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and dynamic individual to take up the following position:
receipt of funding and donor approval.
organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In
disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner
to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and
build stronger communities from within.
2008 to address the societal wounds following the 2007 post-election violence.
Since that time, Mercy Corps has built a robust and diverse portfolio in Kenya
that is working to address structural causes of poverty and injustice and to
strengthen systems that enable men, women and children to access opportunities,
participate in and contribute to peaceful democratic processes, and thrive in
the face of ecological and social change.
programming to strengthen market and governance systems, address the root
causes of conflict, and equip vulnerable populations- in particular youth,
women, adolescents and marginalized social groups- with the skills,
opportunities and resources they need to be healthy, productive and to drive
the development of their communities.
sector, civil society and governance structures at local and national levels to
facilitate change and ensure that opportunities are inclusive of all Kenyans.
Corps seeks to implement a multi-year, 12 million GBP program funded by the UK
Foreign and Commonwealth Office through the Conflict, Stability and Security
(BRICS II) will engage local and national government, local civil society
organizations and communities to mitigate the drivers, enablers and narratives
of violent extremism in East Africa through support to policy initiatives,
community engagement, and support to national civil society organizations in
order to prevent the recruitment of vulnerable individuals by violent extremist
Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Uganda, through strategies adapted to
the context and opportunities in each country to advance research, legislation
and field implementation of activities.
Deputy Team Lead will be responsible for coordinating the delivery of
community-level activities within Kenya. S/he will identify and engage with
local partners to build their capacity to deliver community-based interventions
to strengthen individual and community resilience to violence.
engagement strategy for Kenya, linking interventions undertaken by CBO partners
to the overall strategic framework and theory of change of the program. The
Deputy Team Lead will be a key member of the program management team, and will
work with other technical sector leads to ensure that community-level
interventions, government policies, and research are delivered in a
complementary and mutually-reinforcing way to achieve maximum impact.
Play a key role in developing the
program strategy and direction by prioritizing and organizing actions and
resources to achieve objectives.
Contribute to shaping the project’s
research and influencing agenda, working with the Research and Advocacy Leads
to integrate and advance research, learning and advocacy in order to deepen the
contextual understanding of violent extremism drivers in Kenya and effective
strategies to prevent the recruitment of vulnerable individuals into violent
Recognize opportunities for
innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are
Provide leadership and strategic
vision to the program team including work plan development, partnership
selection and management, and stakeholder engagement.
Manage and oversee program activities
in Kenya working in close collaboration with key project stakeholders,
including local government officials, community-based organizations,
researchers and other implementing agencies on the ground.
Lead in the structuring of partner
roles and responsibilities, oversee their activities and provide continuous
technical support as required.
Engage with key partners and policy
makers to influence policies and issues relating to Countering Violent Extremism
(CVE), peace building and conflict prevention.
Engage stakeholders at the community
level on action planning and developing strategies in support of CVE
programming activities, ensuring that program strategies are driven by and
aligned with community priorities.
Ensure program implementation is on
time, target and budget, using effective M&E systems to reach desired
Promote learning and knowledge
management through documentation and knowledge sharing around best practices
and lessons learned.
Supervise and support field teams in
the development and execution of program activities, monitoring, evaluation and
Support program staff to understand
and implement best practices for peacebuilding/conflict mitigation programming
and to incorporate best practices throughout the program cycle.
Promote accountability, communicate
expectations and provide constructive feedback to staff through regular
coaching and annual performance reviews, and ensure that supervisory staff do
the same in a timely manner. Implement, and ensure all staff are effectively
using, the performance planning and management system, establishing performance
expectations and regularly providing constructive feedback.
Oversee performance of consortium
partners and sub-grantees, and provide team members and implementing partners
with information, tools and other resources to improve performance & reach
Regularly coordinate with project
staff and support departments to ensure smooth planning, preparation,
implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of program activities.
Create and sustain a work environment
of mutual respect where participating team members – including local partners’
leads and field agents – strive to achieve excellence.
Contribute to country team-building
efforts, help team members identify problem solving options and ensure the
integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.
