Gender and Water Specialist

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Beirut, Lebanon
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 
English and Arabic


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Organizational Setting

Within the “Implementing the 2030 Agenda for water efficiency/productivity and water sustainability in NENA countries – GCP/RNE/009/SWE” programme, output 2 on water productivity, country offices are supposed to undertake gender-responsive water assessments to assess the relative situation of women and men in different communities regarding water access, governance, and use in order to ensure that water resources are governed in a way that is sustainable and inclusive in the projects areas and that women and men are benefitting equitably from these resources.

Under the supervision of the programme Chief Technical Advisor, with direct coordination with the Gender and Programme Specialist of FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (RNE), and in light of the regional “Methodological Note of the Gender-responsive Water Assessments” the Specialist should conduct field gender and water assessments that should work as key programmatic tools for understanding the lives and experiences of women and men, girls and boys and their circumstances, needs, roles, opportunities, barriers, and the gender and power relations in which they operate as well as identifying the factors that contribute to the inclusion or exclusion of individuals, and indicating what needs to change and how change might be brought about to ensure equitable access of water resources. The gender-responsive water assessment will serve to outline areas where future investments and programme interventions are needed to support advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment on the field levels with regards to water/agriculture programmes.

Reporting Lines

The Gender and Water Specialist shall report to Ms. Domitille Vallee, Chief Technical Advisor of the project GCP/RNE/009/SWE

Technical Focus:

Focus on gender-responsive water assessment with the following expected outputs:

  • Terms of Reference and list of stakeholders to include for country-based assessment on gender and water (will be reviewed by FAO Country Gender Focal Point and the National Project Coordinator)
  • Desk review report to be submitted
  • Field/ local assessment report to be submitted
  • Gender action plan/set of recommended actions for gender-responsive water programming to be prepared and submitted.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Engage with country project team and regional project team as well as country partners and governments officials to do a desk review on water and gender in the country, more specifically on: i) current relevant SIDA project documents and reports; ii) Country gender assessment; iii) National strategies and documents on gender and water.
  • In close coordination with the RNE Gender and Programme Specialist and the Chief Technical Advisor, develop the field assessment’s ToR (identifying key informants and farmers to be interviewed and their location..), the specific data collection tools, and the data collection timeline and guidelines in light of the Regional Methodological Note on gender-responsive water assessments.
  • Lead the primary data collection on the field level through surveys, key informant interviews with government and partner staff, focus group discussions, and individual interviews with beneficiaries
  • In close coordination with the RNE Gender and Programme Specialist, analyse the secondary and primary information and data, and finalise the gender-responsive water assessment report and set of programme recommendations/action plans as applicable.
  • Prepare and submit a final report summarizing findings, constraints, lessons learned and the way forward.
  • Perform other related duties as requested


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced degree in gender studies, development studies, social sciences or equivalent.
  • At least 5 year of relevant experience in social studies, assessments, agriculture, rural development; knowledge of gender equality at the field and institutional level; experience of leading the development of researches/reports/policies, particularly focusing on gender equality. Experience working with the United Nations system and experience in working on water and agriculture projects are assets.
  • Working knowledge of English and Arabic. 

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Excellent analytical skills and proven track record in research and gender studies;
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills in English;
  • Excellent organisational, writing, and communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently under tight deadlines;
  • Ability to work effectively with people of different national and cultural background.


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