The Danida supported Agricultural Sector Programme (ASPS) assists the Uganda Government in implementing a number of PMA priorities. The long term objective of the programme is to promote increased income from farming with special focus on poverty reduction and improved food security at household level. The ASPS is a multi-component programme aimed at assisting the Ugandan agricultural sector in a number of areas:
- Agricultural education
- Agrilcutural household support.
- Livestock systems research.
- Support for agricultural organisations.
- Support for District Agricultural Training and Information Centers.
- Institutional strengthening of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries.
- Support for strengthening rural financial services.
The programme is seeking to recruit a suitable Ugandan national as a Gender and Poverty Advisor to be based at the Programme Support Unit (PSU) Kampala with extensive in-country travel to ASPS focus districts.
Gender and poverty concerns are key cross cutting areas that the ASPS emphasizes in its implementation and therefore should be integrated in all activities and outputs. The Gender and Poverty Advisor works closely with other advisors and GoU counterparts in ensuring that the appropriate gender and poverty concerns form an integral part of every component and its outputs in the Programme. The Gender and Poverty Advisor will be responsible to the Chief Sector Advisor.
1. Update gender and poverty related agricultural constraints and support development of methodologies and approaches to enable adoption of gender sensitive anti-poverty measures.
2. Support processes for developing and operationalising strategies/ selection criteria for beneficiaries of proposed ASPS poverty alleviation activities.
3. Support relevant government institutions and ministries in mainstreaming gender and poverty issues and activities.
4. In colloboration with other PSU staff, Makerere University and other institutions, further develop external gender and poverty monitoring systems that will enable continuous assessments of poverty and gender impacts.
5. Assist the Programme and its components in ensuring that gender and poverty concerns are adequately reflected in planning, monitoring, implementation, and evaluation activities as well as in progress reporting, reviews, and other studies that may be undertaken by the programme.
6. Support Programme efforts to ensure participation of the youth as a special group particularly in relation to the District Agricultural Training and Information Centers' programmes and activities.
7. Support the Programme and its components to develop strategies to mainstream HIV/AIDS aspects in planning, implementation and monitoring activities.
8. Support Programme staff and advisors to appreciate gender and poverty issues in agriculture and on how to relate outputs to objectives with respect to gender and poverty.
A masters degree in gender studies, social sciences, rural/agricultural economics and/or other related qualifications. He/she should have demonstrated experience/expertise of gender and poverty in the agricultural sector, adequate analytical skills, excellent socio-sensitivity and communication skills with adequate computer literacy, among others.
Interested candidates should send their applications to the below address not later than 4th October 2002. Candidates who don't get a response 30 days thereafter should consider their applications unsuccessful.
The Chief Sector Advisor
Agricultural SEctor Programme Support
Programme Support Unit
Plot 58 Kiira Road
P.O.Box 26427 Kampala, Uganda