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Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. 

Driven by local needs, our programs provide communities in the world’s toughest places with the tools and support they need to turn the crises they confront into the opportunities they deserve. 

Mercy Corps is looking for committed and dynamic individuals to take up the following positions.
 

Natural Resource Management & Market Systems Officer, PROGRESS Programme - Wajir
 
Programme/Department Summary: The Natural Resource Management and Market Systems Officer will work in collaboration with the Natural Resource Management and Market Systems Team Leader, Programme Manager, other technical teams and PROGRESS Consortium members in the implementation of a proposed multi-year project as part of DFID’s BRACED initiative (Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters). 

Mercy Corps anticipates a programme award under BRACED to implement the “Programme for Resilient Systems” (PROGRESS). 

PROGRESS will be comprised of a multi-partner consortium poised to deliver a 36-month initiative designed to build absorptive, adaptive and transformative capacity of more than 200,000 individual households in northern Kenya (Wajir) and northern Uganda (Karamoja). 

The Wajir-based Natural Resources Management and Market Systems Officer will play a key role in implementation.
 
General Position Summary: The Natural Resource Management and Market Systems Officer is responsible for supporting the Natural Resource Management and Market System Team Leader in the implementation of natural resource management and facilitation projects that make market dynamics, actors, institutions and services accessible to households within the PROGRESS focus areas. 

These activities will work through public sector enabling strategies and private sector actors, seeking to crowd in provision rather than displace or replicate private actors with donor-funded services. 

Facilitation projects will increase access to technical services, improve access to locally appropriate products, develop agent input and aggregator networks, improve service offerings, commercialize access to innovative energy products and methods, and expand the role and relationship of line Ministries in strategic prioritization of investment for economic vitality that contributes to household and community resilience. 

The Natural Resource Management and Market Systems Officer will support processes for engaging communities, governments and private sector actors in collective action plans that support household and community access to and management natural, physical environment and the socio-ecological systems supported by it.

Essential Job Functions:
 
Program Implementation:
·                     Under the direction of the Natural Resource Management and Market Systems Team Leader, carry out assessments in the target geographic areas to assess the current situation, economic and natural resource management opportunities and resources, needs and potential programs as well as obstacles that could be mitigated through PROGRESS.
·                     Recommend program priorities and explore, evaluate and present new natural resource management and market opportunities that leverage impact and/ or complement core activities.
·                     Emphasize the role of and opportunities for women, girls and youth in the economic and natural resource management sectors in both rural and urban sphere;
·                     Introduce the program to relevant stakeholders including local business owners, actors engaged in natural resource management, local representatives and community members. Foster ongoing positive cooperation with these stakeholders and forge links between market actors, producers, end users, etc.;
·                     Ensure an integrated approach to program implementation in order to maximize resource utilization and synergy between the staff and different MC programs where relevant and feasible.
·                     Identify small business activities for seed support through basic improvements or inputs;
·                     Identify value-addition opportunities that strengthen economic opportunities, especially for rural women and urban poor, in the livestock, poultry and other sectors as identified by local government and independent studies and assessments. These opportunities will focus on the urbanizing areas of Wajir Town, Habaswein particularly for livestock, and climate-smart agriculture areas that promotes production and market links for agricultural products;
·                     Identify opportunities and alternative methods of climate-smart agriculture within the long-term plans of Wajir County that can be fostered through partnerships, such as activating initiatives in the peri-urban livelihoods zone. Work with Mercy Corps technical staff, consortium members and local partners to establish locally appropriate pilots;
·                     Work within local government strategic plans for resource management and advocate for cohesive implementation of projects that demonstrate government responsiveness to community processes.
·                     Engage pastoralists in inter-community dialogue around access to land and water for livestock management.
·                     Engage with remote communities to establish priorities for community-led natural resources management, and lead process for developing community NRM plans
Collaboration / networking
·                     Maintain productive working relationships with sub-county and district leaders and local government departments under the leadership of the Natural Resource Management and Market Systems Team Leader as directed by the line manager;
·                     Coordinate with counterpart agencies and organizations, especially DFID-funded agencies, involved in conservation, climate change adaptation for information exchange, learning and optimizing efforts and resources;
·                     Identify opportunities for social innovation and enterprise that could be launched through catalytic investments from PROGRESS, or public and private sector initiatives;
·                     Support events, exhibits, workshops that bring private and public sector entities together to collectively review and discuss technology developments and innovation and to examine private sector approaches to household and community challenges that can be incubated through public sector incentives;
Monitoring and Evaluation:
·                     Gather and document natural resource management and market program activities
·                     Comply with M&E systems that will be established to measure program impact and desired results. Ensure data is collected and monitoring occurs regularly.
·                     Analyze project implementation strategies to identify constraints to program success and provide timely recommendations;
·                     Submit timely reports as requested by the Natural Resource Management and Market Systems Team Leader or Programme Manager.
·                     Support external evaluations and assessments.
Coordination and Representation: 
·                     Attend key events, committee meetings, fora, seminars, etc. as they relate to East Africa resilience.
·                     Support PROGRESS activities with consortium partners, sub grantees, local government and other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs.
Staff Management, Professional Development and Team building: Contribute to country team-building efforts, and ensure sharing and coordination of date with the broader PROGRESS team.
 
