Regional Resilience Director

Mercy Corps

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…

Job Information

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    Duty Station Nepal
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
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    Job Level : Mid-Level
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    Job Experience : 5-7 years
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    Job Category Admin & Management
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    Job Qualification : Bachelor
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    Posted Date : Dec 09, 2021

Job Description

Mercy Corps alleviates poverty, suffering, and oppression and works to build secure, productive, and just communities in over 40 countries around the world. Our Program Department supports field-led work that delivers measurable impact.

Mercy Corps’ Technical Support Unit (TSU) is a key part of the Program Department. TSU subject-matter experts help set agency strategy and provide consultation – from assessment and design through project implementation and results measurement – to field offices worldwide, in some of the world’s toughest places. TSU team members lead research, foster organizational learning, represent Mercy Corps to external audiences, and develop partnerships. The TSU is also integral to global business development and revenue.

The Regional Resilience Director is part of the Asia Regional Resilience Team and Global Resilience Technical Support Unit. The position advances technical excellence and impact in program implementation across key resilience-focused programs in the region, with a principal focus on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, food security and agricultural market systems development.

General Position Summary

The Regional Resilience Director, Asia focuses on furthering technical excellence across Mercy Corps’ resilience portfolio in South and Southeast Asia. The position provides direct technical support to program implementation to a distinct portfolio of resilience flagship programs across the region, and fosters knowledge and skill development in resilience program practices. The position will support teams in building a foundational understanding of resilience, supporting resilience program design, and driving core technical models that reflect the region’s pillars in resilience, including building resilience to climate change, integrating disaster risk reduction, supporting resilient agricultural markets and food security, and fostering sequencing, layering and integration within and across programs to support transformative change. As part of program technical support, the position will contribute to knowledge capture, sharing and learning, actively participate in the resilience community of practice, and contribute to the development of resilience learning agendas.

Essential Job Responsibilities

STRATEGIC GUIDANCE AND INFLUENCE

  • Serve as strategy lead for actively driving the application of the agency’s s resilience framework – as articulated in the global strategy – across the Asia Region.
  • Guide country teams in articulating country strategies in relation to the agency’s global resilience framework.
  • Identify external opportunities for raising the region’s voice and influence in resilience, and delivering compelling messages on our thought leadership topics at workshops, events, conferences and through written media.
  • Cultivate and nurture donor relationships that support Mercy Corps’ ability to grow its multi-sector, and multi-hazard resilience programming, as well as strategic partnerships that result in stronger and impactful program development efforts.
  • Keep abreast of new thinking, research and innovations in areas of resilience by leading researchers, donors and practitioners, with particular focus on regional themes including climate change resilience, agricultural markets, financial inclusion and food security. markets work for resilience, urbanization, financial inclusion and transformative capacities.

Regional Resilience Program Management:

  • Provide direct management oversight to a portfolio of existing and emerging regional resilience programs and initiatives, including M-RED, Zurich Community Flood Resilience, the Challenge Fund, and Urban Resilience (pending).
  • Guide and support regional program managers under direct line supervision to deliver high- quality resilience initiatives, with a focus on demonstrating innovation, influence and impact in relation to our regional theories of change, while ensuring an efficient use of program resources.
  • Support program managers to ensure all regional resilience programs are compliant with donor and country requirements, and deliver timely, impactful results.
  • Facilitate liaising and maintaining strong relationships with donors and partners that contribute to regional portfolio development, illustrating examples of high-quality resilience program implementation.
  • Provide technical support and mentoring to in-country program managers of flagship resilience programs in ensuring high-quality, impactful implementation in resilience, documentation of lessons and taking initiatives to scale.
  • Ensure program managers have required support to ensure programs are delivered.
  • Engage in development of strategic regional concept notes and programs, or country-level concepts that can significantly contribute to advancing regional priorities in resilience, with a particular focus on opportunities within the GRP, IKEA, NZAID and DFAT.

PROGRAM and IMPLEMENTATION

  • Guide the design and integration of core resilience-building models in strategic program proposals and implementation, focused on climate change resilience, agricultural market systems, and food security. Identify additional technical resources as necessary.
  • Serve as resilience technical lead on strategic regional and country-level proposals.
  • Provide technical assistance to assessments for program implementation focusing on multiple risks and hazards, and resilience capacities.
  • Ensure adequate support to processes aimed at sequencing, layering and integration of resilience-building activities as part of program design and implementation.
  • Support the application of resilience practices in key resilience-focused programs, including risk and resilience assessments, resilience theories of change, developing resilience-focused intervention plans, asking resilience learning questions, and supporting adaptive management.
  • Partner with advisors and implementing officers across technical sectors and modalities, to ensure resilience and systems-based approaches inform the design and implementation of sector-based models and approaches.

TECHNICAL quality

  • Advance technical excellence across a distinct portfolio of resilience flagship programs in South and Southeast Asia through direct technical support; participate as an active, integrated member of the team.
  • Ensure the highest standards of technical program delivery in key thematic areas of resilience-building, including climate change resilience, disaster risk reduction, resilient agriculture and markets, and food security.
  • Support effective resilience-focused interventions in key sectors of focus, using integrated approaches and applying systems thinking.
  • Take leadership in identifying and addressing program quality needs. Collaborate with field leaders to problem solve.
  • Help maintain standards of program delivery that apply agency priorities and comply with relevant regulations and requirements.
  • Partner with Mercy Corps staff and partners in flagship programs to better design and implement programs.
  • Provide on-going coaching to team members in resilience foundations.

LEARNING AND IMPACT

  • Facilitate knowledge capture and dissemination on what works to build resilience in the context of South and Southeast Asia’s regional resilience portfolio.
  • Document and share the evolution of technical models to resilience building, focused on addressing multi-hazard contexts.
  • Actively contribute to the evolution of Mercy Corps’ resilience methodologies, technical approach and program management practices, based on learning.
  • Partner with the resilience measurement lead and research teams to help shape the resilience learning agenda for flagship programs.
  • Actively participate in the Resilience Community of Practice, and support team members’ engagement.

Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders

Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Supervisory Responsibility

Program Managers/Representatives for multi-country resilience programs in the region. The position also has supervisory responsibility over consultants and interns.

Accountability

Reports Directly To: Technical and Program Quality Director with dotted line to Global Resilience Director

Works Directly With: Resilience program managers and technical officers, TSU Advisors, Regional Technical Team,

Required Qualification & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required. M.A, M.S., M.Sc., or equivalent in a field related to the TSU team specialty and relevant technical certifications are preferred.
  • 5 to 7 years of experience providing increasingly proficient technical support in the relevant field of expertise that includes:
  • Assessments
  • Leading all aspects of large and complex proposals and managing integrated proposal teams.
  • Demonstrating strong theoretical and applied knowledge of the field of expertise.
  • Using integrated approaches and applying systems thinking.
  • Practical field experience, typically over the course of 2 years, that includes:
  • A combination of successful temporary duration field assignments (under two weeks), longer-term field assignments (two or more weeks), and/or living in a field location for an extended period to work in a country or field office.
  • A number of emergency response assignments or other crisis response work that demonstrates the ability to successfully adapt support and assistance methodologies to real-world complexities.
  • Managing and implementing successful programs in the field.
  • Delivering Capacity Building curriculum or other processes for field teams
  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently to Mercy Corps project sites and field locations, including traveling to insecure environments, is required.
  • Familiarity with major donors such as USAID, DFID, the EC and relevant foundations and corporations.
  • Fluency in English is required; proficiency in French required.

How to Apply

Please submit your CV here : https://jobs.jobvite.com/mercycorps/job/oGzNhfw3