Nike Foundation GIRL Project Careers – Adolescent Girls Specialist at Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps
Project
Name:
Girls Improving Resilience with Livestock (GIRL)
Funding
Source:
Nike Foundation
Duty
Station:
Uganda
Reports
to:
  Program Manager
About
US:
Mercy Corps is an
international non-profit organization which implements high-quality, analytical
development programmes in very difficult places. Mercy Corps has been operating
in Uganda since 2006. It has and continues to implement programs in Acholi and
Karamoja sub regions. Mercy Corps is taking a community-led, market driven
approach to address poverty and food insecurity needs through interventions
that get to the root causes and contributing factors of economic vulnerability.
Donors include the United States Agency for International Development (USAID),
the European Commission (EC), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA),
Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), Walmart Foundation, Nike Foundation, DFID
as well as other private donations.
About
Nike Foundation GIRL Program:
The project is a
livelihoods-focused 3-year Nike Foundation program working in the Karamoja
(Uganda) and West Pokot and Turkana (Kenya) regions. The project, called Girls
Improving Resilience with Livestock (GIRL) aims to empower pastoralist girls in
the Karamoja region to improve their livelihoods and personal agency, as well
as increase the food security and adaptive capacity of their households and the
resilience of their communities.
Job
Summary:
The Adolescent
Girls Specialist will support the NIKE Foundation Project through providing
insight and technical support in the design, implementation and monitoring of
program activities hence playing a key role in relationship building with community
stakeholders. The job holder will be responsible for ensuring educational and
livelihoods focused activities are attuned with girls’ needs and realities.
This role is vital in ensuring the GIRL program successfully provides
girl-centered, locally relevant activities resulting in increased livelihood
development, girls’ empowerment and improved food security for the three
regions.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
1.
Technical Capacity:
·        
Work
directly with the Program Coordinator and Program Mangers (Moroto,
Kapenguria/Eldoret and Lodwar) to ensure all outreach and activities are
sensitive to the needs, challenges and constraints placed on girls in each
community
·        
The incumbent
will be charged with strengthening the capacity of local staff and mentors
through technical support, ongoing training, and conduct regular meetings with
staff and mentors to monitor the progress of activities and address any
challenges.
·        
Offer
timely technical support on gender integration in various market facilitation
activities within the urban centers geared towards the augmentation of
value-addition for livestock and value addition products and general capacity
building for women in pastoralist and agriculture settings, women in urbanizing
contexts, and women who are transitioning between the two
2.
Activity Design:
·        
Work
closely with each region’s Program Manager to identify and strategically engage
key gatekeepers in each community, which will contribute to the creation of
regional Advisory Committees
·        
Provide
technical support and guidance on key program activities – mentorship
recruitment/training, curriculum development, girls recruitment/training and
community sensitization
·        
Actively
engage in the design of the livelihoods and education focused activities in
rural areas of Karamoja, Turkana and West Pokot and growing areas such as
Moroto, Lodwar and Kapenguria to ensure girls are actively engaged in program
activities
·        
Offer
technical advice on how to recruit and establish a girls centered mentorship
program
·        
Steer
community mapping activities to locate safe spaces for program activities
·        
Render
support in the identification and lead localization of training curriculum
targeting girls in school and out of school (safe spaces, financial skills,
literacy/numeracy)
·        
Establish
current awareness of the importance of gender-sensitive programming among
target participant groups including traditional leaders, government officials,
health workers and youth group participants.
·        
Work
closely with the GIRL team to ensure GBV responses are reflective of the needs
of girls’ in particular early marriage and sexual violence.
3.
Monitoring & Evaluation:
·        
The incumbent
is also responsible for the development of systems to help recruit, track and
retain girls in training and livelihoods activities
·        
Assess
program components for gaps and additional needs, including outlining potential
recommendations for improvement
·        
Maximize
program participation and retention by conducting ongoing monitoring and
evaluation activities
·        
Draft
reports on activities and contribute to regular donor reports
·        
Work
in liaison with the Mercy Corps technical support units, set up gender-focused
elements of the GIRL monitoring system and work closely with M&E team to
ensure sex and age disaggregated data is collected and that gender analysis is
applied.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
·        
The Mercy
Corps Nike Foundation Project Adolescent Girls Specialist should possess a Bachelor’s
degree in relevant subject,
Master’s Degree preferred
·        
At least
two to three years’ experience working with adolescent girls, including
facilitating trainings and livelihood focused activities targeting adolescent
girls
·        
Detailed
knowledge and understanding of gender inequality, and issues surrounding
violence against women and girls;
·        
Strong
understanding of gender dynamics in pastoralist communities
·        
Past
exposure and experience working in the sectors of sexual and gender based
violence, harmful traditional practices, the role of women in community-led
processes, especially around livelihoods and education
·        
Significant
experience conducting research and analysis on gender issues, including leading
focus groups or research on sensitive issues.
·        
Past
experience working on project monitoring and evaluation
·        
Ability
to train, mentor and support other staff in their respective tasks in a
professional, respectful and supportive manner;
·        
Positive
and professional attitude, able to organize, maintain composure and prioritize
work under pressure, work overtime when necessary and be able to coordinate
multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail;
·        
Ability
to work as a member of a team essential;
·        
Computer
literacy, including Microsoft Word and Excel.
·        
Be a
good team player, with good communication and diplomatic skills.
·        
Demonstrated
ability to work independently as part of a regional team and with international
professionals.
·        
Excellent
analytical and information management skills.
·        
Excellent
organizational skills and ability to work under stress and in austere contexts
of remote locations.
·        
Flexible
and creative in planning and problem solving.
·        
Attention
to detail, ability to follow procedures and meet deadlines and work
independently and cooperatively with team members.
·        
Proven
excellence maintaining professional internal and external relationships.
·        
An
even temperament and good sense of humor is a must.
·        
Fluency
in written and spoken English required
·        
Fluency
in local languages desired – Pokoot, Turkana, Karamojong
How
to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested Ugandan candidates should send their applications
including a cover letter clearly stating the salary requirements, updated CV
(with three professional referees), and copies of academic
qualifications/certificates to the HR/Admin Manager, Kampala Head Office on 4th
Floor Embassy Plaza, Plot 1188-1190 Ggaba Road. The E-mail applications with
cover letter should be sent to: mcjobs@ug.mercycorps.org
Deadline:  10th July 2015
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