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Conflict Mitigation Advisor-USAID/CCF Interfaith Peacebuilding Program

Essential Job Functions:

Program Implementation

  • Lead the community in the design, planning and implementation of conflict mitigation and security planning components of the CFF program.
  • Identify and develop relevant local technical expertise in the areas of conflict mitigation and security planning.
  • Lead and oversee community-led conflict mapping in partnership with local leaders and program partners.
  • Design and deliver substantive trainings on the intersection between security, protection, economic collaboration and peacebuilding.
  • Provide technical input into the development of community security plans.
  • Lead the development of interfaith peacebuilding messaging.
  • Support the Program Manager in the development and execution of program evaluation and reporting requirements.

    Strategy and Vision

  • Provide technical leadership, guidance and development of good practices that integrate interfaith dialogue and economic collaboration as tools for conflict mitigation in complex environments.
  • Identify, document and communicate the ideas, trends and emerging capacities in CAR that fall in the intersection between economic development and peacebuilding.


  • Collaboratively identify and nurture collaborative partnerships with appropriate local leaders, program partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Participate in relevant fora in CAR related to peacebuilding and economic development.
  • Document and disseminate lessons learned and best practices from MC Central African Republic’s conflict and peacebuilding portfolio to internal and external stakeholders, including at international conferences and similar forums.

    Training/ Mentoring:

  • Provide technical assistance and mentoring of field-based program teams on best practice principles, disciplines, and methodologies related to conflict mitigation, peacebuilding and economic collaboration.
  • Assist with development of training materials and deliver training to teams during field visits.

    Knowledge and Experience:

  • MA/S or equivalent in social science, management, business, or international development.
  • Formal training in conflict management/mitigation is preferred.
  • 3-5 years’ experience managing conflict programming in a development setting is required.
  • Experience in highly volatile security situations and a commitment to team safety.
  • Commitment to the principles of participatory team management and participatory, community-oriented development.
  • Effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required.
  • Experience working in integrated economic development and peacebuilding interventions highly preferred.
  • Experience in interfaith programming is a plus.
  • Familiarity with the CAR context is highly valued.
  • Experience working with pastoralists is valued.
  • Demonstrated ability to work respectfully and constructively with local partners.

    How to apply:


    Conflict Mitigation Advisor-USAID/CCF Interfaith Peacebuilding Program

    Country  » Niger

    Acting Deputy Country Director

    Essential Job Functions:

    Program Development

  • Lead the identification of new initiatives and opportunities that respond to identified needs and the country strategy, in coordination with the Country Director and Acting DCD, as well as the Africa-based Regional Program Director, headquarters-based Senior Program Officer, Technical Advisors and other relevant staff.
  • Plan and lead the country team to assess the needs for program design, evaluate, analyze and further develop a multi-year country specific strategic plan for Niger, in line with the regional value propositions and MC global strategy.
  • Lead the development of solicited and unsolicited proposals and concept notes.

    Coordination and Representation

  • Establish close and productive relationships with donors, national government authorities, and cluster members (UN and NGO) in Niamey, in close coordination with the Country Director.
  • Represent Mercy Corps at all relevant coordination meetings in Niamey (GDCI/Heads of Missions, Clusters, Humanitarian Advocacy Group, etc.), and increasingly play a lead role in other advocacy and coordination bodies.
  • Coordinate with other NGOs in Niger to consolidate Mercy Corps’ comparative advantage, while identifying new strategic partnerships.

    Program Coordination and Team Management

  • Work with the Country Director to provide leadership in all aspects of program coordination to ensure consistent quality, including the incorporation of cross-cutting themes, quality data analysis, lessons learned and best practices.
  • Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners and aligned with Mercy Corps’ principles, values, global strategic roadmap, and Niger country strategy.
  • Work with Program Director and Managers to monitor adherence to grant agreements, Mercy Corps’ policies and procedures and relevant external rules and regulations.
  • Support Program Directors and Managers to oversee performance of partners, sub-grantees, and technical contractors.
  • Conduct frequent field visits to all project sites for monitoring, quality control and program staff mentoring and coaching.
  • Build up programs’ staff capacity and ensure effective and qualitative program implementation.
  • 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 problem solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve their performance & reach objectives.

