Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
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 new 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 staff.
Job Overview/Summary: The Gender Equality (GE) Regional Advisor will be a key member of the GE Unit working in the Syria Response 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 located in the Syria Response regional office - with significant travel between the countries (Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey in particular).
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 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 Syria Response Regional Director.
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: 3-5 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.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
Language Skills: Proficiency in English required, Arabic skills preferred
Working Environment: Standard office work environment, travel up to 50% depending on location base
Returning National Candidates:
We strongly encourage national or returning national candidates to apply for this position. If you are a national of the Country in which this position is based and are currently located outside of your home country and possess over two years of international work experience, the Syria Response Region has introduced an attractive remuneration package. The package includes competitive compensation, return flight to post, shipping allowance, temporary housing and a relocation allowance. Certain restrictions may apply. IRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff in our programs.