Latest Jobs in Kenya: Gender and Safeguarding Officer-WUSC

WUSC is seeking a Gender and Safeguarding Officer to support the development and management of the safeguarding and gender and inclusion strategies for the ‘Displaced and Refugee youth Enabling Environment Mechanism (DREEM)’, a five-year project funded by the Mastercard Foundation


World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a leading Canadian international development organization that works with and through its southern partners to promote sustainable development. Founded in 1957 and currently working in more than 20 countries worldwide with an annual budget of approximately $45 million dollars, WUSC fosters youth-centered solutions for improved education, economic, and empowerment opportunities to overcome inequality and exclusion. We believe youth have the potential to provide for their families, build strong communities, and create positive social change for future generations. Globally, WUSC has a network of higher education institutions, civil society organizations, private sector partners, professionals, students, volunteers, faculty, and community leaders that can be leveraged to support our work.

WUSC’s members are Canada’s most globally engaged post-secondary institutions. WUSC offers a dynamic international work environment with a diverse intercultural workforce. We offer employees exciting opportunities to apply their skills and gain experience all while making a difference for youth around the world.

Displaced and Refugee youth Enabling Environment Mechanism (DREEM) project

WUSC, through the DREEM project, will play a unique role as a technical assistance and strategic learning partner to the Mastercard Foundation and the Foundation’s partners. DREEM will contribute to the Mastercard Foundation’s commitment to meaningfully include refugee and displaced youth in their Scholars Program and Young Africa Works programming. As the Foundation also works to finalize a new refugee and displaced youth strategy, DREEM will engage with the Foundation to ensure that the project continues to support the overall objectives of the Foundation.

The DREEM project will focus on three key pillars:

  1. Support Scholars Program(SP) partners and staff with the knowledge, capacity and networks to meaningfully recruit and serve refugee and displaced youth in higher education and transition to work opportunities and to work towards more inclusive societies;
  2. Support Young Africa Works (YAW) country partners and staff in Kenya to gain the knowledge, capacity and networks to meaningfully include and develop programming that meets the unique training and employment needs, opportunities and aspirations of refugee and displaced youth, especially young women;
  3. Strengthening Economic Opportunities for Refugees (SEOR) to complement WUSC’s existing Learning through Education and Access to Employment Pathways (LEAP) project and provide refugee entrepreneurs, especially young women with improved access to market-oriented business support services that improve business and employment outcomes in Kenya.

Under the supervision of the Nairobi-based DREEM Project Director, the Gender and Safeguarding Officer will work closely in collaboration with the WUSC team in Kenya, the Canada-based WUSC Advisory Team and the Mastercard Foundation team.


● In collaboration with the WUSC Kenya Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Advisor, develops and manages the DREEM GESI Strategy and program safeguarding work for all aspects of the DREEM project;

● Provides technical advice and guidance, ensuring an intersectional approach and up-to-date safeguarding guidance across the DREEM program;

● Identifies and mitigates risks and ensures the protection, security safety of all personnel, partners and beneficiaries

● Develops the appropriate mechanisms for periodic GESI and safeguarding reviews and adaptations;

● Develops and delivers training on gender analyses, gender-responsive programming and policies across the DREEM network, providing direct coaching and capacity support as needed;

● Support partners in developing safeguarding policies and supporting broader safeguarding efforts across the region;

● Works in collaboration with the Policy and Strategic Communications Lead to develop gender responsive policy and research priorities;

● Works closely with the MERL Manager to effectively incorporate gender equality and social inclusion metrics in the DREEM framework and coordinate any relevant commissioned research;

● Contributes to the draft of the project’s progress reports by providing quality data and analysis on GESI activities results achieved;

● Works closely with the MERL team and supports the documentation of learning from DREEM project implementation;

● Supports the development and circulation of knowledge products that reflect lessons learned and success stories;

● Participates as required in regional and international meetings/workshops and internal WUSC communities of practice (remotely or in person, as feasible and appropriate) to share project lessons learned, success stories and research/studies findings;

● Manages relationships and projects with external consultants

Line Manager

WUSC Kenya DREEM Project Director

Position Requires Close Collaboration with: Kenya

Livelihoods and Economic Opportunities (LEO) Advisor

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL)

Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Advisor
Learning through Education and Access to Skills for Employment Project (LEAP) Team Kenya Equity in Education Project (KEEP) II Team
Senior Management Team (Operations Manager, East Africa Director)


Senior Manager, Durable Solutions for Refugees
Inclusive Economies Advisor
Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) Advisor

Qualifications, experience and competencies

The ideal applicant will combine technical expertise in one or more of DREEM’s sectors (higher education, durable solutions for refugees, vocational and technical training, support to entrepreneurs and businesses, digital opportunities, women’s economic empowerment), a familiarity with the East African refugee context, a strategic and analytical mindset, excellent listening and interpersonal skills, and an ability to get things done.

Desirable candidates will possess the following:**

● Bachelor’s degree in gender studies, economics, international development or other related field; Master’s degree preferred

● At least 5 years of experience working in the coordination, implementation and evaluation of gender strategies in international development and/or humanitarian programming

● Demonstrated experience in safeguarding work a requirement

● Demonstrated ability to build the capacity of colleagues and partners in integrating safeguarding, gender and women’s economic empowerment into programming

● Technical experience in at least one of DREEM’s core pillars would be an asset

● Experience working with refugees,

● Superior oral and written English skills, including the demonstrated ability to distill data and create compelling narratives for a variety of audiences

● Demonstrated experience in and commitment to working collaboratively across teams

● Experience in infusing gender and other intersectional lenses across program strategies and activities

Other requirements

● The role will require regular travel (up to 20%) to field sites in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kalobeyei Settlement, and nearby communities in northern Turkana, as well as occasional regional and international travel for conferences, workshops and meetings

● Ability to work a flexible schedule

How to apply


WUSC’s activities seek to balance inequities and create sustainable development around the globe; the work ethic of our staff, volunteers, representatives and partners shall correspond to the values and mission of the organization. WUSC promotes responsibility, respect, honesty, and professional excellence, and we will not tolerate harassment, coercion, sexual exploitation or abuse of any form. Successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced criminal record check where appropriate.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. WUSC is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. If you wish to apply for this exciting role, please submit your resume with a covering letter here by April 12, 2021.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

WUSC does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

Applicants must have the relevant immigration status to work in Kenya.

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