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Economic Recovery and Development Officer for Gender Equality

Sector: Gender    
Location: US - NY -New York    
Employee Type: Regular    
Employee Category: Full Time    


Background/IRC Summary:  The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities which support them, as well as those who remain within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we improve outcomes in the areas of health, safety, economic wellbeing, education and power. Given the disparity faced by women and girls, we specifically seek to narrow inequalities in the outcomes we seek, and to ensure that women and girls achieve equally to men and boys.

The Economic Recovery and Development Unit (ERD) is responsible for providing dynamic, innovative support to IRC’s field offices for their economic and livelihoods programming. This unit provides technical assistance, ensures innovation, promotes best practices, and helps to improve data collection and analysis for economic and livelihoods programming within the organization. The ERD has a lead role in developing resources to address economic recovery issues within a few weeks of a crisis. This ensures that emergency responses are designed with a good understanding of critical market systems, and local economies and livelihoods are supported, not undermined during the emergency phase.

Job Overview/Summary: The Officer for Gender Equality (GE) will be key member of the Economic Recovery and Development (ERD) unit, supporting ERD technical advisors’ efforts to ensure appropriate and quality gender integration. In this role, the GE Officer will be responsible for adapting or developing tools to support gender analysis and GE program design for the economic development sector, and support the ERD unit in applying these methods. The position will work to support the documentation and sharing of best GE practices and tools in ERD to enable GE learning and understanding across country and unit staff. The GE Officer may also be responsible for contributing to special initiatives that advance the economic empowerment of women and girls, including to advocacy and research, and collaboration with other organizations and sectors serving refugees. The GE Officer will dual report to the Senior Director of the GE Team and the Technical Advisor for Gender and Rural Livelihoods in the ERD unit.

Major Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with the ERD Gender TA, GE team and WPE TAs review and modify key processes, practices and tools currently used across the ERD unit and ERD programs to help guide better gender analysis and gender equitable program design.
  • Support the development, roll-out and adaptation of proven and innovative approaches to delivering more gender equitable and accessible programming
  • In collaboration with ERD Gender TA build GE capacity and understanding in the ERD technical unit to ensure adequate knowledge across TU staff on basic GE principles, best practices and appropriate program management.
  • Collaborate with and support existing ERD Technical Advisors to provide timely and adequate technical support to ERD programs, including guidance on gender integration, gender analysis, gender sensitive program/project design, and proposal writing.


  • Assist with the writing and preparation of proposals, research articles and reports or other outputs as needed to guide GE in ERD. 
  • Serve as a hub of gender knowledge for the ERD unit to provide the team with gender technical knowledge and expertise, to monitor new practices and document the results. 
  • In collaboration with ERD M&E Officer continuously review and refine gender M&E indicators as stipulated in IRC's Outcomes and Evidence Framework (OEF) to ensure quality and relevance of IRC global M&E data.
  • Other gender related support as requested. 


Key Working Relationships:

Direct Reporting: Senior Director, Gender Equality Team

Indirect Reporting: Technical Advisor for Gender and Rural Livelihoods, Economic Recovery and Development Technical Unit

Job Requirements: The requirements should establish a baseline (minimum) for educational background, previous work experience, professional knowledge or certification, specific skills and strengths, and any other skill necessary to perform the essential functions of the job.

Education: Undergraduate degree in social sciences with concentration on gender or women’s studies. Background or extensive understanding of economic development, nutrition, food security, agriculture, logistics or related field preferred.

Work Experience: 3-5 years of experience in the humanitarian or development sector with progressive understanding of integrating gender equality outcomes in economic development-related programs.

Field Experience: At least one year field experience in humanitarian settings. Experience working in diverse emergency, recovery post-conflict contexts preferred.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  • Demonstrated expertise in developing gender analysis and program design tools
  • Effectiveness in bridging practical guidance and conceptual frameworks
  • Experience in developing and administering gender trainings, ability to communicate technical expertise and standards, and implement best practice approaches
  • Excellence in research and evaluation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to develop positive relationships with local and remote team members
  • Ability to work independently and with multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams
  • Excellence in oral and written communication skills
  • Able to transfer technical knowledge and skills, and transform attitudes to improve gender equality

Language Skills: Proficiency in both English and French required

Working Environment: Standard office, up to 30.40% travel

IRC leading the way from harm to home. 

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

If you need assistance in the application or hiring process to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time. Please contact Talent Acquisitions at As required by law, the IRC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with a known disability.


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