Human Rights and GESI Adviser

Secretariat of the Pacific Community
  • Location
    Suva, Fiji
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 18

Position description

The Human Rights and GESI Adviser will provide technical advice, assistance and capacity building under the HRSD work programme. As the role requires working across the objectives of the HRSD work programme, the Human Rights and GESI Adviser will have a matrix reporting relationship with other Team Leaders in this regard. 

The key responsibilities of the role include

  • Provide technical assistance and support to PICTs on human rights, gender equality, social inclusion (GESI), gender mainstreaming and ending violence against women and girls (EVAWG):
    • Support Pacific Island Counties and Territories (PICTs) governments and civil societies to implement and deliver on human rights, GESI, EVAWG commitments and priorities;
    • Conduct research and policy analysis and provide regular written updates for the division on key and emerging human rights, GESI, EVAWG issues, in line with PICTs’ priorities. 
  • Human rights and GESI capacities and skills development:
    • Identify capacity needs for human rights, GESI and EVAWG integration in PICTs and other stakeholders;
    • Facilitate develop and/or deliver capacity and skills building on human rights, GESI, EVAWG, and utilizing multiple modalities.
  • Stakeholder engagement, networking, and coordination:
    • Lead stakeholder engagement, networking, and coordination to advance divisional objectives at national, regional, and institutional levels;
    • Engage in relevant working groups, task forces and other technical committees including sustainable livelihoods.
  • Project management and people management:
    • Manage and report on the delivery of human rights, GESI and EVAWG projects, programmes and activities;
    • Collaborate with in-country staff to develop implement, monitor and report against social inclusion projects, programmes, activities, work plans and budgets.

Key selection criteria 


  • A postgraduate qualification in economics and development, human rights, law gender, international relations or other relevant social science from a recognized university.

Technical expertise 

  • At least 7 years of development experience working in the field of human rights, gender equality and social inclusion, with at least 5 years of working in the Pacific;
  • Experience in mainstreaming human rights-based, gender and social inclusion and EVAWG approaches in development programming;
  • Proven track record in quality programming, developing, delivering and reporting against work plans;
  • Experience developing capacity building resources and delivering sessions on applying human rights, GESI and EVAWG principles for diverse government and non-government audiences;
  • Significant communication skills and experience working in a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural team;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work with a wide range of individuals;
  • Ability to translate text-heavy documents or information into user-friendly materials for a wide range of audiences.

Language skills 

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with strong writing ability at a donor project reporting level.

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness 

  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment.

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