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Kenya: Partner Evaluation Assistant

Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 17 Aug 2018

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.

Mercy Corps began working in Kenya in 2008 to address the societal wounds following the 2007 post-election violence. Since that time, Mercy Corps has built a robust and diverse portfolio in Kenya that is working to address structural causes of poverty and injustice and to strengthen systems that enable men, women and children to access opportunities, participate in and contribute to peaceful democratic processes, and thrive in the face of ecological and social change. To do this, we deliver integrated programming to strengthen market and governance systems, address the root causes of conflict, and equip vulnerable populations – in particular youth, women, adolescents and marginalized communities- with the skills, opportunities and resources they need to be healthy, productive and to drive the development of their communities. We work closely with the private sector, civil society and governance structures at local and national levels to facilitate change and ensure that opportunities are inclusive of all Kenyans.

Program / Department Summary

Youth Impact Labs is a partnership between Mercy Corps and Google.org launched in 2017 to catalyze the creation of new work opportunities for young people by leveraging technology. Impact Labs operates from Amman and Nairobi as strategic regional hubs for the Middle East and East Africa. Impact Labs aims to think big, take risks, and test bold solutions by approaching underemployment and unemployment through a business-oriented innovation lens. We seek to build a strong regional pipeline of innovators ready to create high- impact, scalable employment opportunities across various markets – for today’s youth and generations to come. We are focusing on digital marketplaces and platforms that offer services to micro and small businesses; agricultural supply chain management; and digital work.

General Position Summary

This is a short term position for a duration of 3 months. The Partner Evaluation Assistant will be responsible for conducting initial market landscape assessments and conducting initial partner reviews in order to support the development of a partner investment pipeline. S/he will initiate company and market assessments, generate market sector briefs and prepare internal memos to support the partner selection process.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Market research

  • Conduct market research, analyze market trends on youth employment and technology;
  • Conduct desk research to map out early stage tech enhanced businesses that are creating new employment opportunities
  • Prepare market briefs of priority sectors based on market research conducted

Due diligence

  • Conduct initial assessment of pitch decks and company financial statements
  • Conduct initial assessment of job creation potential
  • Prepare an investment memo of companies reviewed for internal purposes

Engagement Execution support

  • Conduct initial review of the due diligence information gathered to determine accuracy and authenticity
  • Consolidate and organize due diligence documents

Other

  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission; Other duties as assigned.

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, specificall 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.
  • 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.

Supervisory Responsibility

None

Accountability

Reports Directly To: Partnerships Manager

Works Directly With: Partnerships Manager, Investment Analyst

Knowledge and Experience

  • This is an entry level position but 1- 2 years’ experience working in business, financial and/or technology analysis in the banking, technology, business support or NGO sectors is preferred
  • Prior exposure to grant application assessment exercises
  • Demonstrated aptitude for analytics and quantitative problem-solving
  • Advanced skills in MS Excel, PowerPoint and Word
  • Good writing and presentation skills
  • Passion for youth employment programming and financial analysis

Success Factors

The ideal candidate should have the willingness to learn, improve and take feedback positively. S/he should be organized and possess good judgement. The ability to work effectively with people at all levels in the project is crucial.

How to apply:

Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit a Cover Letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to ke-hrkenya@mercycorps.org on or before 17th August, 2018.

The email subject line must clearly show the job title.

Applications without an appropriate subject heading will be automatically disqualified.
Please do not attach any certificates.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

NB: We do not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process

Kenya: Chief of Party – Building Resilience in Civil Society – Kenya

Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 26 Jul 2018

This position is contingent upon receipt of funding and donor approval.

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 began working in Kenya in 2008 to address the societal wounds following the 2007 post-election violence. Since that time, Mercy Corps has built a robust and diverse portfolio in Kenya that is working to address structural causes of poverty and injustice and to strengthen systems that enable men, women and children to access opportunities, participate in and contribute to peaceful democratic processes, and thrive in the face of ecological and social change. To do this, we deliver integrated programming to strengthen market and governance systems, address the root causes of conflict, and equip vulnerable populations- in particular youth, women, adolescents and marginalized social groups- with the skills, opportunities and resources they need to be healthy, productive and to drive the development of their communities. We work closely with the private sector, civil society and governance structures at local and national levels to facilitate change and ensure that opportunities are inclusive of all Kenyans.

General Position Summary

Mercy Corps seeks an exceptional leader in the area of conflict resolution, peacebuilding and public policy to lead Mercy Corps' implementation of a multi-year, 9 million GBP program funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF). Building Resilience in Civil Society (BRICS II) will engage local and national government, local civil society organizations and communities to mitigate the drivers, enablers and narratives of violent extremism in East Africa through support to policy initiatives, community engagement, and support to national civil society organizations in order to prevent the recruitment of vulnerable individuals by violent extremist organizations. The program will work primarily in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, through strategies adapted to the context and opportunities in each country to advance research, legislation and field implementation of activities. The Chief of Party will have overall responsibility for implementation of the BRICS II program and will be the primary point of contact for the FCO within Mercy Corps. ;. The Chief of Party will be an integral member of the senior country leadership team, working closely with the Country Director, other program technical advisors, directors and managers to promote synergies and knowledge sharing between BRICS II and ongoing programs, and to shape Mercy Corps' country strategy for peacebuilding and CVE programming.

Essential Job Responsibilities
Program Leadership

  • Provide strategic leadership and oversight for Mercy Corps' BRICS II activities in cooperation with key project stakeholders, including local and international partner organizations, local civil society organizations, local and national government officials, research institutions and universities, other international agencies on the ground, and key donors.
  • Oversee relevant program, finance and administrative staff to ensure systems are in compliance with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.
  • Ensure program implementation is on time, target and budget, using effective M&E systems to reach desired impacts, and develop mechanisms for targeted research to inform program design and implementation.
  • Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely and informative reporting in line with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.
  • Increase staff capacity by ensuring high quality technical training on CVE programming for Mercy Corps staff and local partners, and providing ongoing coaching and mentoring.
  • Promote learning and knowledge management through documentation and knowledge sharing around best practices and lessons learned.

Strategy and Vision

  • Set the overall vision and strategy for the program by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve program objectives and impact.
  • Drive a cutting-edge research agenda to inform program strategy and promote internal and external learning about best practices in CVE programming
  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.

Representation

  • Lead the BRICS II Policy Influencing agenda and engage with local and national governance institutions to drive CVE policy development and implementation.
  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other stakeholders.
  • Identify, engage, capacity-build and coordinate partner organizations into a cohesive program implementation unit.
  • Maintain good working relationships with the donor, the host country government and local leaders, partner agencies, and other key stakeholders.
  • Document and disseminate lessons learned and best practices from BRICS II to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships and coordinate with relevant international and local agencies active in the CVE and peacebuilding sectors, including donors, other peace-building and research organizations, local authorities and local partners.

Team Management

  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via performance reviews.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance & reach objectives.
  • Supervise and regularly coordinate with project staff and support departments to ensure smooth planning, preparation, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of program activities. Develop a framework for adaptive management and program iteration driven by research and learning.
  • Provide overall leadership to a broad team of program staff ensuring synergy, sharing of best practices and resources.

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

Policy and Advocacy Manager, Partner Support Manager, Finance Manager, Research Director, M&E Manager and other relevant staff

Accountability

Reports Directly To: Kenya Country Director

Works Directly With: Technical Service Unit, Operations and Finance Teams, Mercy Corps Desk team

Knowledge and Experience

  • Master's degree in conflict mitigation, social sciences, international relations or other relevant field preferred.
  • Minimum 8 years' relevant professional experience implementing conflict management and peacebuilding programs, preferably with experience on working on CVE programming.
  • Previous experience managing a portfolio of programs in insecure environments.
  • Experience in at least one of the following program areas: conflict management, governance and/or youth.
  • Demonstrated experience with consortium management, including innovative ways to ensure participatory and dynamic engagement of partner organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience with adaptive management, integration of research into program design and strategy, and innovative approaches to program monitoring and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of systems approaches and resilience principles a plus.
  • Strong facilitation and consensus-building skills.
  • Experience managing national and international staff.
  • Familiarity and experience with FCO regulations preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English, including report development, writing and editing.
  • Must be able to work independently while being a strong team player.

Success Factors

The successful Chief of Party candidate will demonstrate the capacity to lead a multi-dimensional effort in a complex and fluid security environment. She will employ excellent judgment, strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, and be committed to the values and mission of Mercy Corps. She will take initiative, calculate risks and benefits of various courses of action, lead others to achieve to the highest level possible, and demonstrate solid decision-making while working in concert with diverse partners.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

This position will be located in Nairobi or Mombasa and is an accompanied position for spouses and children. Nairobi and Mombasa are developed cities, with good access to goods and services, health care, and high-quality education. While Kenya is a stable and middle-income country, criminality persists and team members are encouraged to take reasonable precautions to minimize the risk of falling victim to criminal activity.

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

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Kenya: CVE Program Manager

Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 04 Jul 2018

This position is contingent upon receipt of funding and donor approval

PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:

Mercy Corps began working in Kenya in 2008 to address the societal wounds following the 2007 post-election violence. Since that time, Mercy Corps has built a robust and diverse portfolio in Kenya that is working to address structural causes of poverty and injustice and to strengthen systems that enable men, women and children to access opportunities, participate in and contribute to peaceful democratic processes, and thrive in the face of ecological and social change. To do this, we deliver integrated programming to strengthen market and governance systems, address the root causes of conflict, and equip vulnerable populations- in particular youth, women, adolescents and marginalized social groups- with the skills, opportunities and resources they need to be healthy, productive and to drive the development of their communities. We work closely with the private sector, civil society and governance structures at local and national levels to facilitate change and ensure that opportunities are inclusive of all Kenyans.

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:

Mercy Corps seeks an exceptional leader in the area of conflict resolution, peacebuilding and community engagement to lead Mercy Corps’ implementation of an 18-month program funded by the US Department of State through the Bureau on Counter Terrorism. The program will engage community members- in particular family members, peers and elders- to mitigate the drivers, enablers and narratives of violent extremism in order to prevent the recruitment of vulnerable individuals by Violent Extremist Organizations (VEOs). The program will work primarily in Mombasa County to strengthen the community level response to recruitment by VEOs by developing messaging, outreach strategies and building early warning systems to enhance community resilience and counter recruitment efforts.

