Job opening: Programme Specialist – Gender

Job Title:           Programme Specialist – Gender

Department:   Women, Youth, Peace and Security Institute (WYPSI)

Reports to:      Deputy Director, WYPSI

Supervises:   Programme Officers




The Programme Specialist will assist the Director to oversee implementation of the programmes of the Women, Youth, Peace and Security Institute (WYPSI). The Programme Specialist will provide gender technical and programmatic expertise to ensure the smooth running of the department.





  1. Programme Implementation
  • Provide technical expertise for the operational implementation of the programme plan of the annual work-plans of the Women, Youth, Peace and Security Institute.
  • Assist the Director in the preparation of periodic substantive progress reports to the partners and relevant stakeholder and KAIPTC and ensure delivery of the programme outputs within agreed timelines.
  • Provide gender expertise in monitoring all aspects of the KAIPTC monitoring and evaluation framework.


  1. Advocacy and Resource Mobilization
  • Assist the Director in the identification of resource mobilization opportunities, provision of resource mobilization materials and documentation to support the activities of WYPSI.
  • Assist the Director in the development and dissemination of key public information materials, concept notes, and briefings papers for the programme.


  1. Partnership-building
  • Assist in the identification and  maintenance of partnerships with different constituencies during the implementation of the WYPSI  programme, including:
  • UN Partners
  • African gender organizations and networks operating in conflict-affected countries;
  • Mainstream peace and security institutions in Africa
  • Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies
  • Civil Society Organisations
  • ECOWAS, AU Partners
  • And other relevant organisations
  • Support the identification of  strategic entry points for building synergies between the programme activities and other ongoing and related KAIPTC projects


  1. Knowledge Management
  • Provide technical support for the preparation of WYPSI lessons learned, progress and evaluation reports on the outcomes of the programme activities.


  1. Research and Training
  • Provide training and facilitation support to KAIPTC and other institutional partners such as ECOWAS and AU on gender, peace and security.
  • Conduct and support research efforts in relation to WYPSI’s pillars and the broad research agenda of KAIPTC.





The ideal candidate must possess a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Gender, Youth Studies, international relations, gender and development, the Social Sciences, or a related field. At least 12 years relevant post qualification work experience preferably from an international institution. With at least 5 years of management and coordination experience of research projects, programmes, workshops and seminars, including production of reports. Experience with conflict in Africa, Women, Youth and Gender in conflict prevention and management and the emergent policies and structures to meet these challenges in the West African context is required. Working ability of French is highly desirable.





Technical Competencies

  • Understanding of gender concepts and the peace and security agenda
  • Proven knowledge of the UNSCR 1325, the Maputo Protocol other follow-up resolution and frameworks such as the Continental Results Frameworks (CRF) on Women, Youth Peace and Security.
  • Demonstrates excellent written and oral communication skills in English, with working ability in French.
  • Ability to effectively coordinate with internal and external stakeholders in a multi-cultural setting.
  • Track record of mobilizing large-scale resources for programme implementation in a practice area, and for managing fund accounting for the use of such resources.
  • Experience in fundraising and resource mobilization
  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-national organization
  • Ability to represent and create visibility for the department at high-level international platforms.
  • Excellent negotiating and networking skills
  • Strong analytical and communication skills, including excellent report writing skills.
  • Experience of preparing reports to wide-ranging audiences including policymakers and donors.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
  • An understanding of how KAIPTC operates is necessary.


Managerial Competencies

  • Set direction and ensure delivery of programmes/projects according to set timelines.
  • Ability to focus on how to apply allocated resources to the advantages of the Centre.
  • Ability to promote the vision, mission, and strategic goals of KAIPTC-WPSI
  • Focuses on results and responds positively to feedback.
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Demonstrated capacity to think strategically and creatively and to apply problem-solving skills.
  • Proven ability to pioneer and develop innovative approaches to respond to policy and programmatic challenges.
  • Shares knowledge and experience.
  • Ability to coach and mentor Reports (subordinates).


Personal Competencies


  • Confident, in control and good humored, remains calm even under pressure.
  • Exemplary interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the KAIPTC’s values and ethical standards.
  • Good interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to lead and gain the assistance/cooperation of others in a team endeavor and an ability to build trust through transparency.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religious, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Exhibit professionalism, appreciation and respect for diversity.




Interested applicants are kindly requested to send their Cover Letter, CV, together with 3 references and a professional work portfolio by e-mail to not later than 25 September 2023. Please indicate the job tile clearly in the Cover Letter; otherwise your application may not be considered. Applicants will be short-listed on the basis of their qualifications and relevant work experience. Only short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview. Qualified male candidates are encouraged to apply.


KAIPTC is an equal opportunity employer.