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Position summary:

Rainforest Alliance is recruiting for a USAID-funded regional project a Gender Lead who will be responsible for providing strategic and technical advice to the Women’s Economic Empowerment in Mesoamerica Initiative (WEE).


The project will increase the economic power of the most at-risk and in vulnerable conditions women; increase economic opportunities for women in conflict affected or post-conflict recovery settings including women vulnerable to and survivors of trafficking by utilizing proven evidence-based women’s economic empowerment approaches, among other results.


The Gender Lead will be responsible for technical leadership of the gender-sensitive and gender transformative approach throughout the project assessments, implementation, and project monitoring, that takes into account the differences in women’s and girls’ roles in the community context, as well as the intergenerational and gendered inequalities that exist within a household. S/he will work with Rainforest Alliance’s Monitoring and Evaluation Team to coordinate and systematically disseminate lessons-learned with all gender-sensitive activities.


The Gender Lead will oversee and work on the economic power of the most at-risk and marginalized women; increase economic opportunities for women in conflict affected or post-conflict recovery settings including women vulnerable to and survivors of trafficking by utilizing proven evidence-based women’s economic empowerment approaches, among other results.



  • Ensure that USAID’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy and other relevant gender principles, policies and regulations are applied consistently throughout the project implementation.
  • Work closely with the RA team, partners, the government, local authorities, and other key stakeholders to address gender-related differences, needs and inequalities, and ensure a direct, comprehensive approach to mitigate the risks.
  • Advise and ensure that gender-based violence (GBV) and female empowerment are addressed in the project activities; supported by the results of the Gender Analysis and Gender Regional Plan.
  • Implement the recommendations from the Gender Plan.
  • Facilitate continuous quality assessment and improvement and ensure that program best practices are documented and disseminated throughout the project implementation.
  • Ensure effective coordination and communication and standards of practice among each partner organization.
  • Provide input into and ensure that all donor reporting requirements on project impact are met and assist implementing partners/grantees in setting up reporting and tracking systems to provide such information in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Establish and manage project´s local technical training activities for three countries.
  • Ensure adherence to guidelines and protocols of RA and the USAID.
  • Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by the project Chief of Party (COP); and
  • Stay informed of recent developments in COVID19 situation, legal frameworks and other relevant issues related to gender and inform the project implementers of relevant changes.



  • Master’s degree (equivalent) in gender, women’s studies, social studies, international development, or another relevant field.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in managing programs with gender-sensitive and gender mainstreaming approaches, gender balance and healthy relationships. Experiences with gender transformative approaches is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with different partners, implementing a complex project under challenging circumstances.
  • Significant knowledge of gender principles in livelihoods, productive topics, and resilience aspects of community-based programs in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. Experience working in agricultural value chains and cooperatives is desirable.
  • Experience in gender-based programming with substantial understanding of and commitment to equality and equity issues and mainstreaming.
  • Experience designing and implementing gender & inclusion strategy or policies.
  • Background and knowledge of USAID Rules and Regulations.
  • Strong ability to manage and deal with diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to speak, read and write in English language is required.



Commensurate with experience.


Deadline: June 11, 2021



Only candidates authorized to work in Guatemala or Mexico will be considered.


The Rainforest Alliance is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age.



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