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Chief of Party in Ethiopia , Ethiopia

Chief of Party - Livelihoods and Livestock, Ethiopia

This position is contingent on funding and donor approval of the candidate.

About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.
In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
Now, and for the future.

Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps has been present in Ethiopia since 2004, and acts on behalf of people who have become disenfranchised and poor. We stand with Ethiopia to find and access opportunities, and to be part of lasting and meaningful transformation in the country. Mercy Corps seeks to be influential with government and development actors towards a more resilient country where poverty is tackled through the eyes of those who understand it best. This translates into ensuring that the population is financially stable, healthy & nourished, educated & unformed, and that natural resources are accessible, shared and utilized sustainably.

Mercy Corps anticipates a multi-year, multi-million dollar USAID funded initiative focused on: stimulating increased production, productivity and marketing through more competitive livestock and livestock products markets; increasing communities’ resilience; improving alternative livelihood options through essential skills transfer; and contributing to the wider knowledge on pastoral development. PRIME will operate in multiple regions across Ethiopia.

General Position Summary
The Chief of Party (CoP) will provide overall leadership, management and strategic vision to the implementation of a multi-year, multi-million dollar USAID/Ethiopia -funded Program. S/he will manage staff, resources and partnerships to ensure that the program meets its targets and deliverables on time and within budget. The CoP will supervise program staff and ensure accountability to Mercy Corps’ policies and donor rules and regulations. S/he will be the primary program representative to donors, relevant government entities, partners, other implementers and external stakeholders. In addition, the CoP will play a central leadership role in developing and driving Mercy Corps’ resilience strategy and program portfolio in Ethiopia.

Essential Job Responsibilities

STRATEGY AND VISION
- Recognize and act on opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.
- Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions and resources to achieve objectives.
- Oversee the development of annual, integrated strategic work-plans for the program.
- Lead the development and execution of a program-wide resilience-building strategy to guide coordination and integrated design and implementation of resilience programming.

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
- Oversee program start-up and ongoing program management and administration of teams across various field locations, ensuring mechanisms for effective adaptive management are in place and utilized regularly.
- Lead the development of detailed implementation plans, flowing from annual strategic work-plans, and ensure the delivery of the same.
- Lead the socialization of the program with Government of Ethiopia stakeholders, ensuring necessary approvals and collaboration as required.
- Ensure that beneficiaries are effectively targeted according to established vulnerability criteria.
- Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate.
- Provide managerial and programmatic oversight to partners and sub-grantee(s).
- Document processes and achievements to ensure best practices are captured and disseminated. This will include the continual re-evaluation of program activities and information, with resulting activity adjustments in keeping with new insights.
- Produce written reports on program activities, capturing the impacts of activities.
- Oversee efforts to design effective M&E systems for the program, and linkages with internal M&E systems.
- Oversee efforts to produce strategic resilience-related research for the program.
- Create and follow effective stakeholder management plans, ensuring sound and proactive communications with Mercy Corps Ethiopia, partner organizations, Mercy Corps headquarters, USAID, Government of Ethiopia authorities, and colleague agencies.
- Conduct frequent field visits to all project sites – spend up to 30% of time in the field.

TEAM MANAGEMENT
- Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
- Set a team culture valuing learning and adaptive management in support of an ongoing resilience approach in programming
- Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
- Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.
- Supervise and manage all program staff to ensure day-to-day activities are implemented in a coordinated fashion according to schedule, budget and quality.
- Supervise and manage all program partnerships to ensure sound coordination in the context of an overall program strategic and resilience-building framework.
- Manage and help with the recruitment, orientation, professional development and ongoing training of staff to ensure they are of the quality and technical capacity necessary to ensure the successful implementation of activities.

FINANCE AND COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT
- In collaboration with the country program’s operations and finance departments, ensure proper financial management, procurement, administration, human resources and logistics (including transport, warehousing and asset management) needs of the program are conducted within Mercy Corps’ policy and with the maximum benefit to the program.
- Monitor adherence to grant agreement, Mercy Corps’ policies and procedures and relevant external rules and regulations, including those of the government of Ethiopia.

INFLUENCE AND REPRESENTATION
- Liaise with and represent program to USAID and other cooperating sponsors and stakeholders.
- Represent Mercy Corps at government, donor, NGO and other relevant events in the field, in close coordination with the Country Director.
- Ensure close coordination and information sharing with consortium partners, sub-grantees, local government and other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs.
- Establish and maintain relationships with communities and local government.

