Job Opportunity: Livelihood Specialist, Women’s Empowerment Activity, Bangladesh

LIVELIHOOD SPECIALIST

  • Anticipated Start Date: TBD
  • Work Location: Dhaka and rural Bangladesh
  • Other Possible Locations: Bangladesh
  • Expected Travel: up to 30%
  • Language Requirement:  English (required); Bangla (strongly preferred)
  • Employee Duration:  Active Full-Time
  • Type of Post: Accompanied by family
  • Funding: THIS POSITION IS PENDING DONOR APPROVAL

*CARE encourages Bangladeshi nationals and international candidates to apply.

Our diversity is our strength; we encourage people from all backgrounds and experiences, particularly women, to apply.

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Description

CARE Bangladesh seeks a Livelihood Specialist to support an upcoming, USAID-funded, project titled “Women’s Empowerment Activity”.

This effort aims to increase women’s leadership in their communities, enhance females’ collective and individual abilities to make decisions, and improve the target population’s access to income-generating activities, specifically in  agriculture.  By providing women with more, and deeper, avenues to access non-traditionally-female domains of activity – such as participation in public discourse, financial management, and decision-making in farming and off-farm production – the project will help distribute the gender balance of power from hegemonic household and community actors to rural, often poor, women – while acknowledging cultural norms and giving hegemonic actors a space to voice potential concerns about greater female autonomy.

Paying special attention to the perspectives of dominant actors, namely males and mothers-in-law, activities under six intermediate results (women’s increased community leadership, improved decision-making, control over income, decision-making in agriculture, improved time use, and society’s increased acceptance of women’s empowerment) will help women be empowered to  “actively participate in and benefit from economic growth and move towards gender parity”.

Proposed activities fall under three categories: targeting beneficiaries, cultivating women’s empowerment groups, and linking women to more and higher-level income-generating activities.  Project staff will harmonize activities with staffs of concurrent USAID projects, implementing complementary activities and sharing best practices.

The successful Livelihood Specialist will support women to participate in budding rural markets, increase women’s farm and non-farm income-generation activities, bolster female workforce participation, and promote women’s entrepreneurship in all value chains in which the women work.  Moreover, the Livelihood Specialist will uncover, or help create, opportunities to couple female enterprises with potential business partners in pertinent and growing markets.  S/he will coordinate with the COP, DCOP, Gender Specialist, and M&E Specialist to train women in business-oriented skills, money management, and team leadership, helping women to build awareness of their rights as clients, producers, and business partners.

Specific duties and responsibilities:

  • Train women in skills related to agricultural production;
  • Implement gender and value chain approaches to linking women producers and business owners to market opportunities;
  • Assist women in achieving greater agricultural productivity through more and higher-level access to agricultural inputs, tools, and techniques, thereby lessening their physical and time burden;
  • Provide women with financial literacy;
  • Support women’s asset management activities;
  • Implement gender-transformative approaches to agricultural production, contributing to changed gender norms within producer associations, among business owners, and in farming communities; and
  • Encourage sustainable women’s employment among community leaders.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Minimum seven years’ experience in developing livelihood interventions and the technical aspects related to the proposed program description, including skills training, micro-lending, micro-saving, employment generation, alternative/additional income-generation and social protection.
  • Master’s degree in gender studies, development, or a relevant discipline.
  • Extensive experience in projects promoting livelihood interventions with a gender focus, working successfully with international donor/USG agencies, international NGOs, and host country NGOs.
  • Excellent communications skills in English (FSI level IV), both written and orally.
  • Knowledge of Bangla strongly preferred.