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Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Position Status: Full-time Regular Staff
Salary Grade: M3
Program and Team Summary
Mercy Corps is expected to begin 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, on or around October 1, 2020. The program will be a Multi-Year Emergency Food Security Activity funded by USAIDs Bureau for Humanitarian Affairs1, with a goal to enhance food and nutrition security, reduce future humanitarian caseload, and improve the resilience of communities to recurrent shocks 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 Bhakari, is somewhat built 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. It includes program 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. For emergency work, the program includes a potential for shock and stress triggered unconditional cash transfers, conditional cash such as cash for work, and agriculture input vouchers. In May 2020, Mercy Corps was awarded the “Assumed Solicitation Awardee” position, and entered into a non-competitive cocreation phase. The final detailed proposal and budget was submitted July 30th, 2020 and barring anything unexpected, the program should be on track to start October 1st, 2020. Since early 2020, the Mercy Corps Nepal team has begun Start-up planning, and in full earnest beginning in June 2020, so by the start of the program, the program’s leadership team should be ready to hit the ground running quickly. The program is a 3-year, $15 million program across 6 districts in the hills and mountains of the Karnali River Basin of Nepal.
The Emergency Response Senior Manager (ERSM) provides overall leadership to the Bhakari program’s emergency response design and implementation. S/he supports and manages a team of field professionals to ensure that Mercy Corps is implementing high quality, impactful programming with the necessary management and support structures to sustain response programs. The role also includes ensuring appropriate systems and support mechanisms are in place to track, analyze and report on results as well as engaging with senior management on the strategic direction of the overall response.
Specifically, this role will provide overall leadership to the emergency response strategy, and implementation of the emergency component of the multi-sectoral, integrated USAID program called Bhakari. The ERSM will work closely with the Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, field technical managers, district and cluster office coordinators, as well as local implementing partners, to create, roll-out and help manage an emergency response program which focuses on unconditional and cash transfers for the ultimate purpose of food security. The ERSM will design a clear strategy for emergency response targeting, triggers, guidance about the selection of emergency response modalities (unconditional cash, conditional cash- cash for work, or agriculture input vouchers- or possibly value-based vouchers), distribution SoPs, and monitoring, as well as capacity development and handover of certain aspects of the strategy to local government.
The first three months of this role will be full time on the Bhakari program, to ensure a well-planned and organized start up. For long-term, this role will be 85% funded to the USAID Bhakari program, and 15% in support of the overall Mercy Corps Nepal country office, allowing for overall representation to the humanitarian clusters, coordination with other donors, and leadership for targeted emergency response preparedness planning as well as leading specific emergency response work on behalf of other programs as needed.
Strategy and Planning
Program Management and Implementation
Finance and Compliance Management
Influence and Representation
Directly manages the Emergency Response Cash and Voucher Advisor, based in Surkhet.
Reports Directly to: Chief of Party; dotted line to Country Director
Works Directly with: DCOP, Senior Technical Advisors, international, national and local partners; country-wide emergency response working group and roster; regional and global emergency response colleagues.
Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Minimum Qualification & Transferable Skills
The successful Emergency Response Senior Manager will skillfully represent programmatic priorities of the agency to donors and regional partners while providing effective leadership to the Mercy Corps program team in the transitional response environment. S/he will be capable of multi-tasking, rapid decision-making, initiative, drive and a lot of energy, as well as high emotional intelligence, constructive mentoring skills and proven experience with capacity building. S/he will be committed to long-term program sustainability and the delivery of high-impact activities at the community level. Successful Mercy Corps team members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and challenging environments, and make effective written and verbal communication a priority. In particular, s/he will be flexible and adaptable with a donor that is piloting a new multi-year emergency mechanism in the context of the new creation of the Bureau for Humanitarian affairs. S/he will also be highly committed and willing to go out of his or her way to ensure dedicated, intentional integration of gender and social inclusion, one of the key tenants that this Bhakari program is built upon.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The position is based in Kathmandu, Nepal and it requires up to 40% travel to field locations, which may include travel to remote areas where amenities are limited.
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.
Shortlisting will be done on the basis of your answers while applying, please answer the questions carefully. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Telephone enquiries will not be entertained.
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