Regional GESI Advisor - Africa


Mercy Corps

Remote (local)
  • Location: Central Africa, East Africa, , Southern Africa
  • Career category:Programme/ Project design & management
  • Job type:Job
  • Humanitarian or Development:Humanitarian & Development Nexus
  • Experience level:Other (specified in job description)
  • Organisation type:Civil Society
  • Remote option:Remote (local)
  • Right to work requirements:Anyone can apply
  • Salary: Not Disclosed
  • Work schedule:Full-time
  • Length of contract:Temporary/ Fixed-term
  • Location:Central Africa, East Africa, , Southern Africa
Gender equality and Social inclusion (GESI)
  • Serve as a key technical resource within the region for the agency’s Gender Equality, Diversity and Social Inclusion strategy, including support to key target countries in the region.
  • Facilitate the integration of GESI into regional strategic and annual planning efforts.
  • Support research initiatives which advance the agency’s learning on innovative approaches to GESI work in the region.


  • Lead the Africa community of practice of regional, country-level, and project based GESI specialists to promote learning and capacity sharing across the region.
  • Support equitable and inclusive hiring processes for GESI advisors, program managers on GESI specific programs, and other positions that require significant GESI experience.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach GESI objectives.


  • Help teams design and run participatory, inclusive data collection process to understand community needs and priorities and incorporate those needs and priorities into program design.
  • Contribute to or advise program design efforts including supporting secondary GESI data review, designing/ co-leading gender analyses, participating in design workshops, providing technical review of logical frameworks and proposal narratives, supporting GESI indicator selection and occasionally drafting portions of proposal documents.
  • Provide timely and quality inputs on inclusion for proposals and log-frames in coordination with Program Managers.

  • Support program teams to roll-out and adhere to GESI integration minimum standards across all programs
  • Support proactive GESI integration into humanitarian response programs
  • Provide technical support, coaching, training and capacity sharing to support high quality GESI equality outcomes within programs, especially during program start-up and kick off
  • Support teams to contextual GESI tools for their country and program contexts

  • In collaboration with the program quality department, contribute to the set-up and implementation of a lessons learnt system to capture learnings on GESI integration across the region
  • Ensure GESI is integrated across program performance tools, theories of change, indicators, and log frames.
  • Contribute to country-level initiatives such as research agendas and internal learning exercises.

  • Represent Mercy Corps at relevant GESI regional coordination mechanisms and meetings
  • Cultivate and activate relationships with women’s rights, gender equality, and social inclusion focused civil society organizations across the region for shared learning and potential partnership
  • Support internal and external communication efforts (articles, case studies, conferences and forums) to highlight to Mercy Corps’ GESI work in Africa.

Knowledge and Experience
  • Master’s degree in International Development, Women’s Studies, Gender or a comparable area of study preferred. Bachelor’s degree with at least 7 years of relevant professional experience is also acceptable.
  • 7 years of experience in international development work, with a minimum of 5 years of experience in GESI technical work
  • Experience directly implementing programs is required
  • Substantial background in GESI and development work including experience conducting GESI analyses, capacity sharing/training, gender and inclusion outcomes
  • Experience working in the Africa is required
  • Strong English writing skills required

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