Position: Gender, protection and Menstrual Hygiene Management(MHM) Officer(1)
Location of activity: Kakuma refugee camp and Kalobeyei integrated settlement
Duration: 11 Months (Feb 2023-December 2023)
Direct supervisor: WASH Coordinator
About Peace Winds Japan
Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) is a Japanese Non-Governmental Organization established in 1996. PWJ has been providing humanitarian and development assistance for people affected by forced displacement and natural disasters in more than 20 countries in the world.
PWJ launched its mission in Kenya in 2012 and has been implementing projects funded by UN agencies and the government of Japan in shelter, WASH, food security, livelihood and logistics support to improve health and living environments of refugees and host populations while promoting peaceful coexistence and self-reliance among the people affected by natural or human made disasters in and adjacent of Dadaab refugee complex, Kakuma refugee camp and Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement.
PWJ is a UNHCR partner responsible for WASH, warehouse management, motor vehicle service unit, centralized fleet and fuel management for Kakuma Refugee Operations.
Purpose of the position
The Gender/protection and MHM officer will be responsible for mainstreaming gender and protection across WASH, Shelter and logistics project areas and plan and implement menstrual health and hygiene activities at the community and institutions(schools and reception centers). S/he is responsible for building capacities of staff and key community own resource persons on gender and protection mainstreaming, menstrual health and hygiene management(MHM), sexual and reproductive health and right(SRHR), identification and mitigation of the risks of gender based violence in the project areas. The staff is also expected to be responsible for the entire process of management including planning, implementation, budget management , monitoring and reporting of the respective activities.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Lead and working closely with the sector heads for development/establishment of WASH/shelter gender/protection mainstreaming approaches, strategies and activities which fit in the context of the project site and in line with the directions of humanitarian assistance and guided by analysis of WASH/shelter sector needs and priorities.
- Together with program coordinator and sector heads, develop and implement strategies to ensure better representations and participation of women, people with disabilities, youths and elderly members of the communities in PWJ’s operation
- For the activities which target vulnerable populations and groups, lead the team in development of selection criteria in consultation and coordination with community leaders and relevant partners, community engagement for beneficiary selection, implementation and post activity monitoring
- Conduct activities to increase awareness of a community as a whole and improve capacities of women and girls on menstrual hygiene management. This includes assessment of MHM practices, access and needs for services and items, dialogues with leaders including religious leaders and any other trusted persons in the community, action planning, trainings, follow ups and monitoring.
- Coordinate with education partners and schools to implement menstrual hygiene management in addition to School Led Total Sanitation(SLTS), star school awarding program
- Work closely with the shelter team to reflect the needs of girls and women in designs of WASH facilities and shelters to ensure conducive environment for practicing MHM and mitigate risks of GVB
- Plan, coordinate, facilitate and create reports of PSEA/GBV,MHM training and workshops for community-based WASH/shelter staff e.g. hygiene promoters, water supply incentives, shelter monitors, teachers, WASH committee members among others.
- Provide technical support and supervision to community-based staff to empower them to fulfil their tasks and improve their performance
- Take lead in stakeholder engagements in MHM and gender/protection mainstreaming in within the sub-county
- Provide day-to-day management of specific MHM and SRHR project activities, ensuring work is completed against the scope, timelines, and budget.
- Develop effective community engagement strategies and implement them with community-based staff to promote community ownership
- Identify further needs in the areas of MHM and gender/protection mainstreaming in WASH and shelter programmes and contribute in development of concept notes, proposals for fund raising.
- Contribute in development of terms of references, presentations and other relevant documents as required
- Supervise tailors to produce re-usable pads according to the approved standards.
- Co-ordinate and actively participate in the development and Strengthening of the market for Menstrual Hygiene Management products produced by tailors.
- Monitor and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other) ,verify compliance with approved allocation/organization rules, regulations and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity.
- Work with the health partners on how to interpret and use data/findings to guide targeted interventions and decision making
- Work closely with the MEAL officer to ensure necessary data on MHM and gender/protection are collected and analyzed in routine surveys such as KAP surveys and latrine census and any other surveys
- Timely development of monthly, quarterly ,semi-annual and annual performance reports and highlighting success stories arising from the field
- Represent the organization as required in inter-agency and government coordination meetings and liaise with other organizations working in the operational area where appropriate.
- Carry out any other task as requested by the supervisor
Education and qualification
- Bachelor’s degree in gender, development studies, social science or public health from a recognized university.
- Additional course or personal learning on community development, livelihood, project and business management is an asset
- Minimum 2 years relevant work experience in the area of MHM, gender and protection at least 1 year in humanitarian setting.
- Experience in capacity building for community own resource persons or community based staff
- Experience in intervention projects with strong community involvement
- Experience in partner and stakeholder coordination
- Experience in designing and implementing social and behavior change communication
Skills and competencies
- Ability to observe and understand cultural and social contexts and reflect the understandings in programming
- Excellent analytical and report writing skills
- Strong community engagement and facilitation skill
- Ability to infuse positive energy to the team
- Attention to detail, keen at following procedures and meeting deadlines
- Ability to organize tasks simultaneously and prioritize work
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Strong interpersonal skills working with cross cultural and multi diverse teams
- Ability to build strong working relationships for partnerships
- Standards of Professional Conduct especially on integrity, service, and accountability
How to apply
How to apply
This position is based in Turkana West sub-County,Turkana County, Kenya.
We are looking to recruit national candidates only. Interested and qualified candidates are invited to send a cover letter (1 page) and resume (2 pages) as one PDF document no later than 25th January, 2023, to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘GENDER,PROTECTION AND MHM OFFICER- Kakuma’.In your cover letter please reflect on your motivation for taking this post.
N/B Shortlisting will be done on a rolling basis.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.