Security
- Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country
- Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.

Organizational Learning
- As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Supervisory Responsibility
National and international team members working on the program, as well as partnerships with international and national program partners. The number of direct and indirect reports is to be determined.

Accountability
Reports Directly To: Country Director
Works Directly With: Deputy Country Director, Finance Manager, Operations Staff, Technical Support Unit and Partner Organizations

Knowledge and Experience
- MA/S or equivalent experience in international development, management, economic development or other relevant field.
- At least 10 years of relevant international experience with positions of progressively greater responsibilities.
- At least five years in a senior management role is required with experience in project management related to multi-sectoral, USAID funded activities strongly preferred.
- Prior experience managing USAID-funded assistance projects of a similar size and scope in developing countries; experience managing multi-sectoral projects including livelihoods, agricultural development, resilience, market-based approaches to economic development, climate change, food security, gender, conflict.
- Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
- Experience managing programmatic and financial reporting requirements.
- Experience with USAID rules, regulations and requirements is preferred.
- Experience working in Ethiopia/Horn of Africa.
- Effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational and prioritization skills.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
- Internationally recognized qualification in project or program management or a commitment to obtain the qualification in the early months of work.
- Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.

Success Factors
The successful CoP will combine exceptional management skills and experience in building and maintaining donor and partner relationships. S/he will have an ability to approach complex development challenges through a systems-thinking lens and have an ability to think creatively about improving food security, community development and resilience. The CoP will have proven experience with cross-cultural team and capacity building, individual staff development and strong mentoring skills. S/he will be passionate about learning and adaptive management techniques as fundamental strategies to improve program impact. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail as well as strategic vision are essential. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations. The successful Chief of Party must be comfortable operating and traveling in a sometimes volatile security environment and therefore, changing plans and program tactics accordingly.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The CD is based in the capital city – Addis Ababa. The location is accompanied and secure. Housing is family accommodation with good freedom of movement beyond the house/office. There are several international schools in Addis Ababa, British systems exist for children up to 11 years old. The US school takes students to pre-university levels. Staff have access to basic services (electricity, water, sporadic internet etc). Medical facilities are basic with international clinics able to provide emergency services. This position requires 35% travel by road and air to field offices in often insecure environments. Addis Ababa is host to many international organizations including the OAU, the Economic Commission for Africa and other multi-national bodies, many of which have their headquarters based in the capital city.

Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Are you interested in becoming a Chief of Party in Ethiopia? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Dec 30, 2018
Senior Technical Advisor in Tunisia , Tunisia

Description
Senior Technical Advisor in Community Mobilization and Resilience, this position is contingent on funding and will based in Tunis

About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
Now, and for the future.

Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps launched operations in Tunisia in July 2011. Mercy Corps aims to build the capacity of emerging and existing non-politicized civil society actors, while developing livelihood opportunities for youth (including through employability, entrepreneurship skills and access to financial services) and increasing civic engagement around communities’ needs (including conflict mitigation and emergency response). Mercy Corps Tunisia focuses on empowering vulnerable individuals and groups in marginalized areas to develop productive initiatives that build secure and just communities. Our programs focus on:
- Integrating youth into the workforce, by developing opportunities for employment and skills development
- Supporting financial inclusion of vulnerable populations underserved by financial services (e.g. Youth, women, rural populations)
- Stimulating market development in sectors with the potential for job and wealth creation
- Promoting local governance, by encouraging constructive dialogue between local authorities, private sector and civil society
- Reducing the causes of marginalization, exclusion and radicalization of vulnerable population groups in Tunisia
- Integration of migration related questions in local development

