Mercy Corps is powered by the belief that a better world is possible. To do this, we know our teams do their best work when they are diverse and every team member feels that they belong. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be stronger and have long term impact.
Mercy Corps’ Technical Support Unit (TSU) is a key part of the Program Department. TSU subject-matter experts help set agency strategy and provide consultation – from assessment and design through project implementation and results measurement – to field offices worldwide, in some of the world’s toughest places. TSU team members lead research, foster organizational learning, represent Mercy Corps to external audiences, and develop partnerships. The TSU is also integral to global business development and revenue.
The advisor position focuses on providing technical support to Mercy Corps field teams in the peacebuilding sector. The support includes program design and development, advancing key technical initiatives, network and partnership development, representation at key sector forums and events, helping to monitor and improve program quality and relevance, staying current on industry innovation and best practices, writing and supporting competitive proposals for submission to donors, delivering training, and disseminating information to internal and external partners. The advisor will also participate in matrixed teams, share and build the capacity of others, and help integrate their technical areas with others.
Mercy Corps’ peace and conflict work supports locally-led interventions and processes to transform conflict drivers at the society level, increase social cohesion and conflict management capacity at the community level, and promote inclusive decision-making at the individual level to bring about a reduction in violence and long-term peace. We believe that good governance and local ownership lie at the heart of all sustainable peace outcomes. Mercy Corps’ programming in the peacebuilding sector includes youth violence prevention, social cohesion; dispute resolution, mediation, and conflict management; preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE); climate security; peace and technology; advancing peace in complex crises; and gender, peace and security. The Peace & Conflict Advisor will work closely with colleagues from other technical teams designing and supporting the implementation of a range of humanitarian and development initiatives that also address conflict drivers or are, at the least, conflict-sensitive.
The Peace and Conflict Advisor will bring broad knowledge of the peacebuilding sector along with specific experiences working at the intersect of youth and conflict. He/she will be particularly experienced in the areas of preventing participation in violence, including youth violence prevention, P/CVE, gender and conflict, young people and digital peacebuilding, and/or psychosocial support.
PROGRAM & PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT
STRATEGY, LEARNING AND IMPACT
INFLUENCE AND REPRESENTATION
None. May periodically manage intern(s) for 2-4 months.
Reports Directly To: Peace & Conflict TSU Director
Works Directly With: The Governance and Partnerships; Young People and Protection; Technology for Development, and Market Systems Development TSU teams, all other TSU teams, HQ, and field teams
Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
The advisor will demonstrate a winning track record in program development, and bring flexibility, creativity, and enthusiasm to every project they undertake. The individual must have the ability to multi-task, set priorities, pay attention to detail, and work under tight deadlines within complex team environments. The advisor must take an active role in building and maintaining external relationships as well as demonstrating the drive and initiative to contribute to internal team efforts. The individual must learn quickly how to provide technical data and support in the most efficient and effective form possible for each unique field team and environment. All TSU positions require strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, and a level of emotional intelligence proficiency that quickly builds and maintains productive relationships across teams. Being aware and sensitive to international development issues and diverse cultures is critical.
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