International Rescue Committee (IRC) – Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager.

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Requisition ID: req28494

Job Title: Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, East Africa region

Sector: Diversity & Inclusion

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Nairobi, IHUB, Kenya

Job Description

In early 2022, the IRC adopted a global Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (GEDI) framework. The new framework captures the IRC’s commitment to ensure that diverse clients, partners, and staff have the power, voice and agency to shape programs and operations. The ability to realize this change will  rest on three pillars or areas of work: Who We Are, which promotes team diversity and inclusive organizational culture; What We Do, which supports client centered program design and delivery; and What We Say and How We Engage, which ensures inclusive internal and external communications. 

 In the East Africa region, this vision will be translated into regional and country-level action plans, that align to and support our global aspirations, and draw on findings from a Global People Survey, a Global HR Equity Study, and more than four years‘ experience of gender equality work within the East Africa region. 

 The new, expanded vision for GEDI in programs and operations is ambitious, and more support is required to ensure quality technical assistance to countries, and adequate coordination at the regional level. The IRC is therefore looking for a qualified, candidate who can support the GEDI director for East Africa, with ongoing GEDI work, and special, regional initiatives as required. 

 Job Overview/Summary: 

 The Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (GEDI) Manager for the East Africa region will be responsible for supporting the GEDI director to ensure that country teams and the region are making steady progress towards global and regional GEDI targets. 

 Major Responsibilities:

 • Help to plan and convene meetings with GEDI focal points and Women@Work, with the goal of facilitating information sharing and exchange of best practice, as a way to actively promote and build a more equal, diverse and inclusive office culture and work environment. 

• Assist with GEDI-related communication effort (e.g., drafting blogs, emails, newsletters, videos) to raise awareness on critical GEDI issues within the region and to increase the visibility of GEDI work within the region and globally, in conjunction with the communications team. 

• In close collaboration with HR, provide orientation and on-the-job training to IRC staff on GEDI core concepts. Support contextual adaptation, design and roll-out of training tools, resources and information, education, and communication (IEC) materials to support country teams to raise awareness and meet training targets. 

• Maintain detailed, up-to-date records of all GEDI stakeholders, and attendance at trainings, discussions, forums.

• Closely monitor and follow up with teams on regional and country-level GEDI workplans, to identify areas where support is needed, and work closely with teams to develop appropriate action steps 

• Assist with special regional initiatives, like the GEDI staff analysis, mentorship program,  GEDI & IT Open Hours, Policy and Facility review, with an emphasis on data collection and analysis, content production, training, scheduling, team coordination and support. 

Required qualification and skill:

 • Bachelor’s degree in gender and/or women studies, social sciences, law, psychology, history, health, social work, humanities or other related discipline. 

• 4 years professional experience in one or more of the following areas: gender mainstreaming, social justice research and activism, gender-based violence prevention and response, and protection.

• Background in or extensive understanding of the humanitarian aid sector and familiarity with feminist principles, and their application within this context. 

• Exceptional organizational and admin management skills, with a proven ability to manage and prioritize multiple streams of portfolios with attention to detail to identify and address multifaceted business needs.

• Proven experience as a facilitator/trainer on GEDI- related topics. 

• Ability to work independently and deliver on complex, sensitive initiatives in a face paced environment.

• Ability to analyze  GEDI data, advise on trends for management interventions 

• Demonstrated experience and understanding of organizational change processes.

• Good communication, report writing and presentation skills essential –in English and another language in the East Africa region

• Knowledge of participatory approaches and feminist principles.

• Excellent interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to develop positive relationships with local and remote team members at multiple levels within the organization. 

• Experience working collaboratively and advocating for the needs of staff and clients. 

• Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive situations diplomatically and in a confidential manner. 

• Ability to travel to IRC offices within the region to promote GEDI awareness through trainings and orientations. 

• Computer skills are required – MS Office package and Internet.

• Flexible, culturally sensitive, open minded, with a desire to learn and evolve as a practitioner and person. 

Key Working Relationships: 

Direct Reporting: GEDI Director for East Africa 

Partnership and Consultation: GEDI country managers and officers,  GEDI focal points, W@W, Safety and Security Focal Points

External:  IRC Organizational Partners, and Protection Cluster Groups


The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, Equality and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.




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