Tetra Tech

Gender Equality Specialist

Tetra Tech

Job Description

The Australian Government’s Fiji Program Support Facility seeks a highly motivated individual to promote and integrate gender equality in Fiji’s Education sector.

Why Tetra Tech International Development?

As a leading Global Development consulting firm, our purpose is to contribute to a world where people, communities and the planet thrive.

Tetra Tech International Development works with governments, businesses and NGOs to solve complex development challenges. Our dedicated team helps partners including DFAT, USAID and the Asian Development Bank to deliver effective and sustainable projects in more than 80 countries around the world.

  • A senior opportunity to promote gender equality and the Empowerment of Women and girls
  • Reporting directly to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts
  • Full time contract to 31 December 2021, with the expectation of extension

The Program

The Fiji Program Support Facility (the Facility) was established in 2017 to support and implement Australia’s aid programs such as health, education, Australia Awards and governance in Fiji. The Facility also supports the Australia Awards and education programs in Tuvalu. The Facility integrates cross-cutting themes, including gender equality, disability inclusion, Climate Change, Emergency preparedness and response and civil society engagement, across sectoral programs. In particular, the Facility seeks to strengthen program outcomes by better addressing the needs of targeted beneficiaries including those who are often marginalised.

Australia’s Support to Fiji’s Education Sector program works in close partnership with the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts (MEHA) to enable all boys and girls to learn. It focuses on strengthening MEHA’s HR capacity, literacy and numeracy, inclusive education, Fiji Education Management Information System (FEMIS), and teacher preparation and development.

The Program contributes to the strategic priorities of MEHA that support quality learning and teaching through targeted support including demand driven technical assistance, grants to support analytics and partnerships.

The Position

The Gender Equality Specialist role aligns with Government of Fiji’s (GoF) priority of promoting gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.

The national Gender Equality Specialist will support MEHA to translate its gender equality policy commitments into reality ensuring that gender equality principles are promoted and upheld throughout the Ministry. This will be achieved through a supportive approach, working in close collaboration with MEHA counterparts, and being responsive to the needs of the Permanent Secretary’s priorities.

The Gender Equality Specialist will be responsive to requests from within MEHA to review and contribute to the development of policy and procedures to ensure that gender equality objectives are included and provide supportive Capacity Building to colleagues as required.

In addition, working closely with the Program, and the Facility’s Gender and Inclusion Senior Adviser, the Gender Equality Specialist will promote gender equality throughout key activities including, but not limited to, HR reforms, FEMIS enhancements, literacy and numeracy initiatives, student support services, and teacher preparation.

The Person

The ideal candidate will have proven experience in promoting gender equality using culturally appropriate and sensitive approaches as well as experience integrating gender equality, preferably in the public sector. The candidate will also have demonstrated experience in supporting senior management to integrate gender equality into their programs and operations. Relevant experience designing MEL processes and implementing findings into policy and planning is desirable.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with excellent interpersonal and communication skills who can influence change and foster successful relationships. The candidate will have the ability to lead effective consultations with diverse stakeholder groups.

A Bachelor’s Degree in the Social Sciences, Gender Studies and/or Development Studies is mandatory.

This position is locally engaged and open to National Citizens of Fiji. The position classification is equivalent to Civil Service Band O.

This program is managed by Tetra Tech International Development, on behalf of the Australian Government.

Tetra Tech International Development has a 40-year history in successfully delivering international Development Projects on behalf of donors right around the world, including Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, USAID and the UK's Department for International Development (now known as the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office). Our people work side by side with local partners to support stability, Economic Growth and good governance, positively changing people's lives.

Tetra Tech International Development has robust policies and guidelines which exemplify our commitment to safeguarding and technical excellence in gender equality. Our team of dedicated GEDSI advisers work closely with our staff and partners to ensure a context-specific and consistent approach is applied to all our programmes to improve the livelihoods of the world’s most marginalised groups.

Tetra Tech International Development is an equal opportunity employer of choice and is committed to Child Protection.
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