Program Support Operations: 
·                     Ensure close communication across cross-country field teams and consortium members regarding program activities and plans, challenges and obstacles to timely and quality implementation. 
·                     Coordinate with program, finance, and administration staff for troubleshooting and problem solving.
Organizational Learning: As part of Mercy Corps’ agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.
 
Supervisory Responsibility: None
 
Accountability: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
 
Reports Directly To: Natural Resource Management and Market Systems Team Leader
 
Works Directly With: Natural Resource Management and Market Systems Team Leader, Programme Manager, other technical officers, consortium members, and technical and support staff from Mercy Corps office in Portland, Oregon and Edinburgh, Scotland.

Knowledge and Experience:
·                     A degree in Natural Resource Management, Business Administration, Economics or Finance is required;
·                     Minimum of two years working in the fields of agriculture/livestock, microfinance, economic development, natural resource management within the NGO sector or within the private sector is required;
·                     Excellent written and verbal English communication skills;
·                     Excellent computer skills, specifically in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
·                     Excellent teamwork abilities and interpersonal skills;
·                     Superb networking and negotiation skills is required;
·                     Strong analytical and quantitative skills is required
·                     Demonstrated flexibility, creativity and enthusiasm as well as a willingness to learn and to be continually adaptive within a dynamic and often self-directed working environment mandatory;
·                     Ability to focus on day-to-day tasks at hand while also working towards longer-term objectives with an understanding that these will change continuously
·                     Willingness to spend much time in the field and work closely with program target groups and consortium members.
·                     Proven understanding of both urban and rural livelihoods systems, climate change adaptation strategies, public administration and resilience programming;
·                     Familiarity with Somali culture and Somali language is preferred.
·                     Proven ability to forge relationships with community members, leader and government authorities.
·                     Experience in building and maintaining strong/productive relations with implementing and strategic partners.
·                     Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
·                     Experience working in conflict environments is preferred.
·                     Security management experience in remote and insecure environments.
Success Factors:
 
The successful candidate will have the following characteristics:
·                     A strong team player, with good communication and diplomatic skills.
·                     Proven ability to work independently as part of a regional team and with international professionals.
·                     Excellent analytical and information management skills.
·                     Good organizational skills and ability to work under stress and in austere contexts of remote locations.
·                     Flexible and creative in planning and problem solving.
·                     Attention to detail, ability to follow procedures and meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
·                     Proven excellence maintaining professional internal and external relationships.
·                     Willingness and ability to live comfortably in Wajir and travel throughout the County.
Somalis are encouraged to apply.

Governance and Community Mobilization Team Leader, PROGRESS Programme – Wajir
 
Programme / Department Summary: The Governance and Community Mobilization Team Leader will work in collaboration with the PROGRESS Programme Director, Programme Managers and PROGRESS consortium members in the implementation of a multi-year project as part of DFID’s BRACED initiative (Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters). 

Mercy Corps anticipates a programme award under BRACED to implement the “Programme for Resilient Systems” (PROGRESS). 

PROGRESS will be comprised of a multi-partner consortium poised to deliver a 36-month initiative designed to build absorptive, adaptive and transformative capacity of more than 200,000 individual households in northern Kenya (Wajir) and northern Uganda (Karamoja). 

The Wajir-based Governance and Community Mobilization Team Leader will play a key role in implementation.
 
