Consultant/Network Coordinator, GENSAC


Role summary

The Gender Equality Network for Small Arms Control (GENSAC) is a new cross-regional network dedicated to making small arms control more gender responsive. GENSAC aims to amplify local, regional, and international best practices for gender responsive small arms control in order to deliver on the promise of the 2030 Agenda (most notably SDG16.1, 16.4 and SDG5) and build synergies across WPS and UNSG’s Disarmament Agenda. The Network’s mission is to serve as a platform for promoting effective participation of women on all policy- and decision-making levels, strengthening commitment to and operational support for more gender-sensitive design and implementation of disarmament measures, and building an evidence base for effective gender responsive small arms control with a special emphasis on regional experiences and implementation. 

GENSAC was conceived in 2019 and launched in 2020 at its inaugural annual conference in Berlin, Germany, which was attended by more than eighty participants from the Western Balkans, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean. The GENSAC membership is composed of women and men dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment across the security sector, civil society, public policy and academia, as well as specialists in gender, conflict prevention and development.

The GENSAC team seeks a consultant based in East Africa (preferably Addis Ababa, Ethiopia or Nairobi, Kenya) to stand up critical elements of the Network over the near-term, creating conditions for success of the network’s growth, development, and day-to-day operations in the future.

Although time-bound deliverables will be clearly specified in the contract, in general the kinds of activities that the consultant will undertake include:

  • Engage in regular outreach to GENSAC members and GENSAC focal points, keep up to date on their activities and explore ways to support and amplify their efforts;
  • Research recent regional and international developments related to gender responsive arms control specifically, and to violence reduction in the context of SDG 16.1 more broadly;
  • Maintain, update and expand the Network membership database and interactive online platform;
  • Coordinate communications and social media campaigns in close collaboration with the Pathfinders and other partners;
  • Oversee the creation and distribution of GENSAC publications and other communications products;
  • Manage logistics for local events in their area, and assist regional focal points in organizing convenings in their respective regions;
  • Represent GENSAC in meetings with partners, government officials, and at various public events
  • Assist in development of bi-annual GENSAC action plans and contribute to their execution;
  • Develop new partnerships and expand existing ones, particularly targeting national small arms commissions across the African continent

The Network Coordinator will have:

  • Five to seven years of professional work experience in development, disarmament, or other national, regional, or international policy-making processes;
  • Experience facilitating international or regional networks and coordinating outreach;
  • Experience organizing meetings, events, and conference calls, both online and in situ;
  • Knowledge and familiarity with disarmament (in particular small arms control) efforts, conflict prevention, WPS and broader SDG agendas;
  • Expertise and experience applying a gender perspective to peace, security and violence related activities;
  • An entrepreneurial, creative and positive work ethic with ability to manage a wide range of assignments and competing priorities under tight timelines;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (written and oral) and proven ability to work productively and autonomously in the context of a remote team;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required; and working-level fluency in French or Spanish language desirable.
  • At ease managing remote communications and using a range of IT tools for online communication (Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype), project management (Slack, Microsoft Office), and social media (Twitter, Facebook);
  • Capability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally (as developments in global health permit); and
  • A passionate commitment to the goals, vision and ideals of the Network.

This consultancy contract will require a substantial engagement in terms of overall time commitment. The consultant will be engaged for an initial trial period of 3 months; the expected duration of the project as a whole is 18 months (ending by 31 December, 2021). The focal point for the consultant will be the Pathfinders 16.1 Team Leader based in New York, and the consultant will also be in regular contact with partners at the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, and GENSAC regional focal points in West and East Africa, as well as in Latin America and the Caribbean. As an independent contractor, the consultant is not entitled to benefits and will be required to possess the minimum levels of insurance specified in the standard NYU contract.

To apply for this consultancy, please send a cover letter and CV to Bojan Francuz, at  We will consider applications on a rolling basis, and encourage applicants to submit by 17 July, 2020