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Gender and Social Inclusion Officer

Date Posted: Aug 14, 2019

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We're looking for a GESI Officer to assist with our TEAM Girl Malawi project, aimed at improving learning and life chances for girls aged 10–19 who have never been to school or who dropped out of school without gaining functional literacy and numeracy. The successful candidate will support the team in the effective and strategic streamlining of gender and social inclusion perspectives into this large multi-year programme working with multiple local and international partners.

About Link Community Development

Link Community Development is a family of not for profit organisations working together to transform education for children and communities across impoverished rural areas of Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda. Since our foundation in 1995 we have worked in 3,000 schools and improved the lives of over two million children through unique and effective school improvement models. We guide governments and educators to adopt low- cost solutions to improve learning and support for children, with a focus on literacy, numeracy and inclusion for the most marginalised children. Through a partnership delivery model which embeds piloting and learning within local systems, we influence changes to policy, practice and accountability on a national scale, and our interventions are regularly adapted and replicated by governments and NGOs in new countries and contexts.

Link Community Development believes that a child, vulnerable adult or person at risk should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to work in a way that promotes the welfare of all and protects them from harm. We have a zero tolerance approach to any harm to or exploitation of a child or vulnerable adult by any of our staff, representatives or partners.

The Transformational Empowerment of Adolescent Marginalised Girls in Malawi project or “TEAM Girl Malawi” will operate in 40 communities in two rural (Dedza and Mchinji) and one urban (Lilongwe) district in Malawi’s Central region. It will improve learning and life chances for girls aged 10–19 who have never been to school or who dropped out of school without gaining functional literacy and numeracy. The project will be delivered by five consortium partners in Malawi, working together to address the multiple and intersecting barriers that prevent highly marginalised girls accessing a quality education. Within the consortium Link Community Development Malawi is responsible for delivering Complementary Basic Education (CBE), raising primary school quality, generating leadership at national, district and local level to support the education of marginalised girls, and providing overall project coordination in Malawi. The project reflects a gender equality and social inclusion approach, rooted through adherence to minimum standards throughout the project cycle, designed to overcome widespread marginalisation, discrimination and inequality which form the barriers to education.

We are looking for an experienced Gender and Social Inclusion Officer to support the Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) Specialist in effective and strategic streamlining of gender and social inclusion perspectives into this large multi-year programme working with multiple local and international partners.
You will play a key role toward the achievement of programme objectives by ensuring the effective integration of gender and social inclusion measures and considerations throughout programme design, planning, implementation and internal monitoring and learning. This will inform the intervention to make sure that it is reaching the most vulnerable, hard-to-reach, marginalised girls; understand their challenges; and address the various barriers to education.

The role requires excellent written and verbal communication and planning skills. You must be organised and detail-oriented. You will be a strong team
player, who is able to work effectively within and across teams.


  • Work within the donor guidance and frameworks (using relevant terminology) for Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI).
  • Support the delivery of training and capacity building as required to ensure TEAM members (Programme Managers and Officers, MEL Specialist, Team Leader, Programme Director and Project Coordinator) as well as the External Evaluation team, have a comprehensive understanding of the considerations and measures for gender and social inclusion integration in their work.
  • Support the development of training and capacity building as required to ensure all programme staff and implementing partners understand and uphold the ‘rights-based’ approach to disability.
  • Support planning and implementation of activities to ensure they are inclusive, particularly of girls with disabilities.
  • Ensure that infrastructure and facilities meet minimum accessibility standards in line with donor requirements.
  • Support in the monitoring of project activities to ensure they are inclusive and support reflection and adaptation to improve inclusion as required.
  • Work with Link Malawi’s MEL team to ensure the effective disaggregation of data on disability using the Washington Group Questions, and utilise this information to ensure project activities adequately address barriers to inclusion in education.
  • Uphold Link’s child protection and safeguarding standards, support training of partners on safeguarding, and facilitate the effective operation of reporting and whistleblowing processes.
  • Maintain relationships with project stakeholders and partners to ensure smooth project delivery.
  • Report any problems or need for improvement identified at CBE centres to the GESI Specialist, and help to implement solutions.
  • Participate in project monitoring and evaluation by maintaining accurate data.
  • Represent Link Community Development Malawi at external events and meetings as required.
  • Actively participate in staff meetings.
  • Any other relevant tasks as required by the Team Leader, Project Coordinator or Programme Director.
  • Manage best practices in inclusion for TEAM Girl Malawi Project.


  • Understanding and support of using a rights-based approach - meaning every child, whoever they are and wherever they are has the right to an education.
  • Experience working inclusively with vulnerable, marginalised target groups - and an appreciation of their complex needs and the sensitivities required in working with these individuals.
  • Strong understanding of gender analysis and the unique education challenges girls face.
  • A track record of applying gender and social inclusion minimum standards into project management.
  • Experience of building gender and disability inclusion capacity within an organisation or team.
  • Experience of working in the international development sector, in particular in education, gender, and disability inclusion programming.
  • Knowledge and working experience with the ‘Washington Group Questions’ to determine disability prevalence.
  • Comprehensive understanding and experience of using and managing internal systems and processes.
  • Excellent organisational skills, with ability to multi-task under tight deadlines.
  • Experience in building and maintaining relationships with multiple stakeholders to ensure smooth project

  • Experience and knowledge of the Malawi education sector.
  • Familiarity with UK Department for International Development (DfID) monitoring and reporting processes.

  • High level of professional and ethical conduct, and awareness of child safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • An excellent communicator – able to establish good rapport and trust, and to treat sensitive information accordingly (e.g. parental consent to obtain and utilise data pertaining to children).
  • Co-operative and supportive team player with strong interpersonal communication, negotiation, and capacity building skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills, with ability to multi-task under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to solve basic problems.
  • Highly articulate in English and Chichewa with demonstrable ability in report writing.
  • Self-motivation and flexible pro-active attitude to meet the needs of the role.
  • Strong computer and IT skills, including basic MS Office applications, internet-based research and navigation, use of databases and/or data entry systems applications, including Excel and Word.
  • Must be passionate about delivering positive change in the world.

  • Strong analytical skills particularly pertaining to risk analysis at the project or organisational level.
  • Good resource management and planning skills.

How to apply

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The deadline for application is 12 noon on Sunday 25th August 2019. To apply, please send your complete the application form above and send to with the subject line 'GESI Officer'.

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