Program / Department Summary
This emergency response effort is expected to be part of a coordinated multi-agency consortium approach, for which Mercy Corps is the lead agency. Each consortium technical partner will take the lead on setting the guidance and standards for various components of the program, for which all teams will implement at the district level on a consistent basis. The program will ensure basic needs for the most vulnerable in Nepal, as a response to the COVID-19 epidemic but also to ensure that the resilience of vulnerable households is strengthened and maintained into the monsoon season. Activities will include emergency assistance, social and behavior change communications, WASH, health and nutrition programming, 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 four provinces, including 6 districts and is expected to last approximately 6 months.
General Position Summary
Mercy Corps is looking for an experienced Senior Project Officer to support implementing partners for Resilience Plus program implementation and day-to-day field monitoring at the ground. As part of the emergency response team, s/he will work closely with the program partners, Technical Program Manager, and technical experts on the implementation. The Senior Project Officer will be directly responsible for providing coordination, representation, facilitation and monitoring of three implementing partners at the ground. In close coordination with the Technical Program Manager, s/he will be responsible for managing relationships with local implementing NGOs coordinating technical support for the implementation of program activities. S/he, with assistance from the technical experts and Technical Program Manager, will map all appropriate coordination mechanisms for the province (government, clusters, related programs, etc.) attending and representing forums on behalf of the program and/or Mercy Corps. S/he will represent Mercy Corps in the program implementation area and, as such, is expected to establish and maintain cordial, professional and productive relationships with all appropriate and relevant government, donor, NGOs/INGOs, civil society and private sector stakeholders as needed. The Technical Officer is responsible for meeting reporting requirements and adhering to deadlines and serves as the Mercy Corps/Resilience Plus primary liaison with district stakeholders, program partners and beneficiary communities at the target districts.
The Senior Project Officer 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 Senior Project Officer 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
The specific duties and responsibilities of the Senior Project Officer include, but are not limited to, the following:
MONITORING, EVALUATION, AND LEARNING (MEL) AND REPORTING
FINANCE AND COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT
INFLUENCE & REPRESENTATION
ACCOUNTABILITY TO BENEFICIARIES
SAFEGUARDING AND ETHICS
Reports Directly to: Technical Program Manager
Works Directly with: Technical Program Manager, MEAL Manager, CVA Advisor, SRSP Advisor, and Partnership Manager, Dhangadhi Office’s Finance, and Operations unit.
Knowledge and Experience
The successful Senior Project Officer will combine serious professional management/coordination skills and experience in the field either of emergency assistance, M&E, cash and voucher programming, social protection, and SBCC as well as in building and maintaining government, community and partner relationships. 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 field support and activity monitoring based on programmatic needs. S/he will have an ability to think creatively about contributing directly and measurably to program approaches, and have experiences in both community mobilization and government engagement. S/he will have proven experience with diverse teams and capacity building, individual staff development, and strong mentoring skills. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail as well as strategic vision are essential.
The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations. 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.