Gender Specialist

World Renew is looking for a Gender Specialist to lead the global implementation of World Renew's gender transformative strategic framework


Serve as the global lead for the implementation of World Renew’s gender transformative strategic framework; as well as, develop and implement a program support strategy for World Renew’s Gender Operational Policy.

Please note, we do not sponsor employment in Canada, so you must have the work authorization in Canada without sponsorship to be considered



A. Organizational Development

  1. Develop and implement a program support strategy for World Renew’s overseas offices and local partners in the appropriate use of gender analysis, mainstreaming, and development of appropriate logic models with focused results and indicators to guide programs for gender equality/empowerment and equity.
  2. Provide direct technical coaching and support to overseas staff and partners on the development of effective strategies for communicating the Biblical basis for the importance of gender justice in a way that builds local / community support for programs that promote the empowerment of women and girls, engage men and boys, prevent gender-based violence, and promote the full realization of adolescent health rights.
  3. Chair World Renew’s Gender Working Group, including facilitate monthly meetings and setting the agenda.
  4. Promote field adoption of robust Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) practices that will enhance organizational learning related to issues of gender transformation by working with the M&E Technical Advisor, Evaluation Program Manager, overseas staff and partners.
  5. Visit overseas offices and program locations for gender capacity building, and/or competency development in grant management.
  6. Stay up-to-date on trends and best practices in the field of gender transformation and share best practices throughout World Renew.
  7. Support World Renew’s gender justice and health coordinators in East Africa and Southern Africa, as necessary.
  8. Coach World Renew staff and partner staff on best practices for gender lens-focused project management and program design.
  9. Review new grant funding opportunities and provide input on past performance to produce new funding proposals, with a focus on gender.
  10. Travel of approximately 25% of working hours, within Canada and US, including meetings during non-business hours and occasional overnight stays is expected. Minimum of two international trips per year to World Renew international programs for gender capacity building, and/or competency development in grant management

B. External Representation

  1. Strengthen World Renew’s profile and representation with relevant audiences, including North American constituents (e.g. churches, private donors) and institutional donors (e.g. Global Affairs Canada, the United Nations, the U.S. government, and private foundations
  2. Represent World Renew at relevant international conferences, symposia, and other gender-focused forums.
  3. Perform other duties as assigned. 


Supervisory Responsibilities




  1. Membership in a Christian church and agreement with the doctrine of the CRC signified by signing a covenant statement.
  2. Committed to working towards gender equality, equity, and justice in all aspects of World Renew’s programming, plans, policies, and organizational structure.
  3. Demonstrated commitment to promoting a work environment that values diversity and equality, and respectful relationships with others.
  4. Ability to articulate the importance of gender equality from a Biblical perspective.
  5. Successful track record in program design and proposal development with a strong gender lens in a variety of geographic locations, including experience in design, M&E of gender-specific projects/gender mainstreaming in projects.
  6. Demonstrated experience providing support to field teams on gender integration.
  7. Proven ability to coach, train and provide program support (e.g. job aides, curated resources, etc) to staff and local partners on gender analysis and program designs.
  8. Proven communication and interpersonal skills in a multicultural work environment.
  9. Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines.
  10. Flexible, adaptable, detail-oriented, team player.
  11. Demonstrated computer literacy and experience using Google Apps, including Mail, Calendar, Docs, Drives, and Sites, as well as, select Microsoft Suite of Applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  12. Familiarity working with bilateral donors preferred, especially Global Affairs Canada and the Government of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.
  13. Ability to travel internationally.


Additional Information

  1. Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree preferred in international development/affairs in gender studies, or another related social science field is preferred.
  2. A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in international development is required
  3. Experience working with faith-based groups on issues related to gender equality/women’s empowerment is preferred.


Language Skills

Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency in a second language such as French, Spanish, Portuguese, or Swahili is an asset.


Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Extended time spent in front of a computer screen using electronic mail, writing proposals, reviewing data, and reports, and meeting teams virtually.


Work Environment

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Occasional international travel to destinations with rough terrain, unreliable access to water and electricity, and increased exposure to illness.