Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) & Responsible Behavior Unit Lead Job in Kenya

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) & Responsible Behavior Unit Lead Job in Kenya

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) & Responsible Behavior Unit Lead

Based in: Nairobi

Application deadline: December 23rd 2022.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization that provides assistance to people affected by war, conflict, natural disasters, outbreaks and epidemics or healthcare exclusion. The organization now works in more than 70 countries around the world, with significant projects across East African countries including in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. 


MSF is recruiting a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) & Responsible Behavior Unit Lead, to work in conjunction with the Management Team, to guarantee the overall transversal implementation of strategies and policies as outlined in its framework. They will continuously build and alter these strategies and polices as the function of the section will evolve.

The DEI/Behavior Unit Lead will drive strategic collaborations and new initiatives forward. While each Management Team member and all staff are responsible to incorporate DEI into all aspects of the work, the Unit Lead will provide support to ensure that strategies are on track that stakeholders are engaged, and that MSF is progressing towards set goals and having the impact intended. Furthermore, the Unit Lead will partner across sections to strengthen collaborations that will directly support the Units specific strategies and goals. The ideal candidate will bring exceptional organizational skills and a strategic vision to support the vision of MSF becoming an inclusive and equitable organization that will attract and retain talent of diverse people with divers lived experience.


Under the supervision of the General Director, they will support and develop integration of DEI policies and tools in line with global commitments and regional framework. Strengthen awareness and accountability of strategies on Responsible Behavior and facilitate support through coordination on pool of investigators building on regional and cultural proximity. 

Given the position is for a new unit, responsibilities and priorities might be revised over time.

Duties & Responsibilities

Strategic Work on DEI

  • Develop, review and make recommendations for improvement in existing DEI strategies, policies and initiatives.
  • Evaluate the section Vision, annual plan  set up & structure (organizational/operations/management) to ensure that DEI is considered and centered in the design, content and metrics.
  • Create and coordinate a transversal workforce on the topic of DEI to improve employee engagement.
  • Design and implement an annual survey on DEI to measure outcomes and impacts of internal strategies and incentives.

Strategic Work on Responsible Behavior

  • Review and align departmental policies, guidelines and procedures with relevant content on Responsible Behavior with the regional framework.
  • Provide leadership consultations on addressing both challenges and opportunities Responsible Behavior as they may occur.
  • Coordinate the pool of investigators and support case management of investigations. Align to the global wide framework once validated by the Executive Committee. 
  • Design and implement an annual survey on Responsible Behaviour to measure outcomes and impacts of internal strategies and incentives.

Building Networks

  • Collaborate with Communications and Fundraising to design and facilitate implementation of an external engagement plan for future donors and the public that will clearly communicate and demonstrate the centered value of DEI and Responsible Behaviour in our organization.
  • Collaborate with Learning and Development Unit to provide a training and development plan for management and staff that improves understanding of best practices.
  • Collaborate with Human Resources on recruiting strategies that will attract and retain talent of people with diverse lived experiences.
  • Collaborate with Anthropology Unit and Counter Terrorism Unit on equitable approaches to the identification of future operations and focus areas.
  • Collaborate with Security Unit on prevention and response to abuses.
  • As part of the MSF network, collaborate with other platforms, teams and units to realize and align global ambitions with the local context.

External Engagement

  • Expand regional networks and collaborations to advance on DEI and Responsible Behavior engagement strategies.
  • Design and facilitate and external engagement plan that will report on efforts, outcomes and impacts on the two topics. It shall aim to communicate a public commitment to DEI and Responsible Behavior and our investment in data collection and tracking systems to back up ongoing strategies.

Team management and Supervision 

  • Manage & supervise a focal point for DEI & Responsible Behavior that will facilitate mutual learning and collaboration on the topic within the section.
  •    Support the network through identification of resources/staff and various capacities that can be part of the global network & support structure. 
  •   The Head of the Unit shall supervise case management of investigations carried out by the pool and work close with other management team members to ensure capacity is sustainable.


Any combination of education and experience that demonstrates a in depth level understanding of DEI, Responsible Behavior and organizational development. This may include:

  • University degree in international development, social sciences, law, education or similar field. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion specific education (or experience) highly valued
  • 5+ years of experience in developing and implementing initiatives of DEI and Responsible Behavior, including experience in creating collaborative and productive working relationships across sectors.
  • Knowledge of DEI and Responsible Behavior principles and capacity to use it to empower and create engagement.
  • Ability to design, implement and evaluate DEI strategies and programming.
  • Ability to coach, mentor and facilitate a broad spectrum of people on the topics.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Strong commitment to social justice and equity.
  • Fluency in English is required, and knowledge of French and a third language is desirable.
  • People of diverse lived experiences are highly encouraged to apply.

Skills/Technical Competencies

  • Commitment to MSF principles
  • Cross-cultural awareness
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership
  • Analytic thinking
  • Strategic vision
  • Teamwork and cooperation
  • Initiative and innovation
  • Networking and building relationships

Personal Abilities

  • Excellent ability to work in a multicultural environment successfully and to demonstrate commitment and support for diversity, gender-responsive, inclusive, and non-discriminatory behavior and attitudes.
  • Ability to inspire and build collaborative working relationships

We Offer

A full-time employment contract as soon as possible through MSF East Africa Section Office in Nairobi.  An annual salary of KES 5,181,181 based on a fulltime appointment.

Global benefit package; includes school fee benefit/support for dependents and other allowances ranging between KES 75,000-140,000/month based on individual & administrative status. 

Other benefits include: 25 days of annual leave, Employer Pension contribution, Relocation support for non-Kenyan residents etc. based on MSF EA terms/conditions.

How to Apply

If you recognize yourself in this profile and meet the requirements, we welcome you to apply directly via the Apply button on his page and upload a letter of motivation + Curriculum Vitae (in English) as one combined document (only applications with motivation will be included in the process) in PDF format. The closing date for applications is December 23rd 2022.

Please note that only candidates that fully meet the requirements of the position will be taken into consideration.

Applicants should send the requirements above through the web link provided below:


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