Mercy Corps is hiring a
Location : Preferred to be located in any of the following Mercy Corps program countries—DRC, CAR, Niger, Burkina Faso, or Mali. May also be located in Kenya, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, or Nigeria
About Mercy Corps
Mercy 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. Now, and for the future.
Program / Department Summary
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.
Mercy Corps continues to position itself as a key and credible partner with many donors, government authorities and civil society partners, enhancing our ability to empower people to survive through crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. Gender and social inclusion is a priority that is woven throughout all programming, and involves using a systems-based approach that builds on proven solutions, accesses new ideas and information, and integrates multiple sectors and partnerships to promote transformative development outcomes. The Gender Advisor will be part of the Regional Technical Support team based within the Africa Region, working closely with our country teams to deliver high-impact programming through a strong gender transformative approach.
General Position Summary
The West Africa GESI regional advisor is an exciting new role for the region and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to further define the position over time. This position will spend 30% of its time providing technical support to specific programs. The remaining 70% of time will be allocated to strategic support, country level capacity strengthening and program development.
The GESI Advisor will support country and regional teams to develop and advance gender equality and social inclusion by working with regional leadership, country teams, global and regional technical support teams, and partners to: 1) provide remote and in-person technical support to Mercy Corps program teams to conduct GESI analysis, integrate GESI specific approaches into programs, and use data to achieve GESI outcomes; 2) facilitate capacity sharing support and mentorship to country and program level managers and GESI specialists and animate a lively working group to promote cross-learning, resource sharing and collective visioning; 3) Support priority proposal development efforts to embed strong GESI transformative approaches from the outset of program design.
This position will be the West Africa regional representative of the global Gender and Social Inclusion technical support team, and will work closely with the global team to ensure that Mercy Corps’ priority approaches and tools are effectively rolled out within the region. The position will be housed within the regional team and reporting to the Technical Director for the Africa region, supporting our regional and country teams to advance our Africa regional strategy and ensure that agency GESI strategies, approaches, and standards are applied in action across the diverse portfolio.
Essential Job Responsibilities
STRATEGY & VISION
TEAM CAPACITY SHARING
PROGRAM AND PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT
LEARNING AND IMPACT
INFLUENCE & REPRESENTATION
ACCOUNTABILITY TO BENEFICIARIES
Consultants, Short-Term assignments, Interns as may be required
Reports Directly to: Africa Technical Director with a dotted line to the global Director for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion
Works Directly with: Anglophone Africa GESI Advisor, Regional Director, Deputy Regional Directors, Regional PAQ lead, Country Directors and Directors of Programs, Program Directors/Managers implementing GESI-focused or multi-sector programs, Country GESI leads, Regional and Global Technical Support Unit, Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Leads
Knowledge and Experience
The Regional GESI Advisor will demonstrate experience designing, implementing and advising programs, ensuring their ability to adjust technical theories to meet real world complexities. The Regional GESI Advisor role requires strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, as well as strong time management skills. Being aware and sensitive to international development issues and diverse cultures is critical.
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
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 elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.