The program will have an embedded research and M&E function to enable piloting and adaptation of program messaging, targeting and other strategies over the period of implementation to promote maximum impact and efficiency through delivery of the program. The Program Manager will have overall responsibility for program implementation and will be the primary point of contact for the DOS within Mercy Corps. Responsibilities will include developing, testing and refining tools to assess the vulnerability of communities to violent extremism, strengthening the capacity of local partners in the areas of research, peacebuilding and conflict management, training and curriculum development, reviewing the design and implementation of the project, facilitating clear communication between diverse groups, and ensuring rigorous measurement of program impact and timely reporting. S/he will be an integral member of the senior country leadership team, working closely with the Country Director, other program technical advisors, directors and managers to promote synergies and knowledge sharing between the program and other ongoing Mercy Corps programs, and to shape Mercy Corps’ country strategy for peacebuilding and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programming.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUCNTIONS:

Program Leadership

· Provide strategic leadership and oversight for Mercy Corps’ CVE program in cooperation with key project stakeholders, including local and international partner organizations, local civil society organizations, local and national government officials, research institutions and universities, other international agencies on the ground, and key donors;

· Oversee relevant program, finance and administrative staff to ensure that systems are in compliance with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures;

· Ensure program implementation is on time, target and budget, using effective M&E systems to reach desired impacts, and develop mechanisms for targeted research to inform program design and implementation;

· Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely and informative reporting in line with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures;

· Increase staff capacity by ensuring high quality technical training on CVE programming for Mercy Corps staff and local partners, and providing ongoing coaching and mentoring;

· Promote learning and knowledge management through documentation and knowledge sharing around best practices and lessons learned.

Strategy and Vision

· Set the overall vision and strategy for the program by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve program objectives and impact;

· Work with the Country Director to develop a comprehensive strategy for CVE and peacebuilding programs in Kenya, integrating agency best practices and building off the existing portfolio of programs in country;

· Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support;

· Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.

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;

· Maintain good working relationships with the donor, the host country government and local leaders, partner agencies, and other key stakeholders;

· Document and disseminate lessons learned and best practices from the program to internal and external stakeholders;

· Develop and maintain working relationships and coordinate with relevant international and local agencies active in the CVE and peacebuilding sectors, including donors, other peace-building and research organizations, local authorities and local partners, including representing Mercy Corps at local and national coordination meetings.

Team Management

· Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence;

· Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via 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;

· Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance & reach objectives;

· Supervise and regularly coordinate with project staff and support departments to ensure smooth planning, preparation, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of program activities;

· Develop a framework for adaptive management and program iteration driven by research and learning;

· Provide overall leadership to a broad team of program staff ensuring synergy, sharing of best practices and resources.

Other:

  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission;
  • Other duties as assigned.

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: Program Officers, M&E Officer, Finance Officer and other relevant staff

ACCOUNTABILITY

REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Kenya Country Director

WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Technical Support Unit (TSU), Operations and Finance Teams and Mercy Corps Desk team.

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

· Master’s degree in conflict mitigation, social sciences, international relations or other relevant field preferred;

· Minimum 5 years’ relevant professional experience implementing conflict management and peacebuilding programs, preferably with experience on working on CVE programming;

· Previous experience managing programs in insecure environments;

· Experience in at least one of the following program areas: conflict management, governance and/or youth;

· Demonstrated experience with consortium management, including innovative ways to ensure participatory and dynamic engagement of partner organizations;

· Demonstrated experience with adaptive management, integration of research into program design and strategy, and innovative approaches to program monitoring and evaluation;

· Knowledge of systems approaches and resilience principles a plus;

· Strong facilitation and consensus-building skills;

· Experience managing national and international staff;

· Familiarity and experience with USAID/DOS regulations preferred;

· Must be able to work independently while being a strong team player.

SUCCESS FACTORS:

The successful candidate will demonstrate the capacity to lead a multi-dimensional effort in a complex and fluid security environment. She will employ excellent judgment, strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, and be committed to the values and mission of Mercy Corps. She will take initiative, calculate risks and benefits of various courses of action, lead others to achieve to the highest level possible, and demonstrate solid decision-making while working in concert with diverse partners.

How to apply:

Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit a Cover Letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to ke-hrkenya@mercycorps.org on or before 4th July, 2018.

The email subject line must clearly show the job title and location they are applying for.

Applications without an appropriate subject heading will be automatically disqualified. Please do not attach any certificates.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. NB: We do not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process

Kenya: Consultancy services to conduct Market Assessment and Project Design Support – Kenya/Ethiopia

Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 18 Apr 2018

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

MARKET ASSESSMENT AND PROJECT DESIGN SUPPORT – KENYA/ETHIOPIA-MC/KEN/NBO/004/2018

Mercy Corps is a non-religious, non-profit and non-governmental international humanitarian organization. Mercy Corps is powered by the belief that a better world is possible. Across the more than 40 countries in which we operate, we’re working to address root causes of poverty head on, and helping those caught in crisis not only meet their immediate needs, but build a brighter future

Mercy Corps is a consortium member for the Omo Delta Programme: Expanding the Rangeland to achieve Growth and Transformation, funded by the European Union Trust Fund (EUTF) and led by VSF-Germany and implemented in Ethiopia (South Omo, Bench Maji) and Kenya (Turkana, Marsabit). For both Ethiopia and Kenya, the role of MC is to strengthen livestock, labor and other related market systems. The program aims to promote economic and private sector development and greater resilience, particularly among vulnerable groups and address the drivers of instability, irregular migration and displacement.

Mercy Corps, is seeking for a qualified consultant to conduct market assessment and develop project design for the project.

