January 22, 2021

Technical Director, Gender & GBV

  • Deadline: 01/03/2021
  • Location: Remote
  • Organization: HIAS
Full Time


HIAS seeks a Technical Director for its global Gender and GBV programming. GBV programming at HIAS covers three distinct areas including gender, violence against women and girls and violence against LGBTQ identified migrants and refugees. Our programs center the voices and needs of survivors and prioritize survivor leadership in program design and implementation. HIAS works with communities and systems in order to optimize support for survivors, seeking out partnerships with communities and institutions to promote and protect the rights of survivors, women, girls, and LGBTQ-identified individuals. This approach enables HIAS to meet the safety, psychosocial, economic, and justice needs of survivors; facilitate their access to appropriate care; and empower communities to lead efforts that challenge beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that perpetuate or condone violence against women, girls, and the LGBTQ community. The ever-growing complexity of the migratory context in the Americas requires robust partnerships, quality interventions, and coordination to meet the needs of diverse migrant populations.

Organizationally, HIAS is guided by its’ Refugee Rights Framework. This rights-based approach, based on international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law and practice, provides a programming framework for HIAS’ focus on refugee protection.
Under the overall leadership and supervision of the Senior Director, Technical Excellence, and as part of a global technical team, the successful candidate will be responsible for five functional areas, Strategic Vision; Quality Assurance; Thought Leadership & Reputation Building; Donor Diversification; and Research & Learning. HIAS currently has Country Offices in 16 countries and GBV programming in Aruba, Chad, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guyana, Greece, Kenya, Panama, Peru, Mexico, and Venezuela.

Technical Directors are expected to incorporate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Accountability to Affected Populations into all aspects of their work.

• Develop an organizationally inclusive and intersectional, global strategy using evidence-based programming that is aligned with HIAS’ theory of change, five-year strategic goals and Refugee Rights Framework.
• Ensure implementation of quality programming through the supervision and oversight of the two regional Technical Advisors.
• Develop, test and iterate innovative and integrated program models.
• Ensure alignment of quality programming in proposals with HIAS strategic direction, industry best practices and the Refugee Rights Framework.

• Oversee and support the convening and facilitation of country and regional level meetings and trainings to inform regional and country level implementation plans.
• Strengthen technical and structural capacity of programs to implement signature approaches in non-emergency and emergency settings through the use of common tools, core documents, common trainings, and context specific support, where appropriate.
• Oversee the organization-wide learning agenda for core programming area.
• Work closely with M&E staff, regional staff, country leaders, institutional development, and other key team members to ensure inclusive coordination of programs, systems and processes.

• Position HIAS as key actor and partner of choice on GBV through thought leadership, alliance building, generation of evidence, and sharing critical developments and best practices.
• Center the voices of the people we work with in program design and implementation.
• Serve as HIAS Global Expert in external meetings and academic fora with donors, other non-governmental organizations, inter-agency groups and foundations as requested by the Senior Director, Technical Excellence.
• Facilitate the development, strengthening and expansion of global and regional partnerships with pertinent UN agencies, government donors, academic partners, and other relevant stakeholders.
• Contribute to a partnership strategy locally/nationally/globally in coordination with IP, ID, and other relevant HIAS colleagues.
• Provide updates and briefings to a range of internal and external stakeholders of all levels, including but not limited to the Executive Leadership Team and Board of Directors.

• Keep abreast of global and regional funding trends related to GBV.
• Highlight innovative integrated program models that substantively advance the field of GBV programming.
• Attract and engage new, diverse donors through representation and thought leadership in high level fora.
• Set strategic vision for costs for effective program design in coordination with country programs.
• Coordinate with BFC, Institutional Development and CO leadership on a regular basis to ensure HIAS’ proposals are fiscally competitive.

• Help design and/or support research projects with clear ties to programmatic and/or advocacy goals through strategic input on research strategy, research methodologies and questions, and evidence that could support improving the GBV programming at HIAS and in the humanitarian field in general.
• Contribute to implementing an organizational learning agenda to facilitate ongoing learning through platforms such as regional and global trainings.
• Spearhead and contribute to case studies, promising practices, lessons learned and other knowledge-based products to share learning across HIAS’ global programming and with the wider humanitarian community.

• Advanced degree in Public Health, Social Work or a related field with a minimum of 10 years’ experience overseeing global GBV programs in humanitarian, emergency and development settings.
• Minimum of 5-7 years’ experience with direct implementation of GBV programs including some aspect of response services for survivors.
• Demonstrated understanding of: feminist(s), public health, and human rights approaches to prevention and response to violence against women and girls and the gendered drivers of violence against women and girls and the links between patriarchy and the violence faced by LGBTQ identified migrants and refugees.
• Demonstrated experience with creating inclusive strategic visions that contribute to prevention and response of violence in humanitarian, emergency and displaced settings.
• Prior experience setting or overseeing intersectional research agendas related to violence against women and girls, supporting LGBTQ communities, and effective prevention strategies.
• Deep understanding of humanitarian architecture and donor landscapes related to GBV work.
• Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, including the ability to regularly communicate with, motivate and inspire GBV staff as well as effectively communicate global and regional priorities.
• Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills required.
• Excellent oral and written English language skills required, with Spanish fluency strongly preferred.
• Ability to travel up to 30% for the first year of the position (pending lifting of COVID-related travel restrictions).

HIAS is a global Jewish nonprofit organization working across five continents to ensure that refugees and displaced persons are protected. Throughout the United States, we help refugees reunite with families, resettle and become self-sufficient. Guided by our values and history, we help refugees rebuild their lives in safety and security and advocate to ensure that all displaced people are treated with dignity.

HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, religious creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, age, protected veteran status, political orientation or other legally protected status.

How to apply:

Please submit your cover letter and CV to our website: https://www.hias.org/who/career-and-internship-opportunities