General Position Summary

Mercy Corps is seeking candidates for a Senior Technical Advisor in Community Mobilization and Resilience who will manage and provide technical leadership of the anticipated five-year USAID-funded Tunisia Resilience and Community Engagement (TRACE) program. Our component of the program aims to implement strong community mobilization work to underpin the entire program and to transform vulnerable youth into productive, contributing citizens who are connected to their communities by improving education, health, employment, community involvement and other needs as identified through drivers assessments. The primary focus of the Senior Technical Advisor will be to set the vision for and coordinate implementation of community mobilization, community capacity building, community resilience, and community cohesion activities under the Mercy Corps components of the proposed TRACE program. The Senior Technical Advisor will lead the technical design and advise on implementation of community interventions, including conducting capacity building and community stakeholder mapping, assessments and community programs in close coordination with the program managers and key staff. The Senior Technical Advisor is responsible for providing technical oversight on all community mobilization and related resilience objectives, strategies and activities in the TRACE program. S/he will work closely with consortium members for a coordinated approach across the program and to provide expert advice on community-led development and resilience building. S/he has a key role in ensuring program quality and reporting. S/he will work closely with the M&E Manager and Officer(s) to collect and analyze M&E data regarding community resilience and make recommendations for program improvements and adjustments. Candidate flexibility and a wide range of experience employing community-led development techniques in fragile settings are highly valued.

Essential Job Responsibilities

TECHNICAL LEADERSHIP

- The Senior Technical Advisor will support and advise the COP and other project staff on various technical fields related to the program and help design the strategy and approaches to achieve expected results.
- Lead, coordinate and supervise all community resilience-building activities including community mobilization, community capacity building, community resilience and community cohesion in support of identification and mitigation of vulnerabilities, peacebuilding/ preventing violent extremism, and community infrastructure/assets. This includes providing technical direction, developing work plans, monitoring implementation and impact, ensuring that program deliverables are completed, supervising implementation staff and managing program budget.
- Provide strategic vision to the technical components of the program including workplan development, market analysis, partnership selection and management, and overall sector strategy.
- Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.
- Advise national counterparts on technical issues and participate in relevant advisory and/or working groups with counterparts, partner institutions, government representatives, and other local stakeholders.
- Ensure technical compliance with USAID rules and regulations, and adherence to grant agreement
- Oversee technical performance of consortium partners and sub-grantees.
- Ensure the program-wide positive youth development framework is integrated across partners and into program implementation.

CAPACITY BUILDING AND MENTORING

- In close partnership with the CoP, create a work atmosphere conducive to professional growth and development of excellent personnel at all levels.
- Contribute to country team-building efforts and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision making processes
- Build the technical capacity of project staff in community led development and community resilience relevant to the implementation of the project through training and continuous mentoring.

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND SUPPORT

- Integrate community approaches, inclusion and gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate.
- Ensure the program implementation is responding to the direction of the lead organization under which we will be a sub-grantee
- Provide managerial and programmatic technical oversight to partners and sub-grantee(s) as required.
- Document processes and achievements to ensure technical best practices are captured and disseminated. This will include the continual re-evaluation of program activities and information, with resulting activity adjustments in keeping with new insights.
- Produce written reports on program activities, capturing the impacts of activities. .

INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL COORDINATION

- Serve as an active coordinator between the lead organization and Mercy Corps
- Serve as an active contributor and collaborator with regional and global counterparts to promote the use of best practices.
- Strengthen linkages with other internal resources, including the LMS, Digital Library, Hub, and Connect, to enhance organizational learning where relevant to M&E.
- Maintain close working relationships with counterparts in other relevant international NGOs, and local NGOs and associations.

Supervisory Responsibilities: National and international team members working on the program, as well as partnerships with international and national program partners. The number of direct and indirect reports is to be determined.

Accountability
Reports Directly To: Chief of Party or Deputy Chief of Party
Works Directly With: Youth Technical Advisor, Program teams, MEL team, Finance, Administration and Operations teams


Knowledge and Qualifications
- The senior advisor should demonstrate technical capacity in the development, coordination, implementation of complex and diverse sets of interventions that can produce expected outcomes.
- S/He should have a thorough understanding of ongoing community resilience efforts in the country to advise the program staff.
- S/he must have minimum Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, law, or other related fields and
- 5-7 years of experience providing strategic input and advice in democracy and governance, peace, and security related projects, preferably in an international organization;
- Proven managerial experience through prior work in a relevant area such as accountability, community communications, community and youth development or mobilization and holding positions of progressive responsibility;
- Experience in integrating community resilience frameworks in complex programs desirable
- Experience in training, facilitating focus group discussions, community consultation;
- Full Professional Proficiency in spoken and written English and French is required. Must be able to use the language fluently and accurately, and be able to read all styles and forms on all levels pertinent to professional needs;
- Full or moderate professional proficiency in spoken and written Modern Standard Arabic is desirable;
- Experience working in Tunisia or North Africa is highly desirable;
- Experience in implementation through multi-partner complex consortia is desirable;
- Experience working on USAID projects is strongly preferred.


