Title: Gender, Youth, and Social Dynamics Lead, Development Food Security Activity
Location: Blantyre, Malawi
Anticipated Start Date: October 2019 (Note: This position is contingent upon award)
Founded in 1961, Project Concern International (PCI) is an international non-profit organization that empowers people to enhance health, end hunger, and overcome hardship. Last year, PCI impacted the lives of nearly 12 million people in 16 countries across Asia, Africa, and the Americas. During the past 50 years, the organization has served millions more in 14 additional countries. PCI has operated in Malawi since 2007. It currently manages and implements an integrated portfolio of programming in food aid, food security, nutrition, agriculture, health, and disaster risk management.
PCI is recruiting for the Gender, Youth, and Social Dynamics (GYSD) Lead of an anticipated five-year, $75 million, USAID-funded project in two districts of Southern Malawi. This key position will report directly to the Chief of Party as part of the senior technical leadership team. This Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) will sustainably improve food and nutrition security and resilience among ultra-poor and chronically vulnerable households and communities by supporting the implementation of the Government of Malawi’s (GoM) National Resilience Strategy 2018-2030 (NRS) which aims to break the cycle of food insecurity. It will build upon the knowledge gained through the on-going FFP Njira and UBALE Title II projects. USAID and other key donors have pledged support to the NRS. The strategy’s four technical pillars are: (i) resilient agricultural growth; (ii) risk reduction, flood control and early warning and response systems; (iii) human capacity, livelihoods and social protection; and (iv) catchment protection and management. Additional details about the anticipated project can be found in the draft Request for Applications (https://www.usaid.gov/documents/1866/food-peace-fiscal-year-2019-draft-request-applications-development-food-security) and the draft Country Specific Information (https://www.usaid.gov/documents/1866/food-peace-fiscal-year-2019-draft-rfa-dfsa-malawi).
- Ensure that the social dimensions of food security and community resilience – in particular, gender and youth integration – are effectively addressed across all activity components, at all levels, throughout the entire award period.
- Provide technical leadership in the core areas of gender, youth, and social dynamics, and manage execution of fully integrated activities across the four technical pillars of the Government of Malawi’s National Resilience Strategy’s four pillars, which are noted above.
- Co-design and lead implementation of integrated GYSD activities directly supporting communities and households in achieving resilience to shocks and stresses.
- Lead and manage team dedicated to fully integrating the cross-cutting issues of gender, youth, and social dynamics through recruitment, mentoring, setting performance objectives, rewarding and training team members, as appropriate. This will include acting as a technical lead for the project through collaboration with other sectoral technical leads and indirect management across teams, as well as direct supervision of technical specialist(s), as appropriate.
- Collaborate with other senior technical staff to develop standard operating guidelines, quality assurance and control systems, milestones, successful startup and efficient technical service delivery mechanisms.
- Support excellent communication protocols and working relationships with Government, donors, partners and other stakeholders.
- Establish a culture of evidence-based decision-making and data driven analytics through a well-developed monitoring and evaluation system.
- Establish a work culture that respects and prioritizes the needs of communities, especially the most vulnerable.
- Actively engage in PCI’s effort to embed innovation and support the project team in doing so as well.
- A bachelor’s or higher degree in a relevant academic area – e.g. a social science discipline – plus 7 years of field experience at the community level.
- Demonstration of progressively increasing responsibility managing the gender and youth social dynamics activities of large, complex development projects.
- Deep understanding of food security programming, with expertise in how gender, age (youth, especially adolescent girls), and other locally significant socio-cultural factors and social dynamics inform the local context of food security, climate-smart agriculture, and nutrition.
- Working knowledge of tailoring income generation strategies to meet the needs of women, with a particular focus on agricultural markets and other rural livelihoods.
- Substantive experience with both development and emergency food security activities, preferred.
- Demonstrated capacity to lead the collection, analysis, and utilization of information from a broad range of sources.
- Skills in participatory learning and action, as well as in facilitating collaborative problem solving.
- Ability to foster commitment and build capacity among activity staff and in-country actors to ensure gender and youth integration and empowerment.
- Knowledge of other relevant cross-cutting issues, including: community level governance and planning, social and behavior change, and conflict mitigation.
- Strong adaptive management and interpersonal skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
- Mentoring and facilitation skills.
- Experience working in low-resource environments.
- Proven leadership skills and demonstrated experience recruiting, developing, and managing/mentoring staff.
- Recent, relevant work experience in Malawi, with a preference for qualified Malawian candidates.
- Ability to engage, network with, and build consensus among a wide range of stakeholders, including senior government officials, NGOs (local and international), representatives of civil society, the private sector and US Government partners.
- Experience working on contracts and/or cooperative agreements supporting resilience/food security funded by the US Government, with a preference for USAID.
- Excellent understanding and familiarity with US Government donor regulations, with a preference for USAID.
- Development philosophy in keeping with PCI’s mission, vision, core values and approach to integrated, community-driven programming.
- Excellent analytical and self-motivation skills; excellent advocacy and persuasion skills; able to think critically.