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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. We help communities survive and move beyond emergencies. When natural disasters strike, economies collapse or conflict flares, Mercy Corps is there. We see global challenges as an invitation to pioneer innovative, sustainable solutions.
Mercy Corps is looking for committed and dynamic individual to take up the following position:


Position: Finance Assistant
Location: Isiolo County
Program / Department Summary: The Mercy Corps Finance Department is responsible for all financial functions in Kenya, including accounting, payments and banking, payroll, budgeting, financial reporting, and grant financial management and compliance.
The Mercy Corps Finance Department ensures compliance with donor regulations as well as Mercy Corps’ internal policies and procedures.
In its role as a support to the Program Department, the Finance Department provides timely reports and assistance to the Country Director and the Program team to ensure that financial resources are used efficiently and effectively.
General Position Summary: Working in the Finance Department under the direction of the Senior Finance and Compliance Officer, the Finance Assistant will assist in the accounting and documentation of all financial transactions in timely and accurate manner.
Essential Job Functions:
1.   Support in preparation of  monthly bank reconciliations;
2.   Maintain custody of the office cash fund and make daily payments of approved transactions;
3.   Prepare cash payment vouchers and ensure that all cash transactions are fully and properly documented;
4.   Review expense reports (travel expense reports and operational expense reports) for accuracy and completeness and ensure that expense reports have been fully approved before payment;
5.   Perform weekly cash count as per FFM;
6.   Record payment vouchers daily in the Field Connection Accounting System;
7.   Maintain  field advance tracker file and prepare past due advance tracker for the Senior Finance R. Officer;
8.   Preparing cheques based on fully approved  and reviewed documents and present for signing;
9.   File all cash and bank batch vouchers and maintain voucher filing system such that files are updated, complete and safeguarded;
10.          Maintain the bank file, ensuring that all bank information is properly filed and updated;
11.          Make sure that all supporting documentation is prepared and filed according to MC procedures;
12.          Assists in sub grants management and compliance at field office;
13.          Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission;
14.          Other duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibility: None
Accountability
Reports Directly To: Senior Finance and Compliance Officer
Directly With: Nairobi Finance Team, Program and Operations Teams
Knowledge and Experience:
·         Two or more years of accounting or bookkeeping experience, including experience with double-entry accounting
·         A degree in accounting or a relevant business field
·         Strong computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel
·         Familiarity with computerized, double-entry accounting software
·         Strong organizational skills as well as attention to detail
·         Excellent oral and written English skills
Success Factors:
·         A clear understanding of finance and procurement ethics as well as the willingness and ability to enforce compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures is essential;
·         The ability to interact effectively with international and national staff members is required;
·         A demonstrated ability to work quickly and accurately, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities is necessary.


