Mercy Corps Natural Resource Management (NRM) and Market Systems Officer Job in Turkana County, Kenya

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. We help communities survive and move beyond emergencies. When natural disasters strike, economies collapse or conflict flares, Mercy Corps is there. We see global challenges as an invitation to pioneer innovative, sustainable solutions.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Under the direction of the Program Manager, carry out assessments in the target geographic areas to assess the current situation, economic and NRM opportunities and resources, needs and potential programs as well as obstacles that could be mitigated through the program;
  • Recommend program priorities and explore, evaluate and present new NRM and market opportunities that leverage impact and/ or complement core activities;
  • Emphasize the role of and opportunities for women, girls and youth in the economic and NRM sectors in both rural and urban sphere;
  • Introduce the program to relevant stakeholders including local business owners, actors engaged in NRM, local representatives and community members. Foster ongoing positive cooperation with these stakeholders and forge links between market actors, producers, end users, etc.;
  • Ensure an integrated approach to program implementation in order to maximize resource utilization and synergy between the staff and different MC programs where relevant and feasible;
  • Identify small business activities for seed support through basic improvements or inputs;
  • Identify value-addition opportunities that strengthen economic opportunities, especially women and youth in the livestock, fish and gum arabica as identified by the assessments carried out;
  • Work within local government strategic plans for resource management and advocate for cohesive implementation of projects that demonstrate government responsiveness to community processes;
  • Engage pastoralists in inter-community dialogue around access to land and water for livestock management.
  • Engage with remote communities to establish priorities for community-led NRM, and lead process for developing community NRM plans.

    Reports Directly To: Program Manager

    Works Directly With: REAP Project Officer, REAP mentors, M& E Officer, Finance, HR and Operations teams, Partner Organizations, and broader LMS team.

    Knowledge and Experience:

  • A degree in Natural Resource Management, Business Administration, Economics or Finance is required;
  • Minimum of three years
    working in the program fields of fish, livestock, microfinance, economic development, NRM within the NGO sector or within the private sector is required;
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills;
  • Excellent computer skills, specifically in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent teamwork abilities and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent networking and negotiation skills is required;
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills is required;
  • Demonstrated flexibility, creativity and enthusiasm as well as a willingness to learn and to be continually adaptive within a dynamic and often self-directed working environment mandatory;
  • Ability to focus on day-to-day tasks at hand while also working towards longer-term objectives with an understanding that these will change continuously;
  • Willingness to spend considerable time in the field and work closely with program target groups and consortium members;
  • Proven understanding of both urban and rural livelihoods systems, climate change adaptation strategies, public administration and resilience programming;
  • Proven ability to forge relationships with community members, leader and government authorities;
  • Experience in building and maintaining strong/productive relations with implementing and strategic partners;
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently as well as cooperatively with team members;
  • Experience working in conflict environments is preferred;
  • Security management experience in remote and insecure environments.

    Application Procedure:

    Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit a Cover Letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to on or before 16th July, 2018.

    The email subject line must clearly show the job title and location they are applying for.

    Applications without an appropriate subject heading will be automatically disqualified.

    Please do not attach any certificates.

    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    NB: We do not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process

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