Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
About Mercy Corps
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Now, and for the future.
Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps is in the process of registering in Bangladesh to begin full-scale country operations, focusing primarily on responding to the Rohingya refugee crisis in SE Bangladesh. As Mercy Corps undergoes the registration process, we will be working with international and local partners to reach 11,000 children and youth, and families. Through a seven-month program Mercy Corps will support 20 child friendly and youth community spaces to provide a range of services for the Rohingya community. The Child Protection & Adolescent Development (CP& AD) Technical Advisor to provides technical oversight and ensure high level program quality of the activities through our partner, Terre des Hommes (Tdh) as well as supporting program oversight and ensure meeting commitments to our donor and the community.
General Position Summary
The CP & AD Technical Advisor ensures the quality implementation of the child protection and adolescent development interventions at field level and is able to adjust to changing dynamics on the ground. This includes psychosocial support and case management and definition of tools and methodology. He/she offers technical assistance to the programmes and builds capacity of programme staff on child protection and adolescent development activities. He/she advances the child protection projects with particular focus on child and adolescent engagement, curriculum development and training, and formal and non-formal child protection and adolescent development systems strengthening. He/she represents and profiles Tdh child protection work at interagency level and works in close link with the subsector with the aim of harmonizing child protection approaches, alongside efforts to raise awareness of adolescent development needs and opportunities, for adolescents (10-19 yrs). It is anticipated this position will be seconded to Tdh
Essential Job Responsibilities
Strategy & Vision
Innovation and Development with Child Protection Sector
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.
Supervisory Responsibility N/A
Reports Directly To: TdH Child Protection Coordinator and Mercy Corps Bangladesh Team Leader / Country Representative
Works Directly With: Bangladesh team, HQ Youth Technical Team, other HQ and in country stakeholders
Knowledge and Experience
The successful CP & AD Technical Advisor will skillfully represent programmatic priorities of the agency to government, donors and regional partners while providing effective leadership to the Terre des Hommes child protection team in the refugee camps. S/he will be capable of multitasking, rapid decision-making, have initiative, drive and a lot of energy, as well as high emotional intelligence, constructive mentoring skills and proven experience with capacity building. The CP & AD Technical Advisor will be committed to long-term program sustainability and the delivery of high-impact activities at the community level. Successful Mercy Corps team members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and challenging environments, and make effective written and verbal communication a priority.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The position will be based in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh with significant travels to the camps locations where Mercy Corps and Tdh team members are working and/or projects are implemented. This is an unaccompanied position, not eligible for hardship allowance. As we are currently under registration, this position will initially be converted to a consultancy. Housing is readily available and will be individual.
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside 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.
Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision. Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment.