Mercy Corps is hiring a
Location: Washington, DC, United States
Position Status: Full-time, Regular
Salary Level: Minimum starting salary $76 000 commensurate on experience
Mercy Corps is powered by the belief that a better world is possible. To do this, we know our teams do their best work when they are diverse and every team member feels that they belong. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be stronger and have long term 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.
Recognizing that violent conflict is the leading cause of suffering and extreme poverty, Mercy Corps distinguishes itself among leading international aid and development agencies by working to address the root causes of conflict in the world’s most difficult places. With Mercy Corps’ focus on reducing fragility and building community resilience and well-being, the Peace and Conflict team, as part of the broader Peace and Governance team, is a leading agency voice that both amplifies the peace and conflict work of our global peacebuilding leaders and contributes to program excellence and the lasting impact of our work. Since the late 1990s, Mercy Corps has implemented more than 100 conflict management programs in more than 40 African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Balkan, and Latin American countries.
The Peace & Conflict Sr Advisor position focuses on providing expert technical support and capacity building to Mercy Corps field teams in peace and conflict. The support includes program design and development, advancing key technical initiatives, network and partnership development, representation at key sector forums and events, helping to monitor and improve program quality and relevance, staying current on industry innovation and best practices, writing competitive proposals for submission to donors, delivering training, and disseminating information to internal and external partners. The Sr Advisor will also coordinate cross-agency matrixed teams, share and build the capacity of others, and help integrate their technical areas with others.
The Sr Advisor is conversant in a range of peace and conflict tools and approaches, contributing to overall technical quality in peacebuilding and peace integration across the team’s priority themes: advancing peace in complex crises to bridge the humanitarian-development-peace nexus; addressing climate-related drivers of conflict; implementing the gender, peace & security agenda; building social cohesion across communal and identity lines; and addressing the governance-related causes of conflict. In particular, the Sr Advisor will provide expertise and influence around climate security and the intersection of peacebuilding and climate adaptation. The Sr Advisor will drive thought leadership, technical tool development, knowledge management, program design, and program support in climate security and will advance the overall vision for Mercy Corps’ work in this area, in close coordination with other TSU leaders and across TSU teams. The Sr Advisor will also lead and incubate other priority technical areas, including mediation and negotiation and peace/market systems integration, as agreed with the team.
Supervisor interns and consultants, as needed, including:
Develop the capacity of the team, deepen understanding of their roles and assist with career development.
Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance & reach objectives.
Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one on ones and performance reviews.
Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
Hire, orient and lead team members as necessary.
The position has supervisory responsibility over interns and/or consultants.
Reports Directly To: Director, Peace and Conflict TSU team
Works Directly With: All other TSU teams, HQ, and country teams
Bachelor’s degree required. M.A, M.S., M.Sc., or equivalent in a field related to Peace & Conflict and relevant technical certifications are preferred.
5+ years of experience providing increasingly proficient technical support in the relevant field of expertise that includes:
Preparing writing and analysis on proposal development.
Producing and publishing influential articles and blogs.
Leading all aspects of large and complex proposals and managing integrated proposal teams.
Developing and delivering training curricula.
Demonstrating strong theoretical and applied knowledge of the field of expertise.
Using integrated approaches and applying systems thinking.
Practical implementation experience, typically over the course of at least 2 years, that includes:
A combination of successful temporary duration assignments (under two weeks), longer-term assignments (two or more weeks), and/or living in a peace & conflict program implementation location for an extended period.
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 on the ground.
Delivering Capacity Building curriculum or other processes for country program teams.
Willingness and ability to travel frequently to Mercy Corps project sites, 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, and fluency in Arabic and/or French is a major asset.
The Sr Advisor will demonstrate significant experience managing programs, further enhancing their ability to adjust technical theories to meet real world complexities. The Sr Advisor should have the proven ability to influence donors, partners, and peer organizations toward innovative programs and best practices. Through experience managing all aspects of large or complex proposals, the individual will be able to advise and coach other Mercy Corps staff on how to adjust their methodology. The Sr Advisor must take a lead role in building and maintaining external relationships as well as demonstrating the drive and initiative to contribute to internal team efforts. All TSU positions require 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.
This position is intended to be located in Washington DC, United States. The position requires travel at least 30% time to the field where living conditions may be exceptionally rugged or be in volatile environments where security protocols will need to be followed. Team members must be ready to deploy to field environments on short notice in response to any emergency or crisis. When in the field the team member must be able to work in remote settings, over weekends and/or evenings as required by the schedule, and in settings with limited infrastructure, food options, and living conditions.
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision. Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment.
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.
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 and have signed on to the Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme**.** 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.
As a safeguarding measure, Mercy Corps screens all potential US-Based employees. Any offers of employment or continued employment are dependent on the successful completion of the screens which include, but are not limited to our Background Check and Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme processes,
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.
In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development
Mercy Corps has determined that, in an effort to protect the health, safety, and well-being of all Mercy Corps employees working in the United States, all U.S.-based employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, regardless of prior COVID-19 infection status.
This policy will be revised as needed to comply with federal, state, and local requirements, and to respond to changing guidance from public health authorities.
For new employees this requirement goes into effect within 10 business days of employment. Team members that travel are expected to comply with host-country requirements, including vaccinations. Failure to comply may impact your employment. Proof of vaccination or exemption must be provided.