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Adolescent Girls Specialist PEPFAR SKY Program Jobs - Mercy Corps

Job Title:          Adolescent Girls Specialist
Organization: Mercy Corps
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 Responsibilities: 
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 education
  • Experience designing and adapting programmatic tools to address gender issues or to promote positive gender outcomes
  • 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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