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Program Officer- Gender
Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a global team of humanitarians working together on the front lines of today’s biggest crises to create a future of possibility, where everyone can prosper.

Our mission: to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.

 

 


 Section/Unit: Programs
 Supervisor: Program Manager
 No. of Post: 2
 Duty Station: Khartoum With frequent to the field South Kordafan State & South Darfour State
 Duration: 12
 Closing Date: 26 Jan 2022

 
 Background:

PROGRAM SUMMARY: Leveraging our existing development and peacebuilding programming that involves 8,000 women in SDS and SDS, Mercy Corps has partnered with leading women’s networks, Almanar Voluntary Organization in SKS and Khartoum, Sudan Women’s Development Organization (SWDO) and Relief and Mediation Corps (REMCO) in SDS - the PEACE-WISE Partners - to amplify the voices of conflict-affected women in state and national level decision-making and demonstrate the power of collective influence and action to address priority needs. The program facilitates peer-to-peer and peer-led skills building, learning and exchange efforts to strengthen and expand women’s leadership and infuse the experiences and priorities of SDS and SKS women into key dialogues and processes that affect their stability and security. POSITION SUMMARY: Mercy Corps is seeking two bold and proactive individuals to be Program Officers for the PEACE-WISE Program in Sudan - both based in Khartoum, with travel to Nyala, South Darfur and Kadugli, South Kordofan. The Program Officers will work very closely with the Programme Lead based in Khartoum, and the Peacebuilding & Advocacy Coordinators in Nyala and Kadugli to support in operational and programmatic aspects of the PEACE-WISE program. The Program Officers will be critical members of Mercy Corps Sudan team, tasked with supporting the implementation of this specific program and supporting the team at state-level (South Kordofan State and South Darfur State) to deliver activities in challenging environments. Program Officers will be responsible for ensuring that program activities in both states are running on time, on scope and on budget and will act as programmatic champions for the PEACE-WISE team, leading work planning, budgeting and brainstorming activities. Program Officers will be the first point of contact for troubleshooting and problem solving for the program and will work to think of fast and effective solutions to challenges.



 
 Duties and responsibilities:

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

1. Coordinate activities with all involved implementing agencies. Organize monthly meetings with all partner organizations to ensure close cooperation and sharing of lessons learned.

2. Monitor and measure project implementation, impact, standards, and operational compliance and identify areas for improvement for our NGO partners and MC staff.

3. Give constructive feedback on project operations and reporting of partner NGOs.

4. Provide technical, administrative, managerial, and financial support to partner NGOs where necessary.

5. Lead the preparations for internal monthly program review meetings and weekly reporting.

6. Produce formal and informal reports on all aspects of the project in a timely and efficient manner.

7. Coordinate work plans and lead the follow and monitoring of each state’s workplan.

8. Coordinate capacity building for staff - identify training needs and develop, implement, and maintain training plans.

9. Train MC National staff in all aspects of monitoring, evaluation, quality control, and general project implementation.

10. Participate in meetings relevant to the program.

11. Oversee all field officers and be the key focal point for troubleshooting and problemsolving.

12. Ensure projects are run according to stated objectives, outputs, activities, indicators, timelines, and budgets.

13. Participate in weekly management meetings and produce weekly reports.

14. Stay abreast of project developments and needs.

15. Follow through on program needs as required, such as procurement, meeting scheduling, and consultant finding,

16. Liaise with and support key program staff to ensure that the Mercy Corps program activities are running effectively and making best use of project resources;

17. Troubleshoot on reporting and programmatic needs. Advise supervisor on improvements and necessities, as required;

18. Assist in training Mercy Corps staff on survey and data collection strategies. Assist in designing surveys and report formats, as required;

19. Provide written and oral translation and report writing for program staff, as necessary;

20. Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.

21. Other duties as assigned.

REPRESENTATION AND COORDINATION

● Establish and maintain close and productive relationships with local authorities, cluster coordination, as well as relevant national government authorities, in close coordination with the Programme Lead.

● Represent MC at all relevant coordination meetings at field level and provide written update about each representation and actively participate in humanitarian advocacy initiative at field and national level;

● Coordinate with other INGOs in Sudan to ensure MC’s comparative advantage and identify new strategic partnerships; SAFETY AND SECURITY

● Work closely with the country team’s security focal point to ensure that programs are contributing to and responding to safety and security plans and procedures;

● Ensure that programs are designed and implemented with a clear analysis and understanding of security management priorities;

● Ensure that team members in all field offices strictly abide by security standards in each office location. ORGANIZATIONAL LEARNING 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 Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward 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.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: N/A ACCOUNTABILITY REPORTS DIRECTLY TO:

Programme Lead/Gender Advidosr WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Program Officers, Peacebuilding & Advocacy Coordinators, Gender Officers, MEL Teams, Senior Management Team in Khartoum, Grants & Reporting Specialist plus others.

 


 
 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

1. A Degree in development studies,, gender, rural development, management, business or other related field is required

2. At least 1 years of work experience in a similar position is required

3. Should have some experience in: peace building/conflict resolution; NGO capacity building and community development. Demonstrated ability to successfully initiate and maintain positive relationships with local NGOs is vital to effective performance

4. Proven grant management and budget oversight skills are required

5. Proven good leadership and management capabilities

6. Practical and theoretical knowledge in program monitoring and data collection methods is preferred.

7. Experience with refugees or programs that support refugees is preferred.

8. Demonstrated flexibility, creativity and enthusiasm and willingness to learn and to be continually adaptive within a dynamic and often self-directed working environment 9. Excellent written and oral communication in English, organization, prioritization and negotiating skills.

10. Excellent teamwork abilities, interpersonal and problem-solving skills, attention to detail and timeliness.

11. Adequate understanding of donor rules and regulations is required.

12. Advanced computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Word, Excel and Power Point

13. Commit to working with program participants regardless of race, religion or gender.

 

SUCCESS FACTORS: One to two years experience The ideal candidate will have a natural curiosity for quantifying and articulating the impact of Mercy Corps’ programs on individuals and in communities.

He/she will also have excellent supervisory and team management skills.

They will need an interest in exploring and championing factors that lead to the adoption of economic-driven behavioral patterns. S/he will have good negotiation and partnership management skills and approach things from a business or financial perspective.

They should be dynamic, agile and be able to apply innovative approaches and strategic thinking, planning and monitoring frameworks. A successful candidate will have the ability to mentor others, improve their capacities and inspire teams to think outside the box.

Other factors include:

● The ability to work under pressure

● Willingness and ability to quickly learn new information/concepts and implement them

● Strong team player with initiative and positive attitude towards problem solving

● A learning approach to work with excellent capacity building skills

● Self-starter, multi-tasker, solution-seeker and innovator.









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