SENIOR GOVERNANCE SPECIALIST
(Advancing Community Empowerment – ACE Project)
(Vacancy Announcement No. MC-VA-400819)
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
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 Senior Governance Specialist is a key leader on the ACE Peace and Governance team and will work closely with the Program Manager, Governance Specialist, and other program staff to implement and monitor Mercy Corps’ governance activities under the ACE program. This includes training activities designed to strengthen local governance structures in Southeastern Myanmar in order to improve dialogue, support inclusive decision-making, and build trust between authorities, communities, and civil society concerning local peacebuilding and development initiatives.
Key responsibilities include networking and relationship management; developing strong relationships with government, ethnic, and civil society representatives and leaders; identifying and assessing governance and conflict management structures; gather input from program participants about training needs related to good governance and dispute resolution; planning, organizing, and facilitating training events and workshops, including developing training curricula, managing resource people, and delivering training modules; and drafting training and assessment reports. As necessary, the technical specialist will also provide support to other Mercy Corps programs in the conflict management portfolio in line with his or her expertise and skill set.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Training and Mentoring
· Adapt curricula to strengthen the capacity of government and ethnic leaders in community engagement skills, including facilitation, consultation, negotiation, and participatory planning and budgeting.
· Identify participant training needs and engage relevant resource persons.
· Plan, organize and conduct training workshops designed to build capacity of government and ethnic leaders to govern effectively and inclusively
· Develop strategy for provision of follow-up assistance to leaders, including working with leaders to plan and conduct regular awareness-raising and consultative meetings with civil society representatives and communities on issues related to the peace process and development planning.
· Convene and facilitate meetings between governance structures at different levels and across geographies, as well as between parallel government and ethnic non-state structures in order to promote communication and collaboration within government as well as between government and ethnic non-state authorities.
· As necessary, provide technical assistance – including targeted training, mentoring, and strategic planning support – to increase the capacity of targeted governance structures to share information and promote participatory decision-making processes involving a wide range of stakeholders
· Build the capacity of Mercy Corps staff to implement training and mentoring activities.
· Update governance program’s workplan in coordination with the Program Manager and program team.
· Draft activity, training, and assessment reports.
Relationship Management, Coordination and Networking
· Liaise with local, state, and national government officials, ethnic leaders, local NGOs and civil society organizations, and other relevant stakeholders to ensure support for and acceptance of Mercy Corps’ programs, coordination with actors working on related issues, and cross-learning.
· Build networks and coordinate joint activities between stakeholders.
· Represent Mercy Corps at relevant meetings and forums
Information management, assessment, & analysis
· Analyze and manage information related to program implementation.
· In collaboration with the M&E team, monitor and evaluate activities.
· Improve and revise training and program evaluation as necessary- in close coordination with M&E team
· Draft assessment reports.
· Provide recommendations for strengthening program activities based on learning.
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: None
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Program Manager (Peace & Governance)
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Project Officers, Technical Specialists (Mediation & Negotiation), program staff from relevant Mercy Corps programs, DM&E Coordinator, Operations and Finance staff (procurement, logistics, finance, administration), Local and International Partners.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
· 10 + years work experience, at least 5 of which in governance-related work.
· Previous experience working with NGOs/INGOs.
· Technical expertise in civil society capacity building, governance, and/or peacebuilding.
· Ability to conceptualize, plan, and implement program activities creatively, as well as the ability to analyze data and utilize lessons learned for the continuous improvement of program implementation.
· Strong interpersonal skills.
· Demonstrated attention to detail, computer skills, organizational skills, and ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines, and work both independently and cooperatively with team members is required.
· Candidate must be willing to travel and work in difficult conditions.
· Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
· Knowledge of one or more languages spoken in Mon and Kayin State (beyond Burmese), a plus.
· Ability to provide relevant, timely, and focused support to local partner NGOs and field teams.
· Well-networked, with an ability to foster solid working relationships with government counterparts, civil society actors, teammates, local partners, and others.
· Display an entrepreneurial spirit that is both creative and flexible. S/he will combine strong communication skills, critical thinking, creativity, initiative, participatory leadership, and tactful decisiveness to assist in the development and implementation of the program strategy.
· Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem-solving, and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential.
· Strong personal values of tolerance, equality, and inclusivity. S/he must have the confidence, and humility, to work effectively with a diverse range of people from different cultural, economic, and organizational backgrounds.
· S/he must be sensitive to political and cultural nuance and able to consistently apply excellent judgment to a variety of demanding and fast-changing situations.
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