Gender Specialist - PNG Biodiversity


Cardno is seeking a Gender Specialist for the USAID Biodiversity Program in Papua New Guinea.

The USAID Papua New Guinea (PNG) Biodiversity Program is a five-year conservation program based in Port Moresby. The program aims to strengthen the management of environmental resources in PNG to promote conservation of the country’s exceptional biodiversity and enhance the resilience of its people. It is widely recognized that investing in women often pays significantly higher social and development dividends that many other options. As such, the Biodiversity Conservation Program Gender Specialist is a key position within the program team. The successful candidate must be fully aware of USAID’s global approach to gender and equity, and be capable of bringing those principles into the PNG biodiversity conservation program. In addition, to the biodiversity program’s activities, the Gender Specialist will also serve as a linking position for USAID’s Women’s Global Development Program, a separate project also implemented by Cardno that will leverage and blend with specific components of the biodiversity program as well as DFAT’s Pacific Women’s Program. The Gender Specialist is a key leadership position within the core team and must be able to conceive, develop and carryout innovative programs focused on women’s empowerment in PNG. The biodiversity program will reduce significant threats to priority biodiversity hotspots in PNG by supporting communities to manage their customary lands and waters, working at both national and local levels to develop the capacities needed to provide communities with the legal, technical, and financial resources required to achieve the sustainable management of their natural resources. The program seeks a Gender Specialist to support the integration of gender-sensitive solutions and strategies, the promotion of gender equality and the prevention of gender-based violence. The Gender Specialist is a local position and therefore ineligible for USAID allowances. 
  • Serve as the point person for gender program development, integration, and implementation of gender-focused activities;
  • Work with the technical team to ensure the project’s gender targets are achieved, and gender knowledge is shared throughout the project;
  • Liaise with monitoring, evaluation and learning team to ensure the project’s gender-focused indicators are being met and that results are captured and built into the project’s learning program;
  • Conduct regular follow-up and guidance meetings with grant recipients that are contributing to the project’s gender objectives;
  • Introduce gender issues, develop gender-based programming, and train and build capacity of partners to implement gender-based interventions/innovations;
  • Coordinate the gender activities of the women’s empowerment component;
  • Frequent travel to project implementation sites, including, Madang, PNG; and
  • Other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED MINIMUM EDUCATION:  BS/BA in relevant field of study (MS/MA preferred)
REQUIRED MINIMUM EXPEREINCE:  At least 7+ years of experience in providing gender support services to a project office or similar environment, preferably supporting another USAID or donor funded project. 
Knowledge and Skills:
  • Experience working directly with community groups, grants programs and other activities specifically focused on gender;
  • Knowledge of USAID and other global strategies for gender empowerment and equity;
  • Experience training and working with community-based group to increase capacity in the areas of gender and equity;
  • Proven experience working with USAID and Knowledge of USAID’s global gender strategy;
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required;
  • Excellent conceptual, oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Proven ability to work under pressure and to meet management deadlines;
  • Commitment to principles of gender equality, capacity development and anti-corruption; and
  • Ability to work well as part of a multi-disciplinary team in an office environment.
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Applicants must submit their CV and Cover Letter, including “PNG and Job Title” on the subject line of the email. CV and cover letter should be sent to the following email address: