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The Representation from Moldova of the Swiss Foundation HEKS-EPER announces a job vacancy of Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist, for HEKS Office Moldova (full time position)

HEKS Office Moldova is looking for a Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist for the Swiss Development and Cooperation tendered program “Moldova: Creating Job Opportunities through Improved Market Systems” (IMS) (Preparatory Phase 01.11.2018 – 31.08.2019; Phase I 01.09.2019 – 31.12.2022). The Program will apply the Market Systems Development (MSD) approach to contribute to the creation of more and better jobs and net additional income for women and men, with a focus on excluded groups.

The preparatory phase (ten months) will comprise: Analyses of two to three market systems; Designing interventions that aim at systemic change in these systems and developing Monitoring and Results Management (MRM) plans to assess their effectiveness; Implementing initial interventions on a pilot basis and assessing their effectiveness; Developing basic MSD capacity in the program team; Developing the program document (ProDoc) as well as other documents. The implementing phase 1 (40 months) will comprise the implementation of the program in-line with the program documents to be developed.

The start of assignment is November 2018. The recruitment is subject to the successful approval by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the consortium’s bid to the tender.

The Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist will report to the Team Leader of the project and will be in charge to provide technical leadership on gender and social inclusion.

Main tasks and responsibilities:

In close collaboration with the Team Leader and the core management team, the Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist will:

  • Lead the development of the gender and social inclusion strategy and activities to guide the project’s integration of women, youth, and vulnerable populations;
  • Conduct in-depth inclusiveness-sensitive study; 
  • Review how gender indicators are integrated into the results framework;
  • Design and deliver training to the project team and partners on social inclusion topics;
  • Build social inclusion into communication materials and project reports;
  • Draft thematic briefing papers on gender and social inclusion to keep stakeholders informed;
  • Provide advice to Team Leader on gender and social inclusion issues and agendas;
  • Collaborate with core management team to ensure a holistic approach throughout the project on gender issues;
  • Act as gender and social inclusion focal point for the project;

The Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist will work under the consortium’s steering committee and benefit from technical and thematic support by a multidisciplinary experienced team from the thematic backstopping (distant coaching and on-site inputs).

Required qualifications:

  • Master's degree in social science, gender or equivalent in development studies, political science or related fields;
  • A minimum of 4 years of relevant professional experience in the field of development, particularly with strong experience in gender and social inclusion and development issues;
  • Experience in report writing, workshop facilitation and organizations;
  • Strong familiarity with current theories and issues in gender, development studies and human rights;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Required computer proficiencies: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet;
  • Be fluent in written and spoken Romanian, English and Russian;

We offer you:

The Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist will work under the Representation from the Republic of Moldova of the Swiss Foundation HEKS contract. The expected start of the assignment for the project is scheduled for 1 November 2018 depending on the successful approval by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the consortium’s bid to the tender.

Please send your application (motivation letter and CV) latest until 20th June 2018 to Veronica Cazacu, HEKS Moldova Country Director (


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