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Are you an experienced humanitarian professional who considers gender as critical to the quality of humanitarian response?

Do you have the proven ability to make gender practical, and work strategically with a wide range of actors, including at senior level?

Are you seeking new challenges in the field?

Then the GenCap Standby Capacity roster could be for you.

GenCap offers:

  • An opportunity to influence positive change in humanitarian action
  • Work in a variety of humanitarian operations in an inter-agency capacity
  • Flexible and attractive contracts offering annual workshops/training and personal follow up

The primary responsibilities of a Gender Capacity Adviser 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-sensitive humanitarian programming, working in close collaboration with humanitarian country teams, sectors/clusters, UN agencies, governments, NGOs and civil society.

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 6 months.

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 UN agency hosting them. During deployment they will be regarded as Experts on Mission or “Type II Gratis Personnel.”

Job description:

  • Enable clusters/sectors to take gender dimensions into account in 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-sensitive humanitarian action.


  • 10 years of relevant humanitarian experience, including operational field experience in an inter-agency setting
  • Experience in capacity building and coordination
  • Extensive knowledge of gender-equality humanitarian programming
  • 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. French and Arabic are considered strong assets

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
  • Men are actively encouraged to apply

Education level:

  • Master’s degree or a combination of a first level degree and substantial relevant professional experience.


  • English fluent
  • French (strong asset)
  • Arabic (strong asset)

Job location:

  • Positions are field-based, with some travel

Recruitment takes places on a twice-yearly basis. The vacancy announcement is widely published on international websites such as ReliefWeb and of course on the NRC's website vacancy page.

The recruitment process is extensive with multiple steps and the GenCap Support Unit and the GenCap Steering Committee takes part during the recruiment process which is managed by NRC.