Protection, Gender and Inclusion Officer (International Readiness)

Employee Working Location: International – Various

Employment status: Delegate (1 to 3 months)

Salary band: $51,028-$70,599 / year

The Canadian Red Cross (CRC) – one of the most inspirational not-for-profit organizations on this planet and an awardee on the Forbes list of Canada’s Best Employers 2022 – is seeking a Protection, Gender and Inclusion Officer to join our team. 

We are guided by our Fundamental Principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. We help people and communities in Canada and around the world in times of need and support them in strengthening their resilience. 

Starting with the hiring process, we are committed to having an accessible, diverse, inclusive, and barrier-free work environment where everyone can reach their full potential. We encourage all qualified persons who share our values and want to contribute to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace to apply.

The incumbent will support National Society and CRC or IFRC operations teams to enhance the impact, reach and efficiency of emergency response operations through implementing PGI activities and approaches. This includes PGI mainstreaming, program management, staff support and training, and strengthening community relationships. The PGI officer provides operational capacity to identify protection risks including child protection and sexual and gender-based violence and take action to prevent, mitigate and respond to violence, exploitation and abuse, including appropriate reporting and referral mechanisms.

In this role, you will:

  • Supports and advocate for the operation to collect and analyze sex, age and disability disaggregated data.
  • Works with sector leads to ensure the specific needs, vulnerabilities and capacities of the affected population (including gender, age, disability, health, legal and social status) inform the design and implementation of relief and recovery programs, including emergency appeal and plans of action.
  • Conducts assessments to identify specific PGI related concerns, risks, needs and capacities of persons of all gender identities, ages, disabilities and backgrounds in coordination with other relevant protection actors.
  • Supports multi-sectoral needs assessments to ensure that PGI related information is collected sensitively and safely, analyzed and findings are documented securely.
  • Works with sector leads to ensure that all programs and operations in the response are implemented in accordance with the Red Cross and Red Crescents Minimum Standards for Protection, Gender and Inclusion in Emergencies and the response promotes the dignity, access, participation and safety of diverse women, men, girls, boys and people of all genders.
  • Delivers capacity building activities for Red Cross Red Crescent staff, volunteers and community members: build understanding and ownership of PGI, support the implementation of the PGI Minimum Standards, reduce PGI risks in the operational environment, and build sustainable local capacity.
  • Undertakes regular monitoring and provide reporting on the changing operational context and the protection risks to ensure that prevention, mitigation and response are targeted and adapted to the changing context, risks and needs.
  • Reports and advocate for PGI issues with key stakeholders internal and external to the RCRC Movement to ensure appropriate awareness of PGI issues, their ramifications and how RCRC teams are responding to PGI risks and needs.

 What we are looking for:

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent professional training in community development, social work, legal and human rights, social science, public health or another related field preferred.
  • 2 years of experience in a full time PGI related role.
  • Fluency in English is required. French, Spanish or Arabic is an asset.
  • Strong ability to incorporate PGI related systems and processes into operations and programs, taking into account the context and low resource environments.
  • Demonstrated professional experience in an organization within the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, or in an international organization or NGO.
  • Previous professional experience in an emergency response setting preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in applying humanitarian protection/gender/accessibility standards and guidelines in a range of contexts.
  • Experience in developing and delivering training courses.

Working conditions:

  • Travel to both natural disasters and conflict settings on short notice will be required. Field deployments can involve working in environments that are unstable and with unpredictable access to basic services in emergency contexts. Deployment work involves stressful and often ambiguous conditions.
  • The Canadian Red Cross has a zero tolerance to sexual exploitation and abuse of community members. The prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) is everyone’s responsibility, and all personnel are required to adhere to the (IFRC and/or CRC) Code of Conduct, Child Protection and PSEA policies, always (both during work hours and outside work hours). Familiarization with, and adherence to, the Code of Conduct, Child Protection and PSEA policy is an essential requirement of all staff, in addition to related mandatory training.
  • The Canadian Red Cross is committed to gender equality and social inclusion in our workplace. All qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, color, religion, nationality, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We encourage all qualified persons to apply particularly Canadians who are Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, visible minorities, and others who share our values and contribute to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.
  • Eligibility to work in Canada: At this time, we welcome applications from candidates eligible to work in Canada. If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, we encourage you to carefully review your visa to find out whether you are eligible to work in the job you are considering applying for. Refer to our FAQ for more information.
  • If you are selected for this role, you will be required to complete a successful pre-employment screening process which includes a satisfactory Enhanced Police Information Check (E-PIC).
  • Full vaccination against COVID-19 is mandatory for this position and operation (the CRC will however adhere to its duty to accommodate those who are unable to be fully vaccinated for a reason related to a human right protected ground). 

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible – those who apply after the selection process has started may be held for a second review if needed OR reviewed for alternative roles. We appreciate the time and effort it takes to apply and thank you in advance.

If you require accommodation measures during any phase of the hiring process, please notify us as soon as possible. All information received in relation to accommodation requests will be kept confidential.

How to Apply:

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July 17, 2023


August 4, 2023


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The Canadian Red Cross