Gender Officer Non-profit Careers – Mercy Corps

Job Title:   Gender Officer
Organisation: Mercy Corps
Duty Station: Uganda
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), DFID, Mastercard
Foundation, WALMART Foundation, Coca Cola Africa Foundation, US Depart of State
(DOS) /PEPFAR, and Nike Foundation.
About BRACED Mercy Corps:
BRACED Mercy Corps is a consortium led by Mercy Corps that includes
TANGO Intl, Makerere University, University of Nairobi and Wajir South
Development Association (WASDA). BRACED Mercy Corps is being implemented in
northern Uganda (Karamoja) as well as northern Kenya (Wajir County). The BRACED
Mercy Corps programme is designed around three integrated thematic focus areas
– Natural Resource Management and Lands, Market Systems Development and
Governance and Gender Mainstreaming.
Job Summary: The Gender
Officer will be tasked with the direct implementation of activities in target
communities. Activities center on village level groups in which Gender Officers
will mobilize, manage and ensure quality of activities. The Gender Officer will
be responsible for activities related to male-only platforms, boys and girls
safe space group formation and monitoring, education/advocacy of women groups,
community education and barazas and gender research activities.
Key Duties and
  • Work closely with Team Leaders to develop
    detailed quarterly, monthly and weekly workplans
  • Complete required paperwork in order to
    execute activities on time and of high quality, including development of
    concept notes on specific activities with associated timeline and budget
  • Regularly monitor community based groups –
    Kitogogong Eres – working across the Markets, NRM, Lands and Governance
    teams to ensure activities compliment and build upon each other
  • 75%+ travel to the field including Napak
    and Moroto Districts
  • Maintain positive working relationships
    with District and Sub County level Gender Officers, coordinators of
    women’s networks, and other stakeholders, representing Mercy Corps in
    coordination meetings and solicitating participation in select activities
  • Ensure close coordination and sharing of
    information with District Officials, NGOs and local authorities as
    appropriate and advised by Team Leader and Program Manager
  • Make recommendations for incorporating a
    gender perspective into sectoral work
  • The incumbent will communicate the
    organization’s commitment to gender equity, and the rationale for it, to
    staff and stakeholders.
  • Other duties as assigned. 
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Gender
    Officer career opportunity should preferably hold a Bachelor’s degree in
    gender and development, women’s studies, masculinity studies, sociology,
    law or a related field
  • At least three years of professional
    experience in the field of gender and development
  • Familiarity with tools of gender
    mainstreaming, including gender analysis
  • First-hand knowledge of gender dynamics in
    Karamoja is a must, as well as a basic understanding of the gender legal
    and policy framework in Uganda
  • Show commitment to women’s rights, human
    rights and social justicd
  • Working knowledge and experience in GBV
    prevention and response
  • Demonstrated skills in networking,
    collaboration, education, community consultations and organizational
  • Ability to ride a motorcycle and in possession
    of a valid driving/riding license
  • A strong team player with good
    communication and diplomatic skills
  • Very good analytical and information
    management skills
  • Good organizational skills and ability to
    work under/manager stress
  • Flexible and creative in planning and
    problem solving
  • Keen attention to detail, ability to
    follow procedures and meet deadlines and work independently and
    cooperatively with team members
  • Skill in maintaining professional internal
    and external relationships
  • Maintain confidentiality of sensitive
    information both for the staff and the organization
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their
E-mail applications including a cover letter clearly stating the salary
requirements, updated CV (with three professional referees), and copies of
academic qualifications/certificates addressed to the Senior HR and Legal
Manager, Mercy Corps Uganda to:
Deadline:  13th January 2017
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