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Gender Equality, Safeguarding and Inclusion Advisor

MSI Asia Pacific |
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About Us

At MSI we are unapologetically pro-choice. We believe that every person has the right to make choices about their own body and future. As one of the world’s leading providers of contraception and safe abortion care, we aim to give everyone the means to do so. By 2030, MSI’s vision is that no abortion will be unsafe and everyone will have access to contraception. To achieve this, MSI seeks to ensure that no one is left behind in access to sexual and reproductive health and family planning (SRH/FP) services with a focus on marginalised and hard to reach groups. Across 37 countries, we provide high quality, safe services, and advocate to create an environment where every client has safe access to services when and where they are needed.

MSI Asia Pacific (MSIAP) serves as the Public Engagement and Project Management office for MSI in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. We play a critical role in delivering MSI’s mission of ‘children by choice, not chance’ in three key ways: fundraising, project management, and advocacy. MSIAP oversees a number of programs across Asia and the Pacific with support from the Australian and New Zealand Government as well as Trusts, Foundations and Individual supporters.

MSI is committed to creating an inclusive environment with a workforce which is representative of the communities we serve. We’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and give equal consideration to all qualified applicants without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age. We are committed to promoting equality and to safeguarding the welfare of all team members and clients, with a focus on vulnerable groups.

About the Role

The Gender Equality, Safeguarding and Inclusion (GESI) Advisor ensures that MSIAP’s programming maximises opportunities to reach women, adolescents, people with disabilities, people who are of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity and respond to their SRH needs. The GESI Advisor leads the integration of gender transformative and social inclusive programming elements in accordance with global best practice, donor and MSI’s requirements. The GESI Advisor works closely with partners and members of the Programs Department to deliver women’s empowerment, gender equality, disability, social inclusion and safeguarding strategies within MSI’s SRH programs. The GESI Advisor is responsible for providing technical support, programming guidance, policy advice, capacity building and developing our evidence base with staff in MSI’s country programs and within the global partnership. Working alongside the Senior Advisor, Program Design and Development and Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, this role will ensure that gender equality, disability and social inclusion (GEDSI) approaches are incorporated into project design and monitoring and evaluation frameworks. The role will also be required to develop and guide implementation of MSIAP’s GEDSI and safeguarding strategies and provide advice to the Senior Management Team.

About you

We recruit talented, dynamic people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, all united by a belief in our mission and a focus on delivering measurable results. We’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and are committed to creating a fully inclusive workplace, where everyone feels able to participate and contribute meaningfully. You must be open-minded, curious, resilient, and solutions-oriented, and be committed to promoting equality, and safeguarding the welfare of team members and clients alike.

For this role, we’re looking for an individual who has:


  • Significant demonstrated knowledge and experience in providing GEDSI technical advice to improve programming and developing and implementing safeguarding policies and practices
  • Experience as leader and advocate on issues of gender, disability, inclusion and safeguarding, including lived and community-based experiences
  • Advanced knowledge of methodologies and best practices for equality and inclusion approaches
  • Demonstrated experience in translating strategies and policies into practice
  • Significant experience in capacity building in international development settings
  • Significant experience of developing organisational guidance and promoting reflective learning on technical issues;
  • Proven track record of effectively facilitating learning internally and externally
  • Knowledge and experience of the Asia Pacific region
  • Past experience in sexual and reproductive health (highly desirable)


  • Highly collaborative and an ability to work effectively with a range of stakeholders and at all levels in an empowering way
  • Extensive experience working with remote teams across different programs and countries/regions to provide support and build on existing strengths and capacity
  • Ability to be strategic and entrepreneurial, and to foster a cultural environment of innovation and collaboration
  • Ability to synthesise information and analyse its relevance for different functions
  • Ability to contribute to research, monitoring, evaluation and learning activities
  • Able to work independently and be self-motivated in defining goals and objectives, while also working collaboratively in a team across disciplines, geographical locations and cultures


  • Relevant Degree (MPH, MA, MBA desirable) or equivalent professional experience with a focus on gender, disability, human rights, SRH/FP;
  • Additional qualifications in relevant technical field (highly desirable)


  • Location: Melbourne Office (hybrid working) or flexible locations within Australia or in a country where MSI operates.
  • Full-time: 38 hours a week (part time negotiable)
  • Contract type: 1 year Fixed Term Contract with a possibility of an extension dependent on funding availability.
  • Salary: AUD75,000 – AUD95,000 – salary is commensurate with experience. For all other locations, the role will be banded within national context. Discretionary bonus + benefits


Interviews may take place before the closing date for exceptional candidates.

Application: To apply please include a letter addressing the experience and skills required along with your CV and send to [email protected] 

For more information about the role, please view the job framework on our website or contact Anita Afford on [email protected]

For internal employees applying from an MSI country programme, the role will be positioned within the existing salary structure of the country. Local terms and conditions of the country will apply.

MSIA is a child-safe organisation and has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation abuse and harassment.  All successful applicants will be required to abide by our Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct and our Global Code of Conduct in addition to undergoing a police check prior to commencement.

Closing Date: Jan 22, 2022