Program Specialist - Gender, Inclusion and Humanitarian Response

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)

Job Summary

The job holder is responsible for providing IPPFAR a performing and sustainable Gender, Inclusion and Humanitarian response programmes

  • Minimum Qualification: Masters
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 6 years

Job Description

Interested individuals should submit an application form in the IPPFARO CV Format [Download via the following link: ARO - CV Form .docx] and a 1-page cover letter.

Please note that we will not consider applications that are not done in the requested format. 

“Applications are particularly encouraged from women, persons living with disability, and candidates openly living with HIV.” 

IPPF has​ been made aware of various fraudulent vacancy announcements circulated via e-mail from websites falsely stating that they are issued by or in association with IPPF.  These correspondences, which may seek to obtain money from the recipients of such correspondence are fraudulent and IPPF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, processing, training or any other fees). 

NB: Interested individuals should submit an application form in the IPPFARO CV format (see download link above) and a 1-page cover letter. Please note that we will not consider applications that are not done in the requested format.

Job Title: Program Specialist - Gender, Inclusion and Humanitarian Response
Department: Programmes
Location: Nairobi / other location
Responsible to: Lead SRHR Programme Specialist
Rank: C3
Closing Date: 30 October 2020



The job holder is responsible for providing IPPFAR a performing and sustainable Gender, Inclusion and Humanitarian response programmes
To provide strategic and technical guidance to assure achievement of the overall regional programmes related to Gender, Inclusion and Humanitarian response
To ensure mainstreaming of gender and inclusion issues are included in IPPFAR programming, including humanitarian programming
To lead and strategically guide regional SRHR humanitarian response for Internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees, marginalized and disadvantaged communities and other vulnerable groups



• To design and deliver realistic and pragmatic gender mainstreaming strategies that will lead to positive gender equality outcomes in the region
• To provide technical guidance to guarantee effective integration of gender throughout the humanitarian programme cycle (HPC) including support to the development of humanitarian response plan (HRP)
• To develop approaches on gender mainstreaming to ensure the content of national HRP highlight and address gender concerns and that members of humanitarian’ clusters have increased capacity to respond to emerging gender priorities
• To provide guidance and coordinate with relevant actors and partners to increase the participation of women’s organizations in the humanitarian action decision making process at different levels
• To monitor social, environmental, political strife, and other events on the continent that pose wide scale instability on livelihoods of populations and guide on intervention strategies.
• To design and guide the implementation of a harmonized humanitarian response in line with existing best practices and IPPF humanitarian strategy
• To develop guidelines that enable preparedness, program design, proposal writing, service delivery and supply chain and can be adopted / adapted to enhance readiness and appropriateness of humanitarian interventions
• To establish a system that allows in the event of a sudden-onset crises, the timeliness of developing proposals and driving an immediate response to save lives
• To develop, review, diffusion and use of technical tools, policy statements, guidelines, standards, framework relating to Life-saving SRH services
• To collaborate with member associations in mapping out areas of conflict at country level and establish intervention areas, conducting needs assessment and reviewing HPC and project proposals.
• To coordinate restricted projects that focus on humanitarian response and/or gender and Inclusion where applicable
• To ensure Sexual & Gender Based Violence (SGBV) services are well integrated within the essential package of SRH services provided by member associations
• To develop service providers and clinical managers training programmes and activities that improve their attributes and technical competences to provide effective quality SRH services for boys and men

