Inclusion and Gender Advisor

Organization: Catholic Agency for Overseas Development
Closing date: 18 Jul 2021

Starting Salary: £39,396 - £40,745 pa (Please note that the stated salary includes London Weighting allowance).

Contract: Permanent

Location: flexible with potential for remote working.

As a global organisation we are open to considering applications from candidates in a variety of locations. Terms and conditions will depend on country registration and right to work status of the successful applicant. Some international travel will be required.

Job Profile:

The post holder will provide strategic leadership on inclusion and gender justice within CAFOD programmes and be responsible for the operationalisation of CAFODs programme quality framework. CAFOD has already pioneered the development of a Safety, Access, Dignity and Inclusion (SADI) programming framework – which is an approach that can be applied to any type of programme to ensure safety of programme participants, that different groups can access and participate in programmes, and that their inherent dignity is respected in all interactions. The SADI framework integrates sectoral good practice on gender, inclusion of older people, people with disabilities, protection and accountability. The postholder will work together with other technical leads to ensure that any additional commitments outlined in Our Common Home- CAFOD’s ten year strategy (including environment, gender justice and women’s empowerment) are embedded within this framework.

This post sits within the Programme Quality and Partner support team and reports directly to the Head of Programme Quality and Partner Support. Overall, the postholder will be responsible for promoting SADI programming, rooted in a strong analysis of context, power, gender and how intersecting aspects of identity may result in discrimination, oppression and exclusion. The role has a global remit and will have a direct linkage to International Programme Teams as well as work with other technical leads in CAFOD’s Programme Quality & Partner Support Team, and the Safeguarding Team in engaging and supporting CAFOD’s international programmes.

Key Responsibilities

Development and operationalisation of CAFOD’s programme quality framework (40%)

  • Provide strategic leadership on inclusion and gender justice within CAFOD programmes and be responsible for the operationalisation of CAFODs programme quality framework– building on the success of SADI framework, which includes guidance on key cross-cutting issues in our work (such as inclusion, gender justice, environment, local leadership).
  • Building on CAFOD’s strategy, Our Common Home, lead on the integration of gender justice into CAFOD’s programming and ways of working, including capacity strengthening for staff and partners.
  • Provide and/or coordinate technical advice and support to international programme teams and partners on inclusion and gender justice through training, 1-2-1 mentoring of specialized staff, and direct inputs into programmes throughout the programme cycle
  • Using the SADI/programme quality framework to identify capacity and performance gaps, the postholder will help ensure all programmes have the capacity and support required to deliver high quality programmes. S/he will identify training and support needs, plan and prepare training workshops and facilitate participatory training sessions adapted to a range of learning needs and styles – with a focus on strengthening staff and partner capacity to strengthen attention to gender and inclusion
  • To support the development of guidelines, resources and tools for staff and partners on SADI/programme quality framework

Programme development (30%)

  • Lead on providing technical advice to core programme development and contribute toward building a portfolio of programmes aligned with SADI/programme quality framework
  • Support programme teams to conduct gender and protection analysis to inform programme design
  • Provide technical advice and support as needed at design/development stage to ensure any new projects or programmes mainstream protection, are age and disability inclusive, and gender sensitive at a minimum, in line with CAFOD’s programme quality framework
  • Support in the development of sound Theories of Change and selection of appropriate evaluation strategies and indicators.
  • Working together with the Programme Quality Lead
  • Ensure that programme design is informed by best practice and learning from CAFOD’s programmes and the wider sector
  • Support in evaluating the implementation of safe, accessible, dignified and inclusive policies and strategies at a programme level, monitor SADI indicators, carry out programme specific reflections during the annual review process and support the development of action plans based on the findings.

Knowledge management and learning (20%)

  • Build a knowledge base of learning and evidence around good quality programming (including gender justice, inclusion, women’s empowerment) that can be shared (internally and externally) and applied to future programmes and interventions.
  • Responsible to ensure that the international programmes deliver on the KPIs related to inclusion, gender justice and women’s empowerment
  • Support relevant teams and partners in harvesting learning, good practices and documenting case studies and other learning products.
  • Co-ordinate the dissemination of learning across CAFOD’s programmes through various channels, in particular through a Community of Practice on Inclusion and Gender that promotes shared learning and knowledge management
  • Working with Programme Quality Lead to identify and introduces new elements (systems, tools, processes) required to support the monitoring and learning of SADI/programme quality framework

External representation and networking (10%)

  • To coordinate CAFOD representation in relevant external networks and fora, including the interagency group on Protection Mainstreaming and CI working Group on Accountability, Protection mainstreaming and Real Time Evaluations, Enhanced Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA) on Inclusion, UK Gender and Development Network, CIDSE Gender Equality Group and other local/regional gender networks
  • To identify opportunities and establish links with peer agencies (including sister agencies) and research organisations to support learning on SADI programming and gender justice/women’s empowerment
  • Keep up to date with and share key trends, debates and good programme practice in relation to gender justice, inclusion and good programming
  • Forge links with academia and specialist agencies working on the rights of people with disability and older people and identify opportunities for new partnerships

This list of duties and responsibilities is by no means exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake other relevant and appropriate duties as required. This job description is subject to regular review and appropriate modification.

