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Senior Advisor, Gender & Inclusion

Washington D.C.

*Preferred locations: Washington D.C, USA or London, UK. 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.


The Senior Advisor, Gender and Inclusion will provide strategic leadership to World Vision’s work to deepen our commitment to the most vulnerable children (Strategic Initiative 1.1 of Our Promise 2030). She will lead gender equality and inclusion of the most vulnerable children across the strategy, programming, policy and grant acquisition domains of our work. The position will enable World Vision’s (WV) strategies, policies and programming around the world to effectively integrate gender equality and inclusion of the most vulnerable (with emphasis on girls and boys with disabilities), 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 as a practice leader in these areas in close coordination with the Child Protection and Participation team.


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

  • Global technical leadership to effectively integrate/mainstream gender equality and inclusion of the most vulnerable 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.

  • 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.

  • Co-ordinate World Vision representation in relevant academic, policy, advocacy and practitioner conferences and forums to raise our profile and contribute to the development discourse.


  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Deep technical knowledge of gender and MVC 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/Travel:

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