Gender and Safeguarding Specialist - Mogadisho

Job Details
Employer: Action Against Hunger USA
Job Title: Gender and Safeguarding Specialist - Mogadisho
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Mogadishu
Category: Other
  • Position Title: Gender and Safeguarding Specialist
  • Number of positions: 1 (One)
  • Reporting to: Program Director
  • Level: X2
  • Duty Stations: Mogadishu, Somalia

Organisational background:

Action Against Hunger-USA is part of the Action Against Hunger International network, which provides humanitarian relief in over 40 countries worldwide in the sectors of nutrition, health, water/sanitation, and food security. Action Against Hunger-USA, an independent NGO, currently manages operations in 8 countries: Kenya, South Sudan, Cambodia, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Haiti and Somalia. Action Against Hunger-USA has over $75 million in programs, and approximately 2000 staff based in in the various country offices, Head Quarter in New York City and Operational Centre in Nairobi. Additional growth is anticipated.

Summary of Position

The Gender and Safeguarding Specialist will be responsible for providing strategic and systematic support on implementation of gender responsive programs as well as spearhead gender program development across Somalia Mission. S/he will work with Action Against Hunger staff to ensure gender mainstreaming across other sectors such as Health, Nutrition, WASH and FSL. S/he will additionally ensure

The Gender and safeguarding Specialist will work in partnership with HEARO, Action Against Hunger Canada, line ministries, county authorities and different donors namely GAC, BHA, FCDO, SIDA, ECHO, just to mention a few—in championing gender in program design and delivery. The Gender and Safeguarding Manager will focus on capacity building for the program and support teams plus partners to ensure gender mainstreaming in the organization and provide gender related reports for internal and external stakeholders.


The position is responsible for providing technical and strategic support to Action Against Hunger Somalia Country Office specifically fronting the gender agenda, which include proactively supporting the country office towards gender mainstreaming and integration in nutrition, WASH, FSL in order to achieve Gender Minimum Standards (GMS).

The Gender and Safeguarding Specialist will participate in project development including planning, development of innovative gender strategies, communication, monitoring and evaluation strategies in close liaison with the PDQ Department. The position will be responsible for overseeing adherence and implementation of Action Against Hunger Gender Policy, Protection Against Sexual Harassment Policy (PSEA) and adoption of more comprehensive safeguarding policy.

Action Against Hunger has a strong commitment to creating a culture of zero-tolerance of safeguarding violations in our workplace and in our programs – as well as a safe environment for reporting. The organization is committed to responsible programming, and the protection of program participants and communities with whom we work through prevention and, where misconduct is alleged, to address it without fear or favor. This position will therefore be responsible for supporting the Somalia country office to institutionalize our Safeguarding commitments across programs and operations.


Develop collaborative working relationships with program and support teams at the regional and state level to ensure gender integration throughout the project cycle and within Somalia country office operations.

The position holder will represent Action Against Hunger in key strategic and coordination meetings/forums both at the national, regional and State level, which include: Gender Technical Working Groups, Global Gender Task Force, gender related conferences, Annual Gender Champion Workshop among others.

The Gender and safeguarding Specialist will focus on strategic partnerships and relationship building on gender related matters with key stakeholders in the government institutions, donor community (GAC, GFFO, USAID, SIDA, ECHO, etc),UN Agencies (UN Women, FAO, UNICEF, WFP, UNFPA), like-minded NGOs and Inter-Agency PSEA Network.


He or she will provide technical support in knowledge product development and technical backstopping on gender issues including: conceptual clarity on gender mainstreaming, and inputs to independent research on emerging gender issues in a timely manner

Essential job duties.

· Take lead in development, management, and implementation of gender-focused and gender integration activities for all program components.

· With the support of the Gender Focal Points for each operational base, build and promote internal capabilities and collaboration in mainstreaming gender within Action Against Hunger Programs

· Take lead in capacity building of County staff in consolidating, validating and analyzing of data disaggregated by sex, age and other diversities.

· Facilitate the transfer of gender information and updates between the Gender Task Force and Somalia country office.

· Take lead in Country Office to maintain the Gender Minimum Standard (GSM).

· Prepare and disseminate gender assessment data at appropriate national and regional forums.

· Develop and maintain positive strategic working relations with a wide network of partners, including Government, partners, NGOs and representing Action Against Hunger at NGO Forum PSEA Working Group and GBV Sub Cluster.

· Support Implementing Partners in establishing their own safeguarding/PSEA standards to ensure compliance

· Support resource mobilization efforts for Action Against Hunger Somalia mission and ensure that gender is effectively mainstreamed in all project full cycle.

· Advocate with donors and other partners including governments for support of gender related activities including gender mainstreaming in respective program/project delivery.

· Promote knowledge sharing, documentation and dissemination of good practices on gender equality, women’s empowerment and rights, motivate, and engage peers to share ideas and engage with the Gender Agenda.

· Provide analysis and strategic advice at country office on current gender issues, opportunities and gender upcoming events i.e. 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence.

· Take lead in programming, integration of risk mitigation into program design; establish CRMs accountability and community engagement.

