Gender Specialist

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Right To Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of conflict, poverty, and disease. Through playing sports and games, Right To Play helps children in more than 20 countries to build essential life skills and better futures, while driving lasting social change.  

Job Posting – Rwanda Gender Specialist

Closing Date: June 22nd, 2018

Organization: Right To Play International

Department/Division    : Program

Work location: Rwanda, Kigali  


Right To Play is a global organization committed to improving the lives of children and youth affected by conflict, disease and poverty. Established in 2000, Right To Play has pioneered a unique play-based approach to learning and development which focuses on quality education, life skills, health, gender equality, child protection and building peaceful communities. With programming in over 20 countries, Right To Play transforms the lives of more than one million children each week using play and sports, both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to our work with children, Right To Play advocates with parents, local communities, and governments to advance the fundamental rights of all children.

Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

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The Rwanda country office is currently searching for a qualified and self-driven candidate to fill the position of Gender Specialist.


The Gender Specialist reports directly to the Country Director. The incumbent is responsible and accountable for the improved integration of gender equality into all programs and projects, development of gender-specific programming and initiatives, building the gender capacity of Right To Play and its partners, and advising on the integration of gender equality into organizational practices such as recruitment and retention of female staff. He/she provides technical support to effective gender program knowledge management initiatives, ensuring adequate collection, management and sharing of information/knowledge generated to orient/affect decision making in program management. The Gender Specialist liaises closely with Gender Specialists in other countries and HQ to share best practices and lessons learned for improved gender programming across the Africa region.


Job Responsibility #1: Strategic planning and program design and implementation

 (30% of Time):

  • Leads detailed context analysis including needs assessments and gender analyses at program and project levels.
  • Advises the Country Director on strategic program priorities in relation to gender and integration of gender equality in the country strategic plan.
  • Provides inputs to country team to ensure appropriate inclusion of gender perspective in all decisions and policies based on country context and global organizational policies on gender equality.
  • Designs and develops gender program strategies, activities and plans in country ensuring they are in line with program objectives and results.
  • Participates in the development of new proposals and concept notes, providing advice to ensure appropriate integration of gender equality into future programming.
  • Advises and supports the implementation of gender focused program activities within the country.
  • Guides the approach to gender mainstreaming and ensures it is responsive to program needs.
  •  Develops relationship with gender specialists at HQ and country programs to share lessons learned and best practices.
  • Ensures that specific donor requirements related to gender equality are well understood and implemented by program and other relevant teams

Job Responsibility #2: Monitoring and Evaluation impact measurement, learning and reporting

 (25% of Time)

  • Provides technical advice and input on the design and implementation of transparent and accountable mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating progress of the country office on the integration of gender equality at programming and country levels.
  • Advises on the gender sensitive indicators that should be incorporated into program and project-level performance measurement frameworks; advises on gender-sensitive data-collection methodologies.
  • Supports monitor the overall integration of gender equality in the country program, gathers lessons learned, and builds upon strengths and improves on weaknesses.
  •  In collaboration with the Monitoring Evaluation and Learning team, participates in regular monitoring and evaluation as required to ensure quality integration of gender equality into programming and adherence to donor’s deliverables and RTP program management tools
  •  Monitors the external contexts and emerging needs regarding gender equality to introduce programmatic changes as necessary.
  • Leads the development of gender-specific progress reports.
  • Assists as required in the review of RTP documentation, policies, procedures and manuals.

Job Responsibility #3: Capacity building/technical support and organizational development

 (20% of Time):

  •  Conducts capacity assessments and facilitates capacity building for country office staff and RTP partners to enhance their capacity, confidence and effective implementation of gender strategies, activities and the integration of gender equality in all projects and programs.
  • Ensures identification and satisfaction of training needs of RTP country office and RTP partner staff on relevant standards and instruments for gender equality
  • Designs and implements demand-driven program approaches and methodologies aiming towards capacity building, working in partnerships, policy analysis and advocacy.
  • Designs and documents training modules and capacity building processes on gender mainstreaming, gender transformative programming and gender advocacy.
  •  In collaboration with HQ Gender Specialist and the human resources coordinator, develops and supports appropriate training and capacity building to ensure that the anti-harassment provisions in RTP policies, as well as the Code of Conduct, are respected by RTP staff.

Job Responsibility #4: Networking, partnerships and advocacy   ( 20 %):

  • Networks with gender-focused professionals and institutions.
  • Supports RTP’s policy advocacy and engagement with key government stakeholders on gender equality.
  • Represents RTP in established gender-focused foras, networks and conferences.
  • Facilitates coordination with other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working on gender, on strategic policy and programming issues.
  • Establishes and strengthens gender focused technical partnerships.

Advises on the development of communication to raise awareness concerning RTP’s engagement on gender equality.             

Job Responsibility #5: Performs other duties as assigned. : (5% of Time):



  • Master’s degree in gender and development studies or related discipline or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience.


  • 5 years’ experience in program management, including a minimum of three years practical gender program management experience (including gender mainstreaming, leading gender analysis)
  • Significant track record in capacity building in gender equality (of civil society, government, and other actors)
  • Extensive experience in monitoring and evaluation (development of gender-sensitive and transformative indicators, gender mainstreaming logical frameworks)
  • Demonstrated working knowledge on the principles and challenges related to the integration of gender equality into development programming 
  • Experience working with an international donor would be considered a strong asset.


  • Facilitation, negotiation and networking skills including facilitating change, innovation, initiating action and capacity building Excellent editorial skills
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office and Excel Excellent knowledge and skills of gender analysis and gender mainstreaming in program development and planning


  • The incumbent is expected to follow the established work procedures and RTP policies and procedures while using analytical skills to solve work-related problems. Seeks CD’s assistance when necessary.
  • To work within the budget set for the implementation of gender equality activities.
  • To keep all information at his/her disposal confidential, well documented and filed.
  •  To coordinate with HQ Gender Specialist, Gender Specialists in other countries and Gender Focal Persons to build cross-country learning.


The incumbent is expected to keep a professional and friendly relationship with all RTP team members within the global organization as well as professional relationships with other stakeholders and gender-related institutions.  


  • Strategic and conceptual thinking ability
  •  Excellent relationship building and communication skills
  • Ability to build commitment of others
  • Good knowledge of analytical tools and skills particularly those that pertain to advice on gender issues and perspectives.


The incumbent is required to travel within the country, outside travel is possible.

Compensation: We offer a competitive salary and benefits package

Employment Start Date: Immediately

Contract Duration: Full-time, contract position as soon as possible


If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to:  and kindly include “Gender Specialist” and your name in the subject line. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Right To Play is a child-centered organization. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children in our programs.