Gender Advisor
Position # 71176-008


Volunteer Cooperant (VC/OS)
Unaccompanied assignment - This assignment does not include support for accompanying partners or dependants


Center for Emergency Aid and Rehabilitation, Inc.


PHILIPPINES , Tacloban City, The Philippines


6 months


Departure date is contingent upon completion of administrative file and approval of visa. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and position will remain open until filled.


In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan destroyed the shelter and livelihoods of many people living in Leyte and the Samar Islands in the Philippines. The Haiyan Reconstruction Project builds on the achievements and lessons learnt from the implementation of the Typhoon Haiyan Livelihoods Response Project which was also implemented by the Centre d’étude et de coopération internationale (CECI). The Haiyan Reconstruction Project aligns with the reconstruction plans of the Government and provincial department which highlight agriculture and the fisheries as the sectors of focus for reconstruction and acknowledge the role and importance of actively engaging and providing economic activities to women. The project also works on needs identified by the local government, communities and microenterprises; in the project areas.

The project objectives are to facilitate the development of new and existing Micro, Small and Medium enterprises (MSME) led by women groups, targeting the identified economic opportunities in agriculture, livestock, fisheries, processing and other non-farm sectors.

The Project will also support Vocational Training Centers, Financial Institutions and Business Development Services in adjusting their training modules, products, services to respond to women and young womens' needs.

Job Purpose:

Under the direction of the project Team Leader and the Program Coordinator; and in close collaboration with the Gender and Inclusion Specialists based in Canada, the Micro, small and medium enterprises, the Monitoring & EvaluationTeam in the Philippines, the Canadian Volunteer will support the project in continuing implementing the mainstreaming of gender equality and the Women Economic Empowerment strategies across all four components. He/She will also support the monitoring of the project gender strategy as part of the project's sustainable economic growth for the women and men affected by typhoon Haiyan.


  • Monitor the Gender Equality and Women Economic Empowerment Strategies of the project in collaboration with the national micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) and CSA Officers and M&E Team:
  • Support gender mainstreaming in project’s activities across all components.
  • Work closely with Financial Institutions and Business Development Services to implement a gender sensitive approach to product development
  • Contribute towards ensuring gender sensitivity of data sets/data bases and the capacity of the project to provide and use gender-disaggregated data.
  • Support the needs analysis process for capacity building and develop appropriate tools to meet identified needs.
  • Ensure that the gender strategy is always integrated in activity design and management, and identify strategic actions (related to gender strategy and WEE approach) to improve the quality of project implementation.
  • Develop and facilitate training and learning opportunities for project staff, other volunteers and partners on gender equality.
  • Support theTeam Leader and the Program Coordinator in the preparation of the participatory mid-year and annual reviews, semi-annual narrative progress reports in accordance with established standards;
  • Document gender mainstreaming tools in vocational training and good practices and share these with staff and partners.
  • Prepare a final activity report at the end of assignment.
  • Mainstreaming gender equality and youth inclusion and engagement in all areas of responsibility.


  • University degree in social sciences, gender studies, or other fields related to equality between men and women and/or Women Economic Empowerment and/or Vocational training.
  • Relevant experience in gender (designing training materials, social mobilization, organizational strengthening, training in soft skills).
  • Experience in participatory training and capacity development an asset.
  • Experience in research, data collection and information gathering an asset.
  • International development experiences an asset.
  • Passionate about gender equality.
  • High level of interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff and different partners from different sectors.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, supportively, and respectfully with others.
  • An influential communicator, with excellent written and verbal skills in English.
  • Must be computer literate; experience in the usage of computers and office software (MS Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Members of the Filipino diaspora in Canada are encouraged to apply. Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.


  • Support and guidance prior to departure and while on assignment in country.
  • Participation in a pre-departure training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and meet other volunteers. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
  • In-country orientation and briefing upon arrival in-country.
  • Language training in-country where required.
  • Return flights, visas and work permits.
  • Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials.
  • Health insurance.
  • Modest monthly living allowance while overseas.
  • Accommodation while overseas.
  • Vacation leave entitlement.
  • Return debriefing in Canada after completion of assignment. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
  • An incredible opportunity to enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!


  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada between the age of 18-70.
  • Departure date is contingent upon the timely completion of all administrative requirements (e.g. visa processes, medical clearance, police checks, travel documentation).
  • With the support of the program, all volunteers shall undertake to make a minimum financial contribution of $1,500 for participating in the program.


  • You must ensure that you have a SYGESCA session open and that your profile contains a curriculum vitae before applying for the position.