Safeguarding for Children and Vulnerable Adults

CAFOD recognises the personal dignity and rights of children and vulnerable adults, towards whom it has a special responsibility and a duty of care and respect. CAFOD, and all its staff and volunteers, undertake to do all in our power to create a safe environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults and to prevent their physical, sexual or emotional abuse. CAFOD is committed to acting at all times in the best interests of children and vulnerable adults, seeing these interests as paramount. Any candidate offered a job with CAFOD will be expected to adhere to CAFOD’s Safeguarding policy and sign CAFOD’s Code of Behaviour as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents. This post involves contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults, or has responsibility for people who will do, and applicants will be subject to specific checks related to safeguarding issues. If based in the UK the post holder is required to present or obtain a Disclosure from the DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service). If the post is based outside the UK the post holder will be subject to a different checking process.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references, and appropriate screening checks can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. CAFOD also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of, and consent to, these recruitment procedures.

Person Specification/ Essential Criteria

Understanding our context

  • Actively supports CAFOD’s vision, mission and values and what we aim to achieve
  • Understanding Catholic identity; Shows an understanding of the Catholic Church and is able to work effectively with it, Knowledge of the structures and ways of working of the Catholic Church, internationally, especially of those for co-ordination of development and relief work.
  • Commitment to and demonstrated experience of working with humanitarian standards and best practice (Humanitarian Charter, SPHERE and CHS, Humanitarian Inclusion Standards, Red Cross and Red Crescent Code of Conduct)

Working together

  • Proven ability to work strategically with staff in head office, country offices and partners
  • Proven successes in working with community based organisations and local partners in the delivery of humanitarian and development programmes;

Making change happen

  • Proven experience of successfully delivering emergency programmes overseas or in different humanitarian contexts; will tackle conflicts or problems in a balanced way
  • Taking the lead in identifying effective approaches, developing or adapting resources, linking people and supporting programme staff to mainstream protection and be accountable to the people we serve.

Job Specific Competencies

Technical skills and experience:

  • Master’s Degree (or equivalent experience) in social work, international development, gender or disability studies or related humanities field
  • Proven experience of supporting integration of gender, disability and inclusion of older people and other vulnerable groups in humanitarian or development programmes across a range of sectoral areas (WASH, food security & livelihoods, etc.)
  • Substantial knowledge of and work experience relating to gender justice issues including gender analysis, gender mainstreaming and promotion of gender equity and women’s empowerment.
  • Well-developed understanding of protection mainstreaming with a robust understanding around needs and concerns of older people and persons with disabilities
  • Knowledge and experience of programme cycle management, monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning
  • A proven track record in designing and delivering effective and engaging training workshops and excellent facilitation and presentation skills, including experience of designing and delivering training for teams with different specialisms and levels of knowledge.

Leadership and Coordination:

  • High-level interpersonal and communications with the ability to effectively influence and liaise with key stakeholders on behalf of and in line with CAFOD’s principles.
  • Ability to quickly establish and maintain effective relationships to achieve results in short timeframes
  • The ability to work autonomously, be proactive and proven ability to work creatively, innovatively and effectively to make decisions with limited direct supervision.
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Ability to support people to change by persuading them of the need for change, the pathway to change and the benefits, recognising their successes and challenges and providing practical steps and easy to use tools.

Operating safely in a pressured and changing environment:

  • Proven experience in implementing security policy/protocols and ability to provide appropriate direction and support to team members in the event of a critical incident
  • Demonstrated ability at being flexible and adaptable to changing situations.
  • The ability to remain calm while dealing with conflicting priorities and working under pressure.


  • Fluent in written and spoken English and at least one second language (preferably French, Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic)
  • Highly organised with the ability to manage multiple tasks and implementing systems and procedures
  • Ability to undertake significant international travel up to 12 weeks per annum (subject to travel permissions)

Interview Date: Thursday, 22nd July 2021

Please click here for a full list of CAFOD’s Staff Benefits

Come and join us and help make a real difference in the lives of the world’s poorest communities.

CAFOD is an equal opportunities employer. Recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

How to apply:

Please click on the link below to apply for the role
CAFOD Careers (

Apply to Job

Related Job Vacancies

Secretary - ASN Trustee Board

Consultancy - Reviewing Palestine international law policy brief

Senior Inter-Agency Coordination Officer, P4, Dakar

Somalia - Program Administrator

Communication Manager Permanent Contract– Paris