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GenCap seeks Senior Humanitarian Gender Capacity Advisers - GenCap

Oslo (Norway)

The Gender Standby Capacity Project (GenCap) – an IASC initiative created in 2007 between UNOCHA and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) – seeks to facilitate and strengthen capacity and leadership of humanitarians to undertake and promote gender equality programming to ensure the distinct needs of women, girls, boys and men of all ages, are taken into account in humanitarian action at global, regional, and country levels.

Gender Advisers are deployed to support the Humanitarian Coordinator, Humanitarian Country Teams, UN agencies, cluster leads, NGO`s and governments.
GenCap Advisers can be deployed in the initial stages of sudden-onset emergencies as well as for protracted or recurring humanitarian situations.

Successful applicants will become members of the GenCap standby roster. You will then be contracted on a deployment specific basis to a country operation, according to need. The length of each deployment is generally six months. Demand for GenCap expertise is high in French-speaking Africa with increasing demand also in the Middle East and Latin America, therefore applicants with French; Arabic and Spanish language skills are particularly encouraged to apply.

GenCap Advisers are inter-agency staff following mission specific Terms of Reference approved by the inter-agency Steering Committee of the project. Advisers are employees of the NRC while deployed, but perform their duties under the authority of the HC and / or the hosting UN agency. During deployment GenCap Advisers are regarded as Experts on Mission or “Type II Gratis Personnel.”
For more information on the GenCap project go to

Job description

  • The primary responsibilities of GenCap Advisers are to facilitate, coordinate and advocate for gender mainstreaming throughout all humanitarian operations. You will be asked to provide technical leadership and support on gender-equality humanitarian programming, working in close collaboration with humanitarian country teams, sectors/clusters, UN agencies, governments, NGOs and civil society and:

  • Provide expertise and facilitate advisory services to the humanitarian leadership on gender mainstreaming and gender equality measures.
  • Enable clusters/sectors to take gender dimensions into account in overall humanitarian response needs as well as strategic planning, implementation and monitoring of humanitarian action
  • Facilitate the integration of a gender analysis in the overall strategic planning and programming of the humanitarian community, including in funding mechanisms
  • Strengthen the capacity of Humanitarian/Resident Coordinators, clusters/sectors, governments, UN agencies, international and local NGOS on gender-equality humanitarian action.


  • 10 years of relevant humanitarian experience, including operational field experience in an inter-agency setting
  • Extensive knowledge of gender-equality humanitarian programming
  • Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, Humanitarian Affairs, Human Rights Law, International Studies/Relations, or a related field. A combination of a first-level university degree with qualifying relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree
  • Experience in capacity building and coordination
  • Demonstrable understanding of the UN inter-agency mechanism, UN agencies’ mandates, and the main humanitarian frameworks and tools
  • Proven ability to negotiate and strategically influence change with a wide range of stakeholders (including at senior level) through team/coalition building and advocacy
  • Excellent analytical, strategic planning, oral and written communication skills
  • Fluency in English is required. Working proficiency in French, Arabic or Spanish is considered strong and desirable asset

Personal qualities

  • Ability to work in diverse multi-cultural settings with sensitivity to the local context
  • Ability to work in and guide a variety of teams
  • Ability to quickly adapt to new settings and dynamics
  • Ability to identify innovative and practical ways of influencing and building the capacity of a variety of humanitarian stakeholders
  • Ability to make gender equality programming practical, and work strategically with a wide range of humanitarian actors, including at senior level and in an inter-agency capacity
  • Ability to work independently and seeking variety and flexibility within their field of work.
  • Ability to provide senior level expertise on gender mainstreaming in humanitarian action and promote gender equality in humanitarian programming.

  • The project strives to have a gender balanced team of experts and men are actively encouraged to apply.

We offer

  • An opportunity to influence positive change in humanitarian action
  • Flexible and attractive contracts offering annual workshops/training and personal follow up
  • Medical/health insurance
  • Travel: Some travel may be required in-country or region
  • Duration of assignment: typically six months, with the potential for extension
  • All duty station are designated as "non-family".

  • Application procedures and CV registration: Please submit your full application in English. Please enter the geographical location for all your previous positions when registering your CV. Whilst there is no specific field for this information in our CV form, please include it in the "Company name" field.
  • NRC reserves the right to conduct a full background check on shortlisted candidates
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Oslo (Norway)
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Humanitarian Affairs
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Emergency Aid
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2017-05-21

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