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Programme Officer - Gender Mainstreaming (Grade 6) - Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Location: Southern Africa
Alert: Application Deadline Expired

Job Summary  

The Southern Africa Development Community Secretariat (SADC) is seeking to recruit highly motivated and experienced professionals who are citizens of Member States of the SADC to fill the following regional positions to its Organization Structure.

Programme Officer - Gender Mainstreaming - Job Grade 6

Purpose of the job:

  • Support the Senior Programme Officer in ensuring the mainstreaming of gender perspectives into all SADC policies, programmes, projects and activities at both national and regional levels and in monitoring the implementation of the Revised SADC Protocol on Gender and Development.
  • Monitor, evaluate and report progress made in the implementation of all gender commitments of SADC Member States at the regional, continental and international levels.

Duties And Responsibilities

  • Draft calendar of events for the year and maintain effective and efficient development and management of the coordinated Gender Mainstreaming Management Structures of Gender unit
  • Provide effective support to the Senior Programme Officer in mainstreaming gender in all the Directorates and Units’ ‘policies and programs;
  • Facilitate and coordinate the capacity building in mainstreaming gender into all SADC programmes, policies and activities;
  • Continuously, review and update the SADC Gender Mainstreaming Toolkit and sectoral gender mainstreaming checklists and guidelines to be used to build the capacity of all SADC Institutions
  • Promote the documentation and sharing of knowledge about current and emerging gender mainstreaming related concerns and trends, evaluate programmes, document lessons learned, best practices as well as replicable strategies and approaches in the SADC Region.
  • Provide effective support to the Senior Programme Officer in women empowerment issues
  • Develop framework and guidelines for scaling up women’s participation in politics and decision-making positions
  • Facilitate the sensitization and capacity building of regional women parliamentarians caucus in advocacy, lobbying, leadership and management skills. Also, advocate for the critical importance of women’s participation in politics and decision-making positions
  • Facilitate the biennial reporting by the Member States on the implementation of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development and the production of the SADC Gender and Development Monitor
  • Compile Bi-annual reports of Women in Politics and Decision making positions for submission to Council of Ministers and Summit
  • Facilitate and coordinate the regional Women in Business Trade Fairs
  • Assist the Senior Programme Officer to facilitate and coordinate the:
  • Review, development and monitoring of the implementation of the relevant protocol/policies and its harmonisation / alignment
  • Development, review and implementation of the relevant strategies and plans
  • Support the Senior Programme Officer for improved quality programme/project delivery of the Gender Unit through:
  • Ensuring, facilitating and monitoring expenditure of the Gender Unit
  • Mainstreaming project funds and making budgetary allocations as per regular resources ceiling and funding sources
  • Supporting budgetary entries and requisitions/voucher approvals on SIMS
  • Participating in the Gender Unit Review Meetings and prepare monthly programme reports, quarterly and annual implementation progress reports
  • Contributing to the facilitation of mid and year end reviews of Gender Unit Operational Plan to assess progress of implementation
  • Drafting of papers, concept notes, minutes of meetings, annotated agendas etc.
  •  Organisation of relevant Technical & Policy Meetings & Workshops
  • Engagement with or presentations to various stakeholders / audiences on relevant sector issues
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of programmes/projects
  • and preparation of M&E reports
  • Research and disseminate gender related information:
  • Promote evidence-based programming by regularly collecting data and information on sector status/profile in Member States, using primary and secondary research techniques
  • Co-ordinate research projects on the issues facing the sector in the region
  • Analyse the data and information from the research commissioned
  • Develop and regularly populate the regional database on the sector
  • Prepare data for publishing on the SADC website and other forms of media
  • Establish formal contacts with Regional Gender Advocacy groups
  • Maintain effective contact with Member States in all programme related matters for the sector
  • Liaise with other programme directorates, as and when there is a need for joint/ synergised programme implementation
  • Research and adopt best practices in own specialised area of work, and maintain high level of knowledge in order to effectively undertake the duties of the post
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervising officer

Qualifications And Experience

  • At least a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences / Development Studies/ Gender or related relevant technical field from a recognised institution

Specialised Knowledge

  • Knowledge; understanding and the application of gender and gender concepts, as well as integrated programme planning, budgeting, development, administration and monitoring from a Gender perspective
  • Knowledge of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating for Development Results (Results-Based Management)
  • Proficient in the use of computers and computer software relevant to the position


  • At least 7-10 years of similar experience within a public or Civil Society Organization (CSO), private sector, regional or international organization

Skills Requirements

  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Advocacy and lobbying skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Negotiation, networking and relationship building skills
  • Organisational skills (planning, budgeting, time management, work prioritisation)
  • Research, good writing, analytical and problem-solving skills

Competency Requirements

  • Capable of maintaining quality whilst working under pressure and adhering to deadlines
  • Conceptual and practical thinking
  • Customer focused
  • Decisive
  • Demonstrate ability to work independently and largely unsupervised
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in an international, multi-cultural and highly political environment
  • Maintain confidentiality and respectful of sensitive situations
  • Methodical and organised, with a high level of attention to details
  • Organisational awareness with an understanding of how to engage the organisation to get things done
  • Professionalism and adherence to good work ethics
  • Question status quo / conventional approaches and encourage new ideas and innovations for progress
  • Resilience and personal drive, self-motivation
  • Results and performance driven
  • Team player

How To Apply

The positions are open to qualified applicants who:

  • Are 50 years old or younger. This requirement is based on the Organization’s need to recruit staff who can serve for a reasonable period of time before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 60 years.
  • Are from the following eligible Member States: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Closing Date and Submission of Applications: Applications must be submitted to the SADC National Contact Point / of the eligible Member States not later than or on 23 May 2022.

Applications should be accompanied by the following:

  • A cover letter stating the position that you want to be considered for and describe how your qualifications, experience and competencies are relevant to the position
  • Not more than five (5) pages updated curriculum vitae;
  • Certified copies of your degree(s), Diploma(s) and Certificate(s); and
  • Duly signed and completed SADC Application Form.

Should you be shortlisted, you will be required to produce evidence of educational and professional qualifications supporting your application, on the day of your interview.

Gender Mainstreaming

SADC is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from female candidates.

If you are results orientated, you have a passion for the transformation and development of Southern Africa, and possess the required competencies, please submit your application.

Only applicants who meet the requirements of the SADC Secretariat and being considered for interview, will be contacted. Should you not hear from the SADC Secretariat within two months after the closing date, kindly consider your application as unsuccessful.

For further details on the position that you want to apply for, job profiles and SADC Application Form, refer to the SADC Website: 

Details can also be obtained from the National Contact Point in your respective country.  

Alert: Application Deadline Expired

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