Gender Officer US Non-profit Careers – Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy
Duty Station: 
About US:
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.
Job Summary: The
Gender Officer will oversee BRIDGE’ Program’s activities and ascertain Gender
sensitivity is exercised. This will include support to staff and partner
organisations with the recruitment of female beneficiaries / trainees, conduct
a gender assessment and train staff in gender awareness training. The GO will
also ensure that gender mainstreaming across program sectors like access to
finance, agribusiness and extension services. S/he will work closely with Mercy
Corps’ West-Nile 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 a gender assessment to identify possible positive and
    negative consequences on women, men, girls and boys in order to address
    gender issues, inequalities and concerns in the program logic and MEL
  • Following the results of the assessment, specify desired impacts for
    different groups and adjust this to the program design and measure the
    impact through indicators.
  • Assist with the development and review of training materials to
    ensure that they are inclusive and address gender concerns;
  • Train staff in the use of gender aware training materials and
    support partners 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.
  • Establish and maintain productive working relationships with
    district gender officers, coordinators of women’s networks and other
  • 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
  • Deliver gender training to staff to build employee capacity to
    conduct effective gender work;
  • Conduct him or herself professionally and personally in such a
    manner as to bring positive recognition to Mercy Corps Uganda and to avoid
    jeopardizing the organization’s mission;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the line manager

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Gender Officer should hold a
    degree in gender and economic development, women’s studies, sociology, law
    or a related field;
  • Three to five years of professional experience in the field of
    gender and development;
  • Familiarity with gender mainstreaming tools (gender analysis, gender
    assessment, gender risk mitigation and use of gender-sensitive indicators
  • Experience in working with private sector and sub award 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 refugee settlements
    in West-Nile region is a must as well as a basic understanding of the
    national gender legal and policy framework;
  • Demonstrated commitment to women’s rights, human rights and social
  • 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, PowerPoint and the World Wide Web.
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: 7th January 2019
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