Partnerships and Inter-departmental / inter-office Collaboration
• To mobilise additional funds to develop and strengthen and/or sustain ongoing Humanitarian response, SGBV, and Gender programs in the region in an accountable manner
• To provide support in the preparation and implementation of any regional donors’ meetings
• To create and maintain database of organisations/consultants working in the area of IDPs, migrants, refugees and other vulnerable groups in the region.
• To create a platform for partnerships with other key players working towards IDPs, refugees and other vulnerable groups at regional level
• To promote and facilitate intra and inter regional collaboration/training and sharing of lessons and experiences related to Gender, Inclusion and Humanitarian response programming
• To identify and support to document successful innovative Gender and Inclusion reviews and IDPs, Refugees and other vulnerable groups’ projects and experience in the Region for publication as appropriate.
• To collaborate with other IPPF offices or member associations for Gender assessment/audit within the secretariat and/or the federation
• To assist the External Relations and Communication department and African Union Liaison Office in developing initiatives to ensure regular and consistent advocacy on gender concerns
• To collaborate with the humanitarian hub to a substantive technical capacity development of regional clusters’ member associations in Humanitarian response, including the Minimum initial service package (MISP)
• To collaborate with MAs to access IPPF Stream 3 funds and implement Life-savings projects that are designed to ensure that people of all genders will benefit equitably during crisis
• To ensure program representation in key strategic Gender and social inclusion technical working groups and forums at regional and national levels
• To collaborate with External relations and Communication department to build strategic partnerships with the government, civil society, bilateral and multilateral organisations to implement Humanitarian response and Gender sensitive support programmes in the region

• To actively engage in all priority initiatives in the Programmes Department including but not limited to the quality of care, task shifting, digital health and enabling services initiatives to streamline Gender and Inclusion components
• To contribute to the regional office strategies on enhancing restricted funded project delivery
• To work closely with the Lead SRHR Programme Specialist and other colleagues to advance departmental agenda
• To provide advice to the immediate supervisor and the Head of Programmes Department on adolescents and youth programme/policy issues
• To undertake other reasonable assignment as may be requested by her/his supervisor from time to time



•    Knowledge and experience of working with International Non-Governmental Organization.
•    Knowledge of wide range of SRHR programs and innovations, specifically related to Gender, Inclusion and Humanitarian response
•    Knowledge of the region and/or countries in the region as per IPPF delimitation, including the political, economic, and social dimensions
•    In-depth understanding of reproductive health issues for vulnerable groups in the Africa Region, including IDPs, Refugees, women, adolescent and young people
•    Ability to identify and to formulate conclusions/recommendations to resolve a wide range of complex issues/problems
•    Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human misery).
•    Ability to relate SRHR and Humanitarian issues and perspectives, including gender and inclusiveness issues, to human rights Programmes
•    Show pride in work and in achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

•    Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies
•    Identifies priorities and knows when to adjust priorities if necessary
•    Allocates appropriate amount of time and other resources for completing work
•    Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning
•    Organizes training sessions, e-training and facilitate same
•    Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary

•    Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
•    Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise
•    Is willing to learn from others
•    Places organizational and team agenda before personal agenda
•    Works independently and as a team member
•    Supports and acts in accordance with the final team-decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position
•    Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

•    Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments
•    Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards
•    Works on multiple deliverables simultaneously, independently and meet deadlines without compromising quality
•    Strong report writing and presentation skills
•    Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules
•    Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

•    Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
•    Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
•    Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication
•    Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience
•    Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

2) Education
• Master’s degree or equivalent in women’s and/or gender studies, public health, social work or any other related field

3) Work Experience
• At least six years’ experience in similar position, or in humanitarian affairs, programmes management of community, women and marginalised groups development
• Two years of experience in the related area at the international level is required
• Significant experience of effectively managing budgets in line with donor requirements
• Experience in networking and social network

4) Languages
• For this post fluency in English and French (both oral and written) is required.
• Knowledge of Portuguese is an advantage

5) Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a desk review and/or an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview

6) Personal Attributes
• Subscribe to IPPF’s Mission, Vision, and Values
• Embrace working in a multicultural environment
• Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality
• Willingness to travel: approximately 30% of time
• Focus on continuous improved results/performance
• Ability to work and deliver in a difficult setting
• Proficiency in technologies, such as MS office suites
• Flexibility and willingness to work outside normal working hours

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