KIT Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam is a centre of expertise for sustainable economic development, gender, health care and intercultural communication. We provide advisory services and training, and carry out research, in order to build and share knowledge on a wide range of development issues. Our focus on both policy and practice is key to our approach to development. We bring experience and translate initiatives from the field to the policy debate and we help bring theory into practice. We navigate and stimulate interactions between global, national and local levels of interventions. KIT is a not-for-profit applied knowledge institute in international development.

About KITs Gender work

KIT’s Gender team is an international team of gender specialists that focuses on gender and rights analysis, gender integration, capacity development and research. We work on both stand-alone women’s rights initiatives, and gender and rights issues in agriculture and natural resource management, financial inclusion, inclusive business, and health. Together with partners and clients KIT Gender facilitates and documents critical reflection and gender knowledge development, supports the development of policies and strategies and the monitoring and evaluation of programmes that focus on gender equality and rights outcomes.

About the role

We are currently seeking candidates for the position of Senior Advisor Gender to strengthen our gender team. The senior advisor will lead projects offering advisory and applied knowledge services in gender equality and women’s rights in agriculture and inclusive business. In particular, the senior advisor contributes to expanding and deepening our gender work around one or more of the following thematic areas of expertise: (1) gender-transformative approaches in agriculture and natural resource management, (2) gender in inclusive value chains, (3) women’s rights and responsible business conduct, or (4) monitoring, evaluation and learning on empowerment and gender transformative outcomes. We expect the senior advisor to co-develop the future strategy of the KIT gender team, lead gender team acquisition efforts and support junior and medior colleagues.

Main responsibilities

  • Provide advice in support of development organisations and businesses integrating and promoting gender equality and women’s rights (for instance in seed sector development, agricultural innovation, natural resource management or climate change programming).
  • Develop and implement gender capacity building programs (including training, coaching, action learning and other forms of knowledge sharing) at international, regional and national levels.
  • Support and facilitate institutional change, including design and supervision of gender audits and institutional assessments; development of gender strategies and policies, and support their implementation; and monitoring, evaluation and learning of institutional change, gender-transformative change and/or gender integration strategies.
  • Design, implement and disseminate applied qualitative and/or quantitative research on gender equality and women’s rights in agriculture and inclusive business.
  • Liaise with donors and partners to mobilize resources and acquire projects to realise the knowledge ambitions of the gender team.
  • Contribute to gender team learning and knowledge development.
  • Contribute to strategic positioning of KIT’s gender work, nationally and internationally.

Job requirements

  • Academic qualification (minimum of Master degree) in social sciences, for example anthropology, geography, (rural) development studies, with a focus on agricultural development, natural resource management and/or inclusive business– and preferably with a strong and focused specialisation in gender studies.
  • A minimum of ten years of working experience in gender in agriculture and inclusive business (e.g. agriculture research, rural and NRM development agencies, private sector or global supply chain stakeholders)
  • A publication track record in the field of gender equality, women’s rights and/or gender-transformative change in agriculture and inclusive business
  • A PhD is an advantage
  • Experience in applied research; gender capacity strengthening; advisory/consultancy work; institutional change and knowledge management and (online) facilitation; and gender integration within MEL, with government and non-government institutions, including civil society and women rights organisations.
  • Long-term working experience in LMIC countries is an advantage.
  • Demonstrated experience in acquiring and leading large projects/programmes is an advantage.
  • Demonstrated experience with the (co-)design and implementation of a team strategy is an advantage.
  • Team player with excellent listening and problem solving skills. Capacity to work in and lead diverse multicultural teams and maintain good working relations with global partners.
  • Fluency in English. Working knowledge of French is an additional advantage.
  • Regular short–term travel is required for this position.

Additional information

The initial appointment is for one year, 32 to 38 hours/week, subject to renewal. KIT values diversity of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and national origin and is taking steps to become a more inclusive workplace, taking into account diverse needs and personal circumstances. The advisor will join an international team working in a multidisciplinary unit of 36 advisors and will be part of the Gender team consisting of 8 advisors.

We offer

The salary will be in accordance with the KIT salary rates, based on qualifications and experience, with a minimum of €4626 to a maximum of €5431 (gross per month, 38-hour work week). Additional 8% holiday allowance and admission to the KIT pension fund (ABP) and opportunities for training and personal development.


For further information please contact Anouka van Eerdewijk ( General information about KIT and its departments can be found on Reader more about KIT’s gender work on

Application procedures

Please submit a cover letter and C.V. by close of business (CET) May 20th, using the link below.


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