Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
This position is contingent on donor funding.
About Mercy Corps
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Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps began programming in Sudan in 1985, and has been operating in states of what is now South Sudan since 2005; operations have continued since the independence of South Sudan in 2011. We have been working to meet people's immediate needs, and with communities, to build local capacity and promote economic development, especially with the eruption of violence in December 2013. Mercy Corps South Sudan's priority areas are food security and livelihoods (focusing on cash assistance, market-based solutions in agriculture and economic development), WASH, Education, youth development and conflict resolution. Mercy Corps has been implementing project which combine agricultural, economic development, WASH, Education and other humanitarian interventions to tackle the convulsive crises affecting vulnerable communities. Mercy Corps has worked to build relationships with local government and other actors, which has enhanced our understanding of local contexts and the multiple stakeholders involved. With the Peace Agreement and formation of a Transitional Government, Mercy Corps is expanding and intensifying multi-sector programming to rural areas in Rubkona and Panyijiar Counties, especially areas inaccessible in 2014 and 2015. From 2017 Mercy Corps plans to also operate in Equatoria States.
General Position Summary
Mercy Corps is currently implementing different integrated Livelihood and Conflict Resolution Programme across multiple sites in Unity State with a focus on youth, and expanding in Unity State and Equatoria Education in Emergencies programming to include a focus on youth and protection. In an emergency and early recovery context, a Youth/Adolescent Specialist is sought to be the technical lead on youth programming for livelihoods, education and integrated psychosocial support/conflict resolution. The position is responsible to strength the current strategy and provides direction of the country program's youth development programming while providing technical guidance on youth/adolescent-centered and child protection interventions. The position is responsible for conducting rigorous needs assessments, and implementing M&E systems. S/he has a key role in ensuring program quality, new program development and contributing to the Emergency Response/Early Recovery program strategy for South Sudan
Essential Job Responsibilities
Strategy & Vision
Influence & Representation
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.
Protection and PSS officers (EiE UNICEF Program)
Reports Directly To: Director of Programs
Works Directly With: Education and FSL team members
Knowledge and Experience
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
This position is based in 60% in Bentiu (Rubkhona County) and requires frequent travel to rural areas in the county and two sites in Panyijiar County and 40% in Mundri East (Western Equatoria State). Accommodation will likely be shared in a container/pre-fab (Bentiu) or single-occupancy tent (Panyijiar and Mundri East) as part of the Mercy Corps field office at all above mentioned locations. Candidates must be able to be away from secondary and specialized medical care. The security situation will be closely monitored as the response develops. Team members should expect variable levels of insecurity. Air travel will be necessary to move between the established operations base and affected areas during rainy season. During dry season, road movement is feasible
Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in 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.