Mercy Corps Program Director Jobs in Kenya

Mercy Corps Program Director Jobs in 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.

Mercy Corps began working in Kenya in 2008 and has to date built a robust and diverse portfolio in working to enable Kenyans affected by poverty, resource scarcity and conflict - in particular youth, women, adolescents and marginalized communities - to be healthy, productive and to drive peace and development of their communities.

To do this, we deliver integrated programming to strengthen resilience, market and governance systems, address the root causes of conflict, and equip vulnerable populations- in particular youth, women, adolescents and marginalized social groups- with the skills, opportunities and resources they need to be healthy, productive and to drive the development of their communities.

Mercy Corps Kenya also collaborates with neighbouring countries to implement a number of multi-country and cross-border programs.

Working with a diverse base of donors that includes the UK Department for International Development (DFID), European Commission (EC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID),, MasterCard Foundation and other foundations and institutional donors, Mercy Corps empowers people to recover from crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good.

We work closely with the private sector, civil society and governance structures at local and national levels to facilitate change and ensure that opportunities are inclusive of all Kenyans.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and strategic vision in all aspects of the program's development (inception phase) and implementation.
  • Lead the day-to-day activities of the program.
  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcome.
  • Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions and resources to achieve objectives and impact.
  • Lead assessments and analysis to identify areas for program improvement.
  • Manage all program activities, including providing support to agricultural groups, developing market linkages and value chains, building the capacity of local producers, and supporting micro-projects.
  • Provide management oversight over the implementation team, including development of work plans, sector result chains, intervention designs, growth structure, sustainability, vision, monitoring implementation and impact, ensuring that program deliverables are completed on budget and on time.
  • Jointly with the project teams, lead actor identification of specific markets in the project area and develop shared value and sustainable partnerships.
  • Work closely with local partners and develop strategies to promote their organizational development and capacity-building.
  • Together with the implementing partners and other Mercy Corps team members, lead field level inquiry of the project learning agenda.
  • Work with Monitoring and Evaluation team to develop monitoring systems, provide regular high-quality reports on program activities to demonstrate progress of activities and lessons learned.
  • In collaboration with the Country Director and Monitoring and Evaluation Lead, ensure monitoring, evaluation and analysis are integrated into program implementation to promote adaptive management and a culture of constant program improvement.
  • Support the design and implementation of relevant surveys, need assessments, data and information collection for
    on-going monitoring and learning.
  • Develop and nurture culturally sensitive internal and external relationships and networks to ensure optimum communication and program success.
  • Explore, evaluate and present innovative funding opportunities that support the country strategy.
  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with donors, government partners, consortium partners, sub-grantees, and other stakeholders.
  • In coordination with the Country Director, partake in representation role on specific coordination working groups or forums.
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
  • Lead capacity development initiatives for project team members through trainings, mentoring and coaching to ensure there is a cohesive understanding of market systems and project implementation approaches.
  • Guide program team and work with M&E staff to develop, document and implement adaptive management practices that lead to improved quality and responsive implementation.
  • Work with program and M&E team to ensure high quality measurement on key performance indicators for Market Systems Development (MSD).
  • Ensure compliance and transparent use of resources in line with donor and Mercy Corps policies.
  • Monitor and adherence to grant agreements, Mercy Corps' policies and procedures and other relevant regulations, including those of the Government of Kenya.
  • Work closely with support functions in Kenya, regional and headquarters to ensure highest compliance and program performance.
  • Work with Program Managers on proper budget management, including forecasting and procurement planning.
  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure the well-being of team members and ensure they are aware of policies to help manage insecure environments.

    Knowledge and Experience
  • BA/S or equivalent in a relevant field; an advanced degree is preferred.
  • 5-7 years practical field experience implementing agriculture, livelihoods or related sectors.
  • Implementation and management experience in developing countries through market system based approaches.
  • Experience managing and empowering teams in Market Systems Development with demonstrated evidence of continued learning and adaptation
  • Demonstrated strong theoretical and applied knowledge of livelihood and market systems development programming and familiarity designing assessments.
  • Prior experience in developing partnership with both private and public actors as part of program implementation in achieving projects desired goals.
  • Previous experience working in complex programming, in volatile and insecure environments applying a market system based approaches.
  • Strong writing and report development skills.
  • Must be able to work independently while being a strong team player.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively with local and national governments, INGO and local NGO partners;
  • Strong oral and written English skills required.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 1st September 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; Mercy Corps Program Director Jobs in Kenya

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