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Indonesia Jobs: Program Manager - Agriculture and Market Development

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 two program managers 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 program will be implemented in select communities in four districts/kabupaten (Mimika, Jayawijaya, Keerom and Sarmi).
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. Implementation of the PADA III program will be supervised by two Program Managers, one in each of the program areas. The Program Managers will be part of the PADA III senior management team and will each supervise an implementation team that coordinates all agricultural and market development activities in their respective areas.
Program Implementation and Management: Provide strategic vision for activities in the Timika/Jayapura area of the program and act as a member of the PADA program senior leadership team. Manage the PADA III program and team for maximum impact. Provide technical input on food security, agriculture, and/or market development. Manage a team and coordinate all activities that are focused on food security, agriculture, and market development.  Manage partner and stakeholder relationships including with government, the ministry of agriculture, and local partners. Oversee management and operations of field office. Support the design and management of the PADA III M&E systems. Facilitate experience sharing and promotion of best practices among beneficiaries, partners, stakeholders and staff. Manage the program budget for maximum results and according to USAID and Mercy Corps regulation.
Staff Management, Professional Development and Team Building: Create a work atmosphere conducive to professional growth and development of excellent personnel at all levels. Contribute to country team-building efforts, and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes. Support in the recruitment and placement of staff. Assist staff with training and mentoring to ensure the project team has the skills and knowledge necessary to apply accepted good practice.
Organizational Learning:  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 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.
1. Program Implementation team in Timika Area / 2. Program Implementation team in Jayapura Area.
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: PADA III and Mercy Corps Indonesia team, program partners, USAID staff and other stakeholders.
Minimum of 5 years of field experience implementing similar programs funding by USAID or other donors such as food security, rural development, agriculture, or market development programs.
B.S. degree in related field such as agriculture, economics, or development is required; M.S. degree is preferred.
Experience in planning and managing integrated rural development programs in difficult to access areas is preferred.
At least 3 years staff management experience.
Strong management skills in building inter-cultural teams and evidence of being able to flourish in a remote setting.
High proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English is required.
Indonesian language skills preferred or the desire to learn Indonesian is essential.
Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
Good knowledge of Papuan and/or Indonesian agricultural sector preferred.
The successful Program Manager will have strong interpersonal skills and demonstrate an ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with staff, communities, and program partners. S/he will be able to productively work as a member of an overall project and country team and as an individual. S/he will have a commitment to staff and organizational learning and development and be skilled in engaging, motivating, and encouraging staff to bring creative solutions to development issues, identify opportunities for increased impact, pursue project objectives, and create linkages among groups. The successful Program Manager will also be able to prioritize and multi-task for the timely completion of tasks. Successful candidates will be dedicated to technical excellence in market and agricultural development.
This position will be based in either Jayapura or Timika.
Papua living conditions are basic and the towns of Jayapura and Timika provide access to limited 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 standards.
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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Mercy Corps is an AA/EOE.

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