Position: Natural Resource Management (NRM) and Market Systems Officer
Location: Turkana County
Program / Department Summary: Mercy Corps has been operating in Kenya since 2008, focusing its interventions around four objectives:
1) Peace and Conflict Management;
2) Livelihood/Market Systems;
3) Governance (particularly at the county level); and
4) Youth Employment/Employability (including the social and economic development of adolescents).
The four objectives serve to increase community resilience to drought and other shocks and stresses, and to decrease fragility with a particular focus on Kenya’s Arid Lands.  Mercy Corps’ vision for change requires the private sector, government and civil society to work together to create meaningful and sustainable change.
Under the Omo Delta Project – Expanding the Rangeland to achieve Growth and Transformation, Mercy Corps in collaboration with five other partners: VSF G – lead agency, VITA (RTI) Ltd, EPaRDA, CIFA and TUPADO seeks to address the drivers of instability, irregular migration and displacement so as to expand and maximize opportunities for communities living in the rangelands along the Kenya – Ethiopia border by increasing wealth of young people in particular and especially young women; accelerating national and cross-border trade and collaboration; and increasing stability to promote growth and protect gains
General Position Summary: The Natural Resource Management (NRM) and Market Systems Officer is responsible for supporting the Program Manager in the implementation of NRM and facilitation projects that make market dynamics, actors, institutions and services accessible to households within the program focus areas namely the livestock, fish and Gum Arabica value chains.
These activities will examine traditional NRM plans within Turkana County in order to enhance their legitimacy in managing cross border shared resources and sustainability. Additionally, the officer will support Environmental Management Committees (EMC) to implement rules and actions to protect Acacia Senegal tree.
To address the conflicts arising from competition over the available but ever diminishing natural resources, this position will work with communities in minimizing such competitions and enhancing resilience of livestock dependent communities through improved rangeland productivity, availability and access to pasture and water by building on the Do No Harm approach to signing of reciprocal grazing agreements in the area to strengthen local institutions on natural resource management.
The officer will work to support the fish, livestock and gum value chains in order to accelerate economic and social factors on both side of the border to increase supply and demand, as well as incentives for cross-border collaboration.
The NRM and Market Systems Officer will support processes for engaging communities, governments and private sector actors in collective action planning that supports households and community access to and management of natural, physical environment and the socio-ecological systems supported by it.
Essential Job Functions:
Program Implementation:
·         Under the direction of the Program Manager, carry out assessments in the target geographic areas to assess the current situation, economic and NRM opportunities and resources, needs and potential programs as well as obstacles that could be mitigated through the program;
·         Recommend program priorities and explore, evaluate and present new NRM 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 NRM sectors in both rural and urban sphere;
·         Introduce the program to relevant stakeholders including local business owners, actors engaged in NRM, 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 women and youth in the livestock, fish and gum arabica as identified by the assessments carried out;
·         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 NRM, and lead process for developing community NRM plans.
Collaboration/Networking:
·         Maintain productive working relationships with sub-county and county leaders and local government departments as directed by the line manager;
·         Coordinate with counterpart agencies and organizations, especially EU-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 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 NRM 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 Program Manager;
·         Support external evaluations and assessments.
Coordination and Representation:
·         Attend key events, committee meetings, fora, seminars, etc. as they relate to the program;
·         Support Omo Delta Project activities with consortium partners, local government and other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs.
Program Support Operations:
·         Ensure close communication with 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.
Other:
·         Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission;
·         Other duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibility: None
Accountability
Reports Directly To: Program Manager
Works Directly With: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, GIRL Officer and REAP officer
Knowledge and Experience:
·         A degree in Natural Resource Management, Business Administration, Economics or Finance is required;
·         Minimum of three years working in the program fields of fish, livestock, microfinance, economic development, NRM 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;
·         Excellent 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 considerable 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;
·         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 as well as cooperatively with team members;
·         Experience working in conflict environments is preferred;

·         Security management experience in remote and insecure environments.


Position: GIRL Officer
Location: Turkana County
Program / Department Summary: Mercy Corps has been operating in Kenya since 2008, focusing its interventions around four objectives:
1) Peace and Conflict Management;
2) Livelihood/Market Systems;
3) Governance (particularly at the county level); and
4) Youth Employment/Employability (including the social and economic development of adolescents).
The four objectives serve to increase community resilience to drought and other shocks and stresses, and to decrease fragility with a particular focus on Kenya’s Arid Lands.  Mercy Corps’ vision for change requires the private sector, government and civil society to work together to create meaningful and sustainable change.
Under the Omo Delta Project – Expanding the Rangeland to achieve Growth and Transformation, Mercy Corps in collaboration with five other partners: VSF G – lead agency, VITA (RTI) Ltd, EPaRDA, CIFA and TUPADO seeks to address the drivers of instability, irregular migration and displacement so as to expand and maximize opportunities for communities living in the rangelands along the Kenya – Ethiopia border by increasing wealth of young people in particular and especially young women; accelerating national and cross-border trade and collaboration; and increasing stability to promote growth and protect gains.
General Position Summary: The GIRL Project Officer will be responsible for technical oversight and management of the Omo Delta Project using the young girl personal agency empowerment safe space model aimed at supporting human capital development for resilient individuals who are well placed for commercial engagement. S/he will define implementation strategies in coordination with the Program Manager and leadership team.
The GIRL Project Officer will train staff and partners, providing them with technical assistance; and ensuring that common strategies and approaches are applied consistently in all communities. S/he will coordinate closely with the M&E team to ensure that systems are in place to track, analyze and report results.
The Officer will keep abreast of changing contexts and integrate new ideas and approaches as appropriate, seek additional technical assistance as needed and ensure effective working relationships with collaborating agencies.
S/he will work closely with our partner organization – VSF who will be leading the implementation of the program, and look for opportunities to link programming and clients with their programming and programming across EUTF.

