Job Title: Chief GEDI officer and Senior Director Policy & Planning, Europe

Department: Gender, Diversity, Equality, & Inclusion Unit (GEDI)

Employment Category: Permanent

Employment Type: Full-Time

Salary: Competitive 

Location: Any of our European HQ locations- Brussels, London, Berlin, Bonn, Geneva, or Stockholm

Application deadline: Midnight 2nd November 2022

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International Rescue Committee (RESCUE)

The International Rescue Committee (RESCUE) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, RESCUE works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities which support them, as well as those who remain within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries, we improve outcomes in the areas of health, safety, economic wellbeing, education, and power.

Job Overview

As Europe Gender, Diversity, Equality, & Inclusion (Europe GEDI) Advisor, you will lead regional strategy development and implementation efforts that build an inclusive culture across RESCUE offices in Europe and ensure diversity, equality, and inclusion are central to everything we do. 

As a key member of the GEDI Unit working in Europe you will work on the premise that to tackle the root causes of inequality, shared solutions across sectors and systems are required and will guide RESCUEs teams to test new approaches. You will support efforts for regional and country teams to ensure appropriate and significant Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion into their internal operations and programs. This position will be based in one of the European offices in Brussels, London, Berlin, Bonn, Geneva, or Stockholm – with significant travel between the European offices.

The position will be responsible for supporting European offices in developing and implementing RESCUEs GEDI action plan(s) in Europe in alignment with RESCUEs global GEDI strategy, guiding European offices in applying RESCUEs principles of GEDI in all operational policies and practices. The position will also be responsible for designing and implementing GEDI training and leading office-wide initiatives to spark internal culture change and a universal understanding of equal practices for the workplace, to support staff to set and achieve meaningful and targeted goals for more internal practices. The GEDI Advisor work to support the documentation and sharing of best GEDI practices in Europe to enable GEDI learning and understanding across European staff as well as taking learnings from the European level to support global GEDI initiatives policies and practices. . The position may also work with the Resettlement, Asylum and Integration (RAI) Europe program officer to adapt or develop tools to support analysis, program design and business development for the European offices.  

The Europe GEDI Advisor is envisioned to also be responsible for contributing to special initiatives, including supporting underrepresented or marginalized employee groups, advocacy and research, and collaboration with other organizations and sectors serving refugees. The Europe GEDI Advisor will report to the Chief GEDI Officer and Senior Director Policy & Planning, Europe.

Major Responsibilities

(1) GEDI Action Plan  

 (a) Foster an inclusive working culture

 (b) Global coordination & internal communication

(c) Support the development of local GEDI Action plans:

(2) Technical Leadership

(a) Subject Matter Expertise and Technical Support

(b) External engagement

 (3) Team Leadership and staff engagement

Key Working Relationships

Direct Reporting:  Chief GEDI officer and Senior Director Policy & Planning, International Rescue Committee Europe

Partnership and Consultation: Europe Senior Management Team, Europe HR, RAI Europe’s GEDI Advisor, Europe Safety and Security Advisor, Europe Employee Resource Groups, Sectoral and other Technical Advisors including Women’s Protection and Empowerment, and Country level senior management teams including Executive Directors.  

External:  RESCUEs Organizational Partners, Donors, and IASC Cluster Groups, Feminist network. D&I focus organizations.

Job Requirements

Below is a summary of the general qualifications we are looking for in candidates for this role. We know that sometimes, some people do not feel comfortable applying because they do not perfectly match every criterion. If this is your case and you feel that you are potentially the right match based on your expertise and lived experience, we would like you to apply. We are looking for the right person and not the perfect person.

Work Experience

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

 Language Skills: 

Working Environment

The application deadline is midnight 2nd November 2022 – apply here now.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, perform essential job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request an accommodation.

RESCUE and RESCUE workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, Accountability, and Equality.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Respect in the Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.