Consultant - Design of a Virtual Training on GESI Analysis and Integration - Remote

Programs Anywhere, United States



Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.

The Gender Team leads efforts to ensure that Mercy Corps reaches our ambitious gender equality and social inclusion goals in our programs. The gender team leads the development of strong proposals and concept notes to ensure the integration of gender and social inclusion at all phases of the program cycle; and it sets strategic direction for organizational systems and processes to be sensitive to gender and social inclusion.

Purpose / Project Description:

In October 2020, Mercy Corps launched a new 3-year Gender Equality, Diversity and Social Inclusion strategy. The strategy details a comprehensive approach for achieving GEDSI institutionally and programmatically. Key among the programmatic outcomes detailed in the strategy is the design and implementation of GESI-responsive[1] and GESI-transformative[2] programs.  While the agency has made some strides in advancing teams’ adherence to its Gender Minimum Standards, team members continue to struggle with core elements of GESI-responsive programming namely, GESI analysis and the use of GESI analysis findings to inform program design.  The GESI Team is seeking a consultant to design a virtual training curriculum on GESI integration and analysis.

Consultant Activities:

Design an interactive and participatory virtual training curriculum articulated around the following learning objectives:

By the end of the training, participants will be able to

  • Define key GESI concepts (e.g., gender; sex; gender equality; gender equity; intersectionality; social inclusion etc.)
  • Describe the influence of gender norms in their personal lives
  • Explain the importance of addressing GESI issues in programming
  • Explain the importance of applying an intersectional lens to program design
  • Describe the key features of GESI-responsive and GESI-transformative programs
  • Describe the key steps of a GESI analysis process
  • Explain the components of Mercy Corps’ GESI analysis framework
  • Develop a GESI analysis work plan
  • Complete a secondary GESI analysis using the IGWG Gender Integration table
  • Develop a programmatic GESI action plan using the IGWG Gender Integration table

Consultant Deliverables:

  • Final facilitator workshop guide and accompanying tools

Timeframe / Schedule:

Mercy Corps estimates this assignment will require about 20 days to complete. 

The Consultant will report to:

Senior Advisor Gender Equality and Social Inclusion, HQ based

The Consultant will work closely with:

Director for Program Quality and Technical Support—Asia

GESI Regional Advisor—Asia

Consultant Skills & Competencies:

  • 5-10 years of experience in relevant technical field
  • Demonstrated experience writing curricula focused on GESI analysis and integration
  • Demonstrated experience with reflective practice methodology
  • Excellent working knowledge of adult learning principles
  • Excellent knowledge of GESI analysis and integration

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives. 

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity
We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our stakeholders and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

[1] Gender Responsive Programs acknowledge the role of gender norms and inequalities and seek to limit their harmful impacts, but do not aim to change power relations in pursuit of gender equality. These programs might address the symptoms of gender inequality, but not the root causes.

[2] Gender Transformative Programs have gender equality and inclusion indicators at the outcome level or higher and examine, question and change harmful gender norms and power imbalances.