CARE Deutschland-Luxemburg e.V. is currently recruiting a

CARE IRAQ Gender Advisor

Location: Iraq – Dohuk, Northern Iraq
Starting Date: As soon as possible
Ending Date: 30 June 2019 with possibility of extension
Reports to: Head of Programs  

CARE seeks a Gender Advisor to support the implementation of CARE Iraq’s humanitarian portfolio.

1. About CARE
CARE is an international humanitarian aid organisation fighting global poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities. As a non-religious and non-political organisation, CARE works with communities to help overcome poverty by supporting development projects and providing emergency relief. We know that supporting women and girls is one of the most effective ways to create sustainable outcomes in poor communities. CARE is an equal opportunity employer irrespective of nationality, religion, ethnicity or gender.

CARE Iraq aims to empower women and girls and other conflict-affected populations through livelihoods, cash transfers, sexual, reproductive and maternal health (SRMH), WASH, Shelter, and Protection. CARE’s package of SRMH services includes the rehabilitation of Primary Health Centres (PHCs), provision of family planning services and goods, outreach, support, and maternal health services to pregnant women and new mothers through training midwives/Traditional Birthing Assistants (TBAs) and PHC staff. CARE has mainstreamed gender/protection services in its humanitarian portfolio in Duhok, and Ninewa Governorates. CARE is also part of a Building Peaceful Futures Consortium. The Consortium aims to improve people’s resilience by providing vulnerable people with inclusive access to essential protection, WASH, and primary health care / SRMH services. The position will primarily provide specialized technical support on gender and inclusion to CARE and the consortium partners to ensure the specific needs of women, men, boys and girls of all ages, abilities and all other relevant diversities are addressed.

2. Role/Purpose

A. Deliver gender-inclusive WASH, Protection, Livelihoods and SRMH services to affected populations targeted under the portfolio by providing technical oversight, guidance, and coaching to CARE Iraq staff as well as

B. Support the Building Peaceful Futures Consortium to ensure gender-sensitive and -responsive programming is integrated throughout the Consortium’s activities, M&E systems and coordination mechanisms and advocacy.

Specifically, this means:  

  • Ensuring that all CARE programmes are informed by a clear understanding of gender/age/disability/other social cultural, economic dynamics in a given context.
  • Programme activities can be adapted to gender/age/disability/other social cultural, economic related issues and challenges.
  • Activities ensure equal participation of and benefit to women, men, girls, and boys of all ages and abilities and all other relevant forms of diversity at each stage of the programme cycle.
  • Gendered protection risks are analysed and mitigation measures are planned in implementing the programme.
  • CARE, consortium members and implementing partners have the capacity and skills to mainstream appropriate gender and inclusion considerations in the operational context.
  • Support gender and inclusion knowledge creation, management and dissemination internal and external to CARE and the consortium members.

3. Key Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities in Support of CARE’s Programming

  • Support CARE Iraq’s regular and appropriate use of the Rapid Gender Analysis (RGA) tools to ensure portfolio activities are analysed and adapted to the specific needs of women, men, boys and girls of all ages and abilities and all other relevant forms of diversity.
       1. Engage in robust analysis of available secondary data to ensure readily available information on known trends and patterns on gender for inclusion at relevant points along the    programme cycle.
       2. Facilitate gender analysis training for CARE, consortium staff and CARE partners where needed.
       3. Support CARE staff and its consortium partners in carrying out gender assessments using mixed methods including focus group discussions and individual interviews with key people and individuals.
  • Use the CARE Gender Action Plan (GAP) to mainstream gender throughout the program cycle and to ensure activities are adapted based on the findings of the gender analysis.
  • Ensure that women, men, girls and boys of all ages and abilities and all other relevant forms of diversity are able to participate throughout the project cycle and are included in decision-making and feedback mechanisms on program activities.
  • Supporting the setting up/further development of feedback and accountability tools (e.g. CARE’s Gender Marker) within the program to enable timely information sharing on gender-related issues and risks and take quick action, with a strong focus on encouraging women’s participation in decision making on humanitarian responses.
  • Ensure coordination with gender focal points and women rights organizations working in the governorates in which CARE works, as well as in key clusters.
  • Provide technical oversight, guidance, and coaching to CARE Iraq staff (Gender and Protection Officer, MEAL staff, Project/Programme Managers) on a daily basis
  • Support CARE Iraq to expand its portfolio by developing relations and opportunities with UN and donors around gender and protection.

Duties and Responsibilities in Support of the Building Peaceful Futures Consortium

  • Ensure a gender analysis is included in the Consortium’s assessment processes so that activities are adapted to specific needs of women, men, boys and girls. of all ages and abilities and all other relevant forms of diversity
        1. This may include drawing on CARE’s Rapid Gender Analysis and Gender Action Plan materials and/or other equivalent tools used by Consortium members or Clusters as relevant.
  • Participate in the Consortium’s Technical Advisory Group, which will support implementation of the program by providing gender technical expertise to Consortium members
  • Providing guidance and training to each Consortium member on gender mainstreaming in humanitarian programming.
  • Revise and adapt existing guidelines, tools, and training materials from each organization according to local context and Core Humanitarian Standards, the SPHERE Handbook and IASC standards (i.e. the Gender Handbook 2017 and GBV Guidelines 2015), and ensure Consortium Members’ access to relevant materials and training sessions.
  • On-going provision of gender mainstreaming in emergencies training to Consortium Members’ agencies gender focal points based on highlighted gaps in capacity.
  • Providing Training of Trainer’s sessions to ensure that front line staff are able to mainstream gender.
  • Through the Consortium Technical Working Group, support organisational capacity building of local Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), with a specific focus on women’s organisations and women-led CSOs, to participate in community dialogues around inclusivity and peace-building.
  • Support advocacy initiatives on gender and women’s empowerment.

4. Selection Criteria

  • Advanced degree with specialization in areas such as public health, gender, law/human rights, international relations, international development, humanitarian response and/or other related social science disciplines.
  • At least five years of specialized experience on gender in humanitarian action at the international level, with experience in insecure environments an asset.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience within a multinational and multicultural environment.
  • Proven ability of effective capacity building.
  • Strong communication, negotiation and written skills, including the ability to maintain effective working relationships with internal stakeholders (cross-functional teams across all levels of the organisation).
  • Proven familiarity with inter-agency coordination structures, including sector working groups/clusters.
  • Direct experience applying tools and guidance for gender mainstreaming and integrating gender and GBV prevention and mitigation measures in programmes. Gender budgeting is an asset.
  • Demonstrated high level organisational and time management skills including the ability to manage workflows and balance competing priorities to ensure timely processing to meet deadlines.

How to Apply

Please send your complete application package (CV, motivation letter, references) only in English to Ms. Judith Berger at, no later than June 23rd, 2018.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.