Danish Refugee Council (DRC) – Gender Officer.

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About DRC   

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1956, that works in more than 35 countries around the world. DRC has been operating in Kenya since 2005, where we assist refugees and displacement-affected communities in Dadaab, Kakuma, Kalobeyei and Nairobi through protection and livelihoods activities to enhance their self-reliance and expand opportunities for a dignified life. DRC provides both humanitarian assistance and longer-term development support to respond to the needs of communities affected by acute crisis as well as those in protracted displacement situations.

Overall purpose of the role: Under the direct supervision of the DRC Area Manager, the Gender Officer will be responsible to provide support to the urban program to develop gender assessment, baseline and endline tools, gender mainstreaming tools, mechanisms and building the capacity of staff to ensure a gender sensitive approach in DRC urban projects. This position will provide strategic direction and technical assistance on the integration of gender considerations and perspectives throughout the urban program, including gender mainstreaming, gender analysis, protection and empowerment of women and girls’ voices and rights and promotion of gender balance in the work place

Duties & Responsibilities:

Project Management/Development, Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Implement monitor and report on gender-related components of the Protection and Gender Action Plan.
  • Work with project staff to ensure gender inclusivity and that gender is appropriately integrated in all trainings.
  • Develop methods to monitor instances of gender disparities and present solutions and ways forward to address gender disparities.
  • Training and capacity building support for staff and workers in projects on gender issues
  • Work with the MEAL team to design and implement gender sensitive data collection tools, support the collection and analysis of sex- and age- disaggregated data, quantitative and qualitative, as well as streamlining the needs assessment, collection and analysis so that it can be more effective in meeting beneficiary needs.
  • Review project plans and budgets or provide written guidelines for such a review to ensure that adequate attention is paid, and resources allocated to the promotion of gender equity and inclusion across sub projects.
  • Conduct assessment and facilitate meetings with key stakeholders and community members to identify measures to improve inclusiveness, especially for women, within the project scope.
  • Provide, facilitate, and/or coordinate ongoing technical support to integrate gender and social inclusion into appropriate community level plans and training.
  • Provide technical support to and identify opportunities for the development of relevant advocacy and communication/information materials to address gender issues. Collect and promote good practices and lessons learned, contributing to a collection of replicable good practices for gender equality programming.

Coordination & Partnership

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders, including urban refugee and host community members and leaders, NGOs, UN agencies, and other DRC team members to enhance multi-agency and multi-sectoral cooperation and coordination on response activities 
  • Actively participate and maintain a strong working relationship with gender/protection cluster to support the provision of quality services to persons of concern.

Budget Management

  • Support in ensuring sound budget expenditure and adherence to DRC financial procedures and donor requirements as related to the project expectations.
  • Support in Drafting spending plans, procurement plans, and work plans based on gender activities and budgets.

Experience and technical competencies

  • Minimum of 3 years’ + experience in gender issues/ M&E in an International NGO’ or other relevant NGO’s
  • Problem solving and conflict resolution skills and ability to work in a challenging environment, reporting and meeting the set deadlines.
  • Strong project management skills, with experience managing multiple location and project budget. 
  • Experience working in urban displacement responses in multi-sectoral interventions.
  • Strong planning, organization and problem-solving skills with ability to work both independently and within a team in a demanding working environment.
  • Good analytical and strategic planning skills.
  • Good level communication and interpersonal skills.


  • Bachelor’s degree in social science, development studies, gender, or related field; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and Swahili.

Key stakeholders: 
Internal Stakeholders

  • Programme Management Unit, M&E staff, implementing field teams, senior management team and support service team

External stakeholders

  • Technical Working Group(s), refugee and host communities,
  • Local and National Government Authorities, relevant NGOs/CBOs and humanitarian agencies, including DRC Partners and donors as appropriate.  

About you:  
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s five core competencies:  
Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.   
Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.   
Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.   
Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.   
Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.   

Contract: One-year contract with possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance. Salary and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment. 
Availability: August 2022
Duty station: Nairobi, with frequent travel to field sites.


Application and CV:  
Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, sent together with a CV, will be considered.  
DRC only accepts applications sent via our online-application form on http://www.drc.ngo under Vacancies. Please remember to upload both a letter of application and your CV and do not attach any written recommendations.  
Please submit your application and CV in English no later than 8 July, 2022

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels.  In light of this, Female candidates and those from minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer.  We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees.  We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, color, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.  
DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process. Visit drc.ngo to read more about what we do to secure robust safeguarding mechanisms. 
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit drc.ngo/jobsupport.

DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

Providing equal opportunities

We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply.

Promoting high standards

DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.




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