Gender Advisor - Women Economic Empowerment
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


9 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.


Typhoon Haiyan destroyed shelter and livelihoods in Leyte and Samar Islands in the Philippines at the end of 2013. The Haiyan Reconstruction Project builds on the achievements of the CECI typhoon Haiyan livelihoods response project, on lessons learnt from the livelihoods sector and on the needs identified by the communities, local government, Savings and Credit cooperative and Chamber of commerce. It also aligns with Yolanda Reconstruction Plan of the Government and provincial department plans which highlight Agriculture and fisheries sector as the focus sector for reconstruction and acknowledge the role and importance of actively engaging and providing economic activities to women.

The project will 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 women 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 (GIS) based in Canada, the MSME and the M&E Team in the Philippines, the Canadian Volunteer / Gender Advisor – Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) 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: Sustainable Economic growth for the women and men affected by typhoon Haiyan in Leyte and Samar in Philippine.


  • Monitor the Gender Equality and Women Economic Empowerment Strategies of the project in collaboration with the national MSME and CSA Officers and M&E Team:
  • Support gender mainstreaming in project’s activities across all components.
  • Work closely with Financial Institutions (FI) and Business Development Services (BDS) to implement a gender sensitive approach to product development
  • In collaboration with the Project Monitoring & Evaluation Team;
  • Contribute towards ensuring gender sensitivity of data sets/data bases and the capacity of the project to provide and use gender-disaggregated data.
  • In close collaboration with the National Sector Officers and Canadian Advisors:
  • 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.
  • Provide, on a need basis, technical assistance to different collaborating partners in assessing the strength of their approach to gender mainstreaming in their activities.
  • Collaborate with local partners to develop strategies and tools to increase the participation of women and young women and promote their increased access to and control over tailored services and products.
  • Support the Team Leader and the Program Coordinator in the preparation of the Annual Work Plans, participatory mid-year and annual reviews, semi-annual narrative progress reports in accordance with established standards;
  • Participate in gender equality networks related to vocational training.
  • Document gender mainstreaming tools in vocational training and good practices and share these with staff and partners.
  • Depending on need and availability, support the work of the national Officers and the GED Canadian Advisor.
  • Prepare a final activity report at the end of assignment.
  • Mainstreaming gender equality and youth inclusion and engagement in all areas of responsibility
  • Ensure that gender equality, as well as youth inclusion, is taken into account in needs assessments and data gathering, capacity building, knowledge sharing, and partnership development through fixing specific mainstreaming objectives, activities to realize these objectives, and follow up on results.


  • At least 3-4 years of experience in a related area of work.
  • University degree in social sciences 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.
  • Knowledge in andragogy.
  • Experience in research, data collection and information gathering an asset.
  • International development experiences an asset.
  • Passionate about gender equality.
  • Entrepreneurial vision, creativity and innovation.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrates openness to change and adaptability.
  • An influential communicator, with excellent written and verbal skills in English.
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Must be computer literate; Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Collaboration and Team work
  • 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.