How to apply:

Detailed scope of work and requirements for proposal submission can be picked up at ABC place, Waiyaki way, Block B, 1st floor during normal working hours, 8.00 AM -5.00 PM, or by following the link https://www.mercycorps.org/tenders.All questions should be submitted to:- ke-bids@mercycorps.org

Completed request for proposals clearly marked: – ‘MC/KEN/NBO/004/2018**: Consultancy services to conduct Market Assessment and Project Design Support – Kenya/Ethiopia** MUST be submitted to tenders@mercycorps.org clearly indicating the tender reference number on the subject line,

To be received on or before 18th April 2018 at 05:00 PM

Only RFPs submitted in prescribed form and deadline will be considered.

Mercy Corps Office Assistant

Vacancy Announcement
 

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. We help communities survive and move beyond emergencies. 

When natural disasters strike, economies collapse or conflict flares, Mercy Corps is there. We see global challenges as an invitation to pioneer innovative, sustainable solutions. 

Mercy Corps is looking for committed and dynamic individual to take up the following position:

Position: Office Assistant
 

Location: Wajir 

Program / Department Summary: The Operations Department is committed to implementing and maintaining the highest standards of efficiency and integrity in the operations functions. The overriding objective for all administration and logistics operations is the prompt and effective provision of support services to Mercy Corps’ beneficiary populations in compliance with donor specifications.

General Position Summary:
The Office Assistant will be responsible for office cleaning, preparing tea/coffee and general office assistance functions for the Mercy Corps Wajir office.

Essential Job Functions: Overall responsible for all general office assistance aspects of Mercy Corps’ office support functions in Wajir in compliance with MC Administration and in-country policies.

Office Maintenance:

  • Wash dishes in the kitchen;
  • Clean washrooms, office premise and the kitchen daily;
  • Empty garbage cans and dust bins daily;
  • Sweep and dust the office daily;
  • Clean the refrigerator, microwave and other machines in use in the office premises;
  • Track the office cleaning supplies;
  • Report items and assets in need of repair maintenance.

Kitchen functions:

  • Prepare tea for the office staff;
  • Prepare refreshments for meetings;
  • Maintain stock of kitchen items and consumables;
  • Track kitchen consumable items.

General Office Assistance:

  • Perform receptionist duties when required;
  • Deliver documents among departments on request;
  • Make photocopies on request;
  • Refill papers in printers and photocopiers;
  • Attend to minor maintenance work;
  • Issue and track office stationery.

Other:

  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission in country of operation;
  • Other duties as assigned.

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: None 

Accountability:
 

Reports Directly To: Administration and Logistics Officer 
 

Works Directly With: All team members at the field office 

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in general office assistance;
  • Basic computer skills are required;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Fluency in English and Swahili languages (both written and spoken).

Success Factors:

  • High standard of cleanliness and attention to detail;
  • Ability to work simultaneously on multiple tasks;
  • Willingness and ability to work effectively with a wide variety of people;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
Application Procedure:

Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit a Cover Letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to email protected  on or before 12th December, 2017.

The email subject line must clearly show the job title and location they are applying for.

Applications without an appropriate subject heading will be automatically disqualified. 


Please do not attach any certificates.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 
 

NB: We do not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process

Mercy Corps Drivers

Vacancy Announcement
 

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. We help communities survive and move beyond emergencies. 

When natural disasters strike, economies collapse or conflict flares, Mercy Corps is there. We see global challenges as an invitation to pioneer innovative, sustainable solutions. 

Mercy Corps is looking for committed and dynamic individual to take up the following position:

Position: Drivers (5)
 

Location: Wajir, Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit and Turkana Counties 

Program / Department Summary: The Operations Department is committed to implementing and maintaining the highest standards of efficiency and integrity in the operations functions. 

The overriding objective for all administration and logistics operations is the prompt and effective provision of support services to Mercy Corps’ beneficiary populations in compliance with donor specifications.
 

General Position Summary: The driver work within the Operations department of the logistics support structure to provide safe, transport services for Mercy Corps program and support staff in the respective filed location. The driver will adhere to all traffic and Mercy Corps safety rules and follow the transport guidelines required by the Mercy Corps transport department.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Operate Mercy Corps vehicles as assigned by supervisor;
  • Maintain vehicle log-sheets in accordance with Mercy Corps policies/regulations;
  • Check the vehicle conditions after each trip/routinely – report needs and problems to transport management;
  • Adhere to all safety and communication protocols as advised by Mercy Corps and supervisor;
  • Responsible for the safekeeping of all vehicle equipment, tools, first aid kits, spares etc.;
  • Keep the vehicle ready, clean and on standby – ready for  use at all times;
  • Assist, as required, with logistics in the office daily workloads;
  • Cooperate and be of assistance to staff and visitors – assist in troubleshooting potential problems during daily business;
  • Report all maintenance needs of the vehicle to transport management on a regular basis;
  • Undertake field assignments as assigned;
  • Adherence to all Mercy Corps policies and procedures as outlined in Mercy Corps policies and procedure manuals;
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission in country of operation;
  • Other duties as assigned.

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: None

Accountability:
 

Reports Directly To: Logistics Officer in Area of Responsibility
 

Works Directly With: Program and Operations staff team across the field offices as required

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Valid driver’s license and at least 3 years driving experience operating 4×4 vehicles;
  • Experience working in a pastoral/arid lands field locations;
  • Good understanding of English and fluency in all local languages is required;
  • Experience preparing and maintaining vehicle log sheets;
  • Knowledge of routes, duty stations, project areas, the NGO and diplomatic community is required.

Success Factors:

  • Respect and adherence to all safety and traffic rules;
  • Excellent sense of judgment;
  • Willingness and ability to work effectively with a wide variety of people;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
Application Procedure:

Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit a Cover Letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to email protected on or before 12th December, 2017.

