USAID NGO GHG Jobs – Gender, Youth and Vulnerable Groups Officer 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 two years of
implementation, and the team learns from and adapts its interventions to better
suit the needs of the local context, it will expand its activities so that the
program can better meet the needs of young people, with an additional focus on
vulnerable groups, with the support of the Gender, Youth and Vulnerable Groups
Job Summary:  The Gender, Youth and Vulnerable Groups
Officer will assist in 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 assist to build team capacity to integrate a gender and youth
perspective into program activities; work closely with sector team leads to
ensure the effective and timely execution of activities related to gender and
age-based access to opportunities in economic, health and civic engagement
activities; support the M&EL team to include a gender and youth perspective
in research, mid-term and endline evaluations and to mainstream sex and age
disaggregated and gender sensitive indicators into the overall M&EL
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Support with sectorally-focused gender and youth
mainstreaming trainings for all team members;
Responsible for the implementation of GHG’s gender,
youth and vulnerable groups’ integration strategies and adapting and improving
strategies as needed;
The incumbent will apply gender and youth analysis
to current program activities and with new program design;
Oversight of the gender and youth activities with
other GHG team leads and officers during regular planning and coordination
In charge of the roll out of GHG’s gender behavior
change communications (BCC) strategy;
Responsible for the implementation of activities
designed to promote greater access, inclusion and empowerment for traditionally
excluded groups (Karamajong traders, adult women, male youth, adolescent girls
etc.) in the area of conflict mitigation and management and good governance, as
well as at the household and community levels;
Carry out M&E activities to ensure that sex and
age dis-aggregated and gender sensitive data is collected and analyzed in line
with Mercy Corps’ Design for Impact Guide (DIG) recommendations;
Identifying barriers to recruiting and retaining
female program staff and maintaining a gender friendly work environment.
Organizational Learning: As part of our
commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that
learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the
communities they serve – we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time
to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps
team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability,
specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding
international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary
communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our
field projects.
Qualifications, Skills and
The Gender, Youth and Vulnerable Groups Officer
should hold a good Bachelor’s degree 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
Significant professional background and experience
in conducting gender training, gender mainstreaming, SGBV prevention and
response and Positive Youth Development (PYD), including civic engagement, good
governance and participatory M&EL methods.
Prior experience working in Northern Uganda a must
Karamoja language skills strongly preferred
Prior exposure and experience working in large
scale, complex programs and challenging environments
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
Strong training and facilitation skills
Ability and willingness to both lead and follow as
Comfortable working in a dynamic environment with
shifting needs and priorities
The incumbent should have a broad internal and
external network of gender experts to draw upon as needed
Computer 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:
25th September 2015
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