Mercy Corps is hiring a
Position is contingent on funding.
Mercy Corps is seeking a Technical Lead for Civic Engagement and Peacebuilding to oversee the staff and technical approaches for civic engagement of the proposed four-year USAID-funded Civic Engagement Activity (CEA) in Ethiopia. The proposed program will strengthen Ethiopia’s civic fabric in support of more inclusive, peaceful, and responsive governance. This will be achieved through: 1) strengthening civic and community-based actors’ capacity to engage in policy analysis, advocacy, dialogue, and collective action for peaceful, democratic change; and 2) fostering multi-stakeholder civic partnerships in support of inclusive dialogue, respect for human rights, and advancing more effective, citizen-responsive, and accountable governance.
The Technical Lead for Civic Engagement and Peacebuilding will work in concert with the COP and DCOP to oversee and lead the technical approaches, technical staff, and local partners.
STRATEGY AND VISION
SECURITY & RISK MANAGEMENT
Supervise the CEA technical team for civic engagement and peacebuilding.
Reports Directly To: Chief of Party
Works Directly With: CEA Team, Mercy Corps Ethiopia country support structures and leadership, HQ Regional Programs Team, and HQ Technical Support Unit
Minimum Qualification & Skills
A minimum of 5 years relevant experience, including proven expertise in civic engagement, community mobilization, peacebuilding, and/or civil society strengthening
15 years of progressive professional experience managing civil society strengthening/civic engagement programs in similar contexts preferred.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and a proven ability to network and maintain effective working relationships with diverse actors including CSOs, civic groups, community- based organizations, media, academia, political parties, government, the private sector, and donors.
Experience assessing the development needs of a diverse range of civic actors/groups and developing innovative approaches to building their organizational, advocacy, and policy/budget analysis capacity, fostering diverse partnerships and networking opportunities, and supporting locally-led collective action
Experience working with youth groups and emerging social movements.
Experience with and commitment to locally led development approaches (e.g., co-creation, micro-grant making, cultivating collective action practices)
Experience with and commitment to adaptive management processes.
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Ethiopia’s complex political, governance, and conflict dynamics.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
Familiarity with USAID rules, regulations, and requirements preferred.
National work permit required (only local benefits offered).
Success FactorsA successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to lead and communicate effectively with team members and other stakeholders of varied work styles and cultures, follow procedures and meet deadlines with flexibility and creativity in planning and problem solving. This position requires an ability to think creatively about civic engagement to strengthen inclusive, peaceful, and responsive governance. They will have a proven ability to learn quickly, multi-task, prioritize, take initiative, and be accountable for results, understand the larger picture while remaining focused on the details, problem solving, work within a complex and sensitive setting and to follow laws and security protocols. The most successful Mercy Corps team members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders
Team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging program participant communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
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.
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.
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 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.