Gender, Youth and Social Dynamics Lead, RFSA, Port Au Prince, Haiti
Position is contingent on new funding
About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is powered by the belief that a better world is possible. To create a better world, we know our teams do their best work when they are diverse and every team member feels that they belong. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives and skills so that we can be stronger and have long-term impact.
Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps has been present in Haiti since 2010, providing humanitarian assistance and implementing programming focused on resilience and natural resource management, financial inclusion, youth and participation, and good governance. Our early recovery and development programs contribute to Mercy Corps’ overall vision for Haiti: Solutions are locally led and market-based, and communities are secure, equitable and are flourishing in the face of frequent natural disasters and economic instability. Mercy Corps’ vision for change requires the private sector, government and civil society to work together to create meaningful and sustainable change. Mercy Corps is seeking a Gender, Youth and Social Dynamics (GYSD) Lead for the five-year USAID Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA) for Haiti. The Activity will contribute to food and nutrition security for households and communities in four targeted departments. This goal will be achieved through enhanced sustainable management of natural resources; increased consumption and utilization of safe and nutritious foods; and profitable livelihoods.
General Position Summary
The Gender, Youth and Social Dynamics Lead will oversee the work of addressing social dimensions of food security and community resilience across all RFSA components. S/he will be responsible for leading the implementation of gender, youth and social dynamics integration strategies aimed at ensuring that program activities result in positive outcomes for male and female participants of different age groups. S/he will have overall responsibility for building team members’ and partners’ capacity to integrate a GYSD perspective into activities, and raising awareness of the importance of GYSD integration. The GYSD Lead will work closely with other team members to ensure the effective and timely execution of activities related to gender and age-based access to opportunities. During the first year of the program, in alignment with Mercy Corps’ best practices and USAID requirements, the GYSD Lead will conduct a gender analysis to inform and guide program implementation and to ensure that men, women, girls and boys have equitable opportunities to engage in and benefit from program activities. S/he will promote innovative initiatives for inclusiveness in conformity with the donor and Mercy Corps’ gender policy.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Strategy & Vision
● Organize and conduct the donor-required gender analysis during the first year of the Activity and serve as the lead for any program-related youth or social dynamics assessments.
● Work closely with sector leads/program managers in integrating the findings from the gender assessment into the Activity’s work plan and milestones.
● Conduct gender-based violence risk analysis and incorporate findings into the program implementation plan.
● Develop GYSD integration strategies, oversee the implementation of these strategies in collaboration with the program team and adapt and improve them as needed.
● Coordinate closely, work with and support managers and partners to promote GYSD integration.
● Work closely with the relevant team members to develop strategies for encouraging youth
participation and leadership in project activities and community decision making.
● Work closely with the M&E team on GYSD integration and analysis tools. Also with the M&E team, provide technical backstopping in the collection and use of sex-disaggregated statistical data, gender-sensitive approaches and gender analysis for development of engendered reporting across the program objectives. Make recommendations based on assessment findings and regular monitoring to inform program strategies to better meet the needs of the program participants.
● Contribute to any research conducted in the program to ensure GYS dynamics are fully represented.
● Work closely with the Human Resources team to ensure GYSD accountability is incorporated into the position descriptions of team members.
● Develop targeted GYSD capacity building interventions to promote integration with program staff.
● Support program team in the development and delivery of training and capacity building on key gender, youth and social dynamics topics to project participants.
● Identify and reach out to community partners to create youth programming opportunities and support program team in implementing activities that engage youth.
● Document processes and achievements to ensure impact and best practices are captured and disseminated. This will include the continual re-evaluation of program activities and information, with resulting activity adjustments in keeping with new insights.
Influence & Representation
● Develop relationships and linkages with organizations implementing other donor-funded
programs focused on GYSD in Haiti.
● Conduct regular community consultations to ensure programming remains GYSD sensitive
● Collect and share learnings and best practices from this program both internally and
● Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, donor, local
governments and other stakeholders.
● Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
● Work closely with the country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems
that promote the safety and security of all team members.
● Ensure that programs are designed and implemented with a clear analysis and understanding of security.
To be determined, will supervise gender, youth and social dynamics officers
Reports Directly To: Chief of Party or Technical Director
Works Directly With: Activity team members, M&E and research teams, partner organizations, HQ Regional Program Team, HQ Technical Support Unit
Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our projects.
Knowledge and Experience / Qualification and Transferable Skills
● MA/S or equivalent experience in development studies, international relations, women’s studies, gender studies, sociology or other social science discipline.
● At least seven years’ experience in gender, youth and social dynamics development work at the community level.
● Experience developing and conducting gender training, gender/youth/social dynamics mainstreaming and engaging in gender advocacy. Preference for experience with projects addressing resilience, agriculture, natural resources management, agribusiness peacebuilding and conflict management.
● Demonstrated capacity to lead the collection, analysis and utilization of information from a broad range of sources to ensure effective integration of gender and youth concerns throughout the program’s duration.
● In-depth understanding of gender, age and other locally significant socio-cultural factors in
the context of food and nutrition security and resilience programming.
● Skills in participatory learning and facilitating collaborative problem-solving.
● Understanding and knowledge of USAID regulations and program administration,
management, and reporting procedures and systems is preferred.
● Prior experience working in Latin America and/or the Caribbean. Should have substantial humanitarian and/or development experience working in Haiti,
● Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and French. Fluency or proficiency in Creole is an advantage.
● Excellent computer skills (especially Microsoft office applications) and ability to use information technology as a tool and resource.
The successful candidate will have excellent team and interpersonal relationship skills, with demonstrated ability to work effectively in complex environments. S/he will combine strong communication skills, creativity, initiative, participatory leadership and tactful decisiveness to assist in program implementation. Multitasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential. S/he must have the confidence and humility to work effectively with a diverse group of people – as well as be sensitive to political and cultural nuance.
S/he must be able to consistently apply excellent judgment to a variety of demanding and fast-changing situations while working as part of a team and coordinating with program personnel.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The position is based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with regular travel (up to 40%) to implementation areas as the security situation allows. This is an accompanied position, with individual housing. There is regular access to electricity and water, though there are occasional electrical outages. Access to quality health care is limited. There are a number of clinics in town, but serious illnesses will require evacuation. Internet is limited, but available in Mercy Corps offices. There is reasonable access to most consumer goods in Port-au-Prince.
In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact. We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
Safeguarding & Ethics
Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.