General Position Summary: The Governance and Community Mobilization Team Leader will be responsible for overseeing program activities aimed at strengthening the horizontal and vertical linkages of governance with the aim of community development, advocacy and increased public sector support towards public projects, plans and budgets that enhance resilience. 

This includes leading community mobilization and engagement efforts in partnership with consortium partner, WASDA, and promoting engagement of local government departments, and advocating for strengthening of policies within the PROGRESS practice areas (water resources management, livestock, climate-smart agriculture, urban economic linkages).

Essential Job Functions:

Program Implementation:
·                     Provide research, review, advocacy, coordination and support to policy formulation and policy implementation between remote communities in Wajir and Wajir County Government departments.
·                     Coordinate and supervise the implementation of sub program activities by leading local level Shared Learning Dialogue sessions between the PROGRESS Team and practice area line ministries. The SLDs will constitute a series of dialogue workshops that engage both public and private sector actors around innovation and learning for greater resilience.
·                     Facilitating technical coordination of technical and financial, budget actors in interventions of the various PROGRESS practice areas to respond to current government strategic plans and community led initiatives
·                     Map how and who in County government approves decisions and what are key dates whereby decisions need to be made in order to be included in annual County budgets. 
·                     Influence government leaders to include resources to co-finance projects that meet PROGRESS and government objectives.
·                     Maintain strong, up-to date understanding of the national and local-level policy environment, including donor initiatives and funded activities and public budgeting processes, timelines and prioritization.
·                     Foster enhanced communication and collective planning across line ministries in a way that honors needs of communities with a focus on gender-sensitive policy and budget planning.
·                     Identify women in positions of community and local government leadership for targeted technical trainings.
·                     Lead the planning and coordination of targeted learning events that emphasize public-sector innovation around public-private ventures.
·                     Support coordination of large-scale infrastructure projects and other elements of an enabling market environment that local and national governments should consider when attempting to invite private sector investment and market activity.
·                     Draw on technical resources from within Mercy Corps and PROGRESS Consortium Partners including the University of Nairobi to forge relationships with local government and civil society as a technical resource.
·                     Strengthen the role of civil society by promoting civic agency, advocacy, participatory planning, transparency with the public sector and market actors.
·                     Ensure that women and girls are actively participating in community engagement processes and that issues affecting females are brought in to the public realm when addressing the strategies for government to support community-wide resilience.
·                     Provide support, oversight and technical guidance to consortium partner, WASDA, in Wajir tasked with community engagement. Lead community engagement efforts in areas where WASDA is not leading.
·                     Liaise between PROGRESS Consortium, local government counterparts, relief, aid and resilience agencies and bi-lateral organizations such as UN agencies that support planning and policy for development and management of natural resources and economic development.
·                     Ensure that coordination linkages are drawn between PROGRESS, DDR and Climate Change Adaption programs and that climate-relevant information from these fora are integrated in to PROGRESS community mobilization and engagement efforts.
Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) and Reporting: 
·                     Support Programme Manager in the achievement of program targets and objectives and support efforts towards the design effective M&E systems and operations.
·                     Facilitate the coordination, scheduling and production of formal and informal reports and documentation and communication of reports and learning materials. 
·                     Actively record, document and demonstrate all aspects of governance and community activities for impact measurement and learning purposes.
Coordination and Representation:  
·                     Represent Mercy Corps at government, donor, NGO and other relevant events in the field, in close coordination with the Programme Manager and Programme Director. 
·                     Attend key events, committee meetings, fora, seminars, etc. as they relate to East Africa resilience. 
·                     Coordinate activities with consortium partners, sub grantees, local government and other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs.
Staff Management, Professional Development and Team building: Contribute to country team-building efforts, and ensure the integration of all team and consortium members into relevant decision-making processes.
 
Program Support Operations:  
·                     Ensure close communication across cross-country field teams and consortium members regarding program activities and plans, challenges and obstacles to timely and quality implementation.
·                     Coordinate with program, finance, and administration staff for troubleshooting and problem solving.
Organizational Learning
 
As part of Mercy Corps’ agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.
 
Supervisory Responsibility: Governance and Community Mobilizer Officer
 
Accountability: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
 
Reports Directly To: Programme Manager based in Wajir
 
Works Directly With: Programme Manager, other team leaders, consortium members, and technical and support staff from Mercy Corps office in Portland, Oregon and Edinburgh, Scotland.
 
