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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 are looking for committed and dynamic individual to take up the following position:
Position: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Location: Mombasa, Kenya

Program / Department Summary: Mercy Corps is implementing a multi-year, 12 million GBP Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) program funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF).
This program will engage local and national government, local civil society organizations and communities to mitigate the drivers, enablers and narratives of violent extremism in East Africa through support to policy initiatives, community engagement, and support to national civil society organizations in order to prevent the recruitment of vulnerable individuals by violent extremist organizations.
The program will work in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Uganda, through strategies adapted to the context and opportunities in each country to advance research, legislation and field implementation of program activities.
General Position Summary: Reporting to the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager, this position is a key role on Mercy Corps’ Program quality assurance, accountability, documentation and learning team.
The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer will support the programs in planning and execution of monitoring and evaluation activities, ensuring quality in accordance with accepted standards, providing essential feedback for learning, accountability and decision making.
S/he will be responsible for providing internal capacity building for program staff on monitoring and evaluation activities as well as review and development of the necessary tools that feed into the needs of Mercy Corps and donor reporting requirements.
Essential Job Responsibilities
·         Support development and implement monitoring and evaluation tools.
·         Play a key role in the development of intervention designs, sector strategies and M&E frameworks.
·         Validating and verifying core indicators against the different sources of information.
·         Support timely production of monthly, quarterly and annual donor reports based on agreed performance indicator.
·         Regularly document and share all learnings from program implementation.
·         Maintain an up to date database that reflects progress and program indicators.
·         Build the capacity of all relevant team members to develop and maintain an excellent M&E system, and facilitate periodic reflection and analysis of program monitoring information that feeds into programming and learning.
·         Participate in on-going M&E training and support for all Mercy Corps programs.
·         Visit sites and partners to collect supplementary data, stories and conduct qualitative research both independently and in teams.
·         Maintain an active advisory role with the program team to help guide them towards robust and relevant data collection.
·         Actively participate in all implementation, providing advice and feedback for quality results at any point.
·         Work with Program Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning Manager, Program Officer and other staff to ensure that activities are implemented on plan and progress towards targets is not compromised.
·         Establish and maintain strong working relationships with partners and government departments.
·         Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to credit Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its mission.
·         Perform any other duties as assigned by his/her supervisor or representatives
Supervisory Responsibility: None
Accountability
Reports Directly To: Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning Manager
Works Directly With: Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning Manager, Program Manager, Program Officer and partner organizations.
Knowledge and Experience
·         Must hold at least a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Agriculture, Demography, Statistics, Business administration or relevant field
·         At least 3 years of program monitoring and evaluation experience
·         Should understand concepts and demonstrate skills in monitoring and evaluation, project cycle, results chain and frameworks, participatory monitoring
·         Should be able to design and implement surveys, have knowledge of commonly used probability and purposive sampling techniques
·         Must have good writing and analytical skills
·         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
·         In addition to Microsoft Excel, the incumbent should demonstrate fluency in the use of at least one data management software including MS Access, SPSS, and STATA.
·         Must be fluent in both spoken and written English.
Success Factors
A successful Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will have the ability and curiosity to work comfortably and effectively on relatively sensitive security related subject.
S/he will be an excellent communicator, have a strong sense of humor, multi-tasker, with the ability to work in difficult and often stressful environments.
For the detailed Position Description and application procedure, please visit the following link: https://bit.ly/2QgQ4Ee

