Gender Specialist – Syrian Arab Republic

Organizational framework

The main objective of the FAO country office in Syria is to support the government in developing policies, programs and projects aimed at ensuring food security and reducing hunger and malnutrition, developing the sectors of agricultural fishing and forestry and to make optimal use of their environmental and natural resources. responsibly and sustainably.

The FAO Representation in Syria is organized around three main units: Programme, Operations and Administration. The current portfolio of projects in Syria includes activities related to crop production and protection, animal health and animal production, water for production, environment and climate change, gender and social inclusion, and is implemented with humanitarian, transitional and development funding.

Reporting lines

The Gender Specialist will work under the general supervision of the FAO Representative in Syria, with the guidance of the FAO Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) for Syria and the direct supervision of the Project Manager “Strengthening Livelihoods and resilience in Syria” (BLRS).

Technical Guidance

Contribute to the overall direction of the Building Local Resilience in Syria (BLRS) project and ensure strong integration of core BLRS project activities with VAWG pilot activities, in relevant locations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan and lead the overall gender components of the FAO BLRS project, including providing input into the development of the work plan for the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) pilot project, and oversee the implementation of the work plan. In particular, the Gender Expert will support the implementation of activities planned under the VAWG pilot project and facilitate the adoption of selected programs and approaches to promote gender equality and the reduction of gender-based violence (GBV). ) in this intervention.
  • Support the project team in building awareness and capacity to work in a gender-responsive manner, particularly with regards to GBV prevention and mitigation. This will involve providing training, mentoring and follow-up to support the implementation of all gender and GBV-related activities,
  • Provide technical and strategic advice to the Gender and Community Engagement Officer (GCEO) on agreed VAWG approaches and provide effective oversight of the GCEO.
  • Collaborate closely with the structures established under the BLRS project, to effectively implement the GBV and gender activities planned under the VAWGs pilot project. These structures will include Farmer Field Schools (FFS), Farmer Business Schools, Water User Associations (WUAs), Agricultural Processing Groups, etc. tolerance.
  • Work closely with the Regional Gender Specialist to implement the VAWGs pilot in targeted locations.
  • Support for the design and implementation of the planned baseline evaluation, including review of available baseline data and ongoing monitoring of gender and GBV indicators during the project life cycle.
  • Conduct a detailed gender analysis guided by the Regional Gender Specialist, focusing on social norms, attitudes and perceptions around key issues addressed by the VAWG pilot (particularly economic violence against women and early marriages) in the targeted areas of intervention.
  • Assess and identify any gaps in the capacity of project staff and implementing partners on GBV and gender-sensitive approaches, and support them with training and technical support tailored to their needs. Identify gender-specific constraints and provide key recommendations, informed by FAO gender policy, to ensure that both men and women benefit from project activities.
  • Draft a follow-up action plan, co-developed with project staff, outlining the different roles and responsibilities of staff with respect to the action plan and indicators to measure the success of the actions.
  • Coordinate with relevant project focal points to ensure gender is mainstreamed in BLRS and other FAO projects in Syria. This will be done in collaboration with the FAO gender focal point in Syria and the regional gender specialist.
  • Provide regular reports to the BLRS Manager regarding GBV activities and overall gender mainstreaming and mainstreaming in the project. Document successes and good practices, including consolidating materials used by project staff and implementing partners in the field. Address critical issues that may arise from gender and GBV components, both at the project team and community level.
  • Perform any other tasks requested.


Minimum requirements

  • The candidate must have at least a university degree in gender, social work, economics or a related field.
  • 5 years of experience in gender analysis and mainstreaming gender into a range of rural livelihoods, resilience and development programs, with the UN or other international agencies. Experience must include developing work plans and gender strategies in the context of large programs and/or designing monitoring plans.
  • [MI(1] Working knowledge of English and Arabic (C1),
  • Citizen of Syria.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Focus on results
  • Team work
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement

Technical/functional skills

  • Good communication, analytical, presentation and reporting skills and excellent team spirit;
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Good communication skills and ability to work under pressure,
  • Competence in the use of MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, as well as statistical software;
  • Proven experience with UN regulations and procedures will be an added advantage.
  • Exceptionally strong commitment to gender equality and the economic empowerment of women and girls.
  • Experience in rural livelihood development in rural areas would be an asset, including field work and data collection.
  • 2 years of expertise in primary data collection and fieldwork.
  • Knowledge of the agricultural sector in Syria is an asset;

[MI(1]Moved under Functional Skills

How to register

To apply, go to the recruitment site at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received via the recruitment portal will be considered.

We encourage applicants to submit their applications well before the deadline

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