About Mercy Corps
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General position summary:
The Gender and Youth Officer works as part of a five-member component team comprising of four G&Y officers and an Advisor. The G&Y Officer reports to the Gender and Youth Advisor. S/he supports the implementation of a five-year cross sectoral gender and youth integration strategy aimed at ensuring that the program activities result in equitable outcomes for male and female participants of different age groups, socio-economic background and abilities across target communities. S/he will work closely with the district implementation team to ensure that gender equity and youth empowerment principles are incorporated into all activities. S/he will support MEL team to include gender and youth perspectives in routine data collection, analysis and assessments that mainstreams Mercy Corps sex and age data disaggregation (SADD) principles. Additionally, leads the district implementation team in integrating youth-focused activities for the achievement of Apolou’s “Youth in an evolving landscape” learning theme.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- G&Y Officer is responsible for gender mainstreaming and proactive technical support to the District Implementation Team (Program Officers & Program Assistants)
- Ensure gender and youth integration in the day-to-day activities
- Maintain close communication about gender activities with teams during regular planning and coordination sessions
- Work with the District Implementation Team to support sectorally–focused gender and youth mainstreaming trainings (initial and refreshers) for all team members and partner staff.
- Support the Gender and Youth Advisor with the planning and implementation of Apolou’s gender integration strategy and suggest ways to improve on the same.
- Collaborate with all Apolou structures, government structures and relevant stakeholders to provide a comprehensive response to sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) within the project’s area of coverage
- Promote GESI principles by identifying the need for and leading the implementation of activities designed to promote greater access, inclusion and empowerment for traditionally excluded groups (Karimojong traders, adult women, young males, adolescent girls, the elderly and people living with disabilities) across Apolou’s Purpose areas
- Help translate and adopt all gender and youth related communication materials to the local language and context to increase effectiveness.
- Assist teams to identify and address barriers to recruiting and retaining female staff and to maintaining a gender –friendly work environment.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
- Work the with Implementation Team (Project Officers & Assistants) and MEL Assistants/Officers to ensure that Apolou meets Mercy Corps gender minimum standards, and that SADD and gender sensitive data is regularly analysed and used to inform program decisions
- Support District MEL team to ensure that team members apply a gender analysis and youth perspective in the collection, analysis, and use of data.
- Conduct regular field visits to ensure that program activities are gender sensitive, youth focussed and in line with the strategy
External Representation and Coordination:
- Maintains a productive working relationship with the local governments and sub counties and in particular with district CDO’s and Youth representatives in relevant districts to ensure strong collaboration and development, complementary joint monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management structures where possible.
- Work closely with other gender and youth actors in the district for leverage and better outcomes
Supervisory responsibility: None
Directly reports to: Gender & Youth Advisor – Kotido
Works directly with: District Implementation Team Leads, Program Officers, Program Assistants, MEL Officers, HR/Admin, Consortium and partner staff
Ethics and Integrity
All Mercy Corps staff are expected to behave ethically and demonstrate highest integrity in their professional and personal life. Mercy Corps has zero tolerance to any form of fraud, corruption, abuse, harassment or exploitation. Any breach of our policies or misconduct will lead to disciplinary action or may lead to termination.
Ensure data protection policies are adhered to, establishing security controls for software, hardware and archive beneficiary databases.
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 toward 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.
Knowledge and Experience
- A Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Public Health, Agribusiness or in a related field
- At least 3 years of related professional experience in adolescent girls programming, youth, women empowerment, or livelihoods.
- Demonstrated skills in data collection, verification and documentation
- Proven skills in networking, team-building, community consultations and organizational development;
- Excellent reporting, communication and representation skills
- Willingness to consider new perspectives, promote gender equality and engage in gender training
- Ability to ride a motorcycle and he/she should be in a possession of a valid riding license
- Proven knowledge and capacity in using computer basic applications MS word, Excel and internet
- In-depth knowledge of the social, cultural and economic context of Karamoja a plus
- Fluency in local languages prevalent within the operational district where assigned (highly desired
- Experience of the geographical location of the job is a requirement.
The ability to communicate effectively, respectfully and enthusiastically with community structures will be one of the position’s three success factors. The second will be the degree to which the Program Officer drives results, producing scheduled outputs at deadline and to expected quality. The third success factor will be the degree to which the officer effectively gathers activity monitoring and evaluation data and utilizes data to inform activity implementation and program learning.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
This position is based in Kotido, Karamoja and requires at least 60% travel within the region.
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues. Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact. We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
Safeguarding & Ethics
Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct e-learning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.
Closing date for receiving applications: June 20, 2022