|Job Title:||Gender Manager - DRC (Goma)|
|Job Location:||Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo|
Mercy Corps has been operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since August 2007, with a staff of around 200 people working in North and South Kivu. Mercy Corps’ national office is in Goma with sub-field offices in Mweso (North Kivu) and Bukavu (South Kivu). Current Mercy Corps activities focus on the provision of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services in camps of internally displaced people, but also large-scale WASH infrastructure and service delivery development in urban centers. Mercy Corps also has Food Security, Economic Recovery/Development and Governance programs, with an increasing shift towards transitional and integrated development programming. The DRC team has a strong commitment to providing entrepreneurial and innovative solutions to development challenges, and is actively seeking and facilitating market-based solutions.
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
The Gender Manager will work under the supervision of the Deputy Country Director of Programs and plays a key role in the strategy development and implementation of Mercy Corps DRC’s mission-level gender integration and protection-mainstreaming initiatives. S/he will ensure high quality gender integration through the elaboration of mission-level and program-specific tools and frameworks to contribute to excellency throughout the assessment, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation phases of programs. S/he will collaborate with human resources in developing and implementing gender-sensitive hiring policies, while building the capacity of national and international staff on gender integration and protection mainstreaming, and providing ongoing mentoring and coaching to team members. S/he will support program design, monitoring, evaluation and quality assurance teams to ensure maximum impact on female and male participants across age ranges, capitalizing on evidence and lessons learnt. S/he will lead gender research in line with the objectives of the mission-level gender strategy. S/he represents Mercy Corps in coordination meetings, with donors and partners.
ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
Strategy and Vision
Program and Proposal Development
Learning and Impact
Team Management and Capacity Building
Representation and Coordination
Accountability to Beneficiaries
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: Senior program-specific gender staff (2-3 Officers/Advisors)
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Deputy Country Director of Programs
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Gender focal points, Program Managers and program teams, MEL department, Grants Officer, Department Heads, HR Manager, TSU Senior Gender Advisor (HQ)
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The Gender Manager will demonstrate experience managing programs in the field, further enhancing their ability to adjust technical theories to meet real world complexities. The individual should have the proven ability to influence donors, partners, and peer organizations. The Gender Manager role requires strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, and a level of emotional intelligence proficiency that quickly builds and maintains productive relationships across teams. Being aware and sensitive to international development issues and diverse cultures is critical.
LIVING CONDITIONS/ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:
This position is an unaccompanied position. Shared accommodation will be provided in Goma according to Mercy Corps DRC housing policy. Goma is a provincial capital of over 700,000 inhabitants, with travel to Bunia, Bukavu, and Kinshasa. Living in Goma is comfortable, although water and electricity can be unstable. Outside Goma, travel can be dangerous and unpredictable due to armed forces and rebel activity.
While conditions in the country are improving, and security is quite stable in Goma, there are still pockets of violence and insecurity. Mercy Corps' sub-offices experience variable levels of insecurity, with the situation closely monitored by UN peacekeepers. Air travel is necessary to get from one end of the country to the other. Mobile phones and cellular service are widely available. Internet is available in all Mercy Corps offices. Travel to field sites will be required where living conditions are clean and secure, but basic. There are a number of health services available with evacuation options for serious illnesses. There’s reasonable access to most consumer goods, although they can be expensive.
Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY 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.
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