Monitor adherence to grant agreement,
Mercy Corps policies and procedures and relevant external rules and
Work closely with the project M&E
Manager to ensure that effective M&E systems and processes are embedded
within the program implementation unit and that data is collected, analyzed,
and used to inform ongoing adaptation of program strategies and delivery
Assess and analyze impact and
adaptively manage the project to meet results.
Oversee the scheduling and production
of formal and informal reports and work plans on all aspects of Kenya program
delivery in a timely and efficient manner.
Lead conflict sensitivity training
for Mercy Corps staff and local partners and continuously review the program
activities to ensure no harm is being done.
Enhance the project teams’ capacity
by designing and leading technical training sessions for Mercy Corps staff and
local partners and providing ongoing coaching and mentoring.
Promote active learning and adaptive
management, and contribute to agency-level networks and working groups, through
documentation and knowledge sharing around best practices and lessons learned
in CVE programming.
team members in Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale counties
Lead, Research Coordinator, Policy and Advocacy Director, MEL Manager, Finance
and Sub-Grants Manager, local and national government officials, local civil
society organizations, implementing partners and communities.
Master’s degree in Peace Building and
Conflict Resolution or related discipline.
At least 5 years’ experience working
on Countering Violent Extremism programming, conflict mitigation and
resolution, and/or violence reduction and prevention programs.
Solutions-oriented individual, with
strong strategic thinking capabilities.
Demonstrated effectiveness managing a
diverse team of staff, consortium partners and local implementing partners,
building a cohesive and results-oriented team to deliver on complex programming
Experience working with a diverse
range of community members to discuss sensitive and delicate topics in a
Excellent writing and reporting
Excellent verbal and inter-personal
Demonstrated sensitivity, skill, and
experience working within different cultural settings and navigating public
affairs and communications on sensitive issues.
strong leadership skills as demonstrated by the ability to lead a diverse team
to work together to achieve program objectives related to complex and sensitive
issues related to security, violence preventions and vulnerable groups.
and cross-cultural communication skills and be committed to the values and
mission of Mercy Corps. S/he will take initiative and contribute to team
efforts, as well as demonstrate an ability to communicate, assume leadership,
and make solid decisions while working remotely from country leadership.
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Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better
world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around
the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people
triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
/ Department Summary: Mercy
Corps is currently operational in 17 countries in Africa including Central
African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Libya, Mali,
Niger, Nigeria, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia,
Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Zambia. Mercy Corps’ country programs in Africa face
momentous humanitarian crises and significant development challenges, and
operate in fragile and conflict-affected areas, displacement settings,
emergency responses, as well as more stable developed settings.
this backdrop Mercy Corps’ focus in Africa has been in promoting good
governance and conflict resolution, enhancing resilience, facilitating market
systems, access to finance and economic opportunities, as well as youth
employment and empowerment.
imperative that Mercy Corps presents itself as a key and credible partner with
the many donors, government authorities and civil society actors in order to
contribute to the process of positive change across the continent. Mercy Corps
looks to actively engage and partner with an ever-growing and innovative
African private sector to achieve greater and sustained impact.
Position Summary: Mercy
Corps is seeking an experienced and field-tested Africa Regional Advisor for
Market Systems Development (MSD) to support and grow our regional capacity to
design, deliver and learn from a portfolio of high quality and impactful
market/economic recovery and development programs.
Advisor will provide strategic, evidence-based MSD technical support to country
teams in multiple contexts, with a strong focus on enabling programs to
integrate market-driven approaches into humanitarian and complex crisis
settings, while ultimately strengthening individual, household and community
will build out a wider system of global, regional and country-level support and
expertise through a robust Africa-focused Community of Practice and employ a
flexible, adaptive approach to the agency’s MSD work that builds on local
capacities of teams, partners and communities, and uses our resilience lens and
contextual analysis to address changing risks or vulnerabilities.
Corps’ MSD programs are implemented through multiple sectors, including
Agriculture, Livestock, Employment, Energy, Financial Services, and Water. The
Advisor will work seamlessly within agency matrixed teams to plan for and
deliver the optimal level of support to field programs for increased quality
and impact, using multiple sectoral entry points, to achieve our desired