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Gender Advisor - Iraq
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Heartland Alliance International (HAI) is the global arm of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, a family of organizations that has been leading anti-poverty and social justice work in Chicago for more than 125 years. HAI’s offices in nearly a dozen countries implement programs on a range of global human rights issues, as well as the Chicago-based Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture, which serves individuals from more than 50 countries. HAI has significant expertise in the fields of trauma-informed mental health care and access to justice for survivors of rights abuses. It is also an industry leader in access to high-quality and stigma-free health care. Across all of its programs, HAI promotes progressive, innovative approaches to human rights protections and gender equality.
HAI has been working in Iraq since 2004, helping victims of human rights abuses heal and access justice, and providing training and resources to help Iraqi human rights activists build capacity and strengthen local organizations. HAI is active in torture prevention and treatment, gender-based violence and suicide prevention, addressing the impacts of human trafficking, juvenile justice reform, LGBTI rights, mental health, refugee protection, and religious and ethnic minority rights. HAI’s team in Iraq is based in Iraqi Kurdistan, but is active throughout Iraq.
The Gender Advisor will lead the team’s progress to achieve HAI’s objectives and results related to gender, as set out in the 5-year Strategic plan, by leading on the development, implementation and monitoring of HAI’s gender action plan in Iraq, with a priority on ensuring the quality and success of current and future programming for women’s leadership and gender justice. ,
S/he will support the continued growth of expertise in and sensitivity to gender among HAI staff in Iraq, and directly contribute to the development and delivery of high quality programming towards gender equity and gender justice. The advisor will provide strategic input and advice on gender across the work of HAI in Iraq, contributing to an effective national and local response to gender justice and equity. Working with HAI’s Senior Gender Advisor in headquarters to accomplish HAI’s strategic objective in this area: to be recognized and influential as an organization that is resourceful and innovative in its approach to human rights and gender as key areas to development progress. The position will ensure that HAI’s perspective on gender is understood and shared by staff and partners, and that programs embody HAI’s mission and human rights principles. The Gender Advisor will be responsible for providing timely, regular, high-quality technical support to the Iraq office with both new and ongoing programs.
The Gender Advisor will also guide and support project managers in implementing advocacy programs, strengthening coalitions, and helping Iraqi and Kurdish women work on public policy issues. To help catalyze and strengthen women’s movements in Iraq she/he will be expected to work at a high policy level on gender justice issues, and to contribute to capacity building efforts within legal, medical, media sectors. Negotiating progress and building consensus with multiple stakeholders of varying views around gender justice issues is also integral to the role.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Gender Mainstreaming / Strategic Planning:
Gender in Program Development:
Support to Legal, Advocacy, and Policy Work
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or competency required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, sexual identity, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the Organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September, 1987. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the Employee Services Office at +1 (312) 660-1431.
 HAI will provide training and resources on related subjects.
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