Gender and Environment Specialist

  • Environmental Incentives
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
  • Dec 28, 2021
Full time Sustainability

Job Description

Environmental Incentives’ mission is to enhance the natural systems that sustain resilient and healthy communities. We design performance-driven approaches to conservation that empower public and private sector leaders to multiply their impact. We are environmental thought leaders pioneering a new wave of conservation, helping people get the most from their investments in the environment. Since our establishment in 2004, we have become a leading advisor on natural resource programs and policies across the country and internationally. Environmental Incentives is a certified B Corporation operating four offices across the U.S. and supporting field staff in multiple countries.  

  • Western Office (headquarters) - South Lake Tahoe, CA  
  • Southern California Office – San Diego, CA  
  • Eastern Office - Washington, DC   
  • Mountain Office - Denver, CO 
  • Kenya Field Office - Nairobi, Kenya 


The Technical, Operational, and Program Support (TOPS) project is a five-year United States Agency for International Development- (USAID) funded institutional support contract for USAID’s Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI) to meet the pressing challenges caused by climate change. TOPS aims to help USAID meet the increasing complexities of global development by recruiting technical assistance providers to work in USAID’s offices; delivering the training needed to empower new staff and advance USAID’s objectives around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); and facilitating more evidence-driven technical decisions.

EI is seeking a Gender and Environment Specialist to integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment into a wide range of climate and environment programming across USAID. The Gender Specialist will assist in implementing USAID’s new Climate Strategy, Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy, the U.S. Government Gender Equity and Equality Strategy, the U.S. and  the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act Additionally the Gender Specialist will assist in managing the energy, environment and climate-related programs implemented by the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Hub (GenDev), including new programs funded through the Gender Equity and Equality Action Fund. 

This position will work in USAID’s  Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Hub  under the TOPS project. The position is full-time.


Technical Support

  • Provides technical support for and builds the capacity of USAID to integrate gender into a wide range of climate, environment, energy, and infrastructure programming across the full USAID Program Cycle, including with USAID Missions from regions around the world  
  • Supports integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment into the implementation of USAID’s 2021 Climate Strategy, including through activity design and work planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning, and strategic communications.
  • Supports USAID’s implementation of the new U.S. Government Gender Equity and Equality Strategy, including its  specific focus implementing gender-responsive climate action 
  • Stays current with technical advancements in the field of climate, gender, and development 
  • Conduct desk-based research on gender and environment, as well as oversee research and evaluation initiatives commissioned by USAID
  • Provide technical assistance to USAID grantees and partners on gender integration and addressing gender-based violence in environment and climate programming
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of gender equality and women’s empowerment monitoring and evaluation indicators and methodologies for USAID grants, cooperative agreements and programs
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of capacity building resources and tools, including trainings, communication materials, and technical assistance guide


Environmental Incentives seeks talented, creative, and inspired gender, climate, and international development professionals. 

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of relevant experience; Master's degree in social science, international development, gender equality, public policy, or relevant topics, and 3 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrated experience analyzing information and delivering outcomes in gender-related projects

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience with and/or knowledge of USAID programming, approaches, and policy, including USAID climate policy and programming and/or USAID gender policy and programming
  • Experience effectively integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment  in the climate, environment, energy, and/or infrastructure programs 
  • Experience conducting gender analysis 
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively with people who have different communication and work styles
  • Demonstrated experience independently translating technical content into actionable products for different audiences and users, both technical and non-technical


  • Demonstrated communication and coordination techniques that contribute to gender equality outcomes in environment programs across a range of sectors 
  • Clarity of thought and effective communication (verbal, written, visual) in English.
  • Exceptional listening and problem-solving skills 
  • Proficiency with Google office suite 
  • Professional expertise in gender and international development 
  • Demonstrated ability to work across many sectors in a fast paced, dynamic environment 
  • Proficiency in Spanish or French 


  • Legally authorized to work in the United States with no restrictions
  • Eligible for USAID facility access or security clearance
  • Ability to travel internationally 
  • Criminal background check required


The Gender and Environment Specialist will be expected to work from client sites in the Washington, D.C. metro area as needed. The Gender and Environment Specialist will be fully embedded with USAID in the Washington, D.C. area. Staff on this project will be working remotely until the client has designated a return to office. 

Proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 or legally authorized exemption is required for all Environmental Incentives employees working in the United States, regardless of office location or remote work. Selected candidates will be required to provide proof of full vaccination before beginning employment with Environmental Incentives. Full vaccination is defined as 2 weeks after the final dose of the requisite vaccination.


Please submit your application no later than January 16, 2022. On a rolling basis throughout the application period, we will review applications and contact qualified candidates to request additional information.


We are committed to developing an inclusive work environment for all employees, where diversity of thought, style, culture, and skill is valued in support of individual performance and potential, as well as our business goals and mission. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or and other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. 

Reasonable Accommodation:

Applicants with disabilities may contact Environmental Incentives coordinators via telephone, e-mail, and other means to request and arrange for accommodations. If you need assistance to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time. Please contact Human Resources:

Brenda Ables

Director of Human Resources

Phone: (202) 525-2450


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