Youth Employment Consortium Lead - CAR
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Program / Department Summary
Recognizing the great potential and complex challenges facing CAR, Mercy Corps has implemented a series of humanitarian and development assistance programs tailored to the specific needs of the country and the communities in which we work.
The proposed program will focus on youth employment and will work with the relevant services to strengthen the quality of the vocational training offer, the integration of young people (girls and boys) and the strengthening of the coordination and governance of training centers in Bangui and its surroundings and in the West and the Southwest of the country (Lobaye, Mambéré-Kadéi, Nana-Mambéré).
General Position Summary
The consortium coordinator will provide direction, management and strategic vision for the implementation of the program. He will need to coordinate the efforts of the 3 implementing partners (including Mercy Corps). He/she will coordinate staff, resources and partnerships to ensure that the program achieves objectives and deliverables on time and within budget, and that it reports results to all appropriate stakeholders. The Consortium Coordinator will ensure that Mercy Corps policies, as well as donor procedures and regulations are followed. He/she will be the main representative of the program to project participants, donors, relevant government entities, partners, other implementers and external stakeholders.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Strategy & Vision
- Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.
- Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.
- Provide a strategic vision in all aspects of the program implementation, development and management. Ensure that program implementation is adapted to communities and partners, guided by a resilience approach and strong adaptive management, and aligned with the principles, values and strategic plan of Mercy Corps.
- Determine and implement a strategic plan for the implementation of program activities.
- Oversee program startup and ongoing program management and administration of teams across various field locations.
- 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.
- Ensure that beneficiaries are effectively targeted according to established criteria.
- Develop partners’ MoUs and contracts.
- Develop program implementation strategies, including partnership frameworks, beneficiary targeting.
- Ensure program implementation is on time, target and budget, 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 donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.
- Fulfill Mercy Corps’ Program Management Minimum Standards based on the organization-wide guide.
- Ensure all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standar
- Ensure the programmatic link with the implementation partners.
- Document processes and achievements to ensure that impact and best practices are captured and shared. This will include continuous reassessment of program activities resulting in adjustments to reflect new perspectives if needed.
- Create and monitor effective stakeholder engagement plans, ensuring healthy and proactive communications within Mercy Corps RCA, headquarters, donor, government authorities, partner organizations and partner agencies.
- Develop the capacity of the team, deepen understanding of their roles and assist with career development.
- Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance & reach objectives.
- 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.
- Orient and lead team members as necessary.
Finance & Compliance Management
- Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to emergency programming.
- Draft and/or review scope of work to hire and manage any technical consultants, including review for technical efficacy and contract budget.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
The Consortium Coordinator will directly supervise the Mercy Corps Youth Employment Program Manager and will have a programmatic coordination and oversight role with respect to the 2 Program Managers from each of the Consortium Partners.
Reports Directly To: Reports to the Director of Programs
Works Directly With: Works closely with the Country Director and all the program staff, finance and operations teams, regional headquarters program team, headquarters technical support unit and partner organizations.
Knowledge and Experience
- Masters or equivalent experience in development studies, international relations, non-profit management, agriculture, economic recovery and development or any other relevant field.
- 5 to 7 years of relevant development experience - ideally in the areas of livelihoods, employment, and/or youth economic development.
- At least five years Program management experience with integrated multi-sector programs of similar size and scope.
- Experience in managing a consortium
- Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations and partners.
- Experience managing complex requirements for programmatic and financial reporting.
- Experience working in CAR is desirable.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in French required and English desirable.
- Internationally recognized qualification in project or program management or a commitment to obtain the qualification in the early months of work.
- Knowledge of Sphere standards and other training in humanitarian response preferred.
- Ability and experience in working in cross-cultural contexts
- Experience in team capacity building as well as strong coaching skills
- Ability to work manage situations under pressure. Multitasking, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The position is based in Bangui, CAR. It is unaccompanied and eligible for R&R benefits. Up to 30% of travel is required to the areas of program implementation in the West and SouthWest of the country.
Accommodations are in group housing with all necessary services. There are a number of health services available with evacuation options for serious illnesses. There’s reasonable access to most consumer goods.
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. Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment.