Mercy Corps Partner Capacity Building Specialist Jobs in Nairobi, Kenya

Mercy Corps Partner Capacity Building Specialist Jobs in Nairobi, Kenya

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General Position Summary:

The Partner Capacity Building Specialist is responsible for developing a comprehensive approach to identifying capacity gaps in downstream partners and designing activities to fill those gaps programmatic.

S/he will monitor performance over time to gauge the extent of capacity development in each downstream partner.

The capacity building activities will be tailored to the needs of each partner as different partners may have different capacity gaps.

This position will offer 50% support to the Kenya program portfolio and the other 50% shared across Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Uganda.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Deputy Team Lead and other key staff to agree on the strategic approach to partner capacity building, how it fits into the wider program, and to ensure its inclusion in the overall program strategy.
  • Design and deliver tailored as well as unified capacity building activities for each partner.
  • Such capacity building activities can include thematic and operational areas and can also be systems/process as well as skill development of team members to deliver for the program.
  • Coordinate, manage, and implement capacity building efforts through the mobilization and empowerment of partner organizations to identify, plan, and address priority needs.
  • Take responsibility for the development of a tailored partner capacity assessment, drawing on Mercy Corps’ existing Organizational Capacity Index approach and others.
  • Lead on the development of institutional strengthening plans for partners that respond to organizational and programmatic priorities, and which draw upon a range of capacity development approaches.
  • On the basis of the findings and plan, provide strategic program guidance and technical support for the partner capacity building portion of the program, through provision of support to field staff and partner organizations as required, in coordination with the Deputy Team Lead.
  • Refine organizational development tools and recommend best approaches for partner capacity development, building on existing Mercy Corps knowledge and experience.
  • Assemble a comprehensive package of training and development modules, which address key technical and organizational capacity gaps
    Identify appropriate expertise, both externally and internally to provide capacity building to partners.
  • Participate in the selection of appropriate downstream partners, offering a balanced view of their capacity and potential.
  • Work with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team to support partners to monitor implementation and impact of the capacity building activities.
  • Organize feedback sessions for stakeholders during the implementation of program activities.
  • Work with the MEL team to monitor and
    evaluate the impact of program activities and respond appropriately if changes are required in capacity building activities to improve impact, in consultation with the Deputy Team Lead.
  • Ensure that activities and outputs are completed adequately and within a reasonable time frame.

    Knowledge and Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences Or a Related Discipline. Master’s Degree is preferred.
  • 4-5 years working experience in development programs with an INGO, UN agency or other relevant institution.
  • Specific experience in capacity building, training and organizational capacity assessment.
  • Regional experience is a plus.
  • Experience working on peacebuilding, conflict and governance programmes.
  • Strong self-confidence, focused and an outgoing personality – must be able to build trust and relationships. The ability to engage people in dialogues, skills to communicate with various types of people.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully initiate and maintain positive relationships with local NGOs is vital to effective performance.
  • Expertise with tools and innovations in Information Communication and Technologies.
  • Proficiency in English language oral and writing skills is also required.
  • Ability to adjust and work in dynamic and complex environment/situations.

    Success Factors
  • The successful candidate will have an ability to develop and deliver capacity building strategies and activities.
  • S/he will have a proven ability to learn quickly, take initiative, and be accountable for results, a willingness to remain mobile for short-term and/or long-term as necessary within the region, based on programmatic needs.
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team, have curiosity about and sensitivity to new cultures, a desire and ability to learn and grow, both personally and professionally and a fabulous sense of humor will all be essential.
  • S/he is an excellent facilitator, can build rapport quickly and is passionate about building the capacity of organizations and individuals.

    How to Apply
  • 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).
  • Please do not attach any certificates.
  • Applications should be sent to: on or before the 23rd September 2019.
  • The email subject line must clearly indicate the job title for the position.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the hiring team on a rolling basis.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.
  • NB: We do not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process

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