    Program Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Ensure that robust monitoring and evaluation, quality data collection and analysis systems are in place, adhered to and used as a decision-making tool, encouraging consistency across programs.
  • Work with the Country Director to roll out and monitor Mission Metrics across all programs and develop a global M&E system with existing M&E staff.
  • Provide ongoing training and guidance to staff on M&E best practices.

    Program Reporting

  • Ensure that donor reports are produced by the Programs teams that effectively demonstrate the impact of Mercy Corps’ program interventions.
  • Work with Program Managers to put in place a tool for an easy tracking upcoming donor reports.
  • Review all reports to ensure a high-quality product (in either English or French, depending on the donor).

    Program Support Operations

  • Work closely with the Operations Head and Finance Director to ensure that operational and financial management systems are responsive to program needs and that program staff are adhering to both donor and Mercy Corps’ procedures and regulations.


  • Work closely with the country team’s security focal point to ensure that programs are contributing to and responding to safety and security plans and procedures.
  • Ensure that programs are designed and implemented with a clear analysis and understanding of security management priorities.


  • Conduct him/herself professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
  • Other duties as assigned.

    Knowledge and Experience:

  • BA/S or equivalent in social science, management, international development or other relevant field. MA/S preferred.
  • At least four years of overseas experience including at least 2 years in a senior management position.
  • Experience managing humanitarian relief and/or transitional programs in areas affected chronic food and nutritional insecurity, climate change, cycles of drought, etc.
  • Previous experience working in Francophone Africa is strongly preferred.
  • Proven track record in program design, proposal writing and development, and donor reporting.
  • Experience managing programs in relevant technical area(s) including food security in complex food/nutritional insecurity environment, agriculture, economic recovery, environment, livelihoods, financial services, and/or services for extremely food insecure populations.
  • Strong M&E skills.
  • Knowledge of major donor requirements and compliance issues.
  • Strong management skills with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues.
  • Skilled in partnering with private sector and civil society organizations, public/government entities, local NGOs, etc.
  • Fluent written and oral French and English are required.
  • Strong knowledge and experience of the Sahel context is a great advantage
  • Solid knowledge of and experience with security protocols is essential.

    How to apply:


    Acting Deputy Country Director

    Country » Morocco

    Youth Economic Empowerment Advisor

    Essential Job Functions:

  • Provide technical insight and advice to Mercy Corps teams and partners on economic empowerment programming, including enterprise development and job skills and employment activities, combining experience with practical on-the-ground identification of constraints and opportunities;
  • Develop strategies for working with the private sector on entrepreneurship mentoring, financial inclusion, and apprenticeships increase skills training responsiveness to market needs;
  • Design curriculum and deliver livelihoods trainings to program participating youth, concurrently building team and partner capacity to train and mentor youth;
  • Design and set up entrepreneurship mentoring network, recruit qualified mentors and oversee the quality of mentorship being provided; work with partners to set up or link with business incubators and accelerators;
  • Provide technical leadership in value chain/market analysis to identify opportunities for improved economic opportunities for young people, including leading market labor assessments;
  • Mentor local program staff and other partners, gradually transferring skills and capacities;
  • Work with project staff on an ongoing basis to ensure smooth planning, preparation, implementation and joint monitoring and evaluation of program activities and achievements towards project goals.

    Knowledge and Experience:

  • BA/S or equivalent in economic development, or international development;
  • 5-7 years of experience in international development in economic development
  • Technical expertise in youth livelihoods development
  • Experience managing youth, microenterprise, job skills/employment and/or civic education programs;
  • History of working effectively and respectfully with host government, NGOs, contractors and other partners;
  • Ability to effectively convey programmatic goals, enlist partnerships, and work with a range of program and external stakeholders;
  • Willingness to work in remote field settings under challenging conditions.
  • History of working effectively and respectfully with host country governments, INGO and NGO partners.
  • Relevant professional experience in the Maghreb or Middle East is preferred.
  • Fluency in French and English required. Fluency in Arabic preferred.

    How to apply:


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