Mercy Corps System Strengthening and Institutionalization Lead Jobs in Kenya

Mercy Corps System Strengthening and Institutionalization Lead 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.

Program / Department Summary

Mercy Corps anticipates applying for funding for a five-year USAID Food for Peace Activity to support agriculturalists, agro-pastoralists, and pastoral households living in Northern Kenya.

The program will be an integrated food security activity with a goal of achieving food security in the target counties in Kenya, through community level governance, preventing chronic malnutrition, sanitation and hygiene and sustainable livelihoods.

General Position Summary

The System Strengthening and Institutionalization Lead will provide technical oversight, management and strategic vision to the implementation of the system strengthening and institutionalization aspects of a five-year, multi-million dollar USAID/Food for Peace funded Development Food Security Activity (DFSA).

S/he will manage staff, resources and partnerships to ensure that the program meets its targets and deliverables on time and within budget.

The System Strengthening and Institutionalization Lead will supervise program staff and ensure accountability to Mercy Corps policies and donor rules and regulations.

Close coordination and collaboration with other senior managers of the DFSA program will be crucial in developing and maintaining an integrated and multi-sector approach for the program.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Provide technical leadership and management in the development and execution of systems strengthening and capacity building efforts.
  • Facilitate collaborative partnerships, building effective working relationships with government ministries, county-level organizations and officials and local institutions as well as consortium partners and other stakeholders.
  • Ensure close consultation and incorporation of ongoing feedback from relevant officials over the life of the program.

    Program Management

  • Oversee the development of system strengthening and institutionalization strategies, organizational capacity development plans that are responsive to the context and recognize best practices and lessons learned.
  • Provide day-to-day supervision of system strengthening and institutionalization activities, ensuring that team members are following work plans, that activities are on schedule, and that project deliverables are completed as planned and within budget.
  • Ensure that system strengthening and institutionalization activities are gender, youth and conflict sensitive and well integrated into other key components of the program.
  • Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners and consistent with Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan.
  • Work with MEL Lead to ensure monitoring and evaluation of system strengthening and institutionalization activities are robust, well-integrated with overall MEL strategy, and that information and data collected are used to inform and adjust capacity building strategies
  • Ensure beneficiaries are effectively targeted according to transparent criteria.
  • Develop partnership frameworks, partner agreements/Memorandum of Understandings, and oversee capacity building.
  • Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate.
  • Certify all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards.
  • Document processes and achievements to ensure best practices are captured and disseminated.
  • This will include the continual re-evaluation of program activities and information, with resulting activity adjustments in keeping with new insights.
  • Follow effective stakeholder management plans, ensuring sound and proactive communications with partner organizations, USAID, Government of Kenya authorities, and colleague agencies.
    Conduct frequent field visits to all project sites
  • spend up to 50% of time in the field.
  • Fulfill Mercy Corps’ Program Management Minimum Standards based on the organization-wide guide.

    Team Management
  • Advise and mentor MC and partner staff on technical aspects of system strengthening and institutionalization activities in the program to support the emergence of government ministry, county-level organization and
    official, local institution and community participation and responsive governance mechanisms in target areas.
  • Hire, orient, and directly manage systems strengthening staff in relevant day-to-day activities and develop capacity of this team.
  • 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.
  • Work closely with the program, administration, and operations teams to ensure successful support for system strengthening and institutionalization functions.

    Organisational 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.


  • Reports Directly To: Chief of Party
    Works Directly With: DFSA team, DFSA partners, Mercy Corps Kenya country office, and Mercy Corps headquarters support including HQ Technical Support Unit.

    Knowledge and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in development studies, international relations, governance, or related field plus a minimum of 7 years relevant work experience or a master’s degree and a minimum of 5 years relevant work experience.
  • Technical experience leading system strengthening and institutionalization activities with government ministries, county-level organizations, officials, and local institutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to and prior experience of building and maintaining relationships with host governments, stakeholders, colleague agencies, local organizations, and partners.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, effective listening, negotiation and representation skills, and the ability to work comfortably with an ethnically diverse staff in a sensitive environment.
  • Understanding of and demonstrated commitment to the importance of gender and youth issues in system strengthening & institutionalization programming.
  • Previous experience in FFP programming strongly preferred.
  • Previous staff management experience of similar size teams required, and record of strategic visioning, leadership, and inspiring teams.
  • Persuasive written and oral communication in English.
  • Experience in the Kenya or Horn of Africa required with preference for Kenya nationals.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.

    Success Factors
  • The successful System Strengthening and Institutionalization Lead will combine strong technical skills with leadership and management skills.
  • S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative systems strengthening programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region.
  • S/he will also have proven experience with cross-cultural teams and capacity building, individual staff development, and strong mentoring skills.
  • Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential.
  • The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 4th June 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; Mercy Corps System Strengthening and Institutionalization Lead Jobs in Kenya

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