Field Gender & Nutrition Officer

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Job Title: Field Gender & Nutrition Officer
Company: Self Help Africa
Department: Programmes
Location: Akista
Contract Type: One year fixed term contract
Reports to: Cluster Coordinator

About Self Help Africa  
Self Help Africa is an international development organisation that works through agriculture and agri-enterprise development to end hunger and extreme poverty. The organisation has programmes in 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and also implements projects in Brazil and Bangladesh. In early 2023 we launched a new five-year organisation strategy, which defines shared mission as the alleviation of hunger, poverty, social inequality and the impact of climate change through community-led, market-based and enterprise-focused approaches, so that people can have access to nutritious food, clean water, decent employment and incomes, while sustaining natural resources. Our wider organisation also includes social enterprise subsidiaries Partner Africa, which provides ethical auditing and consultancy services, TruTrade, an innovative trading platform in East Africa, and CUMO, Malawi’s largest micro-finance provider. Our three core values are:

  • Impact: We are accountable, ambitious and committed to systemic change.
  • Innovation: We are agile, creative and enterprising in an ever-changing world.
  • Community: We are inclusive, honest and have integrity in our relationships.

Job Purpose

The position holder will be responsible for integration of gender, nutrition, and other cross cutting issues in order to maximize safety, dignity and equality, and minimize social tensions and unintended discrimination or exclusion in all project interventions as well as support mainstreaming of nutrition sensitive agriculture. The PGNAAP officer shall be responsible to ensure that gender, nutrition, and other cross cutting issues such as Protection, Accountability to Affected Populations are properly addressed as cross-cutting theme in all aspects of the R4 project implementation. 

Key Responsibilities

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

Under the supervision of SHA country office gender and nutrition advisor, the incumbent will be responsible for

  • Regularly analyzing situations/changes in the project operational context which affect the gender issues and protection risks faced by affected people, and their ability to receive information and provide feedback and comments;
  • Identifying potential adjustments that the R4 project can make to maximize protection, gender, nutrition, and accountability to affected populations (PGNAAP) outcomes, promote gender equality and transformation, and minimize risks including protection from sexual exploitation and abuse as well as ensure nutrition mainstreaming;
  • Working closely and collaboratively with the R4 project team and partners to discuss operational and implementation issues, find solutions, make recommendations and/or alert senior management for higher-level intervention and/or decision;
  • Supporting implementation of gender-transformative (FLM) programming including for women’s economic empowerment;
  • Supporting the capacity of staff, partners, contractors and other affiliated entities to implement PGNAAP in their work, and raise awareness on PGNAAP through marking special days such as International Women’s Day, and national holidays;
  • Conduct, gender and vulnerability assessment/analysis
  • Ensure regular consultation with the communities (collecting data on gender, nutrition, AAP and protection), which would support gender, nutrition, AAP and protection analysis.
  • Works closely with the R4 project staff and partners, to implement and monitor project plans and activities related to PGNAAP and raise any PGNAAP issues/ concern with the project team and partners.
  • Ensure rollout and compliance with SHA’s and project donor key standard operating procedures.
  • Providing support for the integration of gender into the R4 project;
  • Facilitate/organize different training including introducing nutrition sensitive agriculture and cooking demonstration on nutritionally dense food
  • Supporting effective implementation and dissemination of information and materials such as SBCC to project target beneficiaries, and other stakeholders;
  • Participate in and develop annual, quarterly, monthly and weekly implementation plans and reports for PGNAAP
  • Produce education materials (printed IEC materials)
  • Documenting/reporting PGNAAP activities for ad-hoc/monthly/annual reports
  • Assist in timely and accurate documentation, publication and dissemination of the business development and financial literacy activities.  This includes success stories, lessons learned, etc.
  • Perform other duties given by her/his supervisor.

Key Relationships


  • Cluster Coordinator (Line Manager)
  • Gender and Nutrition advisor and focal person to PGNAAP
  • Project Manager
  • R4 Project Team,
  • SHA Ethiopia Country Office


  • Project Donor
  • Local Government Authorities,
  • Financial Institutions,
  • Other International and Local NGOs,
  • Private Sector Organisations,
  • Business Advisors and Mentors.

Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience


  • BSc/BA degree in Rural Development, Development studies, gender studies, human rights, political or social sciences, or other related fields 
  • At least three years relevant working experience in a similar role at a senior level preferably in a conflict zone or a difficult context.
  • Strong conceptual and practical understanding of gender and protection issues and approaches in humanitarian and (livelihood and Disaster Risk reduction) development contexts, including the constraints, sensitivities and risks associated with such work.
  • Knowledge of the social context and challenges in promoting gender equality and equity.
  • Proven experience in the provision of technical advice and effective support to field programs, and skills in staff and volunteer development, mentoring, and training
  • Demonstrable understanding of gender and protection work – including when it applies to violence, abuse and harassments within organizations – and ability to implement relevant policies and activities.
  • Excellent influencing and negotiation skills. The ability to work independently as well work as a team player – supporting staff and volunteers is essential.
  • Proven analytical skills and strategic thinking, ability to apply professional and ethical standards to data collection and analysis processes.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Computer literacy, particularly in MS Word and MS Excel
  • Ability to work independently in a timely and organized manner;


  • Demonstrate capacity to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time to meet goals in a high-pressure environment
  • Proven ability to work in multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder working environments
  • Experience working in an NGO setting
  • Ability to work and act under pressure

How to apply

The full job description can be found here.

You can apply for the position by completing the application form and uploading it along with your CV, cover letter on the Self Help Africa portal here.

Application Deadline: 25th May 2024

Self Help Africa strives to be an Equal Opportunities Employer

Any candidate offered a job with Self Help Africa will be expected to sign Self Help Africa’s Safeguarding Policies and Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents.