Social Inclusion and Gender Advisor – Amman
12 Months contract
General Description of the Programme/GOAL
GOAL is an international emergency and development NGO dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poorest and most vulnerable. GOAL was established in 1977 and is currently operational in 14 countries worldwide. GOAL began operations within Northern Syria in 2012 responding to the acute needs of conflict-affected communities with a support structure based in Turkey and Jordan. Within Northern Syria, GOAL’s operations are primarily focused on Idleb and Northern Aleppo Governorates.
GOAL has been working in Syria since 2013, responding to the acute needs of conflict affected communities. The programme focuses on food security, WASH, shelter, livelihoods and emergency response with a growing emphasis on cash and voucher modalities. GOAL Syria implements its programmes directly, with over 500 staff based in Syria, as well as through Syrian NGO partners. GOAL’s programme works at the household, community, and camp levels to improve community resilience and household’s coping strategies.
GOAL works to incorporate four pillars in its approach to programming: influencing systems, building resilience, fostering inclusion, and social and behavioural change. GOAL’s understanding of inclusion is that of a dynamic process that gives recognition, roles, influence and powers to individuals or groups in a particular system, counteracting the processes that create vulnerability, exclusion and discrimination. GOAL ensures that these processes are understood and used to inform programme design, with the aim of enabling people to participate in and shape their societies. Gender and age are key elements affecting inclusion and the change GOAL creates is with groups that are in some way marginalised, neglected or excluded.
The purpose of this role is to provide guidance across the GOAL Syria programme portfolio on gender equality and social inclusion (GESI). This will include driving the implementation of GOAL Syria’s GESI Strategy and Action Plan to strengthen GESI integration in programming and supporting functions. The postholder will be responsible for working across a number teams to provide GESI-related technical assistance, capacity strengthening and support to business development. The postholder will also engage with partners on GESI issues and will represent GOAL Syria on GESI issues in external networks and fora. This is a new role on the team and therefore offers the postholder an excellent opportunity to shape and build upon a strategic area of work for GOAL Syria.
The postholder will be part of the Programme Quality Team, reporting to the Deputy Director of Programme Quality and will work closely with GOAL’s Global Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Advisor.
Duties and responsibilities
- Drive GOAL Syria’s approach to GESI through implementation, monitoring and review (as necessary) of GOAL Syria’s GESI Strategy and GESI Action Plan across programmes and activities.
- Engage with GOAL Syria’s Technical Advisors and other relevant programme quality support teams to provide technical GESI support across programming and activities throughout the project cycle and recommend adjustments or new activities as required.
- Collaborate with the MEAL team to ensure the GESI perspective is included in data collection, monitoring, evaluation, analysis and learning processes to better understand and respond to the differentiated impacts of GOAL Syria’s programmes.
- Link with partners to support integration of GESI across activities as wells as tools and approaches.
- Provide GESI-related inputs to GOAL Syria’s annual planning, strategic planning and budgeting processes.
Training & Capacity Strengthening
- Strengthen staff capacity on GESI and ensure a clear understanding of key concepts through the development and delivery of trainings and awareness raising activities.
- Working alongside partners towards strengthening GESI capacity and approaches in programme delivery.
- Share good practices and latest resources on GESI with staff to support the strengthening of GESI integration in programming.
- Drive the establishment of and provide support to a GESI focal point network across GOAL Syria.
- Provide support to proposal development and ensure that proposal design is informed by a sound GESI analysis of the context.
- Ensure that GESI considerations are integrated in the development of project logical frameworks and resources are allocated as appropriate in budgets.
- Track and document project progress from the GESI perspective and contribute to project updates and periodic reporting.
- Represent GOAL Syria as a focal point for GESI in engagements with donors or other partners at the country level.
Collaboration & Representation
- Represent GOAL Syria in GESI-related meetings, fora, working groups and networks.
- Work with Learning Coordinator to capture GESI-related success stories that can be communicated internally and externally to various audiences.
- Collaborate and build/maintain relationships with local GESI-focused organisations and groups in the project areas.
- Collaborate and engage with GOAL’s Global GESI Advisor, and GESI focal points from across GOAL teams globally.
The duties and responsibilities set out above are not exhaustive and the postholder may be required to carry out additional duties, within reason, and proportionate to their level of skill and experience.
Please note that this role will also require the ability and willingness to travel to Turkey (and regionally) when required, once safe travel can resume.
- Act as a representative of GOAL and demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour towards children and vulnerable adults both in your private and professional lives.
- Collaboration: collaborative team player with the ability to work across teams and with partners.
- Adaptability and flexibility: Ability to manage a large workload and multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines, and to continually reprioritise multiple tasks as a result of new information.
- Work style: Highly organized team player, pro-active and with demonstrated strong personal initiative. Proven solid analytical, and communication skills.
- Communication: Skilled communicator and ability to work effectively across multiple cultures, both in-person and remotely with diverse colleagues and stakeholders. Ability to communicate concepts and ideas in accessible formats for a variety of audiences.
- Self-motivation: proactive and results-oriented individual who can work on personal drive and initiative.
- Travel: Ability and willingness to travel to Turkey and regionally when required.
Requirements (Person Specification)
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as gender/inclusion studies, development or humanitarian studies, social sciences or a related field.
- At least five years of progressively responsible experience working on GESI in an advisory role, with a focus on planning, implementing and monitoring of programmes – ideally in an NGO environment.
- Experience of working with and/or developing GESI tools, approaches and methodologies, including working with data, analyses and assessments.
- Experience in designing and/or delivering GESI training and capacity strengthening workshops for various stakeholders and audiences.
- Experience of driving GESI initiatives across teams and departments.
- Fluency in English as GOAL’s working language.
- Ability and willingness to travel to Turkey (and regionally) when required, once safe travel can resume.
- Postgraduate degree in an area related to gender and/or inclusion.
- Professional proficiency in Arabic.
- Understanding of or previous experience working within the Syria crisis, and the context of Northwest Syria.
- Skilled in GESI research design, trend analysis and development of learning materials.
- Experience in resource mobilisation for GESI activities and programming.
- Technical knowledge of GOAL Syria programming areas, e.g. emergency response, cash and vouchers, WASH, shelter, etc.
- Experience representing an organisation externally with technical networks, donors, academia and in other contexts, and building relationships with stakeholders.
- Strong IT skills, including Microsoft Outlook and Office package.
Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this ongoing commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.
Accountability within GOAL
Alongside our safeguarding policy, GOAL is an equal opportunities employer and has a set of integrity policies. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability:
- Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols.
- Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.
- Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.
General Terms and Conditions
This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.
Our package includes a competitive salary, 20 days annual leave, Health Insurance and others. Additional benefits are available after 12 months of service.
GOAL has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Child Protection Policy, which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants and children from exploitation. GOAL also has a confidentiality policy ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of GOAL, acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organisation without authority, except in the normal execution of duty. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to these policies any job offer made is also subject to police clearance. GOAL is an equal opportunities employer.
This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document. Any published closing dates are estimated. Due to the nature of GOAL’s work we aim to fill vacancies as quickly as possible. This means that we will close adverts as soon as we have found the right candidate and this may be before the published closing date. We would therefore advise interested applicants to submit an application as early as possible.