GESI / WEE Adviser (SNV)


Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation driven by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Founded in the Netherlands in 1965, we have built a long-term country presence in over 24 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses, and organizations with the tools, knowledge, and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to markets and basic services - empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development. Our work focuses on three sectors - Agrifood, Energy, and Water.
SNV has been working in Viet Nam since 1995, and currently has over 30 national and international staff. SNV Viet Nam’s team works hand-in-hand with communities, government agencies, and businesses in more than 50 provinces, including the most remote and poorest areas of the country. We operate from a country head office in Hanoi and regional offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Dalat. For more information on SNV, please refer to our website:  

Overview of project

Poverty and vulnerability are predominantly rural phenomena in Viet Nam, and the agriculture sector remains of critical importance to rural socio-economic development, employment, and livelihoods. Viet Nam has become an agricultural powerhouse – a leading global producer and exporter of many major agricultural commodity crops. However, agricultural production remains dominated by smallholder farmers, who, as the Covid-19 pandemic has shown, are extremely vulnerable to commodity price shocks, market fluctuations and supply-chain disruptions. Viet Nam is also widely recognized as being one of the countries most adversely impacted by climate change due to the large proportion of the population living in low-lying coastal and delta regions and dependent on land and agriculture for their livelihoods. SNV is strongly committed to supporting the Government of Viet Nam in promoting a more holistic approach that goes beyond agricultural production alone and aims to facilitate systemic change towards sustainable agrifood systems that deliver food security and healthy diets, climate-smart and environmentally sustainable food production and socially-inclusive economic opportunities that strengthen the resilience of vulnerable smallholder farmers to both climate and economic shocks and trends.

SNV Viet Nam’s Agrifood programme today is strongly focused around promoting socially-inclusive climate resilient agriculture. In recent years, SNV Viet Nam has implemented a wide range of projects promoting climate smart approaches and inclusive value-chain development throughout the country in numerous sub-sectors, including rice, shrimp, coffee, fruits, vegetables and spices. Many of our interventions support vulnerable groups such as ethnic minorities in rural uplands access markets and opportunities and women’s economic empowerment (WEE) in agricultural value chains.

Globally, SNV has committed to mainstreaming Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) and where possible promoting WEE across our Agrifood portfolio. SNV Viet Nam is implementing and developing a number of new Agrifood sector projects funded by various clients and donors. Therefore, we are seeking a dynamic, experienced and highly motivated GESI/WEE Adviser to provide technical advice and lead our efforts to integrate GESI across our agriculture programme and help build our institutional capacity to design and deliver high-quality gender-responsive and socially inclusive projects in the Agrifood sector in Viet Nam.

Job Description

The GESI / WEE Adviser will report to the SNV Viet Nam Agrifood Sector Leader and is expected to perform the following key tasks and responsibilities:
Project Design & Development:
  • Conduct or manage/oversee GESI assessments and analyses to inform the design and development of gender-responsive projects or investments in the Agrifood sector, or projects that specifically support WEE in agricultural value chains.
  • Identification of practical activities to ensure gender and social inequalities are addressed in design of new projects.
  • Elaboration of GESI Action Plans (GAPs) where appropriate or required according to donor safeguard requirements.
Project Implementation:
  • Review existing projects and develop pragmatic strategies and actions to improve the integration of GESI in implementation.
  • Lead the technical assistance (applying and adapting SNV approaches and tools), or oversee the management of consultants, for key project activities promoting GESI/WEE such as conducting GESI audits and/or GESI self-assessments with agribusinesses that SNV works with; development and delivery of training on GESI/WEE for different types of project stakeholders including public and private sector partners, Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), agricultural cooperatives and smallholder farmers; facilitation of intra-household/community dialogues and behaviour change activities.
Monitoring & Evaluation:
  • Assist the team to integrate GESI into the design of baseline assessments that collect age- and sex-disaggregated data and identify appropriate GESI targets and related indicators as well as GESI-related monitoring methods for project M&E
  • Work with project teams to ensure the regular collection of data and other information for monitoring performance against GESI/WEE objectives
  • Work with independent evaluators during mid-term and endline project evaluations on GESI-related aspects of project performance
  • In liaison with SNV’s Global Technical Adviser (GTA) on GESI for the Agrifood Sector in The Netherlands contribute to the design and roll out of capacity-building and training for SNV staff on GESI/WEE in SNV’s Agrifood sector in Viet Nam.
Learning, Knowledge Management and Communications:
  • Review project experiences and through reflective practices, identify lessons learned on and refine/improve SNV’s GESI and WEE approaches and tools and develop knowledge products as appropriate for internal and external learning, knowledge management and communications.
Business Development:
  • Identify and track potential business opportunities for SNV, advise on positioning with competitors/partners, and contribute to and support the development of project proposals (or sections thereof) relating to GESI/WEE in the agriculture sector.
Networking and Representation:
  • As a senior staff member proactively develop and maintain relationships with development partners, donors, local organisations (e.g. women’s organisations) and relevant government agencies
  • Actively participate in and contribute to national policy dialogues, platforms and working groups pertaining to climate change and sustainable agriculture (e.g. the Climate Change Working Group), acting as a knowledgeable face of the SNV organisation with partners particularly on topics related to GESI and WEE.


  • Master’s degree in gender studies, sociology, anthropology, international development, or related fields; or alternatively agricultural economics/science (but with substantive practical experience of GESI/WEE and advanced understanding of concepts and methodologies).
  • At least 7 years direct GESI/WEE experience, including specific knowledge and experience in the agriculture sector.
  • Experience in conducting gender analysis/assessments and development of gender-sensitive or responsive projects with strong private sector engagement.
  • Familiarity with and demonstrable experience of environmental and social safeguards frameworks (especially gender-related requirements) of major development banks and development agencies (e.g. World Bank, ADB, IFC, GCF, DFAT, USAID etc) would be desirable.

Additional Information

Contract Type: Full-Time contract

Duty Station: Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Contract Duration: 01 year with the possibility of extension

Expected Start Date: June/July

Travel: up to 30 %

Salary: Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a competitive secondary benefit package

This position is ideally based out of the Country head office in Ha Noi (but Ho Chi Minh City can also be considered)

How to apply

If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and a letter of motivation before/on the 28th of April 2023. Please submit your application only via Smart Recruiters. All information will be in the strictest confidence.


SNV is an equal opportunities employer and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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