Mercy Corps is a leading global humanitarian agency saving and improving lives in the world’s toughest places. With a network of experienced professionals in more than 40 countries, we partner with local communities to put bold ideas into action to help people recover, overcome hardship and build better lives – now, and for the future. Mercy Corps has worked in Myanmar since 2008 and is focused on food security; market development; energy access; conflict resolution; and local governance.
Mercy Corps in Myanmar invites interested Myanmar nationals for the following position.
PROGRAM MANAGER – LIVELIHOODS AND DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT
(Advancing Community Empowerment – ACE Project)
(Vacancy Announcement No. MC-VA-200419)
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Tuesday, 14 May 2019 (Before 5:00pm)
*Only short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.
Duty Station : Hpa-an, Kayin State with frequent travel to Yangon and Southeastern Myanmar
Number of Opening(s) : 1
Mercy Corps is a global humanitarian organization empowering people to recover from crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. Operating in Myanmar since 2008, Mercy Corps works to build responsive governance, inclusive economic development, and equal rights that support peace and prosperity. Mercy Corps currently works in ten states in Myanmar, connecting market development, financial inclusion, disaster risk management and climate change resilience, and governance through a facilitative partnership approach.
Mercy Corps is a partner on a recently awarded Advancing Community Empowerment (ACE) project. It will lead activities on peacebuilding and reconciliation interventions, market-driven livelihoods and private sector engagement, and DRM.
Advancing Community Empowerment (ACE) project
The Advancing Community Empowerment (ACE) project, supported by the US Agency for International Development/Burma, aims to support communities in their empowerment processes by reducing vulnerabilities, promoting community participation in decision making, and strengthening mechanisms for more responsive and accountable local governance. ACE is a five-year, $48 million project funded by USAID and implemented by Pact in partnership with Community Partners International, Mercy Corps, and Save the Children. The project will also partner with a range of local and regional organizations to address a variety of community needs and development priorities in the region.
ACE will work to foster integrated, inclusive, and sustainable service provision to underserved communities in areas of Southeastern Myanmar. Beginning with community-identified needs and solutions, the project takes a systems approach that constructively engages the demand and supply sides of service delivery, focusing on health, education, livelihoods, water/sanitation/hygiene (WASH), and disaster risk management.
Project partners will provide technical support for skills-building and institutional strengthening to nurture relationships and explore cooperation within and between communities, service providers, and decision makers. ACE promotes a locally driven shift, where possible, from humanitarian assistance toward a strategic approach that can channel community voices and priorities towards improved, integrated service delivery and contribute to conditions for inclusive peace and development.
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
The Program Manager - Livelihoods and Disaster Risk Management is responsible for market-driven livelihood interventions and disaster risk management (DRM) activities for the project. He/she will report to the Senior Program Manager (i.e., Mercy Corps lead for the ACE project) and manage a team of approximately eight people located in Southeastern Myanmar.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
· Manage a geographically dispersed team of eight people for high performance in order to achieve project objectives
· Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
· Build and maintain positive external relationships through regular communication with relevant civil society, service providers, administrative departments, and partners
· Lead partnership development activities with relevant public and private sector partners including providing direct capacity building support
· Analyse and understand the technical constraints faced by agribusinesses, public partners, and smallholder farmers
· Analyse and understand key disaster-related risks faced by vulnerable communities
· Design innovative, market-driven interventions that create value for the private sector and unlock market opportunities for smallholder farmers
· Partner with local civil society organizations to create community-based DRM structures and plans
· Link livelihood interventions and DRM activities to the overall ACE project
· Train and mentor the project team in market development methodologies
· Trial new approaches and then adapt using data and feedback
· Participate in relevant agriculture, DRM, market development, and rural development fora
Monitoring and Evaluation
· Create a dynamic program environment that promotes inquiry, risk taking and adaptation
· With MEL Team, establish procedures and guidelines to monitor and evaluate the progress and impact of DRM and livelihoods-related interventions, including setting and measuring benchmarks along results chains;
· Take primary responsibility for ensuring any intervention data, from partners and at farm-level, is captured and communicated
· Provide continuous analysis of DRM and agriculture trends at the macro and meso levels and ensure linkages are made with activities at the micro (township/village) level.
· Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps
· Represent and uphold principles of inclusion, conflict sensitivity, learning and adaptation, flexibility, and gender equality in all work functions
· Monitor safety and security developments in project locations and ensure project activities comply with security and sensitivity procedures
· Other duties as assigned.
Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards 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.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: Team of approximately eight people
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Senior Program Manager
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Intervention Managers, Project Officers, Senior Program Officer – DRM, Senior MEL Officer and other Mercy Corps program and operations staff.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
· Fluency in Myanmar and English; knowledge of at least one local language to Southeastern Myanmar considered a major asset
· University degree in development, economics, agriculture or equivalent certifications or work experience
· At least five years of related professional experience including working with private sector and smallholder farmers and landless
· Experience working in complex, politically-sensitive, and culturally-sensitive contexts
· Ability to adapt quickly, cooperatively, and constructively to changes, and to find positive, creative solutions
· Solid understanding of and experience engaging with civil society, service providers, governmental and/or non-governmental actors in networking, development, peacebuilding, and/or capacity development, preferably in the state/region and communities served by this position
· Knowledge of development, peace, and conflict issues in Southeastern Myanmar, as well as other key policy issues relevant to the project
· Ability to work in multicultural teams that respect ethnic, religious and national diversity
· Proven skills in networking, team-building, community consultations and organizational development;
· Excellent reporting, communication and representation skills;
· Willing and able to travel (at least 50% of time) to field locations in Southeastern Myanmar
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