Social Impact and Safeguarding Senior Advisor, ID Hub
at Dexis Professional Services

Location: Washington, D.C.

Dexis is a professional services firm that solves the most pressing social challenges in complex environments, paving the way for a more secure and prosperous world.

Dexis embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion and strives to build and maintain a safe environment where we celebrate diverse backgrounds, treat everyone with respect, and value the unique lived experiences each person brings based on their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, military or veteran status, national origin, age, marital status or family status and related conditions.

 

At Dexis, you will experience a corporate culture of inclusiveness, fairness, and trust. You will be given the means and mentorship needed to succeed, and your creativity will be rewarded.

 

About the Position

Global Solutions Ventures (GSV) — a joint-venture partnership between ZemiTek, LLC and Dexis— is seeking an Social Impact and Safeguarding Senior Advisor to support the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI), Inclusive Development Hub (ID Hub). The ID Hub’s mandate is to promote the rights and inclusion of marginalized and underrepresented populations around the world in the development process, working across various technical areas to “combat stigma and discrimination, promote empowerment and inclusion of marginalized or underrepresented groups, and improve the lives of populations in high-risk situations.”

USAID’s ID Hub serves as the government's leader in promoting integrated development approaches to ensure full social participation in the development process by all involved, specifically by promoting participation from the world’s underrepresented, historically-marginalized groups. The ID Hub’s policies promote ways to engage children in adversity, youth, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, LGBTQI+ persons, and integrate mental health, rehabilitation, and assistive health technologies into project design, implementation, and evaluation so that they can contribute to and benefit from development programming. USAID’s Suggested Approaches for Integrating Inclusive Development Across the Program Cycle and in Mission Operations defines inclusive development as “the concept that every person, regardless of identity, is instrumental in the transformation of their own societies and their inclusion throughout the development process leads to better outcomes.”

The Inclusive Development Specialist plays a crucial role in operationalizing the “Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government,” the “Presidential Memorandum on Advancing the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons Around the World,” and “Additional Help to ADS 201: Suggested Approaches for Integrating Inclusive Development Across the Program Cycle and in Mission Operations.”

 

The Social Impact and Safeguarding Senior Advisor will be a member of the ID Hub’s Inclusion & Equity team based in Washington, DC. This is a long-term position with an immediate start date.

Responsibilities

The Social Impact and Safeguarding Senior Advisor will be a member of the Inclusive Development Hub’s Inclusion & Equity Team. The Senior Advisor will be an expert on assessing impact and mitigating risk of development initiatives on marginalized communities and individuals in vulnerable situations, and will contribute substantially to the Inclusive Development Hub’s work on social safeguarding and related initiatives that aim to ensure that USAID’s efforts ‘do no harm.’ The Social Impact and Safeguarding Senior Advisor will spearhead efforts to enhance implementation of USAID’s nondiscrimination for beneficiaries policies, including developing, refining, and facilitating trainings for staff and implementing partners on , assessing impact and risk, implementing nondiscrimination policies, and mitigating harm to marginalized groups and individuals in vulnerable situations. The Social Impact and Safeguarding Senior Advisor will be responsible for contributing to new guidance, tools and resources and otherwise advancing social safeguard approaches across USAID’s efforts. The individual will provide leadership and guidance to USAID’s Washington-based Operating Units and Missions abroad to advance social safeguarding efforts. To perform effectively, the Social Impact and Safeguarding Senior Advisor will be expected to keep abreast of relevant literature, trends, technical approaches, and best practices across international development. This position has a one-year base period, with potential to extend contingent on the availability of funds.

Illustrative duties and responsibilities also include:

  • Enhance implementation of USAID’s Nondiscrimination for Beneficiaries Policies.

  • Develop, refine, and facilitate Nondiscrimination and Inclusive Development trainings for USAID staff and Implementing Partners, largely through virtual fora.

  • Based on the findings of a desk review and internal and external stakeholder consultations, lead efforts to develop USAID’s ‘Beneficiary Bill of Rights’ (ensuring that it is accessible and strategically communicated to stakeholders).

  • Support and advise on efforts to develop an Independent Accountability Mechanism that can alert USAID to potential or real economic, environmental, or social harm of USAID’s efforts.

  • Advise on and drive efforts related to enhancing social impact assessments and social safeguarding in USAID’s programs.

  • Identify and advance ways to ensure that USAID’s programs comply with the foundational principle of ‘do no harm’

  • Perform other duties as assigned related to advancing protections for marginalized groups in USAID’s efforts.

  • Contribute to addressing cross-cutting Inclusive Development Hub and Agency priorities, including the advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) efforts.

 

Qualifications

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s (MA/MS) degree or higher in a related field from an accredited institution with ten (10+) years of work experience.

  • At least seven (7) years of experience must be in a relevant field (i.e., social sciences, political science, gender/women studies, sociology, human rights, international affairs/relation, public policy/administration, inclusive/intersection development, or another relevant subject area). Ideally, this will be applied and/or academic experience supporting marginalized/vulnerable groups, including in sectors such as human rights, conflict mitigation/prevention, public health, general development; advancing policy, programming, training, and research related to inclusion; engaging on Inclusive Development and on issues related to marginalized groups (i.e., children in adversity, Indigenous Peoples, LGBTQI+ people, persons with unmet mental health needs, asylees/IDPs/migrants, persons with disabilities/physical rehabilitation/assistive technologies, racial equity, religious/ethnic minorities, youth); and/or performing social impact analysis and engaging on the development of social safeguards.

  • Direct experience with Inclusive Development and work related to marginalized groups (i.e., children in adversity, Indigenous Peoples, LGBTQI+ people, persons with unmet mental health needs, asylees/IDPs/migrants, persons with disabilities/physical rehabilitation/assistive technologies, racial equity, religious/ethnic minorities, youth).

  • Experience developing, refining, and facilitating training, tools and applied resources, particularly related to concepts related to nondiscrimination, inclusive development, the ‘do no harm’ principle, and social safeguarding.

  • Awareness of best practices related to Beneficiary Bills of Rights.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate (both verbally and in writing) complex technical issues to generalist audiences.

  • Demonstrated ability to work diplomatically and collaboratively, build consensus, and bridge diverse perspectives and interests.

  • Ability to problem-solve, and work in a complex, fast-moving environment, including in field locations.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Facility Access Clearance (FAC).

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional proficiency (i.e., ability to deliver technical trainings) in Spanish and/or French

  • Demonstrated interest in social safeguards, inclusive development, and international development, and engagement with historically-marginalized and underrepresented groups.

  • Direct experience developing and/or operationalizing social safeguards and ‘Beneficiary Bills of Rights.’

  • Experience leading the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of large, complex strategic initiatives.

  • Prior experience working with USAID or other donor-funded programs.

How to Apply: Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter highlighting fit for the position and resume to recruitment@broderickhaightconsulting.com with the subject line "Dexis Social Impact & Safeguarding Senior Advisor”