United Nations Foundation

Gender Officer, Haiti, Clean Cooking Alliance

Employment Opportunity - Port-Au-Prince, Haiti - Full Time

Position Overview

The Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA) works with a global network of partners to build an inclusive industry that makes clean cooking accessible to the three billion people who live each day without it. Established in 2010, CCA is driving consumer demand, mobilizing investment to build a pipeline of scalable businesses, and fostering an enabling environment that allows the sector to thrive. Clean cooking transforms lives by improving health, protecting the climate and environment, empowering women, and helping consumers save time and money. In alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals, CCA is working to achieve universal access to clean cooking by 2030. As the Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA), we commit to cultivating an environment that is diverse, inclusive, and equitable in our work and in the communities, we will serve through the “Haiti Cookstoves and Clean Energy Market Project.” We affirm and reinforce our belief in equality and inclusion at all levels by hiring from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and voices. And we recognize that by committing to gender diversity, we will be better equipped to build an inclusive industry that makes clean cooking accessible to the three billion people who live each day without it.

The Project will apply a gender-informed approach across all its market development activities to stimulate market growth. The Project’s gender strategy takes an integrated approach to achieve gender equality outcomes and respond to the unique needs and interests of women. Specifically, it seeks to ensure that women and women’s organizations have the opportunity, skills, resources, and agency to participate in and guide the development of the clean cooking market in Haiti— as policymakers, advocates, and leaders; as clean cooking and enterprise leaders; as employees and entrepreneurs; as technical specialists and innovators; and as informed and empowered consumers. More broadly, it seeks to ensure that the clean cooking sector’s stakeholders have the awareness, knowledge, skills, and technical assistance necessary to serve women’s needs and leverage opportunities to advance women’s rights, their participation as decision-makers, and their access to and control over the resources and benefits of clean cooking solutions. To achieve this, CCA will implement targeted, gender-responsive interventions throughout the Project’s multi-pronged strategy to accelerate the delivery of clean cooking solutions by; Strengthening women’s economic power through targeted capacity building initiatives to increase their presence, knowledge and, skills across the clean cooking supply chain; Incorporating the voices and inputs of women and women’s organizations to mobilize demand through gender-sensitive Behavior Change interventions and innovative consumer financing models; and Deepening women’s active and effective participation to strengthen the enabling environment by involving women and women’s organizations in all policy groups, advocacy groups, and technical working groups.

The Gender Officer supports the Project’s gender strategy to increase the role of women in the clean cooking sector and ensure they have the opportunity, skills, and resources to participate in and guide the development of the clean cooking sector and policy environment. As the gender strategy is embedded across the Project’s market development activities, the person who fills this role will need to work closely with the Project’s Private Sector & Investment Manager who will oversee the market development component of the Project by collaborating with clean cooking enterprises and providing strategic support to consumer demand activities. The Gender Officer will lead all on-the-ground engagement with key gender stakeholders, from government ministries to local civil society organizations (CSOs), to ensure that gender interventions are implemented with and through local partners. The role will report directly to the PS&I Manager .

This position is based in Haiti.

Essential Functions

  • Support the effective implementation of gender-focused activities in line with the Project’s annual work plans and timelines and in compliance with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) Rules and Regulations.
  • Develop and implement gender integration strategies, in collaboration with the PS&I Manager, for clean cookstove and fuel companies, consisting of designing gender action plans and monitoring and evaluating the implementation of gender-focused actions by companies.
  • Provide technical assistance to the Haiti Clean Cooking Fund grantees by facilitating trainings and workshops in collaboration with the PS&I Manager.
  • Identify and build credible strategic partnerships and working relationships with all relevant stakeholders in Haiti to support the implementation of gender-responsive interventions throughout supply, demand, and enabling environment activities.
  • Determine priorities for the Project’s gender strategy and reporting requirements in collaboration with the PS&I Manager.
  • Manage the development and publication of materials for gender knowledge sharing and learning, including case studies, best practices, factsheets, trainings, and other resources and toolkits in close coordination with the Private Sector & Investment and Communications & Partnerships teams.
  • Track and monitor progress of ongoing studies, research, and program-related activities in Haiti to ensure that the CCA and its partners are operating with the most accurate and current information.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelors degree required; Master’s degree in gender studies or relevant discipline (international development, international relations, environment/renewable energy) is preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience implementing programs and strategies in gender equality and women’s empowerment, with demonstrated experience in other relevant areas, such as energy access and enterprise development.
  • Strong project management skills; demonstrated ability managing projects and producing agreed-upon deliverables, on time and within budget.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and maintaining effective working relationships with people, internally and externally, from a wide variety of types of organizations, cultural backgrounds, and functional expertise.
  • Proven experience designing and leading capacity-strengthening efforts across various types of stakeholders, from the national government to the private sector and civil society levels.
  • Excellent analytical skills and proven ability to write clear and concise reports, including academic publications and communications, in English, French, and Haitian Creole.
  • Strong communications skills and training/workshop facilitation skills, with attention to detail and broad strategy and experience communicating to different audiences.
  • Self-starter with the desire for continuous learning and the ability to synthesize information and respond positively to constructive feedback.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills in English, French, and Haitian Creole.
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress.
  • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.

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