Senior Program Manager
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.
In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
Now, and for the future.
We help people overcome poverty and conflict. Working with communities, we leverage local logic to help people transform their lives. To grow more food, earn higher incomes and ultimately advocate for their needs. We see global challenges as an invitation to pioneer innovative, sustainable solutions. Since 1979, our work has improved more than 220 million lives in more than 122 countries around the world.
Position is contingent on new funding
Mercy Corps has been operating in Kenya since 2009, focusing its interventions around four objectives:
peace and conflict management;
The four objectives serve to increase community resilience to drought and other shocks and stresses, and to decrease fragility with a particular focus on Kenya’s Arid Lands. Mercy Corps’ vision for change requires the private sector, government and civil society to work together to create meaningful and sustainable change.
Mercy Corps is recruiting a Senior Program Manager with a strong understanding of managing facilitationbased interventions to provide technical leadership in livelihoods and market systems development for a proposed five-year USAID-funded Feed the Future (FtF) Livestock Market Systems Development Activity for Northern Kenya.
This program will support USAID’s Feed the Future Initiative and specifically will improve households’ income, productive assets and resilience to drought and other shocks.
Illustrative objectives are likely to include: diversified livelihood options, increased inclusiveness of value chains, improved nutrition, improved capacity to peacefully manage conflicts, and community-based natural resource management.
General Position Summary
Pending funding, this positon will require more than 50% of travel to project sites in Isiolo, Marsabit, Garissa, Wajir and Turkana. The Senior Program Manager will be responsible for providing leadership, technical oversight and ensuring direct management for all activities related to livelihoods and market systems development.
S/he will define implementation strategies in coordination with the Chief of Party and leadership team. The Senior Program Manager will train staff, provide them with technical assistance; and ensure that common strategies and approaches are applied consistently in all communities.
S/he will coordinate closely with the M&E team to ensure that systems are in place to track, analyze and report results. The selected candidate will keep abreast of the latest research and evolutions in the field of market/value chain development and integrate new ideas and approaches as appropriate, seek additional technical assistance as needed and ensure effective working relationships with collaborating agencies.
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.
The successful Senior Program Manager will be familiar with or have experience implementing market facilitation-based interventions and the particular challenges of market systems development in Northern Kenya.
S/he will combine exceptional management and facilitation skills, strong negotiation skills and the capacity to manage relationships with different stakeholders. The position requires an ability to think creatively about improving opportunities for inclusive market development to promote sustainable livelihoods.
A heavy emphasis will be placed on coordination with other actors implementing in the areas of intervention. The Senior Program Manager 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.
Kenyan Nationals are encouraged to apply
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