Protection Gender and Inclusion (PGI) Senior Officer

Organizational Context

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network, with 190 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

The Secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (“the IFRC”) works to a Business Model and has a Business Delivery Plan with key commitments that sharpen its focus, clarity, and efficiency and accountability results.  The Secretariat, headquartered in Geneva, has five decentralized regional offices: one of which is the Americas, guided by the Secretariat strategies for implementation and areas of focus that builds on the vision of strategy 2020.  The Americas’ region is organized in two main hemispheres: a group of support services departments and geographical configurations of (i) Country Cluster Support Teams and (ii) Country Office(s), as well as the Deputy Regional Director, each of them led by the Regional Director; and another hemisphere: six building blocks composed by (i) Partnerships and Resource Development, (ii) Policy, Strategy and Knowledge; (iii) Communication, (iv) Disaster and Crisis: Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, (v) Health and Care, (vi) Logistics, each of them led by the Deputy Regional Director.

Disaster and Crisis prevention, response and recovery Department (DCPRR) focuses on all components of disaster risk management, as well as all phases of disaster and crisis response recognizing that this often operate in a simultaneously and overlapping manner. The DCPRR ensures quality, relevant and effective support to the National Societies of Red Cross (NS) to improve the services they provide to communities and people affected by disasters and crises and in support of resilience-building processes of disadvantaged groups. This covers actions reaching all levels of intervention –from local to global- in a way that fosters the effective integration of the seven areas of focus, as well as timely assistance to ensure that Red Cross National Societies consistently deliver –through their volunteers and staff- relevant country-wide services to vulnerable people, sustained for as long as needed.

To achieve its goal, the DCPRR department delivers services to different stakeholders, at different levels. It mainly works with and through Red Cross National Societies, providing technical support and assisting in the implementation of their operations and programmes. It also works closely with other humanitarian partners and other actors, such as regional integration mechanisms, disaster management systems and civil society.

Protection, Gender and Inclusion (PGI) refers to all efforts by Red Cross people to ensure the dignity, access, participation and safety of all individuals involved in our work. ARO is committed to the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action. The IFRC Minimum Standard Commitments to Gender and Diversity in Emergency Programming, require all programs to ensure dignity, access participation and safety for all.

The basis for the IFRC’s gender and diversity work is its humanitarian mandate to prevent and alleviate human suffering without discrimination and to protect human dignity. The IFRC Strategic Frame-work outlines a major outcome as ‘contributed to reduced gender- and diversity-based inequality, discrimination, and violence through the active promotion of fundamental principles and humanitarian values’.

The position will be based in Americas Regional Office in Panama.  The Migration, Social Inclusion and Non-Violence Coordinator is the line manager of the Protection, Gender and Inclusion Senior Officer who will provide technical support to IFRC and National Societies for the integration and main-streaming of protection, gender and inclusion considerations across sectors including health and WASH.

Job Purpose

The Protection, Gender and Inclusion Senior Officer (PGI SO) will provide technical support and guidance to Caribbean National Societies involved in GAC Funded Community Resilience Building Caribbean Region Program (CRB) that is being implemented in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross and will provide assistance in institutional gender strengthening, the development of National Societies’ Gender Strategies and policies, ensure that tools for the  projects are Gender sensitive and inclusive, promote strategies and program approaches to prevent, mitigate and respond to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and supervise and support local and regional consultants and training on PGIE. In order to fulfill these duties, the PGI SO will work closely with technical and project staff based in Ottawa, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and in the 3 Focus National Societies, Belize, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname.

As in the case of the entire team, he/she will be available to support ongoing Disasters and Crisis operations.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support Americas Regional Office (ARO) in mainstreaming PGI into all ARO for developing Programs and Projects to ensure that all are implemented in accordance with Movement policies and guidelines relevant to PGI international standards and best practices (i.e. IFRC Minimum Standards on Gender and Diversity in Emergencies) and in partnership where needed.
  • Assist in to build assessments on overall conditions and main protection, gender and inclusion issues and needs including identifying gaps in services and risks to dignity and safety of women, girls, men and boys. More specifically assessing “PGI” issues.
  • Support Disaster and Crisis Department to design strategies and programs in line with assessment findings and tailored to reach the specific needs of a groups (i.e. disability support, prevention and response to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), healthcare, psycho-social support, anti-trafficking measures, maternal, neonatal and child health issues, or others) whilst integrating effectively with other sectors and existing capacities.
  • Provide technical assistance, coaching and guidance to IFRC’s Americas Regional Office staff to integrate PGI gender and diversity into IFRC operations in accordance with the Minimum Standard Commitments to Gender and Diversity in Emergency Programming, including DREFs and Appeals operations, including gender-based violence and sexual gender-based violence.
  • Encourage, guide and support the implementation of GBV and SGBV prevention, mitigation and response activities among National Societies, including linkages to health programming and services.
  • Develop content and conduct trainings on protection, gender and inclusion issues (protection principles, SGBV, Gender, Disability Inclusion, Diversity, anti-trafficking and Child Protection) for CCST and NS in Americas Region.
  • Collaborate with Community Engagement and Accountability focal point to utilise community practices, groups and information sharing methods in order to design effective information dissemination tools, community feedback and complaints mechanisms; and ensure a safe approach to community communications by IFRC and NS that encourages community feedback and sharing of information.
  • Establish and/or strengthen collaboration with other State and humanitarian protection actors (i.e. UNHCR, UNICEF, UNFPA) to ensure RCRC Movements actions to on SGBV prevention and response are coordinated
  • Provide technical assistance and to ARO in planning, management, monitoring and reporting, mainstreaming PGI into issues to scope and design a funding submission in response to the anticipated funding opportunities.

