Job Information
Senior Gender Officer NGO Information
NGO Name Mercy Corps
Contact Name Yasmeen Ghazi
Contact Email
Job Information
Contract Duration
Governorate Al Anbar
Job Shift
Nationality National
Working Hours Full Time
Posted 2022-11-24
Minimum Education Bachelor Degree
Degree Title
Minimum Experience 3 Year
Required Travel
Job Status
No Of Jobs 1
Published Date 2022-11-24
Deadline Date 2022-12-08
[Ramadi,Iraq ]

Senior Gender Officer

Position Description

Location Anbar, Iraq

Position Status Full-time, Regular

Salary Level: 5

Current Team Member N/A


About 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. Now, and for the future.

Mercy Corps works in places of transition, where conflict, disaster, political upheaval, or economic collapse present opportunities to build more secure, productive, and just communities. Providing emergency relief in times of crisis, we move quickly to help communities recover and build resilience to future shocks, and promote sustainable change by supporting community-led and market-driven initiatives. Recognizing both the great potential and the complex challenges faced by the Middle East, since 1989 Mercy Corps has been implementing a range of humanitarian assistance and development programs tailored to the specific needs of the region and of those communities where we work.

Program / Department Summary

Mercy Corps has worked across Iraq’s 18 governorates since 2003, providing support to more than 5 million people affected by war, violence, and displacement. Mercy Corps Iraq focuses on (1) a relief-to-resilience pathway to meet the needs of conflict-affected communities leveraging agency expertise in conflict management and civil society development (2) a humanitarian response that empowers conflict-affected populations to meet their own needs (3) partnering with conflict-affected adolescents to address their diverse needs, promoting leadership and linkages with civil society, as well as access to education, psychosocial support, and economic opportunities; and (4) promoting reconciliation and foster trust across community divisions by strengthening conflict management and prevention mechanisms and enhancing social cohesion.

The PaQ (Program Performance and Quality) Unit that the Senior Gender Officer will join, is to support effective, efficient, and equitable program performance through a culture of quality management to achieve results for those that matter most —our program participants. PaQ is organized around three primary categories: (1) Standards—tools that support the implementation and quality assurance of the Program Management Policy; (2) Service—support for complex program management, leadership continuity, and Communities of Practice; and (3) Evidence.

The Senior Gender Officer will work with The Hiwar programme,  which  will support the sustainability of the previous Hiwar program by building the capacity of government entities, CSO representatives,  provide ToT training on conflict management, social cohesion and community engagement. As well as strengthening the operationalization of the government’s existing Community Complaints Committee and enhancing utilization by all demographics. The Hiwar program will focus its approach on building the capacity of local administrative structures to engage in structured dialogues, set up citizen participation dialogues, and enable local administrative structures to better meet the needs and concerns of their citizens, including women and other marginalized demographics. We will also continue to strengthen the advocacy of community members and facilitate activities to increase vertical social cohesion. Following joint dialogues and training sessions, the programme will then support community members and government actors to work collaboratively to design and implement three to six basic service infrastructure projects in Anbar, in line with existing local development plans.


General Position Summary

The Senior Gender Officer will play a senior role in Mercy Corps Iraq’s PaQ Department, while working closely with the Hiwar Program team. S/he will oversee the gender and Inclusion related aspects of the project, provide technical expertise and ensure gender sensitive strategies are mainstreamed throughout the life of the project, providing technical guidance to the implementation team and encouraging adaptive management.

S/he will support coordinating workshops and trainings with the government and local communities to discuss inclusive and  gender-responsive processes. S/he will support the project team to Engage CSOs, women, men, young women, and young men community leaders, and stakeholders to engage in gender equality and social inclusion trainings and ToTs. S/he may lead consultations with government agencies, humanitarian actors, and community members to identify gender and social inclusion priorities and risks and—in collaboration with the Program team— develop training materials to ensure gender-sensitivity in the responses of various actors.

The Senior Gender Officer will support in the drafting of gender-specific sections of donor report and other internal/external written deliverables (in English). S/he will also participate in report review processes to ensure gender mainstreaming interventions are accurately captured and reflected.

With technical support and guidance from the Country Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Advisor, the  Senior Gender Officer will facilitate internal and external orientations and trainings to ensure team members, partners, and other key stakeholders are sensitized to Mercy Corps GESI minimum standards strategies, understand gender-responsive implementation and GBV risks and mitigation.



