Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Advisor
 Ireland, WV

Job Purpose

The GESI Advisor will work with multiple GOAL teams - both Head and Country Offices - including management leadership, programme operations, technical specialists and the monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) teams to develop, communicate, support and monitor GESI strategy, activities and targets. The role will sit within GOAL’s Programme Technical Team. The postholder will represent GOAL on GESI externally including with donors, academia and technical networks.

Duties and responsibilities

Strategy and Design – Leading GOAL’s Organisational Approach to GESI

  • Review GOAL’s Gender Equality Policy and Global Strategy 2019-2021 and ensure validation by SMT and Board
  • Lead the drafting of an operational plan for implementing the Gender Strategy over the period 2020-2021.
  • Ensure GESI is embedded in key programme analysis and design tools including GOAL’s Resilience for Systems (R4S), and Programme Context Analysis and Design toolkits
  • Support Head Office and Country teams to strengthen GESI in their Country Strategic Plans
  • Continuously recommend and support adjustments to programme strategies and activities to respond to GESI findings throughout the programme cycle.
  • Support the MEAL teams at HO and country level to ensure monitoring systems disaggregate data by sex, include gender sensitive indicators, and have strategies for monitoring unintended consequences.
  • Coordinate with the Safeguarding Advisor and Safeguarding focal points to support strategies and activities to prevent, mitigate and respond to gender-based violence, sexual exploitation and abuse.
  • Continually look for opportunities to improve GOAL’s ability to foster resilient and inclusive societies through strengthening systems to be more inclusive.
  • Lead on the development of GOAL’s GESI policy and strategy post-2021.
  • Provide technical guidance on GESI in GOAL’s next organisational strategic planning process which will begin in late 2020.
  • Provide GESI updates for the Board and SMT, including presenting in person when requested.

Resource Mobilisation for GESI

  • Provide technical input (and direction, when appropriate) on GESI at all stages of the business development cycle, from positioning to submission. This includes identifying, reviewing and advising on funding opportunities related to GESI.
  • Participate, when requested, in GOAL’s Project Review Committee (PRC) which conducts risk management and quality assurance on all proposals prior to submission.
  • Provide external technical representation on GESI in discussions with donors or lead partners, including representing GOAL in multi-stakeholder design workshops.
  • Provide compelling participant stories and other input on GESI for use by GOAL’s (non-Institutional) Fundraising team.
  • Advise on the annual budgeting process at HQ and at COs to ensure that GESI initiatives are sufficiently resourced to meet targets.

GESI Technical Support and Capacity Building

  • Lead or support GESI analysis and other relevant formative research processes.
  • Support country teams to integrate GESI data and analysis into country programme activity plans, strategies, budgets, and monitoring, evaluation and learning systems.
  • Drive the establishment of GESI focal committees in each country office and advocate for them to be resourced to play a pro-active role in progressing internal systems, programmes and organisational culture change towards GESI.
  • Conduct country visits to support and monitor the implementation of GESI strategy, activities and targets.
  • Build staff capacity in GESI, possibly including providing (or overseeing) sensitisation training
  • Work with HR to ensure that GESI is integrated into recruitment and performance management.
  • Ensure there is a clear understanding of GOAL’s approach to GESI and key GESI concepts among country teams, appropriate for each cadre of staff.

GESI Research and Learning

  • Identify learning questions related to GESI and drive the learning process, including consultation, collection of information, analysis, drawing conclusions, making recommendations and dissemination.
  • Facilitate the documentation of best practices and lessons learned for different audiences, including GOAL staff, donors, supporters and partners.
  • Serve as a global representative for GOAL on GESI in learning forums and networks
  • Ensure that all programme evaluations systematically assess the adequacy and effectiveness of GOAL’s approach to GESI and that consultant evaluators have the requisite expertise to carry out such an assessment.
  • Advise on gender-sensitive empowerment approaches for all programme design, implementation and monitoring activities.

Key Performance Objectives

  • 75% of COs have functional GESI committees
  • 100% of COs have undertaken a self-audit on GESI with 75% having action plans in place
  • 75% of COs have begun one GESI internal initiative i.e. focused on GOAL systems and procedures
  • 100% of COs reference GESI activities and targets in their Annual Country Plans
  • Production of at least two GESI-related learning papers suitable for external circulation

Behaviours (Values in practice)

  • 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.

Requirements (Person Specification)


  • At least four years experience of working on GESI at an advisory level with demonstrated ability to provide high quality, responsive and tailored technical input in person and remotely.
  • Undergraduate degree in an area related to gender and/or inclusion
  • Relevant advanced training completed in gender and/or inclusion
  • Experience of leading cross-departmental initiatives on GESI, working effectively at all levels of an organisation.
  • Experience of providing external technical representation within a range of contexts e.g. technical networks, donors, academia.
  • Skilled in analysing data, identifying and mitigating risks, trends and exclusions.


  • 7 years of experience in development and/or humanitarian organisations
  • Postgraduate degree in an area closely related to gender and/or inclusion
  • Proficiency in Spanish and/or French and/or Arabic (highly desirable)
  • Skilled in research design
  • Technical knowledge of other GOAL programming sectors or approaches e.g. resilience, behaviour change, health, nutrition, WASH.

Accountability within GOAL
A commitment to GOAL values and GOAL’s integrity framework is critical to working with GOAL. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability: 1) 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; 2) Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area; 3) Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.

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 on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

General Terms and Conditions
This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.