CARE- Gender/Male Engage specialist


NGO / Nonprofit Charitable Organizations

uganda - KIKUUBE full-time Closing date - 10/11/2021

Job Summary

Minimum qualification: Masters degree

Minimum years of experience: 5

Job Description


CARE is a global leader within a worldwide movement dedicated to ending poverty and injustice. We are known everywhere for our unshakeable commitment to defending the dignity of people, especially women and girls. CARE works across 100 countries to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live with dignity and security. We put women and girls at the centre of our work, because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. CARE has been working in Uganda since 1969. Our ambition is to reach two million people over the next five years (2021-2025), through our gender transformative, resilience building and inclusive programs. 


The Gender/Male Engage specialist will be a dynamic team player with strong technical skills in understanding the power relations between men and women, boys and girls, gender transformation, masculinities and engaging men/boys’ methodology. S/he provides technical leadership on gender and ensures gender transformative approaches and pathways are embedded across all SHE SOARS result areas, and MEAL processes. The Specialist must be competent, skilled and with extensive hands-on experience in leading proven behavioral change communication models including application of SASA! Methodology and the Role Model Men/Boys model. S/he will be responsible for leading the strategic development, implementation of male engage models and approaches in the SHE SOARS Project. The Specialist leads the development and implementation of the Engaging men and boys’ activities and provides support to build capacity of the selected partner. S/he conducts desk research; seeks feedback from Men Engage partners; develops, pilots, and updates the Male Action Groups (MAGs) training curriculum focusing specifically on adolescent boys; identifies and recruits resource persons in conjunction with partners; develops partnerships to support the MAGs; co-ordinates logistics for the MAGs shared learning sessions; supports follow-up processes, mentorship and overseeing the development of a MAG monitoring system.  The Specialist provides feedback to colleagues on Men Engage Uganda Country network work plans, budgets, progress reports and other related documents. Supporting local Men Engage and boys’ meetings, such as community and district consultative events with partner organisations. S/he will be familiar with the development-humanitarian nexus with a passion for promoting role model men/boys approaches, promoting gender equality and diversity, and curbing gender based violence and promoting demand for ASRHR. S/he will work with the implementing partner staff to integrate male Engage Methodologies.


  1. Initiate, design and implement EMB/RMM Strategies for purposes of enhancing ASRHR (40%)
  • Lead participatory processes for identifying the RMMB participants in all project locations.
  • Assess the capacity needs of the RMMB in relation to gender sensitivity, knowledge, attitudes and skills and develop capacity development plan to guide their capacity enhancement.
  • Lead the targeted management and dissemination of ASRHR information, focusing on empowering men and boys as champions of change
  • Lead capacity development on RMMB methodology to the project and partner staff and RMMB structures.
  • Work with other project staff leading SRH and YSLA components, the IP and stakeholders to design models, methodologies, innovations aimed at increasing uptake of ASRHR services and behavioural change information including and not limited to menstrual hygiene management and taboo issues.
  • Lead on design, adaptation and implementation of new and innovative country-specific adolescent and gender responsive initiatives as well as adapt successful innovations in other project countries (Kenya and Zambia).
  • Lead learning and adaptation from successful approaches utilized by SHE SOARS in Zambia and Kenya and apply to Uganda project context to enrich project delivery including but not limited to young people advocacy and public engagement activities.
  • Build capacity of civil society actors to engage in long-term and sustainable SRHR policy advocacy to improve the health system for all women and girls while addressing the unique risks and protection needs of out of school adolescent girls.
  • Support use of innovative digital platforms and convening spaces to link Canadian youth to be with counterparts in Uganda, Kenya and Zambia where SHE SOARS works, and empowered to be ambassadors, conversation-leaders and change-makers in their communities.
  • Substantially contribute to business development by participating in programme design and proposal development in the area of technical competency.
  • Contribute to any ongoing programmatic assessments and feed into corrective action and improvements.
  • Ensure that all RMM/B activities implemented adhere to safety and respect the dignity of beneficiaries especially of women and girls – complying with “do no harm”
  • Ensure that financial and other entrusted project resources are used effectively and transparently for intended project goals.
  1. Technical leadership to ensure gender transformative approaches and pathways are integrated in all the SHE SOARS result areas (20%)
  • Lead on integration of gender transformative approaches across all result areas including application of the CARE Gender Marker, the Gender Equality Framework to address agency, structure and relations as well as other related tools to inform the project implementation strategy.
  • Support all SHE SOARS staff, and partners to apply gender transformative models, approaches, curricula and tools in YSLAs, advocacy and all activities
  • Lead on all gender analytical processes including rapid gender analysis, research and disaggregated reporting for the baseline, midterm and end line evaluation.
  • Lead gender and male engage capacity building for CARE, implementing partner staff and community agents of change on essential skills and tools including: Gender, Equity and Diversity; PHSEA, PSS and Gender in Emergencies
  1. Coordinate and nurture relationships with Local Governments, Refugee Settlements and IP for synergy (20% of the time)
  • Coordinate with and maintain productive professional relations with field staff, UNHCR, IP namely Restless Development, local governments at district and sub county levels and refugee settlement authorities.
  • Support building referral mechanisms and ensure ASRH needs of, youth and especially out of school girls are considered and addressed by service providers.
  • Develop and support a collaborative and transparent working relationship between CARE, the IP and stakeholders on the ground based on effective and timely communication
  • Represent CARE in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health coordination mechanisms aimed at harmonizing integration of programmes and technical working groups at national, district and settlement levels when required.
  1. Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (10% of time)
  • Contribute to ensuring that public engagement achievements are measured through web and social media analytics as well as other key indicators.
  • Participate in the development, deployment, functionalization and continuous review of the SHE SOARS programme MEAL system with specific attention to integration of RMM/B approaches in its ASRHR focus.
  • Prepare quality weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual plans and reports for implemented activities.
  • Participate in evaluating progress towards achievement of project outcomes.
  • Provide on-going support supervision and monitoring to the selected partner and project staff and to ensure delivery of quality services.
  • Contribute to the creation and sharing of knowledge by synthesizing and documenting impact stories, lessons, success stories, best practices, strategies and approaches.
  • Analyze basic factors affecting the achievement of results, recommend corrective action and follow up on recommendations.
  1. Promote Gender Equity and Diversity & Safeguarding Practices                                                                  All the time (5%)
  • Practice a behaviour that is consistent with CARE’s core values, and promotion of gender equity and diversity goals
  • Plays a leadership role in identifying and implementing initiatives that enhance CARE’s commitment to gender and diversity.
  • Ensure that CARE Safeguarding policies and procedures are adhered to by all and the staff that S/he supervisors both directly or indirectly
  • Ensure that staff and related personnel under your jurisdiction are familiar with the following organizational policies and procedures and can identify when needed how these may have been breached; The CI Safeguarding policy, Protection from Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse and Child Abuse, The anti-discrimination and harassment policy, The code of conduct and the organizational Values.
  1. Any other duties (5% of time)
  • Any other duties that are incidental to the role.
  • Any other duties assigned by the supervisor


