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Program / Department Summary
With funding from USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), Mercy Corps’ Nawiri Program is leading a consortium of Kenyan and international partners on a five year journey to sustainably reduce persistent acute malnutrition in Turkana and Samburu Counties of Kenya. Through a phased approach that emphasizes evidence gap analysis, as well as partnership, learning, and co-creation, the program takes a robust county-centered design with government leadership, active engagement from communities, the private sector, and civil society. Mercy Corps’ consortium brings together the global leadership, research capacity, technical expertise, and implementation experience necessary to partner with local institutions to test, adapt, and scale evidence-based solutions. Together we will sustainably reduce persistent acute malnutrition for vulnerable populations in Turkana and Samburu counties.
General Position Summary
The Rural Entrepreneur Access Project (REAP) Officer will be responsible for technical oversight and management of all activities related to a modified nutrition sensitive poverty graduation model aimed at supporting human capital development for resilient individuals who are then placed in a commercial engagement. S/he will define implementation strategies in coordination with the Field Director, Technical Support Unit and leadership team. The REAP Officer will train staff and partners, providing them with technical assistance and ensuring that innovative strategies and approaches are applied consistently in all communities where poverty graduation is being tested. S/he will coordinate closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team and other project teams to ensure integration, that systems are in place to track, analyze and report results, and learning is continuous. S/he will keep abreast of changing contexts and integrate new ideas and approaches as appropriate, seek additional technical assistance as needed and ensure effective working relationships with collaborating agencies.
- Contribute to team work plans and guide successful implementation of REAP activities, ensuring teams follow work plans so activities are on time, target and within the approved budget, and program deliverables achieve desired impact;
- Provide technical guidance on the poverty graduation model and ensure that interventions are responsive to stakeholders and consistent with Mercy Corps’ program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan. Ensure that interventions are evidence-based and adhere to adaptive management principles;
- Identify most vulnerable youth and women in the village through community based wealth ranking, Participatory Rural Appraisal and scoring through Participant Targeting Tool for inclusion in the project;
- Train and mentor REAP Mentors to counsel the youth and women on entrepreneurship and employability skills so as to create linkages to viable businesses or jobs, and provide oversight during monthly visits;
- Follow up on the disbursement of electronic cash grants for youth and women to enable them to buy stock and equipment for their business;
- Keep abreast of banking or MFI partnerships or groups that are interested in serving REAP participants – especially in highly remote areas;
- Train youth and women how to run a business, supply and demand, profit and pricing, marketing and record keeping including other trainings such as: life skills and leadership;
- Facilitate youth and women to form savings associations of 5 to 7 businesses that meet monthly to deposit savings which will enable members and village residents access credit for long term expenses and business growth;
- Link youth and women to other traders, markets, financial institutions, public and private institutions;
- Develop and facilitate trainings on internship programs, skills development programs for informal sector productivity, and other ways of skills building for poor and vulnerable youth working closely with country offices;
- Coordinate with Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) institutions and other service providers that are available or linked to other Nawiri programming to promote youth friendly trainings;
- Support in management and development of relationships with private sector for provision of internship, apprenticeship and career counseling and youth mentorship providers and agencies;
- Implement monitoring and evaluation tools;
- Play a key role in the development of intervention designs, sector strategies and M&E frameworks;
- Coordinate assessments, evaluations and monitoring surveys in area of operation. This will entail development of Scope of Works, development of survey tools, trainings and management of data collectors, report write and facilitating results discussion;
- Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate including certifying all interventions to adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards;
- Facilitate planning meetings and workshops with government, NGO, private sector, and community partners to revise plans and promote partner acceptance/buy-in;
- In coordination with the M&E team, monitor the implementation of activities through regular field visits and assessments to ensure program quality and impact. Document approaches, successes and lessons learned;
- Coordinate with procurement, logistics, security, administration and human resources teams to ensure operational systems support field activities;
- Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance and reach objectives;
- Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one-on-one and performance review;
- Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence;
- Work closely with the HR department to orient and lead team members as necessary;
- Represent Mercy Corps at government, NGO and other relevant community events, in close coordination with the Program Manager;
- Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission;
- Other duties as assigned.
- 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.
Accountability to Beneficiaries
- Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically
to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
- 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.
REAP Village Mentors (x3)
Reports Directly To: Field Director with a dotted line to the Technical Support team’s Alternative Livelihoods Advisor & Inclusive Markets Advisor
Works Directly With: Technical Advisors/Leads, Learning Coordinators, Gender Officer. M&E Coordinator, field level finance and operations teams
Knowledge and Experience
- Degree in Community Development, Economic Development, Business, Monitoring and Evaluation or related field or diploma with over 3 years’ hands on work experience;
- Minimum of 3 years’ experience working with NGOs/CBO’s in civic engagement, livelihoods, skills development and employability, and education;
- Should have knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data collection, reporting techniques. S/he should understand and be able to apply basic measures of central tendency and spread;
- Demonstrated computer competency of Microsoft Excel and knowledge of at least one data management software including MS Access, SPSS, STATA;
- Commitment to working with Women, Girls, youth and vulnerable groups in need, regardless of race, tribe, religion or gender;
- Understanding of working with local partners and commitment to working with the greater BOMA Project;
- Good problem solving, written and oral communication skills;
- Strong written and spoken English and Swahili;
- Local language skills required;
- Knowledge of the context of implementation area;
- Ability to work without constant supervision and as part of a mixed team;
- Good knowledge of MS Office software such as Excel, Word, and Access.
S/he will combine exceptional management skills and capacity to manage relationships with different stakeholders. The position requires an ability to think creatively about improving opportunities for women and adolescent girls. The Officer will have the capacity to spark innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to programming and to inspire groups to collaborate closely to implement high-quality programs. S/he will be committed to long-term program sustainability and the delivery of high-impact activities at the community level. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority.
Applications should be submitted on or before 30th October, 2020 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Local candidates in Turkana are highly encouraged to apply.
Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
Mercy Corps does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process.