Gender and Social Inclusion Director | Washington, DC | 2022

Chemonics seeks a Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) Director to support agile and sustainable WSSH programming in fragile contexts, with a focus on supporting locally-led approaches to address the reality that WSSH challenges confronting the world are highly nuanced and fast evolving–particularly as the adverse impacts of climate change continue to unfold.  Through this broad, flexible global support mechanism, USAID will fill critical gaps in partner countries’ ability to tackle longer and more common protracted conflicts, as well as more frequent and intense weather events and increasing rates of climate change-related migration through enabling a fundamental shift in the WSSH community’s approach to programming in fragile contexts. This will focus on strengthening water security for all uses and users, as well as adapting, providing and maintaining WASH services, which is critical for achieving and maintaining development gains in communities and countries that face the compounding risks of climate change, conflict, and COVID-19.

Chemonics International Inc. is a US-based international development consulting company, operating in over 95 countries. Chemonics is seeking prospective candidates for a proposal effort, this is not an open position.  Once a proposal is awarded and a position becomes available, all applicants must apply to be considered for the role. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

The GESI Director will have experience in assessing and addressing GESI-related impacts of WSSH in crisis settings and the range of approaches and interventions to mitigate against the fact that conflict, climate change, and displacement have disproportionate impacts on women, gender minorities, people with disabilities, and children. Further, these groups are more likely to experience violence, water-borne diseases, domestic and livelihood responsibilities, and psychosocial distress associated with WSSH in fragile contexts. A wide range of expertise is welcome, recognizing the diversity of WSSH related work and the disparate impacts and considerations to effectively ensure GESI equity, access, and agency.

Some of the specific areas of implementation are expected to include:

  • Identifying the needs of and opportunities to meaningfully engage women and gender minorities and people with disabilities
  • Gender-based violence prevention, with training that is equally available and affordable to men, women, gender minorities, and youth on platforms based on need, access, and skill
  • Supporting the sharing of best practices of peacebuilding and conflict resolution across networks, villages, and districts, through local women’s organizations
  • Adaptation of WSSH services to address the needs of women and girls to either address direct impacts of a shock or to mitigate potential impacts
  • Empower and facilitate women and gender minorities, youth, and people with disabilities to be leaders and participants in water management, climate change adaptation, and peacebuilding processes
  • Research on barriers and entry points for sustainable WSSH programming for women, youth, people with disabilities, and other disadvantaged groups in fragile contexts, including best use of resources
  • Developing guidance documents and toolkits for effective engagement of local organizations and voices, including the perspectives of women and gender minorities, youth, persons with disabilities, and ethnic and religious minorities in WSSH programming in fragile contexts


  • Provide program-wide leadership on the integration of GESI considerations, best practices, and key approaches to strengthen interventions, analysis, research, and learning within the program, and for all program counterparts, stakeholders, and USAID
  • Provide technical assistance to any project component as a WSSH GESI expert for both long-term core programming as well as during rapid response surge support activities, as appropriate, such as: assessing the key drivers of, and identifying interventions to prevent, gender-based violence related to WSSH in specific geographies; leading activities to meaningfully engage women and gender minorities and people with disabilities; and, strengthening equity and inclusion within local WSSH governance and services systems
  • Determine technical needs and priorities for short-term technical assistance and subcontractor support to best implement ongoing and surge support activities of this component
  • Manage team of local and international experts to ensure high quality implementation at the highest standards of professional conduct
  • Develop technical reports, work planning, and regular progress report inputs as needed, under the overall direction of the chief of party


  • Minimum of 10 years if experience in gender and social inclusion, with expertise in addressing and preventing gender-based violence strongly preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant area required, advanced degree preferred or comparable years of work experience
  • Demonstrated experience in gender advocacy, gender equality and social inclusion research and implementation of relevant projects and other technically relevant work experience
  • Experience working in WSSH programming in fragile contexts strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of donor funded programming across the humanitarian, conflict, and development nexus strongly preferred
  • Fluency in English required, additional language skills preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity

Application Instructions: 

Applications should be submitted to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No telephone inquiries, please.

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