Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019


Job title:

Gender & Land Expert, P4


Agriculture and Environment


IGAD Secretariat in Djibouti

Reporting to

Land Governance Expert

Expected Start Date

20th  November 2019

Duration of the Assignment

The contract is for one year renewable based on the availability of funds and satisfactory performance




The IGAD Land Governance Project was launched in 2015 as a joint initiative of the Africa Land Policy Centre and IGAD Secretariat, within the Agriculture and Environment Division.). The Project was funded by the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC).


Land governance in IGAD involves integrating sustainability objectives into poverty reduction practices, building internal and external capacities, promoting regional strategies, policies and programs for improving land governance and improving the capacity of IGAD to deliver land related programmes to achieve broader socio-economic and human development goals. To do this the project focuses on implementing the AU Declaration on Land issues and challenges in Africa by –


  • convening periodic regional platforms to facilitate experience sharing, lessons learnt and dissemination of best practices in land policy formulation, implementation and monitoring based on members states experiences;
  • Appropriately capture and address issues of land policies within common agricultural policy frameworks.
  • Undertaking measures for the establishment of mechanisms for progress tracking and periodic reporting by Member States on progress achieved.


In this context the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) with financial support from the Embassy of Sweden in Addis Ababa developed a two year project called "Improving land governance in the IGAD Region Realizing transnational land governance in the IGAD region through Capacity Development on innovations in land administration, strengthening gender equality and land monitoring."


The project is aimed at helping IGAD and its member states to address the various land policy and governance issues and constraints faced by countries in the East and the Horn of Africa.


Concerted efforts are required in order to deliver land policy and institutional reforms. Concerted efforts aim at:

  1. Garnering political will at national and regional levels to address land governance and land related challenges
  2. Facilitating peer learning of successes and failures among member states.
  3. Facilitating review of progress achieved made in delivering sound policy and institutional reforms
  4. Forging strong coordination and partnerships that address existing knowledge, resources and capacity needs
  5. Building capacity of the secretariat to be able to engage member states on land policy development and implementation.


In view of the above mentioned, IGAD seeks to recruit a Gender and Land Expert for the Land governance Unit.


Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships: This position is located in the IGAD headquarters in Djibouti.  The Gender and Land Expert reports to the Land Governance Expert who coordinates the Land Governance Unit.


Responsibilities:  Within limits of delegated authority and depending on location, the Gender and Land Expert will be responsible for the following duties: 


  1. Support gender mainstreaming across the Land governance Project, including implementation of the Land Governance Gender Strategy and the IGAD land Governance Strategy.
  2. Design and formulate gender equality programs within the area of responsibility, translating IGAD priorities into national interventions. Coordination of programme implementation with the executing agencies
  3. Support gender-responsive project Monitoring and Evaluation through visits to project sites.
  4. Facilitates knowledge building and mainstreaming of gender in land governance programs at regional and country level.
  5. Compile, analyze and interpret gender and land governance issues and statistical data, thorough research and preparation of top quality analysis and reports.
  6. Keep abreast of policy developments relevant to women’s land rights.
  7. Support research on emerging issues and gaps on gender and land in the IGAD Region.
  8. Where feasible, supports development of gender-responsive implementing regulations of the Land Rights legal framework.
  9. Support key partners to develop and implement local, regional, and international strategies to secure land and property rights for women particularly from a cultural and religious perspective.
  10. Develops collaborative relationships with key land sector stakeholders who are working for, or are supportive of, change in the area of women’s land rights.
  11. Raise the profile of Gender and Land rights issues within IGAD countries, including contributing to the development of communications materials on women’s land rights.
  12. Undertake public and policy advocacy for corporate gender policies and pro-poor and equitable economic growth by participating in relevant forums, conferences and trainings.
  13. Promote cross country learning and information exchange between IGAD counties and with CSOs working on Land Rights and Women Empowerment initiatives.
  14. Facilitate experts meetings and engagements through the communities of practice on the IGAD Land Governance Portal.
  15. Strengthen convergence among IGAD Member States on gender and land.
  16. Ensure the creation of strategic partnerships and support to resource mobilization focusing on achievement of the Land Governance unit’s commitments to gender equality.
  17. Contribute to sub-regional, regional and inter-agency initiatives related to gender and land.
  18. Conduct comparative analyses and engage in national and regional learning networks to identify key entry points and good practices for addressing gender in sustainable landscapes programming including gender integration and gender mainstreaming in different types of work carried out by the IGAD Land Governance Unit.


