Saturday, November 28, 2015

Job, New Initiatives and Conflict Program Manager, Colombia, Mercy Corps

New Initiatives and Conflict Program Manager
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Job Description
Mercy Corps has been present in Colombia since 2005, focusing its interventions on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), land mine victims, land conflict mediation, sustainable resource management, child soldier prevention and reintegration, youth, and emergency responses. With funding from the governments of the United States, Canada, and Colombia as well as Starbucks coffee Company and Keurig Green Mountain, Mercy Corps has been able to work together with communities in Colombia to respond to these needs, bringing benefit to more than 500,000 beneficiaries.
Our strategic goal is to strengthen the capacity of civil society to address the causes and consequences of the Colombian conflict: the lack of access to land and natural resources, justice, social services and the predominance of poverty.  Working mostly in close partnership with local NGOs, Community based organizations (CBOs), and civil society networks to build their capacity, our current programming supports nearly 30 staff, including three expatriate staff, and focuses on responding to natural disasters, working with marginalize populations, strengthening civil society capacity, economic development, and land mediation. In addition, new relationships with the Government of Colombia and the private sector are resulting in new funding opportunities that the NICPM will foster.

The New Initiatives and Conflict Program Manager is a strong team leader, able to develop and mentor team members in both Bogota and the field locations (Putumayo, Choco, and others as they come on board). They are an effective communicator, able to work with internal and external stakeholders to achieve common objectives.  S/he is responsible for managing relationships with local partners, beneficiaries and donor representatives. This person will contribute to the achievement of country goals through innovative program development and by displaying expertise in conflict and peacebuilding sectors as well as regional experience for the team on the ground.

Strategy and 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.

Personal Leadership
  • Demonstrate flexibility, resilience and ability to maintain positive relationships and composure.
  • Maintain high ethical standards and treat people with respect and dignity.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of his/her own strengths and development needs.

  • 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.

Team Management
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
  • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance & reach objectives.

Program Management
  • Collaborate with program, finance and administrative staff.
  • 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.
  • Implement and model Mercy Corps’ philosophy of social entrepreneurship and leverage Mercy Corps’ best practices.

  • Work closely with the country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems and training that ensure the safety and security of the team.

Organizational Learning 
  • 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 towards 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 RESPONSIBILITY: This position will have one report

REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Colombia Country Director
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: The Operations team, M&E Manager, Finance team and HQ desk officers in Portland and Edinburgh for the region and various other HQ specialized technical support personnel.

  • BA/BS (or equivalent) in International Development, Peace Building, Latin American Studies or related field; MA/S is preferred.
  • 3-5 years of international relief and developmental program management experience, in positions of increasing responsibility, with demonstrated success in managing multi-sectorial and multi-donor development programs preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and communicate effectively with team members of varied work styles and backgrounds.
  • Experience with the development, implementation & compliance of BPRM, DFATD, ECHO & private funded programs.
  • Ability to effectively represent Mercy Corps and its interests to key stakeholders.
  • Experience working with host governments, national and international NGOs.
  • Excellent oral and written English and Spanish skills r
  • Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment.
  • Internationally recognized qualification in project or program management or a commitment to obtain the qualification in the early months of work.

The successful candidate 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.

The New Initiatives and Conflict Program Manager is based in Bogota, Colombia. This location is accompanied and secure. Housing is individual accommodation with unlimited freedom of movement beyond the house/office. There are International schools in Bogota. Staff will have access to services – including medical, electricity, water, etc. This position requires 40% of time of travel by airplane to field offices in rural and sometimes insecure environments.

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.
Job Location
Bogota, , Colombia
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