Essential Job Functions:

·         Contribute to team work plans and guide successful implementation of the Omo delta project and Learning activities, ensuring teams follow work plans so activities are on time, target and within the approved budget, and program deliverables achieve desired impact;
·         Provide technical guidance on the young girls’ personal agency empowerment safe space model and ensure that interventions are responsive to stakeholders and consistent with Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan. Ensure that interventions are evidence-based and adhere to adaptive management principles;
·         Engage community members (community representatives, teachers, religious leaders, government officials and gatekeepers) to form an Advisory Committee to support and inform program activities;
·         Organize community events to sensitize communities on human capital development for resilient communities;
·         Assist in the creation of technical curricula, basic education (numeracy and literacy), basic nutrition literacy, WASH awareness and campaign, financial literacy and reproductive health;
·         Identify and recruit girls in the community to participate in safe space groups;
·         Identify and engage local animal and human health workers to provide training and technical assistance to safe space groups;
·         Monitor and track the success and failures of safe space groups;
·         Link women to other traders, markets, financial institutions, public and private institutions;
·         Generate and implement monitoring and evaluation tools;
·         Play a key role in the development of intervention designs, sector strategies and M&E frameworks;
·         Coordinate assessments, evaluations and monitoring surveys in area of operation. This will entail development of Scope of Works, development of survey tools, trainings and management of data collectors, report write and facilitating results discussion;
·         Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate. Certify all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards;
·         Facilitate planning meetings and workshops with government, NGO, private sector, and community partners to revise plans and promote partner acceptance/buy-in;
·         In coordination with the MEL team, monitor the implementation of activities through regular field visits and assessments to ensure program quality and impact. Document approaches, successes and lessons learned;
·         Coordinate with procurement, logistics, security, administration and human resources teams to ensure operational systems support field activities;
·         Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance and reach objectives;
·         Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one-on-one and performance reviews;
·         Orient and lead the Community Facilitators;
·         Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission;
·         Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibility: Community Facilitators

Accountability

Reports Directly To: Program Manager
Works Directly With: REAP Project Officer, REAP mentors, M& E Officer, Finance, HR and Operations teams, Partner Organizations, and broader LMS team.

Knowledge and Experience:

·         Degree in Community Development, Economic Development, Business, Agriculture, Livestock or related field or diploma with over 3 years’ experience;
·         Minimum of 3 years’ experience working with NGOs/CBO’s in civic engagement, livelihoods and education;
·         Should have knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data collection, reporting techniques and should understand and be able to apply basic measures of central tendency and spread;
·         Commitment to working with Women, Girls, youth and vulnerable groups in need, regardless of race, tribe, religion or gender;
·         Understanding of working with local partners and commitment to working with the greater BOMA Project and LMS team;
·         Good problem solving, written and oral communication skills;
·         Strong written and spoken English and Swahili;
·         Local language skills required;
·         Ability to work without constant supervision and as part of a mixed team;
·         Good knowledge of MS Office software such as Excel, Word, and Access.


Position: REAP Officer
Location: Turkana County
Program / Department Summary: Mercy Corps has been operating in Kenya since 2008, focusing its interventions around four objectives:
1) Peace and Conflict Management;
2) Livelihood/Market Systems;
3) Governance (particularly at the county level); and
4) Youth Employment/Employability (including the social and economic development of adolescents).
The four objectives serve to increase community resilience to drought and other shocks and stresses, and to decrease fragility with a particular focus on Kenya’s Arid Lands.  Mercy Corps’ vision for change requires the private sector, government and civil society to work together to create meaningful and sustainable change.
Under the Omo Delta Project – Expanding the Rangeland to achieve Growth and Transformation, Mercy Corps in collaboration with five other partners: VSF G – lead agency, VITA (RTI) Ltd, EPaRDA, CIFA and TUPADO seeks to address the drivers of instability, irregular migration and displacement so as to expand and maximize opportunities for communities living in the rangelands along the Kenya – Ethiopia border by increasing wealth of young people in particular and especially young women; accelerating national and cross-border trade and collaboration; and increasing stability to promote growth and protect gains.
General Position Summary: The Rural Entrepreneur Access Project (REAP) Officer will be responsible for technical oversight and management of the Omo Delta Project through a poverty graduation model aimed at supporting human capital development for resilient individuals who are then placed in a commercial engagement. S/he will define implementation strategies in coordination with the Program Manager and leadership team.
The REAP Officer will train staff and partners, providing them with technical assistance and ensuring that common strategies and approaches are applied consistently in all communities. S/he will coordinate closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Project teams to ensure that systems are in place to track, analyze and report results.
S/he will keep abreast of changing contexts and integrate new ideas and approaches as appropriate, seek additional technical assistance as needed and ensure effective working relationships with collaborating agencies.

