Jordan, Lebanon, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Middle East - Regional Gender, Social Inclusion & Protection Advisor - Jordan, Lebanon or UK ( National position )

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.

Program / Department Summary

Mercy Corps implements a variety of programming throughout the Middle East in response to the diverse humanitarian and long-term development needs of the region. Mercy Corps has ongoing programs in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine. Mercy Corps is committed to delivering high quality, high impact programming that reaches communities or individuals in need, wherever they are. The Regional Gender Equality and Social Inclusion and Protection Advisor (GESIP) will be part of the regional team based within the Middle East, working closely with our country teams to design and deliver high-impact programming through a strong GESI transformative approach.

General Position Summary

The GESIP regional advisor is an exciting new role for the region and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to further define the role over time. This position will spend 50% of its time providing technical support to specific programs. The remaining 50% of time will be allocated to strategic support, country level capacity strengthening and program development.

The GESIP Advisor will support country and regional teams to develop and advance GESI and Protection by working with regional leadership, country teams, global and regional technical support teams, and partners to: 1) provide remote and in-person technical support to Mercy Corps program teams to conduct GESI and protection analysis, integrate GESI and protection specific approaches into programs, and use data to achieve GESI and protection outcomes; 2) facilitate capacity sharing support and mentorship to country and program level managers and GESI and protection specialists and animate a lively working group to promote cross-learning, resource sharing and collective visioning; 3) Support priority proposal development efforts to embed strong GESI transformative approaches from the outset of program design.

This position will be the regional representative of the global Gender and Social Inclusion technical support team, and will work closely with the global team to ensure that Mercy Corps’ priority approaches and tools are effectively rolled out within the region. The position will be housed within the regional team and reporting to the Deputy Regional Director, supporting our regional and country teams to advance our Middle East regional strategy and ensure that agency GESI strategies, approaches, and standards are applied in action across the diverse Middle East portfolio.

Essential Job Responsibilities


  • Serve as a key technical resource within the region for the agency’s Gender Equality, Diversity and Social Inclusion strategy, including support to key target countries in the region.
  • Facilitate the integration of GESI and protection mainstreaming into regional strategic and annual planning efforts.
  • Support research initiatives which advance the agency’s learning on innovative approaches to GESI and protection work in the region.
  • Support internal and external communication efforts (articles, case studies, conferences and forums) to highlight Mercy Corps’ GESI and protection work in the Middle East.
  • Design indicators and research components on protection and inclusion to build an evidence base for MC’s strategic decision making.


  • Build a Middle East community of practice of regional, country-level, and project based GESI and protection specialists to promote learning and capacity sharing across the region
  • Support equitable and inclusive hiring processes for GESI and protection advisors, program managers on GESI specific programs, and other positions that require significant GESI experience
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach GESI and protection objectives
  • With the global GESI team, participate in training/capacity sharing efforts aimed at strengthening the skills of GESI and protection specialists and champions across the region
  • Design training packages and a roll-out plan for mainstreaming protection across programs.


  • Help teams design and run participatory, inclusive data collection process to understand community needs and priorities and incorporate those needs and priorities into program design
  • Contribute to or advise program design efforts including supporting secondary GESI data review, designing/ co-leading gender analyses, participating in design workshops, providing technical review of logical frameworks and proposal narratives, supporting GESI indicator selection and occasionally drafting portions of proposal documents
  • Provide timely and quality inputs on protection and inclusion for proposals and log-frames in coordination with Program Managers.
  • Identify funding opportunities for new protection and integrated programs.
  • Support recruitment of regional consultants and GESI and protection key personnel for programs
  • Guide country teams to build GESI responsive budgets that reflect GESI commitments at the agency and country-level


  • Provide technical inputs and oversight on the design of protection interventions and mainstreaming within other sectors.
  • Support program teams to roll-out and adhere to GESI integration minimum standards across all programs
  • Support proactive GESI integration and protection mainstreaming into humanitarian response programs
  • Provide technical support, coaching, training and capacity sharing to support high quality GESI equality outcomes within programs, especially during program start-up and kick off
  • Support teams to contextual GESI tools for their country and program contexts
  • Work closely with monitoring, evaluation and learning teams in the region to establish assessment, monitoring and evaluation frameworks to measure and improve upon program quality and impact, specific to GESI integration
  • Conduct program quality field or support visits as required
  • Develop and roll-out indicators to measure and evidence safe, dignified, and inclusive delivery of services for people of different gender, age and special needs.


  • In collaboration with the program quality department, contribute to the set-up and implementation of a lessons learnt system to capture learnings on GESI integration and protection mainstreaming across the region
  • Ensure GESI is integrated across program performance tools, theories of change, indicators, and log frames.
  • Contribute to country-level initiatives such as research agendas and internal learning exercises
  • Track GESI and protection related learning and evidence across the region and help teams use that knowledge to advocate for distinctive GESI approaches and tools.


  • Represent Mercy Corps at relevant GESI and protection regional coordination mechanisms and meetings
  • Cultivate and activate relationships with women’s rights, protection, gender equality, and social inclusion focused civil society organizations across the region for shared learning and potential partnership
  • Support internal and external communication efforts (articles, case studies, conferences and forums) to highlight to Mercy Corps’ GESI work in Middle East
  • Contribute to agency-wide GESI integration efforts and communities of practice as appropriate


  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.


  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Supervisory Responsibility

Consultants, Short-Term assignments, Interns as may be required


Reports Directly to: Middle East Deputy Regional Director with a dotted line to the global Director for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion and the Sr Protection Advisor

Works Directly with: Regional Director, Deputy Regional Director, Regional PAQ lead, Country Directors and Directors of Programs, Program Directors/Managers implementing GESI-focused or multi-sector programs, country GESI leads, country protection leads Regional and Global Technical Support Unit, Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Leads

Knowledge and Experience

  • Master’s degree in International Development, Women’s Studies, Gender or a comparable area of study preferred. Bachelor’s degree with 10 years of experience is also acceptable.
  • 7 years of experience in international development work, with a minimum of 5 years of experience in GESI or protection technical work
  • Experience directly implementing programs is required
  • Substantial background in GESI and development work including experience conducting GESI analyses, capacity sharing/training, gender and inclusion outcomes
  • Experience working in the Middle East is required
  • Strong English writing skills required
  • Strong facilitation skills required
  • Fluency in Arabic is preferred
  • It is expected that this position will travel to Mercy Corps country missions within the Middle East region, including insecure environments, for up to 30% of time. However, travel expectations can be adjusted based on the individual needs of the successful candidate.

Success Factors

The Regional GESIP Advisor will demonstrate experience designing, implementing and advising programs, ensuring their ability to adjust technical theories to meet real world complexities. The Regional GESIP Advisor role requires strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, as well as strong time management skills. Being aware and sensitive to international development issues and diverse cultures is critical.

Ongoing Learning

In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

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