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Gender Advisor: Nigeria (Local Position) At The National Democratic Institute

Date Posted: 20/Jan/2014
Deadline: Not Specified


Based in Abuja, Nigeria, the Gender Advisor would support the National Democratic Institute’s (NDI) Resident Director to mainstream gender during program design and implementation by performing the duties listed below.   Position is conditional upon receipt of funding. Applicants must have Nigerian citizenship to be eligible for this position. 


  • Designs and oversees the implementation of program activities to ensure integration of gender.
  • Serves as the gender technical expert and responds to inquiries on gender matters
  • Contributes to the planning, design and evaluation of NDI’s programs from a gender mainstreaming perspective.
  • Contributes to the development of materials, training exercises, information sheets, reports, website articles and other products required to implement and publicize NDI’s gender related work in Nigeria.
  • Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with international organizations, local civic organizations, political party networks and partners, and NDI’s network of trainers and experts.
  • Monitors political, social and economic events in country, with specific attention to gender and keeps Resident Director and other NDI staff informed.
  • Serves as NDI representative at gender related local conferences and meetings and at other events as assigned by the Resident Director.
  • Supervises, guides, and mentors junior staff assigned.
  • Undertakes other responsibilities as directed to meet the needs of NDI's program in Nigeria.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent, preferably in International Relations or related subject; graduate degree desired.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years relevant work experience in gender related international development with a focus on human rights and gender equality rights based approach to programming.  Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for educational requirement on a one-for-one basis.
  • Experience working in Nigeria


  • Exceptional competency and experience in gender mainstreaming in elections program, particularly focused on election observation and citizen participation.
  • Strong knowledge of governance, gender equality, and electoral participation issues, particularly in the Nigerian political environment.
  • Superior oral communications skills to effectively present information and respond to questions.
  • Excellent writing skills, including experience writing and editing reports, proposals, and publications.
  • Exceptional analytical skills for interpreting complex program and political issues and designing innovative concepts.
  • Excellent management and leadership skills, with the ability to lead, inspire and motivate staff.
  • Strong network of contacts in Nigeria and the sub-region.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, funders, and policy makers.
  • Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheet applications.
  • Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) strongly desired.
  • Ability and willingness to travel outside Abuja, including to remote and difficult to reach area.
  • Fluency in English language


NDI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by US law.

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