Essential Job Responsibilities



  • Work closely with Country GESI Advisor in providing feedback, training and technical support to project team members on gender integration and mainstreaming across all aspects of the project.
  • Support the program team and Country GESI Advisor in ensuring program’s compliance with Mercy Corps’ GESI Minimum Standards.
  • Liaise and coordinate with in-country/Anbar Citizens’ Complaints Committees with support of program teams, and lead on gender equality and social inclusion trainings.
  • Provide daily support and guidance to project team members and partner organizations, in addition to regular follow ups and field visits ensuring gender mainstreaming and integration.
  • Support the design, organization, planning, and execution of various events, trainings, and workshops to promote learning and collaboration across Mercy Corps Iraq.
  • Participate in design and implementation of studies, assessments, and learning in coordination and cooperation with programs’ staff and project partners.
  • Participate in program team meetings to share experience and contribute to the knowledge of others in the team.
  • Work in close collaboration with the MEL teams to ensure assessment tools and processes capture gender mainstreaming effectiveness, sex and age disaggregated data (SADD) in compliance with MEL/GESI Minimum Standards, and are sensitive and appropriate for engagement.
  • Collaborate with Mercy Corps Community Accountability Reporting Mechanism (CARM) Team to ensure that visibility and sensitization activities are gender-responsive and inclusive.
  • Work closely with the Program Team and PaQ Team (GESI, CARM, MEL) to ensure systems are established to capture key learnings on gender integration and GBV sensitivity throughout the life of the program.


Supervisory Responsibility



Reports Directly To: Country GESI Advisor

Works Directly With: Hiwar Program Team, PaQ Team (MEL, CARM, GESI), Safeguarding Advisor, Training Consultants and Service Contractors.

Qualifications & Preferred Skills

     Knowledge and Experience

  • BA/S or equivalent in Social Sciences, Gender studies, social development, Sociology, Psychology, Social work,or a related field required; coursework gender and GBV-related issues is preferred.
  • At least three years of active gender and inclusion work experience in protection, humanitarian and developmental programming required, understanding of complex programs required; ideal candidate will have both theoretical and practical background in gender-related programming.
  • Experience with international donors, specifically Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is an advantage.
  • Strong analytical, multi-tasking, organizational and prioritization skills are required.
  • Demonstrated attention to details, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines, prioritize activities and work independently and cooperatively with team members are required.
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and overall communication skills are required.
  • Advanced fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic is required, Kurdish is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to represent the organization and negotiate and defend Mercy Corps’ interests with a diverse range of stakeholders professionally and appropriately.
  • Candidate must be willing to travel and work in difficult conditions, specifically in and around Anbar, and surrounding areas.
  • Computer proficiency, specifically with MS Office software (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), required.


Success Factors 

The successful Senior Gender Officer will show flexibility, and a willingness to test, adapt, and improve. S/he will seek to produce information and learning that is gender sensitive and  genuinely useful for the program staff in informing their strategic and operational decisions. S/he will see the value in quantitative data, but will also be enthusiastic about conducting qualitative research in order to attain greater meaning.  S/he will have the ability to learn quickly, take initiative, and be accountable for results. S/he will have the ability to understand the larger picture while remaining focused on the details. S/he must be committed to working with vulnerable groups regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or gender.

Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. 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.

Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision. Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment.

Organizational Learning

As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.


Accountability to Participants

Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.


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.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct eLearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

How To Apply



Successful candidates should meet the education and experience requirements in the position descriptions

for the vacant positions. S/he must be self- motivated, creative, tolerant, and able to work in challenging,

stressful environments and follow Mercy Corps procedures. S/he must respect diversity and gender equality

at the workplace. Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability and

transparency to its beneficiaries and to international standards guiding relief and development work.

Interested candidates should submit their CVs, references, and application letter to the email address:  Any Resume will be sent without mentioning the job applied for in the

subject line will not be considered. Submission should include a copy of Iraqi national ID card and

education certificates.

For full position description for the noted posts please visit NCCI website.


ALL APPLICATIONS/ CVs SHOULD BE RECEIVED BY December 8th  , 2022 at 16:00.


Mercy Corps will review CV’s and applications on a rolling basis (i.e., as applications are submitted).

Potential Candidates for the post will be contacted for an interview and processed according to Mercy

Corps Human Resources policies and procedures. As soon as qualified candidates are identified the

positions will be closed automatically. Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for

potential interview. Any documents submitted will remain with Mercy Corps and will not be returned to


Female Candidates are encouraged to apply for this position. 

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives,

and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global Impact.

Mercy Corps Iraq offers a variety of arrangements that enable women to excel in their careers. Mercy

Corps Iraq ensures a safe and inclusive working environment for women and men through field security

training and measures to provide secure working arrangements on-site and in the office.

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