Research Coordinator- Flood Resilience Project

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PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:

Mercy Corps (www.mercycorps.org) is an international development organization working in over 40 countries to promote community-led and market-driven development. With a strategic focus on countries in transition, Mercy Corps takes a progressive approach, supporting communities, entrepreneurs, governments and the private sector from relief to long-term economic growth.

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.  Our work in the agriculture sector aims to improve nutrition and food and income security for Timorese families, by integrating nutrition approaches in market based agricultural development programming.   

Mercy Corps, with the support of the Zurich Foundation, will soon be implementing the Measuring Community Flood Resilience Programme in Nepal and Timor-Leste.   The overall goal of the programme is to reduce the long-term negative effects of flood exposure on the lives of agricultural households in target areas, while generating lessons and evidence for resilience that can be scaled across rural flood-prone communities in the Asia region, and globally. The project will work in Ainaro and Ermera districts and will build on an established existing Mercy Corps’ regional initiative, Managing Risk through Economic Development (M-RED) that is currently testing new models in Timor-Leste, Indonesia and Nepal for resilience in diverse contexts.

 

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY

 

The two-year Zurich Foundation Flood Resilience program is a research based program. Under this initiative, Mercy Corps has developed a measureable theory of change for flood resilience that builds off of lessons learned from existing interventions: if women and men in flood-prone farming communities access and appropriately utilise five core capitals – social, financial, human, physical and natural – they will be better equipped to cope with floods in the short-term and adapt to reduce their exposure and sensitivity to floods over the long-term. The Research Coordinator is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the program and for developing, planning, managing and coordinating an integrated set of activities.  The Research Coordinator will work in close collaboration with the MRED program team, and established Design Monitoring and Evaluation (DME) team in Timor-Leste, as well as with Mercy Corp’s Regional Resilience Advisor and Nepal Flood Resilience program team.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Conduct baseline, and needs assessments in collaboration with key stakeholders(DMCs)
  • Select communities based on selection criteria that would benefit from the Measuring Community Flood Resilience Programme
  • Organise meetings to support coordination and communication
  • Manage the early recovery support project in accordance with the work plan
  • Produce flash flood bulletins for program target areas when required
  • Take a lead in gathering, organizing and updating data and information related to early recovery planning, needs assessment and response
  • Mapping out current interventions from M-RED, analyse the gaps to strengthen social and human capital across Disaster Risk Management (DRM) committees and government structures at District and Suco level
  • Facilitate access to financial services through existing services: VSLA, initiating linkages with MFIs, Banks and other financial options
  • Enhance farmers’ access to alternative, improved crop varieties that have high market value and directly reduce flood risks and that will improve coping strategies in the short-term and incentivise adoption of long-term adaptation and mitigation measures
  • Generate new robust evidence on flood resilience that informs improved, scalable strategies and measurement aproaches to improve long-term well-being outcomes among Ermera and Ainaro flood-prone communities
  • Enhance coverage and functionality of flood early warning systems
  • Information sharing and capture lessons-learning
  • Other duties as required

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:  N/A

ACCOUNTABILITY

REPORTS DIRECTY TO: Programme Manager – MRED, Timor Leste

WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: This position will closely work with district based Mercy Corps staff in Ermera and Ainaro, DRR coordinator; M-RED Project partners, MC-TL DME, Finance, Operation department, appropriate Government departments/sectors, MFIs like Muris Rasik and Tuba Rai Metin including banku nacional do comercio de Timor Leste (BNCTL)etc

 

Required Skills and Experiences

  • Bachelors Degree in business development, agriculture or related discipline; previous skills in research would be a clear advantage
  • Minimum 3 years professional work experience in the areas of research, coordination and project management, or in the field of DRR, Emergency Flood Response or environmental management; 
  • Good experience in disaster risk reduction or environmental management;
  • Experience in working with development organisations and government institutions
  • Good networking and partnership building especially local communities  
  • Fluency in English, both oral and written;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages
  • 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

     

    Interested applicant can send CV and Cover Letter no later than October 16 2015 to email jobs@tl.mercycorps.org or send it directly to Mercy Corps office at Rua de Travesa  (next to NCBA/CCT Clinic), Bidau – Lecidere, Dili