Emergency WASH Gender Advisor At CARE Australia

  • Work with a team dedicated to creating a more equal world and ending poverty
  • Canberra, Melbourne or home based outside of Australia (options are limited to UK, Belgium, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, PNG, Timor Leste).
  • Full time, Fixed term 12 months

CARE Australia works to defeat global poverty by supporting women to create lasting change in their communities around the world.

About the Role

The Emergency WASH Gender Advisor is responsible for ensuring a quality, gender-responsive approach to CARE’s emergency WASH. The role is hosted by CARE Australia on behalf of the CARE International Confederation and reports to CARE Australia, and it maintains close coordination and consultation with the CARE Emergency Group (CEG), other CI members and country offices. When working as part of a CI emergency assessment or response program the WASH Gender Advisor may supervise other emergency staff for the temporary duration of the assignment. The incumbent of this position will be required to travel for up to 60% of the time on emergency response deployments at short notice for periods of up to 8 weeks at a time. Travel could include capacity strengthening and emergency preparedness support to CARE Offices and partners, CARE emergency team meetings, trainings, and external events.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop the CI WASH Team’s technical capacity in gender and emergency WASH to substantiate CARE’s position as a leading agency for gender issues within emergency response.
  • Ensure that country offices and CI members receive technical assistance in the emergency WASH sector in order that all CARE interventions in the sector meet established quality criteria. Deploy as necessary to provide technical assistance in the country.
  • Provide technical support and guidance to team colleagues and field staff on gender issues and hygiene promotion/behaviour change.
  • Capacity strengthening of CARE and partners on gender and WASH, including development, trailing and dissemination of gender and WASH training materials.
  • Represent CARE emergency WASH team in external fora on gender, hygiene promotion and as necessary other elements of WASH.
  • Documentation and dissemination of best practice and lessons learnt on gender, hygiene and WASH through case studies, blogs, websites, newsletters etc. and at sector events.
  • Proactive and regular liaison with other sectoral teams (shelter, food security and sexual and reproductive health) on incorporation of gender into sector work.

Ideally you will have:

  1. At least five years cumulative experience in emergency response / humanitarian aid, preferably across diverse contexts, with exposure to preparedness, response and Disaster Risk Reduction as well as academic qualifications, preferably to Masters level, in a relevant field (development studies, public health engineering, public health, gender studies, community development etc.).
  2. Demonstrated ability to design and manage appropriate emergency WASH programs, with specialist skills in hygiene promotion, public health engineering, or WASH coordination, or (ideally) a combination of these.
  3. Proven experience of gender in emergencies especially gender mainstreaming including rapid gender analysis/gender assessment, implementation of specific Gender equality programming, monitoring and evaluation, and an understanding of gender-based violence in the context of emergencies and WASH.
  4. Excellent representation and negotiation skills with stakeholders including donors, the WASH Cluster, gender specialist networks, the UN and other INGOs.
  5. Demonstrated high level of communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to create and foster collaborative and productive relationships with internal clients and external organisations. Highly desirable language skills: English fluency and preferably a second relevant language (e.g. French, Spanish or Arabic).
  6. Proven leadership ability and personal attributes of a high order including, strong initiative and drive and, a record of innovation and achievement, and influencing skills.
  7. Demonstrated ability to respond effectively to challenges, with the ability to work independently in a geographically dispersed team as well as to work effectively in a small, diverse and busy team environment, occasionally in difficult circumstances with poor living conditions.

What we can offer you

  • Access to generous leave benefits, appropriate insurance and allowances
  • Professional development and training opportunities
  • The opportunity to use your skills to fight poverty with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities

CARE Australia will seek information from a job applicant’s previous employers about incidents of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment, and/or child abuse which the applicant may have been found to have committed or about which an investigation was in progress when the applicant’s employment ended. By submitting the application, the job applicant confirms that s/he has no objection to CARE Australia requesting the information specified above.

CARE Australia is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and encourage applications from people living with a disability and/or have lived experience of disability. We also encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply.

How to apply

Please review the Candidate Information Pack at https://careaustralia.connxcareers.com/Job/Details/157756ff962446a4a1a3aa774f8224c2?isIframe=False and complete the online application form by clicking ‘Apply Now’. Please ensure you attach your CV and cover letter at the bottom of our application form. After submitting your application you will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt.**

Questions about the role?

Please contact Nick Brooks, Emergency WASH Team Leader, on Brooksn@careinternational.org (please do not email applications to this address).

Applications Close: 11:59 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, Thursday 30 September 2021.

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