Regional Gender, Equality and Inclusion Advisor – East Africa
Reporting to the Deputy Regional Director – East Africa, the Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEDI) Regional Advisor, will lead transformational activities and inspire change across the region by challenging existing practices, creating space for bottom-up learning, and influencing program work among the countries in East Africa with the aim of increasing IRC’s program impact on women, girls and most marginalized communities. You will collaborate with the GEDI senior advisor to inform the global learning on GEDI in programs work.
You will be responsible for working with the GEDI Unit in supporting IRC’s ambition towards meeting global standards on TRANSFORMATIVE quality programming. This will be achieved through in-depth analysis of gender inequalities, based on gender and other forms of exclusion, that affect our clients; and developing inclusive or transformative strategies; in collaboration with feminist, women, and other identified marginalized group-led organizations.
This exciting opportunity will work in collaboration with key stakeholders in the region in driving the overall DEI strategy and implementing the GEDI action plan. We are looking for a passionate, creative and GEDI leader to help move this organizational change.
Provide thought leadership and direction on GEDI transformative programming at regional and country level by:
- Developing and leading activities to strengthen the Gender Equitable, inclusive and transformative program design and delivery in line with the IRC TRANSFORMATIVE global standards that are core to the IRC global strategy (Strategy100).
- Ensuring consistent delivery/implementation of selected transformative programs striving for equal outcomes for diverse populations while allowing for contextual adaptation at the region and country levels.
- Working closely with technical advisors (TAs) in adapting or developing tools to support analysis and program design for country offices and support staff in applying these methods in their work.
- Collaborating with the GEDI TechEx team in developing and reviewing GEDI program tools and support the pilot and utilization of new GEDI tools.
- Adding value to the sector’s knowledge base about what works best on advancing GEDI transformative programming.
- Technical support and quality programming
- In collaboration with TAs and program design collaborators, get involved in program design stages to ensure GEDI is threaded throughout program proposals. Work with global and regional Technical Advisors (TAs) to ensure GEDI Integration into regional and country-level program development opportunities and implementation in alignment with IRC global quality frameworks.
- Support embedding intersectional feminist lens in Program design & delivery at regional and country levels including but not limited to (1) the use of GEDI markers to ensure that project lifecycle decisions are rooted in the intersectional feminist lens (2) GEDI intersectional context analysis (3) key initiatives to strengthen client and partner engagement on program decision making.
- Coordinate with Technical Advisors in the different technical units for the implementation of GEDI conceptual framework and supporting country staff in understanding and applying approaches to delivering more equitable and accessible programming for women, girls, and identified marginalized groups.
- Serve as a resource, thought partner, and assessor of GEDI progress on regional program work and building consensus and support for changes needed to strengthen GEDI in programs.
- Advise on GEDI integration into country-level strategy frameworks, including country strategy action plans (SAP) and SAP implementation plans and consolidating into the regional plans.
- Work closely with TAs to support programmatic GEDI analyses to feed into improved program delivery for marginalized communities,
- Work with regional TechEx senior technical advisors and sectoral technical advisors, including Safeguarding, to address context-specific GEDI gaps and challenges.
- Serve as a hub of GEDI knowledge for the regional and country teams to provide technical knowledge and expertise, monitor new practices, and document the results.
- Integrate GEDI priority in IRC Advocacy and external communication efforts as relevant.
- MA in Gender, Social work, Development studies, or other related course or bachelor’s degree with years of additional work experience
- 8+ years of related experience that includes:
- Direct experience leading and influencing organizational program work on gender equality, diversity, and inclusion processes as core to all programs and activities.
- At least 2 years in the humanitarian and/or international development sector.
- At least 2 years of experience in one or more countries in the assigned region.
- Experience developing and implementing gender-transformative work. Experience working on specific areas of inclusion, such as disability, is an added advantage.
- Experience in capacity building and training.
Demonstrated skills and competencies:
- Deep commitment to and knowledge of strategies to advance diversity, equality, and inclusion; and proven experience in incorporating feminist and gender perspectives in the project cycle management.
- Knowledge of and ability to speak fluently about existing and needed evidence about how to achieve meaningful change for women and girls and other historically under-represented groups in development and humanitarian contexts.
- Ability to engage, inspire action, and influence people outside of direct reporting lines.
- Strong, concise, and compelling written communication skills and excellent public speaking skills
- Receptive and collaborative approach that contributes to a positive team environment; builds and maintains strong relationships with people from all backgrounds, genders, cultures, and viewpoints.
- Ability to support implementing a cross-cutting strategy while actively incorporating multisectoral priorities and participatory learning by doing strategy.
