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Mercy Corps Jobs and Career Opportunities

1.     Program Coordinator
2.     Program Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
3.     Program Officer
4.     Program Assistant
5.     Finance and Administrative Assistant
Mercy Corps works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against impossible odds.
Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $1 billion in assistance to people in 82 nations. Supported by headquarters offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, the agency’s unified global programs employ 3,500 staff worldwide and reach 9 million people in more than 40 countries.
Over the last five years, more than 90 percent of the agency’s resources have been allocated directly to programs that help people in need.
Mercy Corps is implementing a peace-building program in Kenya’s Rift Valley, and looking for competent and dynamic persons for the following exciting and challenging positions based in Eldoret, Nakuru and Kericho;
1. Program Coordinator

Reporting to the program Manager, the Program Coordinator will have extensive experience in managing peacebuilding programs. S/he will be based at the Mercy Corps office in Eldoret.
S/he will have responsibility for day-to-day administration and implementation of program activities, trainings, community dialogues, and quarterly meetings for peace actors in the the larger Uasin Gishu, Nandi and Keiyo Districts.
In conjunction with the Program manager and District Peace Committees, the Program Coordinator will help review applications and disburse funds for approved projects, and will play a key role in building the capacity of Mercy Corps’s local partners.
Requirements for this position:
  • Minimum 4 years experience working with NGOs on peace-building and economic development Projects, at least 2 of which in a senior managerial role;
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in peace studies. economic development or related field;
  • Extensive experience conducting trainings in conflict mitigation, income generation and monitoring and evaluating program outputs and outcomes;
  • Proven experience in managing staff and ensuring that program objectives are met in an efficient and effective manner;
  • Strong commitment to working with youth and vulnerable groups regardless of race, tribe, religion or gender;
  • Extensive experience working with and building the capacity of local partners in areas of leadership, conflict mitigation and income generation;
  • Willing and able to travel extensively throughout the Rift Valley province;
  • Excellent English communication and report writing skills;
  • Excellent computer skills, including full knowledge of MS Office applications.
2. Program Monitoring and Evaluation officer
Reporting to the Program Manager, the Program M&E Officer will be based in Eldoret with frequent travel to Kericho, Nakuru, Nandi, Keiyo and surrounding areas. This position will act as a resource for all program staff, to enhance program design, monitoring and evaluation, and quality.
The position will assist with building M&E systems focused on data collection, data aggregation, data analysis and reporting (internal and external). Similarly collect and compile information about the program for dissemination to program beneficiaries, stakeholders, the government, CSOs and donors as per the instructions of the country Director.
Requirements for this position
  • Bachelor’s degree in peace studies, Sociology, economics, development or related field
  • 2-3 years’ experience in M&E work in a similar role
  • Experience should include conducting assessments and surveys, program design, selecting indicators, implementing monitoring plans, and data analysis.
  • Strong English writing skills required
  • Strong knowledge of Excel and basic statistics is required; demonstrated skill in statistical analysis, SPSS, MS Access and other databases formats, strongly desired
  • Work experience in a post-conflict zone.
3. Program Officer
(2 Positions – Kericho and Nakuru)
The Program Officer will be responsible for ensuring that the grants and capacity building program are implemented in an effective and efficient manner.
S/he will work closely with the Program coordinator to liaise with relevant authorities and other organizations to ensure the implementation of quality programs.
Requirements for this position
  • University degree, preferably in a peace studies, economic development or related field;
  • 2-3 years experience working with NGOs on peacebuilding, economic development or sports based programs;
  • Commitment to working with youth and vulnerable groups in need, regardless of race, tribe, religion or gender;
  • Ability to organize events and evaluate program plans
  • Understanding of working with local partners;
  • Good spoken and written English;
  • Good knowledge of MS Office software such as excel, word, and Access;
4. Program Assistant
The Project Assistant will assist the Project Officer in the daily smooth running of the Peacebuilding program activities in Nakuru.
Requirements for this Position
  • Bachelors’ degree in Peace Studies, economics, development studies or relevant field.
  • Excellent report writing skills;
  • Ability to make recommendations for improvement;
  • Strong computer (MS Office), filing, and organizational skills;
  • Excellent spoken and written English; willingness to travel throughout the project areas in Rift Valley
5. Finance and Administrative Assistant
(2 Positions – Kericho and Nakuru)
Reporting to the Chief of Party, the Finance/Admin Officer will be responsible for accurate and timely completion of all financial aspects, general administration and HR functions for the Eldoret office.
S/he will ensure compliance with Mercy Corps financial and administrative guidelines, as well as that of the Kenyan Government and Mercy Corps donors.
Requirements for this position:
  • University degree, CPA qualification or equivalent,
  • experience in Finance/Admin,
  • at least 3 years work experience with an international NGO in a similar capacity.
  • Familiarity with various donors’ financial reporting regulations, attention to detail and capacity to work under pressure, excellent computer skills and full proficiency in Excel.
If you meet the above requirements, are able to take up a position based in Eldoret, Nakuru or Kericho and are strongly motivated for working with Mercy Corps to promote peace and reconciliation in Kenya, please e-mail your application letter, concise CV, listing three (3) references (including a recent employer) with their e-mail or phone contacts to:
Deadline for receiving applications will be 4:00 pm June 18, 2010.
Mercy Corps will have contacted all short listed applicants before 5 pm on June 30, 2010.

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