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Program / Department Summary
With 40 years of experience conducting relief programming in the Region, including 15 years in Colombia and 15 months focused on the Venezuela Regional Crisis, Mercy Corps is now in the process of building a multisectoral response program in Venezuela. Mercy Corps is focusing its interventions on strategic sectors based on need assessments developed by the organization and other humanitarian actors working in the country. With funding from public and private sources, Mercy Corps is working together with partners in Venezuela to respond to these needs, bringing benefit to the most vulnerable population in the country.
General Position Summary
The Program Specialist is a project-funded position with the aim of coordinating and implementing the delivery of humanitarian response actions including daily support of program activities, and ensuring appropriate systems and support mechanisms are in place to track, analyze and report on results. The PS is a team member, able to develop and mentor partners in Venezuela. He/she is an effective communicator, able to work with internal and external stakeholders to achieve common objectives. In coordination with Venezuela Team Leader, s/he builds relationships with local partners, beneficiaries and donor representatives, contributing to achievement of country goals through innovation and program development and displaying expertise in different sectors as well as regional experience to partners on the ground. In close coordination with other Venezuela Response Team members, the PS will support the ECHO-funded Critical Multi-Sector Support for the Venezuelans Affected by the Regional Humanitarian Crisis that aims to provide lifesaving medicines, preventative healthcare and humanitarian information services.
Essential Consultancy Responsibilities
STRATEGY & VISION
- Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative view points are welcomed.
- Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to country-wide strategy development.
- Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.
- Support the development of the capacity of country team in specific areas of technical expertise relevant to response programming.
- Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance & reach objectives.
- Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT
- Support coordination of new business development efforts, including assisting with proposal writing.
- Collaborate with Mercy Corps' program, finance and administrative staff.
- Ensure program implementation is on time, target and budget, assisting the team with setting up and using effective M&E systems to reach desired impacts.
- Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely and informative reporting in line with ECHO and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.
- Implement and model Mercy Corps' philosophy of social entrepreneurship and leverage Mercy Corps' best practices.
- Fulfill Mercy Corps' Program Management Minimum Standards based on the organization-wide guide.
- Ensure all interventions adhere to Humanitarian Country Team and Mercy Corps' Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards.
- Ensure knowledge of and compliance with appropriate national and international procedures, policies and regulatory codes.
- In coordination with the Venezuela Team Leader, participate in technical sectorial group meetings at country level and provide substantively to the development of general and specific objectives of Sector´s Terms of Reference.
INFLUENCE & REPRESENTATION
- Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other stakeholders.
- Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
- Demonstrate flexibility, resilience and ability to maintain positive relationships and composure.
- Maintain high ethical standards and treat people with respect and dignity.
- Exhibit an awareness of his/her own strengths and development needs.
- Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
- Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies and legal framework at country level.
- 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 PARTICIPANTS
- Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically
to our participants and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
- Reports Directly To: Venezuela Team Leader
- Works Directly With: Regional Response Director, Bogota Office support staff, HQ-based Program, Operations, Finance, and TSU staff
Knowledge and Experience
- (BA/BS) or equivalent in Social Sciences, Community Medical Health, Nutrition or other relevant field; MA/S in Social Sciences, Public Health or relevant field for Humanitarian Action or Human Rights.
- 5 of years of international relief and development program management experience in health, food security or nutrition, ideally in the Region.
- Working experience with Inter-Agency mechanisms
- Good understanding of Venezuela's political and socio-economic context.
- Established ability to manage and communicate effectively with team members of varied work styles.
- Demonstrated flexibility and creativity in planning and problem solving.
- Proven ability to learn quickly, lead a program to achieve stated results and objectives.
- Experience with the development, implementation & compliance of European donors & corporate/private funded programs.
- Ability to effectively represent Mercy Corps and its interests to key stakeholders.
- Experience working with host governments, national and international NGOs.
- Effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational and prioritization skills.
- Excellent oral and written Spanish and English skills required.
- Ability to work effectively with a multicultural environment.
- Previous experience in insecure environment
- Internationally recognized qualification in project or program management
- Knowledge of Sphere standards and other training in humanitarian response preferred.
The successful PM will combine exceptional management skills and experience in maintaining donor and partner relationships. S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the Region. S/he will also have proven experience with cross-cultural team and capacity building, individual staff development and strong mentoring skills. Prioritizing, problem solving, ability to seize opportunities, 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.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The Venezuela Response Program Manager is based in Caracas, Venezuela. This location is accompanied and insecure. Housing is individual accommodation with limited freedom of movement beyond the house/office. Staff will have access to services (medical, electricity, water, etc). This position might require up to 50% of travel to project sites.
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/short term assignment to a field posting. 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.
Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps' vision. Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment.