Gender, Youth, and Social Dynamics Lead

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 12 February 2019

Job Description


Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs.

CRS opened operations in Kenya in 1965. For over 50 years, we have worked throughout the country to implement programs in agriculture, health, microfinance, water, sanitation, emergency relief and peacebuilding. CRS has built deep relationships with the Government of Kenya and the Catholic Church through ongoing collaboration and support. CRS’ projects currently include agriculture, health, services for orphans and vulnerable children microfinance, emergency response, and HIV care and treatment. CRS Kenya implements its programs through partnerships with local organizations, including the Catholic Church, other faith-based organizations and community entities for maximum impact and sustainability.

CRS will be submitting a proposal in response to the 2019 USAID Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Security Activities (DFSA) Request for Applications (RFA). CRS Kenya will serve as the prime on the application and will develop the proposal in consortium with other international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and international/national research institutions. The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo, Marsabit, Samburu and Turkana counties. The estimated timeframe for this program is October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2024. The activity will be implemented in two phases:

  • Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.
  • Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening.

Job Summary

The Gender, Youth, and Social Dynamics (GYSD) Lead will ensure the social dimensions of malnutrition, food security, and community resilience are effectively addressed across all activity components, at all levels, throughout the entire award period. S/he will work across CRS and consortium staff to build the capacity of all project staff in gender and youth sensitive programming. S/he will contribute to the Country Program’s (CP) efforts toward quality design and implementation of gender and youth initiatives to promote right relationships among targeted families and communities. The GYSD Lead will coordinate assessments required for learning and adaptive management to address the changing and unique needs of men, women, boys and girls. S/he will also lead capacity building efforts of county governments to ensure contextually appropriate social dynamics are incorporated into county policy and practice.

Primary Responsibilities


  • Lead the DFSA strategic engagement of men, women, boys and girls to promote female empowerment and access to economic opportunities.
  • Lead the execution of the DFSA Gender Analysis Plan.
  • Liaise with key external stakeholders to provide guidance on gender and youth perspectives in all aspects of the CRS DFSA award.
  • Lead preparation of reports, issues-papers and case studies on gender and youth perspectives to promote gender and youth integration.
  • Ensure that CRS and partners are in compliance with gender and youth related USAID/FFP requirements.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

  • Oversee the setting of indicators for assessing progress with gender and youth integration, adapted to specific contexts of Isiolo, Marsabit, Samburu, Turkana.
  • Ensure DFSA captures required level of gender and youth disaggregated data and gender specific success stories.
  • Support programming staff in incorporating gender and youth issues in project MEAL systems (performance questions, indicators, sampling methods, procedures, etc.); assist in gender sensitive participatory planning and support implementation.
  • Arrange the dissemination of information from MEAL data on the degree to which gender and youth-related objectives are being achieved and the gender-differentiated impact of the project.


  • Provide leadership and technical support to local partners in developing effective gender and youth-focused project strategies.
  • Assist partner staff to communicate information from the field to the appropriate decision-making forum on the gender integration in activities undertaken in all components, processes and impacts.
  • Provide support, coaching, mentoring and technical guidance to partner gender officers.

Capacity Building and Supervision

  • Develop and lead the integration of social dynamics into all capacity-building efforts in support of Isiolo, Marsabit, Samburu and Turkana county governments.
  • Identify relevant training and learning opportunities for CRS and partner staff to advance knowledge and skills in gender and youth; manage a gender and youth DFSA learning agenda in alignment with CRS Learning policies and procedures.
  • Ensure inclusion of gender and youth learning agenda as part of CRS Kenya’s annual learning and development plans.
  • Supervise and mentor project specific Gender and Youth Officers through a matrix management model, through shared project and partner visits, coaching sessions, and coordination with the Gender and Youth Officers’ direct line supervisors.
  • Develop capacity building plans and strategies.
  • Roll out agency-wide gender policies.