Technical/Functional Skills

  • Extent and relevance of experience in gender and land governance in the context of the AU Declaration on land issues and challenges, the Maputo Protocol, the SDGs and the VGGTs.
  • In-depth knowledge in social development and gender theory, policy, and practice. General knowledge of rural development in the IGAD Region.
  • Knowledge on key cross-cutting issues including gender, equality, and rights based approach.
  • Proven experience in conducting gender impact analysis, capacity and vulnerability analysis, gender analysis, development of strategies for both gender mainstreaming as well as targeted gender initiatives, development and execution of needs assessments.
  • Substantial experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of gender projects and ensuring gender issues are mainstreamed in programs, especially in development programming;
  • Knowledge and understanding of current discourse related to gender and land governance, specifically gender-related mechanisms operating in Africa.
  • Understanding of government ministries/departments and other stakeholders in the gender, land and agricultural sectors including their capacity, strengths and weaknesses
  • Extent and relevance of experience in project management and in building and facilitating synergies and partnerships (political partners, technical partners) in the field of land tenure, governance and sustainable local development.
  • Extent and relevance of experience in gender analysis in policy, law and land governance related fields including agriculture, climate change and resilience.
  • Experience regarding preparation of communication materials on gender and land
  • Relevant experience regarding elaboration of training and capacity development materials on gender.
  • Familiarity in the preparation of technical reports, guidelines and manuals in the field of gender.
  • Ability to provide assistance in the organization of workshops and technical meetings.
  • Ability to operate effectively in a team, contributing positively to team operations and working relationships.




Professionalism: Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures generally and in particular those related to project administration, implementation and evaluation, programming and budgeting. Ability to work well with figures, undertake basic research and gather information from standard sources. Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. Shows pride in work and in achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. 

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds. Treats all people with dignity and respect. Treats men and women equally. Shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making. Examines own biases and behaviors to avoid stereotypical responses. Does not discriminate against any individual or group.

Building Collaborative Relationships: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda. Shifts emphasis from completing tasks to building and nurturing the relationships needed to facilitate joint work Introduces arrangements that facilitate the work of the collaboration supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. Develops accountability and reporting regimes that reflect shared effort and responsibility, including performance indicators for collaborative behaviour and actions, the formation of shared revenue streams and establishing agreed reporting criteria. Alters the structure and operation of the participating groups to reflect collaborative ideas. Encourages shared decision making.


Integrity: Demonstrates the professional values in daily activities and behaviors. Acts without consideration of personal gain. Resists undue political pressure in decision-making. Does not abuse power or authority. Stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular. Takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.



At least a Master's Degree in social science especially gender studies, or relevant discipline.


Work Experience

  • Ten (10) years of increasingly responsible professional experience in gender and land, of which five years at the international level or regional level.
  • Extensive experience in research and policy-level analysis.
  • Substantial experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of gender projects
  • Experience working on gender and land in the IGAD Region.
  • Ability to respond on short notice and plan and execute several activities at once
  • Ability to work under pressure, as part of a team or independently, and meet deadlines consistently.
  • Proven leadership, inter-personal and cross-cultural skills, and ability to build and motivate diverse teams.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook.


Working language


English and French are the working languages of IGAD


Assessment Method

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.



How to apply


Only candidates who meet the profile of the minimum qualifications, experience and core competences stated above need apply. Applications should be accompanied by:

  • Applicant’s detailed CV, copies of both academic and professional certificates and testimonials;
  • Names and addresses of three reputable referees and the candidate’s contact details (E-mail address and telephone numbers).


The applications should be addressed to:


The Director, Administration & Finance, IGAD

P.O. Box 2653, Djibouti,

Republic of Djibouti;


Sent by email:

E-mail to the following e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. bearing the subject line:

Gender & Land Expert

Deadline for submission of applications:

Applications must be received by email on or before C.O.B 20th October 2019.

IGAD is an equal opportunities employer. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.





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