Senior Gender Advisor

Posting Number: #259-21

Position Title: Senior Gender Advisor

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Washington, DC

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FELLOWSHIP TITLE: Senior Gender Advisor


LOCATION: Washington, Dc

POSITION LEVEL: Senior Technical Advisor

TRAVEL: 20% estimated travel


Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). STAR is a Global Health talent hub. Through fellowships, internships, and strategic partnerships, STAR supports building the capacity of diverse global health professionals and organizations at all levels to make inclusive, collaborative, and innovative contributions to global health. STAR participants collaborate in the development of systems and tools that strengthen and sustain the local and global health response. Sign up with our listserv.



The STAR Fellowship is a global health and learning opportunity with:

  • Individualized, tailored support to enhance the fellow’s achievement personal and professional goals.
  • Personalized learning plans and access to learning resources (courses, conferences, mentoring) based on fellow’s learning style and preferences.
  • Access to broad professional networks to enhance peer learning and knowledge sharing



Family Planning 2030 (FP2030) is a global partnership of governments, civil society, multilateral organizations, donors, private sector, and researchers committed to supporting the rights of women and girls who wish to use contraception. FP2030’s vision is a future where women and girls everywhere have the freedom and ability to lead healthy lives, make their own informed decisions about using contraception and having children, and participate as equals in society and its development.

Since FP2030’s founding in 2012, much has been achieved, but more remains to be done. The global family planning community agreed that the gains of the last nine years should be sustained by extending this pivotal partnership. Through a global consultation, stakeholders from around the world provided their input on the future of family planning. Together, the community created a shared vision for 2030 that builds on progress achieved to date, adapts the partnership in response to the lessons of the first nine years and positions them to achieve the future women and girls around the world are asking for.


The Senior Gender Advisor (Senior Advisor) will provide strategic and technical advice to FP2030 Support Network on strategies for transforming gender norms and advancing gender equality across FP2030 commitment-making countries. The Senior Advisor will also provide technical support on addressing harmful norms and barriers women, girls, and couples face in accessing a full range of modern contraceptives.

The Senior Advisor will serve as a focal point for facilitating the integration of gender considerations into commitments, programs, budgets, training, monitoring and evaluation, and other learning activities and a resource person for FP2030 Support Network on gender equality, gender mainstreaming and women empowerment, consistent with operationalizing a rights-based approach to family planning and in support of the universal health coverage agenda. They will also work in close collaboration with the Global Initiatives Team and external partners to support and coordinate FP2030’s engagement in the Generation Equality platform.

Reporting structure:

The Senior Advisor will be based at the UN Foundation in Washington DC. They will work closely with and receive technical direction from the Global Initiatives Director, who will serve as their Point of Contact.

Essential Duties and Outcomes

Improve technical leadership and knowledge management:

  • Identify critical gender gaps or barriers hindering progress towards FP access for women, girls and couples, including those affected by crises, and work collaboratively within the FP2030 Support Network and with partners to identify solutions to address such gaps or barriers. Gender barriers operate at multiple levels (e.g., individual, couple, service provision, community) and include, but are not limited to, those related to gender norms, inequalities in access to opportunities based on sex and gender, gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices.
  • In collaboration with the Global Initiatives Team and USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health, outline and implement a strategy for integrating gender in family planning, including supporting FP2030 regional hubs to use findings from gender analyses (existing or new) to develop their gender integration strategies.
  • Provide technical support on FP-related gender analysis, gender integration into programs, and gender related monitoring and evaluation, for FP2030 regional hubs and commitment making countries, as requested.
  • Work closely with regional hubs staff who support utilization and implementation of the High Impact Practices in Family Planning and other evidence-based approaches to ensure integration of gender considerations.
  • Serve as resource person in gender capacity building and knowledge sharing, including coordinating cross regional learning exchanges and dissemination of good practices on gender equality, women’s empowerment, and rights.

Improve coordination and partnerships:

  • Identify points for strategic engagement for FP2030 within global dialogues related to gender integration and women empowerment, in line with the new FP2030 vision framework.
  • Maintain active relationship/partnerships with FP2030 countries, donors, civil society, and institutes working on gender issues to enhance collaboration, resource mobilization and influence agenda and priority setting.
  • Support FP2030 commitment makers to align their activities in support of Generation Equality efforts as outlined in Global Acceleration Plan for Gender Equality.
  • Identify non-governmental stakeholders in the gender/women’s rights sector with shared family planning objectives to mobilize commitments in support of the 2030 partnership, with support from the Global Initiative Team.

Strengthen advocacy and civil society engagement:

  • Lead dialogue among key stakeholders to ensure the development of an advocacy strategy and related messages to promote gender integration and gender equality in FP programs.
  • Support global advocacy and strengthen alliances with women rights advocacy coalitions and other stakeholders.
  • Support advocacy efforts to advance the gender equality agenda in FP programming at the country and regional levels and ensure the work is in alignment with FP2030 vision and measurement frameworks.
  • Respond to requests for gender advocacy technical assistance and contribute to the drafting of relevant advocacy and country CSO support products.

Improve external relations and communications:

  • Develop and distribute tailored policy information, and talking points on gender and FP concepts in collaboration with the FP2030 Communications Director,
  • In collaboration with the Communications team, organize webinars and/or other knowledge platforms for countries to share best practices, experiences, challenges, and/or requests for assistance.

Improve programmatic coordination:

  • Develop a workplan and budget to capture the work; ensure optimal allocation of resources, proper documentation, tracking, and monitoring of all relevant portfolio activities with other relevant grants administration, finance, and development staff.
  • Collaborate with relevant staff on a case-by-case basis, all relevant contracts/contractors and solicit proposals for additional work, as needed.
  • Report on relevant activities to FP2030 funders and senior leadership on an ongoing basis.

Anticipated learning outcomes: approximate 10% time

  • Cultivate mentorship skills based on the STAR GH mentorship curriculum to more effectively support and improve knowledge transfer and skills acquisition of staff, incoming fellows and interns.
  • Advance leadership skills to successful support capacity building and knowledge sharing activities, and mentor develop junior staff.
  • Apply leadership skills and technical expertise to support programmatic growth and scale up within gender programming.


  • Minimum 13 years of professional experience in an international reproductive health/family planning with master’s degree or a minimum of 15 years of relevant technical experience with bachelor’s degree.
  • Strong understanding/experience with gender mainstreaming, gender integration, women’s rights, or women empowerment within the context of global health, preferably with family planning.
  • Proven project management expertise.
  • Experience working with multi-stakeholder partnerships including donors, multi-lateral agencies, developing countries and civil society organizations.
  • Proven record of coordinating development partners and managing effective mechanisms for monitoring and reporting at global, regional, and country levels.
  • Ability to think strategically and drive project implementation.
  • Ability to work in a complex and fast-paced environment and manage multiple work streams.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and cultural competencies.
  • Excellent writing, editing, presentation, communications, and research capabilities.
  • Strong spoken, analytical, and writing skills with advanced knowledge of and proficiency in the MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed.
  • Fluency in English and French required.


All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at, which allows you to store your CV/resume and separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, and how this position relates to your career goals is required for each application



This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.

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