County Project Coordinator Vacancy
About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.
Mercy Corps began working in Kenya in 2008 and has to date built a robust and diverse portfolio in working to enable Kenyans affected by poverty, resource scarcity and conflict – in particular youth, women, adolescents and marginalized communities – to be healthy, productive and to drive peace and development of their communities. To do this, we deliver integrated programming to strengthen resilience, market and governance systems, address the root causes of conflict, and equip vulnerable populations- in particular youth, women, adolescents and marginalized social groups- with the skills, opportunities and resources they need to be healthy, productive and to drive the development of their communities. Mercy Corps Kenya also collaborates with neighbouring countries to implement a number of multi-country and cross-border programs.
Program / Department Summary
A five-year USAID-funded Kenya Feed the Future (FtF) Livestock Market Systems (LMS) Activity for northern Kenya. The associate award 2 will support the Strengthening Community Capacities for Resilience and Growth component. This activity will contribute to USAID’s Feed the Future Initiative and specifically will improve households’ income, productive assets and resilience to drought and other shocks. Specific areas of focus include strengthened and sustained rangeland and water management; strengthened drought risk management; strengthened conflict management; improved and sustained health, nutrition, and hygiene practices; improved literacy, numeracy, and life skills; and collaborative action and learning for community empowerment.
General Position Summary
The County Project Coordinator will be responsible for the overall county-level planning, coordination, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of the Strengthening Community Capacities for Resilience and Growth (SCCRG) component. S/he will ensure all project initiatives are implemented to achieve maximum impact as per project objectives while remaining on schedule and budget. The County Project Coordinator directly manages the county-level staff and closely coordinate with staff from other LMS partners such as ACDI VOCA, BOMA and Smart Regional Consultant on planning and implementation and layering of activities across all LMS awards.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Provide overall managerial leadership for the project at the county level.
Develop county specific work plans and budget while ensuring teams implement activities on time, within the approved budget, and project deliverables achieve desired impact.
Review project implementation strategies and contextualize to specific county.
Lead effective coordination, collaboration and integration among all technical, support and project units including with our lead partner – ACDI/VOCA and implementing partner – the BOMA Project.
Attend all quarterly project meetings in Nairobi as well as facilitate planning meetings and workshops with government, NGOs, private sector and community partners to revise plans and promote partner acceptance/buy-in.
Provide timely updates to supervisor on progress and issues, identifying risks and proposing solutions for action and early resolution.
Develop program risk matrix and update the same on an ad hoc and quarterly basis.
Coordinate with procurement, logistics, security, administration and human resources teams to ensure operational systems support field activities.
Ensure integration of nutrition, youth and gender into project activities.
Assist in the development of technical curricula, basic education (numeracy & literacy), basic nutrition literacy, WASH awareness and campaign, financial literacy and reproductive health.
COUNTY GOVERNMENT ENGAGEMENT
Act as the primary liaison with county and national government officials at the county level including representation.
Identify county and national government departments relevant to LMS and outline areas of synergies and collaboration.
Initiate an MoU with county government outlining roles and responsibilities and potential areas of collaboration.
Conduct periodic presentations of project progress, challenges and lessons learned to county government department, assembly and partners.
Organize periodic joint field visits with relevant government departments.
Facilitate and ensure the participation of relevant county and national government departments in the implementation of the project.
MONITORING AND EVALUATION
Ensure effective and timely monitoring, documenting and reporting on all project activities including reports from sub-awardees.
Conduct regular visit to field sites to assess progress of activities and provide formal and informal feedback to staff, beneficiaries and supervisor.
Identify potential areas for learning and documenting the same to share with other counties and/or the larger LMS and PREG partners.
Ensure the submission of all require M&E data and conduct validation of monitoring data before final submission to MEL Manager.
Participate in the development of intervention designs, sector strategies and M&E frameworks.
Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance and achieve objectives.
Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one on ones and performance reviews.
Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
Work closely with the HR department to recruit, orient and lead team members as necessary.
Conduct capacity assessment of team members and develop capacity building plans as part of staff development.
INFLUENCE AND REPRESENTATION
Represent Mercy Corps at government, donor, NGO and other relevant events, in close coordination with the Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party and country leadership.
Coordinate activities with consortium partners, sub grantees, local government and other implementers such as Partnership for Resilience and Growth (PREG), as well as with other Mercy Corps programs.
Work closely with the county team’s security focal points to develop and maintain systems that promote the safety and security of all team members. Coordinate closely with our partner, ACDI/VOCA on security issues at the county level.
Ensure that programs are designed and implemented with a clear analysis and understanding of security.
Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
Other duties as assigned.
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.
3 project and support team members
Reports Directly To:Deputy Chief of Party
Works Directly With: Deputy Chief of Party,Regional Program Manager (partner), Chief of Party, Finance, HR and Operations departments, HQ Regional Program Team and Technical Support Unit and Partner Organizations.
Knowledge and Experience:
Bachelors Degree or equivalent in Development Studies, Business, Planning, Social Sciences or other relevant field. A Masters Degree is preferred.
A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in multi-sectoral programs, managing teams, strategic planning and implementing programs.
Strong managerial skills, including effective personnel management, adaptive management, coordination and decision-making.
Strong facilitation and consensus-building skills.
Demonstrated experience in building networks with the ability to influence.
Strong understanding of USAID compliance issues.
Internationally recognized qualification in project or program management or a commitment to obtain the qualification in the early months of work.
Excellent and persuasive oral and written communication skills, including report writing, in English and other language(s), as required.
Spoken fluency is Swahili is required and primary local dialects in Isiolo County is strongly preferred.
Previous work experience in northern Kenya, specifically in Isiolo and Marsabit counties is desirable.
Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
Ability to work comfortably in a sometimes tense and changing security environment is required.
The successful County Project Coordinator will have a strong understanding of project approaches and represent the project professionally at all times. S/he will combine exceptional management skills and capacity to manage relationships with different stakeholders. A heavy emphasis will be placed on coordination with other actors implementing in the areas of intervention with a commitment to working closely and collaboratively with the County Government structures and our lead partner S/he will be committed to long-term program sustainability and the delivery of high-impact activities at the community level. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous 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.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.