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Senior Advisor, Gender & Inclusion

Job Description

*Preferred location: Washington, D.C.; Position location to be determined by home country of successful candidate within a jurisdiction (country or U.S. state) where WVI is registered to operate.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The Senior Advisor, Gender and Inclusion will provide strategic leadership for gender equality and inclusion of the most vulnerable children (with a special focus on girls and boys with disabilities) across the strategy, programming, policy and grant acquisition domains of our work. The position will aim to enable World Vision’s (WV) strategies, policies and programming around the world to effectively integrate gender equality and inclusion and drive quality, innovation and results. In line with the WV Partnership Strategy, it will have a special emphasis on effective responses to the vulnerability of girls and boys in fragile contexts. This role will build WV’s reputation and external influence as a practice leader in these areas and works in close coordination with the Child Protection team.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Global strategic leadership for integrating the cross cutting work of gender equality and inclusion across all areas of WV’s work:

  • Inspiring and achievable policy, strategies and guidance for gender equality and inclusion with broad ownership and buy in from staff.

  • Implement global processes to monitor WV’s progress in achieving commitments and meeting standards outlined in these key strategy documents. Actions taken to implement key recommendations.

  • Gender Self Assessments supported across the partnership.

  • Clear vision and consistent agenda developed for gender equality and inclusion as part of partnership priorities, initiatives & policies.

  • Represent gender and inclusion to key internal decision making bodies (IMSLT, PRC, EXL etc).

  • All WV offices and staff promote gender equality and inclusion in all areas of WV’s work (supporting P&C).

  • Learning and improvement on gender equality and inclusion driven across WV in partnership with P&C.

  • Strengthen GAM acquisition rates through a twin track approach - strong gender and inclusion mainstreamed in sector grants, and gender/inclusion stand-alone grants.

Global technical leadership to effectively integrate/mainstream gender equality and inclusion as a core part of all aspects of WV ministry including Disaster Management, Advocacy, Transformational Development (TD) and Sector and Thematic areas improving quality, innovation and results:

  • Lead a process to strengthen the integration of gender equality and inclusion across WV’s programme work and TD. Provide high quality global guidance that sets out a common approach.

  • High performing network of staff promoting the consistent application of the gender equality policy and approaches to inclusive programming.

  • Sectors and ministry lines showing evidence of gender and inclusion mainstreaming addressing root causes of vulnerability.

  • Clear guidance and relevant tools that can be used by staff at multiple levels to apply to design and implementation of Technical Approaches/Programmes, and to strengthen programme quality across WV.

  • Capacity to deliver quality technical support for gender-related project models.

  • Shared project models and approaches to reduce harmful practices and violence against girls and boys developed under the leadership of Child Protection.

Global leadership to the technical networks on gender equality and inclusion, fostering an effective community of practice that is valued by its members and engaged through strategic communication tools:

  • Elaboration and implementation of an annual plan and performance results of the Global Gender Equality and Inclusion Community of Practice.

  • Support from a global reference group on Gender Equality and Inclusion.

  • Strategic partnerships with research/academic/ practitioner networks on gender equality and inclusion.

  • Blended learning options for gender equality and inclusion in programming available to WV offices and staff in partnership with P&C.

  • Research and evidence built around gender related project models, mainstreaming to end violence against girls and boys, and inclusive programming working closely with the Evidence & Learning team.

Represent World Vision in relevant academic, policy, advocacy and practitioner conferences and forums to raise our profile and contribute to the development discourse:

  • WV as a globally-recognised thought and practice leader on gender equality and inclusion.

  • Contribute to industry discourse and good practice on gender equality and inclusion through effective external engagement & influential speaker (conferences, coalitions, collaboration, publishing, social media).

  • Relationships with partners managed effectively (e.g. Unicef; PLAN Intl. Save the Children etc.)

  • Influence international policy makers around core advocacy objectives related to gender equality and inclusion (especially with regard to the SDGs), working closely with WV’s Advocacy & Justice for Children team.

  • Development of external policy positions and advocacy initiatives on gender equality & inclusion developed in close collaboration with WV’s Advocacy & Justice for Children team.

  • Influence the international research and policy agenda on gender equality and inclusion working closely with the Evidence & Learning team.

KNOWLEDGE,SKILLS & ABILITIES:

Required:

  • Masters Degree in a gender, human rights or social development related discipline.

  • At least 5 years experience working in the sector, including field and management experience.

  • Advanced professional development and experience in gender, inclusion or child protection studies.

  • Strong evidence of influencing decision makers and strategy and brokering cross disciplinary collaboration.

  • Significant experience leading gender equality, inclusion in complex international organisations.

  • Proven track record of leadership within an international organization.

  • Compelling influencer and communicator – able to inspire, build consensus and bring people together around a common agenda.

  • Experience with a diverse set of stakeholders at all levels of an organization.

  • Seasoned collaborator with faith based organisations.

  • Project management and grant development experience.

  • Candidate must have extensive life/work experience in the global south and be extremely sensitive to the cultural, political and social dynamics in any given country or region.

Preferred:

  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English and proficient in one other language – Spanish, French (preferred).

  • Deep technical knowledge of gender and inclusion analysis and tools, programming/project models, and organizational audit processes.

  • Intuitive understanding of how to lead and get things done across a complex organisational structure.

  • Excellent understanding of relevant policy making processes, influencers and institutions – including reliable insights into institutional politics.

  • Knowledge of the gender equality/inclusion/diversity capacity needs of INGO staff, and how to address them.

  • Excellent conceptual, analytical and strategic skills.

  • Strong ability to communicate complex technical or policy issues in simple and clear terms.

  • Excellent communication skills that effectively represent an organisation’s mission and values internally and externally.

  • Strong team building and management skills in a virtual or matrixed relationships.

  • Confident public speaker.

  • Builds effective partnerships and collaborative space.

  • Experience presenting in national, regional, or global fora, conferences, policy and advocacy events.

  • Experience negotiating and consulting effectively.

Work Environment:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 30 % of the time.