Mercy Corps Chief of Party - Building Resilience in Civil Society - Kenya Jobs

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Program Leadership

  • Provide strategic leadership and oversight for Mercy Corps’ BRICS II activities in cooperation with key project stakeholders, including local and international partner organizations, local civil society organizations, local and national government officials, research institutions and universities, other international agencies on the ground, and key donors.
  • Oversee relevant program, finance and administrative staff to ensure systems are in compliance with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.
  • Ensure program implementation is on time, target and budget, using effective M&E systems to reach desired impacts, and develop mechanisms for targeted research to inform program design and implementation.
  • Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely and informative reporting in line with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.
  • Increase staff capacity by ensuring high quality technical training on CVE programming for Mercy Corps staff and local partners, and providing ongoing coaching and mentoring.
  • Promote learning and knowledge management through documentation and knowledge sharing around best practices and lessons learned.

    Strategy and Vision

  • Set the overall vision and strategy for the program by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve program objectives and impact.
  • Drive a cutting-edge research agenda to inform program strategy and promote internal and external learning about best practices in CVE programming
  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.


  • Lead the BRICS II Policy Influencing agenda and engage with local and national governance institutions to drive CVE policy development and implementation.
  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other stakeholders.
  • Identify, engage, capacity-build and coordinate partner organizations into a cohesive program implementation unit.
  • Maintain good working relationships with the donor, the host country government and local leaders, partner agencies, and other key stakeholders.
  • Document and disseminate lessons learned and best practices from BRICS II to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships and coordinate with relevant international and local agencies active in the CVE and peacebuilding sectors, including donors, other peace-building and research organizations, local authorities and local partners.

    Team Management

  • 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 performance reviews.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance & reach objectives.
  • Supervise and regularly coordinate with
    project staff and support departments to ensure smooth planning, preparation, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of program activities. Develop a framework for adaptive management and program iteration driven by research and learning.
  • Provide overall leadership to a broad team of program staff ensuring synergy, sharing of best practices and resources.

    Organizational Learning

  • 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

  • Policy and Advocacy Manager, Partner Support Manager, Finance Manager, Research Director, M&E Manager and other relevant staff


  • Reports Directly To: Kenya Country Director

  • Works Directly With: Technical Service Unit, Operations and Finance Teams, Mercy Corps Desk team

    Knowledge and Experience

  • Master’s degree in conflict mitigation, social sciences, international relations or other relevant field preferred.
  • Minimum 8 years’ relevant professional experience implementing conflict management and peacebuilding programs, preferably with experience on working on CVE programming.
  • Previous experience managing a portfolio of programs in insecure environments.
  • Experience in at least one of the following program areas: conflict management, governance and/or youth.
  • Demonstrated experience with consortium management, including innovative ways to ensure participatory and dynamic engagement of partner organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience with adaptive management, integration of research into program design and strategy, and innovative approaches to program monitoring and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of systems approaches and resilience principles a plus.
  • Strong facilitation and consensus-building skills.
  • Experience managing national and international staff.
  • Familiarity and experience with FCO regulations preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English, including report development, writing and editing.
  • Must be able to work independently while being a strong team player.

    How to apply

    Interested candidates should apply online by 30th August, 2018

    For more information and job application details, see; Mercy Corps Chief of Party - Building Resilience in Civil Society - Kenya Jobs

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