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GenCap - Gender Standby Capacity


GenCap – a project providing Gender Standby Capacity to UN Agencies. Established in the last months of 2006.


The project is a result of the work in IASC, The Inter Agency Standing Committee, where UN-Agencies and NGO’s coordinate humanitarian activities and exchange experiences. GenCap has the objective to focus wither gerater strength on and ensure a gender sensitive and equal approach in UN’s humanitarian operations based on the Security Council Resolution 1325 about women, peace and security.

On behalf of IASC, NRC has the responsibility to establish and maintain an international stand by roster of gender experts. They can be deployed as Gender Advisers to crisis areas on short notice, when acute need occurs in order to assist, among others, the Humanitarian Coordinators in the field. The roster is composed off fifteen stand-by members and two fulltime employed Gender Advisers on continuous rotation to different UN-missions.






Gender Advisers for Deployment in Humanitarian Emergencies - GenCap


Reference no.: 261270887    Deadline for application: 16.01.2008  

After its successful running for one year, GenCap is now looking to expand its pool of gender advisers for deployment in
humanitarian emergencies. The main responsibility of the gender advisers is to support the HC/RC's role in promoting gender equality throughout the humanitarian operation. While we are seeking persons with a generic skills profile of gender equality programming, the experience to date demonstrates that GenCap advisers are required to support work to prevent and respond to gender-based violence as part of the protection cluster. Applicants should therefore have a good understanding of the issue of multi-sectoral programming to address gender-based violence in addition to a thorough understanding of the gender aspects of humanitarian crises. The following job description is generic and applies to both the full-time and roster positions.

Major tasks include providing technical leadership and support on Gender Equality Programming through close collaboration with humanitarian actors and building on existing resources in the following main areas of work:

•    Assisting sector/ cluster groups to identify and address gaps in gender equality programmes in the different sectors of humanitarian response, inter alia through providing technical support to the collection of sex- and age disaggregated data and the application of a gender analysis and through facilitating the inclusion of gender dimensions into needs assessment frameworks.
•    Facilitating and supporting the integration of gender perspectives in the overall strategic planning and programming of various sectors/clusters, inter alia by supporting the integration of gender equality programming into Consolidated Appeals, CERF proposals  and other resource mobilization and appeal processes and documents.
•    Assisting agencies and sector/ cluster groups in setting up or adapting existing monitoring systems to monitor the progress in gender equality programming by using inter alia the checklists in the IASC Gender Handbook and IASC GBV Guidelines.
•    Liaising with gender advisers, and gender focal points in other agencies and organisations to support the work and/or the establishment (when necessary) of in-country gender-related coordination mechanisms (e.g. inter-agency gender theme group, GBV task force, etc.).
•    Support the HC/RC's, cluster groups and other relevant actors' advocacy activities towards host authorities, other country team members and donors on gender equality in humanitarian action.

The IASC Gender Handbook in Humanitarian Action and the IASC Guidelines for Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings are two of the main tools available to gender advisers to facilitate this work.

Education/ training
•    Advanced degree in humanitarian studies, gender studies, international relations, international law (expertise in women's or children's rights), sociology or associated field or a combination of a first level degree and substantial experience in humanitarian work. Familiarity with IASC guidance and programmatic tools will be considered an asset.

Experience, skills and knowledge.
•    A minimum of 5-10 years experience in humanitarian action and strong technical background in mainstreaming of gender equality in programming from planning to implementation, to monitoring and evaluation. Candidates with a minimum of 3 years of field experience will be given priority.
•    Awareness and demonstrable knowledge of gender issues and their relevance in humanitarian emergency settings.
•    Awareness and demonstrable knowledge of gender-based violence issues.
•    Demonstrated coordination and programme support capacity including group facilitation and capacity building/ training skills.
•    Excellent analytical and strategic planning skills.
•    Strong and effective oral and written communication skills and proven ability to negotiate and influence change.
•    Good team-/ coalition building and advocacy skills
•    Ability to work in a diverse, multi-cultural setting with sensitivity to the local context.

•    Fluency in English is a requirement. Fluency in French will be considered an asset.
•    Working knowledge of any of the following languages will be considered an asset: Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish or Portuguese.

Men are encouraged to apply

Duration of assignment: The full-time gender advisers will be employed for an initial period of 1 year starting May 2008 and will be on permanent standby (24 hours) when not on leave, and can also be called back from leave/vacation in emergency situations. The roster members will be on standby for deployment on a 72-hour notice. The length of each deployment will be 6 months.

Further information: Project Coordinator GenCap - Astrid Sween (+47 23 10 98 39)

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