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Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps is implementing the BHAKARI program to enhance food and nutrition security, reduce future humanitarian caseload and improve the resilience of communities to recurrent shocks in the Karnali River Basin in Nepal. The program is a three-year, $15M Multi-Year Emergency Food Security Activity funded by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance and was launched in October 2020. It is being implemented in six districts (Mugu, Jumla, Kalikot, Surkhet, Achham, and Dailekh, with cluster hubs in Surkhet and Jumla) in the Karnali River Basin area. “Building Hope Along the Karnali River Basin (BHAKARI)”, builds upon many of the successes of the Nepal team’s previous Food for Peace program which ended in January 2020, the PAHAL program, but with some new districts and a much heavier emphasis on emergency response. It includes program components of agriculture and market systems, disaster risk reduction, water for productive use, natural resources management, and a large emphasis on a gender and social inclusion approach, all with a highly integrated multi-sectoral approach.
General Position Summary
The Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director is responsible for updating and implementing BHAKARI’s MEL system and plan, including a database to store and aggregate collected data. The general duties and responsibilities of the MEL Director are to provide oversight of project-level monitoring, evaluation and learning activities within the BHAKARI program, ensuring the quality of the project’s M&E activities, information management via the programs reporting system and Mercy Corps’ proprietary Tola systems, and geographic information systems (GIS), where applicable.
The MEL Director’s role is to also oversee and ensure coordination of the various technical areas across the MEL staff of the program and other relevant program staff and components. The MEL Director is responsible for the capacity building and mentoring strategy for program staff on themes related to monitoring, evaluation, accountability, reporting and learning.
Essential Job Responsibilities
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
Supervisory Responsibility: MEL Manager, MEL Coordinator, Knowledge Management and Learning Manager, MIS Officer
Reports Directly To: Chief of Party
Works Directly With: DCoP, BHAKARI Technical Leads (GESI Director, Sr Ag Manager, Sr DRR Manager, Sr Emergency Response Manager, SBCC Manager, Comms Specialist), in-country finance and operations teams, Country Director
The ideal candidate will have a strong curiosity for understanding and working effectively within the cultural, political, security and social environment of Nepal. S/he will be an excellent communicator, multi-tasker, and able to work in ambiguous situations. S/he will be a tolerant and flexible individual able to work in difficult and stressful environments and follow procedures. The successful candidate will be focused on team-building and capacity-building of their team; be a strategic thinker, have strong skills in design monitoring and evaluation of development programs and maintain a sense of humor.
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 e-learning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.