HR Gender Specialist

  • Contract
  • Afghanistan
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Salary: TBD

Save the Children

Level 3: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work for country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

The HR Gender Specialist will support in driving our endeavors in this focused area of work across the country office. The HR Gender Specialist will combine elements of Human Resources, Gender issues, promotion of women’s talents.

Under the guidance of the HR and Administration Director, she will provide mentoring and capacity building to staff and partners on issues related to general HR, recruitment and gender parity.

Reports to: HR and Administration Director
Staff reporting to this post: None
Budget Responsibilities: None
Travels to the field: Possible travels required to the provincial offices.


1: Gender-related enhancement, reform of organizational policies, guidelines, practices, and systems for operations and human resource development:

  • Conduct of gender analysis, gender assessments of organizational and operations-related policies, programs, guidelines, and practices
  • Development of new gender and socially inclusive policies, guidelines for human resource development
  • Development and implementation of gender mainstreaming strategy or framework or plan to cover operations, human resources development and organizational development of SCI-Afghanistan
  • Development of gender and socially inclusive monitoring system and database for operations work and organizational development
  • Conduct knowledge and skills assessments of women to identify capacity gaps and developmental opportunities and learning exchange programs for women in CO and Provincial Offices.
  • Act as a “Gender Focal Person” for Country Office, Kabul and work closely with the provincial gender focal persons on gender related issues and concerns.
  • Ensure that genders concerns are followed up safely, effectively and efficiently and to the required standards.
  • Coordinate with staff safeguarding specialist on gender safeguarding concerns and risks for investigation and follow up.
  • Travel to the provincial offices on regular basis to follow up on gender related concerns.
  • Apply critical analysis to ensure that we live up to our commitment to making Save the Children safe for our employees, particularly women.
  • Act as a “Role model” high levels of professional safeguarding behaviour and maintain the standards required by the HR Policy, Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.
  • Identify potential risks related to gender in workplace, workshops and events, plan mitigating measures and assign staff to be responsible for the implementation.
  • Conduct awareness trainings to build capacity of SCI staff on gender equality.
  • Coordinate with L&D Coordinator to map out talent opportunities for women development in SCI-Afghanistan.
  • Encourages female colleagues to apply for leadership positions and sharing of knowledge and promote relevant good practices in office.
  • Conduct regular female staff meetings and share the minutes and action points with country office.
  • Follow up and liaise with the relevant departments to resolve complaints and escalate where necessary.
  • Develop gender sensitive community awareness materials with support from SCI Gender Advisors.
  • Develop yearly Gender Action Plan to ensure key priorities are identified
  • Ensure Gender Committee are functional in country office and provincial offices.

2: Human Resources:

  • Ensure that the recruitments are adhered to the recruitment procedures and the guidelines of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy.
  • Represent HR and gender in the interviews of national roles.
  • Provide the required information and documents to the internal and external audits.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values.
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks.


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity


  • Bachelor’s degree in Social science, business administration or any other related field.


  • At least 3-4 years substantial experience in gender, gender need assessment and gender analysis
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of mainstreaming gender & inclusion
  • Ability to plan and organize a substantial workload that includes complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to gain credibility with colleagues and stakeholders at all levels of an organization. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Dari/Pashto.
  • Team building skills.
  • Ability to work in challenging and complex environment.
  • Experience of planning and undertaking training programmes/workshops in safeguarding at a range of levels (e.g. field workers, managers, senior managers and decision makers).
  • Demonstrable commitment to SCI Employees and beneficiaries Rights.
  • Self-sufficient, proactive self-motivating work styles.
  • Ability to provide long distance support and establish supportive relationships and networks.
  • Ability to deliver results against demanding timetables and in the face of competing demands.
  • Ability to travel and work within challenging environments.
  • Awareness of own strengths and weaknesses and evidence of commitment to self-managed personal development.
  • Multi-disciplinary experience of working successfully with senior managers to deliver major operational change with a track record of delivering results to high standards.

Additional job responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Health and Safety
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures

How to apply

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Closing date: 14-Oct-22