Website Mercy Corps
|Duration for this role is 5 months
About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.
Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps has operated in Mali since 2012, providing emergency assistance and supporting community recovery in the country’s conflict-affected northern regions. Our programs in Mali have focused on three priority areas: resilient agricultural livelihoods, peacebuilding and inclusive governance, and social and economic empowerment of adolescents and youth. Since 2015, Mercy Corps has implemented the WISE program to empower women to more actively participate in peace and local governance initiatives, support women’s active participation in civil society, and support adolescent girls to acquire life skills, leadership and entrepreneurship skills to set them on the course for future prosperity. Mercy Corps is partnering with the Women’s Refugee Commission to develop and pilot a series of tools linked to the I’m Here approach, to enable real-time evaluation and monitoring of girls access to protective services, with the objective of providing timely solution to the protection and emergency needs of adolescent girls in Mali’s north.
General Position Summary
The Women and Girls Project Officer will have responsibility for monitoring, evaluation, reporting and learning for Mercy Corps’ US State Department-funded Africa- Women, Peace and Security program, and for the piloting of real-time monitoring tools linked to the I’m Here approach. The Project Officer will work closely with program team members to supporting program planning and learning, ensure effective internal and external communications, build linkages to other actors and services, and ensure the implementation of best practices from both internal and external sources. S/he will work closely with the program team to ensure effective implementation of program activities and to support effective program monitoring, evaluation and coordination. The Project Officer will also support the development of relevant proposals, will participate in relevant Cluster meetings and other coordination groups, and will provide input to the Mercy Corps women and girls’ empowerment strategy in Mali.
Essential Job Responsibilities
INNOVATION AND LEARNING
Influence & Representation
Accountability to Beneficiaries
Reports Directly to: Youth Employment and Livelihoods Program Manager
Works Directly with: Women and adolescent girls program team, monitoring and evaluation team, conflict mitigation and management program team, operations, finance, human resources, Technical Support Units and other teams as relevant.
Knowledge and Experience
The successful candidate should be highly collaborative and able to work effectively within a diverse and geographically disbursed team. S/he should be have strong written and verbal communication skills and experience engaging with Cluster Groups or other coordination mechanisms to share program results and needs assessments, build partnerships and identify opportunities for collaboration. S/he will demonstrate strong interpersonal and corss-cultrual communication skills and be committed to the values and mission of Mercy Corps. S/he will take initiative and contribute to team efforts, as well as demonstrate an ability to communicate, assume leadership, and make solid decisions while working remotely from country leadership.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The position is based in Bamako, with possible travel to project areas, security permitting. Bamako is served by an international airport with daily flights to European and African destinations. Restaurants and shopping options are available but may be limited. Health care services exist but for more serious conditions, medevac to Dakar, Senegal or Europe may be required. As this is a temporary assignment, the project officer will live in a team house with basic amenities provided.
While the city has been mostly secure, recent attacks against foreigners underscore the fluidity of the situation and may require expatriate staff to adhere to security policies, such as restrictions on movement.
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.