Program Specialist, Khartoum - Sudan
ABOUT MERCY CORPS
PROGRAM DEPARTMENT/ SUMMARY
The Strengthening Agricultural Markets and Food Security (SAFE) programme, implemented by Mercy Corps in partnership with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is a SIDA funded USD 13 million programme that aims to improve food security for 31,000 male and female smallholder farmer households (approximately 186,000 individuals) through enhanced gender-equitable market access and agricultural production. The Strengthening Agricultural Markets and Food Security (SAFE) programme, will strengthen the capacities of key market actors, contributing to improved resilience capacities to shocks and stresses. The programme is guided by a Market Systems Development (MSD) and resilience approaches and will enable smallholder farmers to increase climate resilient yields, sustainable natural resource management practices, market linkages, gender equity and empowerment of women and girls.
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY
The Program Specialist is a facilitative role providing significant strategic and operational support to Consortium directors and program managers for effective program management, reporting, administration, and coordination systems to enable on-time and high-quality program delivery.
The post will work closely with the programme management team, across the consortium, with partners and as well as with finance, operations and human resources focal persons to ensure rapid and scaled implementation, enhance workflow planning, and to secure critical support as needed to ensure the programme meets its targets and deliverables on-time and within budget. develop required documents, fast track processes and ensure selection of the right type of private sector partners and other service providers for the program.
The role will involve keeping up to date on the program’s economic operating environment, support private sector partner identification and management. This position also will take part in strengthening the capacity of program staff in managing MSD partnerships, implementation, and mitigation of associated risks. Additionally, the role will provide support to the consortium director and program managers on follow up to ensure program processes.
ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Representation and Coordination
ACCOUNTABILITY TO BENEFICIARIES
Base: Khartoum with frequent travel to the Field (40%)
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE / QUALIFICATIONS AND TRANSFERABLE SKILLS
The successful candidate will be capable of multitasking, holding high-powered win-win negotiations, rapid decision-making, inquisitiveness and creative problem-solving. S/he has initiative, drive and a lot of energy, as well as high emotional intelligence, constructive mentoring skills and proven experience with capacity strengthening of staff and local partners. S/he will be known for flexibility and creativity in project planning and building responsive systems, and is able to solicit and understand diverse perspectives, build consensus among a variety of stakeholders, and effectively and clearly communicate decisions.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The position will be based in Khartoum or Kadugli, Sudan. This position requires extensive travel to field offices in moderately secure environments.
Khartoum is an accompanied location for spouse only but may potentially evolve to include dependents as well. It is moderately secure. Housing is provided in individual accommodation with unlimited freedom of movement beyond the house/office. Staff have good access to services, medical, electricity, and water, etc. International schools are available. Khartoum is an R&R but not a hardship location.
Kadugli is a non-accompanied location. Housing is provided in a shared living space with electricity, and water, etc. with moderate freedom of movement beyond the house/office. Services and medical facilities are very basic. Kadugli is both an R&R location and a hardship location.
Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY 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. Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY 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.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.
We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
Safeguarding & Ethics
Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC and have signed on to the Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.