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STA - Asia Program Specialist open to London and Edinburgh

Company name
Mercy Corps International

Portland, OR, United States

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Posted on
May 21, 2020

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Sep 03, 2020

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ASIA\u00A0Program Specialist\u00A0About Mercy CorpsMercy 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 \u2014 helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.Program / Department Summary Mercy Corps implements a variety of programming throughout Asia in response to the diverse humanitarian and long-term development needs of the region. Our portfolio in the Asia region includes ongoing or future programming in the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Georgia, India, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Uzbekistan. Mercy Corps is committed to delivering high quality, high impact programming that reaches communities or individuals in need, wherever they are. \u00A0General Position Summary The Program Specialist supports strategic, impactful, high-quality programming in the Asia Region. This temporary role will provide support to our regional desk and field teams in aspects of their country program and grant administration, for a period of approximately 8 to 10 weeks while a regular team member is on leave due to COVID-19. The temporary Program Specialist will play a key role in connecting the field to HQ resources and supporting field teams as needed depending on the workload coming to the desk. The Program Specialist works with the Senior Program Officer (SPO) and Regional Director (RD) to provide the secondary check and supports the field (ultimate point of responsibility) in adhering to internal and external policies and regulations.Essential Job Responsibilities PROGRAM & GRANT ADMINISTRATION \u25CF\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0 Serve as HQ point of responsibility for overall monitoring on grants/programs for both external/donor requirements as well as Mercy Corps\u2019 internal policies and requirements.\u25CF\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0 Provide ongoing monitoring of the status of programs and complete regular check-ins on grant requirements (such as co-financing/match, BVA, data aggregation, etc.).\u00A0 \u25CF\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0 Support country team\u2019s adherence to Mercy Corps internal policies and Program Management minimum standards.\u00A0 As identified, support adherence to Mercy Corps\u2019 Complex Programs management standards. \u00A0PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT \u25CF\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0 Lead HQ coordination for proposals (unless designated otherwise). Throughout the proposal process, monitor the timeline, status of proposal and communicate to the relevant parties as appropriate. \u25CF\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0 Review final draft for coherence and manage submission to the donor. He/she may be appointed a different role in the design process and travel to field if needed. \u00A0PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT \u25CF\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0 With guidance from the SPO, coordinate partnership negotiation & development, ensuring the necessary teams are engaged, to help further program, country and regional interests.\u00A0EXTERNAL REPRESENTATION\u25CF\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0 With guidance from the SPO, represent regional interests and programs with external stakeholders, in concert with the field teams. \u00A0STRATEGY, PLANNING & LEARNING \u25CF\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0 With guidance from the SPO, support country teams with strategy development and planning.\u00A0 \u25CF\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0 Facilitate learning across country portfolios and regions and share lessons learned and knowledge of agency resources/tools/best practices/etc.\u00A0RECRUITMENT \u25CF\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0 At the request and with guidance from the SPO participate in interview processes, providing contextual information on Mercy Corps\u2019 programs and realities of the position, and selection for key positions as identified with the recruiting team.\u00A0INTERNAL COMMUNICATION \u25CF\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0 In coordination with the APO, support internal communications and ensure knowledge management systems are up to date and accurate to support communication with other teams.\u00A0KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT:\u25CF\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0 In coordination with the APO, ensure management of agency systems and adherence to HQ-related Program Management minimum standards, etc.\u00A0Organizational Learning\u00A0 \u25CF\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0 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 \u25CF\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0 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.Supervisory ResponsibilityNONEAccountability Reports Directly To: SPO Works Directly With: Other HQ Program units and other departments, including Resource Development, Finance, Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness, Legal, Policy and Advocacy, Mercy Corps Counterparts at MC HQ offices in Europe; MC donors and partners\u00A0Knowledge and Experience \u25CF\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0 BA/S in relevant field required; MA/MS/MBA or equivalent preferred.\u25CF\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0 2 - 4 years of field-based experience in international relief and development -- ideally in the region; demonstrated knowledge of relevant sectoral and/or operational areas. \u25CF\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0 2- 4 years of experience managing the development, implementation, administration and compliance (especially of US Government-funded grants); general program management experience preferred.\u25CF\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0 Experience with proposal development including support and writing with various donors, particularly US Government, private foundations and corporations.\u25CF\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0 Experience with monitoring and evaluation and other learning efforts.\u25CF\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0 Experience representing the organization and its interests to a diverse range of local and international government officials, local civil society organizations, other international organizations, the media and the public \u2013 preferred. \u25CF\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0 Proficiency with MS Office software required (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).\u25CF\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0 Preference given to candidates with prior work experience in Asia.\u00A0Success Factors The successful candidate is a problem solver, who is adept in successfully dealing with issues of complexity. S/he is a skilled communicator, able to develop and utilize strong relationships with staff, partners and donors. S/he will coordinate with his/her supervisor, the SPO, and be effective at building working relationships with stakeholders.\u00A0 S/he will collaborate with Mercy Corps\u2019 diverse program support teams, including members of the TSU, Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness and Social Innovations teams to support impactful partnerships with country programs and the region at large. The Program Specialist is part of a team that works with country teams to ensure that we learn from experience, thoroughly research and analyze context and develop high impact strategies.\u00A0 S/he will be a skilled writer and synthesizer of diverse and complex information, helping teams generate new insights into their work, the needs of their countries and the region, and how program impact can be scaled. A robust sense of humor is greatly appreciated.Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions The position will work remotely and there are is no travel planned during the envisioned timeline for the role.Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps\u2019 vision.\u00A0 Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment.

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