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Inclusion Specialist

New York City

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Poverty Reduction
  • Closing Date:

The IRC and Edge Effect:   

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global leader in providing emergency relief, rehabilitation, post conflict development, human rights protection, resettlement services and advocacy for refugees and others uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. Over the past 17 years, the IRC has pioneered and implemented programs that prevent and respond to violence against women and children, as well as other vulnerable groups in refugee settings and in other conflict-affected contexts. IRC is one of the first humanitarian organisations to bring together specific expertise involved in violence prevention and response (VPR) in conflict affected settings to ensure collaborative and still specialized support to survivors and those at risk of violence. IRC presently implements VPR programs in over 26 countries, to support social and political environments that foster freedom from violence, discrimination, and exclusion for marginalized populations in contexts of crisis.

Edge Effect is a specialist diverse SOGIESC (LGBTIQ+) humanitarian and development organization, dedicated to ensuring that the rights, needs and strengths of people with diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Expression and Sex Characteristics are addressed through humanitarian and development policy and programs. Founded in 2016, Edge Effect provides a range of consulting services in areas including participatory research, training, policy, program design and implementation, and organizational audits. Edge Effect also work with LGBTIQ+ CSOs and other aid sector organizations to directly implement projects.


Building a growing body of evidence including IRC’s reports Cycles of Displacement and several Edge Effect reports including The Only Way Is Upin 2022, the IRC and Edge Effect will launch a flagship technical innovation project ‘TRANSFORM’ to develop mechanisms for humanitarian organizations to systematically embed diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) considerations in conflict and displacement response.  In this three-year BHA-funded project, the IRC and Edge Effect seek to address the systemic reluctance/capacity issues holding back the humanitarian sector in a way that models deep involvement of diverse SOGIESC CSOs and extends diverse SOGEISC inclusion across the humanitarian architecture.  The TRANSFORM project will develop and socializing new approaches to gap analysis, solution generation, partnering and interfacing with community-based response, organizational development, coordination, and standardization in the humanitarian sector and architecture. The IRC and Edge Effect will work in three different types of humanitarian contexts (including El Salvador, a disaster/DRR and an acute emergency context) which will be selected at the start of the project with community-based diverse SOGIESC CSOs (ensuring these approaches address frequent exclusion of those CSOs and conflict-affected people with diverse SOGIESC in humanitarian settings) and other humanitarian stakeholders.

Job Overview / Summary: 

The Inclusion Specialist will manage the ‘TRANSFORM’ initiative of IRC and Edge Effect, being responsible for the implementation of all key objectives and deliverables of this initiative, funded by the Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs, USAID.   


The Inclusion Specialist will be based within the Violence Prevention and Response Unit (VPRU)’s Technical Innovations Team which focuses on the development and testing of innovative programme models and approaches; development of programming tools, guidance, curriculum and other resources; the generation of evidence through research and learning; and evidence-based advocacy to influence policy and practice in the field of violence prevention and response.   The Inclusion Specialist will be based in a sub-team responsible for leading the overall thematic area of Inclusion within VPRU, promoting more inclusive humanitarian programming at the IRC, rooted in a strong analysis of context, power, gender and how intersecting aspects of identity may result in discrimination, oppression and exclusion.

Major Responsibilities:

In collaboration with a core IRC and Edge Effect Project Team, the Inclusion Specialist will be responsible for the implementation of all aspects of the TRANSFORM initiative through September/October 2022 – August/September 2025, including technical, programmatic, financial and administrative responsibilities.  Responsibilities include:

Project Management and Initiative Oversight and Coordination:

o   Manage the TRANSFORM initiative, providing oversight of all programmatic, financial and administrative activities and deliverables. 

o   Actively work with relevant IRC country and headquarters staff and support Edge Effect in delivery of project activities in all three pilot locations, ensuring effective implementation and with particular oversight of activities and deliverables in El Salvador and the acute emergency setting.

o   Track and update a work and spending plan for successful implementation of the Project, in coordination with the Inclusion Advisor, the Senior Technical Advisor – Technical Innovations and nominated Grant Management lead.

o   Support the grant management focal point to produce programmatic donor reports, communications, and participate in meetings/calls as needed to keep the donor apprised of program progress.

o   Manage partnership processes that guide collaboration between IRC, Edge Effect and local partners, and coordinate with  a wide range of project stakeholders, including the project team at IRC and Edge Effect but also with IRC staff from pilot country locations to ensure timely implementation of project deliverables.