Knowledge and Experience:
·                     Advanced University Degree (Masters) in public administration, public policy, political science, or related field.
·                     At least five years of experience including three years in a management position in relevant field.
·                     Strong writing, communication, organization, prioritization and negotiating skills.
·                     Strong management skills, with good understanding of relevant cross-sector and cross-cultural issues.
·                     Experience contributing to donor-funded program processes including assessment, design, and report writing
·                     Proven understanding of both urban and rural livelihoods systems, climate change adaptation strategies, public administration and resilience programming;
·                     Demonstrated knowledge of the Kenyan political context including devolution and recent constitutional changes and the geo-political and socio-economic environment of Northern Kenya in particular.
·                     Familiarity with Somali culture and Somali language is preferred.
·                     Excellent analytical and English written skills required.
·                     Proven ability to forge relationships with community members, leader and government authorities.
·                     Experience in building and maintaining strong/productive relations with implementing and strategic partners.
·                     Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
·                     Demonstrated success building, managing and leading a team of professionals.
·                     Experience working in conflict environments is preferred.
·                     Security management experience in remote and insecure environments.
·                     Previous experience with and strong understanding of DFID rules, regulations and compliance issues
Success Factors:
 
The successful candidate will have the following characteristics:
·                     A strong team player, with good communication and diplomatic skills.
·                     Proven ability to work independently as part of a regional team and with international professionals.
·                     Excellent analytical and information management skills.
·                     Good organizational skills and ability to work under stress and in austere contexts of remote locations.
·                     Flexible and creative in planning and problem solving.
·                     Attention to detail, ability to follow procedures and meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
·                     Proven excellence maintaining professional internal and external relationships.
·                     A focus on building staff capacity.
·                     Willingness and ability to live comfortably in Wajir and travel throughout the County.
Somalis are encouraged to apply.

Governance and Community Mobilization Officer, PROGRESS Programme – Wajir

Programme / Department Summary: The Governance and Community Mobilization Officer will work in collaboration with the PROGRESS Governance and Community Mobilization Team Leader, Programme Manager and PROGRESS consortium members in the implementation of a multi-year project as part of DFID’s BRACED initiative (Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters). 

Mercy Corps anticipates a programme award under BRACED to implement the “Programme for Resilient Systems” (PROGRESS). 

PROGRESS is comprised of a multi-partner consortium poised to deliver a 36-month initiative designed to build absorptive, adaptive and transformative capacity of more than 200,000 individual households in northern Kenya (Wajir) and northern Uganda (Karamoja). 

The Wajir-based Governance and Community Mobilization Officer will play a key role in implementation.

General Position Summary: The Governance and Community Mobilization Officer will be responsible for supporting the implementation of program activities aimed at strengthening the horizontal and vertical linkages of governance with the aim of community development, advocacy and increased public sector support towards public projects, plans and budgets that enhance resilience. 

This includes community mobilization and engagement efforts in partnership with consortium partner, WASDA, and promoting engagement of local government departments, and advocating for strengthening of policies within the PROGRESS practice areas (water resources management, livestock, climate-smart agriculture, urban economic linkages).

Essential Job Functions:

