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Gender Officer, Malawi
Volunteer Opportunity



WHERE: Lilongwe, Malawi (travel to rural areas required)
WHEN: October 15, 2017 to April 15, 2018
DURATION: 6 months with possibility of a 6-month extension
REPORTING TO: Heather Hale, Program Manager
DEADLINE: September 8, 2017

NOTE: This is a voluntary assignment. Domestic and international airfare, ground transport, visa, travel insurance, out of country accommodation and a monthly stipend of $1,250 will be covered by CCA.



The INVEST Co-op Malawi Project seeks to improve the economic wellbeing of 50,000 small producers (Soya, ground nuts, beans, and maize). Through an integrated co-operative approach, the program will benefit producers by increasing production and productivity, increasing access to markets, and increasing access to financial services. CCA is also proposing to partner with local agricultural, finance and insurance co-operative companies to introduce agricultural insurance products to these farmers to help them manage their risks. It is believed that offering insurance through an integrated co-operative model will lower risks, administration costs, and claim processing times.


Project Partners:

Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) is an umbrella body of farmers and farmer organizations in Malawi which was established in 2003 under the Trustees Incorporation with the aim of creating a conducive policy environment for farmers in Malawi. It is founded on three key operational areas namely; institutional development, policy and advocacy, and agribusiness and market access.

Malawi Union of Savings and Credit Co-operatives (MUSCCO) is the apex organization for Savings and Credit Co- operatives in Malawi. MUSCCO provides training, liquidity management, representative and advocacy services to its member organizations to improved financial, management and governance capacity. MUSCCO’s aim is to improve financial access to the underserved communities of Malawi.



The Gender Officer will provide support to the project’s local gender team, under the joint general direction of the local gender team and the local Project Co-ordinators. The Gender Officer will be based in the CCA Office in Lilongwe, and will work closely with the project team. Some percentage of the Gender Officer’s time will be spent in the field, participating in gender training activities with the local producer organizations in rural communities, under the guidance of the local gender team.



To support the local gender team and Project Co-ordinators in the implementation of gender programming and the Gender Equality Strategy.


  • Support the Gender Expert to implement gender activities at a producer, primary and secondary co-op level
  • Travel to the field with the Gender Consultant as required
  • Conduct research and develop materials on gender as required for the project
  • Support the implementation of the Gender Value Chain Assessment recommendations in project activities
  • Provide support for review of project materials from a gender perspective
  • Support in the monitoring and evaluation of gender activities and Gender Equality Strategy
  • Other tasks as required



The successful applicant must possess the following skills, experiences and personal characteristics:

  • Degree or equivalent experience in International Development and/or Social Science (focus on gender an asset)
  • Knowledge on gender issues
  • Experience with participatory approaches and methodologies an asset
  • Experience facilitating group learning/training sessions or focus groups
  • Understanding of co-operatives or member-based business enterprises
  • Must be able to handle difficult situations with patience, tact and professionalism
  • Willingness to travel to rural areas with very basic accommodation
  • Preferably, knowledge of and experience in Malawi
  • One-three year’s experience
  • Openness to new experiences
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident



Please submit a resume and letter of intent by end of business day September 8, 2017 to Volunteer Manager, Laurie Tennian at You must be eligible to work in Canada. Successful candidates will be required to obtain a police check from their local police/RCMP detachment. No phone calls please. All applicants are thanked for their interest in CCA; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.



The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) is a not-for-profit co-operative which establishes and strengthens co- operatives, credit unions and community-based organizations to reduce poverty, build sustainable livelihoods and improve civil society in less developed countries. CCA proudly delivers programs for the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) and other organizations which help poor communities fight poverty and create more secure lives through community-owned co-ops. For more information on CCA, please visit the website at:



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