Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) Lead

  • Location
    Papua New Guinea
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jul 19

Position description

Terms of Reference – Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) Lead 

Cardno has been engaged by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to manage the Building Community Engagement in Papua New Guinea (BCEP) Program. BCEP represents a significant investment in promoting participatory democracy in PNG, with a goal to strengthen citizen-government engagement for improved service delivery and provision of public goods. This will be achieved by pursuing two end outcomes:  
1. Selected state and non-state actors collaborate effectively to solve targeted development problems; and  
2. Targeted PNG decision-makers explicitly promote gender equality and inclusive social norms.  
The BCEP Program consists of five distinct, but inter-related thematic components to be managed as an integrated whole and will be implemented using a portfolio of partners: 
• Component 1: PNG Coalitions for Change 
• Component 2: Media Partnerships
• Component 3: Social Accountability Partnerships
• Component 4: Church Partnerships
• Component 5: Government of PNG Partnerships 

Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) are core programming and operating principles across the BCEP program. Working collaboratively with the BCEP Co-Team Leader, the GEDSI Lead will support the BCEP program and its church, government, civil society and media partners to develop and implement GEDSI strategies and actions plans; to pilot and scale-up effective and transformational GEDSI initiatives; and to document and share GEDSI learning and innovation across the program.

DFAT’s long-running support for GEDSI mainstreaming in PNG has produced pockets of good practice, and GEDSI mechanisms with great promise. However, in many instances activities have not translated to lasting attitude, norms and practice change. The GEDSI Lead will support partners to leverage good practice, facilitate joined-up and collective action with other BCEP partners, and to harness innovation and knowledge exchange to better achieve GEDSI policy and practice influence and impact.

The GEDSI Lead mentors and supports a team of GEDSI and Safeguarding Coordinators providing GEDSI support to BCEP’s church, government, civil society and media partners.


Roles and Responsibilities 
The GEDSI Lead will report to the BCEP Co-Team Leader (Programs). The role will: 
• Work with BCEP’s Co-Team Leaders to develop a strong GEDSI culture within the team, supported by a program-level capacity development strategy, and accountabilities for all staff in modelling and integrating GEDSI in their work. 
• Line manage and mentor a team of GEDSI Co-ordinators and a Safeguarding Coordinator.
• Develop an over-arching GEDSI theory of change and twin-track strategy for how BCEP will achieve GEDSI outcomes at the End-of Program and Intermediate Outcome level.
• Ensure GEDSI is integrated across BCEP programming, developing ideas and promoting initiatives that reflect the concerns, needs and priorities of women, girls, people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups in PNG. 
• Establish a program-level GEDSI baseline, assessing current GEDSI capability and activities of partners, and GEDSI-specific analysis as required.
• Lead implementation, learning, adapting and reporting on BCEP’s overarching GESDI Strategy and Action Plan.
• Work with BCEP component Leads (Church, Government, Media, Social Accountability, Coalitions for Change) to scale-up existing GEDSI good practice, draw out lessons learned and promising practices, and identify new entry points, and potential GEDSI collective action and social accountability partners.
• Support development, review and quality assurance of GEDSI strategies, action plans, MEL and budgets for BCEP projects and partners including:
• Seven church partners in BCEP’s Church Partnerships Program (CPP)
o BCEP’s Media Development Initiative’s (MDI) Voice and Accountability program
o Government of PNG Partnership Program 
o The Voice Inc 
o Social accountability partners

• Improve achievement of GEDSI outcomes through tailored technical, convening, learning and knowledge exchange to strengthen BCEP partner’s technical, leadership and organisational GEDSI capabilities.
• Facilitate gender research and analysis in support of program design, policy dialogue and influencing.
• Facilitate GEDSI innovation, capacity building, knowledge exchange and collective action through convening and networking with stakeholders, NGOs, the private sector, and GEDSI organisations.
• Contribute to the creation of knowledge solutions on gender, governance and development, including case studies, blogs, briefings, e-learning modules etc.
• Work with the MEL Team to establish GEDSI-specific MEL tools, targets and indicators, and to support partners to collect and reflect on GEDSI data for program improvement and learning.
• Support the Operations Director to develop and apply the GEDSI Mainstreaming Operations Plan.
• Actively support BCEP communications’ components to communicate BCEP program and partners’ GEDSI performance story in compelling ways to a variety of audiences.
• Proactively identify and manage risk.
• Other tasks as required.




  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in gender analysis, gender mainstreaming, international development and /or gender program management
  • Essential experience and knowledge
  • At least 10 years of relevant GEDSI experience and expertise supporting transformational GEDSI through twin-track GEDSI mainstreaming and gender-specific projects and programs with international experience gained working in several countries. PNG-specific experience desirable.
  • Experience with development and quality assurance of GEDSI Strategies for non-gender programs in governance, education, health or other development sector
  • Superior communication skills, interpersonal skills, mature judgement and tact in working with a range of government and civil society stakeholders. Ability to work in a multicultural environment with sensitivity, a team approach and respect for diversity.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with organisations representing vulnerable and marginalised groups such as people with disability and rural and poor women.
  • Experience developing capacity building resources and delivering training sessions for diverse government and non-government audiences.
  • Workshop design, presentation and facilitation skills (face-to-face and remote)
  • Communication, coordination and relationship building skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
  • Fluency in English with strong report-writing and inter-agency collaboration skills. Knowledge of Tok Pisin language an advantage.

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