Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps is looking for a strong Emergency Response Cash and Voucher(ERCV) Advisor to lead the strategic vision, planning and implementation of Cash activities and initiatives. The emergency response portfolio includes a DFID program implemented under the auspices of a Mercy Corps-led consortium of international and local implementing partners designed to enable the most vulnerable in Nepal, can meet their basic needs and cope during the COVID-19 epidemic and the monsoon season. Activities include emergency assistance, social and behavior change communications, cross-cutting protection work, and key linkages to government shock responsive social protection systems, including influencing the humanitarian community via key lessons learned and knowledge management materials. The program will cover three provinces, including 6 districts and is expected to last approximately 6 months. However, Mercy Corps also has a three year USAID program in the pipeline which this position will be transitioning into after the completion of the 6 month DFID program. Mercy Corps is additionally also scoping a number of new opportunities and is interested in expanding this work beyond these particular programs, so the ideal candidate will be interested in making a long-term commitment to a progressive, cutting-edge and dynamic team with Mercy Corps Nepal.
General Position Summary
The ERCV Advisor, under the leadership of Consortium Team Lead, will support Mercy Corps emergency response program with a cash and/or voucher component and is responsible for the strategizing, drafting and disseminating of a Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) strategy for CVA program’s in Mercy Corps Nepal. The ERCV Advisor will work with all consortium and local partners, to develop and implement quality CVA programme design, tools, and associated M&E framework. Other key tasks include leading market assessments and price monitoring, supporting needs assessments as needed and leading program design processes as the portfolio expands. The ERCV Advisor will take a lead role in representation at various high level cash coordination forums within Nepal and Mercy Corps’ global working groups.
The responsibilities of the position will also include technical capacity building, mentoring and guidance for consortium partners, local partners & in-country programs, and support to promote CVA coordination and harmonization efforts across Mercy Corps programs and locations. The position will also be responsible for exploring local partnerships and funding opportunities for both immediate programming with an eye to long-term development and create those linkages along with senior management.
The ERCV Advisor will be expected to work closely with Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning focal points. Moreover, as gender equality and social inclusion (GESI), child safeguarding, governance and environmental sensitivity are cross-cutting and core components of the all MC programs, the ERCV Advisor is required to own these components and ensure these components are integrated into his/her work area. S/he should support the GESI and child safeguarding assessments in coordination with MEAL Manager and Safeguarding Focal point.
Essential Job Responsibilities
STRATEGY & VISION
TEAM MANAGEMENT AND CAPACITY BUILDING
INFLUENCE & REPRESENTATION
ACCOUNTABILITY TO BENEFICIARIES
SAFEGUARDING AND ETHICS
Reports Directly to: Consortium Team Leader
Works Directly with: International and National Consortium team, Mercy Corps Nepal’s operations, HR, finance and other project teams; Mercy Corps’ HQ teams including technical advisors in cash and digital cash, gender, protection and emergency response, plus the UK-based finance and project support teams. In particular, close coordination with Mercy Corps’ regional and HQ-level Cash teams.
Knowledge and Experience
A successful ERCV Advisor will have the ability to live and work closely with a diverse team of individuals in a highly intense and fluid work and security environment with a capacity to spark innovative approaches to programming and inspire groups to collaborate closely to implement high-quality programs. S/he will have proven ability to learn quickly, take initiative, and be accountable for results, with an ability and willingness to remain mobile for short-term and/or long-term as necessary within the region, based on programmatic needs. An ability to work independently and as part of a team, with curiosity about and sensitivity to new cultures, a desire and ability to learn and grow, both personally and professionally, and a great sense of humor.
The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations. Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
Mercy Corps is an international, non-governmental humanitarian relief and development agency that exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people to build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps was established in 1979, and has headquarters in the USA and UK. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has worked in over 100 countries. Mercy Corps currently works in 41 countries around the world and improving the lives of 19 million people. The agency focuses on countries in transition, where countries are in the midst of - or recovering from - conflict, economic collapse, or disaster; Mercy Corps sees these crisis situations as moments of opportunity to go beyond traditional boundaries of relief and catalyze lasting change. Globally, Mercy Corps implements programs in a range of sectors, including: agriculture & food security; market development; emergency response; disaster risk reduction; climate change; health; conflict management; youth engagement; and, community mobilization/ governance.
Mercy Corps Nepal works to build the absorptive, adaptive and transformative potential of vulnerable individuals and communities across Nepal. The goal is attained through a systems based approach to market development, financial services, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and youth engagement. Mercy Corps began its operation in Nepal in 2005, with projects focusing on the sectors of economic and food security; climate, natural resource and disaster risk management; youth engagement; with the inclusion of women and disadvantaged groups as important cross-cutting themes throughout each intervention area.