Program Implementation:
·                     Coordination and support policy formulation and policy implementation between remote communities in Wajir and Wajir County Government departments.
·                     Support the Governance and Community Mobilization Team Leader to coordinate and implement local level Shared Learning Dialogue (SLDs) sessions between the PROGRESS Team and practice area line ministries. The SLDs will constitute a series of dialogue workshops that engage both public and private sector actors around innovation and learning for greater resilience.
·                     Help to coordinate technical and financial, budget actors in interventions of the various PROGRESS practice areas to respond to current government strategic plans and community led initiatives
·                     Work with the Governance and Community Mobilization Team Leader to map who in County government approves decisions and what are key dates by which decisions need to be made in order to be included in annual County budgets. Influence government leaders to include resources to co-finance projects that meet PROGRESS and government objectives.
·                     Foster enhanced communication and collective planning across line ministries in a way that honors needs of communities with a focus on gender-sensitive policy and budget planning.
·                     Support and coordinate community mobilization efforts at the community level as requested.
·                     Identify women in positions of community and local government leadership for targeted technical trainings.
·                     Assist the Governance and Community Mobilization Team Leader to coordinate targeted learning events that emphasize public-sector innovation around public-private ventures.
·                     Ensure that women and girls are actively participating in community engagement processes and that issues affecting females are brought in to the public realm when addressing the strategies for government to support community-wide resilience.
·                     Provide support and technical guidance to consortium partner, WASDA, in Wajir tasked with community engagement. Support the Governance and Community Mobilization Team Leader to implement community engagement efforts in areas where WASDA is not leading.
·                     Ensure that coordination linkages are drawn between PROGRESS, DDR and Climate Change Adaption programs and that climate-relevant information from these fora are integrated in to PROGRESS community mobilization and engagement efforts.
Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) and Reporting:  
·                     Support the Governance and Community Mobilization Team Leader to implement and achieve program targets and objectives and support efforts towards the design effective M&E systems and operations. 
·                     Help develop the formal and informal reports and documentation and communication of reports and learning materials.
·                     Actively record, document and demonstrate all aspects of governance and community activities for impact measurement and learning purposes.
Coordination and Representation:  
·                     Help the Governance and Community Mobilization Team Leader to coordinate government, donor, NGO and other relevant events in the field. 
·                     Attend key events, committee meetings, fora, seminars, etc. as they relate to East Africa resilience.
·                     Coordinate activities with consortium partners, sub grantees, local government and other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs.
Staff Management, Professional Development and Team building: Contribute to country team-building efforts, and ensure the integration of all team and consortium members into relevant decision-making processes.

Program Support Operations: 
·                     Ensure close communication across cross-country field teams and consortium members regarding program activities and plans, challenges and obstacles to timely and quality implementation. 
·                     Coordinate with program, finance, and administration staff for troubleshooting and problem solving.
Organizational Learning: As part of Mercy Corps’ agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.

Supervisory Responsibility: None

Accountability: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Reports Directly To: Governance and Community Mobilization Team Leader.

Works Directly With: Governance and Community Mobilization Team Leader, Programme Manager, other team members, consortium members, and technical and support staff from Mercy Corps office in Portland, Oregon and Edinburgh, Scotland.

Knowledge and Experience:
·                     Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, public policy, political science, or related field.
·                     At least two years of experience with community development and/or governance-focused activities
·                     Strong writing, communication, organization, prioritization and negotiating skills.
·                     Experience contributing to donor-funded program processes including assessment and report writing
·                     Demonstrated knowledge of the Kenyan political context including devolution and recent constitutional changes and the geo-political and socio-economic environment of Northern Kenya in particular.
·                     Familiarity with Somali culture and Somali language is preferred.
·                     Excellent analytical and English written skills required.
·                     Proven ability to forge relationships with community members, leader and government authorities.
·                     Experience in building and maintaining strong/productive relations with implementing and strategic partners.
·                     Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
·                     Experience working in conflict environments is preferred.
·                     Security management experience in remote and insecure environments.
Success Factors:

The successful candidate will have the following characteristics:
·                     A strong team player, with good communication and diplomatic skills.
·                     Proven ability to work independently as part of a regional team and with international professionals.
·                     Excellent analytical and information management skills.
·                     Good organizational skills and ability to work under stress and in austere contexts of remote locations.
·                     Flexible and creative in planning and problem solving.
·                     Attention to detail, ability to follow procedures and meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
·                     Proven excellence maintaining professional internal and external relationships.
·                     A focus on building partner’s capacity.
·                     Willingness and ability to live comfortably in Wajir and travel throughout the County.
Somalis are encouraged to apply.

Natural Resource Management & Market Systems Team Leader, PROGRESS Programme – Wajir
 
Programme / Department Summary: The Natural Resource Management and Market Systems Team Leader will work in collaboration with the PROGRESS Programme Director, Programme Manager and PROGRESS Consortium members in the implementation of a proposed multi-year project as part of DFID’s BRACED initiative (Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters). 

Mercy Corps anticipates a programme award under BRACED to implement the “Programme for Resilient Systems” (PROGRESS). 

PROGRESS will be comprised of a multi-partner consortium poised to deliver a 36-month initiative designed to build absorptive, adaptive and transformative capacity of more than 200,000 individual households in northern Kenya (Wajir) and northern Uganda (Karamoja).

