Visiting Gender Extension Strengthening Specialist - Department of Agricultural and Consumer Econom
POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Position Title: Visiting Gender Extension Strengthening Specialist
Description: The primary purpose of this position is to collaborate and conduct research with the Principal Investigator at the University of Illinois AgReach Program (www.agreach.illinois.edu) and project management at the University of Florida (UF) in the implementation and management of extension strengthening activities for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project called "Support to Agricultural Research and Development Program (SARD)." This is a 12-month, 100% time Visiting Academic Professional position based in Haiti. The main objective of the Visiting Gender Extension Strengthening Specialist is to ensure gender parity in all activities of the project and guarantee that men and women enjoy equal access and participation.
The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
In-country Research Duties
- Interview women's groups for Stage II of the Farmer Group Research Branch, including:
- The Visiting Gender Extension Strengthening Specialist will work with project staff to begin administering the Farmer Group Interview Protocol with already identified women's groups, located in three distinct areas of the SARD corridor (Farmer Group Research Branch Phase II).
- The Visiting Gender Extension Strengthening Specialist will write case files after each interview in English and place the recorded interview and case file in the one drive folder.
- Work to ensure that gender is considered in the design, planning, recruitment, selection, and monitoring and evaluation of the project's Internship Program.
- Ensure that gender is addressed in the design, planning, recruitment, proposal evaluation, award, implementation, and post-evaluation indicators of the Mini-grant Program.
- Ensure that the design and selection of participants, courses, and modules for the Certificate Programs are in line with the gender priorities for the project and gender realities in Haiti,
- Ensure gender parity in the recruitment, selection, evaluation, preparation, and implementation of the US Graduate Student Assistantship Program.
- Work with project staff to ensure that all agricultural education collaborations, activities, trainings, workshops, and curricula development include appropriate gender-based activities, modules, and materials.
- Work with project staff to ensure that all Service Provider collaborations, activities, trainings, and workshops include appropriate gender-based activities, modules, and materials.
- Work with project management to ensure that gender is considered in every aspect and at every level of research planning, design and execution.
- Work with project staff to ensure gender is properly included in the Monitoring and Evaluation Program (indicators, activities, and data management/presentation).
In-country Project Management Duties
- Provide technical support and expertise as needed.
- Identify opportunities and challenges in meeting project output objectives and in meeting project performance goals.
- Collaborate with the Principal Investigator on administrative, communication and implementation issues of SARD.
- Coordinate communication between individuals involved in the project as staff, contributors from partner institutions, as well as collaborators in the field and at the University of Illinois.
- Carry out any other tasks as indicated by the Principal Investigator to further the mission of the project.
Position Requirements and Qualifications:
Master's degree in one of the following areas: agricultural economics, gender studies, international development and/or other social science related field.
More than two years of international development field experience or an equivalent combination of comparable domestic experience with international living experience. Research experience with data collection, data organization and data analysis.
Familiarity and experience with international agricultural extension and gender-related extension strengthening activities is highly preferred.
International experience in Haiti is also highly preferred. Research experience in the area of extension models, policy analysis in the agricultural sector, information and communication technologies implementation in agricultural extension projects, and extension workers' productivity is highly desirable.
Language skills in Haitian-Creole and French strongly preferred. Experience in project management.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate and work with a wide variety of stakeholders, domestic and international across levels. Strong analytical skills. Strong organizational skills, detail-oriented with ability to prioritize and follow through with tasks. Willingness to learn, be flexible, adapt to management and project needs.
Strong cultural sensitivity with experience working across different cultures.
Salary/Appointment: Commensurate with education and experience; 12-month, 100% time Visiting Academic Professional position based in Haiti. This position may become permanent at a later date.
Start Date: The anticipated starting date for the position is January 2019 or shortly thereafter.
Application: To ensure full consideration, application must be received by January 15, 2019. Interviews may begin before the closing date; however, no offers will be extended until after that date. To apply, please create a candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a brief cover letter, resume and contact information for three letters of reference.
For further information, please contact Melissa Warmbier via e-mail ([email protected]). For technical assistance with the online application process, call 217-333-6747 or e-mail [email protected].
The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.
College Name or Administrative Unit: ACES
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Visiting Gender Extension Strengthening Specialist - Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (107322)
Open Date: 12/05/2018
Close Date: 01/15/2019
Organization Name: Agr and Consumer Economics