Technical Advisor, Gender & GBV, Europe



HIAS seeks a Technical Advisor, Gender & GBV, Europe to support overall direction and technical leadership for its’ cross-sectoral Gender and GBV programming in Europe, including Greece, Ukraine, Romania, Moldova and Poland.

Organizationally, HIAS is guided by its’ Refugee Rights Framework. This rights-based approach, based on international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law and practice, provides a programming framework for HIAS’ focus on refugee protection. This framework prioritizes programming impact that ensures forcibly-displaced people realize their potential and become contributors to society, with this impact being achieved through the realization of legal and civil rights and social and economic rights including 1) the right to protection from harm, violence and discrimination; 2) the right to recovery from the shock of displacement, and 3) the right to economic self-sufficiency and inclusion.

This Technical Advisor, Gender & GBV, Europe is to support ongoing GBV and multi-sectoral programs, in addition to overall direction and technical leadership for Gender and GBV across the region. Responding to ever-growing complexity of the displacement and humanitarian context in Europe requires thoughtful engagement and partnership, as well as targeted and sustained technical support. This position will focus on supporting existing programming and technical oversight in Ukraine, Romania, Moldova, Poland and Greece. The region is home to vibrant feminist networks and long-standing efforts to address gender inequality and violence against women and girls and HIAS programming is meant to support rather than replace those efforts.

Under the overall supervision of the Director, Gender & GBV, and in close coordination with the Director, Safe from the Start Initiative and country office teams, the successful candidate will provide technical support to HIAS and to HIAS’ implementing partners related to starting up new GBV programs, implementing quality programs, fostering meaningful partnerships, effective monitoring and learning, coordination, and program design and proposal development. They will work in close coordination with country offices, the regional team and M&E teams for the region. The Technical Advisor, Gender & GBV, Europe will ensure quality services are delivered that meet both ethical and global standards and that the programs evolve to meet changing needs and succeed in implementing HIAS’ Refugee Rights Framework. They will help ensure that systems are in place to maintain quality GBV programming, supporting opportunities for innovation and building HIAS’ profile in the region in the GBV sector.



