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Gender Officer Job at Mercy Corps - Career Opportunity in Uganda
Mercy Corps 179 Days Ago
Job Category: NGO - Non Government Organisations
Job Type: Full-Time
Deadline of this Job: Monday, 07th January, 2019
Duty Station: Uganda
Posted: 19-12-2018
Job Status
No of Jobs: 1
Start Publishing: 19-12-2018
Stop Publishing (Put date of 2030): 19-12-2064
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Job Description

Vacancy title:
Gender Officer

Jobs at:
Mercy Corps

Deadline of this Job:
Monday, 07th January, 2019.

Duty Station:
Yumbe , Uganda , East Africa , 256

Date Posted: 19th December 2018 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed , Employment Type: Full-Time , Currency: Ush


Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Operating in Uganda since 2006, Mercy Corps has field offices in Kitgum, Gulu, Kotido, Moroto, Arua, Yumbe, Amudat and Kaabong and implements programs that cover a wide variety of program sectors including food security, health/nutrition, water/sanitation, peace building, youth, agriculture, and econ development.
Mercy Corps has been present in Uganda since 2006, focusing its interventions on economic and agricultural development, maternal child health and nutrition, governance, conflict management and humanitarian response. In 2017, Mercy Corps had an impact on almost 1 million beneficiaries in Uganda through our work focusing on building resilience and enabling economic growth, improving opportunities to attain better health and nutrition, and improving governance and conflict management. Common themes include community engagement, inclusive development, gender, and working in partnership with local government, the private sector and civil society actors.

The Gender Officer (GO)’s core responsibility will be to oversee BRIDGE’ Program’s activities and ascertain Gender sensitivity is exercised. This will include support to staff and partner organisations with the recruitment of female beneficiaries / trainees, conduct a gender assessment and train staff in gender awareness training. The GO will also ensure that gender mainstreaming across program sectors like access to finance, agribusiness and extension services. S/he will work closely with Mercy Corps’ West-Nile staff to build their understanding of the Mercy Corps gender policy and the creation and maintenance of a gender-friendly work environment.


  • Conduct a gender assessment to identify possible positive and negative consequences on women, men, girls and boys in order to address gender issues, inequalities and concerns in the program logic and MEL framework.
  • Following the results of the assessment, specify desired impacts for different groups and adjust this to the program design and measure the impact through indicators.
  • Assist with the development and review of training materials to ensure that they are inclusive and address gender concerns;
  • Train staff in the use of gender aware training materials and support partners with roll out of community out-reaches that attain positive behavioral and social change. Monitor the replicated trainings with farmers and ensure that female, male and youth participation, learning and general quality remain high;
  • Make recommendations for incorporating a gender perspective into farmer interventions in extension and trainings whilst working with teams to ensure that they are implemented correctly.
  • Develop appropriate risk mitigation strategies for gender work that could have unintended and negative consequences for the groups that the program seeks to benefit.
  • Establish and maintain productive working relationships with district gender officers, coordinators of women’s networks and other stakeholders;
  • Review programmatic assessment tools (surveys, questionnaires etc.) to ensure that they are thematically and technically sound from the point of view of gender;
  • Support the team with the collection of sex-disaggregated, gender-sensitive data and the documentation of program activities;
  • Submit timely monthly, and quarterly reports that reflect program progress during implementation with field proven documented stories.
  • Adhere to the country gender policy and humanitarian code of conduct;
  • Deliver gender training to staff to build employee capacity to conduct effective gender work;
  • Conduct him or herself professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring positive recognition to Mercy Corps Uganda and to avoid jeopardizing the organization’s mission;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the line manager


  • 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.


  • A degree in gender and economic development, women’s studies, sociology, law or a related field;
  • Between 3-5 years of professional experience in the field of gender and development;
  • Familiarity with gender mainstreaming tools (gender analysis, gender assessment, gender risk mitigation and use of gender-sensitive indicators etc.);
  • Experience in working with private sector and sub award partners.
  • Good negotiation, representation, skills and the ability to work comfortably with a vast audience that have potential to positively impact the Program success
  • First-hand knowledge of gender dynamics in the refugee settlements in West-Nile region is a must as well as a basic understanding of the national gender legal and policy framework;
  • Demonstrated commitment to women’s rights, human rights and social justice;
  • Knowledge and experience in GBV prevention and response an asset;
  • Proven skills in networking, collaboration, community consultation and organizational development;
  • Demonstrated analytical and writing skills;
  • Excellent reporting, communication and representation skills;
  • Fluency in local languages is an advantage;
  • Proven knowledge and capacity in using basic computer applications like MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the World Wide Web.


Job application procedure
Submit your application through email to addressed to the Human Resource Director, 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 Monday, 07th January, 2019. 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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