Gender Specialist, Amazonian Indigenous Rights and Resources (AIRR) Project




Position Title: Gender Specialist, Amazonian Indigenous Rights and Resources (AIRR)  Project  Reports to: Chief of Party

  1. Major Function

The Amazonian Indigenous Rights and Resources Project will work across the Amazon Basin in Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, Peru, and Suriname to improve representation of indigenous peoples in governance of Amazon forests and waters in the face of  the development of infrastructure and extraction of natural resources, so they may contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and prevention of land-based greenhouse gas emissions in and around their lands.  USAID and WWF policy requires that gender issues be addressed in a fundamental way, and  integrated throughout the program and into specific activities as appropriate. Likewise, gender equity must be promoted, as appropriate, in all phases of program implementation and internal management.

Under the supervision of the Amazonian Indigenous Rights and Resources Project  Chief of Party, the Gender Specialist will be a member of the Amazonian Indigenous Rights and Resources Project Team, responsible for ensuring the development and implementation of a gender strategy for the Amazonian Indigenous Rights and Resources Project.

  1. Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Design and implement a gender gap analysis, and develop a participatory gender strategy for the project addressing how gender will be integrated into the design and implementation of project strategies, taking into account the roles of women and men, and encouraging and including women and vulnerable groups. The strategy must quantify gender differences in access to resources, impacts of climate change, and threats/impacts due to infrastructure and extractive industries development. It must address major existing inequalities and differential vulnerabilities, and a plan to guard against exacerbating them.
  • Set well defined goals and develop an action plan to ensure that gender is incorporated into the fabric of the project
  • Oversee the implementation of the project gender strategy, working closely with WWF field offices, government and non-government partners, and local communities
  • Develop gender performance indicators to track project progress towards gender equality, as part of the program’s monitoring and evaluation plan
  • Collaborate with monitoring and evaluation specialist to collect and analyze gender and sex-disaggregated data, and propose actions that will address identified gender-related issues as part of the gender strategy.
  • Ensure gender-equitable access and participation to the opportunities and resources associated with AIRR goals and implementation.
  • Review proposed gender-related activities within annual work plan of each implementing partner and recommend improvements where needed
  • Incorporate gender mainstreaming in to the project’s capacity building plan, the communication/knowledge management plan, the social inclusion plan, and the M&E plan as well as the four AIRR Objectives
  • Provide input relating to gender in project’s training needs assessment and undertake gender training as needed for the project
  • Elevate the importance of gender awareness in marginalized groups, Indigenous Peoples (IP) life plans, and regional IP priorities
  • Develop a gender baseline at the beginning of the project and undertake gender audits as needed
  • Any other duties in relation to the above as assigned by the Supervisor.

III.      Supervisory Responsibility

Occasional supervisory role towards interns and volunteers as and when required. Provides requisite directions and support to consultants, companies and grantees as appropriate.           

  1. Working Relationships

Internal: Works as a team member on the the Amazonian Indigenous Rights and Resources Project  Program Team, interacting closely with team members. Interacts regularly with WWF staff with a special focus on those involved in the Amazonian Indigenous Rights and Resources Project.

External: Works closely with Amazonian Indigenous Rights and Resources Project  partners including relevant Government entities, NGOs, civil society organizations and USAID.

  1. Minimum Requirement

Knowledge: A Masters degree in women’s studies, social sciences, international development or related field

Experience: Candidate must have at least three to five years of outstanding experience in gender-related  work in the developing world.

Skills and Abilities: The ideal candidate for this position will take initiative  and have a high level of enthusiasm for his/her work and for the Amazonian Indigenous Rights and Resources Project along with strong verbal and written communication and organizational skills. Strong interpersonal and team-player skills as well as an ability to work independently are essential. Strong Spanish and English language skills are required, with Portuguese preferred. S/he should be effectively able to prioritize work, focusing on priorities without forgetting other tasks, and using initiative and good judgement. Ability to work to deadlines is essential. Good facilitation and coaching skills are an advantage. Must be able to travel extensively to the field, in sometimes rugged conditions (up to 25% travel).

Please send job applications to:

Jordi Surkin

Director de la Unidad de Coordinación Amazónica

WWF Latinoamérica y el Caribe (LAC)

Calle los Pitones 2070

Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Tel.: (591-3) 3430609