Gender Equality Specialist – Strengthening Ethics and Integrity Project (SEIP)

Immediate Opening
Field Staff, Part-Time
South Africa
Commensurate with Experience 
Immediate Opening


Funded by Global Affairs Canada, the aim of the Strengthening Ethics and Integrity Project (SEIP) is to increase accountability, efficiency and transparency of public institutions in delivering gender responsive services to the South African public. Working together with the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), SEIP aims to achieve three main outcomes: (1) strengthen oversight and management of ethics, integrity and disciplinary management matters at all levels of government (2) improve performance of the DPSA to provide strategic advice and technical assistance to government departments regarding ethics, integrity and disciplinary matters in the public administration (3) Improve professional (ethics and integrity) conduct in the public service in all spheres of government. Our efforts to achieve these outcomes, and the methods we use to do so, will be informed by an approach that promotes gender equity.

The ultimate outcome of SEIP will be achieved through the provision of technical assistance to assist the Government of South Africa through the DPSA to design and pilot the implementation of the Ethics, Integrity and Discipline Management Technical Assistance Unit (EIDM-TAU) as mandated under the Public Administration Act, Article 15 (1).


CowaterSogema is currently recruiting for the position of Gender Equality Specialist for the Strengthening Ethics and Integrity Project (SEIP). The Gender Equality Specialist will work with the SEIP team to develop a business case and model for the EIDM-TAU within the parameters of the Public Administration Act and support the piloting of this model across all three spheres of government. Candidates must be fluent in English. This posting is best suited for individuals already based in South Africa. The expected start date for this assignment is in April 2019, for a period of up to 5 years.



  • Undergraduate degree (i.e., bachelor or equivalent) or relevant professional certification in social sciences (for example, gender studies, public administration or international development)

Minimum Experience:

  • Minimum of twenty-four months of working experience in carrying out research, analysis, provision of policy advice or delivery of technical assistance on applying gender-based analysis and the mainstreaming of gender in public policies and/or institutions; conducting research on gender issues; and/or developing or delivering gender equality training or sensitization;
  • Demonstrated experience working with different types of International Development Assistance Stakeholder(s).

Essential Skills:

  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills (speaking, writing and oral) in English;
  • Excellent stakeholder management and relationship building skills.

Employment conditions:

  • This position is based in Pretoria, South Africa.


The Gender Equality Specialist will report to the Project Director and will work with the Project Coordinator and Canada-based Senior Gender Equality Specialist to ensure integration of GE in project implementation. The Gender Equality Specialist’s responsibilities include:

  • In collaboration with SEIP project staff and DPSA, identify key entry points for integrating gender equality within the project and develop a strategy and tools to support GE integration into activities.
  • Ensure timely and effective implementation of project GE activities to produce quality results and provide technical inputs for regular progress reporting.
  • Identify opportunities to incorporate and highlight gender equality results of the project through project communications activities.
  • Support the design and facilitate training on gender related aspects of ethics, integrity and corruption for project staff, government counterparts and other stakeholders.
  • Develop strategic working relationships with local and international partners implementing other relevant Government of South Africa and donors working on similar issues.
  • Provide advice and support for the integration of GE in the planning, implementation and monitoring of the project;
  • Any other related responsibilities to meet project results.


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