Gender, Youth, and Social Dynamics Lead

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 19 November 2019

Job Description

Job Summary

The Gender, Youth and Social Dynamics Lead will provide technical advice, guidance, and support to a wide range of program design and implementation issues in line with CRS’ program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. You will ensure that social dimensions of food security and community resilience are effectively addressed across all activity and at all levels throughout the project life cycle. You will pay attention to social dynamics, particularly gender and youth integration, which are critical to realizing the FFP intended outcomes. You will ensure that all activities are informed by a comprehensive understanding of gender, age, and other locally significant socio-cultural factors in the context of food security in Matabeleland North.

Job Responsibilities

  • Design and manage the project gender and youth social dynamics strategy, system and tools with a focus on promoting knowledge acquisition, management, documentation and dissemination. Help ensure a cross-sectoral approach integrating gender, protection mainstreaming, and disaster risk reduction.
  • Provide technical solutions to the food security program on-site, for strategic planning and how to best apply program design and implementation standards, best practices, partnership principles, tools, and monitoring and evaluation, ensuring high-quality implementation.
  • Lead the development and implementation of the DFSA Gender, Youth and Social Dynamics strategy, which supports gender- transformative and youth-responsive approaches that are context appropriate and reflected at every phase of the project
  • Contribute to knowledge management and learning through collecting and analyzing program data and support the incorporation of gender, youth and social dynamics issues in project MEAL systems. Contribute to design and implementation of participatory and inclusive monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning processes.
  • Review project reports and ensure they capture required disaggregated data and gender, youth and social dynamics learning. Track changes in gender and youth dynamics over time, including unanticipated outcomes.
  • Assist the project team in ensuring that CRS and partners comply with gender, youth and social dynamics related USAID/FFP requirements.
  • Lead the collection, analysis, and utilization of information from a broad range of sources including reports, issues paper, case studies and successfully integrate gender and youth, social dynamics and the dissemination of related project learning.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with donors, peer organizations, research and other institutions. Participate in gender and youth forums to collect and share best practices and promote CRS’ work.
  • Contribute to capacity strengthening, mentoring and coaching of project staff and partners through helping develop learning and training strategies and curricula that ensure gender and youth integration and empowerment.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • A Master’s degree in Social Science required.
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant working experience in an advisory or management role with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with minimum of three years working for programming interventions in gender, youth and social dynamics.
  • In-depth understanding of youth, gender, age and locally significant socio-cultural factors in the context of food and nutrition security programming.
  • Demonstrated application of technical principles and concepts in gender, youth and social dynamics. General knowledge of other related disciplines to ensure cross-sectoral approach.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading participatory analytical processes and facilitating collaborative problem-solving
  • Experience in mentoring, coaching, facilitation and training applying adult learning principles and practices.
  • Experience with program monitoring and evaluation, including applying data collection tools and methodologies, data analysis, and data presentation.
  • Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners.
  • Experience working with stakeholders at various levels and strengthening community partnerships.
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, knowledge-sharing networks.

Personal Skills

  • Excellent relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings.
  • Strong strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Strong presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented

Required/Desired Foreign Language: English; Knowledge of Ndebele an advantage

Travel Required: Ability to travel for up to 50% of time.

Key Working Relationships

Supervisory: Gender, Youth & Social Dynamics staff

Internal: Chief of Party, Other Technical Leads, All Departments of the Country Program.

External: Partner organizations, the Church, international and local NGOs, Research institutions, Gender & Youth working groups.

Agency-wide Competencies:

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

  • Strategic Mindset
  • Integrity
  • Accountability & Stewardship
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation

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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