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Hivos Global Office/Open Society Program Unit seeks qualified candidates for the position of

Project Manager Gender Equality Diversity Inclusion

Region:  Global

Office: Global Office, The Hague, the Netherlands

Number of hours: 32 per week

Contract: For the duration of one year

Deadline:  February 28, 2018

Job context

Hivos is looking for an outstanding and experienced gender expert to support the use of the Gender Equality Diversity Inclusion (GEDI) Strategy across Hivos and guide our women’s empowerment institutional advocacy plans. This will primarily involve supporting Hivos’ global office and regional hubs to effectively mainstream gender, diversity inclusion and women’s rights into budgeting, programming, staff orientation, and a variety of internal processes.

Hivos’ Gender Equality and Diversity Inclusion Strategy is based on our belief that gender equality is essential to make societies more just, fair, dignified, and prosperous. It emphasizes gender as both a crosscutting theme in our work and the focus of specific programming, research, and advocacy. The entire organization is required to implement this strategy, thus ensuring that Hivos continues to support programs that redress gender inequalities, promote women’s empowerment, and encourage diversity. Through its implementation, Hivos also aims to build a body of staff that represents the societies we serve.

This GEDI strategy takes a dual track approach, with a stand-alone women’s empowerment program and a mainstreaming track. The latter integrates gender equality and diversity inclusion efforts across all Hivos policy areas and practice. In addition, the strategy aims to strengthen the complementarity of the two tracks.

The Team

The position falls under the Hivos Open Society Program, which works in three thematic areas: Sexual Rights & Diversity, Women’s Empowerment, and Freedom & Accountability. The position holder will be part of the Global Open Society Unit team. Hivos has a Global Office in The Hague and five regional hubs in Jakarta (SEA), Nairobi (EA), Harare (SAF), Costa Rica (LATAM) and The Hague for MENA.

Your responsibilities

GEDI strategy implementation – 60%

  • Develop a comprehensive work plan and budget for GEDI strategy implementation.
  • Contribute to mainstreaming gender equality and women’s empowerment into all programs and internal processes (project way of working, results and measurement).
  • Set up a GEDI strategy taskforce to ensure implementation of the set objectives and recommendations, and keep the rate of progress constant and sustainable within Hivos.
  • Develop GEDI competency across Hivos through capacity building initiatives and an online training module.
  • Develop necessary strategies/tools for measuring and reporting to facilitate the collection, analysis, and use of sex and age disaggregated data in programs and organizational processes.
  • Establish accountability mechanisms to monitor the status of gender equality within organizational practices and programming.

Lobby and Advocacy -40%

  • Develop and deliver effective advocacy and influencing strategies within the technical and thematic scope of our Women’s Empowerment programs (women’s participation in politics and public administration, economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, leadership).
  • Identify key opportunities in the short and long term where Hivos can influence policy processes.
  • Support and coordinate Hivos’ engagement in global/international policy processes, activities and fora related to women’s rights.
  • Spot and support networking and fundraising opportunities for Women’s Empowerment policy interventions.
  • Position and represent Hivos mainly regionally and internationally on issues related to women’s rights and empowerment.

Your profile

  • A strong international track record in Women’s Rights /Empowerment and experience in stimulating innovation, improving organizational development skills and using new technologies/media to encourage learning.
  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. gender and development studies international affairs, social or political science, international development).
  • Exceptional writing skills in English and the ability to design online training modules and compose reports and media pieces.
  • At least five years’ experience working in a relevant field internationally, preferably with organizations based in the Global South or as a gender specialist.
  • A proactive attitude: you think ahead strategically and creatively and are able to prioritize.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic, project management experience and good communication skills in English – and preferably Spanish and/or Dutch.
  • Experienced in working in project management.

What we offer

We offer a stimulating work environment in a professional international organization with very dedicated staff. Employment is offered as soon as possible for the period of one year. The salary will be determined on your experience, salary scale 11, with a minimum of € 3.528,- and a maximum of € 4.695, – gross fulltime per month (36 hour per week). Travel costs are compensated in accordance with Hivos Regulations. We offer participation in the pension fund.

About Hivos

Hivos is an international organization that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Counterbalance alone, however, is not enough. Our primary focus is achieving structural change. This is why we cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organizations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.

Want to know more?

For more information contact: Lucy Mung’ala, Open Society Programme tel. +31 70 376 5500,


Want to apply?

Please apply before February 28, 2019. Both a letter of motivation and resume need to be submitted in English to Hivos via e-mail to with reference code 300-30 in the subject.


Acquisition based on this vacancy is not appreciated.




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