Gender and Humanitarian Consultant (Remote Placement)

Duration: 6 months

Host Agency: Aga Khan Foundation, Mozambique


About AKFC

Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) is an international development organization and registered charity. AKFC partners with communities, businesses, and governments to find innovative, lasting solutions to promote inclusive development. Working in Africa and Asia, the Foundation invests in local institutions and systems that anchor progress over the long term. In Canada, AKFC mobilizes funding and expertise, and promotes awareness of global issues. In all of our work, advancing gender equality, inclusion and pluralism are key objectives and approaches.  AKFC is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network, one of the world’s most comprehensive development organizations. Since 1980, AKFC has helped millions of women and men to unlock their own potential to build a better life.  Learn more at

About AKF Mozambique

Aga Khan Foundation Mozambique currently works across a number of thematic sectors, including: Health & Nutrition, Agriculture & Food Security, Economic Inclusion, Civil Society & Early Childhood Development. One of AKF-Mozambique’s key programmatic priorities is to foster greater gender equality through facilitating equitable opportunities for women, girls, boy and men within our programmes. In October 2018, AKF Mozambique developed its first organizational Gender Policy.

Consultancy Summary

The Gender and Humanitarian Consultant is responsible for building the Aga Khan Foundation’s (AKF) capacity to effectively integrate gender into its ongoing programs focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights, agriculture and civil society and governance. The consultant’s primary responsibility will be to build the capacity of local staff on gender equality within a humanitarian context through training, coaching and mentorship. This includes ensuring rapid response and flexible approaches to assess and address the needs of conflict-affected communities and IDPs; assisting the team in developing gender responsive strategies, interventions and tools; supporting the implementation of gender responsive programs; and supporting the Gender Equality team in monitoring data, achieving results, communicating successes and reflection on lessons learned, including COVID-19 response programming.

The Gender and Humanitarian Consultant will work with the Grants and Gender Officers on the Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women and Girls in Cabo Delgado (SPARC) project. This position is a virtual consultancy providing remote support to AKF’s offices in Maputo and Pemba, Mozambique. The consultant will report to the Gender Manager.


  • Provide technical and programmatic guidance on gender equality programming in emergency response planning and implementation under the Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Women and Girls in Cabo Delgado (SPARC) project
  • Strenghten the capacity of the SPARC Gender Officer and SPARC Grants Officer on gender equality in emergency response, through coaching and mentorship
  • Design and deliver a Training of Trainers on gender equality and gender responsive humanitarian action
  • Develop and implement guidance and contingency plans for needs-based, gender and adolescent responsive, innovative, well-coordinated, and timely humanitarian responses for communities experiencing conflict and IDPs
  • Identify contextually relevant and effective strategies to address gender and social barriers
  • Track gender equality data and results across the portfolio, as well as capture and document gender equality successes and lessons learned
  • Monitor the implementation and results of AKF COVID-19 response activities
  • Produce case studies and communication materials on gender equality and health, particularly focused on gender and adolescent responsive humanitarian action

Required Qualifications & Experience

We are looking for a candidate who has:

  • Post-secondary degree in gender studies, humanitarian action, international development, sociology, or related field; Masters degree preferred
  • At least 2-3 years experience in health and emergency response; focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights is an asset
  • At least 2-3 years experience in gender equality and women’s empowerment programming
  • Experience working in a cross-cultural environment; experience working in Southern Africa is an asset
  • Experience in training, coaching and capacity building
  • Expertise in gender analysis and integration
  • Fluency in oral and written English; knowledge of Portuguese and/or Swahili is an asset

Essential Skills & Attributes

  • Excellent technical skills in gender equality program design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, research and learning
  • Strong analysis, planning and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build capacity and mentor others
  • Attention to cultural sensitivity and awareness of local realities
  • Strong multitasking, planning, time-management and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Strong values and team-based approach to work
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to listen and ensure that staff is engaged and learning about gender equality over the course of the placement



Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by clicking the link below.

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Deadline: September 15, 2020 by 11:59pm EDT


Please note that due to the nature of funding for this position, the placement is only open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


AKFC is committed to advancing gender equality and inclusion through our programming and operations in Canada and overseas. AKFC requires all employees to review and abide by the AKFC Gender Equality Policy.


AKFC recognizes the importance of safeguarding and is committed to ensuring it manages a wide range of risks such that beneficiaries, staff, other associates and the organization as a whole are kept safe from harm.


AKFC welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.