Uganda: Gender and Youth Team Lead – 1 Vacancy based in Moroto (Open to Ugandan Nationals Only)

Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 17 Jan 2018


Mercy Corps does high-quality, analytical work in very difficult places. We have been operating in Uganda since 2006 and currently implement development programs in the Acholi, West Nile and Karamoja sub-regions of Uganda with funding from USAID, DFID and ECHO, among others. Apolou (“Growth” in Nga’karimojong) is a 5-year USAID funded DFSA activity operating in the four districts of Moroto, Kotido, Kaabong and Amudat. Apolou has four objectives grounded in social behaviour change and supports gender-transformative and resilience outcomes:

  1. Inclusive and effective governance contributes to food and nutrition security.

  2. Improved health and nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women, children under five and adolescent girls.

  3. Improved WASH conditions.

  4. Adolescent girls, adolescent boys, women and men access diverse and secure livelihoods through improved capacities and strengthened market systems.


The Gender and Youth Team Lead will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of a cross-sectoral gender and Youth integration strategy aimed at ensuring that program activities result in equitable outcomes for male and female beneficiaries of different age groups, socio-economic backgrounds and abilities across target communities. S/he will have overall responsibility for building team capacity to integrate a gender perspective into program activities; work closely with sector team leads and a team of 3 gender and Youth officers to ensure the effective and timely execution of gender and age–related and women and girl-focused activities; support the M&EL team to include a gender and youth perspective in research, mid-term and endline evaluations and to mainstream sex and age disaggregated and gender sensitive indicators into the overall M&EL framework.



· Provide leadership and daily oversight for planning and implementation of Apolou’s gender and youth integration strategy and suggest ways to improve on same.

· Lead sectorally-focused gender and youth integration and refresher trainings for all team members, consortium and partner organization staff.

· Support all assessment activities to ensure that team members apply a gender analysis and youth perspective in the collection, analysis, use and reporting of data.

· Coordinate gender and youth activities with team and sector leads during regular planning and coordination sessions.

· Identify the need for and supervise the implementation of activities designed to promote greater access, inclusion and empowerment for traditionally excluded groups (Karamajong traders, adult women, young males, adolescent girls, the elderly and people living with disabilities)

in sector work, including development, maternal and child health, WASH and governance.

● Manage a team of three gender and youth officers based in Kotido, Kaabong and Amudat and build their capacity to engage in high quality gender integration work with teams and communities.

● Develop quarterly work plans and ensure that gender and youth integration activities are implemented on time, on budget and on scope.

● Make quarterly budget projections, oversee procurement processes, review budget versus actuals and realign as necessary to support Apolou’s gender and youth integration work.

● Provide substantive input into the design and implementation of Apolou’s gender and youth behaviour change communication strategy, GBV, youth and adolescent work.

● Assist team to identify and address barriers to recruiting and retaining female staff and to maintaining a gender-friendly work environment.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

● Provide ongoing mentorship to team leads on data collection processes for completeness, accuracy and timely submission.

● Work closely with project team leads and the M&EL team to ensure Apolou meets Mercy Corps’ Gender Minimum Standards, and that SADD and gender –sensitive data is regularly analysed and used to inform program decisions.

● Conduct regular field visits to ensure that program activities are gender sensitive and aligned with the gender strategy.

● Support and mentor community partners on data collection and use.

External Representation and Coordination:

● Support and help coordinate visits from district and sub-county government, regional and HQ based staff and external visitors, such as donors and media, in collaboration with the Gender Advisor and sector teams.

● Support Gender Advisor in coordination of field activities with other NGO and local government partners to avoid duplication of services and support an enabling environment for social change.

● Establish and maintain a productive working relationship with the local Government and Sub Counties, and in particular with District CDOs and youth representatives, to ensure strong collaboration and the development of complementary joint monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management structures where possible.


· Bachelors degree in international development, women’s studies, gender or a comparable area of study

· At least five years of experience in youth, gender and development work, with a minimum of three years in field postings

· Substantial professional background and experience in conducting gender training, gender mainstreaming, GBV prevention and response and youth focused work

· Experience working in Northern Uganda a must

· Karamoja language skills strongly preferred

· Experience working in large scale, complex programs and challenging environments

· Proficiency with Microsoft Office

How to apply:

Applications: Submit your application through email to addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Mercy Corps Uganda. Include a cover letter clearly stating your salary requirements, CV (with 3 referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates. Deadline for Submission: Close of business on Wednesday, 17th January, 2018. Subject of email should include the position you are applying for**.** Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by Mercy Corps. Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer; qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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