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Gender Equality Officer

Deadline: Until filled

Location: Amman, Jordan

Organization: World University Service of Canada (WUSC)


World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a leading Canadian international development organization that works with and through its southern partners to promote sustainable development. Founded in 1957 and currently working in 22 countries worldwide with an annual budget of approximately $45 million dollars, WUSC works towards a world where young people can grow up in safe, secure, supportive environments, where they can learn, work and play a vital role in their community and country’s development. Our internationally recognized programs support youth, women and other marginalized populations, focusing on three thematic areas of education, employment and engagement. Globally, WUSC works with a network of higher education institutions, civil society organizations, private sector partners, professionals, students, volunteers, faculty and community leaders that can be leveraged to support our work.

WUSC and its consortium partner the Canadian Leaders in International Consulting (CLIC) are implementing the Women’s Economic Linkages and Employment Development (WE LEAD) project in Jordan. WE LEAD, a project funded by Global Affairs Canada, aims to increase women’s empowerment for sustainable economic growth; this will be achieved through activities focusing on women’s employment by businesses and the reduction of gender specific barriers to women entering into and remaining in the workforce. The WE LEAD project will be implemented over a period of four years, from March 7, 2017 to March 31, 2021 in three locations (East Amman, Irbid and Salt) in Jordan.

The Gender Equality Officer will play a crucial role in refining and implementing WE LEAD Gender Equality (GE) Strategy. The Gender Equality Officer will be a core member of the WE LEAD Project team, working as a technical resource for integrating gender equality into the project. The Gender Equality Officer will develop tools, resources and conduct training and coaching to the project staff, partners and volunteers to enable them to contribute to the project’s gender equality and empowerment goals.

Key Duties And Responsibilities:

  • Develop or revise project-specific GE strategy, plan and activities;
  • Work with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer to ensure that the monitoring and evaluation system is established to ensure that GE results are captured and reported to relevant stakeholders;
  • Work with the Project Implementation & Training Officer to ensure that new curricula are gender-sensitive;
  • Assist project staff and partners’ staff in integrating GE into project planning and management approaches (including results-based management tools) and propose strategies to increase project impact on GE;
  • Create GE resources and tools (i.e. tip sheets) that to assist staff in effectively prioritizing and integrating GE in their work;
  • Advise, train and coach the WE LEAD project team and partners on gender equality;
  • Contribute to the development of the annual work plans and annual reports, and ensure GE activities, results and lessons learned are captured and documented;
  • Liaise regularly with the Ottawa-based WUSC Gender Equality & Empowerment Advisor to share best practices, tools, and organizational approaches to GE;
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in existing GE practices, leading the development of improved systems, processes, and tools for improving project results in GE;
  • Facilitate the use of GE data to promote evidence-based learning, reflection and decision making within the project;
  • Participate in GE-related working groups and maintain close working relationships with counterparts in other relevant international NGOs in Jordan.
  • Seek opportunities to increase the awareness, commitment and involvement of the Project stakeholders in GE.
  • Participate in WUSC-Jordan’s communications work by providing data, information and other material for use in Jordan.
  • undertake any other tasks assigned by the country director.


Education and Experience:

  • MA/MSc or equivalent in international development or a related field (human rights) is desirable - coursework in Gender Equality in international development is preferred;
  • A minimum of three years of experience in development programming working with women or GE;
  • Some technical experience in WE LEAD’s areas of activities: inclusive education, women’s economic empowerment;
  • Experience with a range of institutional donors such as Global Affairs Canada, DFID and USAID.


  • Knowledge of accountability, protection, women’s rights frameworks and best practices;
  • Strong analytical and research skills;
  • Proven ability to work productively with a variety of stakeholders to run participatory processes and meet tight deadlines with an emphasis on producing quality products;
  • Excellent capacity building skills, with demonstrated experience in effective training, coaching and facilitation;
  • Effective interpersonal and influencing skills, including the ability to build relationships, network, communicate and represent at a senior level are essential;
  • Flexibility, with a strong work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit to accommodate high levels of responsibility and multiple priorities;
  • Commitment to local capacity building and the ability to engage local stakeholders in policy design and implementation;
  • Passion and commitment to gender equality and youth empowerment;


  • Complete fluency, oral and written in Arabic and English essential.

How to apply:

WUSC is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  No telephone calls please.

If you wish to apply for this position, please follow this link to register on WUSC’s candidate database.



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