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PO Box A524
Sydney South NSW 1235, Level 11, 227 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000

Telephone: 1800 812 164

© 2024 Opportunity International AustraliaABN 83 003 805 043

Careers GEDSI Program Manager (Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion)

  • Be part of a stellar Programs team, driven to end global poverty
  • Attractive salary, NFP salary packaging + meals & entertainment benefits
  • Hybrid working, Sydney CBD or Delhi (India) location, a culture of respect & caring
  • Initial 12-months fixed-term contract (part-time or full-time), with the option to extend

The Organisation

Motivated by the parable of the Good Samaritan, Opportunity International Australia seeks to end poverty in developing countries – one family and one community at a time.

By providing small loans to families in need, Opportunity helps them grow their own businesses and generate sustainable incomes so they can lift themselves out of poverty with dignity.

To break the cycle of poverty for good, Opportunity also increases families’ access to healthcare and quality education, while strengthening communities to reduce the risk of gender-based violence – creating a new future for generations to come.

The Role

You will lead the integration of gender-responsive and intersectional approaches (Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion) as part of technical support to our partners and programs – all aimed at lifting women and other groups experiencing marginalisation out of poverty.

Specifically, you will:

  • Lead the design and embedment of clear GEDSI strategies with our Microfinance, Health and Women’s Safety partners – in alignment with a localisation approach.  
  • Work with in-country staff and consulting partners to support the integration of best-practice GEDSI approaches across the lifecycle of Opportunity’s projects / programs.
  • Lead robust gender equality and disability inclusion assessments with partners, ensuring findings are integrated in outcomes, indicators and activities – aimed at improving GEDSI practices.
  • Develop tools and resources to strengthen GEDSI implementation across all of Opportunity’s programs including microfinance.
  • Plan and facilitate GEDSI training with implementing partners and provide ongoing mentoring and capacity-building including establishing an active community of practice.
  • Lead the design and implementation of a measurement framework to strengthen GEDSI monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Identify key areas for impact measurement and reporting.
  • Work with in-country staff and consulting partners to provide GEDSI technical guidance to implementing partners, ensuring best-practice GEDSI approaches that align with DFAT accreditation and other policy requirements, including a localisation approach.
  • Lead GEDSI research with implementing partners, working with reputable research consultants and institutions.
  • Generate and share credible evidence around GEDSI and economic empowerment of women and their families.  
  • Support the People & Culture team to implement effective GEDSI practices within Opportunity, including providing technical advice on the GEDSI and safeguarding committee and training / support to Opportunity internal stakeholders as required.
  • Provide ongoing technical advisory and project management support to Women’s Safety program partners on best-practice GEDSI and intersectional approaches to addressing Gender Based Violence.
  • Represent Opportunity on relevant GEDSI networking groups, e.g. the Australian Disability and Development Consortium (ADDC) and ACFID Gender Equity Community of Practice.
  • Lead and support the development of proposals and concept notes targeting GEDSI specific funding or technical assistance from institutional funders (e.g. DFAT) and impact investors. 

Skills Required

You will be an experienced GEDSI specialist with a strong international development background and skills in capacity-building across diverse cultural settings. Your confident, proactive, respectful, and professional approach, coupled with the ability to work in alignment with the values of the Christian ethos that motivates Opportunity, will be key to your success.   

Additionally you will have:

  • Tertiary qualifications (master’s degree preferred) in gender studies, international development, sociology or any equivalent relevant degree.
  • Considerable experience in leading GEDSI mainstreaming and targeted efforts at organisational and programmatic levels including adapting and working with different teams with varying levels of understanding of GEDSI.
  • At least five years relevant employment experience; experience with DFAT-funded programs and/or work with DFAT accredited organisations would be an advantage.
  • Our preferred candidates are those who have demonstrated working experience (or strong appreciation) managing relationships with financial service providers to achieve impact.
  • Accountability in implementing, managing and / or providing technical assistance to programs, preferably in South Asia and/or Southeast Asia.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, networking and relationship management skills across a range of cross-cultural contexts and ability to influence change.
  • Experience in design and facilitation of participatory and/or remote training, and mentoring.
  • Experience leading M&E and using GEDSI impact measurement toolkits, techniques and best practices.
  • Strong written and oral communication abilities, including high proficiency in Microsoft office tools and virtual communications.

A passion for international development to serve the world’s most disadvantaged, and an alignment with Opportunity’s mission, value and purpose, is critical. 

How to Apply

If you are passionate about serving people living in poverty, please submit your CV and cover letter addressing the skills required section above. This role is based in Sydney or Delhi – applications that do not meet this requirement will not be accepted. 

Please direct all applications and enquiries to Taylor Deacon-King at tdeacon-king@opportunity.org.au.

For further details regarding Opportunity International please visit https://opportunity.org.au/

We are likely to begin the shortlisting and interviewing process before the closing date, so please don’t delay your application.  The advertisement will be removed once the position has been filled.  Please be assured your application is confidential and we will respond to all candidates. 

Opportunity International supports an inclusive and diverse workforce. We consider applications regardless of race, sex, gender, age and disability. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, members of minority groups, non-binary people, and people with disabilities are all encouraged to apply. You will not be disadvantaged if you ask for an adjustment when you apply for a role. We want all applicants to perform at their best and compete with other applicants equally.

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