Emergency Response Program Coordinator
(Vacancy Announcement No. MC-VA-340918)
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Tuesday 18 September 2018 (Before 5:00pm)
* Qualified applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis so please send applications as soon as possible.
Duty Station : Hpa An, Myanmar
Position Status : Full-time (6 months with possibility of extension)
Number of Opening(s) : 1
PROGRAM/ DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:
Mercy Corps began working in Myanmar in 2008 to help communities recover from the devastating damage of Cyclone Nargis. After the emergency phase of our work was complete, we shifted our focus to longer-term development -- first in the Delta, then in other regions. Our overarching goal is to enable communities to determine their future through responsive governance, inclusive and equitable access to economic opportunity, climate change resilience, and equal rights leading to peace and prosperity. We approach our work through a resilience lens, to ensure households and communities are able to manage a myriad of shocks and stresses that threaten these outcomes.
In response to the 2018 floods in the Southeast, Mercy Corps has received support from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ (UNOCHA) Myanmar Humanitarian Fund to implement a 6 months project that will strengthen access to basic needs and improve the livelihood opportunities of 10,000 flood-affected households in Kayin and Mon States through an integrated response that will combine unconditional cash transfers, creation of short-term employment for the rehabilitation of community infrastructures damaged or destroyed by the floods, and provision of agricultural inputs to male and female farmers.
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
The Emergency Response Program Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and implementing the delivery of the six months flood response program. Position includes overall management of daily program activities and relationship with partners, coordination with authorities, management of program staff. The Program Coordinator will also ensure appropriate systems and support mechanisms are in place to track, analyze and report on results as well as engagement with senior management on the strategic direction of the overall flood response.
Essential Job Responsibilities Strategy & Vision
● Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.
● Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to countrywide
● Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.
● Oversee program startup, definition of cash and input distribution modalities, and ongoing program management and
administration of teams across various field locations.
● 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.
● Ensure that beneficiaries are effectively targeted according to established vulnerability criteria.
● Ensure coordination with Government and ethnic authorities, partners, UN agencies, Disaster Risk Reduction working
groups and other relevant coordination bodies.
● Develop partners’ MoUs and contracts with local governments and authorities
● Develop program implementation strategies, including partnership frameworks, beneficiary targeting and distribution
process as well as psychosocial and capacity building of partners.
● Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate.
● Ensure program implementation is on time, target and budget, using effective 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 based on the organization-wide guide.
● Ensure all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability
● Lead the program team in implementation of the response.
● Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
● Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
● Hire, orient and supervise new team members and implementing partners as necessary.
● Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
● Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem solving options and ensure the
integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.
Finance & Compliance Management
● Ensure compliance with UNOCHA and Mercy Corps regulations related to emergency programming.
● Build and/or maintain operational systems that ensure proper administrative support for programs.
● Draft and/or review scope of work to hire and manage any technical consultants, including review for technical efficacy
and contract budget.
Influence & Representation
● Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other
● Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
● Represent Mercy Corps programs with national and international media and participate in community activities as
● Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
● Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
● As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations
are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of
their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to Beneficiaries
● 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.
● 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.
Supervisory Responsibility: M&E Officer
Reports Directly To: Director of Programs
Works Directly With: Country Director, Learning and Program Quality Manager, Conflict Sensitivity Advisor, M&E Manager,
Finance and Compliance Manager, Operations Director, Regional Program Team, Technical Support Unit, and additional
headquarters-based support departments as needed.
Knowledge and Experience
● BA/S or equivalent in relevant field required;
● 3-5 years of international relief and development program management experience, preferably in emergency program
management, including cash transfer and in kind distribution.
● Previous experience in operating and managing teams in complex environments required.
● Knowledge of food security outcomes is a plus.
● Demonstrated ability to manage and communicate effectively.
● Demonstrated flexibility and creativity in planning and problem solving.
● Proven ability to learn quickly; lead a program to achieve stated results and objectives.
● Ability to effectively represent Mercy Corps and its interests to key stakeholders.
● Demonstrated success working effectively and respectfully with host country government, private sector, INGO, NGO
partners and other stakeholders in complex environments.
● Experience working with local authorities, national and international NGOs.
● Effective verbal and written English skills required, along with multi-tasking, organizational and prioritization skills.
● Internationally recognized qualification in project or program management or a commitment to obtain the qualification
in the early months of work.
● Knowledge of SPHERE and other humanitarian programming standards.
● Successful and proven negotiation, communication and organization skills.
The successful Program Coordinator 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. He / she will demonstrate commitment to support flood victims. S/he will be capable of multi-tasking, rapid decision-making, have initiative, drive and a lot of energy, as well as high emotional intelligence, constructive mentoring skills and proven experience with capacity building.
The Program Coordinator 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.
How to Apply
Interested Applicants should submit their application letter and current CV with complete contact details and three referees and copy of
any testimonies, in a sealed envelope indicating apply position vacancy announcement number to:
Human Resources Department
Mercy Corps Myanmar
No. (97), 5th and 6th floor of Rangoun Business Center
West Shwe Gon Daing Road,
Bahan Township,Yangon, Myanmar.
Phone – 01 8603041
OR email to: mm‐email@example.com
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