USAID GHG Program Vacancies – Gender, Youth and Vulnerable Groups Team Leader at Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps
Project
Name:
Growth, Health and Governance (GHG) Program
Funding
Source:
USAID
Duty
Station:
Uganda
About
US:
Mercy Corps
is an international non-profit organization which implements high-quality,
analytical development work in very difficult places. We have been operating in
Uganda since 2006 and currently implement development programs in the Acholi
and Karamoja sub-regions of Uganda with funding from USAID, EC, SDC, and USDA.
We were recently awarded a market-development focused 5-year USAID/Food for
Peace-funded program working in the northern half of Karamoja.
About
USAID GHG Program:
The project,
called the Northern Karamoja Growth, Health and Governance (GHG) program, aims
to support the immediate needs of program beneficiaries while promoting
long-term development by spurring systemic improvements in key economic sectors
of northern Karamoja.
A
gender strategy was developed for GHG in the first two years and was overseen
and implemented by a gender advisor, two gender officers and sector teams. As
the program moves into its final three years of implementation, and the team
learns from and adapts its interventions to better suit the needs of the local
context, it requires assistance from an experienced gender and youth expert who
can lead integration efforts, with the support of two gender officers, but also
identify areas where the program can better meet the needs of young people,
with an emphasis on vulnerable groups.
Job
Summary:
The Gender, Youth
and Vulnerable Groups Team Leader will be responsible for managing the
implementation of cross-sectoral gender, youth and vulnerable groups
integration strategies aimed at ensuring that program activities result in
equal outcomes for male and female beneficiaries of different age groups and
socio-economic backgrounds across target communities. The incumbent will have
the overall responsibility for building team capacity to integrate a gender and
youth perspective into program activities; work closely with sector team leads
and gender officers to ensure the effective and timely execution of activities
related to gender and age-based access to opportunities ; support the M&EL
team to include a gender and youth perspective in research, mid-term and
end-line evaluations and to mainstream sex and age disaggregated and gender
sensitive indicators into the overall M&EL framework.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1.
Technical Capacity:
·        
Oversee
sectorally-focused gender and youth mainstreaming trainings for all team
members.
·        
Manage
the implementation of GHG’s gender, youth and vulnerable groups’ integration
strategies and adapt and improve strategies as needed
·        
Support
the GHG team to apply gender analysis and youth analysis to current program
activities and with new program design.
·        
Coordinate
gender and youth team activities with other GHG team leaders during regular
planning and coordination sessions.
·        
Identify
the need for and supervise the implementation of activities designed to promote
greater access, inclusion and empowerment for traditionally excluded groups
(Karamajong traders, adult women, young males, adolescent girls etc.) in the
areas of economic development, health and governance and at the household and
community levels.
·        
Work
closely with the M&E team to ensure sex and age disaggregated and gender
sensitive data is collected and analyzed in line with Mercy Corps’ Design for
Impact Guide (DIG) recommendations
·        
Support
the Project team in identifying barriers to recruiting and retaining female
program staff and maintaining a gender friendly work environment.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The
ideal candidate for the USAID GHG Gender, Youth and Vulnerable Groups Team
Leader should possess a Bachelors’ degree or diploma in international
development, women’s studies, gender or a comparable area of study
·        
A
minimum of five years’ experience in youth civic engagement and/or economic
engagement, gender, and development work; with a minimum of three years in
field postings
·        
Substantial
professional background and experience in conducting gender training, gender
mainstreaming, SGBV prevention and response and Positive Youth Development
(PYD), including market-based employment, civic engagement and participatory
M&EL methods.
·        
Past
experience working in Northern Uganda is a must
·        
Karamoja
language skills strongly preferred
·        
Prior
experience working in large scale, complex programs and challenging
environments
·        
Exceptional
verbal and written communication skills
·        
Excellent
training and facilitation skills
·        
Ability
and willingness to both lead and follow as appropriate
·        
Comfortable
working in a dynamic environment with shifting needs and priorities
·        
Has
an internal and external network of gender experts to draw upon as needed
·        
Computer
literacy skills i.e. Proficiency with Microsoft Office
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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