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EMPLOYMENT: Gender Land Tenure Specialist (Landesa)

Gender Land Tenure Specialist (Mid Level)

Position Title:            Gender Land Tenure Specialist (Mid Level)

Status:                        Regular, Full Time

Location:                    Seattle or Washington DC

Classification:           Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime Pay)

Date:                           May 2016

Job Summary:  Within a variety of country contexts, the Gender and Land Tenure Specialist provides policy, analytical and program implementation expertise on women’s land rights, including access to property and inheritance, rural land tenure security, access to land, land rights formalization, land markets, land administration and management, and resolution of land and related disputes with a focus on impacts on women and their families. The Specialist will provide technical inputs related to women’s rights and gender; support integrating gender expertise across programs and projects; and participate in global advocacy efforts around women’s land rights, including linking land rights to other human rights and related fields such as gender-based violence, health, food security, agricultural productivity and natural resource management, and climate change.

The Specialist conducts gender-based analyses (both from the desk and in the field), drafts research and briefing papers, advisory memos, training modules, presentations, advocacy materials, and other products. In a complementary manner, the Specialist manages related assignments, projects, and tasks, and also contributes to the pursuit of private donor funding, fee-for-service opportunities, and public sector grants. The Specialist will be responsible for collaborating with a number of individuals, teams, and partnerships across the organization and in external networks and coalitions.

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IFPRI Gender Methods Seminar: Good practices and lessons learned on gender and collective lands

Resource Equity with Landesa

Presentation by Elisa Scalise and Renee Giovarelli, Co-founders of Resource Equity

Chair: Agnes Quisumbing, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division

Discussant: Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI Environment and Production Technology Division

Monday, March 14, 2016, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Please find instructions for joining virtually at the end of this message.

Synopsis of the presentation:

Global awareness of two land tenure issues–the importance of recognizing and promoting land rights for women and the problem of insecure collective land and resource tenure rights–is rising. The importance of managing collectively held land, both for those who use it and for the environment, has grown increasingly clear. In fact, studies have estimated that as much as 65 percent of the world’s land is held under collective tenure—customary, community-based tenure systems. Securing that tenure is important for protecting the rights of those communities, and has been shown to improve resource management.

However, efforts to secure community land tenure, generally through documenting and registering rights, are still new. In particular, to date, the conversation around securing collective rights to land has paid little attention to women’s rights, and the effects of formalizing the rights of the collective on women are not well studied. Focusing on securing collective land and resource rights without considering gender differences within communities has the potential to severely disadvantage women who are very often socially, economically, and politically excluded.

This report on gender issues and best practices in collective land tenure projects seeks to begin filling this gap, by taking a detailed look at how six collective tenure land projects addressed gender differences. The six case studies include projects in China, Ghana, India, Kyrgyzstan, Namibia, and Peru. The case studies are program assessments focusing primarily on how each project approached gender, what the gender-differentiated impacts have been in terms of project participation and benefits, and what lessons can be learned and best practices can be drawn from these projects.

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Landesa hiring Senior Research and Evaluation Specialist

Landesa is hiring for a Senior Research and Evaluation Specialist. This is an exciting time for those of us working on land rights – a sector in which the challenges to be addressed continue to be enormous and the opportunities to contribute expand by the day.

You can find detailed information at: http://www.landesa.org/jobs/senior-research-and-evaluation-specialist/  and may also contact my colleague, Karina Kloos (karinak@landesa.org) for any questions.


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Women’s Land Rights Visiting Professionals Program

The Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights and our partner Resource Equity are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for our Women’s Land Rights Visiting Professionals Program.

Through this program we seek to cultivate a network of qualified professionals from the developing world who are strongly committed to strengthening women’s land rights at local, national, and international levels. Our goal is to boost these visiting professionals’ capacities by fostering cross-cultural connections and enhancing their ability to advocate for and reinforce their commitment to improving women’s land rights.

The program starts with a multiweek (approximately five to six weeks) intensive at Landesa’s headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA. Because of funding requirements, this year’s class will consist of professionals from India, China, Ghana, Liberia, and Tanzania, and they will join us in September 2016.

We invite you to consider this opportunity and would be very grateful if you could also help us by reaching out to qualified candidates, organizations, and/or networks and forward this information to them.

For more information on the program and application instructions, please visit the Visiting Professionals Program page of Landesa’s website.

If you have any questions, please contact vpp@landesa.org.


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Women, Land and Food event materials now available

The Women, Land and Food event hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USAID, and Landesa on October 27, 2015, examined the challenges, programming lessons and evidence demonstrating the profound link between land rights, food security and women’s empowerment.   Now, you can further explore related event content:

A growing body of evidence indicates a profound link between stronger women’s land rights and a variety of critical development issues, including enhanced food security and improved household nutrition. And the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of ending poverty, global food security and gender equality all have secure land rights and resources as key underlying components.


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USAID, IFPRI, and Landesa Panel: Women, Land, and Food

On October 27, 2015, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, USAID, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Landesa will host a panel event to discuss the intersection of women’s empowerment, land rights and food security at IFPRI’s headquarters at 2033 K St NW, Washington, DC. The panel event is open to the public and will be streamed live online. Register to attend in-person or online.


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Landesa’s Women’s Land Rights Visiting Professionals Program: Now accepting applications

Applications are now being accepted for the fourth year of Landesa’s Women’s Land Rights Visiting Professionals Program.

Through this program Landesa seeks to cultivate a network of qualified professionals from India, China, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda who are strongly committed to strengthening women’s land rights at local, national, and international levels. The goal is to boost these visiting professionals’ capacities by fostering cross-cultural connections and enhancing their ability to advocate for and reinforce their commitment to improving women’s land rights.

The program starts in September 2015 with a six-week period of in-house intensive training at our headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA.

For more information on the program and to apply, please visit the Visiting Professionals Program page of Landesa’s website.

If you have any questions, please contact vpp@landesa.org.