Senior Advisor: Sexual and Reproductive Health, Gender, and Social Inclusion

Women's Refugee Commission
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 05

Position description

The Senior Advisor, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Gender and Social Inclusion is an expert in the fields of sexual and reproductive health, gender, diversity, and inclusive humanitarian action, representing and positioning the organization as a leader in inclusive humanitarian research and advocacy across sectors. S/he is recognized and called upon by humanitarian, gender, disability, development, health, human rights, academic, UN, and government actors to contribute expertise on the protection and empowerment of women, children, and youth with diverse identities and from marginalized sub-populations, including (but not isolated to) those from sexual and gender minorities and those with disabilities.

Responsibilities include: Lead WRC’s work in a six-agency Consortium established to: increase the demand for and the availability of quality, comprehensive SRH services particularly among the most marginalized populations in complex and challenging environments; strengthen sexual and reproductive health and rights capacity, preparedness and resilience of government, civil society, and communities; and, improve the national and global policy environment. Advance implementation of the organization’s strategic plan on gender, social inclusion, and resilience; supervise staff working on disabilities, LGBTI persons, adolescents, and youth; identify solutions for more efficient and effective program management; high-level advocacy, coordination, and communication in the humanitarian sector, including with states, UN agencies, NGOs, and local organizations; monitoring and evaluating program activities, including outcomes towards the WRC’s wider organizational goals and objectives.

The position is full-time, based in New York with field travel (approximately 25% of time).


Coordination and Leadership

  • Lead WRC’s participation in a multi-agency Consortium planning to address Approaches in Complex and Challenging Environments for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ACCESS) leveraging WRC’s work on community preparedness and disaster risk mitigation in SRH, as well as WRC’s work in capacity development of host government SRH capacity;
  • Participate in, and advance, WRC’s strategic planning and thought leadership initiatives;
  • Support the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the WRC’s work on sexual and reproductive health, gender and social inclusion, ensuring alignment with the wider organizational mission, strategic plans, and objectives;
  • Represent the WRC in high-level human rights, development, and humanitarian forums, including participating in working groups and committees at global levels (e.g. Gender & Resilience Working Group; TAAP Inclusion Community of Practice);
  • Identify strategic opportunities for global advocacy on gender and social inclusion, and coordinate and collaborate with the advocacy and communications teams to advance these activities;
  • Engage directly with donors to promote partnerships and development opportunities, in alignment with the strategic vision of the organization;
  • Update SRH Program Director on a regular basis about relevant program activities and developments, and report to board members, as requested.

Program Implementation

  • Lead the WRC’s Consortium planning on sexual and reproductive health, gender and social inclusion, and resilience-based approaches;
  • Conduct sexual and reproductive health, gender and social inclusion analyses and design inclusion and resilience strategies for sexual and reproductive health in collaboration with Consortium partners building upon existing WRC programs and projects, including those focused on sexual and reproductive health, GBV prevention and response, women’s participation and leadership, and youth and adolescents;
  • Provide technical support on gender, social inclusion, and resilience to other WRC programs and collaborate on project development in strategic sectors for the organization.

Program Management

  • Develop and monitor the implementation of WRC’s Consortium work plan and other programmatic work plans covering multiple projects and grants;
  • Support proposal development to ensure coherent programmatic funding across multiple projects and funding sources;
  • Evaluate program effectiveness and outcomes toward WRC’s wider organizational goals and objectives;
  • Support program staff to prepare donor reports in collaboration with the finance and development teams.

Staff management

  • Supervise program staff and consultants working on disabilities, LGBTI persons, adolescents and youth, and other often marginalized populations, including work planning, training, performance review, and quality assurance;
  • Capacity development of the direct reports as well as other program staff;
  • Supervise additional projects and program staff as deemed appropriate.

Financial Responsibilities

  • Prepare budgets and spending plans and authorize expenditure to social inclusion, resilience, adolescents, youth, and disability program grants, and others as indicated;
  • Lead/oversee gender and social inclusion, resilience, adolescents, youth, and disability program grants, sub-grants and expenditure, identifying appropriate budget realignments as needed with the finance and development team;
  • Raise development needs as appropriate with the Senior Director for Programs and the Director of Development.


  • Master’s Degree in public health, human rights, public policy, or related social development fields;
  • Minimum of eight years progressive work experience on sexual and reproductive health and inclusion in humanitarian action;
  • Minimum of five years of program management experience in humanitarian settings/fragile contexts;
  • Experience advocating for issues within high-level, multi-stakeholder forums in the humanitarian system;
  • Ability to recognize and respond to complex situations involving external stakeholders, within both the technical and political fields of humanitarian action;
  • Demonstrated high levels of independence in program management, including identifying effective solutions for budgeting and development challenges, managing high workloads in the team, and risk mitigation when working with local partners;
  • Proven track record conducting research, analyzing issues relating to inclusive humanitarian action, and writing reports and policy papers;
  • Knowledge and expertise on gender, diversity, and social inclusion;
  • Skills in providing training, technical advice, and/or conducting participatory evaluations;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including grant writing, public speaking, and presentation expertise;
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to be flexible and work well under pressure in a fast-paced and detail-oriented team environment;
  • Good computer skills: facility with MS Word, Excel, and email/internet software.

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