Background/IRC Summary: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities which support them, as well as those who remain within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we improve outcomes in the areas of health, safety, economic wellbeing, education and power.
The IRC is a global leader in transforming the lives of women and girls. The Gender Equality (GE) Unit is a technical unit at the IRC focused on narrowing the gender gap in humanitarian aid, and ensuring that we contribute to the equality of women and girls in all of our programs – by working to establish a context where men, women, boys, and girls enjoy the same rights and opportunities. The IRC believes there is a symbiotic relationship between how we operate as an organization, and the success of the programming that we deliver and changes we seek to make in local communities. The GE Unit, therefore, is also tasked with partnering with operations departments to ensure that IRC is a gender equitable employer. Together, the relevant departments and the GE team will support the necessary changes to the IRC’s internal policies and practices to promote the equal access to opportunities for all of our clients and staff.
Job Overview/Summary: The Gender Equality (GE) Regional Advisor will be a key member of the GE Unit working in the West Africa region. In this role, the GE Regional Advisor will support efforts for country teams to ensure appropriate and significant gender integration into their internal operations and programs. This position will be based in the Cote d'Ivoire, the regional hub in Dakar or headquarters offices in New York or Washington DC – with significant travel between the countries in the region (Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and the Central African Republic).
The position will be responsible for guiding country offices in applying principles of gender equality in all operational policies and practices, and will help country staff to set and achieve meaningful and targeted goals for more gender equitable internal practices. The position will be responsible for designing and implementing gender equality training and leading office-wide initiatives to spark internal culture change and a universal understanding of gender equal practices for the workplace. The GE Regional Advisor may also adapt or develop tools to support gender analysis and program design for the country offices, and support the staff in applying these methods in their work. The position will work to support the documentation and sharing of best GE practices in their country or regional context to enable GE learning and understanding across country staff. The GE Regional Advisor may also be responsible for contributing to special initiatives that advance female national staff, including supporting women’s staff groups, advocacy and research, and collaboration with other organizations and sectors serving refugees. The GE Regional Advisor will report to both the Senior Director of the GE Team and the West Africa Deputy Regional Director.
Key Working Relationships:
Direct Reporting: Senior Director, Gender Equality Team
Indirect Reporting: Deputy Regional Director, West Africa Region
Partnership and Consultation: Regional HR Director, Regional Safety and Security Advisor, Sectoral and other Technical Advisors including Women’s Protection and Empowerment, and Country level senior management teams including Country Director, Deputy Director Programs and Deputy Director Operations.
External: IRC Organizational Partners, Donors, and IASC Cluster Groups
Education: Graduate degree in social sciences with concentration on gender or women’s studies preferred; Bachelors Degree required. Background or extensive understanding of humanitarian assistance.
Work Experience: minimum of 5 years of experience in the humanitarian or development sector with proven track record of integrating gender equality outcomes in operations and humanitarian programs.
Field Experience: At least 2 years field experience in humanitarian settings in the West Africa region.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
Language Skills: Proficiency in English and French required
Working Environment: Standard office work environment, travel up to 50% depending on location base
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