Success Factors
A successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to lead and communicate effectively with team members of varied work styles and cultures, follow procedures, and meet deadlines with flexibility and creativity in planning and problem solving. S/he will have a proven ability to learn quickly, multi-task, prioritize, take initiative, and be accountable for results, understand the larger picture while remaining focused on the details, problem solving, work within a complex and sensitive setting and to follow laws and security protocols. The most successful Mercy Corps team members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The position is based in Tunis, Tunisia with frequent field travel. Tunis is the capital city of Tunisia with a significant international community presence and many western amenities. Amenities in field sites may be more basic. Tunis has excellent educational and medical facilities. This position can be accompanied by dependents, if not, accommodation will be shared with other team members or guests.

Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Given the nature of the context, working hours require flexibility and working through weekends/evenings might be necessary.

Are you interested in becoming a Senior Technical Advisor in Tunisia? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: May 04, 2018
Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor , Somalia

Mercy Corps has been implementing a 5 year USAID-funded program Somali Youth Leaders Initiative (SYLI)) aimed at providing fair and equitable secondary education services for at least 20,000 Somali youth through classroom construction and rehabilitation, teacher training, capacity building of education officials and improved community engagement in education management. SYLI currently support secondary education programs in the three zones- Somaliland, Puntland and South Central Somalia,

The program supports 50 secondary school communities with school infrastructure improvements, construction and rehabilitation of classrooms, latrines, water points, other essential school facilities and provide school furniture in Phase 2. In order to strengthen community participation and ownership, Mercy Corps in collaboration with MoE trains CECs of target schools in overall school management including the development, implementation and monitoring of schools programs and mobilization and management of resources for the schools. Furthermore, the program trains teachers to improve quality of teaching and learning in target schools. With regards to youth programming, the program promotes literacy, numeracy and life skills for youths who miss of formal education though Non- Formal Education (NFE). Additionally, the program support youth civic engagement activities intended to increase youth positive engagement and contribution to development of the society.

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY
The M&E Advisor will provide technical support to the SYLI M&E and program team to improve program quality and timely monitoring and evaluation of program performance. The primary goal of this position would be to ensure SYLI improves on the quality of technical reports and sustained ability to effectively track indicators and monitor its program activities as well as developing the ability for dissemination and sharing of best practice and lessons learned to improve program data management and quality. S/he will further provide support to SYLI M&E team to track and report on key program indicators and build their capacity to effectively monitor and track progress, identify gaps and deliver quality reports as the programs approaches its close out.
The M&E Advisor will work closely with SYLI Program management, especially M&E team to develop and /or review existing monitoring tools, train program staff on the use of these tools and ensure frequent capturing of program data/information using the developed or revised tools. In coordination with program team, s/he will ensure timely submission of high quality reports- Weekly, Quarterly and Annually.


ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

Technical Advisory
In collaboration with the M&E Team and Program Managers, the M&E Advisor will;
Contribute to program design to ensure adherence to Mercy Corps’ standards, including the use of standardized indicators and documentation methodologies
Redesign, revise and/or improve on the various assessment tools, program monitoring tools and data collection tools and procedures to track performance indicators
Identify the gaps in the existing system and redesign/review tools for key outcome and impact indicators and targets for each program/project component and for each level of the objective hierarchy;
Track SYLI indicators and fill in the gaps in the current indicator tracking and reporting
Review, set up and maintain an M&E system for the program to determine a better outputs, outcome, impact and lessons learned;
Support the field team to conduct regular field monitoring visits to assess progress on the ground and promote compliance by project impact and deliverables;
Review the weekly SITREP and improve the reporting procedure to make it more effective in capturing timely and quality activity reports.
Improve the quality of consolidated SYLI technical reports in accordance with approved reporting formats. Ensure the report captures the key data of result areas.
Assist in writing, reviewing/editing the completeness and accuracy of narrative success and impact stories for donors and other stakeholders.
Assist in the recruitment of competent programs SYLI M&E staff and organize the team to perform M&E activities.
Address shortfalls in monitoring, evaluation and information management that affect the SYLI program implementation.
Work closely with the M&E team and other program specialists (Civic Engagement, Gender, Teacher Training and Communication) to ensure program achievement of key result areas are continuously captured and reports generated timely and properly disseminated internally and externally.
Coordinate with the M&E Specialist and team to promote organizational learning on M&E systems to improve program quality and sustainability;
Support the development of terms of reference and tools for surveys, research evaluations, and Special Studies in order to monitor programs results and strategic developments.
Build capacity of M&E team, program staff and local partners on M&E tools, data management, data analysis, basic surveying and sampling techniques, report writing techniques and requirements for Mercy Corps/USAID.

