Mercy Corps Gender - Youth and Social Dynamics Lead Jobs in Kenya
Mercy Corps Gender - Youth and Social Dynamics Lead Jobs in KenyaGeneral Position Summary: The Gender Youth & Social Dynamics (GYSD) Lead will be responsible for providing leadership and technical oversight to ensure the gender and social dimensions (inclusive of such issues as age, ethnicity, and relationships) of malnutrition, food security, and resilience are effectively integrated across all programming.
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, youth and social dynamics.
Develop and help operationalize NAWIRI’s Gender, Youth and Social Dynamics Strategy to guide effective integration of GYSD 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 GYSD 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 GYSD.
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 GYSD 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 GYSD 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 GYSD are well represented and applied across all sectors.
Monitor the implementation of the NAWIRI’s GYSD 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.
Management & Coordination
Supervise and mentor Gender and Youth Officers involved in NAWIRI through technical visits, mentorship and coaching sessions.
Ensure that program and country staff understand and adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Minimum Standards.
Liaise with key external stakeholders to provide guidance on gender and youth perspectives in all aspects of NAWIRI program activities.
Ensure that NAWIRI and partners are in compliance with gender and youth related USAID/FFP requirements.
Support programming team to integrate gender and youth into programming and assist in gender responsive participatory planning, resource allocation and support implementation.
Information Management & Reporting
Work closely with the M&E team on GYSD 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.
Lead preparation of reports, issues-papers and case studies on gender and youth perspectives to promote gender and youth integration. Support the review of program reports and documents for gender and youth sensitive communication.
Support in the setting of indicators for assessing progress with gender and youth integration, adapted to specific contexts of Samburu and Turkana.
Work with Strategic Learning Lead to disseminate information regarding gender 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.
Work closely with Human Resources team to ensure accountability for gender mainstreaming is incorporated into the position descriptions of all program team members. Monitor the gender, diversity and inclusion focus of the program to ensure internal accountability.
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. Ensure that gender specific needs and interests of program staff in relation to safety and security are identified and responded to appropriately.
Knowledge and Experience
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 in order 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 closely, understand and support private sector, government and civil society.
Ability to work in a fluid and sometimes-stressful environment with unexpected challenges.
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.
Excellent written and persuasive oral communication skills in English required.
Ability to travel for field missions for 30-50% level of effort as needed.
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