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Location: Surkhet, Nepal
Position Status: Full-time, Regular
Salary Level: M1
Mercy Corps has launched a new program to enhance food and nutrition security, reduce future humanitarian caseload and improve the resilience of communities to recurrent shocks in the Karnali Province in Nepal. The program will be a Multi-Year Emergency Food Security Activity funded by USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Affairs, and implemented in 6 districts (Mugu, Jumla, Kalikot, Surkhet, Achham, and Dailekh, with cluster hubs in Surkhet and Jumla) in the Karnali
River Basin area. The new program, called “Building Hope Along the Karnali River Basin (Bhakari)”, builds upon many of the successes of the Nepal team’s previous Food for Peace program which ended in January 2020, the PAHAL program, but with some new districts and a much heavier emphasis on emergency response through cash transfer programming. Parallel to the emergency cash programming are emergency-prevention components of agriculture and market systems, disaster risk reduction, water for productive use, natural resources management, and a large emphasis on a gender and social inclusion approach, all with a highly integrated multi-sectoral approach.
General Position Summary
The ER Cash Advisor, under the leadership of the Deputy Chief of Party, will oversee the cash for work (CFW)/ unconditional cash transfer (UCT) activities in coordination with program, finance and operations staff. They will be responsible for ensuring that CFW and UCT guidelines (standard operating procedures) are followed for all cash activities for the program and maintaining relationships with financial service providers to facilitate the cash transfers to beneficiaries. The ER Cash Advisor will work with all consortium and local partners to implement quality cash programme design, tools, and the associated M&E framework. Other key tasks include leading market assessments and price monitoring and supporting needs assessments. The ER Cash Advisor will take a lead role in representation at various high level cash coordination forums within Nepal and Mercy Corps’ global working groups. The responsibilities of the position will also include technical capacity building, mentoring and guidance for consortium partners, local partners & in-country programs, and support to promote cash coordination and harmonization efforts across Mercy Corps programs and locations.
The ER CV Advisor will be expected to work closely with Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) and Community Accountability and Reporting Mechanism (CARM) focal points. Moreover, as gender equality and social inclusion (GESI),child safeguarding, governance and environmental sensitivity are cross-cutting and core components of the all MC programs, the ER Cash Advisor is required to own these components and ensure these components are integrated into their work area. They should support the GESI and child safeguarding assessments in coordination with MEAL Manager and Safeguarding Focal point.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Strategy & Vision
Team Management and Capacity Building
Influence & Representation
Finance and Compliance Management
Accountability to Beneficiaries
Supervisory Responsibility: N/A
Reports Directly to: Deputy Chief of Party
Works Directly with: Bhakari consortium team, including implementation partners, Cash Coordination Group Specialist, Mercy Corps Nepal’s operations, HR, finance and other project teams; Mercy Corps’ HQ teams including technical advisors in cash and digital cash, gender, protection and emergency response, plus the US-based finance and project support teams. In particular, close coordination with Mercy Corps’ regional and HQ-level Cash teams.
Knowledge and Experience
A successful Emergency Response Cash Advisor will have the ability to live and work closely with a diverse team of individuals in a highly intense and fluid work and security environment with a capacity to spark innovative approaches to programming and inspire groups to collaborate closely to implement high-quality programs. They will have proven ability to learn quickly, take initiative, and be accountable for results, with an ability and willingness to remain mobile for short-term and/or long-term as necessary within the region, based on programmatic needs. An ability to work independently and as part of a team, with curiosity about and sensitivity to new cultures, a desire and ability to learn and grow, both personally and professionally, and a great sense of humor.
The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations. Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact. We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
Safeguarding & Ethics
Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.
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