Gender and Social Inclusion Advisor - Gulu job at Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps

Deputy Team Leader - Climate Smart Jobs Programme (CSJP) - Gulu job Post

Location:  Jobs in Uganda 2021 - 2022

Work Hours: Full-time, 08 hours per day

Salary: UGX

No. of vacancies: 01

Deadline: 09 March 2022

Hiring Organization: Mercy Corps

Job Details:

Job Category: Programming
Requisition Number: 8UGAD002242

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.

Programme Summary
Present in Uganda since 2006, Mercy Corps Uganda’s aim is to catalyse change through the Ugandan private sector, civil society, and government to create resilient, economically inclusive, healthy, and secure communities.
We have 15 programmes across Uganda with a total portfolio value of $80m, including support from FCDO, USAID, US State Department, French Development Agency, Conrad Hilton Foundation and other private sector foundations. With a strong presence across the country, we have offices in Kampala, Rhino Camp, Yumbe, Moroto, Kotido, Amudat, Kaabong, Karita, and Karenga.
The Climate Smart Jobs Programme (CSJP) is a £39 million four year FCDO funded programme that seeks to grow climate smart agribusinesses to create jobs, support climate smart land management and services, as well as innovation on climate adaptation and mitigation, and remove barriers that stop businesses from getting deals done. Under Component (4) of the CSJP: Climate Smart Land Management Services, (worth approx. £8.5m) Mercy Corps will lead a consortium of partners to implement three overall outputs under the ‘REVIVE’ programme, focusing on stimulation of supply, demand, and a supportive enabling environment for improved ecosystem services across Northern Uganda.

General Position Summary
The Gender and Social Inclusion Advisor will provide technical support and direction in programme design, implementation, quality assurance and the research and learning agendas. The Advisor will support the REVIVE programme to integrate gender and social inclusion outcomes, best practices and gender sensitive approaches across a variety of interventions. The Advisor will design and implement a strategy to ensure the programme appropriately addresses the varied needs of women, men, girls, and boys, and that programme staff are sensitive to gender, age, religion, ability, and other social markers. The Advisor will ensure that the social dimensions to support accountable and transparent governance are effectively addressed across all activities and components. S/he will work closely with all REVIVE team members to ensure the effective and timely execution of activities that are inclusive and gender sensitive. Further s/he will support the Technical Lead for Monitoring, Research and Learning, as well as the MEL team in the integration of gender and social inclusion in all research, evaluation, and monitoring activities.

• Support the Team Leader and the MEL team with the planning and implementation of REVIVE gender integration strategy and suggest ways to improve on the same.
• Support gender mainstreaming trainings and refresher trainings for all team members, consortium, and partner organisation staff.
• Assist with assessment activities to ensure that team members apply gender analysis and perspective in the collection, analysis, use and reporting of data.
• Maintain close communication about gender activities with teams during regular planning and coordination sessions.
• Identify the need for and supervise the implementation of activities designed to promote greater access, inclusion and empowerment of women, young males, adolescent girls, the elderly, refugees and people living with disabilities in the REVIVE program.
• Work closely with the REVIVE teams and build their capacity to deliver high quality gender integration work.
• Help develop gender-focused communication materials and translate to the local language and context to increase effectiveness.
• Assist teams to identify and address barriers to recruiting and retaining female staff and to maintaining a gender –friendly work environment.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
• Provide on-going support to teams on data collection processes for completeness, accuracy, and timely submission.
• Work closely with the Team Leader and the MEL team to ensure REVIVE meets Mercy Corps’ gender minimum standards, follows FCDO’s gender policies, and that gender sensitive data is regularly analysed and used to inform programme decisions
• Conduct regular field visits to ensure that programme activities are gender sensitive and in line with the strategy.
• Support and mentor communities, partners on data collection and use

Ethics and Integrity
All Mercy Corps staff are expected to behave ethically and demonstrate highest integrity in their professional and personal life. Mercy Corps has zero tolerance to any form of fraud, corruption, abuse, harassment, or exploitation. Any breach of our policies or misconduct will lead to disciplinary action or may lead to termination.

ORGANISATIONAL LEARNING: As part of our commitment to organisational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organisations 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.

Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward 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.
Reports Directly To: Team Leader
Works Directly With: Deputy Team Leader, Technical Advisors, MEL Lead and all other staff dedicated to the program.

Knowledge and Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree in International Development, Women’s studies, Social Sciences, Gender, or Comparable area of study. A postgraduate or Masters in Gender Studies will be an added advantage.
• At least 5 years of working experience in gender, youth, and development work, with a minimum of 2 years in field posting.
• Substantial professional background and experience conducting gender trainings, gender mainstreaming activities, GBV prevention and response and women focus work.
• Someone with a good understanding /Knowledge of North Ugandan context
• Ability to communicate in the local languages (Acholi, Alur, Karamojong, Lango, Lugbara, Luo, Pokot) is highly desirable
• Experience working in large scale complex programs and challenging environments
• Experience working for FCDO funded programmes is preferable
• Proficiency with Microsoft office
• Team player with excellent inter- personal skills

Success Factors
The successful Gender and Social Inclusion Advisor will combine exceptional gender mainstreaming skills and experience in building and maintaining partner relationships. S/he will have an ability to think creatively about operationalizing and improving the gender mainstreaming component of the programme (REVIVE). S/he will have proven experience with cross-cultural team and capacity building, individual staff development and strong mentoring skills. Multi-tasking, prioritising, problem solving and attention to detail as well as 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. A good sense of humour and the ability to learn from mistakes is desired!

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The Gender and Social Inclusion Advisor will be based in Gulu, Uganda with at least 40% travel to domestic sites. Travel to other locations for regional representation may be required. At times evening and weekend work may be required to meet deadlines and at times of shocks and stresses.
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/STA to a field posting. 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.

Ongoing Learning
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 individuals with 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 based on 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, programme 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 eLearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.
Closing date for applications: March 09th 2022

Application procedure

Use the link below to apply.

Date Posted: 2022-03-08