- Ability to work effectively and with impact through matrixed relationships.
- Excellent spoken and written English.
- Knowledge/proficiency of at least one other language spoken in the region (French, Arabic, Spanish, Swahili, etc.) is desirable.
- Combination of standard office working environment and working remotely (i.e., telecommuting). Applicants must have a home or alternate workspace from which they can effectively complete their work during regularly scheduled work hours.
- Some travel as needed up to 30%
Regional Case Processing Coordinator
The Regional Case Processing Coordinator (RCPC) will support a U.S. government-funded pilot project establishing a new complementary labor-based pathway for refugees residing in select locations in East Africa to the United States. The RCPC ensures high standards of general refugee referrals, screening and vetting, and casework services on behalf of refugee applicants to the Welcome Corps at Work (WCW) labor mobility program through leadership, supervision, casework management, and quality control. The primary responsibilities of the Regional Processing Officer are to develop and coordinate regional recruitment efforts, train and support protection officers on the ground, coordinate and complete accurate and timely referrals of successful candidates and develop and implement a post-recruitment case management process casework collaborating with Talent Beyond Boundaries (TBB) and other partners.
- Work collaboratively with TBB to develop and implement a hybrid identification and outreach plan to refer eligible refugee candidates to TBB’s Talent Catalogue and prepare them to navigate the job interview/placement process.
- Collaborate and coordinate with IRC colleagues in various countries, time zones, and cultural contexts.
- Provide timely updates on operations and results in written and verbal form
- Develop and oversee the post-recruitment case management process, including case counselling, enrolment in language training programs and job-specific training, and referrals to USRAP.
- Coordinate regional recruitment efforts and provide training and technical assistance to staff in each local office or refugee camp to do direct candidate outreach and post-recruitment case management.
- Support in the development and facilitation of supplemental cultural orientation resources for refugees resettled through labor pathways on topics such as what to expect from an employer, what to do if a work relationship suffers a breakdown, how to maintain relationships with private sponsors and employers, etc.
- Maintain an understanding of and provide training on how to use TBB’s Talent Catalogue to both enter client data and review case progress through the casework software.
- Oversee accurate, timely, and error-free referrals of successful candidates to external processing systems.
- Maintain knowledge of background information relevant to specific caseloads in the pipelines of the areas of remit.
- Coordinate between departments and program supervisors to ensure efficient and professional delivery of services.
- Be responsible for quality control and program compliance in case file documentation in internal and external databases.
- Maintain an understanding of, and ensure all work is in adherence to, current Welcome Corps and IRC policy.
- Other duties as assigned by supervisor. This can include but is not limited to occasional pre-screening interviews and related follow-up with refugee applicants and could involve group or independent travel to the field.
Key Working Relationships:
- Position reports to: Deputy Regional Director, East Africa
- Position indirectly supervises: Protection Officers in specific areas of remit
- Indirectly reports to: RAI Senior Program Officer, US Labor Mobility
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
- Internal: East Africa and RAI WCW staff
- External: TBB, UNHCR and local partners as required
- University degree in any field or equivalent, relevant job experience
- At least four years of relevant professional experience and previous management experience preferred
- Resettlement processing or refugee protection experience preferred
- Previous work in a multicultural environment is advantageous.
- Experience with the US Resettlement Program is advantageous.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
- Advanced attention to detail and utmost levels of professionalism surrounding the protection and security of sensitive client data.
- Ability to do advanced quality check on cases applying Talent Catalogue CRM reports and filters.
- Must be both team and detail oriented, flexible and able to work in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment.
- Ability to multitask, work effectively under deadlines and handle repetitive work.
- Strong communication skills with a demonstrated ability to professionally interact with partners, beneficiaries, and interpreters.
- Excellent report writing skills; ability to produce grammatically accurate reports.
- When required, ability to assist in providing vital mentorship and support to co-workers.
- High level of professionalism while carrying duties per the SOPs (ie. integrity and confidentiality).
- Ability to perform interviews and data collection through good listening and analytical skills.
- Willingness and ability to travel to and work in remote locations such as refugee camps.
Language and Computer Skills:
- Excellent verbal and written English language skills; French language a plus but not required.
- Computer Literacy – high level of competence in MS Office i.e. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Outlook.
- Confirmed advanced data entry skills with utmost accuracy, attention to detail, and self-checking abilities.
- Ability to type 40 words per minute.
Certificates or Licenses:
- Not applicable, unless required by law and/or organization to carry out official duties.
- Able to travel domestically and/or internationally when required.