SOS Children’s Villages Zambia is a child focused organisation and an affiliate of the SOS Children Villages International. It is non-governmental, non-political, non-denominational, and non-racial. Its overall mission is to build families for children in need, help them shape their own futures and share in the development of their communities. To realise the mission of the organisation, SOS Children’s Villages Zambia is recruiting for a head of programmes who will lead the organisation’s programmes management team.
The National Gender Officer has the primary responsibility for managing the mainstreaming of gender and developing gender responsive community development programmes in all locations. This involves strengthening and facilitating of mainstreaming gender as a process, taking into consideration gender dimensions in the SOS community development programmes. He/she shall provide management and support to gender initiatives that contribute to the promotion of justice and human rights among the poor and the marginalized communities in which we work by addressing the root causes of poverty through upholding SOS Children’s Villages Zambia mission, vision and values.
Duty station: SOS National Office, Lusaka
The Organisation Major responsibilities:
- Provide implementation task of the Annual Gender action plan.
- Assist SOS Zambia in building understanding and capacity building of the programme team in regard to gender mainstreaming
- Manage and coordinate overall Gender objectives and initiatives such as Child Rights, gender mainstreaming, promotion of girl child education HIV/AIDS and policy influencing at facility and national level.
- Coordinate Gender Monitoring and evaluation and establish mechanisms to track implementation of initiatives.
- Develop mechanism for identification, documentation and dissemination of gender best practices for learning purposes.
- Facilitate and coordinate gender research, documentation and dissemination to inform and influence policy and decision-makers.
- Strengthen and maintain strategic and effective gender policy networks and coalitions with likeminded agencies and organizations i.e. donors, NGOs, government, UN agencies and religious institutions
- Participate in the development of gender and policy training tools and materials.
- Facilitate gender education and awareness raising for staff and communities and other partners through the process of social change and promotion of justice during gender related workshops, seminars, trainings and exposure learning visits
- Facilitate and coordinate gender mainstreaming and gender self-assessment in all stages in the SOS facilities/projects and organization cycles.
- Coordinate and facilitate mobilizations of community members in addressing relevant gender issues from local to national level
- Conduct organizational and Program Gender Audits and suggested intervention plans.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Bachelor degree in Gender and Development, Community Development or Social Science from recognized university
- At least five years working experience in a gender development field.
- Good management and facilitation skills.
- Knowledge of Gender Education and awareness raising, policy influencing and monitoring and community mobilization.
- Ability to plan, manage, organize & supervise others effectively.
- Ability to work with minimum supervision.
- Knowledge of different community cultures and ability to communicate clearly & audibly with different kinds of people.
- Computer skills especially Microsoft Word, excel, power point & the Internet.
- A good command of both oral & written English language skills.
- Basic experience in project M & E practices.
Method of Application
If you believe you are the right candidate for the above position, please send your application letter, detailed curriculum vitae (CV), and photocopies of academic and professional certificates addressed to.
The Human Resources and Administration Manager SOS Children’s Villages Zambia National Office, Plot # 23217 / 35, PHI,
Off Police Post Road,
PO Box 37907,
Applications submitted electronically should indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line and send to the email address given below.
E-mail: Applications including at least three traceable referees should be sent electronically to: