Position summary:

The Senior associate, Gender & Social protection will perform its responsibilities under the EU funded project entitled " Strengthening the economic and social rights of women through engagement in community-based and environmentally sustainable landscape management ". The project is implemented by The Rainforest Alliance in close collaboration with two Cameroonian co-applicants: Association pour les Services d’Appui à la Protection de l’Environnement et au Développement (SAPED) and the African Center for Renewable Energies and Sustainable Technologies (ACREST). The purpose of the project is to Strengthen and sustain economic and social rights of adult women and youth (particularly young women) through engagement in community-based and environmentally sustainable landscape management decisions and income-generating activities in the Mount Bamboutos landscape. It complements the planned Global Environment Facility (GEF) project “Removing barriers to biodiversity conservation, land restoration and sustainable forest management through community-based landscape Management – COBALAM” that will be implemented by the United Nation Environment Program (UNE) and executed by the Cameroon Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED) with technical support from Rainforest Alliance. The purpose of COBALAM  is to conserve biodiversity in the Western Highlands of Cameroon (WHC) and the South region through a sustainable landscape approach, in which High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) is protected in law and the surrounding forested and agricultural areas are managed through participatory community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) and the development of local enterprises that use natural resources sustainably and generate livelihoods for local populations.

The Senior Associate, Gender and Social Protection will be mainly responsible to promote the role of women and youth (especially young women) as agents of development and change in the WHC through women’s participation in the Landscape Management Boards (LMBs),  strengthening gender equity during land management planning   and deliver technical support to the LMBs, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) on gender mainstreaming and equity in their interventions.


  • Supervise and monitor activities related to gender mainstreaming, of the two co-applicants and approve the delivery of their products in accordance with their responsibilities in the project;
  • Advocate for the representation of women and the integration of their perspectives and experiences in the decision-making process in LMBs;
  • Technically assist LMBs to ensure gender and youth-sensitive design and implementation of the landscape management plan and balance sheets;
  • Strengthen CSOs and CBOs to design and implement a monitoring and reporting system that clearly assesses their effectiveness in improving gender and youth mainstreaming and gender equity in community-based environmentally sustainable landscape management;
  • Provide support to LMBs, CSOs, CBOs and women-led enterprises in documenting projects learnings on effective strategies to strengthen the economic and social empowerment of women and youth (particularly young women) through their increased engagement in community-based environmentally sustainable landscape management and value chain participation and discussing them with key local and national stakeholders.
  • Develop and propose to the project coordinator inputs in the gender mainstreaming perspective for Annual work plans and budgets;
  • Deliver plans and reports required by the project monitoring and evaluation plan and coordinate   short-term consultants in accordance with principles of adaptive management;
  • Synthesize key project learnings on operationalising gender mainstreaming and equity in community-based landscape management and exchange knowledge within and beyond the landscapes
  • Manage financial resources available to the project in accordance with the rules commonly agreed between EU and Rainforest Alliance;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications & competencies: 

  • Master’s degree in development studies, social development, gender studies or equivalent or Bachelor degree with relevant work experience;
  • A minimum of five years’ practical experience in the field of gender equality and gender mainstreaming in income-generating activities and value chain development, including at least two years of experience with management and reporting of donor funded projects.
  • Experience working with international or non-governmental organizations supporting gender and development work in the specific area of intervention;
  • Specific experience and expertise on gender analysis, gender mainstreaming and women’s participation with familiarity with gender analysis tools and methodologies (household approach and participatory methods);
  • Organizational development and capacity building experience;
  • Thorough understanding of the gender context in Cameroon and knowledge of international/regional agreements and initiatives on gender (The Multisectoral Plan for the Implementation of the Cameroon National Policy on Equality, etc.);
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of stakeholders, from government to small-scale producers.
  • Strong team-based orientation and demonstrated familiarity with project management within a team environment;
  • Strong organizational skills and efficient management of multiple tasks and priorities;
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Excellent written, oral and graphical communication skills in French and English
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 30% of the time nationally and internationally.


Commensurate with experience.

Only candidates authorized to work in Cameroon will be considered

The Rainforest Alliance is an equal opportunity employer. 

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