Adolescent Girls Specialist PEPFAR SKY Program Jobs – Mercy Corps

Job Title:          Adolescent Girls Specialist
Organization: Mercy
Project Name: Cultivating
Safe Work, Life Skills and Market Connections to Decrease HIV Risk for Young
Women (SKY)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Senior
Program Manager
About Mercy Corps:
Mercy Corps is an International
NGO that exists to alleviate poverty and oppression by helping people build
secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps has been fully registered
in Uganda as an operational NGO. Currently Mercy Corps has an office in Kampala
and is implementing Food Security programs which comprise of Water and
Sanitation, Livelihood and Agriculture and Conflict Mitigation Management
Program in North and North Eastern Uganda. We implement programs in the
northern districts of Pader, Kitgum, Agago, Lamwo, Kaabong, Abim and Kotido
with funding from USAID, USDA, Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as well as other
private donations.
About PEPFAR SKY Program:
Mercy Corps is implementing a 2-year PEPFAR funded DREAMS program,
Cultivating Safe Work, Life Skills and Market Connections to Decrease HIV Risk
for Young Women (SKY) seeking to address the growing rate of HIV/AIDS among
young women (ages 19 -24) who engage in transactional sex in the Gulu, Lira and
Oyam Districts. SKY will reduce 4,500 young women’s reliance on transactional
sex by providing them the skills, confidence and connections needed to achieve
steady employment. By tapping into the young women’s aspirations and locally
available market opportunities, SKY will provide demand-driven technical and
life skills training, which will enable young women to successfully navigate
the private sector, generate a steady income and reduce their dependence on
transactional sex. The program will include vocational training and market
facilitation activities.
Job Summary: The Adolescent
Girls Specialist will be responsible for providing insight and technical
support in the design, implementation and monitoring of program activities,
will play a key role in relationship building with community stakeholders and
will be responsible for ensuring educational and livelihoods focused activities
are attuned with girls’ needs and realities. This role is vital in ensuring the
DREAMS/SKY program successfully provides young women-centered, locally relevant
activities resulting in increased livelihood development, young women’s empowerment
and improved food security for the three districts
Key Duties and
Technical Capacity:
  • Work directly with the Senior Program
    Managers, Program Officers and CBO partners to ensure all outreach and
    activities are sensitive to the needs, challenges and constraints placed
    on girls in each community.
  • The incumbent will strengthen the capacity
    of local staff and CBOs through technical support, ongoing training, and
    conduct regular meetings with staff and CBOs to monitor the progress of
    activities and address any challenges.
  • Offer technical support on gender
    integration in various market facilitation activities within the urban
    centers geared towards vocational training, micro-franchise opportunities
    and entrepreneurism.
  • Provide general capacity building for
    young women in urbanizing contexts in the areas of business, life skills
    and health.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Adolescent Girls Specialist job
    opportunity should a Bachelor’s degree in
    gender, social sciences
    or related field. Master’s Degree is preferred.
  • Four years of experience working with
    adolescent young women, including facilitating trainings and livelihood
    focused activities targeting adolescent young women
  • Broad
    knowledge and
    understanding of gender inequality, and issues
    surrounding violence against young women;
  • Strong understanding of gender dynamics in
    pastoralist communities
  • Experience working in the sectors of
    sexual and gender based violence, harmful traditional practices, the role
    of women in community-led processes, especially around livelihoods and
  • Experience designing and adapting
    programmatic tools to address gender issues or to promote positive gender
  • Experience conducting research and
    analysis on gender issues, including leading focus groups or research on
    sensitive issues
  • The ideal candidate will have the ability
    and curiosity to work comfortably and effectively in the cultural,
    relatively poor infrastructure of Acholi and Langi sub regions.
  • She 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 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: 3rd April 2018
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