Mercy Corps announces vacancy for Economic Resilience Advisor. 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 Agriculture, Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Economics, Economic Development
- 5 years of work experience with at least 3 years of relevant, professional experience in progressively responsible positions for markets-based or value chain development program in Nepal with a strong understanding of resilience approaches.
- Demonstrated experience in Market System Development approaches, tools, and process.
- Proven experience in designing and setting up disaster and climate resilience land and agriculture management plan and models
- Sound understanding of business and management, market analysis, nexus interventions, role of private sectors and linkages of economic incentives in DRR functions
- Experience of partnership development, nurturing and management and alliance building and maintenance across actors and sectors
- Familiar with government policies around private sector development, cooperative development, local employment generation and socio-economic context in the country.
- Strong training development and facilitation skills
- Experience of working with the implementing partners and staff.
- Ability to work independently and show initiative. Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines and work cooperatively with team members.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to develop good relationships with a wide range of actors required.
- 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 GESI transformative economic resilience strategies and work plan and, ensure that program strategies and implementation follow the resilience principles.
- Set up disaster and climate resilience land, natural fiber and agriculture management plan and model ensuring dual benefit as restoration and economic development
- Facilitate planning and budgeting for nexus interventions and support Program Manager for tracking expenditure
- Prepare Monthly, Quarterly and Annual work plans which adhere to the M-RED objectives and activities.
- Prepare and implement resource collaboration and leveraging plan for economic resilience interventions
- Commission sub-sector analysis and market assessments using MSD framework and tools to appraise new potential sub-sectors, products/enterprises
- Develop targeting strategies and assess the program outreach to ensure that the activities are targeted and benefiting the marginalized and vulnerable groups.
- Support Advocacy, influence, and MEL team to collect and analyze nexus key performance indicators for informed decision-making process and embed resilience measurement into monitoring, evaluation, research and learning framework and tools.
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND CAPACITY BUILDING
- Provide guidance and support to implementing partners to design and implement economic development and nexus initiatives
- Develop/adopt and deliver trainings related to Market System Development (MSD), enterprise promotion, BDS services, business plan to the program team, partner’s staff, and stakeholders.
- Coach implementing partner staff to enhance their knowledge, capacity and awareness of risk sensitive livelihoods, nexus interventions, MSD and resilience approach.
- Support partner team in market assessments and research of selected potential commodities to identify leveraging capacities and incentives of market players
- Counseling to concern stakeholders, implementing partners, private sector entrepreneurs in potentiality of different small and micro enterprises
- Coordinate strengthening of market system development for nature-based solutions and nexus interventions together with partners and private sector actors, ensuring creation of an eco-system of support for targeted local enterprises.
- Assist on market linkage and capacity building of market actors and community
- Technical facilitation to establish functional partnership and linkages with appropriate private, public sectors and other appropriate organizations as per the program need and demand
- 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.
- Orient and support the implementing partners team to scale and replicate approaches and learning
PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION
- Support adaptive management and review meetings with program teams and partners
- Manage partnership, oversee program set-up plans and assist/advice for organization development needs.
- Receive and review the Monthly and Quarterly reports received from the partner and provide feedback/ suggestions in conjunction with other program team members.
- Organize critical review and reflection meeting periodically to share plan, progress, issues and way forward
- Assist Program Manager in the review of implementation/program proposals for soundness of approach, particularly around economic development within a resilience framework.
- 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
- Organize regular field visit to ensure implementation of program activities more with desired quality and within stipulated time and resources.
- Participate and contribute to joint initiatives, training activities and media events organized collectively by the M-RED implementing partners, as required
- Coordinate and support team to ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners, and consistent with Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan.
- 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.
FINANCE AND COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT
- 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 for economic resilience
- 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.
Reports Directly to: Program Manager -M-RED
Works Directly with: DRR Resilience Advisor, Advocacy and Influencing Coordinator, Sr. GESI Officer, Sr. MEL officer, operations, HR, Finance, Resilience MERL Advisor 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