Gender & Safeguarding Coordinator – MCS


Job Description

Position Title:Gender & Safeguarding Coordinator
Location:Khartoum – with frequent field visits
Report to:Peace Wise Program Manager
Closing Date:21/08/2021

The Gender & Safeguarding Coordinator will ensure the effective and efficient rollout of planned gender and safeguarding change activities through day-to-day coordination at the Sudan level. Under the overall guidance of the Gender Advisor, s/he will support the implementation of gender-transformative approaches and Safeguarding best practices as captured in Mercy Corps’ Sudan Gender Strategy and Global Safeguarding policy.


The Gender and Safeguarding Coordinator will be based in Khartoum and will be in close coordination with our sub-offices in Nyala, Kadugli, and El Gedaref. The successful candidate’s time will be equally split between Gender duties (50%) and Safeguarding duties (50%).


S/he will support the implementation of a cross-sectoral gender integration strategy aimed at ensuring that the program activities result in inequitable outcomes for male and female participants of different age groups, socio-economic backgrounds,s and abilities across target communities’. S/he will work closely with sector teams to ensure the effective and timely execution of gender-related, women and girl-focused activities: Support the M&EL team to include a gender and youth perspective in research, mid-term and online evaluations and to mainstream sex and age disaggregated and gender-sensitive indicators into the overall M&EL framework. S/he will also work closely with HR and the leadership team to ensure women’s empowerment across our human resources and operations.


S/he will coordinate, support, and advise on the implementation of Mercy Corps’ Safeguarding standards and initiatives and will also support the response function when potential allegations of safeguarding violations are reported. With oversight and direction from the Global Ethics Team, this position will support the planning, conducting, and reporting of local Safeguarding investigations. With guidance from the Ethics Team, they will act as on-the-ground investigators–conducting interviews, examining evidence, and reviewing relevant documents.


Gender Programming

● Lead an internal Gender Diagnostic across Mercy Corps Sudan;

● Support the Gender Advisor with the planning, creation, and implementation of an internal gender integration strategy.

● Support sectorally–focused gender mainstreaming training and refresher training for all team members, consortium, and partner organization staff.

● Assist with assessment activities to ensure that team members apply a gender analysis and youth perspective in the collection, analysis, use, and reporting of data.

● Maintain close communication about gender activities with teams during regular planning and coordination sessions.

● Identify the need for and supervise the implementation of activities designed to promote greater access, inclusion, and empowerment for traditionally excluded groups (adult women, young males, adolescent girls, the elderly, and people living with disabilities) in the areas of economic development, health, WASH, governance, and peace.

● Work closely with Community Accountability Referral Mechanisms (CARM) focal points across our sub-offices to coordinate responses and ways of working.

● Work closely with sector teams and build their capacity to deliver high-quality gender and youth integration work.

● Assist HR and program teams to identify and address barriers to recruiting and retaining female staff and to maintaining a gender-friendly work environment.

Safeguarding Prevention and Response

● Champion safeguarding policies and accompanying policy guidance support materials and assist in

promoting prevention of sexual misconduct, sexual exploitation, and abuse (SEA)

● Work with individuals and teams within the program teams to help ensure programs and operations are integrating Safeguarding measures

● In partnership with the CARM team, identify, map, and regularly update local support services available to survivors and formalize a Mercy Corps investigation and follow-up system

● In partnership with the CARM team, act as a reporting avenue for Safeguarding related issues, concerns, or experiences and ensure next steps occur in accordance with organizational policies and procedures and act as a resource to survivors and help ensure their safety, security, and well-being and support a survivor-centered approach

● Help to support partner capacity building around Safeguarding including, policy development, reporting, and response mechanisms, and training

● Act as a resource to managers and staff to help ensure programs and operations are integrating Safeguarding measures

● Act as a resource to senior management as they work to fulfill their responsibilities and obligations under Mercy Corps’ and donor’s Safeguarding policies and response mechanisms

● Help build trust and confidence in Mercy Corps’ programs’ reporting, investigation and follow up systems and foster a climate where team members feel confident and comfortable coming forward with issues

● Help maintain organized, confidential, and thorough investigation files

Proposal Development & Monitoring and Evaluation:

● Work closely with Project Team Leads and the MEL team to ensure Mercy Corps Sudan is consistently integrating gender and safeguarding standards in new and existing programs, and that gender-sensitive data is regularly collected analyzed, and used to inform program decisions

● Act as a resource to the program MEL functions to help ensure inclusion of Safeguarding measures and outcomes

External Representation and Coordination:

● Establish and maintain a productive working relationship with stakeholders and attend and collaborate with Gender and Safeguarding Working Groups across Sudan.

● Keep up to date with best practices in Gender and Safeguarding to improve Mercy Corps’ Sudan internal practices.


● Conduct himself or herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and not to jeopardize its humanitarian mission.

● Other duties as assigned.


● Diploma/Bachelor’s degree in International Development, Women’s studies, social sciences, gender or Comparable area of study.

● Master’s Degree highly preferred.

● At least 3 years of working experience in development, with a focus on youth, gender, and/or safeguarding work. Experience in the field is highly desirable.

● Background and experience conducting gender training, gender mainstreaming activities, as well as a solid understanding of safeguarding practices and implementation.

● Ability to communicate and mobilize a variety of stakeholders, including internal staff and external communities.

● Experience working in challenging environments.

● Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Excel, and PowerPoint.

● Team player with excellent inter-personal skills and willingness to improve and create new systems and processes across numerous teams.

How To Apply

The application should be submitted to HAC Labour office, Khartoum Al Jamahiriya Street

Gender & Safeguarding Coordinator – MCS
Gender & Safeguarding Coordinator – MCS
Gender & Safeguarding Coordinator – MCS


Mercy Corps is a global non-governmental, humanitarian aid organization operating in transitional contexts that have undergone, or have been undergoing, various forms of economic, environmental, social, and political instabilities. 

Why was Mercy Corps created?

Our mission: to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities. In more than 40 countries around the world, over 5,600 team members work side by side with people living through poverty, disaster, violent conflict, and the acute impacts of climate change.

Where is Mercy Corps based?

Portland, Oregon, U.S. Mercy Corps is a global non-governmental, humanitarian aid organization operating in transitional contexts that have undergone, or have been undergoing, various forms of economic, environmental, social, and political instabilities.

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