Emergency Response Team Leader

Mercy Corps, Dohuk, Iraq

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
8th July, 2015


Job Description

ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

Strategy and Vision

  • Recognize opportunities for innovative and collaborative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.
  • Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to country-wide strategy development.
  • Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.
  • Support senior management in developing the strategic direction of the overall response..

Program Management

  • Oversee program start-up and ongoing program management and administration of teams across various field locations.
  • Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners and consistent with Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan.
  • Ensure that beneficiaries are effectively targeted according to established vulnerability criteria.
  • Develop and oversee program implementation strategies, including partnership frameworks, beneficiary targeting, distribution processes, as well as capacity building of partners as needed.
  • Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate.
  • Ensure program implementation is on time, target and budget, using effective M&E systems to reach desired impacts.
  • Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely and informative reporting in line with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.
  • Fulfill Mercy Corps Program Management Minimum Standards based on the organization-wide guide;

Team Management

  • Lead the program team in implementation of the response.
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
  • Hire, orient and supervise new team members as necessary.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
  • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.

Finance & Compliance Management

  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to emergency programming.
  • Build and/or maintain operational systems that ensure proper administrative support for programs.
  • Draft and/or review scope of work to hire and manage any technical consultants, including review for technical efficacy and contract budget.

Representation & Coordination

  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
  • Represent Mercy Corps programs with national and international media and participate in community activities as appropriate.

Security

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

  • BA/S or equivalent in relevant field required;
  • 5-7 years of field experience in international relief and development programs, including demonstrable success in managing development programs in transitional environments.
  • 5 years of senior-level leadership, capacity building and field management experience.
  • Demonstrated success working effectively and respectfully with host country government, private sector, INGO, NGO partners and other stakeholders in complex environments.
  • Proven skills in financial and grants management; prior experience with emergency response grant management for both private and institutional donors desired
  • Knowledge of SPHERE and other humanitarian programming standards.
  • Successful and proven negotiation, communication and organization skills.
  • Excellent oral and written English skills required; proficiency in Arabic is a plus.
  • Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment.
     

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