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Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Advisor

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia or Remote
Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network

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ADRRN is excited to announce this new opportunity to work with one of the largest networks in the Asia region focusing on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). ADRRN is looking for an experienced GESI Advisor with excellent monitoring and evaluation skills, plus a passion for DRR in the region who will support the Learning Manager, members and thematic hubs to effectively incorporate GESI into their programming at all levels. This post will play a major role in the projects working with the sub-grantees.


The Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN) was established in 2002 as a dynamic network of national civil society organizations across the Asia-Pacific region. It serves as a pivotal platform for representing CSOs, supporting the effective implementation of global frameworks at national and local levels, facilitating disaster risk governance, and enhancing knowledge sharing and action on resilience. With members in 18 countries across Asia, ADRRN has forged MoUs and partnerships with an array of stakeholders and networks both regionally and internationally, including the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), Climate and Humanitarian Crisis Initiative (CHC), Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR), Humanitarian Leadership Academy (HLA), International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), Japan CSO Coalition for Disaster Risk Reduction (JCC-DRR), Network for Empowered Aid Response (NEAR), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP), MapAction, and the Durham University, UK. ADRRN's vision towards 2030 is to transform Asia into the most resilient region in the world, an aspiration that acknowledges resilience cannot merely be achieved through projects. Instead, it necessitates a broad-based movement of resilience where awareness and the daily actions of citizens across Asia are oriented towards disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience. This vision positions ADRRN as a catalyst for change, fostering a platform where members and stakeholders collaboratively learn, plan, and produce solutions to the increasing disaster risks in the region. The network's strategic objectives include maintaining its position as a leading platform on disaster resilience in Asia, with outreach that involves a growing number of NGOs and local CSOs. It aims to facilitate the effective implementation of global frameworks at national and local levels, enhance early action disaster risk governance, and promote the integration of climate adaptation and disaster resilience while boosting accountability. ADRRN's action areas and approaches focus on the professionalization of the network through thematic hubs, initiation of flagship programs, and strengthening of solidarity within the ADRRN network. Key approaches include localization, collaboration and partnership, linking climate adaptation and disaster resilience, capacity enhancement with tangible mechanisms, strengthening accountability and evidence, and fostering innovation. ADRRN's aspirations go beyond making Asia the most resilient region. It aims to be a central figure in creating a 'movement of resilience,' providing a collaborative platform for members and stakeholders to co-learn, co-plan, and co-produce solutions and standards for the ever-increasing disaster risks in the region. This ambition reflects the network's commitment to a comprehensive approach to disaster risk reduction that incorporates the active participation of communities, the integration of local knowledge and practices, and the enhancement of disaster resilience through scientific linkage and practice.

Scope of Work:

The GESI Advisor will be responsible for integrating gender equality and social inclusion principles across ADRRN's programs and initiatives. This role involves: 

1. GESI Strategy Development and Implementation:

  • Develop and oversee the implementation of a GESI strategy that ensures ADRRN's programs and projects are inclusive and equitable.
  • Work closely with the Learning Manager to integrate GESI considerations into monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) frameworks and activities.

2. Capacity Building and Technical Support:

  • Provide GESI-related capacity building and technical support to ADRRN staff, members, thematic hubs and especially sub-grantees awarded under the project.
  • Design and deliver training sessions, workshops, and resources on GESI integration into disaster risk reduction and resilience-building efforts across the region.

3. Advocacy and Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Advocate for the inclusion of GESI perspectives in disaster risk reduction policies and practices at all levels.
  • Engage with a wide range of organizations, including civil society, government agencies, and international partners, to promote GESI principles.

4. Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL):

  • Ensure that GESI indicators and outcomes are effectively integrated into MEL frameworks and that data collection methods are sensitive to GESI issues.
  • Analyze and report on GESI-related outcomes and learnings, contributing to the broader understanding and application of GESI principles within the DRR sector. 


  • Lead the development and execution of the GESI strategy in line with ADRRN’s goals and the specific requirements of the SIDA project.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Learning Manager, ensuring GESI considerations are embedded in MEL processes and activities.
  • Provide ongoing support and advice to sub-grantees on implementing GESI-sensitive approaches within their projects.
  • Facilitate the sharing of GESI-related learnings and best practices across the ADRRN network and with external stakeholders.
  • Liaise closely with partner organizations to ensure coherence across the program delivery.


This role is a two-year contract and subject to a 6-month probationary period.

Essential Experience / Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Gender Studies, Social Sciences, International Development, or a related field with a strong focus on gender equality and social inclusion.
  • Demonstrated experience in a GESI or similar role, with specific expertise in integrating GESI in programs and projects, preferably in the context of disaster risk reduction.
  • Proven skills in MEL, with the ability to design and implement GESI-sensitive monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
  • Excellent facilitation, training, and capacity-building skills, with experience working with diverse organizations at various levels.
  • Strong communication and advocacy skills, with the ability to engage effectively with a range of stakeholders.

Desired Experience / Qualifications:

  • Experience working on projects funded by international donors, especially those focused on gender equality and social inclusion.
  • Knowledge of the disaster risk reduction and resilience field, with an understanding of the specific challenges and opportunities related to GESI.
  • Experience in the Asia region, with a nuanced understanding of the cultural and social dynamics affecting GESI.

Application Process:

1. Please submit the following:

  • Expression of Interest outlining your suitability for the role, examples of relevant past experience and motivation for applying.
  • CV
  • 2 references with contact details, indicating when it might be appropriate to contact them.

2. Deadline and contact

3. Please submit the above to the Chairperson, ADRRN at rthakuri[at]nset[dot]org[dot]np by 14 May, 2024 at 17:00 hrs Indochina time.

4. ADRRN always emphasizes the diversity and inclusion of the workforce in terms of gender, culture and religion. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

5. No telephone inquiry will be entertained. ADRRN policy demands selection strictly on merit basis and any undue influences are sure to lead to disqualification.

6. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. ADRRN reserves the right to reject any or all applications without assigning any reason.

7. All the suitable applications will also be kept in ADRRN Roster and will be screened and contacted for further evaluation when there is need.


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