CARE International entered the Syrian Crises in 2013 and at that time, the organization operated through the North West Hub, supported by the CARE Turkey Office and a handful of implementing partners. Since then, the humanitarian and access context has changed. Care in Turkey North West operations now has eight active partners supporting the cross-border humanitarian effort; one of which is women-led. There is a possibility that humanitarian and protection-focused programming will be reduced or phased out from opposition-controlled areas inside Syria to early recovery and stabilization alternatives under GoS controlled areas in the longer term. In recognition of the differential impact the crisis has on women, men, girls, and boys, CARE have highlighted the continued need for gender mainstreaming, integration and protection programming as key strategic components of CARE’s emergency and recovery interventions.
The role of the gender Advisor
This position will play a leading role in rekindling, energizing and fast-tracking the integration of gender and protection in programming and partnerships, particularly as the cross-border program continues to rapidly expand in North West of Syria.
This position will ensure alignment of these strategies and actions to CARE Gender Frameworks and Policy Commitments: Whole of Syria gender and protection strategy, CARE International Gender policy, CARE MENA Social and Gender Justice Framework 2015 – 2030, CARE Gender Equality Frameworks and Gender Equality and Women’s Voice Guidance Note. CARE’s humanitarian work is guided by the CARE Program Strategy Humanitarian and Emergency Strategy, that strongly reinforces the focus on gender equality in humanitarian preparedness and response. The goal of the Humanitarian Strategy is to: be a leading humanitarian agency known for our particular expertise to consistently reach and empower women and girls affected by humanitarian crises. Protection mainstreaming and standalone activities will be led by the Protection Unit and further guided by the IASC Guidelines on Gender-based Violence (GBV) Interventions in Humanitarian Settings and the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings.
The Gender Advisor will be the primary focal point for ensuring that gender equality objectives are mainstreamed across all operations and that relevant capacity is developed to enable gender-sensitive programming and good practices. S/he will be responsible for contextualizing and subsequently guiding the implementation of the Whole of Syria Gender and Protection Strategy (2018) for CARE in Turkey, specifically targeting the North West Syria region. This position benefits from line management supervision of the Program Quality Manager based in Gaziantep and additional technical support from both Turkey based and Whole of Syria gender and protection advisers.
CARE is planning to contract a gender expert to plan for, conduct and report on the findings of the Gender Analysis in relation to the North West Syria cross-border operating context. This position will oversee the completion of the Gender Analysis and play a pivotal role in ensuring recommendations arising from the Gender Analysis are effectively communicated, understood and implemented by key staff and partners.
This position will support CARE in Turkey North West Syria senior management team and related operations, ensuring that organizational policies, structures, plans, and procedures are aligned to meet Gender and Protection strategic objectives.
This position will support CARE in Turkey take a gender-sensitive approach to its operations in humanitarian response. This will include working with a) grants/sub-grants and Partnership Manager on the selection and assessment and capacity support to partners in line with sub-grant agreements, b) procurement teams to ensure vendors and contractors employ do no harm principles, adhere to CARE PSEA policy, gender-sensitive approaches contextualized for the North West of Syria and other related protection protocols and, c) finance teams to ensure gender-informed budgeting for program activities and support costs.
Program and Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability/Learning
This position will support CARE in Turkey teams take a gender-sensitive approach in its humanitarian response and multi-sector approach inside North West Syria. The scope of work includes taking stock of what needs to be done to more fully apply CARE’s Women’s Empowerment Framework (WEF) throughout the programming cycle (i.e. from the analysis, design, and implementation, to monitoring and reviewing, evaluation and reporting). This scope of work involves guiding key staff and their joint planning/decision making efforts with partners so that gender and disability differences are captured, analyzed and better understood. CARE and implementing partners require timely and reasonably reliable data to understand the extent to which males and females access and benefit from the goods, services, and support provided from multiple donors supported grants. The integration of gender and protection is a direct reflection of the quality and effectiveness of CARE’s planning, programming, and decision-making capacity. While program sectors and MEAL teams have initiated gender and protection mainstreaming, team ownership of delineated responsibilities remains a work-in-progress.
S/he will work directly with partners to develop their performance in gender integration in practical and realistic ways. There is a need to prioritize the integration of gender and disability activities across WASH, Shelter, Rapid Response, Protection, and Food Security and Livelihoods. GiE and disability integration is equally required for teams supporting data management at HQ and field level with finance teams so they understand the cost of delivering humanitarian services to females, people with disability and vulnerable males. Partner field-based volunteers/staff could also benefit from a better understanding of how to prepare for and manage service delivery and provide support with the understanding that males and females (IDPs and host community members) experience the impact of the humanitarian crises in different ways. S/he will monitor the effects of implementing the gender and protection action plan as it relates to the implementing partners.
Advocacy and Research: This will involve communication and positioning of Gender and Disability both internally within CARE in Turkey and externally through supporting research, the dissemination of learning and good practice, and the development of key messages among partners and networks. The Gender Advisor will be expected to support the development and implementation of any advocacy and communications work that may arise.
Job Responsibility #1
Organization-Wide Support (Level of Effort 20% reducing to 15%)
Gender and Protection Strategy (2018)
Job Responsibility #2
Gender and Disability in Emergencies Analysis
Annual Action Plan
Job Responsibility #3
Support to Programs (Level of Effort 20%)
Sector Specific Gender Action Plans (GAPs).
Job Responsibility #4
Partner Capacity development (Level of Effort 20%)
Gender and Protection in Emergencies, Monitoring Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (Level of Effort 20%)
Program Support (Level of Effort 10%)
Coordination, advocacy, and learning (Level of Effort 5-10%)
Coordinate with the Protection Program Manager to prioritize participation of relevant forums/clusters regarding North Syria Protection and Gender work.
Skills, knowledge, and experience
Child Protection Policy
Child abuse in all forms is unacceptable to CARE Turkey, which recognizes its responsibility to protect children from harm in all areas of its work. CARE Turkey is committed to ensuring a child-safe environment and is applying a zero-tolerance approach towards any kind of child abuse and exploitation.
Discrimination, Abuse and Harassment Policy
CARE Turkey expressly prohibits and will not tolerate any form of discrimination, abuse, harassment (sexual or otherwise), based upon race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship status, disability, or military status. CARE employees and related personnel must under no circumstances take part in any form of discrimination, harassment, or abuse (physical, sexual or verbal), intimidation or exploitation, or in any other way infringe the rights of others inside or outside CARE.
Employment is subject to the possession of valid identification documents (passport, residency card, temporary protection card etc.) and successfully obtaining permission to work by the Government of Turkey (work permit). CARE will submit the work permit application on behalf of the selected candidate after the job offer accepted. Candidate can start to work for CARE only after work permit is received. Failure to provide the required documents or rejection of a work permit application by the Government of Turkey will result in your employment offer being rescinded.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates, please send a Curriculum Vitae in English and a Cover letter (in a separate file of no more than one A4 page) describing how your skills and experience match the requirements of this post, following to email
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Applications in languages other than English will not be reviewed.
“Applications are strongly encouraged from female candidates“
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
** CARE International is an Equal Opportunity Employer**