Mercy Corps announces vacancy for Advocacy and Influencing Coordinator. Interested candidates can apply for the job. Read the full article below for the job details.
Knowledge and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, development studies, media and communication or related field.
- 5 years of work experience with at least 3 years of relevant, professional experience in progressively responsible positions in the sector of DRR governance, resilience, climate change, and policy program.
- Proven experience of managing research and advocacy work
- Sound understanding of the socio-economic and political context of the country, and knowledge on key policy and governance issues around agriculture, climate change, natural resource management (land, water and forest) and social inclusion in Nepalese context.
- Experience of partnership development, nurturing and management and alliance building and maintenance across actors and sectors
- Familiar with existing policy framework, initiatives and concerns on climate change, land and women rights, agriculture and disaster governance
- Knowledge and skills of participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation.
- Representational skills and proven ability to coordinate with and influence others
- Sound analytical capacity, documentation, and communication skills to communicate with internal and external audience.
- Ability to work independently and show initiative. Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines and work cooperatively with team members.
- Effective writing and organizational skills for report development, complete analyses and make presentations.
- Strong computer skills in MS Office programs.
- Sound judgment skill within agreed processes using a good understanding of the operating environment, project team and partners
PROGRAM DESIGN AND PLANNING
- Lead design of research and learning strategy and action plan and, ensure that program strategies and implementation follow localization and transformation principles.
- Prepare Monthly, Quarterly and Annual work plans which adhere to the M-RED objectives and activities.
- Assist Program Manager in analysis of the provincial landscape including stakeholder analysis and situating M-RED for feasible, realistic programmatic expectations of what can be achievable, timescale and the risks involved and adjust the program accordingly
- Prepare and support team to develop and implement resource leverage plan
- Analyse on -going trends, evolving needs, and emerging issues relating to governance and inclusion and identify appropriate responses M-RED can take within the scope of the program.
- Explore entry points at local and provincial level for transfer of learnings harnessed by MRED program
- Analysis and internal communication of the locally relevant context on Disaster risk reduction, climate sensitive livelihoods and inclusion to inform M-RED team and external communication to create favorable policy environment.
- Engage closely with M&E systems to ensure effective and useful gathering of monitoring information, and engage closely with the program’s collaboration, learning and adapting processes to practice quality adaptive management of the program
PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION
- Support adaptive management and review meetings with program teams and partners
- Assist Program Manager in the review of implementation/program proposals for soundness of approach, particularly around learning agenda and knowledge management.
- Support Program Manager to update milestone, plans, logical framework regularly in coordination with MEL team
- Receive and review the Monthly and Quarterly reports received from the partner and provide feedback/ suggestions in conjunction with other program team members.
- Participate and support implementing partners to prepare monthly/quarterly plan and to generate quality progress reports and documents capturing project learning’s and good practices.
- Work with MEL team to prepare field based monthly and quarterly updates based on the monthly/quarterly reporting from the local partners and independent observations
- Assist Program Manager in effective project management and the production of technical and marketing materials.
- Assist team to fulfill Mercy Corps’ Program Management Minimum Standards- based on the organization-wide guide.
- Ensure all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Code of Conduct; Gender, Diversity and Inclusion guiding documents; Core Humanitarian Principles and Do No Harm.
ADVOCACY AND KNOWLEDGE MANGEMENT
- Identify and build partnership with other organizations, networks and coalitions I/NGOs to undertake coordinated advocacy as well as coordination activities
- Lobby and influence key stakeholders (Government ministries, I/NGOs, CSOs, Alliances and Networks) in line with advocacy priorities identified in the strategy
- Facilitate establishing linkages between program work at micro level to macro level policy and practices.
- Prepare human interest stories, case studies, briefs and use them as inputs for evidence-based advocacy for policy influence and practice at different levels.
- Coach and support the implementing partners team to scale and replicate approaches and learning
- Coordinate and organize capacity building events to strengthen advocacy and research capacity of team, partner staff and stakeholders
- Facilitate learning events at the provincial level in close coordination with the PM, Resilience MERL Advisor, Advisors, Sr. officers and MEL staff.
- Coordinate with team to develop tools and facilitate its implementation to collect feedback, capturing and documenting learning as per learning and documentation plan.
- Ensure that innovative approaches, good practices, particular challenges, or good results are documented to support agency learning.
- Ensure integration, transfer and cross sharing of learnings generated from MRED as well as assist in linking with other projects and program within MCN.
HUMAN RESOURCE, FINANCE AND COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT
- Responsible for the effective line managemnt of the team (Senior Officers) providing a fair, inclusive and equitable working environment
- Ensure regular assessment of staff development needs, coach and capacitate them
- Motivate team members and ensure for the good working environment in the team
- Support to 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.
- Support Program Manager to ensure compliance with MACP and Mercy Corps regulations.
- Support to build and/or maintain operational systems that ensure proper administrative support for programs.
INFLUENCE AND REPRESENTATION
- Coordinate and collaborate with the MCN projects, government departments and offices in Local Government, district and province to achieve the overall goal of community resilience through coordinated planning of resources and leveraging
- Represent Mercy Corps- both the MRED program and country program, to local, district, provincial platforms
- Establish good coordination with government, private sectors, and non-government stakeholders to prevent duplication of actions and ensure the synergy and collaborative efforts.
- Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership, especially related to staff and partners’ security during emergency distributions, as well as digital information security related to digital emergency transactions.
- Contribute to creating a secure environment for team members.
ACCOUNTABILITY TO PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
- Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging participating 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.
- Mercy Corps as a humanitarian agency is expected to respond as and when crisis and humanitarian situation engulfs. As an MC employee all staff are expected to be part of humanitarian and emergency response in addition to their regular roles and responsibilities.
- Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
- Conduct themselves both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and not to jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
- Other duties as assigned by their supervisor and or Country Director.
Sr. GESI Officer, Sr. MEL Officer
Reports Directly to: Program Manager-M-RED
Works Directly with: Resilience MERL Advisor, DRR Resilience Advisor, Economic Resilience Advisor, Sr. GESI Officer, Sr. MEL officer, Operations, HR, Finance and other program teams and the Implementing Partners.
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. Mercy Corps has been operating in Nepal since 2005, implementing programs in food security, agriculture, market development, financial services, girl’s education, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. We take a systems-based approach in our programming, with the aim of improving the lives and potential of vulnerable individuals and communities across Nepal.
Deadline: 27th Mar, 2022