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Program Management Unit Manager– GIRL-H

Mercy Corps
Nairobi, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

General Position Summary
The GIRL PMU Manager is responsible for supporting the country offices implementation of the GIRL-H program, including ensuring that project activities result in positive outcomes for male and female participants of different age groups. S/he will support program start-up and implementing, while building team members’ and partners’ capacity to integrate a gender and youth perspective into project activities. The PMU Manager will support country Program Managers (PMs) to ensure the effective and timely execution of all activities within this program, including social capital and life skills, linkages to formal, informal, and technical education, promotion of the enabling environment for young girls. The PMU Manager will support country offices integration of Safe Spaces into relevant programs. S/he is responsible for supporting the design and implementation of training modules and support the management of the Mercy Corps GIRL-H Safe Space activities for adolescent girls and boys, within relevant programs, including the GIRL-H program.
Knowledge and Experience
  • Masters or equivalent experience in International Development, Political Science, women’s studies, Economics, Sociology or other relevant field.
  • 5-7 years’ experience in gender and youth development work including experience developing and conducting gender training, gender/youth mainstreaming and engaging in gender advocacy.
  • Experience in program start up
  • Demonstrated ability to implement a program, manage a team and develop their capacities.
  • 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 project’s duration. In-depth understanding of gender, age and other socio-cultural factors in the context of food security / livelihoods programming.
  • Ability to foster commitment and build capacity among project staff and in-country actors around gender and youth integration.
  • Experience in the Africa region is preferred
  • Strong public speaking and facilitation skills required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Fluency in written English is required.


  • Support the development of  a clear vision for the program, as well as a clear and effective strategy for program implementation and evaluation and ensure that the vision and mission are aligned with contextual realities;
  • Ensure that the program strategy is clear and communicated to team members, local beneficiaries and partners;
  • Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners and aligned with Mercy Corps’ principles and values;
  • Collaborate with other related Mercy Corps programs to create synergies wherever possible.
  • Guide the technical implementation of women and girls’ leadership country strategies based on Mercy Corps’ Country Strategy for Uganda, Haiti and Kenya;
  • Promote gender strategies across the country portfolio, adapt, and improve them as needed;
  • Lead the development of a resource mobilization and communication strategy for the program and support its operationalization at the country level.
  • Support program implementation, in cooperation with key project stakeholders, including local non-governmental organizations, local government officials, community-based organizations, other international agencies on the ground, and key donors;
  • Collaborate with program, finance and administrative staff to ensure program systems comply with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures, including adherence to Mercy Corps program management minimum standards;
  • Work with the PMs to maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely and informative reporting in line with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures;
  • Increase Mercy Corps and partner organization staff capacity by designing and delivering technical training and coaching plans on topics related to building resilience and achieving gender-equitable program outcomes;
  • Provide support and guidance in all aspects of program implementation, management and evaluation across the three target countries.
  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to gender, resilience, and safes spaces programming;
  • Establish and oversee effective program monitoring, evaluation, and reporting systems for both internal and external use and ensure high quality input is obtained from team members;
  • Use reporting results to monitor program success, measure impact, and calibrate program strategy accordingly;
  • Ensure documentation of achievements and lessons learned to ensure best practices are captured and disseminated in quarterly and final program reports;
  • Monitor adherence to the donor grant agreement as well as Mercy Corps’ and donor’s policies and procedures for procurement and compliance.
  • Support country team adherence to Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures;
  • Capture and disseminate best practices on operations, finance and HR systems across country teams to ensure highest quality and standards;
  • Provide dedicated support to country teams in the event of an emergency.
  • Support Mercy Corps global and regional initiatives for human resources, including safeguarding and diversity
  • Engage and support GIRL Program across the region to ensure that adequate risk management systems are in place;
  • Collaborate with GIRL Country PMs to support preparedness and response to major disruptive events;
  • Engage with country teams on the internal audit process to track findings and ensure country team compliance with IA findings and recommendations

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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