The Wajir-based Natural Resources Management and Market Systems Team Leader will play a key role in implementation.
 
General Position Summary: The Natural Resource Management and Market Systems Team Leader is responsible for leading the implementation of natural resource management and facilitation projects that make market dynamics, actors, institutions and services accessible to households within the PROGRESS focus areas. 

These activities will work through public sector enabling strategies and private sector actors, seeking to crowd in provision rather than displace or replicate private actors with donor-funded services. 

Facilitation projects will increase access to technical services, improve access to locally appropriate products, develop agent input and aggregator networks, improve service offerings, commercialize access to innovative energy products and methods, and expand the role and relationship of line Ministries in strategic prioritization of investment for economic vitality that contributes to household and community resilience. 

The Natural Resource Management and Market Systems Team Leader will lead the PROGRESS processes for engaging communities, governments and private sector actors in collective action plans that support household and community access to and management natural, physical environment and the socio-ecological systems supported by it.

Essential Job Functions:
 
Program Implementation:
·                     With support from the PROGRESS Programme Manager and fellow sector-focused Team Leaders, carry out assessments in the target geographic areas to assess the current situation, economic and natural resource management opportunities and resources, needs and potential programs as well as obstacles that could be mitigated through PROGRESS.
·                     Recommend program priorities and explore, evaluate and present new natural resource management and market opportunities that leverage impact and/ or complement core activities.
·                     Emphasize the role of and opportunities for women, girls and youtha in the economic and natural resource management sectors in both rural and urban sphere;
·                     Highlight market-based skills which are emerging with urban growth and work with public, private and development actors on efforts to match skills of people transitioning out of pastoralism and urban poor for urban livelihoods and services;
·                     Introduce the program to relevant stakeholders including local business owners, actors engaged in natural resource management, local representatives and community members. Foster ongoing positive cooperation with these stakeholders and forge links between market actors, producers, end users, etc.;
·                     Ensure an integrated approach to program implementation in order to maximize resource utilization and synergy between the staff and different MC programs where relevant and feasible.
·                     Provide direct and ongoing field supervision to provide quality advice and technical review in the economic development and natural resource management sectors;
·                     Identify small business activities for seed support through basic improvements or inputs;
·                     Identify value-addition opportunities that strengthen economic opportunities, especially for rural women and urban poor, in the livestock, poultry and other sectors as identified by local government and independent studies and assessments. These opportunities will focus on the urbanizing areas of Wajir Town, Habaswein particularly for livestock, and climate-smart agriculture areas that promotes production and market links for agricultural products;
·                     Identify opportunities and alternative methods of climate-smart agriculture within the long-term plans of Wajir County that can be fostered through partnerships, such as activating initiatives in the peri-urban livelihoods zone. Work with Mercy Corps technical staff, consortium members and local partners to establish locally appropriate pilots;
·                     Work within local government strategic plans for resource management and advocate for cohesive implementation of projects that demonstrate government responsiveness to community processes.
·                     Engage pastoralists in inter-community dialogue around access to land and water for livestock management.
·                     Engage with remote communities to establish priorities for community-led natural resources management, and lead process for developing community NRM plans
·                     Work with private sector and line ministries to address environmental harmful methods of extracting local natural resources and use Shared Learning Dialogues as a forum for policy formulation around sustainable methods, alternative energy mechanisms, and water management and conservation.
Collaboration/Networking
·                     Establish and maintain productive working relationships with sub-county and district leaders and local government departments, representing Mercy Corps in coordination meetings and soliciting their participation in all activities where appropriate and as directed by the line manager;
·                     Coordinate with counterpart agencies and organizations, especially DFID-funded agencies, involved in conservation, climate change adaptation for information exchange, learning and optimizing efforts and resources;
·                     Identify opportunities for social innovation and enterprise that could be launched through catalytic investments from PROGRESS, or public and private sector initiatives;
·                     Guide Shared Learning Dialogue series that are thematically focused on enabling environment for market activity and natural resource management, including long-term infrastructure strategy and prioritization and identification of potential investors and innovators.
·                     Lead the planning of events, exhibits, workshops that bring private and public sector entities together to collectively review and discuss technology developments and innovation and to examine private sector approaches to household and community challenges that can be incubated through public sector incentives;
·                     Engage with PROGRESS Consortium members such as local civil society and the University of Nairobi around innovation and best practices for new technologies in climate-smart practice, renewable energy and energy saving methods;
Monitoring and Evaluation:
·                     Take primary responsibility for district data gathering and documentation of natural resource management and market program activities
·                     Comply with M&E systems that will be established to measure program impact and desired results
·                     Analyze project implementation strategies to identify constraints to program success and provide timely recommendations;
·                     Submit timely reports as required that will be indicative of program progress during implementation.
·                     Support external evaluations and assessments.
Coordination and Representation: 
·                     Represent Mercy Corps at government, donor, NGO and other relevant events in the field, in close coordination with the Programme Manager and Programme Director. 
·                     Attend key events, committee meetings, fora, seminars, etc. as they relate to East Africa resilience. 
·                     Coordinate activities with consortium partners, sub grantees, local government and other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs.
Staff Management, Professional Development and Team building: Contribute to country team-building efforts, and ensure the integration of all team and consortium members into relevant decision-making processes.
 
