Essential Job Responsibilities:
Strategy and Vision
• Contribute to the development of viable livelihoods strategies based on a strong contextual understanding of Syria and in line with Mercy Corps values.
• Contribute to the technical and operational advocacy strategies of the mission, region, and HQ.
• Help to transition Mercy Corps programming from Emergency response to Early Recovery and long term Resilience/Development activities, while ensuring emergency livelihood assistance is provided in a timely manner.
• Contribute to the branding of Mercy Corps Market Systems Development and Financial Inclusion approaches.
• Coordinate the implementation of integrated programs in the NES portfolio.
Design and Planning
• Oversee the design, planning and implementation of livelihoods programming to help beneficiaries strengthen capacities to mitigate vulnerabilities and build resilience to shocks and stressors in their communities.
• Contribute to the design of new proposals and budgets for livelihoods-related activities.
• Work with monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) and program team members to ensure participatory approaches are inclusive of all demographics and are integrated into program design, monitoring, vulnerability identification, and program evaluation.
• Ensure programs are actively engaging community stakeholders and partners to identify priority needs.
• Stay abreast of and analyze livelihoods trends and develop/adjust program strategies to meet needs. Identify opportunities for the design and development of concept notes and proposals for further programming.
• Responsible for budget management, resource allocation and planning across the whole Livelihoods portfolio.
• Ensure compliance with donor contractual commitments, extracting and implementing key learnings from project implementation
• Provides technical support to sub-grants to maintain strong partnerships in North East Syria.
Implementation and Programs Coordination
• In collaboration with appropriate departments within Mercy Corps and with external actors where relevant, actively contribute to the development of assessments, monitoring tools and analysis to better understand the household livelihood trends, knowledge gaps, and needs.
• Manage multi-million dollar grants while adhering to spending plans and donor rules. These include the Syria Resilience Consortium, DFID, French MOFA, SIDA, DANIDA, OFDA/FFP and any upcoming funding in the pipeline.
• Provide technical oversight to the field teams and mentor staff in the design and implementation of livelihood activities.
• Ensure the planning, monitoring and quality reporting of all livelihood activities in accordance with Mercy Corps minimum standards for program management.
• Work with the Area Director of Programs to identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with sector counterparts including local partners, donors, and other stakeholders.
• Work closely with the food security and livelihoods sector, agriculture working group, early recovery working group, and the cash working group in NES.
• Contributes to designing the Consortium learning agenda and to enforcing accountability and learning in the Consortium.
• Contributes to MC s efforts to improve adaptive management and management innovation practices and communicates best-practices to the wider humanitarian community, globally and through NES coordination fora.
• Hire, supervise, and build the capacity of team members in relevant technical and management competencies.
• Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
• Promote accountability, communicate expectations, and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
• Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify solutions, and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.
• Lead collaborative partner relationships focused on mutual learning and capacity building as well as technical guidance in areas of Mercy Corps expertise.
• Develop and implement remote management capacity building approaches where relevant.
Influence & Representation
• Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders - including NGOs, clusters, UN agencies, community-based organizations and Mercy Corps technical Advisors to enhance cooperation and coordination.
• Attend relevant coordination meetings and/or represent Mercy Corps in other relevant fora.
• Ensure that information from coordination meetings is shared internally and with other sectors, as appropriate.
• Coordinate the development of a quality framework for resilience approaches within the SRC Consortium.
• Represent and advocate for Mercy Corps approaches in the NES sectoral working groups.
• Consistently demonstrate flexibility, resilience and ability to maintain positive relationships and composure, even under difficult circumstances.
• Maintain high ethical standards and treat people with respect and dignity.
• Demonstrate an awareness of his/her own strengths and development needs.
Strategy & Vision
• Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment of empowerment.
• Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions and resources to achieve objectives and contribute to countrywide strategy development.
• Fulfill Mercy Corps Program Management Minimum Standards based on the organization-wide guide.
• Ensure all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards.
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: FSL Advisor, Cash Specialist, other Program Managers, Grants Management team, Syria Performance & Quality (PaQ) team, and operational departments (Procurement, Finance, HR)
Knowledge & Experience
• A Bachelor degree or equivalent in Agriculture or other relevant field is required. Master s degree preferred.
• 5-7 years of professional experience in emergency and recovery/transitional livelihoods programming or equivalent combination of education and experience