Provide Oversight and Management of Data and Information Systems
Design and/or review relevant program/ project databases and data management systems as per the requirements of the program management;
Support M&E and program team to provide accurate, timely and analytical data for donor technical reports (Quarterly and Annual).
Support the M&E team to accurately analyze data and make recommendations to improve program effectiveness and efficiency.

Internal and External Coordination
Strengthen linkages with other internal resources, including the Digital Library, Hub, and Clearspace, to enhance organizational learning where relevant to DM&E.
Coordinate with Mercy Corps’ HQ-based and regional Technical Support Unit (TSU) to guide process of ex-ante, ex-post and midterm evaluation, from the design, implementation and documentation phases.
Participate in M&E-related working groups and maintain close working relationships with DM&E counterparts in other relevant international NGOs, and local NGOs and associations in Somalia.

Representation
Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other stakeholders.
Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.

Organizational Learning: As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve - we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: None

ACCOUNTABILITY:
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Chief of Party (COP) with direct linkage to Deputy Country Director (Programs)
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: COP, DCOP, Infrastructure Manager, Program Managers, Program Specialist and M&E Team

Required Qualification and Skills

The Advisor shall meet the following requirements:
Master’s degree or equivalent in social science, statistics, or data base management preferred;
5+ years field technical M&E experience in international relief and development in Africa;
Experience in setting up and managing M&E systems and designing or evaluating multiple sectors including education programs, youth civic engagement, and peace building etc.;
Demonstrated ability to write donor quality technical reports.
Demonstrated understanding of complex emergencies, related security concerns, and appropriate responses, with experience in Somalia strongly preferred;
Effective verbal and written communication, organizational, prioritization and MS Office applications;
Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members;
Knowledge of Mercy Corps, USAID systems and procedures /desirable an added advantage.

SUCCESS FACTORS:
The successful candidate will have an ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel both in a technical advisory and training capacity and will also have an ability to support programmatic objectives with timely and meaningful information. A demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities is essential, as is an impeccable, professional standard of M&E and reporting and a willingness and ability to ensure compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures. The M&E Manager must be willing to travel regularly to the program sites.

LIVING CONDITIONS/ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:
The M&E Manager will be based in Mogadishu, with travel to Somaliland, Puntland, Galmudug and Nairobi on a 70/30 basis and support SYLI programs activities throughout the country. This is an unaccompanied post in a highly insecure environment. This position is eligible for Mercy Corps Somalia Hardship and R&R benefit.

Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Expiring: Dec 05, 2016
Gender and Youth Advisor , Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Mercy Corps has been operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since 2007, with a staff of approximately 250 people in North and South Kivu. We support vulnerable communities, while fostering strong relationships and partnerships across government, civil society and the private sector to deliver programs that build resilience and promote sustainable change. Our current activities focus on the provision of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services in camps for internally displaced people, and large-scale WASH infrastructure and service delivery in urban centers. Mercy Corps also has food security, economic recovery/development and governance programs, with an increasing shift towards transitional and integrated development programming. The DRC team has a strong commitment to providing entrepreneurial and innovative solutions to development challenges, and actively seeks and facilitates market-based solutions.

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:

