Gender Officer SIDA TRAIL Project Jobs – Mercy Corps

Job Title:        Gender Officer
Organization: Mercy Corps
Project Name: SIDA
Transforming Agriculture for Improved Livelihood (TRAIL)
Duty Station: Uganda
    
About Us:
Mercy Corps is an international non-profit organization that has been
working 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), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Walmart
Foundation (BUILD).
About SIDA TRAIL Programs:
Mercy Corps Uganda currently has funding from SIDA for a three year
funded program- Transforming Agriculture for Improved Livelihood (TRAIL) which
aims at scaling a proven partnership model to reach a total of 60,000 farmers
with Gulu Agricultural Development Company (GADC). The expansion focuses on new
and updated trainings that include organic techniques, tillage and cultivation,
yield enhancing inputs, integrated pest management, post-harvest handling,
financial literacy, business skills, male engagement platforms and women
leadership training. The program works in setting up technology platforms that
enable timely and efficient access to information (price and agricultural
extension), management of farmer records, facilitate transaction between
farmers, agents and GADC.
Job Summary: The Gender
Officer will manage TRAIL Program’s farmer trainings and ascertain Gender
sensitivity is exercised. This will include support to staff and Gulu
Agricultural Development Company (GADC) private sector partners with the
recruitment of female lead farmers and Field Officer, the development and
review of appropriate training materials and monitoring the replication of the
trainings to reach the farmer audience and continuously developing a business
case in women and Youth as clients and employees. The GO will also ensure that
gender mainstreaming across program sectors like access to finance,
Agribusiness and Extension services. S/he will also work with Mercy Corps’
Regional Gender Advisor and Kitgum staff to build their understanding of the
Mercy Corps gender policy and the creation and maintenance of a gender-friendly
work environment.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  
  • Carry out research and advocacy activities
    to convince companies of the missed opportunities in failing to target
    women as employees and customers;
  • Guide companies on how to engender
    outreach with farmers through pro-active recruitment and retention of lead
    farmers, agents and adjustments to marketing, sales and distribution
    strategies.
  • Provide support in the development and
    review of training materials to ensure that they are inclusive and address
    gender concerns;
  • Take the lead on supervising the Gender
    Interns and Business focal points in the monitoring and roll out of the
    Private Sector- Gender friendly Training materials.
  • Mentor and train staff in the use of
    gender aware training materials and support Private Sector Players with
    roll out of community out-reaches that attain positive behavioral and
    social change. Monitor the replicated trainings with farmers and ensure
    that female, male and youth participation, learning and general quality
    remain high;
  • Make recommendations for incorporating a
    gender perspective into farmer interventions in extension and trainings
    whilst working with teams to ensure that they are implemented correctly.
  • Develop appropriate risk mitigation
    strategies for gender work that could have unintended and negative
    consequences for the groups that the program seeks to benefit.
  • Build and maintain productive working
    relationships with district gender officers, coordinators of women’s
    networks and other stakeholders;
  • Review programmatic assessment tools
    (surveys, questionnaires etc.) to ensure that they are thematically and
    technically sound from the point of view of gender;
  • Support the team with the collection of
    sex-disaggregated, gender-sensitive data and the documentation of program
    activities;
  • Submit timely monthly, and quarterly
    reports that reflect program progress during implementation with field
    proven documented stories
  • Adhere to the country gender policy and
    humanitarian code of conduct;
  • Deliver gender training to staff to build
    employee capacity to conduct effective gender work;
     
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps
    Gender Officer career opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s degree in
    gender and economic development, women’s studies, sociology, law or a
    related field;
  • At least three to five years of
    professional experience in the field of gender and development;
  • Familiarity with gender mainstreaming
    tools (gender analysis, gender risk mitigation and use of gender-sensitive
    indicators etc.);
  • Previous exposure and experience in
    working with Private Sector Partners.
  • Good negotiation, representation, skills
    and the ability to work comfortably with a vast audience that have
    potential to positively impact the Program success
  • First-hand knowledge of gender dynamics in
    the Acholi region is a must as well as a basic understanding of the
    national gender legal and policy framework;
  • Show commitment to women’s rights, human
    rights and social justice;
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in GBV
    prevention and response an asset;
  • Proven skills in networking,
    collaboration, community consultation and organizational development;
  • Demonstrated analytical and writing
    skills;
  • Excellent reporting, communication and
    representation skills;
  • Fluency in local languages is an
    advantage;
  • Proven knowledge and capacity in using
    basic computer applications like MS Word, Excel and the World Wide Web.
  • The ideal candidate will have the ability
    and curiosity to work comfortably and effectively in the Acholi sub
    region.
  • S/he will be an excellent communicator,
    have a strong sense of humor, multi-tasker, and able to work difficult and
    often stressful environments.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send
their applications via email to ug-mcjobs@mercycorps.org addressed to the
Senior HR and Legal Manager, Mercy Corps Uganda. Please include a cover letter
clearly stating your salary requirements, CV (with 3 referees), and copies of
academic qualifications/certificates. The subject of email should include the
position you are applying for.
Deadline: 3rd March 2017
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