6. Gender and finance / human resources

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CARE’s International Gender Policy outlines explicit commitments to support gender equality and this link provides further information to CARE’s organisational focus, commitments and approach to gender equity, equality and diversity in the workplace.

Equipping humanitarian responses with the right skills, tools, and capacities to integrate gender effectively requires adequate and appropriate internal financial and human resources. Key considerations include:

  • Ensure a gender-balanced team at all levels. This allows teams to be better able to work with, communicate and engage with people of all genders and ages in the population. Based on the context, other diversity factors should be considered to ensure a team that is representative of the population. CARE’s guidance note on Recruiting Gender Balanced Teams, provides six simple steps for recruiting a balanced team, with a focus on under-represented groups, particularly women.
  • Budget for appropriate and adequate resources to fund gender mainstreaming work and targeted responses such as Women Lead in Emergencies and a Life Free from Violence. Crucial, is the inclusion of Gender in Emergencies technical support. Until longer-term support is secured, deploy Gender in Emergencies technical specialists to work with the emergency response teams. Key resources include CARE’s guidance note on Gender in Emergencies Budgeting (coming soon) and the guidance note on Integrating Gender Equality into Project Design. A sample budget has also been developed to support gender in emergency response work (coming soon).
  • Train and provide adequate briefings to all staff, including partners and volunteers, on gender equality and diversity, and include specific mention of their gender responsibilities and objectives in their ToR. Key training and orientation includes:
  • Gender-sensitive partnerships: Ensure an understanding of, and commitment to, gender equality and gender-sensitivity in the selection of partners. For more information on partner assessments, see CARE’s guidance note on Gender-sensitive Partnerships.