Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Analyst, Rural Women’s Empowerment Project in East Africa

SeedChange is looking for a Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Analyst to support a Rural Women’s Empowerment Project in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. This is an opportunity to work closely with a group of incredible staff and partners to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality in East Africa.


Rural women in East Africa play a significant role in agriculture and food production and are leaders in protecting local seed and crop diversity, key aspects of community resilience in the region. Agriculture, for most women smallholder farmers, is also a key source of livelihoods. Despite this, rural women in farming communities in many parts of Sub-Saharan Africa face a multitude of attitudinal, structural and societal barriers that disenfranchise women and undermine their rights, leading to higher vulnerability to Gender Based Violence and a lower capacity to effect change in their domestic and public lives.

SeedChange and eight partners specializing in women’s rights, agroecology, and rural livelihoods have designed a multi-year project to respond to identified systemic challenges facing rural women in order to enhance gender equality and empowerment of smallholder women farmers (adult and youth) in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. The project aims to strengthen women’s empowerment and agency within local food and seed systems in rural communities and transform gender relations within traditional agricultural based organizations, networks and policy and decision-making spaces at local, national and regional levels. The project will be delivered in alignment with feminist principles and SeedChange’s core approach rooted in food sovereignty and agroecology.

SeedChange’s mission is to build food sovereignty by working with partners to enhance biodiversity, promote ecological food systems, and counter inequity. For more information, visit Interested candidates can read background on SeedChange’s work and approach in the preliminary report on a recently-concluded five-year program here.

Conditions of Employment

This is a part-time position (50% FTE) from May 2021 to June 2026. The position involves flexible working hours to accommodate project cycles and the incumbent must be available and willing to travel for up to four weeks a year, conditions permitting. Location is flexible, with a preference for time zones favourable to collaborate with Ontario and Quebec-based colleagues.

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Application instructions

To apply: email [email protected]and specify Gender Equality and Social

Inclusion Analyst in the subject of the email. Please include a cover letter, your CV, and a written reflection, no longer than two pages, responding to the following:

SeedChange is seeking to enhance its capacity to implement a gender transformative program management approach grounded in food sovereignty, agroecology, and feminist principles. As the GESI Analyst, you will be to lead the development, coordination and monitoring of a rural women’s empowerment and gender equality strategy in collaboration with other SeedChange colleagues, 8

project partners and a wide range of project stakeholders.

Please describe how you would approach the challenge of fostering gender transformative change within traditional agricultural and community based organizations, networks and policy and decision-making spaces at local, national and regional levels and what experiences, knowledge, skills, or abilities

you would rely upon and contribute to this theme.

If you have questions in advance of applying, please contact Kate at [email protected]

Deadline for applications is April 14th.

Interviews of short-listed candidates are anticipated to be held between April 23rd and 28th. We appreciate understanding that only candidates short-listed for the position will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest in working with SeedChange


avril 9, 2021

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