and research skills
  • Strong technical experience in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as well as skills training for employment
  • Strong leadership, organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an aptitude for teamwork to promote and encourage a culture of learning and sharing in multi-country, multi-cultural environments
  • Ability to lead, work independently and under pressure with attention to detail and deadlines
  • Fluency in written and verbal English
  • Demonstrated ability using Microsoft Office Suite and knowledge of various software programs.

Core Competencies

Agility: We thrive in a complex environment that requires nimbleness and adaptability, and we anticipate and respond to changes with quick and resourceful actions.

Inspiring others: We motivate individuals to strive for excellence and commit to common goals and purposes, as we create a sense of self-efficacy, resilience, and persistence in others.

Integrity: We treat others fairly and respectfully, and we further the standing of the organization and its relationships of trust with our members and other stakeholders.

Duties and Responsibilities


The STA requires strong leadership, problem-solving and decision-making capabilities. He/she must have sound interpersonal, intercultural, gender sensitivity, communication, and diplomacy skills. An excellent understanding of work planning, budgeting and financial management, results-based management (RBM), Global Affairs Canada (GAC) Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) and its integration, monitoring and evaluation and report-writing are key competencies. The incumbent must be adept at working in evolving and uncertain situations and must be able to provide guidance to team members effectively.

The STA (Gender) leads Gender Equality and Human Rights-related work for ESP. He/she collaborates with CICan colleagues on partnership development and builds on current practice and integration across CICan strategic priorities. He/she advises on staffing decisions and budgetary considerations where needed and/or required.


The STA will be based in Tanzania (following 6-9 months working virtually from Canada) and will travel extensively across Tanzania and has responsibilities which include, but are not limited to:

  • Leads ESP Gender Equality (GE) and Human Rights (HR) analysis and develops GE strategy
  • Responsible for ensuring full integration of GE into design, development and delivery of the Performance Measurement Framework (PMF), Program Implementation Plan (PIP) and Annual Workplans (AWFPs)
  • Leads the design and preparation of the Gender Audit Report
  • Leads the design, finalization and delivery of the Gender Strategy
  • Develops or reviews the Terms of Reference (TORs) if/as required, for Canadian and local consultants and the job descriptions for local Gender Equality consultants and/or staff
  • Supports the development of the ESP Stakeholder Analysis and Engagement/Communication Plan
  • Coaches/mentors/trains field team in GE and HR
  • Develops, in collaboration with stakeholders, the GE toolkit to support GE strategy implementation
  • Develops/conducts GE and HR workshops for partners
  • Provides GE training to support implementation of GE strategy, themes, activities, results at program and partnership levels
  • Supports/liaises/collaborates with 12 FDCs and CBOs and CDN partners in achievement of GE and HR-related activities as outlined in partnership workplans
  • Assists institutional partners in the development/implementation of GE policies, procedures, FDC GE action plans
  • Contributes to development and implementation of GE responsive/transformational pedagogical approaches in FDC short programs
  • Leads the integration of GE in narrative reports to the donor as agreed with SPO, STA, Manager of Operations
  • Collaborates with the Ministry of Education of Science and Technology, and other participating ministries in the development/dissemination of relevant GE strategies
  • Participates in governance-related committees and sub-committees
  • Supports, in addition to overarching focus of gender, the development/ implementation of cross-cutting themes of entrepreneurship, environment, governance in collaboration with STA
  • Liaises with locally based women’s and other groups in development of recruitment, employment, self-employment strategies targeting women
  • Provides data as required by CICan and GAC, in collaboration with PO, M&E and CDN-based SPO
  • Supervises the work of the local Gender Equality Specialist
  • Supports the STA in the delivery of the annual workplans and management of field office staff
  • Performs other related duties as may be assigned.


Graduate from a post-secondary institution or its equivalent, preferably in the field of Gender Studies and/or International Development.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé before May 13, 2021.

CICan is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce. Do not hesitate to contact 613-842-5827 if you require alternative arrangements to submit your application.

CICan provides accommodations during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted to proceed to the selection process, please advise us if you require any accommodation.

Employees who are full-time internal candidates, as defined by the Collective Agreement, will be given first consideration. We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected to continue in the selection process will be contacted.