  • Develops regional strategy aligned with the global Gender and GBV strategy.
  • Supports a regional approach to Gender and GBV programming adapting the strategy to country specific needs.
  • Supports country offices to develop their Gender and GBV strategies in accordance with the global and regional strategies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Guides the development and implementation of culturally appropriate Gender and GBV programming tailored to European contexts.
  • Ensures that all Gender and GBV work implemented is in alignment with IASC guidelines and global standards and best practices.
  • Ensures and promotes coordinated and integrated Gender and GBV programming across sectors (including MHPSS, Legal Protection, Economic Inclusion and Child Protection activities).
  • Provides high quality technical support and backstopping to Gender and GBV staff and partners in the country offices and regional offices.
  • Shares cross-context learning with program staff across the regions.
  • Develops, adapts and shares specific tools/resources/curricula/protocols and works with countries and HQ to contextualize and adapt global and country-specific materials.
  • Harmonizes Gender and GBV approaches in the region in accordance with HIAS’ Gender and GBV standards.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Provides delivery/implementation support to ongoing projects ensuring that projects/programs are on track of achievement, risks are identified and escalated to programs leadership and supports the successful close-out of priority projects.
  • Provides ongoing technical support for Gender and GBV programing to HIAS operations across the region, including support to HIAS partners.
  • Contributes to the development of an integrated emergency response plan when needed (including start-up of emergency programming where requested), and supports rapid needs assessments, in close coordination with HIAS’ Technical Team, Emergency Department and Strategy & Measurement teams.
  • Guides strategic programming of Gender and GBV actions while maintaining strong contacts among Gender and GBV project teams in country offices, the Director, Gender & GBV and the Director, Safe from the Start Initiative.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Works with country programs to develop and implement staff capacity strengthening plans.
  • Supports the development of effective supervision structures and processes for Gender and GBV staff involved in programming in the region.
  • Contributes to capacity strengthening of Gender and GBV staff of key partners and other stakeholders at the regional and national level.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Supports and contributes to drafting and review of concept notes, proposals and technical reports in terms of language and associated technical references and methodologies.
  • In line with HIAS’ organizational strategic goals, supports the diversification of regional funding by providing input on potential opportunities and partnerships.
  • Serves as technical focal point for representation to European donors and other interagency working groups as relevant.
  • In line with HIAS organizational strategic goals, supports the diversification of regional and global funding.
  • Contributes to the review of technical quality of proposals, including review of technical activities and ensuring alignment to the Refugee Rights Framework.
  • Contributes to mobilization of resources in the country offices and alliance building for the development of new Gender and GBV projects in Europe, including emergency response efforts.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Ensures HIAS’ programs are part of a coordinated response with partner agencies across the region; work to improve interagency coordination, sharing of information, and promotion of Gender and GBV guidelines and best practices.
  • Contributes to positioning HIAS as key actor and partner of choice on Gender and GBV across Europe, through alliance building, direct response to migrant population and generation of evidence; share critical developments and best practices across the region.
  • Serves as HIAS’ technical representative in outside regional meetings and academic fora with donors, other non-governmental organizations, inter-agency groups and foundations as requested by the Technical Team leadership.
  • Facilitates the development, strengthening and expansion of partnerships with national Ministries of Social Services and Health, pertinent UN agencies and other relevant stakeholders on Gender and GBV issues.
  • Provides timely and accurate information to the Advocacy team in support of Communications, Media and Advocacy efforts around the humanitarian situations and the needs of women and girls specifically regarding Gender and GBV needs; this will include ensuring that all information, publicity and fundraising material recognizes and respects the dignity of those affected by disasters or emergencies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Provides technical oversight and field monitoring of the program staff in close coordination with MEAL and program managers to ensure high-quality implementation of MHPSS frameworks and tools.
  • Ensures consistent, standardized tools for monitoring and evaluation and outcomes of HIAS MHPSS programs across the region; captures lessons learned from existing projects.
  • Contributes to case studies, promising practices, lessons learned and other knowledge-based products to share HIAS’ learning with the broader forced migration field.
  • Supports program monitoring in collaboration with SAM (Strategy & Measurement) and Gender and GBV project staff, and ensures monitoring data is used to inform programming as needed to ensure high-quality implementation of programming.
  • Contributes to research and learning initiatives across the region and supports the development of priority knowledge-based products including but not limited to case studies, assessments, program evaluations and select publications.
  • Provides support to regional research initiatives in the region by helping identify the most relevant research questions, providing input on research design and implementation, and contributing to results dissemination and integration of findings within HIAS’ technical Gender and GBV toolbox.
  • Contributes to the development and implementation of needs assessments across the region by providing (remote and/or onsite) technical support and guidance to field staff regarding methodology’s design, implementation process and analysis of results/reporting and dissemination.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Graduate degree in Public Health, Social Work or a related field preferred.
  • 3-5 years of experience implementing GBV programs in humanitarian settings; emergency response experience desirable.
  • Fluency in English required, and fluency in an additional relevant language desirable.
  • Strong feminist analysis of violence against women and girls and understanding of feminist and public health approaches to prevention and response to violence against women, girls and LGBTQI+ refugees, migrants and asylum seekers.
  • Demonstrated understanding of international tools and standards for GBV programming in humanitarian settings.
  • Strong trainer and facilitator with excellent communication skills and creative capacity.
  • Experience conducting assessments and developing assessment tools preferred, e.g. questionnaires and focus group discussions.
  • Collaborative, flexible team player with the ability to think critically in solution-oriented ways.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to connect with others, engage in non-hierarchical partnerships and communicate in empathetic and empowering ways.
  • Commitment to gender equality and to using power positively with others.
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills required.
  • Ability to travel up to up to 40% of the time.
  • Travel, to include travel to insecure operating environments, may be required.


We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. Here’s a snapshot of our hiring process:

Step 1: Submit your application!

Step 2: Phone screen with a HIAS recruiter.

Step 3: Video interview with the hiring manager.

Step 4: Video interview with a panel of HIAS employees.

Step 5: Online reference check with SkillSurvey.

Step 6: Offer and background check with Shield Screening or HireRight.

Step 7: Start your professional journey with HIAS!

Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary, and not all candidates will advance to each step.


Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts and history of the Jewish people—a history of oppression, displacement and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission and values.


HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety and opportunity.


Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives.


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We Act with Courage to Build a Better World

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HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation or other legally protected status.


HIAS is committed to the protection of children, vulnerable adults and any other person from any harm caused directly or indirectly due to their coming into contact with HIAS. We will not tolerate sexual exploitation, abuse or any form of child abuse or neglect by our staff or associated personnel. Any candidate offered a job with HIAS will be expected to sign and adhere to HIAS’ Code of Conduct and Safeguarding policies. All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records. HIAS also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. Likewise, HIAS will share this information when other organizations inquire about current and former HIAS staff as part of their recruitment process. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

How to apply

Please submit your resume, cover letter and application to our website: Technical Advisor Gender & GBV Europe – Careers At HIAS (

Deadline: 19 Jan 2024