· Prepare quality and timely donor reports as per the Action Against Hunger and donor reporting requirements.

· Support program colleagues to undertake Safeguarding risk assessments of activities

· Provide support to design mitigating and corrective measures, including incorporating safeguarding protocols into programs and operations

· Promote institutionalization to influence workplace culture and prioritize organizational commitment to Safeguarding

· Lead on the review of any new proposal or project revision document to ensure safeguarding considerations are included

· Support the establishment of complaint response mechanisms and reporting processes to ensure safe, confidential and accessible channels are available for safeguarding/PSEA Trainings.

Supervisory Responsibilities

There is no staff reporting directly to this position.

Fiscal Responsibility

Budgeting of gender related activities/ interventions/Safeguarding activities including trainings, translations, printing, field visit and community meetings and ensure implementation of these activities within budget, scope and time.

Gender Equality Commitments

· Foster an environment that supports values of women and men, and equal access to information.

· Provide a work environment where women and men must be evaluated and promoted based on their skills and performance.

· Respect beneficiaries women, men, children (boys and girls) regardless of gender, sex orientation, disability, religion, race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, or marital status.

· Value and respect all cultures.

Physical Demands

· While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit for long periods and to concentrate on work, including typing and turn out heavy volumes of work accurately, within short time frames Under stressful situations in the context of a moderately noisy office with many interruptions. Must be able to proofread own work accurately so that only minor corrections are needed on an infrequent basis.

· The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions, Travel and Environment

The duties of the job require regular job attendance at least five days per week. Must be available to work outside normal office hours or on the weekends as required.

Must be able to travel as required for standard domestic and international business purposes. While performing the duties of this job in the field, the employee may be exposed to precarious settings under high security risks and/or very basic living conditions and outside weather conditions, as well as to infectious diseases.

Gender Equality Commitments & Zero Tolerance to Abuse.

· Foster an environment that supports values of women and men, and equal access to information.

· Provide a work environment where women and men must be evaluated and promoted based on their skills and performance

· Respect beneficiaries’ women, men, boys and girls regardless of gender, sex orientation, disability, religion, race, color, ancestry, national origin, age or marital status, Value and respect all cultures.

· Promote and uphold the Safeguarding/PSEA policy and procedures.

Protection Mainstreaming

· Mainstream protection into all stages of Action Against Hunger programmes.

· Support peer local partners to mainstream protection in all stages of their programmes

· Develop and deliver trainings for staff on protection monitoring and implementation of projects that contribute to protection outcomes for communities in alignment with their priorities.

Commitment to Safeguarding

· Champion safeguarding policies and accompanying policy guidance support materials and assist in promoting prevention of sexual misconduct, sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA)

· Work with individuals and teams within the country teams to help ensure programs and operations are integrating Safeguarding measures

· In partnership with relevant teams, identify, map and regularly update local support services available to survivors

· Act as a resource to survivors and help ensure their safety, security and well-being and support a survivor-centered approach

· Help to support and raise awareness around community and program reporting mechanism

· Help to support partner capacity building around Safeguarding including, policy development, reporting and response mechanisms and training

· Act as a resource to managers and staff to help ensure programs and operations are integrating Safeguarding measures

· Participation in key program design meetings and kick-off workshops to facilitate inclusion of risks, planning and strategy with regard to Safeguarding

· Act as a resource to senior management as they work to fulfill their responsibilities and obligations under Action Against Hunger and donor’s Safeguarding policies and response mechanisms

· Work directly with partners on training, policies and reporting mechanisms

Required Qualifications and Professional Experience.

· Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, Anthropology, Gender and Development Studies or other Social Sciences related discipline.

· Minimum 4 years work experience on similar position with similar setting and responsibility

· Experience in program or project design

· Knowledge of main donor requirements in terms of gender integration including GAC, BHA, FCDO, SIDA, ECHO, among others.

· Experience in beneficiary protection from abuse and exploitation in development and humanitarian contexts and knowledge of international protection frameworks and safeguarding mechanisms

· Experience working with Child Protection/Safeguarding related programs

· Knowledge of international standards and best practice related to Safeguarding, PSEA, GBV and Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) commitments.

· Solid understanding and commitment to humanitarian principles including the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS).

Required Skills & Competencies.

· Superior communication and writing skills

· Demonstrated analytical skills both qualitative and quantitative approaches

· Possess good knowledge in advocacy

· Experience in mainstreaming gender in multi-sectoral programming (Health and nutrition, WASH, food security and Livelihoods)

· Fluency in written and spoken English language

· Knowledge in Somali language is required


All employment offers with Action Against Hunger are conditional upon the receipt of satisfactory references and the signing our code of conduct, Safeguarding Policy with a particular focus on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Child Safeguarding. This position will also be subject to robust reference and background screening checks.



Applications, including CV with cover letter and 3 professional references to be sent via email to: not later than 3rd September, 2021 clearly mentioning the position on the subject line. Gender and Safeguarding Specialist

Female Candidates are encouraged to apply

Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Publish date: 2021-08-28 00:00:10
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