6. Gender and finance / human resources

CARE’s International Gender Policy (internal) outlines explicit commitments to support gender equality.

It is crucial that humanitarian responders have the right skills, tools, and capacities to integrate gender. This requires appropriate and adequate internal financial and human resources. Considerations include:

  • A gender-balanced team at all levels. This allows teams to work with, communicate and engage with people of all genders and ages. Based on the context, other diversity factors should be considered, to ensure teams are representative of the population. CARE’s guidance note on CARE’s guidance note on Recruiting Gender Balanced Teams, provides six key steps. The steps focus on under-represented groups, particularly women and persons from minority or at-risk groups.
  • Budget for appropriate and adequate resources to fund gender mainstreaming work and targeted responses. This includes approaches such as a Rapid Gender Analysis and Women Lead in Emergencies. Crucial, is the inclusion of budgets for Gender in Emergencies technical specialists to work within emergency response teams. This includes short term deployable GiE specialists and long term GiE staff.  

Links to resources and guidance are below:

Train and provide briefings to all staff on gender equality and diversity. This includes partners and volunteers. Include specific mention of their gender responsibilities and objectives in their ToR. Key training and orientation includes:

Staff should sign up to the next trainings on RGA and Women Lead in Emergencies to build staff capacity in these crucial areas.

Gender-sensitive partnerships. Ensure an understanding of, and commitment to, gender equality and gender-sensitivity in the selection of partners: