Mercy Corps Gender Youth and Social Dynamics Lead Jobs in Kenya

Mercy Corps Gender Youth and Social Dynamics Lead 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.

Mercy Corps anticipates applying for funding for a five-year USAID Food for Peace (FFP) Activity to support agriculturalists, agro-pastoralists, and pastoral households living in Northern Kenya.

The program will contribute to the goal of achieving food security in target counties in Kenya, through integrated interventions in community level governance, preventing chronic malnutrition, sanitation and hygiene and sustainable livelihoods.

General Position Summary

The Gender, Youth, and Social Dynamics Lead will design and implement a strategy to ensure the program appropriately addresses the varied needs of women, men, girls, and boys, and that program staff are sensitive to gender and age.

The Gender, Youth, and Social Dynamics Lead will ensure that the social dimensions of food security and community resilience are effectively addressed across all activities and components.

S/he will manage staff and coordinate closely with partners to fulfill gender and youth goals of the program.

Essential Job Responsibilities


  • Design formative research for a gender and youth analysis, manage data collection, lead data analysis and develop recommendations based on findings.
  • Work closely with the DFSA team to integrate the findings from the gender analysis into the project’s workplan and milestones.
  • Develop Gender and Youth Strategy to guide gender and youth integration and priorities across the life the program, based on the formative research.
  • Support DFSA team, including partners, on gender and youth integration including conducting capacity building and training.
  • Support integration of gender into the program’s M&E to ensure that gender is reflected in output, outcome and impact level indicators and that sex and age disaggregated data is regularly collected and reflected upon to inform adaptations.
  • Contribute to research conducted in the program to ensure gender dynamics are represented.
  • Conduct regular community consultations to ensure programming remains gender and age sensitive and on-track.
  • Collect and share learnings and best practices on gender and youth integration.
  • Represent the program’s gender strategy, analysis, and research with external stakeholders including at workshops, conferences and annual learning events.
  • Work with program teams to ensure a do no harm approach to gender-focused programing is implemented and that appropriate protections are in place for participants.

    Team and Management

  • Hire, orient, and directly manage staff in day-to-day Gender and Youth activities and develop capacity of this team.
  • Work closely with Human Resources team to ensure gender accountability is incorporated into the position descriptions of all program team members.
  • Ensure that program and country staff understand and adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Minimum Standards.
  • Proactively work with Mercy Corps’ headquarters Technical Support Unit (TSU) to contribute to learning and gain insights from global best practice and experience.


  • Work closely with the country team’s security focal point to promote and maintain systems
    that promote the safety and security of all team members.

    Organizational Learning

    As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

    Accountability to Beneficiaries

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

    Supervisory Responsibility
  • DFSA Gender and Youth Team

  • Reports Directly To: Chief of Party
  • Works Directly With: DFSA team, Mercy Corps Kenya country office, partners, and Mercy Corps headquarters support.

    Knowledge and Experience
  • Demonstrated technical experience leading gender and youth integration into food security programming.
  • Seven years of field experience at the community level is required.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant academic area such as a social science discipline.
  • 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.
  • Skills in participatory learning and action and facilitating collaborative problem solving.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster commitment and build capacity among program staff and in-country actors to ensure gender and youth integration and empowerment.
  • Pervious staff management experience of similar size teams required.
  • Persuasive written and oral communication in English.
  • Fluent Swahili is preferred
    Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.

    Success Factors
  • The successful Gender, Youth, and Social Dynamics Lead will have strong technical skills combined with strategic visioning and leadership.
  • S/he will have an outstanding ability to inspire teams to deeply understand social dynamics and integrate this understanding into activities to enhance program impact.
  • S/he will also have proven experience with cross-cultural teams and capacity building, individual staff development, and strong mentoring skills.
  • Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential.
  • The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 4th June 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; Mercy Corps Gender Youth and Social Dynamics Lead Jobs in Kenya

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