Gender Equality Diversity and Inclusion, Regional Director, MENA

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN)



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.

In the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region (Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Syria and Yemen) IRC responds to acute and longer-term needs with integrated programs that improve health and safety, prioritize children’s education, foster economic well-being, and empower communities to regain control over their lives.


The Gender, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (GEDI) Unit is a strategic unit and organizational change lever responsible for developing a GEDI vision and strategy for the IRC, and empowering IRC departments to deliver on the DEI Strategy and the GEDI Action Plan. The Unit establish IRC’s approach to GEDI, building on the advances we made toward gender equality to strengthen our people, program quality, and influence foundations through a GEDI lens and achieve our GEDI ambitions in key functional areas.


As the Gender Equality Diversity and Inclusion (GEDI) Regional Director, you will lead transformational activities and inspire change across the region by challenging existing practices, creating space for bottom-up learning and influence. Working with countries you will build and implement a regional GEDI strategy and action plan by contextualizing IRC’s Global GEDI action plan and aligning it to IRC’s feminist aspirations. The position is a dynamic and engaging opportunity to make a substantive impact on advancing GEDI at a global humanitarian organization!


Regional Strategy and Action Plan

  • Develop and drive the implementation of the regional GEDI Action Plan in collaboration with regional and country-leadership and functional partner this include:
    • Identify representation and gender equality and inclusion gaps for the region and develop timely goals and initiatives to address them.
    • Identify Country and regional programmatic direction to strengthen transformative programming and client responsiveness from a GEDI perspective.
    • Developing and implementing a monitoring and evaluation/accountability framework to measure progress against targets set out in the regional action plan.
    • Developing and managing the regional GEDI Action Plan budget, drawing on global, regional and GEDI funds.

Staff Engagement and support to employee groups

  • Mobilize and resource Employee Groups and community of practice as agents of change in the cultural transformation required for an inclusive, enabling work environment.
  • Engage with peers to coordinate and share learning across the 6 Regional GEDI Working Groups.

Technical support and guidance to leadership

  • Provide thought leadership and providing direction on GEDI matters providing technical knowledge and expertise, to monitor new practices, and document progress.
  • Advise on GEDI integration into country-level strategy frameworks
  • Work with Technical Adviser to ensure GEDI Integration into program development opportunities and implementation using IRC program quality frameworks.
  • Lead GEDI analyses where and when needed to feed into improved outcome for women and girls and marginalized communities, .
  • Work Human Resource, Safety and Security, Safeguarding partners to address context-specific GEDI gaps and challenges.


Direct Reporting: Chief GEDI officer and Regional Vice President – management in partnership.


Education: Graduate degree or years in additional work experience

Work Experience: 6+ years of related experience that includes:

  • Direct experience leading and influencing organizational partners to embrace and adopt gender equality diversity, and inclusion processes as core to all programs and activities.
  • Experience leading and supporting change management to embed an inclusive work culture.
  • At least 2 years in the humanitarian and/or international development sector.
  • At least 2 years of experience in one or more countries in the Middle East and North Africa context (Lybia, Tunisia, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen )
  • Experience in crafting and implementing regional and sub regional strategies according to organizational priorities, taking into account a variety of country contexts

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies

  • Deep commitment to and knowledge of strategies to advance diversity, equality, and inclusion; proven experience in incorporating feminist and gender perspectives and ensuring equal participation in the workplace.
  • Understanding of how power dynamics affect organizations and the ability to amplify the voices of individuals from under-represented groups.
  • Ability to engage, inspire to action, and influence people outside of direct reporting lines.
  • Strong, concise, and compelling written communication skills and excellent public speaking skills. Excellent spoken and written English.
  • Receptive and collaborative approach that contributes to a positive team environment; builds and maintains strong relationships with people from all backgrounds, genders, cultures, and viewpoints.


  • Combination of standard office working environment and working remotely
  • Some travel as needed up to 50%

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability, and Equality. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Respect in the Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

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