Position: Deputy Chief of Party
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Program / Department Summary: Mercy Corps and its consortium partners seeks to implement a five-year USAID/Food for Peace funded program entitled Program for Resilient Systems (PROGRESS) in Turkana and Samburu Counties of Kenya.
The program aims to sustainably reduce persistent acute malnutrition in the two counties over a five-year period. PROGRESS will dedicate the first two years (Phase 1) to implementing an action research agenda to inform the program design to achieve the program’s goal in the remaining three years (Phase 2).
The consortium’s collaborative co-design process will also lead to the county governments of Turkana and Samburu providing overall leadership and vision for PROGRESS as well as sustaining results beyond the program period.
General Position Summary: The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will be responsible for the implementation of day-to-day activities of the program. The DCOP will support the Chief of Party (COP) in program oversight, technical and operational management aspects of the program and ensure that all appropriate reporting requirements are met. S/he will work directly with partner agencies both national and international and county governments to achieve the objectives of the program.
The DCOP will work closely with different departments and support functions to ensure effective program coordination and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, research and learning, quality assurance, accountability and identify sustainability and exit strategies for program interventions.
S/he will be an experienced master coordinator to drive impact in a broad spectrum of technical focus areas that include nutrition, food security, health, governance, gender, youth, climate change adaptation, resilience, market systems development, financial inclusion, and institutional capacity building, with responsibility for establishing and managing systems to ensure cohesion across all aspects of the program.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Strategy and Technical Leadership
·         Support the Chief of Party (CoP) in providing leadership, vision and strategy to the program’s overall direction and implementation.
·         Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed; promote and model a culture of learning and adaptive management.
·         Ensure that cross-cutting aspects of the program such as gender equality, social inclusion, youth, climate adaptation, and resilience are included and well integrated into the program strategy.
·         Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions and resources to achieve objectives that contribute to the program’s overall purpose of reducing persistent acute malnutrition sustainability.
·         Coordinate different program components including research, implementation, M&E and learning to drive overall effectiveness and coherence of program strategy within and between Phase 1 and 2.
·         Oversee performance of consortium partners and sub-grantees.
Program Management and Implementation
·         Work with the COP to coordinate program startup and ongoing program management of teams across the various technical areas of focus and field locations.
·         Support the COP in the establishment of a program and consortium structure that favors integration across research streams, activities, and partners.
·         Lead the development of detailed implementation plans, flowing from annual strategic work- plans, and ensure the delivery of the same and ensure implementation plan reflect MEL, Research and CLA (collaborate, learn and adapt) activities.
·         Create and follow effective stakeholder management plans, ensuring sound and proactive communications between Mercy Corps Kenya, partner organizations, Mercy Corps headquarters, USAID, private sector, government authorities, and implementing agencies.
·         Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners and consistent with Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan.
·         Work with the COP, Research and Design lead and Strategic Learning lead to refine the Phase 1 research agenda to ensure its relevance to the overall program objective and maximize its utility to inform design decisions for Phase 2 activities
·         Ensure that the design and iteration of interventions during Phase 2, including participant targeting and engagement, is based on the evidence and learnings from research and assessments from Phase 1 by actively supporting ongoing documentation, learning, and knowledge exchange during Phase 1, culminating in a design workshop at the end of Phase 1.
·         Develop consortium partners’ MoUs and contracts and oversee a training program for program partners.
·         Provide overall technical guidance and leadership, mentoring, quality control and coordination to strengthen program outcomes.

·         Lead the socialization of the program with Government stakeholders, USAID, Technical Steering Committee ensuring necessary approvals and collaboration as required.
·         Ensure research and program implementation is on time, target and budget, using effective Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems to reach desired impacts.
·         Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely and informative reporting in line with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.
·         Fulfill Mercy Corps’ Program Management Minimum Standards and MEL Standards based on the organization-wide guide.
·         Ensure all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards.
·         Liaise with Mercy Corps’ support departments (Finance, Operations, HR etc.) for operational support of the program.
Knowledge and Experience
·         Master’s degree or equivalent experience in a relevant field such as social sciences, development studies, nutrition, public health, food security, agriculture, agribusiness, agricultural economics etc.
·         At least seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in the successful implementation of international development activities working on programs of a similar scope and scale, with preference given to Food for Peace or Livelihoods programs. At least three (3) years must be in senior program management, including direct supervision of technical and support staff.
·         Strong budget management experience is a must.
·         Seasoned partnership management experience is required.
·         Demonstrated excellent team management skills are required.
·         A strong passion for innovation, influence and sustainable impact to scale.
·         Demonstrated systems thinker and ability to think outside of the box in the implementation of a unique program with experience in adaptive management and using research as part of program implementation.
·         Prior experience of working on USAID-funded programs preferred.
·         Prior experience in awarding and managing sub-grants to local organizations to promote Nutrition, governance and gender goals.
·         Demonstrated technical understanding of resilience and climate change adaptation, and the practical relevance to the program’s aim of sustainably reducing persistent acute malnutrition.
·         Demonstrated ability to collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders, and to liaise with donors and HQ.
·         Fluency in written and spoken English.
Success Factors
A successful DCOP will be a master coordinator with the ability to manage and bring all program aspects to part in order to drive impact.
S/he will have demonstrated ability to lead and communicate effectively with team members of varied work styles and cultures, follow procedures, and meet deadlines with flexibility and creativity in planning and problem solving.
S/he will have a proven ability to learn quickly, multi-task, prioritize, take initiative, and be accountable for results, understand the larger picture while remaining focused on the details within a complex and sensitive setting.
The most successful Mercy Corps team 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.
For the detailed Position Description and application procedure, please visit the following link: https://bit.ly/371JUOg

