Volunteer Position - Gender Specialist | GAPNET Ghana
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Gender Specialist | GAPNET Ghana

Vets Without Borders has an open Gender Specialist volunteer position at Ghana Poultry Network (GAPNET) in Ghana

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Volunteer Placement Details

Position Title: Gender Specialist

Country: Ghana

Location: Accra, with travel throughout the country

Partner Organization: GAPNET

Duration: 3-6 months (flexible)

Start Date: October 2023 (or upon availability)

Pre-departure Training: VWB/VSF will provide training orientation.

Eligibility: Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language: English (essential) 

Academic Requirements: A degree in Gender studies, Feminism, Social Sciences, or relevant field with a focus on Gender

Fundraising: VWB/VSF encourages each volunteer to raise funds towards the organization’s operations.

Volunteer Terms & Conditions 

VWB/VSF covers most of the costs of being an overseas volunteer, including:

  • Return airfare to placement country 
  • Visa/permit costs
  • The cost of required vaccinations, anti-malarial medication, and overseas emergency travel health insurance
  • A monthly living allowance (MLA) that will be paid into the volunteer’s bank account in Canada. The MLA is designed to be sufficient to cover simple housing, basic food requirements, and other typical monthly living expenses.

Volunteer Application: Gender Specialist | GAPNET Ghana

Our Commitment 

Veterinarians Without Borders/Vétérinaires sans Frontière is an equal opportunity employer and values the diversity of our team.

We are committed to inclusive and equitable employment practices and strive to create a workplace that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion. VWB/VSF Canada welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, including members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, women, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

Please let us know if you require an accommodation and we will work with you to ensure an equitable hiring process. Thank you for your interest in VWB/VSF Canada.

Overall Goal

The primary goal of the Gender Specialist position is to roll out the gender family module, building capacity of GAPNET staff, Community Animal Health Workers (CAHWs), and community-led women organizations. To train these groups in gender equality and women empowerment by ensuring gender equality is implemented in all GAPNET activities to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal of 5 (Gender Equality) at the rural community level. 


  •  Build the capacity on gender equality with GAPNET staff, CAHWs, and women led associations.
  • Build capacity of community–led women organizations, GAPNET, and CAWHs in gender family module (GFM)
  • Provide training to GAPNET staff and CAHWs on the importance of livestock and gender for household income and food nutrition
  • Work with the Women in Agriculture in Agriculture of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Livestock improvement in the Bolgatanga area
  • To enhance GAPNET staff and partner's capacity in gender for effective implementation of the One Heath Approach of VETS
  • Assist to facilitate gender equality dialogue sessions related to women’s economic empowerment and leadership roles
  • To help GAPNET outline the necessary step that transforms the GESI plan into action to achieve the organization’s goal.
  •  To enhance GAPNET tracking the implementation of GESI within all project and enhance project design



  • Minimum of 2 to 5 years’ experience in development sector (NGOs, CSO), with at least a years’ experience with women’s economic empowerment, and/or gender/social inclusion related job.
  • Initiative and creative in solving problems with strong facilitation and analytical skills
  • Strong ability to work both independently and in a team
  • Good organizing skills and interpersonal skills
  • Effective cross-cultural communication skills
  • Commitment to the principles of volunteer cooperation and familiarity with participatory approaches to development, including the promotion of gender equality, good governance and environmental sustainability


  • Previous international work / volunteer experience in Ghana or other developing country 

About the Project: VETS

Volunteers Engaged in Gender Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS), funded through the Volunteer Cooperation Program at Global Affairs Canada, will engage 190 volunteers to work with local partner organizations in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

Volunteers will help create integrated animal health systems to increase the livelihoods and household nutrition of small-scale farmers. The VETS program utilizes the skills of volunteers to build local partner capacity to support community members, primarily women, to reduce poverty. Through improved production of livestock and crops, volunteers help improve family income and nutrition.

The VETS program is built around the One Health concept, which recognizes that the health of people, animals, and the natural environment are interconnected. This project promotes the production of more and better food and increased incomes from livestock, all the while promoting land rehabilitation and conservation for sustainable development.

Learn More About The VETS Project

About Veterinarians Without Borders

In the global south, more than 90 percent of food animals are raised by subsistence farmers. However, small-scale livestock producers, the majority of whom are women, have very limited access to quality and affordable animal health services.

Aside from the risks associated with the loss of valuable livestock that provides important protein and/or income for low-income households, zoonotic diseases that can be passed from animals to humans offer a very real threat to human health on a wider scale.

Veterinarians Without Borders/Vétérinaires sans frontières (VWB/VSF) works for and with communities in need to foster the health of animals, people, and the environments that sustain us. VWB/VSF works nationally and internationally to train animal health workers, increase food security, and improve animal and public health.

VWB/VSF provides overseas volunteer placements for veterinarians and other animal and public health professionals.

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