Essential Job Functions:

·         Contribute to team work plans and guide successful implementation of REAP activities, ensuring teams follow work plans so activities are on time, target and within the approved budget, and program deliverables achieve desired impact;
·         Provide technical guidance on the poverty graduation model and ensure that interventions are responsive to stakeholders and consistent with Mercy Corps’ program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan. Ensure that interventions are evidence-based and adhere to adaptive management principles;
·         Identify most vulnerable youth and women in the village through community based wealth ranking, Participatory Rural Appraisal and scoring through Participant Targeting Tool for inclusion in the project;
·         Train and mentor REAP Facilitators to mentor the youth and women on entrepreneurship and employability skills so as to get linked to viable businesses or jobs, and provide mentoring during monthly visits;
·         Facilitate disbursement of cash grants for youth and women to enable them to buy stock and equipment for their business;
·         Train youth and women how to run a business, supply and demand, profit and pricing, marketing and record keeping including other trainings such as: life skills and leadership;
·         Facilitate youth and women to form savings associations of 5 to 7 businesses that meet monthly to deposit savings which will enable members and village residents access credit for long term expenses and business growth;
·         Link youth and women to other traders, markets, financial institutions, public and private institutions;
·         Develop and facilitate trainings on internship programs, skills development programs for informal sector productivity, and other ways of skills building for poor and vulnerable youth working closely with country offices;
·         Coordinate with Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) institutions and other service providers under Omo Delta Project to promote youth friendly trainings and assess opportunities for linkages;
·         Support in management and development of relationships with private sector for provision of internship, apprenticeship and career counseling and youth mentorship providers and agencies;
·         Generate and implement monitoring and evaluation tools;
·         Play a key role in the development of intervention designs, sector strategies and M&E frameworks;
·         Coordinate assessments, evaluations and monitoring surveys in area of operation. This will entail development of Scope of Works, development of survey tools, trainings and management of data collectors, report write and facilitating results discussion;
·         Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate including certifying all interventions to adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards;
·         Facilitate planning meetings and workshops with government, NGO, private sector, and community partners to revise plans and promote partner acceptance/buy-in;
·         In coordination with the MEL team, monitor the implementation of activities through regular field visits and assessments to ensure program quality and impact. Document approaches, successes and lessons learned;
·         Coordinate with procurement, logistics, security, administration and human resources teams to ensure operational systems support field activities;
·         Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance and reach objectives;
·         Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one-on-one and performance review;
·         Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence;
·         Work closely with the HR department to orient and lead team members as necessary;
·         Represent Mercy Corps at government, NGO and other relevant community events, in close coordination with the Program Manager;
·         Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission;
·         Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibility: REAP Village Mentors

Accountability

Reports Directly To: Program Manager
Works Directly With: GIRL Project Officer, M&E Officer, Community Facilitators, Finance, HR and Operations teams, Partner Organizations, and broader LMS team.

Knowledge and Experience:

·         Degree in Community Development, Economic Development, Business, Monitoring and Evaluation or related field or diploma with over 3 years’ hands on work experience;
·         Minimum of 3 years’ experience working with NGOs/CBO’s in civic engagement, livelihoods, skills development and employability, and education;
·         Should have knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data collection, reporting techniques. S/he should understand and be able to apply basic measures of central tendency and spread;
·         Demonstrated computer competency of Microsoft Excel, Access, Word and knowledge of at least one data management software including SPSS and STATA;
·         Commitment to working with Women, Girls, youth and vulnerable groups in need, regardless of race, tribe, religion or gender;
·         Understanding of working with local partners and commitment to working with the greater BOMA Project and LMS team;
·         Good problem solving, written and oral communication skills;
·         Strong written and spoken English and Swahili;
·         Local language skills required;
·         Knowledge of the context of implementation area;
·         Ability to work without constant supervision and as part of a mixed team;

Application Procedure:

Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit a Cover Letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to ke-hrkenya@mercycorps.org  on or before 16th July, 2018.
The email subject line must clearly show the job title and location they are applying for.
Applications without an appropriate subject heading will be automatically disqualified.
Please do not attach any certificates.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
NB: We do not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process

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