Mercy Corps is recruiting a Gender and Youth Advisor for a proposed USAID-funded Development Food Assistance Project (DFAP) to be implemented in Eastern DRC. This proposed five-year project will improve food and nutrition security and economic well-being of vulnerable populations through outcomes focused on agriculture, natural resources, livelihoods, health, nutrition, WASH and governance. The Gender and Youth Advisor will be responsible for leading the implementation of gender and youth integration strategies aimed at ensuring that project activities result in positive outcomes for male and female participants of different age groups. S/he will have overall responsibility for building team members’ and partners’ capacity to integrate a gender and youth perspective into project activities, and raising awareness of the importance of gender and youth integration. The Gender and Youth Advisor will work closely with sector team leads to ensure the effective and timely execution of activities related to gender and age-based access to opportunities. During the first year of the program, in alignment with Mercy Corps’ best practices and USAID requirements, the Gender and Youth Advisor will conduct a gender analysis to inform and guide program implementation and to ensure that men, women, girls and boys have equitable opportunities to engage in and benefit from program activities.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Strategy and Vision
• Organize and conduct the donor-required gender analysis during the first year of the project and serve as the lead for any program-related youth assessments.
• Work closely with DFAP Managers in integrating the findings from the gender/youth assessment into the project’s work plan and milestones.
• Conduct gender-based violence risk analysis and incorporate findings into program implementation plan.
• Develop gender and youth integration strategies, oversee the implementation of these strategies and adapt and improve them as needed.
• Coordinate closely, work with and support managers and partners to promote gender/youth integration.
• Work closely with the relevant team members to develop strategies for encouraging youth participation and leadership in agriculture and community decision making.
• Work closely with the M&E team on gender/youth integration and analysis tools. Also with the M&E team, ensure sex and age disaggregated and gender-sensitive data is collected and analyzed. Make recommendations based on assessment findings and regular monitoring to inform program strategies to better meet the needs of the project participants.
• Contribute to any research conducted in the program to ensure gender and youth dynamics are fully represented.
• Work closely with Human Resources team to ensure gender accountability is incorporated into the position descriptions of team members.

Team Leadership and Management
• Demonstrate flexibility, resilience and ability to maintain positive relationships and composure.
• Maintain high ethical standards and treat people with respect and dignity.
• Demonstrate an awareness of his/her own strengths and development needs.

Representation and External Coordination
• Develop relationships and linkages with organizations implementing other donor-funded programs focused on gender and youth in eastern DRC.
• Conduct regular community consultations to ensure programming remains gender and youth sensitive and on-track.
• Collect and share learnings and best practices from this program with actors and in the Mercy Corps world.
• Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, donor, local governments and other stakeholders.
• Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.

Capacity Building
• Develop targeted gender and youth capacity building interventions to promote integration with project staff.
• Support project team in the development and delivery of training and capacity building on key gender and youth topics to project participants.

Organizational Learning: As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve - we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: 1-2 gender/youth support officers

ACCOUNTABILITY:

REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Deputy Chief of Party

WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: DFAP component leads, Social and Behavior Change Manager, Monitoring & Evaluation Manager, DFAP field teams, technical support unit, partner organizations

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
• MA/S or equivalent experience in international development, political science, women’s studies, economics, sociology or other relevant field.
• 5-7 years’ experience in gender and youth development work including experience developing and conducting gender training, gender/youth mainstreaming and engaging in gender advocacy.
• Demonstrated capacity to lead the collection, analysis and utilization of information from a broad range of sources to ensure effective integration of gender and youth concerns throughout the project’s duration.
• In-depth understanding of gender, age and other socio-cultural factors in the context of food security programming.
• Ability to foster commitment and build capacity among project staff and in-country actors around gender and youth integration.
• Experience in DRC or other sub-Saharan African countries strongly preferred
• Fluency in French and English proficiency required.
• Strong public speaking skills required.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office.

SUCCESS FACTORS:

The successful candidate will have excellent team and interpersonal relationship skills, with demonstrated ability to work effectively in complex environments. S/he will combine strong communication skills, creativity, initiative, participatory leadership and tactful decisiveness to assist in program implementation. Multi­tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential. S/he must have the confidence and humility to work effectively with a diverse group of people – as well as be sensitive to political and cultural nuance. S/he must ­ be able to consistently apply excellent judgment to a variety of demanding and fast-­changing situations while working as part of a team and coordinate with program personnel.

LIVING CONDITIONS/ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:

The position will be based in Bukavu, DRC and will require travel throughout South Kivu. While conditions in the country are improving, and security is quite stable in Bukavu, there are still pockets of violence and insecurity and petty crime is present. Mercy Corps' suboffices experience variable levels of insecurity, with the situation closely monitored by UN peacekeepers. Years of conflict and corruption have badly damaged the country's infrastructure. Air travel is necessary to get from one end of the country to the other. Mobile phones and cellular service are widely available. Internet is limited, but available in all Mercy Corps offices. Travel to field sites will be required where living conditions are clean and secure, but basic. There are a number of health services available with several evacuation options for serious illnesses. There is reasonable access to most consumer goods, although they can be expensive.

Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Expiring: Dec 05, 2016