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GEDI Director

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location:
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:

Job Overview/Summary:

As the Gender Equality Diversity and Inclusion Director (GEDI) for Resettlement, Asylum, and Integration (RAI), you will lead our departmental efforts across America and Europe to define, refine, and deliver on a comprehensive and coordinated plan to enhance our workplace.  Fostering an inclusive environment within RAI, you will ensure diversity, equality, and inclusion are central to all we do. The RAI GEDI Director will develop and execute strategic initiatives, programs, and processes in support of the global Diversity and Inclusion program.  The GEDI Director will also provide hands-on leadership and mentorship to implement GEDI initiatives within RAI by building on the strong foundation established by our Gender Equality (GE) and RAI GEDI team. In this groundbreaking and exciting new role, you will reference our existing framework while incorporating new and innovative approaches.

Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President for RAI with an indirect reporting line to the IRC’s Chief GEDI Officer, the position will drive the GEDI workstream within RAI to promote DEI among staff and within offices at all levels. The Director will also intentionally align RAI’s GEDI initiatives to center our staff and clients while achieving organizational GEDI goals. The position requires someone who thrives in a fast-paced, highly driven environment and possesses a strong understanding of the issues surrounding GEDI. The ideal candidate will excel on teams with varied strengths within RAI at HQ, Program Offices across the US, and Europe, and with other units and departments at the IRC to implement and deliver results in our GEDI initiatives.

Major Responsibilities:

Program Leadership and Management (20%)

·       Redesign and manage the GEDI workstreams within RAI to achieve GEDI goals, including developing annual GEDI action plans, providing both direct and indirect management, and leading the development and implementation of new tools, policies, and processes.

·       Develops and executes a comprehensive Diversity and Inclusion strategic plan focused on achieving and retaining higher levels of diversity representation, developing leaders who will create an inclusive, diverse, and engaged culture, and co-creating an equitable talent management structure, processes, systems, and tools.

·       Build and craft short-term priorities layered within multi-year plans, secure financial budgets, and implement effective change management strategies across RAI in the US and Europe.

·       Take the leadership role in RAI to ensure the success of the team of DEI Program Officers to partner across the RAI network, and to deliver against global goals that ensure a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working environment.

·       Analyze and address barriers to progress, and actively represent the needs of RAI to the IRC Chief Diversity Officer.  Work across the global function to ensure support, understanding, and harmony with the global agenda and RAI’s needs.

Technical Expertise and Information Management (70%)

·       Develops and builds programs that create a common language around Diversity and Inclusion and facilitate dialogue amongst the employee population.

·       Collaborate with partners and experts to manage departmental GEDI monitoring and evaluation while planning and promoting innovations that drive GEDI progress.

·       Influence organizational activities and build effective partnerships to facilitate awareness, acceptance, and shared leadership accountability for DEI initiatives.

·       Collaborate with the Research & Innovation unit to develop new or revise existing evidence reviews, advise on new research strategies, and maintain up-to-date knowledge about available evidence and interventions.

Communication and Engagement (10%)

·       Create and implements communications strategies and content management for training, campaigns, and web resources to support Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives on various platforms.

·       Develop and manage GEDI communication plan to effectively disseminate information to RAI leadership, staff, and other partners in a timely manner.

·       Convene and facilitate quarterly workshops and conversations that promote GEDI by exchanging knowledge, experiences, and learning opportunities.

·       Support existing Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and the creation of new ERGs to foster positive relationships within the department

Key Working Relationships:

Direct Reporting: RAI Senior Vice President

Indirect/Dotted Reporting: Chief GEDI Officer

Partnership with: RAI GEDI Team, S100 leads, RAI Executive Leadership Team, and IRC GEDI Unit team

Job Requirements:


Graduate degree required in relevant field, or equivalent work experience

Work Experience:

10+ years of related experience that includes:

·       Proven track record leading and inspiring organizational partners to accept and adopt intersectional processes as the core of programming approaches and activities.

·       Experience in crafting and implementing tools and frameworks to support gender, power, and inclusion analysis and program design and delivery framework (planning methodologies, templates, tools, and processes).

·       5+ years of field experience in humanitarian or development settings desired.

·       Experience building communities of practice that cultivate a growth mindset.

·       Candidate with lived experience desirable.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

·       Deep dedication to and knowledge of long-term and balanced strategies that adopt an intersectional lens to proactively understand and work on redefining and improving power structures, norms, and relations that perpetuate systemic inequalities, oppression, and privileges in the different contexts where we operate.

·       Demonstrable understanding of how power dynamics and legacy of colonialism in the humanitarian sector affect organizations and the ability to improve power for communities in our operating and service delivery models.

·       Effectiveness in bridging practical guidance and conceptual frameworks with strong design skills related to programming tools and information

·       Efficiency in developing and coordinating training and implementing proven approaches

·       Effective in communicating organizational missions, values, and strategies with members of a sophisticated organization at multiple levels.

·       Cultural sensitivity and ethical decision-making within a range of global contexts with varying needs

·       Ability to work independently and with multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams.

·       Excellent verbal and written communication skills (i.e. day-to-day discussions, team meetings, presentations, written status updates, etc.)

·       Strong level of comfort with MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

Language Skills:

·       Excellent spoken and written English

Working Environment -

·       Combination of standard office working environment and working remotely (i.e., telecommuting). Some travel as needed up to 25% of the time.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. 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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