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Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Lead, GWSC
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March 24, 2024
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Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (Gesi) Lead
Global Water and Sanitation Center
Asian Institute of Technology


The Global Water & Sanitation Center (GWSC) was formally established in 2022, a legacy of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the Asian Institute of Technology’s (AIT) partnership to host and mainstream citywide inclusive sanitation (CWIS) and advance the WASH agenda in South and Southeast Asia. The center serves as a platform in bringing together individuals and experts with bright minds to construct innovative solutions and fresh ideas to solve challenges and inequities in the WASH sector. It envisions to accelerate the access to reliable, inclusive, and sustainable WASH in the region by 2030.

GWSC is systematically designed to deliver different services to the government, international financial institutions, and development partners through its seven hubs. The Technical Assistance Hub (TA-Hub) provides technical advisory in planning, designing, scaling, and implementing City-wide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS). The Transformative Technologies Commercialization Hub (TTC-Hub) aims to increase the deployment of transformative technologies, such as Reinvented Toilet and Omni Processor, whenever appropriate. The Data Innovation Hub (DI-Hub) aims at transforming water and sanitation landscape in the region by instilling data-driven evidence-based decision-making such as Integrated Municipal Information System (IMIS) and improvement of the National Sanitation Dashboard (NSD). The Performance and Proficiency Testing Hub offers a range of services, including testing the performance of wastewater treatment products, conducting proficiency testing, and performing wastewater, sludge and fecal sludge analysis. A Climate Adaptive Technology Hub offers support, resources, and guidance on how to design, operate and manage water and sanitation systems and services that are climate adaptive. GWSC also provides support and guidance to our partners and stakeholders on how to integrate GESI into their Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) policies and practices through our GESI-Hub.

The center is inviting application from the qualified candidates for the position ‘Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Lead’

General Job Description and Responsibilities:

The GESI Lead will be responsible for ensuring that gender and social inclusion (GESI) principles are effectively integrated into all aspects of GWSC's activities, particularly within the Hub. This includes leading efforts to secure additional funding for GESI initiatives and partnerships, fostering knowledge sharing and capacity building, and advocating for GESI within GWSC and the broader TA-Hub network.

Key Responsibilities:

Gender Mainstreaming and Integration:

Strategic Leadership:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive GESI strategy for the Hub, aligned with GWSC's broader goals and the CWIS principles.
  • Lead and coordinate GESI activities across all Hub projects and initiatives.
  • Conduct regular GESI needs assessments and gap analyses to identify areas for improvement.

Project Integration:

  • Analyze existing and new TA-Hub projects for potential GESI integration opportunities.
  • Collaborate with project teams to develop GESI objectives, methodologies, and indicators.
  • Review project proposals and ensure alignment with GESI principles and Hub priorities.
  • Assist in developing Terms of Reference (TORs) and identifying relevant experts for GESI-focused projects.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Develop and implement a monitoring and evaluation framework to track the progress and impact of GESI initiatives.
  • Collect and analyze data to measure progress towards GESI objectives.
  • Report on findings and use evidence to inform future GESI strategies and resource allocation.

Resource Mobilization and Sustainability:

Fundraising and Grant Acquisition:

  • Develop and implement a resource mobilization strategy to secure additional funding for GESI initiatives.
  • Research and identify potential donors and grant-making organizations aligned with GESI goals.
  • Draft compelling grant proposals highlighting the impact of GESI work and its alignment with donor priorities.
  • Build relationships with key stakeholders and decision-makers in the funding landscape.
  • Manage and report on fundraising activities and grant applications.

Partnerships and Collaborations:

  • Establish and cultivate partnerships with organizations working on GESI issues to leverage resources and expertise.
  • Collaborate on joint projects and initiatives to maximize impact and reach.
  • Seek in-kind contributions and co-funding opportunities to stretch resources.

Knowledge Management and Capacity Building:

Knowledge Sharing and Dissemination:

  • Develop and implement a knowledge management strategy to capture, document, and share best practices in GESI integration.
  • Create and maintain a repository of GESI resources, tools, and case studies.
  • Organize knowledge-sharing workshops and webinars for Hub members and the wider community.
  • Contribute to publications and presentations on GESI best practices.

Capacity Building:

  • Identify training needs and develop capacity-building programs on GESI concepts and tools for Hub staff and partners.
  • Conduct trainings and workshops on various GESI approaches and knowledge products developed under Hub projects.

Advocacy and Awareness Raising:

Internal Advocacy:

  • Advocate for the importance of GESI within GWSC and the TA-Hub network.
  • Work with senior management to integrate GESI considerations into policies, procedures, and decision-making processes.
  • Organize awareness-raising campaigns and training sessions for staff on GESI concepts and principles.

External Advocacy:

  • Engage with government agencies, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders on GESI issues.
  • Represent GWSC at conferences and events on GESI topics.
  • Contribute to shaping GESI policies and best practices within the broader TA-Hub context.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to a safe and equitable workplace environment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the COO cum Manager.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree (or above) in gender studies, development studies, social work, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of prior work experience with gender equality, equity, diversity and social inclusion, work with marginalized groups.
  • Experience working in the development sector, preferably in the water and sanitation sector in South Asia and East Asia required.
  • Sound understanding of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and their implications to the water and sanitation sector.
  • Demonstrated experiences advising on gender and socially inclusive development activities.
  • Excellent communication, writing, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Committed to achieving gender equality, diversity and social inclusion.

​We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, or any other characteristics protected by law.

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