  • A bachelor’s degree in gender studies, adult education, Social Work, Social Development, Community Psychology or Law.
  • A post graduate Qualification / Master’s degree in a relevant field such as in Gender Studies, adult education, social work, Social Development, Community Psychology or Law is a MUST.
  • Advanced knowledge and at least five years of proven practical experience technically supporting gender transformative approaches.
  • At least 5 years of hands-on professional experience in Gender programming, particularly GED (including working with various cultural backgrounds, understanding their culture, breaking taboos in conversations, ability to discuss sensitive topics such as masculinity and sexuality in a sensitive but direct way) with experience implementing gender transformative programs a must.
  • At least 5 years of hands-on professional experience in community development, including experience and knowledge of working within a Post Conflict Recovery and development background technically supporting gender transformative approaches.
  • Practical experience implementing Male Engage methodologies, developing capacity and working with implementing partners.
  • Strong working Knowledge in Monitoring and accountability with excellent skills in report writing and documentation.
  • Desired:

  • Experience working with large teams with multiple deliverables across countries and multiple locations.
  • Strong inter-personal communication skills; teamwork, sound judgment, decision making and stress tolerance.
  • Ability to network, build relationships and establish collaboration with different organizations and platforms and networks.
  • Ability to link with community activists and social movements


    • Excellence: Sets high standards of performance for self and/or others; successfully completes assignments; sets standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed; ensures interactions and transactions are ethical and convey integrity.

    Integrity: maintains social, ethical, and organizational norms; firmly adheres to codes of conduct and ethical principles inherent to CARE.

    Communicating with Impact: Diplomatically, logically and clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the recipient / audience and helps them understand and retain their message.

    • Facilitating Change: Supports and manages the change process at CARE Uganda by developing a culture affirmative of change; encouraging others to seek and act upon opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities; critically analyzing evolving and fluid situations; facilitating the implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace; actively engaging with resistance to change.

    • Strengthening Partnership: Identifying and utilizing opportunities within and outside of CARE Uganda to develop effective strategic relationships between one’s area and other areas/departments/units or external organizations to achieve CARE’s objectives.

    Management Excellence: Makes the connection between values and performance. Influences the performance of others, and ultimately, the performance of the organization. Sets direction, coaches & develops, promotes staff wellness & safety, practices & promotes compliance, models gender equity & diversity, communicates effectively.

    • Developing Teams: Using appropriate methods and a flexible interpersonal style to help build a cohesive team; facilitates the completion of team goals.

    Diversity - Promoting, valuing, respecting and fully benefiting from each individual’s unique qualities, background, race, culture, age, gender, disability, values, lifestyle, perspectives or interests; creating and maintaining a work environment that promotes diversity.

    Adaptability- Expected to well adjust with the country, the CO operating environment and with the Project team to function effectively and efficiently

    Coaching - Ability to demonstrate to enhance skills and capacity of staff working in the field and office for them continue to serve CARE in the future program activities

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