Mercy Corps Government Engagement Manager Jobs in Kenya

Mercy Corps Government Engagement Manager Jobs in Kenya


About Mercy Corps

  • 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.

    General Position Summary

  • The Government Engagement Manager will lead the day-to-day engagement with the Turkana County Government, civil society, and community structures, institutions, or associations to strengthen institutional and local systems capacity and mobilize communities to create opportunities for accountable and inclusive governance.

  • S/he will coordinate with consortium partners and work with the county government and relevant community structures to develop and implement the Institutional and Local Systems Strengthening Strategy.

  • The Government Engagement Manager will advance institutional capacity to build more food secure and healthy communities and support systemic change in the governance and enabling environment.

    Essential Job Responsibilities

    Vision and Technical Leadership

  • Support the Institutionalization Learning Systems Strengthening Lead and county-level Field Director in providing strategy and direction for to county-level program implementation;

  • Support integration of cross-cutting aspects of the program such as gender equality, social inclusion, youth, climate adaptation, and resilience into county-level institutional strengthening strategy;

    Program Management and Implimentation

  • Ensure technical integrity and quality assurance of Institutionalization Learning Systems Strengthening (ILSS) implementation across the county, overseeing county team of ILSS staff, including those embedded in county government, and reporting to ILSS Lead, while following MC’s and the donor’s financial standards and monitoring protocols.

  • Collaborate with field director in day-to-day and ongoing coordination with county government officials and community structures on program delivery, coordinated activities, joint planning, capacity strengthening strategies and activities, and measurement.

  • Support the Field Director and ILSS Lead in the socialization of the program with local and county Government stakeholders, traditional leaders, local civil society organizations, and other relevant stakeholders, to ensure support for and acceptance of Mercy Corps’ programs, and pursuing necessary approvals and collaboration as required.

  • Lead implementation of county-level context and government capacity assessment processes, including managing staff or consultants, coordinating across Mercy Corps and consortium partner teams, and/or joint mapping of formal and informal governance structures with key stakeholders.

  • Prepare regular county context updates and advise how these may affect implementation of the ILSS Strategy and overall Mercy Corps programming at the county.

  • Refine and implement county-contextual strategies for community mobilization and engagement in governance processes.

  • Work with the ILSS Lead to develop and/or refine ILSS curricula, including to strengthen community mobilization, civil society strengthening, or the capacity of government officials in community engagement skills, including facilitation, consultation, negotiation, and participatory planning and budgeting.

  • Mentor participating officials in good governance skills, including to plan and conduct regular awareness-raising and consultative meetings with civil society representatives and communities on issues related to nutrition, health, and development planning.

  • Manage ILSS team to conduct workshops designed to build community mobilization and engagement in decision making, as well as capacity of government officials at multiple levels to govern effectively and inclusively.

  • Convene and facilitate meetings between governance structures at different levels and across geographies to promote communication and collaboration within and between government authorities.

  • Manage county ILSS team in providing technical assistance – including targeted training, mentoring, and strategic planning support – to increase the capacity of targeted governance structures to share information and promote participatory decision-making processes involving a wide range of stakeholders.

  • Contribute county-level information on complementary activities by partners and collaborating agencies to support program coordination at the household, community, and ward levels.

  • Ensure all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards.

    Information Management and Reporting

  • Ensure that technical inputs from all members of the program consortium are integrated into
    county level analysis and ILSS activities.

  • In coordination with Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team, support documentation of information regarding program practices and outcomes.

  • Coordinate with research and technical teams to analyze program data and use it for learning.

  • With input from county ILSS team, produce written reports on program activities, capturing the impacts of activities.

  • Participate in the agency-wide governance practitioners learning exchange network.

    Team Management

  • Supervise a county-based team, including remote management of several technical staff who will be embedded in county government offices in a mentoring and coaching role, ensuring that staff are following work plans, activities are on schedule, and deliverables are completed as planned.

  • Supervise consultants and contractors for program delivery.

  • Coordinate with ILSS Lead and Field Director to recruit, orient, and train new county program staff.

  • Develop the capacity of the team, deepen understanding of their roles and support with their career development in order to promote a culture of learning through reflection of research findings, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) data, and lessons learned.

  • Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance and achieve 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.

    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 Partners

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Supervisory Responsibility

  • County-based program team as assigned.

    Knowledge and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field

  • At least 3 (three) years’ work experience involving county and sub-county governments, NGOs/INGOs, and/or community-based groups or movements

  • Demonstrated knowledge or expertise in county government structure and operations, governance programming, civil society capacity building, advocacy, and/or peacebuilding.

  • At least two (2) years experience managing staff for program implementation.

  • Demonstrated strong leadership and teambuilding skills; ability to work effectively in a team which includes remote members, often with limited supervision and under pressure.

  • Ability to mentor others and model successful management techniques and approaches.

  • Ability to conceptualize, plan, and implement program activities creatively, as well as the ability to analyze data and utilize lessons learned for the continuous improvement of implementation.

  • Demonstrated ability to liaise and collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders.

  • Prior experience of working on USAID-funded programs preferred.

  • Prior experience in awarding and managing sub-grants to local organizations to promote nutrition, governance and gender goals.

  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently across county including remote communities (estimated 40% of the time) sometimes at short notice.

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Mercy Corps Government Engagement Manager Jobs in Kenya

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