Gender Officer NGO Jobs - Mercy Corps

Job Title:   Gender Officer
Organisation: Mercy Corps
Duty Station: Uganda

About US:
Mercy Corps is a leading global relief and development agency saving and improving lives in the world’s toughest places. In more than 40 countries, we partner with local people to put bold ideas into action, help them overcome adversity and build stronger communities. We help communities survive and move beyond emergencies. When natural disasters strike, economies collapse or conflict flares, Mercy Corps is there. Working with communities, we leverage local logic to help people transform their lives to grow more food, earn higher incomes and ultimately advocate for their needs. We see global challenges as an invitation to pioneer innovative, sustainable solutions.

Job Summary: The Gender Officer’ primary roles and responsibilities can be broken into three distinct categories of work. The first is to assist with on-going gender research that will be used as the basis for program design and modifications and improvements to existing strategies. The second is to support programmatic efforts to mainstream gender into the program cycle. The third is to input into the development of institutional and field level activities that enhance protections for women and support an atmosphere of equality.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • The jobholder will make recommendations for incorporating a gender perspective into sectoral work
  • Develop appropriate risk mitigation strategies for gender work
  • Render support to the team in the implementation of sector-specific gender plans, consult with stakeholder groups on an on-going basis to assess the suitability of the same
  • Guide team members on gender issues and develop tools and resources to assist with gender analysis and gender awareness program design\Identify individuals and groups with the interest and potential to promote the goal of gender equality within the wider community.
  • Build, strengthen and maintain productive working relationships with district gender officers, coordinators of women’s networks and other stakeholders, representing Mercy Corps in coordination meetings and soliciting their participation in all activities where appropriate
  • Work in liaison with sectoral team leaders and officers who form part of the BRACED team, including staff of partner organizations;
  • Ensure close coordination and sharing of information with district officials, NGOs and local authorities, as appropriate and advised by the line manager
  • Conduct him/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring positive recognition to Mercy Corps and to not endanger Mercy Corps’ humanitarian mission.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Gender Officer job placement should hold a degree in gender and development, women’s studies, masculinity studies, sociology, law or a related field.
  • At least three to five years of professional experience in the field of gender and development.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of 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 justice.
  • Working knowledge and experience in GBV prevention and response is an asset.
  • Demonstrated skills in networking, collaboration, community consultations and organizational development.
  • Demonstrated writing and analytical skills.
  • Excellent reporting, communication and representation skills.
  • Fluency in Ngakarimojong and Lebthur is an advantage.
  • Ability to ride a motorcycle and he/she should be in possession of a valid driving/riding licence.
  • The applicant must be a strong team player, with good communication and diplomatic skills.
  • Excellent analytical and information management skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work under/manage stress.
  • Flexible and creative in planning and problem solving.
  • 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.
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 Human Resource 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:

Deadline:  17th May 2016

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