Consultant – Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Program Inclusion Tool Review – Remote At Mercy Corps


Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) are integrated into all programs. Advancing gender equality and social inclusion is critical to all areas of a healthy society, from adapting to climate change to reducing poverty to promoting the health, education, protection and the well-being of all. In 2015, Mercy Corps developed Gender Minimum Standards to improve the quality and impact of our programs by strengthening our ability to integrate gender equality across programming. The standards fill an urgent need within our industry to harmonize approaches to gender integration and to offer practitioners a series of simplified steps that can be applied to programs across diverse geographies and cultural contexts. These minimum standards were incorporated into the Mercy Corps Program Management Policy, which outlines minimum standards for equitable, efficient and effective program management at Mercy Corps at each phase of the Program Lifecycle. With a recent refresh of Mercy Corps Program Management Policy, the aforementioned minimum standards have become Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) standards to ensure that all program participants fully benefit from our programs, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual identity or other potentially marginalizing factors.

The GESI team has developed a number of tools and resources focused on the GESI Minimum Standards and full GESI Programmatic Integration. However, some of these tools are out of date, they are not consolidated, and some key tools may be missing or do not work across all programming contexts. For reference, the GESI Minimum Standards are 1:

  1. Program Identification Phase: Program Identification is based on GESI Analysis
  2. Program Design Phase: GESI Analysis must inform the formulation of the program logic and identification of program participant groups and sub-groups
  3. Program Planning Phase: Sex and Age Disaggregated Data is collected for relevant indicators

Purpose / Project Description:

The purpose of this consultancy is to review and update current Mercy Corps tools focused around GESI Program Integration. The consultant should also identify any gaps in tools that are evident when ensuring team members can adhere to the minimum standards.

Consultant Activities/Deliverables:

  1. Review existing tools and create an outline positioning tools within the program life cycle; categorizing tools per programming context and then identifying key technical tool gaps required to support teams in meeting the GESI minimum standards.


Meet with GESI and Program Standards Team to Discuss Project

  1. After an orientation session with the GESI and Program Standards teams, draft a consultancy workplan for discussion and feedback before finalization.

Review and Update of Current MC GESI Integration Tools Tasks

  1. Review and assess existing Mercy Corps gender equality and social inclusion tools related to GESI Integration at different lifecycle stages
  2. Organize the tools into an outline that follows the program lifecycle
  3. Identify gaps in tools required for GESI Integration throughout the lifecycle and adherence to minimum standards. This could include the need to update existing Mercy Corps tools or to add new tools
  4. Scan the sector for existing tools to meet identified gaps
  5. Scan Mercy Corps donors for key trends and approaches to ensure toolkit meets donor requirements
  6. Identify any new tools that may need to be developed (not available within the sector)
  7. Meet with GESI and Program Standards teams to discuss draft outline, identified tool gaps, and next steps
  8. Revise and update existing Mercy Corps tools


  1. Outline of tools positioned throughout the Program Lifecycle

The Consultant will report to:

GESI Program Management Advisor, HQ based

The Consultant will work closely with: Senior Director of GESI, Senior Advisor of GESI, Program Standards Director

Required experience and skills:

  • 10 years relevant experience in gender equality and social inclusion.
  • Master’s degree of education or equivalent
  • Demonstrated knowledge of managing programs within humanitarian contexts
  • Strong experience leading participatory Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Analysis for INGO’s
  • Solid understanding of Gender Tools particular to monitoring and evaluation
  • Proven track record leading qualitative research studies on gender and social inclusion related issues
  • Demonstrated capacity to lead the collection, analysis, and utilization of information from a broad range of sources.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our stakeholders and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

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