Pending funding, Mercy Corps will implement a livelihoods program funded that aims to improve the business environment, and improve access to livelihoods opportunities as well as increase the skill set of labor force. The Livelihoods Programs Manager provides day-to-day oversight and strategic leadership on the development and implementation of Mercy Corps livelihoods programming. This involves management of all aspects of the program, including recruitment and performance management, assessments, designing, planning, implementation, monitoring, capacity building of local partners and Mercy Corps staff, reporting, technical support to various project stakeholders, including Mercy Corps staff.
The position will require representation with peer organizations, local communities, local authorities, and donors as well as acting as a liaison with appropriate coordination bodies on sector related developments as well as contributing high standard technical inputs for business development to ensure program quality for planned programs.
Essential Job Responsibilities Strategy & Vision
• Provide leadership in the development of livelihoods portfolio and work to create economic opportunities based on a strong contextual understanding of Iraq and that is in line with Mercy Corps values.
• Identify and prioritize strategic sectors of focus as well as identify and engage market, community and government actors to partner with or support in economic recovery and development activities.
• Stay abreast of and analyze livelihoods trends and adapt program strategies to meet needs.
• Identify opportunities for the design and development of concept notes and proposals for further programming and portfolio expansion.
• Contribute to the technical and operational advocacy strategies of the mission, region, and HQ.
COORDINATION & Representation
DESIGN & PLANNING
• Oversee the design, planning, implementation and documentation of livelihoods programming to help beneficiaries strengthen capacities to mitigate vulnerabilities and build resilience to shocks and stressors in their communities.
• Identify feasible and market demand driven income generating opportunities and skills building projects in sectoral areas of recovery and growth.
• Provide technical oversight to the field teams and mentor staff in the design and implementation of livelihoods activities.
• Hire, supervise and build the capacity of team members in relevant technical and management competencies, deepening understanding of their roles and assisting with career development.
• Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance & reach objectives.
• Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one on ones and performance reviews.
• Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
Finance & Compliance Management
• Ensure compliance with donor regulations and Mercy Corps policies.
• Draft and/or review scope of work to hire and manage any technical consultants, including review for technical efficacy and contract budget.
• Manage the program budget to ensure that spending is donor-compliant and program-effective.
• Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership and agency s global standards.
• 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.
Supervisory Responsibility Direct supervision of staff in the program, including DPMs, SPOs, POs, and APOs. Accountability
Reports Directly To: Director of Programs
Works Directly With: MEL Team, Program Managers, Reporting & Program Development Manager. Coordinates with Regional Advisors and HQ Regional Program Team.
Knowledge and Experience
• Bachelor degree or equivalent in development, economics, social sciences/international studies, business or related field. Masters preferred.
• 5+ years of work experience and strong technical knowledge in livelihoods/employment programming (vocational training; business and life skills concepts; apprenticeships; enterprise development, community infrastructure projects; cash-based interventions, e.g. Cash for Work; Self Help Groups (SHGs), etc.).
• At least 3 years in a management position in emergency/early recovery contexts with vulnerable populations (including displaced/refugees) in areas affected by conflict and insecurity and post-conflict transition.
• Strong experience of working directly with local communities, local authorities and the private sector with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues.
• Demonstrated attention to detail, adherence to procedures, ability to meet deadlines as well as to work independently and cooperatively with team members.
• Effective multi-tasking, organizational capacity and prioritization skills are necessary.
• Previous experience living and working in challenging or insecure environments.
• Excellent communication, writing, critical analysis and negotiation skills.
• Fluency in spoken and written English. Arabic language skills preferred.