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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Gender & Learning Officer Job at Mercy Corps - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
Gender & Learning Officer

Jobs at:
Mercy Corps

Deadline of this Job:
30th March 2018

Duty Station:

Mercy Corps is an international non-profit organization which implements high-quality, analytical development programmes in very difficult places. Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda since 2006. It has and continues to implement programs in Acholi and Karamoja sub regions. Mercy Corps is taking a community-led, market driven approach to address poverty and food insecurity needs through interventions that get to the root causes and contributing factors of economic vulnerability. Donors include the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), DFID, Mastercard Foundation, WALMART Foundation, Coca Cola Africa Foundation, US Depart of State (DOS) /PEPFAR, ECHO and Nike Foundation.

About BRACED Program:
Mercy Corps is taking a community-led, market driven approach to address poverty and food insecurity needs through interventions that get to the root causes and contributing factors of economic vulnerability. Among the many country programmes is the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) whose implementation period is 2015-2019. BRACED is being implemented in the Karamoja Region of Uganda, as well as Wajir County Kenya. The BRACED Mercy Corps programme is designed around three integrated thematic focus areas – Lands/NRM, Market Systems Development and Governance. Mercy Corps recently received an 18-month extension operating from January 2018-June 2019.
Job Summary: The Gender & Learning Officer will have a duel role of helping mainstream gender into all BRACED activities and further contribute to the tracking, analysis and learning of all BRACED activities. Reporting to the Project Manager, s/he will help ensure all activities use a gender lens when identifying, engaging and working with beneficiaries and stakeholders. S/he will create tracking tools to ensure team members and community members are reaching their goals. S/he will work with teams to identify learning points, develop and implement small learning and research activities and draft reports. The Gender & Learning Officer will capture learning across the project, institutionalizing activity reviews, identifying and evaluating preconceptions and promoting a culture of inquisitiveness. Additionally, they will support the Program Manager in managing a large quantity of data and deliver timely analysis to staff and to management. Further, s/he will provide insight to teams through rigorous and efficient research in critical need-to-know areas, identified by program staff
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Help sectors develop workplans and activities that are gender sensitive and account for gender norms in Karamoja region
  • Support the team members in the implementation of certain activities that require a gender sensitive approach
  • Develop individual learning agenda with targeted research questions and learning areas to answer over 18-months period
  • Responsible for managing and updated the program’s PM@MC system
  • Draft tools for assessments, studies and learning reports
  • Manage enumerators and data entrants ensuring paperwork and work is completed on time and on scope
  • Enter and clean program data ensuring data is up to date
  • Assist the M&E Officer in monthly, quarterly and annual data pulls for reporting
  •  Monitor program and M&E documents ensuring all attendance sheets, beneficiary data is compiled alongside a program report
  • Organize all files from BRACED and BRACED X
  • Work with M&E Officer to report to team on a monthly basis on database and issues/challenges
  • Provide support on drafting learning pieces and monthly reports
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Gender & Learning Officer job placement should hold a Bachelor’s degree preferably in BSc (Economics), BSc (Statistics), B. Quantitative Economics, B. Population Studies or Development studies with a certificate level qualification in computer applications.
  • Three years of related professional experience
  • Demonstrable quantitative skills, including familiarity with database management and analysis
  • Superior writing and analytical skills
  • Proven skills in networking, assessing information needs and developing appropriate tools
  • Excellent reporting, communication and representation skills
  • Previous experience implementing gender sensitive programming
  • Knowledge of Uganda’s gender norms, particularly in the context of rural development and Karamoja.
  • Skilled in promoting organization learning and knowledge acquisition and sharing
  • A strong team player, with good communication and diplomatic skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently as part of a national team and with international professionals.
  • Excellent analytical and information management skills.
  • Good organizational skills and ability to work under stress and in austere contexts of remote locations.
  • Flexible and creative in planning and problem solving.
  •  Attention to detail, ability to follow procedures and meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Proven excellence maintaining professional internal and external relationships.
  • Motorcycle permit and ability to ride a motorcycle is required
  • Fluency in N’Karamojong preferred
  • 30% Travel in Karamoja required
Job application procedure
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their E-mail applications including a cover letter clearly stating the salary requirements, updated CV (with three professional referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Mercy Corps Uganda to: