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Gender Advocate and Policy Influencer

  • Ashfield, NSW 2131 Full Time - Fixed Term
  • Job no: CYBYG
  • Sydney or Melbourne based
  • 12 months max term contract
  • Excellent benefits including salary packaging and ADO


Settlement Services International (SSI) is a leading community-based not-for-profit organisation providing a range of services in the areas of refugee settlement, asylum seeker assistance, housing, multicultural foster care, disability support and employment services in NSW. Our vision is to achieve a society that values the diversity of its people and actively provides support to ensure meaningful social and economic participation and to assist individuals and families reach their potential.


The Gender Advocate and Policy Influencer role focuses on international and national systemic advocacy, policy development and contributes to law reform with and for the people and communities SSI supports nationally and globally.

The role will develop and implement strategies aiming to promote the role of women and girls in our society ensuring their voice is amplified. Gender equality is a cross-cutting issue in all of SSI’s programs. The role will collaborate and work closely with SSI staff currently working on advocacy and work to strengthen gender equality.  

The role will grow SSI presence in the gender sphere by leading discussions and building strong connections and relationships with national and international agencies with a particular focus on the role women and girls in decision-making.


  • Guide, develop and influence SSI’s approach in increasing women’s participation and engagement in decision making and advocacy relating to the prevention, management and development of communities 
  • Advocacy for greater financial resources and funding as well as removal of structural, political and bureaucratic barriers to ensure women are effectively participating in the planning, design and implementation of programs.
  • Develop and deliver SSI gender advocacy strategy and action plan
  • Develop partnerships and relationships with national and international NGO’s with a focus on gender i.e. UN Women, Amnesty International, RCOA, UNHCR, also involvement with ICVA and Global Compact work
  • Actively contribute, brief executive and participate at the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) events/forums
  • Empower refugee and migrant women and girls to contribute to discussions enabling them to influence policy and program design in relation to forced displacement and migration

ABOUT YOU - Selection Criteria

You will have Tertiary qualifications in International Law, Business, Social Work or equivalent field involving research relating to refugees and asylum seeker issues or social justice. You will have experience in advocating for Gender rights and a solid understanding of national and international frameworks for gender equality, security, human rights and women’s empowerment. Your demonstrated experience with campaigning and advocacy and knowledge/experience working with issues that affect newcomers, people seeking asylum, displaced persons and other Australians will be highly regarded. You will be highly outcomes focused with highly developed interpersonal communications skills with the ability to forge strong relationships with stakeholders. Previous experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities and involvement in NGO and government committees would be highly regarded.

Please respond to the “Selection Criteria” section in your cover letter.


We have a fantastic benefits package that promotes work/life balance; something we are very passionate about! This includes a fortnightly Accrued Day Off (ADO) for full time staff, flexible working arrangements and generous salary packaging options so you can increase your take home pay!

We offer the opportunity to engage in meaningful work that makes a real difference to the lives of our clients, their families, carers, and communities.

SSI is passionate about social justice and diversity and is committed to being an EEO employer. We embrace diversity in our workforce and encourage applications from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including those from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island heritage and people with lived experience of disability. 

We strongly believe in protecting the safety and well-being of children and vulnerable communities and take child protection very seriously. All employees will undergo a National Police Clearance and a Working with Children Check as a condition of employment.

If you require a reasonable adjustment please email [email protected]

Applications close date: 16th August 2019

  • Published on 01 Aug 2019, 1:27 AM