About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps works in places of transition, where conflict, disaster, political upheaval, or economic collapse present opportunities to build more secure, productive, and just communities. Providing emergency relief in times of crisis, we move quickly to help communities recover and build resilience to future shocks, and promote sustainable change by supporting community-led and market-driven initiatives. Recognizing both the great potential and the complex challenges faced by the Middle East, since 1989 Mercy Corps has been implementing a range of humanitarian assistance and development programs tailored to the specific needs of the region and of those communities where we work.
Mercy Corps has worked across Iraq’s 18 governorates since 2003, implementing relief and development programming, more than a third of which has focused on the specific needs of refugees and displaced persons. Mercy Corps Iraq current goal is to work with new and existing civil society, public and private sector partners to meet immediate and long-term needs by strengthening communities’ ability to rebuild amidst increasing crisis. Mercy Corps Iraq focuses on (1) a relief-to resilience pathway to meet the needs of conflict-affected communities leveraging agency expertise in conflict management and civil society development (2) a humanitarian response that empowers conflict affected populations to meet their own needs (3) partnering with conflict-affected adolescents to address their diverse needs, promoting leadership and linkages with civil society.
Program / Department Summary
Youth-Oriented Innovative Employment and Livelihoods towards Durable Solutions for IDPs, Host Communities and Syrian Refugees in Iraq (YIELDS) is a 2-year—2019-2021—livelihood program that aims to enhance transferable employability skills of displacement affected population through market-based trainings that combine skills-development training with a practical component linking beneficiaries to the labor market and linking job-seekers with the private sector through job matching and counselling. The urban project targets 600 participants (35% women) in Sulymaniyah and Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq with an emphasis on women and youth (ages 18-30). Key activities include Transferable Skills and Career Development training for technology-enabled employment creation, business support to MSMEs, as well as internship/job placement for qualifying program participants and business support to participating businesses.
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
The program assistant will work closely and under supervision of Senior Livelihood Officer to implement the program activities of YIELD Program in collaboration with local partners team to enhance the livelihood of host communities, IDPs & Refugees in conflict affected communities in the targeted area, through livelihood restoration, S/he will be in the field to follow the program activities on daily basis.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
- Assist with general program operations and field-based activity.
- Monitor ongoing activities in the field, and track deliverables and outputs.
- Submit weekly activities progress report for program implementation of livelihood activities.
- Provide administration support for the program officers in both MC offices and the field.
- Track procurement and payment process.
- Attend project related meetings and trainings.
- Manage the program filing system for all activities and ensure that information is organized accordingly to the reporting and auditing needs of the program. Ensure required levels of confidentiality.
- Translate necessary documents to/from English to Kurdish & Arabic upon request.
- Assist PO in identifying, planning, and addressing priority needs.
- Provide administrative support to the Head of Livelihood Programs.
- Support other livelihood programs (when needed).
- Any other duties as assigned as directed by the Program team.
- Follow Mercy Corps procedures.
- Abide by all security protocols.
- Act professionally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and not to jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
- Support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work while actively engaging with beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
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.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: none
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Senior Program Manager
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: MEL Unit, Program staff, local partners’ staff, logistics and finance teams, other MC team members and the Head of Livelihood Programs.
Knowledge and Experience
- Previous administrative work experience is preferred.
- Previous experience with international or local NGOs.
- Previous experience in livelihood programming is preferable.
- Knowledge of humanitarian and social actors in the region
- Proficiency with MS Office software required (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
- Professional proficiency in English and Arabic required. The candidate should be able to communicate at a professional level with staff, stakeholders and beneficiaries.
- Must be self- motivated, creative, tolerant, and able to work in difficult, stressful environments.
- S/he must respect diversity and gender equality at the workplace.
- Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities.
- Ability to work with diverse groups of people, diverse team of individuals in a highly intense and fluid work and security environment.
Successful candidates should meet the education and experience requirements in the position descriptions for the vacant positions. S/he must be self- motivated, creative, tolerant, and able to work in difficult, stressful environments and follow Mercy Corps procedures. S/he must respect diversity and gender equality at the workplace.
Interested candidates should submit their CVs to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org before the deadline indicated below.
Please indicate on the subject of the email the title of the position you are applying for full position description for the noted posts please visit websites NCCI and F-Job.
ALL APPLICATIONS/ CVs SHOULD BE RECEIVED BY July 13 2020 at 16:00pm.
Mercy Corps will review CV’s and applications on a rolling basis (i.e., as applications are submitted).
Potential candidates for the post will be contacted for an interview and processed according to Mercy Corps Human Resources policies and procedures. As soon as qualified candidates are identified the positions will be closed automatically.
Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for potential interview. Any documents submitted will remain with Mercy Corps and will not be returned to candidates.
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer. Females are highly encouraged to apply