Primary Location: Bulawayo
Position Status: Full time
We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the following position within Mercy Corps.
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Mercy Corps has been present in Zimbabwe since 2002 focusing its interventions on a multi sectoral market systems development portfolio mobilizing communities to promote small-scale agriculture and revive local economies. Its current operations focus on helping smallholder farmers increase their incomes and harvests through the power of technology and increasing urban household access to quality, reliable water, sanitation and hygiene services. Market driven approaches are at the heart of Mercy Corps’ programming globally. Mercy Corps facilitates the development of systems that increase incomes and improve access to goods and services, while reducing the risks and effects of shocks and stresses.
General position description
The Mercy Corps is a consortium member implementing the USAID-FFP funded Resilient Food Security Activity (RFSA), Amalima Loko, in the Matabeleland North province of western Zimbabwe. Mercy Corps provides overall technical oversight and leadership on resilience as a guiding principle and approach to reach the program’s overall goal: improve food security through increased food access and sustainable watershed management.
- The Resilience Lead will be a senior position responsible for setting the technical vision for resilience in the program, working closely with consortium partners to translate the program’s resilience logic into work plans and directly managing staff to ensure quality implementation of key activities.
- The Resilience Lead coordinates Mercy Corps’ resilience measurement and learning (RMEL) contributions to the program’s overall MEL system and brings technical leadership to guide the program’s use of R-MEL data for refining program interventions.
- She/he will also be a senior level representative for the Amalima Loko program with stakeholders.
Strategy and program management:
- Provides overall direction and technical input for resilience integration across the program’s three main outcomes and cross-cutting themes;
- Leads Mercy Corps’ start-up processes during the program Refinement Phase, including designing and managing key research, assessment, analysis and design activities;
- Collaborate with program leadership, technical staff and partners from the Amalima Loko consortium, and Mercy Corps’ regional and HQ technical support team to ensure buy-in and coordination of key resilience inputs into start up and throughout implementation;
- Directly manage key resilience program components and ensure successful implementation and reporting;
- Manage field staff and consultants as needed to accomplish objectives of specific components;
- Conduct regular field visits to assess strengths and weaknesses of resilience application in programming and develop detailed reports to adapt program approaches;
- Oversee timely reporting for Mercy Corps Amalima Loko team
Monitoring, measurement and learning:
- Design and implement assessments and conduct or facilitate analyses to inform program understanding of resilience dynamics in target communities and among target populations;
- Facilitate the development of a resilience monitoring and learning agenda, tied to program outcomes, working in close coordination with Mercy Corps’ R-MEL focal point and the program’s CLA Lead and M&E Manager;
- Mentor program M&E and implementing teams to implement a resilience monitoring system, to track resilience program outcomes and document lessons-learned;
- Work with the program’s CLA Lead to develop and facilitate resilience-informed adaptive management processes, to reflect on resilience monitoring results, take stock of successes and failures, and make program adjustments as necessary;
- Work with teams to set and oversee the delivery of research and learning priorities in resilience, in consultation with consortium’s senior management team and donor priorities;
- Identify opportunities for ensuring the program can demonstrate evidence and deliver compelling messages on what works best for resilience in western Zimbabwe;
- Coordinate the development of high quality learning products, program briefs and thought pieces articulating and sharing evidence of success for building resilience.
Team and partner capacity building & technical support:
- Work closely with technical managers to set team capacity-building priorities to ensure integration of resilience approaches into program design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and learning;
- Facilitate processes with team members that allow for integration of resilience approaches to improve sector-based and cross-sectoral programming, and get to impact;
- Adapt and develop context and program-specific guidance, tools and trainings to advance the integration of resilience-thinking and action into program systems;
- Identify capacity-building needs and opportunities in resilience for program partners, to support an integrated resilience approach across programs
- Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
Knowledge management and communications:
- Facilitate documentation and dissemination of program learning related to resilience;
- Package resilience content and information for key internal and external audiences;
- Facilitate capture and packaging of resilience stories;
- Secure additional support and resources in communications and knowledge management for resilience, as required.
Representation, partnerships and outreach:
- Facilitate liaising and maintaining strong relationships with donors and partners, jointly identifying resilience priorities and opportunities for influence and demonstrating impact;
- Represent Mercy Corps Zimbabwe in strategic internal and external high-profile resilience events and conferences, including with donors, higher-level government stakeholders and multilateral institutions;
- Identify strategic partners for resilience building in collaboration and facilitate outreach and coordination efforts
Code of Conduct:
- Ensure all field and office based activities are conducted in full respect to the humanitarian principles and in an organized and dignified way;
- 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.;
- Accountability to Program Partners;
- Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Reports Directly to: A Senior Manager at Mercy Corps Zimbabwe with a dotted line to the Deputy Chief of Party;
Works Directly with: Mercy Corps Zimbabwe team members, Mercy Corps HQ and Regional Resilience team members.
Knowledge and Experience
- The position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding environment;
- BA/BS or equivalent in development studies, agriculture, economics, environmental management, governance or other relevant field.;
- MA/S or equivalent in development studies, agriculture, economics, environmental management, governance or other relevant field is desirable;
- At least 5 years of experience working in resilience building programming involving livelihoods, food security, market systems or environmental approaches required.
- Previous experience working in Matabeleland is desirable;
- Demonstrated ability to design and facilitate processes to use research and M&E to improve program learning and adaptive management.;
- Experience with design and implementation of participatory assessment processes, quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques, and monitoring and evaluation;
- Strong representation, networking and facilitation skills with experience in conducting participatory training and workshops.;
- Essential computer literacy and capacity to work with MS Office applications;
- Written and verbal proficiency in English and verbal proficiency in Ndebele is highly desirable.
Please send one document that includes your covering letter describing your interest, qualifications, contactable references and your CV to Mercy Corps Human Resources at email@example.com
Applications should be clearly marked with the position applied for in the email subject line.
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity organization and encourages both female and male candidates to apply.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
Shortlisting will proceed as applications are received.
Deadline: 20 November 2020