Position: Program Officer
(2 Positions)
Location: Mombasa, Kenya
Program / Department Summary: Mercy Corps is implementing a multi-year, 12 million GBP Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) program funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF).
This program will engage local and national government, local civil society organizations and communities to mitigate the drivers, enablers and narratives of violent extremism in East Africa through support to policy initiatives, community engagement, and support to national civil society organizations in order to prevent the recruitment of vulnerable individuals by violent extremist organizations.
The program will work in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Uganda, through strategies adapted to the context and opportunities in each country to advance research, legislation and field implementation of program activities.
General Position Summary: The Program Officer is a key member of the program team and will report to the Program Manager. She/he will support the day-to-day program team in the identification of the needs and opportunities and provide relevant information to facilitate the program team’s ability to develop activity ideas.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Program Management
·         Work with the Program Manager and downstream partners to develop well-written, organized grant applications that are in line with program outcomes and output/
·         Provide updates and analysis of key developments in targeted thematic areas or geographies.
·         Identify needs and opportunities and provide relevant information to facilitate the program team’s ability to develop activity ideas.
·         Work with the grants team and downstream partners to develop organized, complete and thorough budgets that are harmonized with grant applications;
·         Under the direction of the Program Manager, develop and maintain relationships with organizations/ actors in key target sectors (e.g. faith organizations, youth groups, women’s organizations, CBOs/local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), local government officials, etc.).
Monitoring and Evaluation
·         Work with the monitoring and evaluation team and partners in program monitoring, evaluation and learning with:
·         Support with tracking partners’ activities – attending all events in the targeted counties.
·         Support partners on activity-level M&E efforts, ensuring quality, reliability, and consistency in data collection efforts using program M&E templates;
·         Help identify lessons learned from project implementation and facilitate the incorporation of those lessons into the activity development cycle
·         Meet regularly with the program team to evaluate project progress, identify successes, challenges and lessons-learned; and adjust practices as necessary to improve performance;
·         Prepare and submit to the program team reports of specific events, field trips and meetings attended;
·         Support the team in effectively utilizing established monitoring and evaluation formats, and provide feedback for their improvement;
·         Any other duties as assigned by your supervisor.
Supervisory Responsibility: None
Accountability
Reports Directly To: Program Manager and Head of Office
Works Directly With: Team Leader, Deputy Team Lead, Grants manager, Finance and Operations departments
Knowledge and Experience
·         Bachelor’s degree in conflict/peace studies preferred, or appropriate social science discipline, community development, or a related field.
·         Minimum of 3 years professional experience in implementing peace, Prevention of Violent Extremism and Conflict related projects.
·         Highly developed analytical skills, including the ability to co design targeted activities to positively affect desired PVE outcomes with at-risk individuals and communities.
·         Ability to interact effectively with the diverse project stakeholders especially with the security sector and electoral bodies.
·         Experience working in PVE programming, conflict or post conflict settings and conflict sensitive programming.
·         Experience working with stakeholders including the private sector, government, youth and women groups.
·         Experience in project monitoring and evaluation.
·         Strong analytical and report writing skills
·         Previous working experience in Mombasa and the Coast region is strongly preferred but not a must.
·         Good knowledge and skills with the of MS Office applications such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access;
Success Factors
The Program Officer will have the ability to work effectively communicate with Mercy Corps target populations and partners.
S/he will have demonstrated cultural sensitivity and appropriate flexibility to work cooperatively with team members and partner organizations.
For the detailed Position Description and application procedure, please visit the following link: https://bit.ly/36YjdKl

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