Mercy Corps is hiring a
Location: Portland, Oregon, Washington, DC or other MC HQ office
Position Status: Full-time Regular
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 when 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.
**The Program / Department / Team
The Strategy Realization Unit ensures that Mercy Corps has the strategies and vision that will enable it to be a world-class, cutting-edge humanitarian and development organization creating transformational change in the world. The Strategy Realization Unit’s goal is to drive forward the agency’s 10-year strategy - Pathway to Possibility - providing a unifying vision while also enabling teams to be adaptive. The underlying intention is to create clarity and focus to enhance decision-making at all levels and locations of the organization.
The Strategy Realization Unit is accountable to the CEO via a Vice President that sits on Mercy Corps’ Executive Team; the Unit also works closely with leadership across the organization, including with Regional Directors, Country Directors, HLR and TSU senior leaders, HQ Function Leads, Department Heads, and others.
The Advisor is a key member of the SRU, playing a critical role in the roll-out and realization of Mercy Corps’ new 10-year strategy. They help lead the creation and integration of governance mechanisms that promote alignment to Mercy Corps’ global strategy, responsiveness to local needs and priorities, and consistency in strategic direction across regions and countries, and play a key role in Mercy Corps’ efforts to measure results, foster accountability, and create coherence and clarity around the strategy across the entire organization.
They contribute to greater alignment with and accountability to the new strategy through the design, management, and promotion of strategic planning and reporting processes for Mercy Corps’ international programs. The Advisor supports the VP and Director for Strategy Realization by leading and/ or contributing to strategic initiatives, workstreams, or special projects contributing to greater alignment around and accountability to the new strategy. In collaboration with others, the Strategy Advisor helps ensure that the SRU- and Mercy Corps more broadly- reaches the milestones identified in Mercy Corps’ Strategy Journey
They are a self-starter, proactive team player, and an equally strong convener and facilitator with the ability to meaningfully engage teams in inclusive processes designed to shape the agency’s strategic direction. The Advisor is experienced working across departments and country-based teams, an expert liaison with critical organizational counterparts in regional, country and headquarters offices, and practiced at navigating or managing complex initiatives with multiple stakeholders. They are a proficient user of data analysis tools and proactively identify opportunities to bring relevant information – particularly from country and regional planning processes – into decision-making processes in other parts of the organization.
GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY
PERFORMANCE AND MEASUREMENT
COORDINATION, COLLABORATION, AND COMMUNCIATION
Coordination within the SRU
Collaboration with Other Teams
Supervisory Responsibility: None
Reports To: Director- Strategy Realization
Works With: Other members of the SRU, key members of the Performance and Quality Unit, the Humanitarian Leadership and Response Team, the Technical Support Unit, HQ support departments, and country and regional leadership
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
4-5 years’ experience at an international organization required; international experience working on large-scale humanitarian, protracted and/or post-crisis recovery programs in a variety of complex environments preferred
Demonstrated project management expertise and experience in core project management concepts and tools, such as work planning, project budgeting, and stakeholder engagement
Experience developing and implementing cross-departmental projects, activities or processes; demonstrated ability to contribute strategic planning, reporting, or results measurement efforts a plus
Collaborative workstyle that contributes to positive team environment and builds strong relationships with people from all backgrounds, genders, cultures, and viewpoints
Critical thinking skills and proven ability to problem solve and follow up appropriately;
Adaptable, resourceful, and able to multi-task and deliver under pressure; comfort with ambiguity and complexity preferred
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbally; demonstrated ability to produce high-quality polished, professional reports, presentations, and other materials
Commitment to diversity and inclusion; experience in incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work
Ability to travel up to 10% internationally for site visits, representation, and conferences, occasionally to insecure or hostile environments
The successful Advisor must be a self-starting multi-tasker, able to manage competing priorities and demonstrate a keen understanding of the larger picture while remaining focused on and able to handle the details. They are an expert problem-solver, adept in successfully dealing with issues of complexity. They must demonstrate patience, initiative, and flexibility. The Advisor has relevant experience driving participatory processes to build consensus as well as a practical understanding of how to engage different stakeholders, including senior leaders, to drive impact and organizational change. They are courageous and willing to challenge the status quo, speak up and speak out on key issues, and engage in constructive debate and sensitive conversations with agency stakeholders at all elevations of the organization.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The position is based in Portland, Oregon or other locations with a Mercy Corps office. It may involve some travel to support country programs or regional teams, which may include some visits to insecure locations where freedom of movement is limited and areas where amenities are limited.
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.