Gender & Business Specialist

Value for Women
Global (primarily Africa, Asia, Latin America)
Job Type
Consultancy contract
Deadline for Applications
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The Gender & Business Specialist works as part of a client-facing consultant team on multiple projects with businesses and investors, corporate foundations, development institutions and financial institutions across the globe. They work with the Value for Women team to deliver advisory services, research and technical assistance on gender and business projects. This exciting role is part of the global, multi-disciplinary team of specialists and advisors uniquely positioned to support clients around the world to create and implement gender-smart strategies and programs that are high-impact, innovative, pragmatic, and custom fit to their needs and goals. Success in this role includes the ability to be results-driven, working efficiently on multiple projects at once, and across multiple teams. The successful applicant will have a positive, problem-solving attitude, is motivated by tough puzzles and the ability to thrive in these situations. Additionally this individual will have the ability to work well both independently as well as part of a team.

Where does this role fit into the organization?
The Gender & Business Specialist reports to a Portfolio Lead and/or a Project Manager- who generally oversees a group of Advisors, Experts, Specialists and Research Coordinators on a portfolio or group of diverse initiatives. There are no others reporting to this role at this time.

How much does this role pay?
VFW hires self-employed individuals exclusively, and remuneration is based on a daily rate, to be determined based on factors such as 1) previous experience 2) location and global market rates. VFW strives to pay competitive rates that account for cost of living, which differs across countries and regions.

More about the Gender & Business Specialist responsibilities

The Specialist supports the work of the organization and Value for women’s partners to:
– Understand and tackle barriers women face in business and entrepreneurship
– Reach more women and women-led businesses with financial and non-financial products or services
– Implement and participate in the design of gender lens investment strategies, plans and approaches
– Mainstream gender across business strategy, decision-making, operations and value chains
– Identify ways to achieve greater women’s participation within employment, among SME staff and leadership

Additional Information

The ideal candidate is an expert problem solver who is quick to adapt to changing realities, is client-oriented, works efficiently against client and deliverable deadlines, and is focused on quality and timeliness. They are a solid written and spoken communicator, an innovative thinker and can work effectively with diverse stakeholders; including groups of investors and asset holders, business leaders and entrepreneurs, and beneficiary populations. Value for Women’s team works best with people who interact positively, who are results-based, entrepreneurial and client-centred.

Additionally, they require the following background and experience:

– University education in sociology, anthropology, gender, business, finance or economics (or other, the key here is that you can apply your knowledge and skills to this unique niche)
– Excellent communication skills, written and spoken, in English (other languages an asset)
– +2 years experience executing, managing, and/or coordinating consulting projects, particularly for businesses, investors, and/or development finance institutions
– Experience in the small and growing business/social entrepreneurship OR impact investment sector in emerging markets and developing country contexts
– Experience delivering and facilitating workshops or trainings, remote and in-person;
– Gender knowledge and skills, preferably applied to the context of business, banking or investment; or knowledge and practical experience in gender and economic development
– Research experience in data gathering including desk research and/or interviews and focus groups, qualitative and quantitative analysis and academic writing; quantitative coursework in form of 1-2 classes in statistics, econometrics, program evaluation, etc., OR field or applied research work experience (i.e., in job or internship) strongly preferred

They also seek these attributes:
– Experience working in the energy, agriculture and/or financial services sectors, specifically providing consulting services to organizations in these industries
– International experience- working in your own region, and across borders
– Ability to stay organized and motivated, working as part of a remote international team, working independently while focusing on results and collaboration
– Client centric orientation and understanding of how to manage diverse client relationships in a consulting setting
– Attention to detail
– Able to produce work independently, that can stand on its own
– Problem solving and entrepreneurial acumen
– Uphold the principles of trust, equality of opportunities, transparency and collaboration
– Positive attitude and optimism about the role of small and growing businesses in generating positive social impact
– The ability to thrive in a matrix-based organizational structure; operating internationally as a distributed team across the globe
-Demonstrated alignment with Value for Women’s mission, vision and ways of working
– Learning, adapting, and demonstrating their excitement for contributing to the growth of a small and growing business with a social mission
– International and regional travel (every few months) for several days at a time (global health situation permitting)