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Location: Dhangadhi, with frequent field visits
Position Status: Full-time, Regular
Salary Level: O2
About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In a disaster, inhardship, 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. Mercy Corps has been operating in Nepal since 2005, implementing programs in food security, agriculture, market development, financial services, youth engagement, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. We take a systems- based approach in our programming, with the aim of improving the lives and potential of vulnerable individuals and communities across Nepal.
Program / Department Summary
The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance (ZFRA) is a global consortium of nine organizations including international NGOs, private sector and academic organizations, who have come together with the support of the Zurich Foundation to drive better policy and practice to reduce the negative impact of floods on peoples’ and communities’ ability to thrive.
Mercy Corps is leading the ‘influencing and advocacy’ work within the ZFRA, as well as making substantial contributions to work streams on knowledge management, research, and piloting innovative field programming with communities, business and government. In Nepal, the Alliance is composed of Mercy Corps, International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), and Practical Action. The ‘influence and advocacy work’ within ZFRA will be complemented by community programming and interventions, which aims to increase knowledge and understanding about systematic approach of resilience building at community level using tools such as the Flood Resilience Measurement for Communities framework. ZFRA in Nepal, including Mercy Corps, will share program outcomes and learnings with local governments to support planning and investment to enhance communities’resilience to climate-related hazards, including floods. Mercy Corps is seeking a dynamic and inquisitive individual to be a part of Mercy Corps’ Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance team in Nepal. The Senior Project Officer-Flood Resilience will be part of a dynamic team, and play a leading role in advancing our work at local and provincial level.
General Position Summary
The Senior Project Officer - Flood Resilience will be responsible for conducting flood resilience assessments, and designing and implementing community interventions to address gaps identified. Specifically, they will lead local project partners in assessing community flood resilience through the Flood Resilience Measurement for Communities tool, and sharing results with community members and local governments to inform community action plans and municipal plans that strengthen flood resilience activities. They will also ensure quality design and delivery of the capacity building initiatives to community and local governments, such as the mobilization of CDMCs and strengthening coordination mechanisms. They will work closely with relevant stakeholders (partners, communities, district and provincial disaster risk management institutions, private sector service providers, relevant ministries, NGOs and UN agencies) at the local and provincial levels. Finally, they will communicate program progress and outcomes with the broad ZFRA team to inform both national and international policy dialogues related to disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation.
Program Management and Implementation
Monitoring, Reporting and Documentation
Coordination and collaboration
Accountability to Beneficiaries
Reports Directly to: Policy and Advocacy Specialist and MRED Deputy Program Manager
Works Directly with: MRED Program and Zurich Alliance 2 partners in Nepal
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 senior project officer will combine exceptional collaborative and technical skills with a focus on disaster risk management approach and tools specifically experienced on flood resilience and disaster governance at local bodies, they will be capable of multitasking, 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. They 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. Prioritizing, problem solving and the capacity to balance attention to detail and maintaining strategic vision are essential.
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 e-learning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.
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