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Requisition ID: req8341

Job Title:  Inclusion Advisor

Sector:  Violence Prevention and Response

Contract:  Fixed Term / Permanent

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Not Applicable

Location:  New York, London or Geneva

Job Description

This opportunity can be based in New York, NY, London, UK and Geneva, Switzerland.


The Violence Prevention and Response Unit (VPRU) works to reduce people’s vulnerability to and support their recovery from violence, and promote transformative work for a future free from violence. The unit houses expertise in the fields of Child Protection, Protection and Rule of Law, and Women’s Protection and Empowerment to support women, children and other vulnerable groups through violence prevention programs that help stop violence before it happens and violence response programs that ensures lifesaving services for people affected by violence. VPRU has programs across 31 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. This position would sit within the VPRU Technical Innovations and Emergency Response (TIER) Team – working as a critical member of the Risk Mitigation & Inclusion sub-team.


The Inclusion Advisor sits within the Violence Prevention and Response Unit Technical Innovations and Emergency Response (TIER) Team.  The TIER team focuses on the development and testing of innovative programme models and approaches; development of programming tools, guidance, curriculum and other resources; the generation of evidence through research and learning; and evidence-based advocacy to influence policy and practice in the field of violence prevention and response.


The Advisor is responsible for the key overall thematic area of Inclusion.  Within this thematic area the advisor is responsible for the promotion of more inclusive humanitarian programming at the IRC, rooted in a strong analysis of context, power, gender and how intersecting aspects of identity may result in discrimination, oppression and exclusion. Under this thematic area of inclusion, the Advisor holds responsibility related to Program Implementation, Strategy Development, Business Development, and external/internal representation in coordination with relevant stakeholders.



Scope and Authority:

The Advisor is the VPRU Technical Lead for the aforementioned thematic areas. (S)he leads all aspects of VPRU TU-led program management related to those areas, including business development and implementation. (S)he leads internal and external representation with regards to those technical areas, in coordination with the VPRU’s Leadership Team. The Advisor holds responsibilities across multiple grants. Specific responsibility for resources will be decided on a case-by-case as per grant documents.


Key Working Relationships:

The Advisor reports to the Senior Technical Advisor – Risk Mitigation & Inclusion within the VPRU’s Technical Innovations and Emergency Response (TIER) Team. The Advisor has technical oversight over the key themes within VPRU TIER programs and will directly supervise various consultant-based, term-limited positions with the potential for expansion of the team (and direct supervision responsibilities) in line with the growing inclusion portfolio.  (S)he coordinates with and supports VPRU Country Support Technical Advisors on programming related to those areas. (S)he coordinates with and supports the Airbel Impact Lab - Research and Innovation colleagues on research related to those areas.




Key Accountabilities:


Program Implementation & Technical Assistance (40%): 

  • Leads/supports the direct implementation of VPRU-led programs on the key themes.

  • Advises TU-led programs from other technical units on the key themes.

  • Support the VPRU Country Support team in delivering remote or in-person technical assistance on the functions of program design, business development and technical capacity building of country programs as appropriate

  • Where applicable, the Advisor line manages staff involved in direct implementation of programs on the key themes.

Business Development (25%)

  • Supports/Leads the development of business opportunities on thematic areas

  • Maintains an up-to-date portfolio of  project ideas (i.e. concept notes)

  • Maintains communication with the VPRU Country Support team on potential partnership for project ideas and direct communication with country teams as appropriate 

  • Maintains communication with donors and potential external partners [on the thematic areas]

  • Supports the inclusion of thematic areas into VPRU and other sector programs.

Strategy Development & Implementation (10%) 

  • Supports the TIER team work plan development, and ensures all activities contribute to the VPRU Priorities.

  • Lead on the development of a strategy for key themes, in coordination with other key themes (e.g. IASC GBV Guidelines) and in line with IRC 20XX Strategy & VPRU Priorities.

Provide leadership on internal initiatives (15%)

  • Represents TIER in internal meetings and coordination fora.

  • Maintains a line of communication with other sectors and internal actors, towards the goal of implementing the internal strategy for the key themes.

  • Leads on the development of internal communication materials (e.g. Briefing Notes, RescueNet)

  • Represents TIER and the Inclusion thematic priority in internal processes related to the implementation of VPRU Priorities (e.g. Safe at Home)

  • Represents the key themes with the VPRU Emergency Team and contributes to their inclusion in emergency response.

External Representation (10%)

  • Represents TIER in external meetings and coordination fora (e.g. IASC Disability Inclusion Working Group)

  • In external meetings not specifically related to TIER and the STA will coordinate on a case-by-case basis. 

Other Roles (Ad-Hoc)

  • The Advisor will provide ad hoc support on areas of thematic focus and expertise as requested





Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in international development, protection, human rights or international humanitarian law, or other related field;

  • Strong understanding of research and programming including how the two can work together for mutually beneficial outcomes;

  • Aptitude for developing curriculum and delivering interactive, innovative and adaptive training and capacity strengthening approaches.

  • Ability to manage a complex and varied work load, work under pressure, and travel regularly to insecure environments;

  • Strong English communication skills, both oral and written;

  • Excellent IT skills (i.e. Word, Outlook, Excel).



  • Demonstrable, progressively responsible experience within the humanitarian sector - experience in managing and implementing programs that focus on protection and inclusion in humanitarian contexts; 

  • Proven ability to operate in a complex organisation, across functions and work on own initiative and collaboratively as part of diverse teams;

  • Experience representing an organization and building strong relationships at the local, national, and international levels;

  • Prior work with the thematic areas and a strong understanding of the existing external policy and practice landscape around Inclusion including humanitarian architecture structures for representation at an Inter-Agency level.

  • Experience coordinating multi-country programs;

  • Experience working with large international donors;

  • Experience working with researchers and or managing M&E systems;



Working Environment:  Standard work environment. The position will require approximately 25% travel.  This position could be based in London, UK; Geneva, Switzerland or New York, USA.





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