Program Support Operations: 
·                     Ensure close communication across cross-country field teams and consortium members regarding program activities and plans, challenges and obstacles to timely and quality implementation. 
·                     Coordinate with program, finance, and administration staff for troubleshooting and problem solving.
Organizational Learning: As part of Mercy Corps’ agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.
 
Supervisory Responsibility: Natural Resource Management and Market Systems Officer
 
Accountability: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
 
Reports Directly To: Programme Manager
 
Works Directly With: Programme Manager, Team Leaders, consortium members, and technical and support staff from Mercy Corps office in Portland, Oregon and Edinburgh, Scotland.
 
Knowledge and Experience:
·                     A degree, preferably graduate level, in Natural ‘Resource Management, Business Administration, Economics or Finance is required;
·                     Minimum of five years working in the fields of agriculture/livestock, microfinance, economic development, natural resource management within the NGO sector or within the private sector is required;
·                     Three years of experience working at a senior management level.
·                     Excellent written and verbal English communication skills;
·                     Excellent computer skills, specifically in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
·                     Excellent teamwork abilities and interpersonal skills;
·                     Familiarity with M&E, information, communications and knowledge sharing technologies and use of innovative approaches on digital financial services
·                     Superb networking and negotiation skills is required;
·                     Strong analytical and quantitative skills is required
·                     Demonstrated flexibility, creativity and enthusiasm as well as a willingness to learn and to be continually adaptive within a dynamic and often self-directed working environment mandatory;
·                     Ability to focus on day-to-day tasks at hand while also working towards longer-term objectives with an understanding that these will change continuously
·                     Willingness to spend much time in the field and work closely with program target groups and consortium members.
·                     Proven understanding of both urban and rural livelihoods systems, climate change adaptation strategies, public administration and resilience programming;
·                     Familiarity with Somali culture and Somali language is preferred.
·                     Proven ability to forge relationships with community members, leader and government authorities.
·                     Experience in building and maintaining strong/productive relations with implementing and strategic partners.
·                     Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
·                     Demonstrated success building, managing and leading a team of professionals.
·                     Experience working in conflict environments is preferred.
·                     Security management experience in remote and insecure environments.
·                     Previous experience with and strong understanding of DFID rules, regulations and compliance issues
Success Factors:
 
The successful candidate will have the following characteristics:
·                     A strong team player, with good communication and diplomatic skills.
·                     Proven ability to work independently as part of a regional team and with international professionals.
·                     Excellent analytical and information management skills.
·                     Good organizational skills and ability to work under stress and in austere contexts of remote locations.
·                     Flexible and creative in planning and problem solving.
·                     Attention to detail, ability to follow procedures and meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
·                     Proven excellence maintaining professional internal and external relationships.
·                     A focus on building staff capacity.
·                     Willingness and ability to live comfortably in Wajir and travel throughout the County.
Somalis are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit applications on or before 5th January 2015, by 4.00pm, containing a cover letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to hrkenya@ke.mercycorps.org

The email subject line must clearly quote the job title and location being applied for. 

Applications without the right subject heading will be automatically disqualified. 

Please do not attach any certificates.

(ONLY qualified candidates who meet all the essential required qualifications will be contacted for interviews)



NB: Mercy Corps does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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