The following duties and responsibilities are for the CRB Program.

  • Participate in the development of TORs, recruitment of Gender Consultants for the Program
  • Supervise the work of Gender consultants recruited to support NSs in the development of gender policies
  • Conduct/Support NS institutional capacity building and training initiatives, gender assessments and strategy development.
  • Participating in technical advisory group meetings for the project and providing technical inputs as required in collaboration with CADRIM, DRR Officer and Project Officer for planning, management, monitoring and reporting.
  • Collaborating with national gender bureaux in the three focus countries as required on specific gender and PGIE initiatives.
  • Oversee the revision of project tools to ensure that they are gender sensitive and meet RCRC and GAC minimum PGIE standards
  • Contribute to the development of workplans, conduct/support training, monitoring including field visits where required.
  • Oversee the revision of documents, plans and the mainstreaming of PGIE

Lateral relations and general tasks

  • Establish and ensure effective working relationships with the other programmatic and service departments, in particular with HR, Learning and Innovation, Strategic Relationships and Cooperation, as well as with the IFRC country and regional offices.
  • Promote integrated ways of working and ensure that all technical support is underpinned by organizational development and community needs centered approaches.
  • Ensure an effective working relationship with the ARO Finance Unit, Logistics and PMER Unit.
  • Maintain effective working relationship with GAC Project Management Team members based in Ottawa, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Ensure that trainings organized by this department are appropriate and aligned with International Federation and donor guidelines and policies (SPHERE, Code of Conduct, Principles and Rules for Disaster Relief, Seville agreement, etc.)
  • Ensure that the team provides technical support to each other when required.
  • Ensure effective working relationships with National Society counterparts
  • Ensure a good working relationship with the ICRC delegations in the various countries in the Americas in conjunction with the Regional/country clusters
  • To promote a culture of Movement cooperation and coordination in order to maximize the quality and effectiveness in the delivery of disaster and crisis management and community resilience support to the national societies, as well as to support effective monitoring and evaluation to measure progress and improve learning and performance


  • University degree in management and/or social sciences or related fields
  • Basic Training Course: successful completion and selection
  • Relevant post graduate degree, preferred


  • +5 of experience working on protection issues, preferably programming related to prevention and responsive to sexual and gender-based violence in emergencies
  • Experience providing technical support to ensure that protection, gender and inclusion are mainstreamed in humanitarian programs throughout the project cycle.
  • Experience in Program design and/or tender-writing
  • Experience of working with Red Cross/Red Crescent


  • Demonstrated success in project/programme planning, budgeting, management, reporting and evaluation
  • Self-supported in computing systems
  • Ability to work in a team, excellent communication and management skills
  • Ability to work in a cross-functional environment
  • Available to travel to other countries
  • Valid international driving licence (manual gears)
  • Political and cultural sensitivity
  • Skills in training and developing staff
  • Ability to adapt leadership style according to the situation


  • Fluently spoken and written English
  • Fluently spoken and written Spanish
  • Other languages: French, preferred


  • VALUES: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability
  • CORE COMPETENCIES: Communication; Collaboration and Teamwork; Judgement and Decision Making; National Societies and Customer Relations; Creativity and Innovation; Building Trust
  • FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES: Building Alliances; Leadership; Empowering Others

A letter of motivation must be submitted along with the application no later than the closing date. In order to ensure a proper comparative evaluation of your application for this vacancy and to enable us to consider your profile against other similar current and future vacancies, we ask that you submit your application taking into account the following:

Important Note:

  • Please note that the selected candidate will be hired through a national contract; therefore, only nationals of Lima, Ecuador or Colombia (depending of the selected candidate) or foreigners holding a valid work permit will be considered.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by Federation policies, procedures, plans and applicable national laws.
  • The closing date is midnight Geneva time
  • Only those candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified
  • The position will be based in Lima, Ecuador or Colombia.

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