The email subject line must clearly show the job title and location they are applying for.

Applications without an appropriate subject heading will be automatically disqualified.
 

Please do not attach any certificates.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 
 

NB: We do not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process

Mercy Corps Senior Finance Officer

Vacancy Announcement
 

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. We help communities survive and move beyond emergencies. 

When natural disasters strike, economies collapse or conflict flares, Mercy Corps is there. We see global challenges as an invitation to pioneer innovative, sustainable solutions.

 Mercy Corps is looking for committed and dynamic individual to take up the following position:

Position: Senior Finance Officer
 

Location: Wajir 

Program / Department Summary: The Mercy Corps Finance Department is responsible for all financial functions in Kenya, including accounting, payments and banking, payroll, budgeting, financial reporting, and grant financial management and compliance.  

Mercy Corps Finance Department ensures compliance with donor regulations as well as Mercy Corps’ internal policies and procedures. 

In its role as a support to the Program Department, the Finance Department provides timely reports and assistance to the Country Director and the Program team to ensure that financial resources are used efficiently and effectively.
 

General Position Summary:The Mercy Corps Finance Department is responsible for all financial functions in Kenya, including accounting, payments and banking, payroll, budgeting, financial reporting, and grant financial management and compliance.  

Mercy Corps Finance Department ensures compliance with donor regulations as well as Mercy Corps’ internal policies and procedures.  

In its role as a support to the Program Department, the Finance Department provides timely reports and assistance to the Country Director and the Program team to ensure that financial resources are used efficiently and effectively.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  1. Support in preparation of  monthly bank reconciliations
  2. Maintain custody of the office cash fund and make daily payments of approved transactions
  3. Prepare cash payment vouchers and ensure that all cash transactions are fully and properly documented
  4. Review expense reports (travel expense reports and operational expense reports) for accuracy and completeness and ensure that expense reports have been fully approved before payment
  5. Perform weekly cash count as per FFM
  6. Record payment vouchers daily in the Field Connection Accounting System
  7. Maintain  field advance tracker file and prepare past due advance tracker for the Senior Finance and Reporting Officer
  8. Preparing cheques based on fully approved  &  finance reviewed documents and present for signing
  9. File all cash and bank batch vouchers and maintain voucher filing system such that files are updated, complete and safeguarded
  10. Maintain the bank file, ensuring that all bank information is properly filed and updated
  11. Assist with month end balance sheet account reconciliations
  12. Make sure that all supporting documentation is prepared and filed according to MC procedures.
  13. Assists in sub grants management & compliance at field office
  14. Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission
  15. Other duties as assigned.

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: None
 

Accountability
 

Reports Directly To: Country Finance Manager
 

Directly With: Nairobi Finance Team, Program Team and Operations Team

Knowledge and Experience:

  • At least four years of accounting or bookkeeping experience;
  • A degree in accounting or a relevant business field;
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel;
  • Familiarity with computerized, double-entry accounting software;
  • Strong organizational skills as well as attention to detail;
  • Experience working in an International Non-Governmental Organization is an added advantage;
  • Excellent oral and written English skills.

Success Factors:

  • A clear understanding of finance and procurement ethics as well as the willingness and ability to enforce compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures;
  • The ability to interact effectively with international and national staff members is required;
  • A demonstrated ability to work quickly, accurately, meet deadlines, and process information in support of changing program activities is necessary.
Application Procedure:

Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit a Cover Letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to email protected  on or before 12th December, 2017.

The email subject line must clearly show the job title and location they are applying for.

Applications without an appropriate subject heading will be automatically disqualified.
 

Please do not attach any certificates.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 
 

NB: We do not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process
 

Mercy Corps Digital Financial Services Manager Job Vacancy

Mercy Corps

Vacancy Announcement: Digital Financial Services Manager

The AgriFin Accelerate program will operate in three African countries (Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia) utilizing a market ecosystem approach, working with carefully selected partners to build sustainable models, where farm and crop management tools and financial services are “bundled” in affordable, unified platforms on mobile phone channels to promote mass uptake commercially. 

 

The program involves three interrelated components that seek to address low farmer productivity and capability, and improve institutional ability to deliver appropriate products and build ecosystems to drive scale. 

We work with farmers, banks, mobile network operators, MFIs, research institutes and other ecosystem players in well-defined partnerships to sustainably bundle services, leveraging the offer and outreach of all partners, while increasing the range of services, access points and value for farmers. 

The program works with partners to identify, prototype, test and scale successful mobile-enabled services for smallholders, with a key focus on expanding access to financial services, using a rapid iteration approach to product development and client-centric design techniques.
 

We are presently looking for a committed and dynamic individual to take up the position of a Digital Financial Services Manager
 

General Position Summary: Working within the AFA technical matrix team, the Digital Financial Services Manager (DFSM) will provide technical support and direction on engagements with AFA financial service provider partners across all three countries, including banks, MFIs, insurance companies, mobile-network operators, agfintech companies and agribusinesses. 

The DFSM will assist with digitally-enabled product development and delivery designed to enhance the financial inclusion, productivity and income of smallholders in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia. 

The DFSM will work under the direct supervision the Program Director, as a member of the Technical Matrix Team, while providing support to Country Managers and country level teams, and the Director of Strategic Learning and Manager for Monitoring and Evaluation. 

The DFSM will tailor technical assistance to the needs of each Agrifin Accelerate partner engagement based on program strategies and partner roadmaps, ensuring their specific needs are met; identify and support external consultants as needed. 