Learning and Impact:

o   Document evidence and learning from the TRANSFORM initiative alongside Edge Effect in the three project locations.

o   Collaborate with Edge Effect on the development of all knowledge management aspects (including but not limited to case studies, resource package and training materials) of the TRANSFORM project.

o   Document and share learning internally to support better diverse SOGIESC inclusion in programming – linking to IMPACT Standards Adapt workstream, Gender Equality Diversity and Inclusion Unit Strategic Objectives FY22 and beyond, EHAU Protection in Emergency conversations, coordinating regularly with the Violence Prevention and Response in Emergencies (VPRiE) Specialist.

o   Convene with the support of the Inclusion Advisor, an internal learning exchange / regularized discussion space to link together counterparts across the IRC and share learning from the TRANSFORM initiative (this may include colleagues from VPRU – Country Support Streams, Technical Innovations and the Learning Squad; Gender Equality Diversity and Inclusion Unit (GEDI), Emergency and Humanitarian Action Unit (EHAU) – Humanitarian Access and VPRiE), Program Quality Support Unit (PQSU), the Pride in Programming Network, Airbel Impact Lab and beyond).

Dissemination and External Representation:

o   Collaborate with Edge Effect to establish the project’s advisory group and ensure ongoing coordination between the advisory group and all project team members.

o   Work with Edge Effect to develop and manage a Community of Practice (CoP) and support stakeholders within this space to contribute to and support key project resources and learnings. 

o   Package and disseminate the growing evidence base, learning, and good practices around diverse SOGIESC inclusion on relevant internal (Kaya Connect,; RescueNet) and with Edge Effect on external platforms (42 Degrees; GPC Website).

o   Ensure dissemination, through the CoP and the project’s Advisory Group of key project resources and learnings.

o   Lead IRC’s external representation for the project, including ensuring continued coordination and collaboration with external stakeholders within the relevant global humanitarian architecture and also representative organisations and local and national partners.

Key Working Relationships

·       Position reports to: Inclusion Advisor – Technical Innovations, Violence Prevention and Response Unit (VPRU)

·       Position directly supervises: N/A

·       Regular internal (IRC) contact with: Fellow members of the Technical Innovations Team including the STA for Technical Innovations, IRC country program staff in selected pilot countries; PRoL, WPE, CP Technical Advisors for focal countries; MEL Advisor; VPRU Operations Team; Program Quality Support Unit, Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (GEDI) Team.

·       Regular external contact with: Edge Effect, Global and country-level Protection and Inclusion fora

Personal Specification:

Skills and Experience:

·       Previous experience within the humanitarian sector, ideally related to the inclusion of marginalized groups, in particular people of diverse SOGIESC.

·       Strong understanding of the existing external policy and practice landscape around inclusion including humanitarian architecture structures for representation at an Inter-Agency level.

·       Experience of implementing projects in diverse humanitarian settings / contexts and at both the field and global level and coordinating multi-country, and multi-stakeholder initiatives.

·       Proven experience of knowledge management and development of diverse learning products

·       Excellent communication -written and oral presentation skills and experience representing an organization and building strong relationships at the local, national, and international levels.

·       Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect or diversity.

Job Qualifications:

·       Education: A relevant combination of academic qualifications and extensive experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

·       Language: For this position, fluent oral and written English is essential. Additional Spanish language skills preferred due to operating context of El Salvador.

·       Ability to manage a complex and varied workload, work under pressure, and travel to insecure environments;

·       Excellent IT skills (i.e. Word, Outlook, Excel).

Working Environment

·       Some international travel as needed up to 25% - when deployed, will stay in IRC and/or Edge Effect approved accommodation which may include shared guesthouses.

·       If home based: This role can be based remotely, with candidates working remotely full or part time (i.e., telecommuting). Applicants must have a home or alternate workspace they can effectively complete their work during regularly scheduled work hours. Home-work location must be in state and/or country where IRC is a registered employer.

·       This position is required to have a flexible work-day hours to accommodate varying time zones to complete required tasks and coordination functions.

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

-           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. People of diverse SOGIESC (LGBTIQ+) are encouraged to apply. 

This project is made possible with the generous support of the American People

We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits.  In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US holidays, 20-25 paid time off days (depending on role and tenure), medical insurance starting at $145 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare, childcare, and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus a 3-7% base IRC contribution (3 year vesting), disability & life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of crisis and mental health struggles.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires new hires to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for any in-office or hybrid positions.  All IRC US offices require full vaccination to attend any in-office functions (e.g., meetings, trainings). 


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