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Program / Department Summary
The Mercy Corps Humanitarian Access Team (HAT) supports MC programs and the broader humanitarian community crisis response throughout the region through the provision of high quality analytical product. The HAT develops these outputs through monitoring various media networks, communication with partners, validation of data through primary sources, and engagement with relevant international organizations to gather and collate relevant information. The HAT focuses individual incidents and trends impacting the humanitarian situation in the region and presents and forecasts this analysis with links to the impact on the local population. The HAT therefore looks at social, political, economic and security issues, including underlying factors that trigger conflict and displacement such as governance and service provision, war economy dynamics, past displacement patterns, local, regional and international politics, social identity and intercommunal relationships, and Syrian modern history. The HAT also serves as a real-time information hub; vets potential partners; assesses programmatic, partner, and operational risk; identifies and maps stakeholders; and maintains a mapped database displaying program locations, the locations of commodities and their values, and disaggregates this data by donor and risk threshold.
General Position Summary
The HAT provides content, in the form of reporting and analysis, to inform programs, strategic decision-making, security, and advocacy. The HAT regularly produces weekly reports, program area assessments, situational reports, scenario-plans, and thematic reports, as well as a host of other written products for a variety of different audiences. The Editor will function as an executive editor for all HAT products and will ultimately be responsible for structural edits, copy editing (grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc), final product design and editing, and quality control at every level of all HAT products.
Essential Job Responsibilities Editing, Writing and Reporting
• Provide regular, ongoing, and timely editing for all HAT products, to include weekly reports, area assessments and other thematic and situational products.
• Provide in-depth structural and content edits on all products, as well as regular copy editing and quality control.
• Provide input and advice during the concept/development/writing phase of HAT products, including challenging logic and assessments, and work with the HAT analytical team and technical team to best visually and editorially convey the content of HAT products.
• Develop style guides and best practice documents for report development.
• Assist in the design of products, manage the publication process.
• Ensure that all finalized HAT products are editorially sound, visually attractive, and without textual errors.
• Build rapport and trust with HAT members and programmatic staff.
• Provide analytical support to lead analysts in their development of the Weekly Report, and provide drafting services for the Monthly Returns Report.
• Attend, as required, meetings within Mercy Corps or with partners and / or donors to assist in the wider engagement on HAT analysis.
• Be familiar with content, messaging, and objectives in order to provide structural edits to documents.
• Provide regular editing, writing and analytical advice through engagement in all stages of product creation.
• Understand MC programs, modalities, and sectors, and country strategy in order to ensure that final documents reflect the needs of each segmented audience and ensure that analysis and recommendations directly informs programmatic decision-making.
• 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.
• 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.
Reports Directly To: Humanitarian Access Team, Director
Works Directly With: All HAT Team members and Analysts
Knowledge and Experience
• Bachelor degree or equivalent in Middle Eastern Studies/International Affairs. Masters in a relevant field is preferred.
• Experience in editorial services within media, think tanks or similar analytical organizations
• Ability to read and understand Arabic preferred.
• Substantive knowledge of humanitarian crisis response, in particular with respect to displacement issues in the Syria context.
• Functional knowledge of Excel, ARC GIS, and Adobe Illustrator software preferred.
• Excellent written English.
• Analytical experience within a think tank, NGO, or the UN; experience analyzing the Syrian conflict is strongly preferred..
• Primary and secondary research/academic experience in political science, sociology, economics, or conflict analysis.
• Extensive experience living/working in the Middle East and the Levant region preferred.
• Data analysis experience a plus.