PROGRAM OFFICER (PEACE AND GOVERNNCE)
(Advancing Community Empowerment – ACE Project)
(Vacancy Announcement No. MC-VA-370819)
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 (Before 5:00pm)
*Only short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.
Duty Station : Hpa-an, Kayin State with frequent travel
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 Officer will implement Mercy Corps’ ACE program peace and governance activities and CGG governance activities in project in collaboration with partners and local government, ethnic, and civil society stakeholders. Key activities will include organizing and facilitating meetings, trainings, and workshops; coordinating with consortium partner staff; networking and relationship-building with local stakeholders; and reporting on program implementation and learning.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
· Prepare activity plans and activity budgets in collaboration with Program Coordinator and other team members.
· Establish and maintain good working relationships with program stakeholders including ethnic leaders, community leaders, relevant government bodies, CSOs, and communities.
· Facilitate training workshops and meetings for participating civil society, ethnic, and government leaders on negotiation, communication, and good governance.
· Conduct key informant interviews and focus group discussions as part of monitoring and evaluation activities; track resolution of disputes by program participants; participate in analysis of data and identification of lessons learned.
· Document all program activities, achievements, and challenges in weekly, monthly reports and quarterly.
· Provide logistic, organizational, and translation support for trainings, monitoring and evaluation, community mobilization, and other project events.
· Coordinate with technical specialist, Program Coordinator and Program Officers to conduct township, district, and state-level activities.
· 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.
· 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
· 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: Nil
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Program Coordinator
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Senior Program Manager, Program Manager (Peace &Governance), Program Coordinator, Program Officers, Technical Specialist Team, Senior M& E Officer and M&E Officer
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
· Knowledge of good governance, civil society capacity building, community mobilization, and peacebuilding is an advantage.
· Previous experience working with LNGOs/INGOs and/or the government.
· Excellent facilitation skills and experience training and mentoring government and civil society leaders.
· Strong communication, coordination, and networking skills; experience developing and managing relationships with diverse stakeholders.
· Demonstrated attention to detail, computer skills, organizational skills, and ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines, and work both independently and cooperatively with team members.
· Fluency in local language and/or English is required.
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