Gender Officer, Haiti, Clean Cooking Alliance
Closing: Open until Filled
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI - PART TIME
The Clean Cooking Alliance
The Clean Cooking Alliance works with a global network of partners to build an inclusive industry that makes clean cooking accessible to the three billion people who live each day without it. Established in 2010, the Alliance is driving consumer demand, mobilizing investment to build a pipeline of scalable businesses, and fostering an enabling environment that allows the sector to thrive. Clean cooking transforms lives by improving health, protecting the climate and environment, empowering women, and helping consumers save time and money.
The Haiti Cookstoves and Clean Energy Market Project
The Haiti Cookstoves and Clean Energy Market Project (the “Project”) will set the foundation for a long-term, sustainable market transformation for cleaner and more efficient cooking solutions. Our efforts will entail a combination of sector-wide, market development activities to increase sales of cleaner and more efficient cookstoves and fuels by Haitian businesses, driving consumer demand to use cleaner, more efficient stoves and fuels; and policy and advocacy to enable the continued growth of the clean cookstoves and fuels market. The Project will be led by the Alliance, in close collaboration with the Government of Haiti, local stakeholders, practitioners, the private sector, donors, civil society organizations, and UN agencies.
About the Project’s Gender Component
The Project will apply a gender-informed approach across all of its market development activities to stimulate market growth. The Project’s gender strategy takes an integrated approach to achieve gender equality outcomes and responding to the unique needs and interests of women. Specifically, it seeks to ensure that women and women’s organizations have the opportunity, skills, resources, and agency to participate in and guide the development of the clean cooking market— as policymakers, advocates, and leaders; as clean cooking and enterprise leaders; as employees and entrepreneurs; as technical specialists and innovators; and as informed and empowered consumers. More broadly, it seeks to ensure that the clean cooking sector’s stakeholders have the awareness, knowledge, skills and technical assistance necessary to serve women’s needs and leverage opportunities to advance women’s rights, their participation as decision-makers, and their access to and control over the resources and benefits of clean cooking solutions. To achieve this, the Alliance will implement targeted, gender-responsive interventions throughout the Project’s multi-pronged strategy to accelerate the delivery of clean cooking solutions by:
- Strengthening women’s economic power through targeted capacity building initiatives to increase their presence, knowledge and, skills across the clean cooking supply chain;
- Incorporating the voices and inputs of women and women’s organizations to mobilize demand through gender-sensitive Behavior Change Communication (BCC) campaigns and innovative consumer financing models; and
- Deepening women’s active and effective participation to strengthen the enabling environment by involving women and women’s organizations in all policy groups, advocacy groups, and technical working groups.
The Gender Officer – Haiti, Clean Cooking Alliance will support the Project’s gender strategy to increase the role of women in the clean cooking sector and ensure they have the opportunity, skills, and resources to participate in and guide the development of the clean cooking sector and policy environment. As the gender strategy is embedded across the Project’s market development activities, the person who fills this role will need to work closely with the Project’s Market Development Manager, who will oversee the market development component of the Project by collaborating with clean cooking enterprises and providing strategic support to consumer demand activities. The Gender Officer will lead all on-the-ground engagement with key gender stakeholders, from government ministries to local civil society organizations (CSOs), to ensure that gender interventions are implemented with and through local partners. The role will report directly to the Deputy Country Director, Haiti and closely collaborate with the Gender Manager. This individual will also have a working relationship with the senior management members of the Alliance’s Private Sector & Investment team and the Gender, Demand, & Policy team.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- Support the effective implementation of gender-focused activities in line with the Project’s annual work plans and timelines and in compliance with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) Rules and Regulations.
- Support virtual and in-person consultations with cookstove and fuel enterprises in Haiti to guide the embedding of gender across market development activities.
- Develop and implement gender integration strategies, in collaboration with the Gender Manager, for clean cookstove and fuel enterprises, consisting of designing gender action plans and monitoring and evaluating the implementation of gender-focused actions by enterprises.
- Develop tools and resources for a gender analysis to support enterprises and provide hands-on capacity strengthening support to partners as needed.
- Provide technical assistance to the Haiti Clean Cooking Fund by leading gender due diligence assessments and facilitating trainings and workshops in collaboration with the Gender Manager.
- Lead CSO and government engagements to develop gender-sensitive policy frameworks, identify gender-balanced advocacy and technical groups, and provide government advocacy training to women’s organizations.
- Identify and build credible strategic partnerships and working relationships with all relevant stakeholders in Haiti to support the implementation of gender-responsive interventions throughout supply, demand, and enabling environment activities.
- Anticipate potential problems, troubleshoot Project problems and offer solutions, and actively take part to lead resolution of them with creative and immediate solutions.
- Determine priorities for the Project’s gender strategy and reporting requirements in collaboration with the Gender Manager.
- Manage the development and publication of materials for gender knowledge sharing and learning, including case studies, best practices, factsheets, trainings, and other resources and toolkits in close coordination with the Private Sector & Investment and Communications & Partnerships teams.
- Track and monitor progress of ongoing studies, research, and program-related activities in Haiti to ensure that the Alliance and its partners are operating with the most accurate and current information. Coordinate closely with the Gender Manager on the progress of all in-country gender activities.
- Prepare analytical reports, briefing notes, background papers, summaries, talking points and, others as requested.
- Represent the Project and speak at relevant gender equality and women’s empowerment conferences and events in Haiti to promote the inclusion of clean cooking on development agendas.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Master’s degree in gender studies or relevant discipline preferred.
- Minimum 5-years of professional experience implementing complex programs and strategies in gender equality and women’s empowerment, with demonstrated experience in other relevant areas, e.g. energy access and enterprise development, highly desirable.
- Strong project management skills; demonstrated ability managing projects and producing agreed-upon deliverables, on time and within budget.
- Demonstrated experience developing and maintaining effective working relationships with people, internally and externally, from a wide variety of types of organizations, cultural backgrounds, and functional expertise.
- Proven experience designing and leading capacity-strengthening efforts across various types of stakeholders, from the national government to the private sector and civil society levels.
- Excellent analytical skills and proven ability to write clear and concise reports, including academic publications and communications, in English, French, and Haitian Creole.
- Strong communications skills and training/workshop facilitation skills, with attention to detail and broad strategy and experience communicating to different audiences.
- Personal commitment to Clean Cooking Alliance and the UN Foundation’s vision.
- Flexibility, openness to new challenges, and the ability to thrive and prioritize competing demands as part of a highly functioning, fast-paced group of professionals.
- Self-starter with the desire for continuous learning and the ability to synthesize information and respond positively to constructive feedback.
- Fluency in English and French is required; fluency in Haitian Creole is highly desired.
- Haitian national living in Haiti (preferred), Haiti country work experience (required)
** Please note: This is a local position. Only candidates with Haitian citizenship or a valid work permit will be considered.**