Gender Programming Lead Advisor

Position: Gender Programming Lead Advisor 

Enterprise: Acceso El Salvador 

Supervisor: Programs Director, El Salvador. 

Location: El Salvador 

Contract:             Fixed term (1 year) with possible renewal 

About Acceso 

Acceso ( is a social enterprise that is revolutionizing food systems in Latin America and the Caribbean to put smallholder farmers first. Acceso’s mission is to create fundamental and lasting positive economic change in the lives of rural smallholder farming families. Our entrepreneurial model provides smallholder farmers with a sustainable way to participate in formalized markets, enabling them to work themselves out of poverty with dignity and to prosper. Acceso currently operates a portfolio of three social businesses in Colombia, Haiti and El Salvador and an agtech tool (Extensio) founded in Mexico. Across our agribusinesses, we have impacted more than 26,000 smallholder farmers and farm workers, generating more than $60m in farmer income to date. 

Acceso El Salvador is a social enterprise that has been working to strengthen local food systems since 2014. The enterprise is in an exciting growth phase to impact many more smallholder farmers and fishers across Central America. Acceso’s goal is to become the world’s most impactful and sustainable model to alleviate poverty at scale. 

About this role: 

Lead all the activities related to gender programming, as well as lead targeted work with Community Training Farms, WOSMEs and women-led cooperatives and associations, and individual beneficiaries according with Acceso’s policies and the requirements of donors in coordination with the El Salvador team focused on increasing the participation of women in the value chains of fruits and vegetables and, fish and seafood. 

Key responsibilities: 

  • Develop the guidelines and procedures for the gender programming strategy. 
  • Responsible for developing and implementation of the annual work plan for gender programming with individual beneficiary and SMEs, cooperatives, and associations leaded by women. 
  • Design the procedure for the technical assistances under the gender programming plan identify the strategy for the implementation of the gender in the technical assistances. 
  • Verify the implementation of the procedures for the technical assistances, including training, as well ensuring the expected results are obtained. 
  • Collaborate with Acceso’s stakeholders and partners in the definition and establishment of the methodology, indicators/milestones and expected results linked with the implementation of programs and projects. 
  • Lead the formation of and manage a Women’s Empowerment Advisory Committee for Acceso. 
  • Develop and manage partnerships with gender experts and organizations working in the region.  
  • Responsible for developing and implementation of the annual work plan for gender programming with individual beneficiary and SMEs, cooperatives, and associations led by women. 
  • Ensure gender mainstreaming into projects and operations. 
  • Lead the recruitment strategies and communication with women farmers and associations. 
  • Verify the implementation of procedures for technical assistance oriented towards women, including training field staff on gender themes, as well ensuring the expected results are obtained. 
  • Design and carry out field visits, focus groups, surveys for women, according with the needs to comply with the functions assigned. 
  • Pilot and scale evidence-based, innovative and integrated programming and services such as childcare services to overcome women’s barriers to entry.  
  • Monitoring the results for each of the Programs/Projects in gender inclusion giving support in the development of specifics reports and/or deliverables according with internal and stakeholder’s requirements. 
  • Elaborate reports/deliverables, according with the required periodicity that reflects the results obtained during the implementation of the activities according with the work plans; monitoring, evaluation, and learning plans; and other relevant programs and project’s documents. 
  • Carry out field visits according with the needs to comply with the functions assigned. 
  • Any other function that is assigned to it. 

Other Skills and Attributes 

  1. Hard Skills 
  • Bachelor’s degree in international development, economics, sociology, business administration or related fields. 
  • Desirable, master’s degree in gender, social development, or economic development. 
  • Eight (8) or more years of experiences in/with gender-related development programs/projects. 
  • Demonstrated experience with gender integration in development programming. 
  • Proven experience in the design, implementation of rural/community development, programs, and of gender-sensitive integrated program activities, especially in the areas of women’s empowerment. 
  • Experiences in organizing and conducting trainings. 
  • Strong project management skills and ability to work independently. 
  • Proven ability to manage complex projects involving rural communities, non-government organizations (NGOs) and public sector and private sector actors. 
  • Previous experience of working in Latin America preferred, in projects related to agriculture, sustainable fishing, livelihoods, agtech, and/or rural development.  
  • Proven experiences in using quantitative and qualitative methodologies, information/data systems, generating reports, data quality control evaluations and presentation of results. 
  1. Soft Skills 
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. 
  • Analytical and planning skills. 
  • Oriented towards achieving results, decision maker. 
  • Leadership and teamwork with a multidisciplinary team. 
  • Innovative, organized and focused on finding solutions. 
  • Ability to manage relations by being sensitive to cultural differences and responding appropriately to different situations. 
  • Motivated to work aimed at changing the lives of the beneficiaries. 
  1. Language Skills: Oral and written fluency in Spanish and proficient in English. 

Application Instructions 

To apply, please send your Resume, Cover Letter to [email protected] with the subject “Gender Programing Lead Advisor – Your Name” not later than April 20, 2023

For more information about Acceso and careers with us, please visit Acceso is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, HIV/AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability and all other protected classes.  

Job Category: Programs
Commitment: Contract
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: El Salvador
Years of Experience: 8+
Language: English Spanish

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