PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:

“Since establishing operations in Timor-Leste in 2007, Mercy Corps has earned a reputation for high quality and innovative programming. Mercy Corps works with the still nascent market system to facilitate sustainable relationships among producers, retailers and consumers, while providing the necessary inputs and technical know-how that enable such relations to flourish.  By working with a diverse range of local and international partners, Mercy Corps aims to promote a community-led, market-based approach to all our programming. 

Mercy Corps has received a fund from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation to implement a three-year program M-RED. This program is a regional initiative that will target 60 hazard-prone, low-income communities in Timor-Leste and Nepal and include activities to document learning of disaster risk reduction (DRR) challenges and successes in Indonesia. In Timor-Leste, We currently implementing MRED( Managing Risk through Economic Development) program with 30 vulnerable communities in Timor Leste to develop a more sustainable DRR approach directly linked to economic security. The overall objective of the program is to develop an effective and sustainable model of DRR in vulnerable communities of Timor-Leste and Nepal providing 35,000 households with a more sustainable DRR approach directly linked to their economic security, simultaneously reducing the human and economic toll of natural disasters while building resilience and reducing poverty

 

MERCY CORPS IS LOOKING FOR

For Deputy Program Manager –MRED FOR THE FOLLOWING. Interested applicant can send offer Letters  and Cover Letter no later than 20 October  2014 to email jobs@tl.mercycorps.org or send it directly to Mercy Corps office at Rua Dr. Barros Gomes (next to NCBA/CCT Clinic), Bidau – Lecidere, Dili

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY

The three-year, MRED program, work primarily through Suco Level Disaster management Committees to adopt practices for hazard preparedness and where appropriate early warning and contingency planning. By combining market development approaches with best practices of community based DRR, the program is supporting development of disaster mitigation plans informed by participatory disaster risk assessment that incorporates specific assessment s of livelihood and economic development opportunities. Detailed market assessment also conducted on high value/high value crops, plants and other products that are identified as suitable for hazard mitigation purposes and/or are more resilient to anticipated shocks and stresses.

 
The Deputy Program Manager (DPM) will assist and work closely with the Program Manager to implement M-RED Program in terms of developing, planning, managing and coordinating an integrated set of activities ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONSü  The DPM will be responsible for working with the PM to ensure the overall program/ promotes the core values of Mercy Corps.

ü  The DPM will ensure that the program delivery is managed efficiently and effectively and in accordance to the business aims and values of Mercy Corps.

ü  The DPM Provides overall supervision for the DRR, Agroforestry, Nexus and market development component implementation and integration of all program activities and provides direction to daily implementation plans to ensure all program goals are met.

ü  Together with the PM, develops and implements a work plan based on the objectives and results outlined in the program logical framework, and in accordance with the program budget. 

ü  Manages all field-level operations related to the project according to the work plan, program design and implementation strategy.

ü  DPM is responsible to troubleshoot implementation challenges in coordination with technical staff, District Staff, local Partner, and PM.

ü  Sets objectives and priorities for the program staff, assigns and reviews tasks, performance, and identifies staffing requirements. 

ü  Maintains strong partnership with Haburas Foundation and is responsible to coordinate with Haburas to ensure timely implementation of their field-level deliverables.

ü  Assists in the budgeting of required resources for successful project implementation and completion. 

ü  With the support of the Program Manager, develop and maintain both internal and external relationships in the field to ensure optimum program success especially with Government stakeholders on best practices and lessons learnt throughout the program.

ü  Other duties as assigned by the Program Manager.

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: 

This position will supervise M-RED district staffs in Dili, Ermera and Ainaro Districts. S/he closely monitors and oversees program performance of MRED program development component. Contribute to an atmosphere conducive to professional growth and development for Program staff in accordance with Mercy Corps’ commitment to excellence and achievement; encourage a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation

 ACCOUNTABILITY 

REPORTS DIRECTY TO: Programme Manager – MRED, Timor Leste

WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Project partners, Mercy Corps Timor Leste teams, appropriate Government departments/sectors, market actors and SME

 

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE 

The successful Deputy Program Manager will be familiar with the local context, opportunities and challenges of M-RED program, with a strong combination of coordination, reporting, liaison and communication skills. The position requires an ability and commitment to build capacity of the local partner, maximizing efforts to ensure high quality and productive program implementation.

 

Minimum Requirements:

·         Degree in Development or Business Administration with DRR, agriculture, or market development experience desirable

·         Demonstrated experience with rural development programming required

·         Familiarity with market development approaches and agriculture development, preferred

·         Previous experience working in DRR at the community level preferred

·         5-7 years working experiences with International NGO”s or agency in leading, managing and organizing program staff

·         Experience building strong team relationships, and stakeholder engagement ( Government and NGO’s)

·         English competency is required

·         Willingness  to travel to remote areas 50% time

Desired Skills:

·         Ability to demonstrate leadership and communication skills.

·         Ability to work on own initiative and demonstrate the ability to organize own workload and set priorities

·         Ability  to understanding the program picture and willingness to work as part of a team

·         Integrity, accountability and honesty

·         Organize, manage, and direct employees in performance of the work

·         Experience with setting objectives and priorities for the project staff, assigns and reviews tasks, performance, and identifies staffing requirements

·         Ability to perform under stress

·         Fluency in Tetum required; local language abilities an asset

·         Strong English language proficiency required