Mercy Corps, Oregon May 28, 2013 – August 16, 2013
Allison served as the Gender Integration Intern at Mercy Corps’ headquarters in Portland, Oregon, working on the ACT for Impact initiative, a three-year effort to mainstream gender perspectives throughout Mercy Corps’ global programming. As part of her internship, Allison worked closely with Mercy Corps’ Global Gender Advisor to help coordinate the organization’s first-ever Gender Integration Training for Trainers, which trains key program staff in gender mainstreaming methods that can then be passed on to other team members in the field. She also drafted a “how-to” guide that outlines steps for crafting gender indicators and provides examples that can be adapted by program staff. This guide was designed to be used throughout the organization in its design, monitoring, and evaluation efforts to ensure it effectively measures progress toward gender integration. She also undertook a research project to document cases of successful gender inclusion within Mercy Corps’ programming that resulted in a report of key outcomes and lessons learned; its purpose is to facilitate cross-organizational information sharing. Allison hopes her work will further Mercy Corps’ mission and enable the organization to better serve the world’s women and girls.