The DFSM will also support the overall program learning agenda through technical contributions to program research, publications and communications activities.
 

Essential Job Functions:
 

DFS Service Development for Smallholders

  • Take leading role in developing program learning in best practices and innovation in digitally-enabled financial services to ensure that the full program team across all countries are informed and working optimally.
  • Support the external learning and communications agendas around financial services best practice and innovations for partners and ecosystem players.
  • Conduct ongoing desk review of global best practice as well as ongoing learning meetings with program stakeholders related to financial services, working in coordination with country managers.
  • Prepare field reports and blogs for mass communication regarding the financial services aspects of the program.
  • Engage in the development of new partnerships, relationship building and product roadmaps related to financial services and channel development.
  • Provide technical support to these engagements across all program countries, liaising directly with the Deputy Program and Country directors.
  • Draw on rapid product iteration approaches and support Country Managers to identify technical consultants as needed in this area and provide support and oversight for consultants as required.
  • Assist in development of partner business and work plans related to financial services, reviewing research, operational manuals, product and technology specifications and financial statements to do so.
  • Engage with program partners to ensure that adequate marketing strategies and resources are in place, including go to market plan, market entry & scaling, customer acquisition branding, incentive & commission structures, advertising and risk mitigation strategies.
  • Support the initiative to identify alternative data sources to drive the development and expansion of products and services, including conducting research, identifying and selecting prospective data partners and framing and implementing pilot tests of alternative data with partners.
  • Work with country managers to structure and implement market assessments to drive meaningful financial product and service development, including agricultural value chain payments.
  • Ensure that market assessments focus on the “pain points” of small holder farmers to guide product and service development to overcome the barriers for the small holder farmers so they can increase their access, usage and utility of services;
  • Support the work of the Farmer Capability Lab in all efforts to develop financial capability building materials for SHF related to the delivery of financial services and channels.
  • Support the work of the Director of Strategic Learning around implementation of the learning agenda.

Program Representation and Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Serve as a representative for the program in matters related to financial services for SHF.
  • Proactively engage with program stakeholders to inform coordination and collaboration.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with financial services providers and link relationship management to country management.
  • Actively support program planning and reporting efforts related to financial services delivery for SHF.
  • Provide partnership recommendations with existing financial services programming both within and outside Mercy Corps programming.
  • Ensure that programming works within Mercy Corps’ M4P rubric for financial services programming.
  • Provide technical leadership within the team in the financial service sector, including regular trips to the radial offices to support Country Managers and Program Officers to build their capacity in the sector.
  • Organize and maintain all technical team documentation in agreed program files. Support overall project documentation in consultation with the Technical team and Program Director

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:

  • Direct supervision of: N/A
  • Reports Directly To: Program Director
  • Works Directly With: Technical teams, Director of Strategic Learning, M&E Manager, Country Managers and Program Officers, Consultants, Finance and Operations staff.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • MA/S or equivalent in finance, business, international development, accounting or related field of study
  • 8 years’ experience in relevant financial services implementation including three years in a senior management position, ideally with a commercial bank focused on agriculture and bottom of the pyramid markets
  • Strong understanding of the financial services sectors in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia including commercial banks, MFIs, insurance companies, and others.
  • Demonstrated experience in digitally-enabled financial services
  • Demonstrated experience in financial product design and implementation
  • Understanding of and experience with improving financial inclusion for smallholder farmers
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English, including report development, writing and editing
  • Terrific sense of humor and of self
  • Experience in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia preferred

Success Factors: The most successful Mercy Corps members possess: a positive, flexible attitude; a strong commitment to teamwork, impact, and accountability; an entrepreneurial spirit; and a nearly fearless devotion to building a better world.
 

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions: This position is to based in one of the AFA offices, either Nairobi, Kenya, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania or Lusaka, Zambia. 

Travel is estimated at 40% to 50%. 

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.
 

How to Apply

The email subject line must clearly show the job title. 

Applications without the right subject heading will be automatically disqualified. 

Please do not attach any certificates.
 

(Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We will only get in touch with shortlisted candidates)
 

NB: Mercy Corps does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process
 

WE ENCOURAGE QUALIFIED CANDIDATES TO APPLY.
 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Kenya: Livelihood Officers – Wajir & Garissa

Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 01 Nov 2017

PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:

Mercy Corps has been operating in Kenya since 2008, focusing its interventions around four objectives: 1) Peace and Conflict Management; 2) Livelihood/Market Systems; 3) Governance (particularly at the county level); and 4) Youth Employment/Employability (including the social and economic development of adolescents). The four objectives serve to increase community resilience to drought and other shocks and stresses, and to decrease fragility with a particular focus on Kenya’s Arid Lands. Mercy Corps’ vision for change requires the private sector, government and civil society to work together to create meaningful and sustainable change.

Mercy Corps is recruiting two Livelihoods Officers to support human capital development for resilient individuals for a commercial engagement for a five-year USAID-funded Feed the Future (FtF) Livestock Market Systems (LMS) Development Activity for northern Kenya. This position will support the ‘*Expanding and Diversifying Economic Opportunities’*. This project will support USAID’s Feed the Future Initiative and specifically will improve households’ income, productive assets and resilience to drought and other shocks. Specific areas of focus include, diversifying livelihoods, improving access to financial services, strengthening the policy environment, institutions and governance for livestock and private sector development, improving employability and work readiness skills for young men and women, improved and sustained health, nutrition, and hygiene practices; improved literacy, numeracy, and life skills; and collaborative action and learning for community empowerment.

