Abt Associates International Job Vacancy: Gender Equality Director - Canberra, Australia

Gender Equality Director
  • Leadership opportunity to contribute to innovative Governance Program
  • Based in Canberra, Australia (with regular travel to Papua New Guinea)
Program Overview
The PNG Governance Facility (PGF) is an innovative governance initiative in Papua New Guinea, aimed at contributing to security, stability, basic service delivery and inclusive growth for all Papua New Guineans. The PGF will be responsible for the design and implementation of most of Australia’s future governance portfolio under the strategic direction and oversight of the Australian and PNG Governments.

Role Summary
The Gender Equality Director is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the gender inclusiveness strategy within the Governance Facility, with focus on three key aspects of women’s empowerment:
  • Strengthening women’s voice and agency – this includes focus on women as individual leaders in their family, their community, their church and social networks, their business, their government and in their political processes.
  • Improving women’s economic empowerment – by supporting approaches that generate employment for women or enable them to be more productive in their businesses, whether they be in the cash economy or at the subsistence/informal level.
  • Reducing violence against women –supporting programs that work to reduce violence and supporting women who are subjected to violence; to appropriately challenge cultural and social norms that enable violence to continue at such high levels in PNG.
The Director will work closely with the PGF CEO and Program Directors to ensure all aspects of the Gender strategy are developed and implemented such that the rights of women are protected and barriers to women’s empowerment are removed. The position will provide high level strategic advice and technical guidance across all areas of PGF in relation to Gender Equality to address program challenges and opportunities.

The successful candidate will bring:
  • At least 10 years’ experience in gender and development (the work place, regulation, policy, economics, finance) or a related field, ideally in South East Asia
  • Extensive knowledge and practical experience of how policy and regulation acts to constrain or promote women’s economic empowerment, strengthening women’s voice and agency and reducing violence against women
  • Demonstrated experience in initiating research studies, critical analysis, report writing, monitoring and evaluation and comprehensive reporting
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, presentation skills, networking and relationship management expertise, with demonstrated ability to influence change and reform
For Further Information and Application Details
Further information in regards to this opportunity can be found in the Position Description available from the Careers page of Abt Associate's website at: HERE
Applications should be submitted online and should include a current CV, cover letter and a response to the key selection criteria, including questions of due diligence.
The closing date for applications is Monday 8 August 2016 (midnight AEST)
We welcome and thank all applications, however only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
About Abt Associates
Abt Associates is a recognised leader in the international development sector. Working with our many partners, Abt Associates implements bold innovative solutions to improve the lives of the community and deliver valued outcomes for our clients. We provide a comprehensive range of services from policy to service delivery in the public and private sectors contributing to long term benefits for clients and communities. Operating in remote and challenging environments, we offer innovative solutions, extensive experience in the region, strong technical capacity, and a proven project management track record. We are committed to gender equity in our employment strategies and encourage applications from capable women.