GESI Director, Western Kenya WASH

Winrock International

Nairobi, , KE


Winrock is seeking GESI Director candidates for an anticipated USAID-funded Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)project in Western Kenya. The project will apply a facilitative approach, working across government, private sector, and civil society, to strengthen availability, accessibility and reliability of WASH services. The project will foster close alliances with county governments and build their capacity for service delivery and regulation, while applying a market-driven lens to support private sector WASH service and equipment providers to deliver services to communities in Western Kenya. The goal of the project is to 1) build a robust sanitation and hygiene market and 2) ensure country-wide sustainable drinking water services to households in Western Kenya. This position is contingent on receipt of donor funding.


  • Provide overall GESI leadership and coordination across cross cutting principles to ensure the socially responsible design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and adaptation of program interventions and equitable results.  
  • Support project teams to conduct gender and social inclusion analyses in the Western Kenya WASH program area. This analysis would include the identification of GESI issues in targeted counties and examining their root causes. The use results to create a project specific GESI action plan.
  • Design GESI responsive training curriculum and materials and manage their dissemination to project staff, partners, and beneficiaries.
  • Ensure GESI mainstreaming in all interventions from their design, inclusion in the annual work plans, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting to USAID.
  • Work with field teams and partners to promote and integrate equity and inclusion into program interventions by identifying power imbalances and understand marginalized groups’ vulnerabilities and interests.
  • Support integration of GESI aspects into the M&E system and processes to ensure that gender and inclusivity are reflected in output, outcome and impact level indicators. This will include, but is not limited to, ensuring marginalized groups are counted, survey tools are accessible to all, and data collection tools are sensitive to women, youth, and marginalized groups.
  • Design and manage outreach and communication processes to engage women, youth, disabled, and other vulnerable groups from the targeted counties with the support of the project’s communications team and partners.
  • Customize and design, when needed, project GESI tools for use in the field to maximize stakeholder participation and increase empowerment opportunities for marginalized groups.
  • Ensure that activity design maximizes participant engagement from the beginning of the program while managing and mitigating risks of cultural disrespect and gender-based violence.
  • Take social change stories identified and gathered from the field and produce as GESI learning documents.
  • Contribute to the preparation of progress/quarterly reports.



  • A bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies, Social Sciences, Education, Development Studies or relevant discipline. Preferred Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline.

Work Experience:          

  • At least eight (8) years working experience in GESI.
  • Five (5) years working experience in GESI and/or WASH in Kenya or in Eastern Africa.
  • Practical working experience in GESI sensitive monitoring and evaluation (M&E), particularly survey design and data collection.


  • Good knowledge of GESI in the context of WASH in Western Kenya.
  • Ability to supervise staff and coordinate programs with partners from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.
  • Knowledge of the political, social, cultural, environmental, and development context of Kenya strongly preferred.
  • Experience of building coalitions with Local Partners, Local NGOs, government agencies, Development Partners, Civil Society organizations and integrating programs.
  • Strong skill on training design and facilitation.
  • Good command of written and oral English and Swahili.
  • Command of other local languages would be an asset.
  • Strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written, to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the initiative and to effectively coordinate with a wide range of regional stakeholders.






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