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:

The Livelihoods Officer will be responsible for technical oversight and management of the Rural Entrepreneur Access Project (REAP) a two year women poverty graduation model aimed at supporting human capital development for resilient individuals who are then placed in a commercial engagement. S/he will define implementation strategies in coordination with the County Project Coordinator, Deputy Chief of Party, BOMA project and leadership team. The Livelihoods Officer will train staff and partners, providing them with technical assistance; and ensuring that common strategies and approaches are applied consistently in all communities. S/he will coordinate closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team and BOMA Project to ensure that systems are in place to track, analyze and report results. S/he will keep abreast of changing contexts and integrate new ideas and approaches as appropriate, seek additional technical assistance as needed and ensure effective working relationships with collaborating agencies. S/he will work closely with our partner ACDI/VOCA, who will be leading the implementation of the LMS, and look for opportunities to link programming and clients with their programming and programming across the LMS.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUCNTIONS:

  • Contribute to team work plans and guide successful implementation of REAP activities, ensuring teams follow work plans so activities are on time, target and within the approved budget, and program deliverables achieve desired impact;
  • Provide technical guidance on the poverty graduation model and ensure that interventions are responsive to stakeholders and consistent with Mercy Corps’ and BOMA project relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan. Ensure that interventions are evidence-based and adhere to adaptive management principles;
  • Identify most vulnerable girls/women in the village through community based wealth ranking, Participatory Rural Appraisal and scoring through Participant Targeting Tool for inclusion in the project;
  • Train and mentor Field Facilitators to mentor the girls/women to write a business plan of chosen viable businesses and provide two years mentoring during monthly visits;
  • Facilitate disbursement of cash grants in two instalments for girls/women to enable them to buy stock and equipment for their business;
  • Train girls and women how to run a business, supply and demand, profit and pricing, marketing and record keeping including other trainings such as: life skills, family planning, nutrition, WASH, girls’ education, rights of women and leadership;
  • Facilitate girls and women to form savings associations of 5 to 7 businesses that meet monthly to deposit savings which will enable members and village residents access credit for long term expenses and business growth;
  • Link women to other traders, markets, financial institutions, public and private institutions;
  • Generate and implement monitoring and evaluation tools;
  • Play a key role in the development of intervention designs, sector strategies and M&E frameworks.
  • Coordinate assessments, evaluations and monitoring surveys in area of operation. This will entail development of Scopes of Work, development of survey tools, trainings and management of data collectors, report write and facilitating results discussion;
  • Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate including certifying all interventions to adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards;
  • Facilitate planning meetings and workshops with government, NGO, private sector, and community partners to revise plans and promote partner acceptance/buy-in;

  • In coordination with the MEL team, monitor the implementation of activities through regular field visits and assessments to ensure program quality and impact. Document approaches, successes and lessons learned;

· Coordinate with procurement, logistics, security, administration and human resources teams to ensure operational systems support field activities;

  • Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance and reach objectives;
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one-on-one and performance review;
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence;
  • Work closely with the HR department to orient and lead team members as necessary;

  • Represent Mercy Corps at government, NGO and other relevant community events, in close coordination with the Deputy Chief of Party and County Program Coordinator;

  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission;

  • Other duties as assigned.

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: REAP Village Mentors

ACCOUNTABILITY

REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: County Project Coordinator with a dotted line to BOMA Project focal person

WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, GIRL project officer, Community Facilitators, Technical Advisors, finance and operations teams, HQ Regional Program Team, HQ Technical Support Unit, Partner Organizations, and broader LMS team.

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Degree in Community Development, Economic Development, Business, Agriculture, Livestock, Monitoring and Evaluation or related field or diploma with over 3 years’ hands on work experience;
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working with NGOs/CBO’s in civic engagement, livelihoods and education;
  • Should have knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data collection, reporting techniques. S/he should understand and be able to apply basic measures of central tendency and spread;
  • Demonstrated computer competency of Microsoft Excel and knowledge of at least one data management software including Ms Access, SPSS, STATA;
  • Commitment to working with Women, Girls, youth and vulnerable groups in need, regardless of race, tribe, religion or gender;
  • Understanding of working with local partners and commitment to working with the greater Boma Project and LMS team;
  • Good problem solving, written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong written and spoken English and Swahili;
  • Local language skills required
  • Ability to work without constant supervision and as part of a mixed team;
  • Good knowledge of MS Office software such as Excel, Word, and Access;

SUCCESS FACTORS:

S/he will combine exceptional management skills and capacity to manage relationships with different stakeholders including the greater LMS team. The position requires an ability to think creatively about improving opportunities for women and adolescent girls. The Officer will have the capacity to spark innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to programming and to inspire groups to collaborate closely to implement high-quality programs. S/he will be committed to long-term program sustainability and the delivery of high-impact activities at the community level. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and 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.

How to apply:

Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit a Cover Letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to ke-hrkenya@mercycorps.org on or before 1st November, 2017.

The email subject line must clearly show the job title and location they are applying for.

Applications without an appropriate subject heading will be automatically disqualified.

Please do not attach any certificates.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

NB: We do not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process

Kenya: Natural Resource Management and Conflict Officer – Isiolo, Wajir and Turkana

Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 01 Nov 2017

PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:

Mercy Corps has been operating in Kenya since 2008, focusing its interventions around four objectives: 1) Peace and Conflict Management; 2) Livelihood/Market Systems; 3) Governance (particularly at the county level); and 4) Youth Employment/Employability (including the social and economic development of adolescents). The four objectives serve to increase community resilience to drought and other shocks and stresses, and to decrease fragility with a particular focus on Kenya’s Arid Lands. Mercy Corps’ vision for change requires the private sector, government and civil society to work together to create meaningful and sustainable change.

