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23 April 2017 | Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is seeking candidates for the Chief of Party (COP) who will lead the implementation of an expected five-year USAID-supported Feed the Future (FtF) Livestock Market Systems Development Activity that will support a livestock and market systems program in Kenya’s Arid Lands. Mercy Corps has been present in Kenya since 2009, focusing its interventions around four objectives: 1) peace and conflict management; 2) livelihood/market systems; 3) governance (particularly at the county level) and 4) youth employment/employability (including the social and economic development of adolescents). The four objectives serve to increase community resilience to drought and other shocks and stresses, and to decrease fragility with a particular focus on Kenya’s Arid Lands. Mercy Corps’ vision for change requires the private sector, government and civil society to work together to create meaningful and sustainable change.
The Livestock Market Systems Development Activity will support USAID’s Feed the Future Initiative and specifically will improve households’ income, productive assets and resilience to drought and other shocks. Illustrative objectives are likely to include: diversified livelihood options, increased inclusiveness of value chains, improved nutrition, improved capacity to peacefully manage conflicts, and community-based natural resource management.
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
The Chief of Party (COP) will manage all aspects of program including meeting the objectives of the project while providing overall technical, administrative, operational, and logistical management of the project, with a focus on achieving the results defined in an associate award, which will be overseen and connected to a Leader with Associate (LWA). The COP is responsible for developing a strong, coherent program vision and initiating innovative strategies across the program. The position requires significant long-term experience in pastoral systems and livestock issues in the region, and strong leadership, communication and ability to work collaboratively with the LWA lead.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Strategy and Vision
Coordination and Representation
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.
Direct supervision of: Deputy Chief of Party, Finance and Grants Manage rand TBD.
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.
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Kenya Country Director
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Other program managers in-country, HQ Program Operations Team members, Technical Support Unit team members in HQ, LWA lead agency.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The successful COP will combine exceptional management skills and experience in maintaining donor and partner relationships. He/she will be proactive communicators and work with consortium members to plan, share and ensure activities are well sequenced with one another and build on each other’s work to strengthen impact. He/she 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. S/he will have demonstrated skills in managing programs in challenging insecure environments. 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.
LIVING CONDITIONS/ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:
This position will be based in Nairobi which is an accompanied post. There is unlimited freedom of movement beyond the house/office. There are many international schools in Kenya. Staff have a high degree of access to services (medical, electricity, water, etc). This position requires approximately 50% travel regularly by road and air to project offices in often insecure environment.
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 MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.