Gender Training Practitioner 



Position: Gender Training Practitioner 

Location: Accra, Ghana

Partner: ABANTU for development - ROWA

Starting: August 2018

Duration: 12 months


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Crossroads International is an international development organization that is reducing poverty and increasing women’s rights around the world. Working with local partners in eight countries and supported by hundreds of volunteers each year, Crossroads leverages expertise and resources, North and South, required to help people overcome poverty and assert their human rights.

ABANTU for Development is an NGO that exists to build the capacity of women to participate in decision-making at all levels, to influence policies from a gender perspective, and to address inequalities and injustices in social relationships. ABANTU has a vision of a world in which empowered women and men work together to address gender inequalities and promote transformational leadership and development for a just society. The organisation seeks to achieve its objectives through advocacy, training, research, institutional development and networking.  ABANTU and Crossroads International partnership enriched by the contribution of two Canadian likeminded collaborators – the YWCA and the Maytree Foundation- focuses on increasing the participation and representation of women and girls in politics and the decision making processes.

Project description and context 

ABANTU’s principal areas of intervention have always been based on the consideration that young women’s engagement and mentoring in political affairs is crucial for their future participation in governance. Yet, considerable sociological, cultural and economic factors prevent women, particularly young women, from participating fully in various decision making spaces. While formal and informal knowledge in identifying, those systemic barriers has been generated by civil society organizations and academic institutions, ABANTU has identified the lack knowledge for Women in rural settings particularly women farmers around their financial rights, gender rights etc. This mandate seeks to empower this subsection of the population with skills through the development of a manual.


Main responsibilities include:


  • The Gender Policy Advisor is responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the Women in Agriculture program manual 
  • Specific gender thematic programing in line with the overall ABANTU Strategic Plan, and Gender thematic strategies and Programming guidelines
  • Provide technical and methodological support to ABANTU country and area programmes in relation to Women in agriculture
  • Research partnership, alliance building and advocacy initiatives
  • Provide support where needed in cross-learning and knowledge generation for thematic alignment in relation to ABANTU’s gender strategic priorities across the organisation

Qualification criteria for selection include: 

  • Advanced degree in Social Sciences or Sustainable Development, Gender or similar field
  • Extensive working experience in gender work with an International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGO) 
  • Strong experience in strategic planning and policy formulation
  • Strong experience in lobbying and media work
  • Experience in popular mobilisation and policy advocacy at international level
  • Experience in alliance and partnership building
  • Very good understanding of gender issues at the level of Policy influence in the Pan-African scene
  • Studies related to gender and violence against women related problematics and solutions, education, social work
  • Knowledge and ability to work within a gender equality & women’s rights framework and strong gender analysis
  • Knowledge of business and donor environments an asset
  • Knowledge of cocoa production generally and with specific reference to Ghana, an asset
  • Analytical and information-seeking skills, effective and proven writing skills
  • Oral fact-finding, presentation and communication skills
  • Experience conducting organisational assessments would be an asset
  • Computer Skills: Microsoft Office, and internet research
  • Experience in using social media and raising funds virtually
  • Readiness to deal with change and sometimes challenging context 
  • Ability and willingness to work in rural areas and new cultural and professional settings
  • Strong team player yet able to work independently with minimum supervision
  • French an asset


Eligibility criteria:

  • Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada since one year 
  • Must be 19 years and older
  • Willing to conduct fundraising and public engagement activities before, during and after the placement
  • In good physical and mental health (medical examination required)


Personalized support before, during and after the mandate provided by an experienced and welcoming team. The Crossroads' experience includes the following:

  • Daily living  allowance (depending of the country of assignment)
  • Plane ticket and local transport
  • Medical insurance and vaccinations
  • Pre-departure training and re-orientation upon return 



To apply for this position, we kindly ask that you fill out Crossroads' online application form.

Please contact our Program Officer - Volunteering if you have any questions: Simidele@cintl.org 

We thank all applicants for their interest.  Please note that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.


Crossroads International gratefully acknowledges the support of: