Mercy Corps is hiring a
REGIONAL MARKET SYSTEMS
DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR -AFRICA
Location -**Any country in Africa where Mercy Corps has a presence**.
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 exists to alleviate poverty, suffering, and oppression and works to build secure, productive, and just communities. 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. Against 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. It is 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.
General 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. The 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 and systems-based approaches into crisis settings, while ultimately strengthening individual, household and community resilience.
S/he 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. Mercy Corps’ MSD programs are implemented through multiple sectors, including Agriculture, Livestock, Employment, Energy, Financial Services, and Water.
The Advisor will report to Africa regional leadership while also serving as an integral member of the Markets Technical Support Unit (TSU). They 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 long- term results.
The Advisor’s specific responsibilities include: strengthening program quality through rigorous analysis and use of monitoring/evaluation data and adaptive management; engaging in strategic program design and development; providing consistent and timely MSD technical guidance/support to country field teams particularly focused on integrating MSD into crisis settings; developing and maintaining a regional MSD consulting roster; engaging in network and partnership development; strengthening regional MSD knowledge management and learning processes; and representing the region’s MSD work in technical fora.
The advisor will also be responsible for operationalizing cross-cutting approaches within MSD programming in the region, including gender, diversity, inclusion and protection; resilience; and technology for development. They will support the agency’s efforts toward understanding programming lessons learned; opportunities to build on market systems innovations, particularly related to Markets in Crisis (MiC) and resilient market systems; and the potential to scale opportunities for economic growth and financial inclusion.
Essential Job Responsibilities
PROGRAM QUALITY AND IMPACT
as central cross-cutting dimensions of market systems development.
PROGRAM AND PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT
LEARNING AND IMPACT
ACCOUNTABILITY TO BENEFICIARIES
Reports Directly To: Technical Director, Africa
Works Directly With: Country teams; HQ technical support teams, including Markets and the wider Economic Growth team, Resilience and Food Security, Gender, Equality, and Social Inclusion, and Technology for Development; Research and Learning; Program Performance and Quality; and regional technical teams.
Knowledge and Experience
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The position is based in a country office (TBD) in Africa and is expected to travel up to 35% of the time– sometimes at short notice— to areas with limited access to medical facilities and amenities. Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of 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.
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
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.
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. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.
As a safeguarding measure, Mercy Corps screens all potential US-Based employees. This is done following the conclusion of recruitment and prior to assuming full employment.
Our screening process is designed to be transparent and completed in partnership with new Team Members. You will have the opportunity to disclose any prior convictions at the conclusion of the recruitment process before the check is initiated. We ask that you do not disclose any prior convictions in your application materials or during the recruitment process.
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 is necessary to ensure not only the safety of our workforce, but the ongoing functionality of the organization.
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.