Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Specialist

Internews Europe

Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Specialist

Internews Earth Journalism Network Asia-Pacific

Part-Time Personal Service Contract


Established in 2004, the Earth Journalism Network is Internews’ flagship environmental program, which aims to improve the quality and quantity of environmental media reporting. With funding from Sweden, the EJN Asia-Pacific project, launched in August 2017, builds on EJN’s longstanding work in the region to improve the capacity of local and regional journalists and partners to promote greater accountability and sustainable development in relation to the environment and climate in Asia and the Pacific. It does so by building the capacity of individual reporters, media outlets and journalism networks to cover environmental, climate change and natural resource managements issues; to spread news and information to the most vulnerable communities and to help boost the voices of women and marginalized groups who are most at risk.

EJN Asia-Pacific has now entered its second phase of implementation since 31 January 2022. As part of this new phase covering a period of three years, EJN will deepen its gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) approach throughout the project. We will establish a GESI helpdesk for our organizational and individual grantees to provide GESI support and advice, provide story grants and mentorship for journalists who are women, youth and/or indigenous peoples; as well as provide media engagement training and networking to women environmental defenders.

Internews EJN is hiring a part-time Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Specialist to lead the design and implementation of EJN’s GESI activities.


Part time at 50% Level of Effort, approximately 10 days a month. This is a home-based position with requirement for traveling in the Asia-Pacific region to lead training and other GESI activities.

Scope of Work

The consultant will:

  1. Establish and manage the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Helpdesk to provide on-demand support and guidance to partners and grantees, such as capacity building and design inputs to strengthen GESI in partners’ projects, improve women voices in media reporting, development of gender policy and other tools.
  2. Lead implementation of EJN Asia-Pacific’s GESI-focussed activities, including story grants for journalists from vulnerable communities and networking and training for women environmental defenders, with the support of the project team.
  3. Building on Internews’ and Sida’s gender toolkits, develop tools and strategies – such as gender audit for partners and grantees, and share resources to enable better gender integration and social inclusion in environmental reporting.
  4. Lead virtual and/or in-person workshops and facilitate training activities to develop journalists’ capacities in the area of gender equality and social inclusion.
  5. Design and integrate gender monitoring into existing monitoring and evaluation framework and tools, and track and report GESI progress monthly and annually.
  6. Support and participate in EJN’s gender work group meetings and activities, and builds GESI capacity of EJN and Internews Asia teams, as necessary.
  7. Provide regular feedback and recommendations to EJN’s Geojournalism website editorial teams, project partners, organizational grantees, and individual story grantees, to provide, and help them achieve gender equality and social inclusion.
  8. Review design of existing EJN projects in Asia Pacific and provide recommendations to maximize gender equality and social inclusion.
  9. Assist with judging of applications for EJN’s opportunities, such as story grants, media grants and fellowships.
  10. Serve as the Gender focal point for EJN Asia-Pacific and Asia Program Management Unit, and coordinate with Internews’ Senior Program Officer for Knowledge and Gender for the rolling out of Internews’ gender strategy and tools.
  11. Manage availability, communication channels and workload according to contracted working days with Internews.
  12. Any other GESI related work, as requested.

Qualification and experience required

  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in gender study / development studies / international relations / social science or in any relevant area/
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in supporting gender equality and social inclusion in an international development environment. Specific experience in gender mainstreaming and integration in the media and environment sector is a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience in training and mentoring.
  • Excellent communication and listening skills with ability to think strategically and transmit his/her vision to partners and colleagues.
  • Good spoken and written English language skill. Other Southeast Asian or South Asian languages is a plus.
  • Self-motivated, pro-active and resourceful.
  • Ability to work effectively in a remote setting and flexible working hours.

How to apply

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