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Gender Specialist-Resilience Knowledge Hub
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.
Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty, oppression by building secure, productive, and just communities. Mercy Corps has been present in Zimbabwe since 2002 focusing its interventions on a multi sectoral market systems development portfolio mobilizing communities to promote small scale agriculture and revive local economies. Its current operations focus on helping smallholder farmers increase their incomes and harvests through the power of technology and increasing urban household access to quality, reliable water, sanitation and hygiene services. Zimbabwe continues to experience recurrent environmental, economic and social shocks affecting the wellbeing of its communities and undermining development investments. Mercy Corps puts resilience at core of its strategy to contribute to the wellbeing of Zimbabweans by building communities’ capacities and strengthening systems and institutions.
General Position Summary
The Gender Specialist for the Resilience Knowledge Hub under the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund (ZRBF) will provide overall guidance and technical expertise on the gender strategy for the program in Zimbabwe. S/he will work closely with ZRBF implementing partners across the country to develop, coordinate, implement and monitor a gender strategy and action plan. S/he will also support the program’s adherence to Mercy Corps Gender Minimum Standards in accordance with our Program Management Minimum Standards, and work to build a supportive team culture.
The goal of this Resilience Knowledge Hub project is to strengthen the capacity of ZRBF partners (i.e. government and ZRBF grantees) in understanding and applying resilience concepts, tools, approaches and methodologies in their work to drive the resilience agenda as outlined in the Zimbabwe Resilience Strategic Framework. Furthermore, the intervention will also support ZRBF grantees to conduct context, gender and resilience analysis; improve reporting; improve scenario planning and mapping including operationalizing it to inform and influence ZRBF projects planning and implementation processes. By doing so the intervention will inform decisions on the crisis modifier funding system to strategically layer, sequence and coordinate the ZRBF investments and adapt it to the rapidly changing environment.
Essential Job Responsibilities
KEY PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITIES
- Refine/develop a gender strategy that is informed by the results of the RKH scoping analysis
- Provide guidance and technical support to all ZRBF implementing partners on programmatic considerations and best practices for ensuring all resilience programming is designed and implemented with a gender lens.
- Work closely with the gender focal points of consortium members to identify and address gender-related gaps
- Develop gender action plans to support the implementation of the gender strategy by relevant stakeholders and program partners
- Design and deliver customized gender trainings to partners and relevant stakeholders
- Develop and maintain a knowledge repository on gender –related research and tools that are relevant to the program
- Compile content for and develop innovative learning and communication tools and materials that can be shared at events, meetings and national platforms and with government ministries and counterparts in the public and private sectors to disseminate knowledge
- Initiate knowledge generation on gender and resilience themes and dissemination of best practices and lessons learned
- Support the team leader to report on program activities and lessons learned from gender and resilience work and produce internal documentation as requested/needed
- Support Mercy Corps’ gender organizational change initiative to create an enabling environment for program work– including a female staffing initiative, mentorship program and policy reform
- As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations 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.
Accountability to Beneficiaries
- Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards 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: Resilience Team Leader
Works Directly With:Regional Resilience Director, Director of Programs, HQ Gender team and partner organizations
Knowledge and Experience
- Advanced social science degree in gender/women studies, rural development, agricultural economics, development studies or other closely related fields.
- At least 6 years relevant experience in gender integration in programming
- Experience designing and facilitating training on gender issues and gender integration processes and techniques
- Solid experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of gender component in projects
- Experience in gender mainstreaming in resilience programs would be an added advantage
- Ability to handle multiple issues at one time, including emergency situations.
- Must be adaptable to and comfortable with shifting priorities.
The successful gender specialist will take a leading role in gender mainstreaming across seven (7) consortiums of private and public sector partners implementing programs under the ZRBF in Zimbabwe. S/he will be a strong advocate for gender issues among partners and in national forums. S/he will be passionate about learning and adaptive management techniques as fundamental strategies to improve program impact. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous 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
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