Mercy Corps is an international, non-governmental humanitarian relief and development agency that exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people to build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps was established in 1979, and has headquarters in the USA and UK. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has worked in over 100 countries. Mercy Corps currently works in 41 countries…
Mercy Corps is an international, non-governmental humanitarian relief and development agency that exists to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities. Mercy Corps works in more than 40 countries and has been present in Nepal since 2005. In Nepal, Mercy Corps works to build the absorptive, adaptive, and transformative potential of vulnerable individuals and communities across the country.
Mercy Corps is powered by the belief that a better world is possible. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be stronger and have long term impact.
Purpose / Project Description:
Mercy Corps Nepal has a strong history of emergency response including the 2008 Kailali flood, 2015 earthquake, flooding in August and October of 2021 and COVID-19 actions. Mercy Corps Nepals’ humanitarian response activities focus on rapid needs and market assessments, cash and voucher programming, WASH and NFI distributions in the first few days.
Mercy Corps Nepal’s Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP) 2022 identified these key areas for improvement:
The Humanitarian Specialist Consultant will receive access to all of the documents, evaluations and recommendations made through the EPP process including:
NEPAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
HR EMERGENCY PROCESS
The Humanitarian Specialist Consultant will:
Timeframe / Schedule:
The Humanitarian Specialist will work for a period of 3 months from the date of signing the contract, with an expected start date in April.
Reports Directly To: Emergency Response Senior Manager
Works Directly With: Director of Program, Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team, Community Accountability and Reporting Mechanism (CARM) focal points and Emergency Roster members, Human Resource, HLR team.
The position will demonstrate a winning track record in development of emergency response strategy and tools, and bring flexibility, creativity, and enthusiasm to every project they undertake. The individual must have the ability to multi-task, set priorities, pay attention to detail, and work under tight deadlines within complex team environments. They will demonstrate strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, and a level of emotional intelligence proficiency that quickly builds and maintains productive relationships across teams. Being aware and sensitive to international development issues and diverse cultures is critical.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The consultancy is based in Kathmandu and is unaccompanied. Due to changing visa regulations, a portion of this assignment may be accomplished remotely. Kathmandu is a culturally dynamic capital city that can provide a comfortable, safe living environment with access to amenities, although a sense of patience with routine (and extended) power cuts, water shortages, air/ noise pollution, and traffic is required. Some travel to field locations may be required, some of which are easily accessible but many others of which are quite remote and require extended travel (by flight, vehicle, hiking, and occasionally motorcycle) in locations that may be distant from amenities or health care.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.
We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
Safeguarding & Ethics
Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.