The Natural Resource Management (NRM) and Conflict Officer will provide technical support in promoting peaceful co-existence around natural resources management for a five-year USAID-funded Feed the Future (FtF) Livestock Market Systems (LMS) Development Activity for northern Kenya. This position will support the Strengthening Community Capacities for Resilience and Growth component. This project will support USAID’s Feed the Future Initiative and specifically will improve households’ income, productive assets and resilience to drought and other shocks. Specific areas of focus for the position include: strengthening and sustaining rangeland and water management; strengthening drought risk management and conflict management; improved and sustained health, nutrition, hygiene practices; literacy, numeracy, and life skills; as well as collaborative action and learning for community empowerment.

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:

The NRM and Conflict Officer will be responsible for technical oversight and ensuring management for all activities related to conflict management and peaceful co-existence around natural resource management. S/he will define implementation strategies in coordination with the Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party and leadership team. The NRM and Conflict Officer will train staff and partners, providing them with technical assistance; and ensure that common strategies and approaches are applied consistently in all communities. S/he will coordinate closely with the M&E team to ensure that systems are in place to track, analyze and report results. The NRM and Conflict Office will be required to keep abreast of the latest research and evolutions in the field of conflict management around natural resources and integrate new ideas and approaches as appropriate, seek additional technical assistance as needed and ensure effective working relationships with collaborating agencies. S/he will work closely with our partner ACDI/VOCA, who will be leading the implementation of the LMs, and look for opportunities to link programming and clients with their programming and programming across the LMA.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUCNTIONS:

Program Management

  • Contribute to team work plans and guide successful implementation of conflict management and natural resources management activities, ensuring teams follow work plans so activities are on time, target and within the approved budget, and program deliverables achieve desired impact;
  • Provide technical guidance on conflict management/natural resource management and ensure that interventions are responsive to stakeholders and consistent with Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan. Ensure that interventions are evidence-based and adhere to adaptive management principles;
  • Conduct, participate in and/or update conflict and/or NRM assessments, involving a variety of stakeholders;
  • In collaboration with National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), facilitate discussions within communities aimed at promoting Disaster Risk Reduction approaches including for drought cycle management as important components of NRM;
  • Plan and work in partnership with the Rangeland Specialist and consultants to be in sync in approaches and plans;
  • Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate. Certify all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards;
  • Facilitate planning meetings and workshops with government, NGO, private sector, and community partners to revise plans and promote partner acceptance/buy-in;

  • In coordination with the MEL team, monitor the implementation of activities through regular field visits and assessments to ensure program quality and impact. Document approaches, successes and lessons learned;

· Coordinate with procurement, logistics, security, administration and human resources teams to ensure operational systems support field activities.

Influence & Representation

  • Represent Mercy Corps at government, donor, NGO and other relevant events, in close coordination with the Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party and country leadership.
  • Coordinate activities with consortium partners, sub grantees, local government and other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs.

Security

  • Work closely with the country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that promote the safety and security of all team members.
  • Ensure that programs are designed and implemented with a clear analysis and understanding of security.

Other:

  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission;
  • Other duties as assigned.

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: None

ACCOUNTABILITY

REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: County Project Coordinator with a dotted line to the Rangeland and Conflict Specialist

WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, Community Facilitators, Technical Advisors, finance and operations teams, HQ Regional Program Team, HQ Technical Support Unit, Partner Organizations, and broader LMS team.

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

  • BA/S or equivalent in development studies, Disaster Risk Reduction, Range management, conflict mitigation, social sciences or other relevant field;

  • A minimum of three years of relevant professional experience in NRM where there is Natural Resource based conflicts with hands on experience in peace building initiatives;

  • Experience drafting contingency plans with communities in ASAL areas is required;

  • Strong management skills, including effective personnel management, adaptive management coordination and decision-making Strong facilitation and consensus-building skills;

  • Competent in building networks, strong problem-solving skills, and ability to influence with effective listening, persuasion, negotiation and other techniques;

  • Strong understanding of USAID compliance issues;

  • Internationally recognized qualification in project or program management or a commitment to obtain the qualification in the early months of work;

  • Excellent and persuasive oral and written communication skills, including report writing, in English and other language(s), and fluency in Kiswahili. Local dialects spoken in Northern Kenya are also a plus;

  • Previous work experience in northern Kenya desirable;

  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.

SUCCESS FACTORS:

The NRM and Conflict Officer will be familiar with the particular challenges of natural resources management in northern Kenya. S/he will combine exceptional management skills and capacity to manage relationships with different stakeholders including the greater LMS team. The position requires an ability to think creatively about improving opportunities for peaceful co-existence. A heavy emphasis will be placed on coordination with other actors implementing in the areas of intervention including county government. The NRM and Conflict Officer will have the capacity to spark innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to programming and to inspire groups to collaborate closely to implement high-quality programs.

S/he will be committed to long-term program sustainability and the delivery of high-impact activities at the community level. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and 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.

How to apply:

Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit a Cover Letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to ke-hrkenya@mercycorps.org on or before 1st November, 2017.

The email subject line must clearly show the job title and location they are applying for.

Applications without an appropriate subject heading will be automatically disqualified.

Please do not attach any certificates.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

NB: We do not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process