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Job Opportunities In Mercy Corps

Closing Date: Sunday, 26 June 2011 
This position is contingent upon funding.
Since 1999, Mercy Corps has been helping people in Indonesia turn the crises of natural disaster, poverty, and conflict into opportunities for progress. Mercy Corps’ current programs in Indonesia have reached over 1,646,804 people through urban, nutrition and health, agriculture and economic development, disaster response and risk reduction, climate adaptation and environmental programming. Currently, Mercy Corps is implementing programs in Jakarta and the municipalities of Semarang and Bandar Lampung, Aceh, Maluku, West Sumatra, and Central Java, through a broad range of partnerships with local, provincial and national government, as well as local NGOs and research institutes. In addition to its long-established programs focusing on urban issues and poverty reduction, Mercy Corps is currently helping more than 517,000 people affected by a string of natural disasters.  Mercy Corps provides both immediate aid and long-term programs to “build back better” by improving governance, community infrastructure, health and economic opportunities in Indonesia’s most challenging urban and coastal areas. Mercy Corps currently has a staff of 175 people in Indonesia and a portfolio of $38 million worth of programs. Based on our strong experience in the agricultural and market development sector in Indonesia and worldwide, Mercy Corps is looking to expand operations into the Papua region of Indonesia.
Mercy Corps is recruiting for a Chief of Party (COP) for a proposed program entitled the Papua Agricultural Development Alliance (PADA III). The program is a $10 million USAID-funded program that will contribute to the food security of vulnerable Papuan households through increased production and income. The PADA program will increase food security through: i) the introduction of sustainable improved production practices and technologies; ii) facilitating access to regional and national markets; iii) cooperative development and capacity building. The crops and areas of focus include: i) rice, tuber, and root crops as traditional staples and for local markets; ii) selected high-value products for regional markets such as bananas, vegetables, pork, and artisanal fishing; and iii) high quality coffee and cocoa for export. The PADA III program will be implemented in selected communities in four districts/kabupaten (Mimika, Jayawijaya, Keerom and Sarmi).
The COP will provide overall leadership, management and strategic vision to the implementation of the PADA III program, managing staff and resources to ensure that the program meets its targets and deliverables on-time and within budget.  The COP will supervise key program staff and ensure accountability to Mercy Corps policies and donor rules and regulations. He/she will be the primary program representative to donors, relevant government entities, partners, other implementers and external stakeholders.
The program will be managed based on two geographic areas: i) the Timika area will include work in Mimika and Wamena kabutpaten; and ii) the Jayapura area will include work in Karrom and Sarmi kabupaten.
Program Implementation and Leadership: Provide leadership and strategic vision in all aspects of program implementation, development and management. Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners, and aligned with Mercy Corps principles, values and strategic plan.  Monitor adherence to grant agreement, Mercy Corps policies and procedures and relevant external rules and regulations. Oversee performance of consortium partners and sub-grantees. Conduct frequent field visits to project sites.
Technical Leadership: Provide leadership to the program in the technical areas of food security, agriculture, and market development. Ensure the program implements global good practice in agricultural and rural development.
Staff Management, Professional Development and Team Building: Create a work atmosphere conducive to professional growth and development of excellent personnel at all levels. Implement, and ensure all staff are effectively using, the performance planning and management system, establishing performance expectations and regularly providing constructive feedback.  Promote accountability by conducting staff annual performance reviews with direct supervisees, and ensuring that supervisory staff do the same. Contribute to country team-building efforts, and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes. Recruit staff.
Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) and Reporting: Facilitate the achievement of program targets and objectives and lead efforts to design effective M&E systems. Oversee the scheduling and production of formal and informal reports on all aspects of the program in a timely and efficient manner. Ensure that M&E staff focus on assisting programs to generate practical information that can be used for ongoing program decision-making while also capturing results at the impact level.
Coordination and Representation: Represent Mercy Corps at government, donor, NGO and other relevant events in the field, in close coordination with the Country Director.  Coordinate activities with consortium partners, subgrantees, local government and other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs.
Program Support Operations: Coordinate with program and finance and administration staff to ensure operational systems are in place to support field activities including logistics (transport, warehousing and asset management), procurement, security, administration and human resources. Propose design of new local policies as needed and in accordance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations.
Security: Work closely with the country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its work.  Ensure that programs are designed and implemented with a clear analysis and understanding of security management priorities.

New Initiatives: In coordination with the Country Director, Regional Program Director, HQ Program Operations team and other relevant personnel and counterparts, play an active role in identifying new initiatives that foster and/ or improve the strategic objectives of the country office, whether utilizing existing resources or requiring program/ project development.
Organizational Learning: As part of Mercy Corps’ agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.
Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards 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: Program Managers (2), M&E Specialist, and Finance and Administration Manager
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO:   Country Director
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH:   PADA III and Mercy Corps Indonesia team, program partners, USAID staff and other stakeholders.
Five to seven years of overseas experience including 4 years in a senior management position and 3 years directly managing multi-million dollar budgets.
Experience managing programs in relevant technical area(s) such as food security, integrated rural development, agriculture, and market development.
M.S. degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Marketing, Business Administration, or related discipline preferred.
Experience with and strong understanding of USAID rules and regulations essential.
Strong written and oral communication skills in English, including report development, writing and editing. Fluency in reading, writing, and speaking English is required.
Strong management skills, with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues.
Strong understanding of the current political, economic, cultural and historical context of Indonesia preferable, with regional Papua experience especially preferred.
Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
Fluency in written and oral English required; preference given to qualified candidates with local language skills.
The successful COP will combine exceptional management skills and experience in maintaining donor and partner relationships.  S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. S/he will also have proven experience with cross-cultural team and capacity building, individual staff development, and strong mentoring skills. 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 in all situations.

The position will be based in either Jayapura or Timika, with final decision in agreement with USAID Indonesia. Papua living conditions are basic and the towns of Jayapura and Timika provide access to basic facilities and amenities.  Standard housing is available and utilities are available including internet.  There are restaurants available and a small number of other expatriates living in the two towns.  Basic health facilities available, but there are no schools of international standard.
Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of 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 Mercy Corps’ policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
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