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Contract Duration (6 months)
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.
Program / Department Summary
With funding from USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), Mercy Corps’ Nawiri Program is leading a consortium of Kenyan and international partners on a five-year journey to sustainably reduce persistent acute malnutrition in Turkana and Samburu Counties of Kenya. Through a phased approach that emphasizes evidence gap analysis, as well as partnership, learning, and co-creation, the program takes a robust county-centered design with government leadership, active engagement from communities, the private sector, and civil society. Mercy Corps’ 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. Together we will sustainably reduce persistent acute malnutrition for vulnerable populations in Turkana and Samburu counties.
General Position Summary
The Gender & Social Change officer (Maternity cover) will be responsible for supporting USAID Nawiri community engagement process, effective and efficient design and roll out of male engagement strategy, Building Resilience through Integrated Gender Empowerment (BRIGE) household dialogue approach and Girls Improving Resilience through Livelihood and Health (GIRL-H), support gender equality and social inclusion mainstreaming in roll out of USAID Nawiri Phase II to address malnutrition, food security and resilience.
Essential Job Responsibilities
- Support the Gender, Youth and Social dynamics lead in contextually translating the vision for NAWIRI’s approach when it comes to the integration of gender, youth and social dynamics.
- Support the implementation and mainstreaming of NAWIRI’s Gender Strategy with a view to strengthen gender responsiveness and gender transformational approaches in all programmatic interventions, with a nutrition lens.
- Ensure high quality and timeliness on deliverables against intended objectives and targets.
- Ensure broad-based county co-creation mechanism towards design of interventions in close collaboration with key sectors such as nutrition, health, water systems, and governance – throughout the program’s cycle.
- Contribute to and support the development of detailed implementation plans of Gender and social change interventions in Samburu County. .
- Support development of learning agendas for gender and youth.
- Support the adoption of mechanisms and approaches that enhance agency and leadership of adolescents and youth with a view to challenge intergenerational cycles of poverty and persistent acute malnutrition.
- Provide oversight to the Gender/social inclusion program components at the Sub county level, including undertaking field visits to oversee implementation and generate field visit reports.
- Support in the monitoring of project activities to ensure they are inclusive and support reflection and adaptation to improve inclusion as required.
- Work with the MEL team to ensure effective gender differentiated data is both captured and documented.
- Other duties, as required.
- Create and maintain a work environment where mutual respect among team members prevails and where the pursuit of individual and collective excellence is valued.
- Promote individual accountability and commitment by clearly and regularly communicating and providing constructive feedback.
- Support field level collaborative efforts and Learning to drive overall effectiveness and coherence of program operational strategies.
- Work collaboratively with all consortium partner staff in delivering a cohesive, integrated, gender and youth responsive program.
- Effectively communicate the program’s best practices and learning to the County and development stakeholders
- Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
- Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
ACCOUNTABILITY TO PARTICIPANTS
- 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.
- Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
Reports Directly to: Gender, Youth & Social Dynamic Lead with day to day operational management reporting to the Field Director.
Works Directly with: Nawiri County Team, Nawiri Technical Staff and County Government and county stakeholders.
Minimum Qualifications and Transferable Skills
- Degree in Social Sciences, Gender and development studies or other relevant discipline.
- At least a minimum of three years of experience in designing, implementing gender integration interventions, including a focus on youth and adolescents
- Training in gender and youth responsive interventions.
- Demonstrated in-depth understanding and application of technical principles and concepts in gender integration that ensure proper cross-sectoral/integrated approach.
- Familiarity with principles and approaches in gender transformative approaches and understanding of programs addressing persistent acute malnutrition
- Demonstrated coordination, teamwork and planning skills with proven ability to function effectively programs/projects in both the public and NGO sectors.
The ideal candidate will have a strong curiosity for understanding and working effectively within the complex cultural, political, security and social environment of the County. S/He will be an excellent communicator and be able to work in ambiguous situations. S/He must be able to demonstrate a commitment to promoting a culture of critical inquiry and learning while exercising tolerance and flexibility. The successful candidate will ensure the gender and social dimensions of food security and resilience are effectively addressed across all activities and components in the county through teamwork and collaboration.
In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact. We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
Safeguarding & Ethics
Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct e-learning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.