Mercy Corps Gender, Protection, Youth & Social Dynamics Leads Jobs in Kenya

Mercy Corps Gender, Protection, Youth & Social Dynamics Leads Jobs in Kenya

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.

In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.

Now, and for the future.

The Program / Department / Team

USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) awarded a Mercy Corps-led consortium of Kenyan and international partners with a five-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Turkana and Samburu Counties.

Through a phased approach that emphasizes evidence gap analysis, as well as partnership, learning, and co-creation with government, civil society, communities, and the private sector, this program aims to drive sustained reductions in acute malnutrition in both counties.

The Mercy Corps’ NAWIRI consortium brings together the global leadership, research capacity, technical expertise, and implementation experience necessary to partner with local institutions to test, adapt, and scale evidence-based solutions.

The Position Summary

The Gender, Protection, Youth & Social Dynamics (GPYSD) Lead will be responsible for providing leadership and technical oversight to ensure the gender, protection, and social dimensions (inclusive of such issues as age, ethnicity, and relationships) of malnutrition, food security, and resilience are effectively integrated across all programming.

S/he will help define implementation strategies in coordination with the Deputy Chief of Party, technical, research and learning leads.

The position will train and influence staff, providing them with the necessary technical support and ensuring that common strategies and approaches are adapted and implemented with consistent quality.

S/he will work across sectors of NAWIRI, with consortium team members as well as counties to build capacity in gender, protection mainstreaming and youth sensitive programming in ways that contribute to the quality design and implementation of gender transformative and youth responsive initiatives.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Vision and Strategy

  • Support the Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) to create a strong vision for NAWIRI’s approach when it comes to the integration of gender, Protection, youth, and social dynamics.

  • Develop and help operationalize NAWIRI’s Gender, Protection, Youth and Social Dynamics Strategy to guide effective integration of GPYSD in key sectors such as nutrition, health, water systems, and governance – throughout the program’s cycle.

  • Forge strong, institutional linkages and maintain a productive working relationship with USAID, Government of Kenya, the NAWIRI consortium, PREG Partners, and other relevant partners in the youth & gender field; develop relationships and linkages with organizations implementing other donor-funded programs focused on GPYSD in Kenya

  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed; promote and model a culture of learning and adaptive management.

  • Ensure that cross-cutting aspects of gender equality, social inclusion, and youth responsiveness are included and well integrated into NAWIRI approach and activities.

  • Contribute technical expertise that feeds into a dynamic community of practice of NAWIRI staff and partners; sharing best practices across all NAWIRI areas and work streams, while seeking opportunities to build NAWIRI staff’s motivation and capabilities in GPYSD.

  • Collaborate with different program components including Research, Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) and learning to drive overall effectiveness and coherence of program strategy.

  • Represent NAWIRI at all relevant GPYSD related meetings/workshops and other stakeholder meetings as requested.

    Technical Leadership

  • Lead the execution of the NAWIRI Gender Analysis. Support with data collection, analysis, and development of recommendations. Work closely with the NAWIRI team on the Gender Analysis, while mainstreaming youth vulnerability analysis, to ensure early level engagement and subsequent integration of findings into the project’s work-plan.

  • Conduct a GBV risk analysis and ensure that recommendations for mitigation are integrated in the GPYSD strategy and the project’s work-plan. Ensure that all staff and partners are trained on safeguarding and understand their roles in protecting program participants from sexual exploitation and abuse.

  • Support NAWIRI team, including partners, on GPYSD integration including conducting capacity building activities
    such as training, learning-by-doing, reflection process and field monitoring support.

  • Contribute to research conducted in the program to ensure that relevant issues on GPYSD are well represented and applied across all sectors.

  • Monitor the implementation of the NAWIRI’s GPYSD strategy and other gender related commitments in the project’s design and ensure that the project activities align with USAID’s gender equity and female empowerment policy.

  • Ensure the integration of Positive Youth Development principles within NAWIRI.

  • Work with field teams to conduct regular community consultations to ensure programming remains gender and age responsive and on-track.

    Information Management & Reporting

  • Work closely with the M&E team on GPYSD integration and provide technical backstopping in the collection and use of sex and age disaggregated data, gender indicators and gender sensitive data collection processes across sectors.

  • Make recommendations based on regular monitoring to inform program strategies to better meet the needs of the program participants.

  • Ensure NAWIRI is capturing required level of gender and youth disaggregated data and specific success stories on gender transformation and youth empowerment.

  • Work with Strategic Learning Lead to disseminate information regarding gender, Protection and youth achievements and impact.

  • Represent the program’s gender strategy with external stakeholders at workshops, conferences, and annual learning events. Speak thoughtfully to the analysis, research and learning that NAWIRI is conducting.

    Minimum Qualifications & Transferrable skills

  • Master’s degree in a relevant academic area – e.g., a social science discipline.

  • Minimum of five years of experience at the community level is required.

  • Minimum of five years of progressive management and technical responsibility, including supervising and mentoring multi-sectorial teams, for humanitarian and development assistance, preferably with an international NGO; preferred experience in gender mainstreaming, youth workforce development, youth entrepreneurship, or youth peacebuilding; USAID experience preferred.

  • Must have experience in leading the Gender Strategy of a large program and have demonstrated technical experience leading gender responsive interventions and youth integration into food security programming.

  • Experience in Kenya and an in-depth understanding of gender, age, and other locally significant socio-cultural factors in the context of food security programming preferred.

  • Demonstrated capacity to lead the collection, analysis, and utilization of information from a broad range of sources.

  • Experience working with major donors, USAID/FFP preferred.

  • In-depth understanding of gender, age, and other locally significant socio-cultural factors in food security context, and demonstrated capacity to lead the collection, analysis, and utilization of information from a broad range of sources to ensure effective integration of innovative and context specific gender and youth concepts.

  • Demonstrated ability to foster commitment and build capacity among activity staff and in-country stakeholders (including government) to gender and youth integration and empowerment.

  • Demonstrated capacity to understand and advise on critical technical and operational issues related to gender transformative and youth responsive programming: education, job skills, employment creation, social cohesion, health, psycho-social wellbeing.

  • Ability to self-manage and succeed in an integrated management model, with demonstrated proactive and flexible nature in resolving problems and finding innovative solutions.

  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with groups to produce high quality results.

  • Cultural sensitivity, patience, flexibility, and ability to work well in a multi-sectoral and multi-cultural team and to work c

  • Ability to travel for field missions for 30-50% level of effort as needed.

    How to Apply

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