  • Attend important and relevant events on gender and youth and the substantive areas covered by CRS to disseminate information on progress made in gender mainstreaming as necessary.
  • Represent CRS at workshops and events on gender and/or youth integration.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Supervision and Coaching/mentoring Responsibilities

The DFSA Gender Technical Advisor directly supervises project-based gender staff and participates in the hiring and supervision either directly or indirectly of future gender staff. Additionally, s/he will provide support in mentoring all gender-focused staff across the consortium.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

* Integrity

* Accountability and Stewardship

* Build Relationships

* Develops Talent

* Continuous Improvement and Innovation

* Strategic Mindset

MEAL Competencies

  • Monitoring: implementing monitoring activities, including timely collection of quality data, set up and maintenance of databases, facilitation of participatory reflection on monitoring results, and submission of timely progress reports.
  • Evaluation: supporting project and program evaluations and reviews by ensuring the quality of evaluation methods, tools, and data and facilitating the use of evaluation results to inform decision-making and enhance learning.
  • Accountability: improving our accountability to a range of stakeholders through increased participation, transparent communication, responsive feedback mechanisms, and adherence to internal and external quality standards and requirements.
  • Learning: promoting excellent knowledge management and collaborative learning processes at the project, program and institutional levels, generating robust evidence for project and programmatic learning that leads to action, decision-making and influence.

Key Working Relationships

Internal: CRS’ Country Representative, Head of Programming, COP, project technical leads (e.g. MEAL, Nutrition, Health), Gender Officers, HQ-based Gender Advisor, CRS Gender Community of Practice.

External: USAID and other donors, international and local partners, other Kenya DFSA implementers, County Governments of Isiolo, Marsabit, Samburu, Turkana.


  • Master’s degree in a relevant academic area – e.g., a social science discipline.
  • Minimum of five years of experience at the community level is required.
  • Minimum of five years of progressive management and technical responsibility, including supervising and mentoring multi-sectorial teams, for humanitarian and development assistance, preferably with an international NGO; preferred experience in youth workforce development, youth entrepreneurship, or youth peacebuilding; USAID experience preferred.
  • Must have experience in leading the Gender Strategy of a large project.
  • Experience working with large donors, USAID/FFP preferred.
  • In-depth understanding of gender, age and other locally significant socio-cultural factors in food security context, and demonstrated capacity to lead the collection, analysis and utilization of information from a broad range of sources in order to ensure effective integration of gender and youth concerns throughout the project’s duration.
  • Experience leading participatory analytical processes and learning required.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster commitment and build capacity among activity staff and in-country stakeholders (including government) to gender and youth integration and empowerment.
  • Demonstrated capacity to understand and advise on critical technical and operational issues related to gender and youth: education, job skills, employment creation, social cohesion, health, psycho-social wellbeing, HIV prevention.
  • Knowledge of the Principles of Positive Youth Development and ability to assist CP staff and partners to understand, articulate and apply these principles in their work with youth.
  • Prior experience working with MEAL development and integration in programming to capture gender and youth project-specific information to monitor change and outcomes, with experience in quantitative and qualitative data analysis highly desirable.
  • Ability to self-manage and succeed in matrix management model, with demonstrated proactive and flexible nature in resolving problems and leading a productive, committed team.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with groups.
  • Knowledge of program quality standards, MEAL standards, Catholic Social Teaching and the justice lens preferred.
  • Experience with facilitation, capacity strengthening and partnership building through formal and informal training, with the capacity to empower staff through opportunities for professional growth and development.
  • Detail-oriented and excellent time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines and deliver required results in a timely and quality manner.
  • Cultural sensitivity, patience, flexibility and ability to work well in a multi-sectoral and multi-cultural team and to work closely, understand and support local Church partners.
  • Ability to work in a challenging and stressful environment with unexpected challenges.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English required.
  • Ability to travel for field missions for 30-50% level of effort as needed.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.

About the Organization

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Our mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people, and to foster charity and justice throughout the world. Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on five continents and in 98 countries. We aid the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging people to help with their own development. Together, these approaches foster secure, productive, just communities that enable people to realize their potential. As the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is also committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.

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