Marie Stopes International Ethiopia Vacancy Announcement

Gender Advisor

Marie Stopes International Ethiopia Vacancy Announcement

Job Overview

  • Job Title: Gender Advisor
  • Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Experience Level: Mid Level ( 2-5 years experience)
  • Number of Position: 01
  • Employment Type: Contract
  • Salary: MSI Ethiopia Reproductive Choices Salary Scale
  • Deadline Date: Mar 2, 2023

Job Description

We want individuals who support our mission of eliminating unsafe abortion by 2030 and who work with us to build an enabling environment to increase access to safe services everywhere. We expect all team members to share our vision and commitment to achieving our mission whilst promoting equality and safeguarding the welfare of all clients and colleagues.

Key Responiblities

Embed gender approaches into outreach and project activities

  • Work closely with the grant, proposal development team, and the DCD for programs in program and project designing, document review, and report review of the gender sections.
  • Work closely with support office departments to ensure that Owning their Future project staff and MSIE team members, in general, understand gender and the importance of working to achieve gender equality within MSIE
  • Work with area offices units to develop gender-sensitive and gender transformative resources and approaches to awareness-raising and service delivery under the MSIE outreach model
  • Work with all MSIE departments to develop a Gender Equality Strategy for the organization, with specific interventions to be implemented by Owning Their Future project through an outreach program.
  • Engage in and provide recommendations to integrate gender-responsive approaches in the design, development, and implementation of the Owning their Future project work plans
  • Increase collaboration between outreach field teams, government health offices, and other partners to conduct community dialogues and educative sessions which address myths and misconceptions and gender barriers to accessing family planning methods and gather information on community perceptions on family planning and share with MSIE teams
  • Innovate, design, and oversee cost-effective youth and adolescent engagement activities which will increase awareness of gender issues relating to SRH/FP within the project intervention areas.
  • Coordinate project evaluation ensuring the inclusion of gender equality aspects in the project activities
  • Engage in designing, planning, and implementing gender advocacy strategy, activities, and behavior change and communication campaigns for the stakeholders and the community.
  • Provide administrative, logistics, and other necessary support and advice during the execution of project activities or events.

Embed gender approaches throughout the organization

  • Design and conduct Training and Training of Trainers in gender across the organization.
  • Innovate, design, and oversee cost-effective community activities which will address negative socio-cultural and gender-related to reproductive health including, family planning, MSIE brand, and all other MSIE services, and create a positive image within the community
  • Act as the key advisor on gender and gender equality strategy within the organization and with relevant stakeholders.
  • Assess the needs of MSIE programs and their deliverables, and tailor appropriate gender equality approaches and solutions in a manner that is collaborative and client-focused.
  • Provide advice and support to all MSIE channels to ensure that activities are designed in a gender-sensitive or gender-transformative way and that no MSIE activities reinforce negative or harmful gender norms.
  • Work with the research team to design and implement innovative engagement techniques and research methods that facilitate the capture of varying community views, perceptions, or practices in relation to gender to strengthen programming.
  • Ensure that gender data are well captured, analyzed, stored, and put into use for MSIE programming, community awareness, sensitization, lobbying, and/or advocacy.
  • Work with Research and Monitoring and Evaluation teams to capture, document, and share lessons learned testimonials, and case studies to improve gender equity throughout MSIE and its program activities.
  • Work with external relations team to develop gender-sensitive/transformative materials for promotion, awareness, and sensitization around SRH

External representation

  • With MSIE’s external relations lead, represent MSIE in various SRH and gender networks and movements, and actively participate in advocacy activities
  • Maintain strong team relationships among key stakeholders, leaders, and community groups, on a formal and informal basis, across all community functions
  • Represent MSIE in various meetings, events, initiatives, and dialogues and ensure MSIE visibility is maintained.
  • Work closely with other Gender Advisors across the global partnership and Gender Working Group to foster learnings and best practices.

Job Requirements

Education: MSc in Gender or Social Studies


  • At least 5 years of experience in gender-related project design/management and/or advocacy, preferably in the health organization or reproductive health &family planning, in working with youth and women and their groups in the areas of health promotion.
  • Strong experience in preparing and delivering presentations in relevant stakeholders


  • Committed to the protection of team members and clients, with a focus on vulnerable groups.
  • Able to role-model inclusive and culturally sensitive attitudes and behaviours
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent training design and facilitation skills; ability to adapt training for different audiences
  • Ability to motivate teams
  • Excellent oral, written, and multi-media communication skills in English and Amharic, preferably additional local languages
  • · Proven ability to ‘sell’ ideas, and concepts and to motivate and influence organizational culture and way of working
  • IT literate – strong competency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Understanding major policies/issues of large bilateral/multilateral donors, government policies, and regional policies;
  • collaborative approach to team working.
  • ·Strong personal commitment to the goals of MSI and to put it into practice.

How to Apply

  • Interested and qualified applicants should mail only their motivation letter and C.V, within ten (10) days from the date of this announcement to: Talent Acquisition and Development Department, MSI Ethiopia Reproductive Choices through the following e-mail address:
  • Due to the volume of applications, we will only contact shortlisted candidates, and we are unable to provide any feedback on unsuccessful applications.
  • Please mention the title of the position and workplace you applied for on the subject line of your email.



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