International Planned Parenthood Federation Program Specialist - Gender, Inclusion and Humanitarian Response Jobs in Kenya

International Planned Parenthood Federation Program Specialist - Gender, Inclusion and Humanitarian Response Jobs in Kenya

Job Purpose

  • The job holder is responsible for providing IPPFAR a performing and sustainable Gender, Inclusion and Humanitarian response programmes

  • To provide strategic and technical guidance to assure achievement of the overall regional programmes related to Gender, Inclusion and Humanitarian response

  • To ensure mainstreaming of gender and inclusion issues are included in IPPFAR programming, including humanitarian programming

    Key Tasks


    • To design and deliver realistic and pragmatic gender mainstreaming strategies that will lead to positive gender equality outcomes in the region

    • To provide technical guidance to guarantee effective integration of gender throughout the humanitarian programme cycle (HPC) including support to the development of humanitarian response plan (HRP)

    • To develop approaches on gender mainstreaming to ensure the content of national HRP highlight and address gender concerns and that members of humanitarian’ clusters have increased capacity to respond to emerging gender priorities

    • To provide guidance and coordinate with relevant actors and partners to increase the participation of women’s organizations in the humanitarian action decision making process at different levels

    • To monitor social, environmental, political strife, and other events on the continent that pose wide scale instability on livelihoods of populations and guide on intervention strategies.

    • To design and guide the implementation of a harmonized humanitarian response in line with existing best practices and IPPF humanitarian strategy

    • To develop guidelines that enable preparedness, program design, proposal writing, service delivery and supply chain and can be adopted / adapted to enhance readiness and appropriateness of humanitarian interventions

    • To establish a system that allows in the event of a sudden-onset crises, the timeliness of developing proposals and driving an immediate response to save lives

    • To develop, review, diffusion and use of technical tools, policy statements, guidelines, standards, framework relating to Life-saving SRH services

    • To collaborate with member associations in mapping out areas of conflict at country level and establish intervention areas, conducting needs assessment and reviewing HPC and project proposals.

    Partnerships and Inter-departmental / inter-office Collaboration

    • To mobilise additional funds to develop and strengthen and/or sustain ongoing Humanitarian response, SGBV, and Gender programs in the region in an accountable manner

    • To provide support in the preparation and implementation of any regional donors’ meetings

    • To create and maintain database of organisations/consultants working in the area of IDPs, migrants, refugees and other vulnerable groups in the region.

    • To create a platform for partnerships with other key players working towards IDPs, refugees and other vulnerable groups at regional level

    • To promote and facilitate intra and inter regional collaboration/training and sharing of lessons and experiences related to Gender, Inclusion and Humanitarian response programming

    • To identify and support to document successful innovative Gender and Inclusion reviews and IDPs, Refugees and other vulnerable groups’ projects and experience in the Region for publication as appropriate.

    • To collaborate with other IPPF offices or member associations for Gender assessment/audit within the secretariat and/or the federation

    • To assist the External Relations and Communication department and African Union Liaison Office in developing initiatives to ensure regular and consistent advocacy on gender concerns

    • To collaborate with the humanitarian hub to a substantive technical capacity development of regional clusters’ member associations in Humanitarian response, including the Minimum initial service package (MISP)

    • To collaborate with MAs to access IPPF Stream 3 funds and implement Life-savings projects that are designed to ensure that people of all genders will benefit equitably during crisis

    • To ensure program representation in key strategic Gender and social inclusion technical working groups and forums at regional and national levels


    • To actively engage in all priority initiatives in the Programmes Department including but not limited to the quality of care, task shifting, digital health and enabling services initiatives to streamline Gender and Inclusion components

    • To contribute to the regional office strategies on enhancing restricted funded project delivery

    • To work
    closely with the Lead SRHR Programme Specialist and other colleagues to advance departmental agenda

    • To provide advice to the immediate supervisor and the Head of Programmes Department on adolescents and youth programme/policy issues

    • To undertake other reasonable assignment as may be requested by her/his supervisor from time to time

    Person Specification



  • Knowledge and experience of working with International Non-Governmental Organization.
    Knowledge of wide range of SRHR programs and innovations, specifically related to Gender, Inclusion and Humanitarian respons

  • Ability to identify and to formulate conclusions/recommendations to resolve a wide range of complex issues/problems

  • Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment (e.g. civil strife, natural disasters and human misery).

  • Ability to relate SRHR and Humanitarian issues and perspectives, including gender and inclusiveness issues, to human rights Programmes

    Planning and Organizing

  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies

  • Identifies priorities and knows when to adjust priorities if necessary

  • Allocates appropriate amount of time and other resources for completing work

  • Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning

  • Organizes training sessions, e-training and facilitate same

  • Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary


  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals

  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise

  • Is willing to learn from others

  • Places organizational and team agenda before personal agenda

  • Works independently and as a team member

  • Supports and acts in accordance with the final team-decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position

  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


  • Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments

  • Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards

  • Works on multiple deliverables simultaneously, independently and meet deadlines without compromising quality

  • Strong report writing and presentation skills

  • Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules

  • Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
    Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately

  • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication
    Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience

  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


    • Master’s degree or equivalent in women’s and/or gender studies, public health, social work or any other related field

    Work Experience

    • At least six years’ experience in similar position, or in humanitarian affairs, programmes management of community, women and marginalised groups development

    • Two years of experience in the related area at the international level is required

    • Significant experience of effectively managing budgets in line with donor requirements

    • Experience in networking and social network


    • For this post fluency in English and French (both oral and written) is required.

    • Knowledge of Portuguese is an advantage


  • Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a desk review and/or an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview

    Personal Attributes

    • Subscribe to IPPF’s Mission, Vision, and Values

    • Embrace working in a multicultural environment

    • Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality

    • Willingness to travel: approximately 30% of time

    • Focus on continuous improved results/performance

    • Ability to work and deliver in a difficult setting

    • Proficiency in technologies, such as MS office suites

    • Flexibility and willingness to work outside normal working hours

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; International Planned Parenthood Federation Program Specialist - Gender, Inclusion and Humanitarian Response Jobs in Kenya

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