Mennonite Economic Development Associates is hiring a
Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) invites applications for a Technical Specialist (Level II), Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) to join our dedicated and talented Strategy & Impact team in our mission to create business solutions to poverty!
MEDA’s work is built on a foundation of Mennonite business roots and faith-based values, within the global context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We believe business solutions are effective interventions to address poverty. Through a market-systems approach and strategic partnerships, MEDA enables access to finance and provides business and technical expertise to build transformative agri-food market systems that create decent jobs, allowing traditionally excluded groups to become active participants in a sustainable economy. MEDA welcomes all who share our values and want to join us in our mission. To find out more about MEDA, please visit our website at www.meda.org.
The Technical Specialist (Level II) is part of a global MEDA team with diverse voices, experience and knowledge. This is a highly collaborative role, working closely with others in the organization to support technical consistency and cohesion and encouraging technical innovation.
The Technical Specialist (Level II) supports MEDA’s technical programming initiatives, developing technical strategies; delivering training; providing technical assistance at all stages of program/project design, development, implementation, and measurement; and developing resources/tools. This position provides support to MEDA’s international projects and staff to mainstream, integrate and contextualize standardized technical programming policies, strategies and interventions.
The position contributes to business development knowledge mobilization and thought leadership from a technical perspective into in the specified technical area. Depending on location of hire, international travel may be a requirement for approximately 30-60 days per year.
GESI Technical Unit Summary
The GESI unit provides technical guidance on MEDA’s market systems strategic direction, priorities, and technical quality, in alignment with MEDA’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025 and its three central pillars: a focus on agri-food market systems, partnerships for systems change, and a North-South equilibrium. The unit is part of the Technical Department that works collectively through an Integrated Technical Framework which places equal priority on positive economic (Investment and Financial Services), social (Gender Equality and Social Inclusion) and environmental (Environment and Climate Change) impact.
The unit plays a critical role in supporting global teams to enhance effectiveness by generating, mobilizing, and/or disseminating technical knowledge and evidence and encouraging local-led innovation. The unit provides technical support to MEDA programs to ensure cross-departmental collaboration and implementation and the effective application of technical standards required to achieve more equitable and inclusive agri-food market systems results. The GESI technical unit provides technical expertise and strategic guidance on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion at all stages of program/project design, development, implementation, and measurement; strengthen staff technical capacity; develop technical resources/tools; and mobilize technical knowledge. This position works most closely with MEDA’s project-based staff, supporting them to mainstream, integrate and contextualize technical standards, best practices, and strategies. Deliverables are ultimately the responsibility of project staff and management; the Technical Specialist is a key advisor.
Current core approaches or initiatives led by the GESI Technical Unit, in close collaboration with other technical units, include:
Technical Support to Country Programs and Projects (65%)
With a strong customer-service and local-led development orientation, provide support such that assigned projects’ technical activities are designed and implemented using MEDA core approaches, industry best practice, and sustainable development principles.
Complete or support the execution of the specific technical component in project contract deliverables as per Internal Task Agreements (ITAs) held or as assigned providing quality output, tools, resources and best practices guidance according to MEDA’s technical strategy for the region
Ensure project-level access to technical knowledge, tools, approaches, technical learning agendas and innovation
Contribute technical expertise to project implementation, annual work plans and budgets, and other critical documents for projects and programs, as assigned
During project start-up and inception, advise on the recruitment of relevant technical staffing. Together with project-based technical specialists, provide staff technical orientation to concepts and best practices and advise on ways to ensure the integration of all technical areas across all project teams.
Provide regular support to project-based Technical Specialist focal points as assigned; this may include coaching and training, co-developing resources and tools and/or providing guidance and oversight for their technical assistance activities
Contribute to, support, or review all assigned projects’ Strategic Learning Agenda studies related to technical programming. Align any project technical learning with the technical area learning agenda.
Host regular individual or group peer coaching calls (minimum monthly) with project GESI-related staff.
Provide specialized assistance on key technical approaches
Technical Strategy, Tools, Knowledge Management & Mobilization And Thought Leadership (20%)
Technical Strategy and Tools
Learning, Knowledge Mobilization and Thought Leadership
Community of Practice
Partnerships and New Business Development (15%)
Any other duties and/or requirements as assigned
Education: University degree, ideally at a Master's level in International Development, Economic Development, Gender studies or related field
Experience: Minimum five years’ experience working in international and/or economic development
Technical Area Qualifications: Demonstrated technical expertise and experience in Gender Equality and Social Inclusion, including analysis/assessment, developing/implementing strategies, developing tools and conducting training. Knowledge of environmental programming is an asset.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, January 16 at 4:00 pm EST
This job description may be reviewed, revised and updated as required to meet department and/or organizational objectives,
MEDA is an equal opportunity employer and accommodations are available during all phases of the recruitment process. We ask that any applicants requiring accommodations make their needs known in advance.