Deputy Chief of Party

Organisation:  Mercy Corps

Apply By:  25 Apr . 2018

Location:  Nepal

Deputy Chief of Party
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About Mercy Corps:

Mercy Corps is an international, non-governmental humanitarian relief and development agency that exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities. Mercy Corps works in more than 40 countries, and has been present in Nepal since 2005. In Nepal, Mercy Corps works to build the absorptive, adaptive, and transformative potential of vulnerable individuals and communities across the country. Through a systems-based approach to market development, financial services access, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and youth engagement, Mercy Corps builds resilience among target communities.

Program/Department Summary:

Mercy Corps Nepal as the prime organization has been implementing a five-year program - "Promoting Agriculture, Health and Alternative Livelihood" (PAHAL) funded by USAID. PAHAL seeks to strengthen livelihoods, improve nutritional status and increase the capacity of vulnerable households to mitigate, adapt to and recover from shocks and stresses in communities with deep poverty and high rates of malnutrition in critical zones of the Mid-Western and Far-Western Regions of Nepal. The goal of the PAHAL program is: Vulnerable populations in the middle and high hills of Far-Western and Mid-Western Nepal are food secure. The target area of the program covers 14 districts in the Mid-West and Far-West regions of Nepal. The Mid-West region comprises of 7 districts - Surkhet, Dailekh, Pyuthan, Rolpa, Rukum, Salyan, and Jajarkot, while the Far-West region comprises of 7 districts: Dadeldhura, Doti, Accham, Baitadi, Bajhang, Bajura, and Darchula districts.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in international development, management, economic development or other relevant field.
  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience with positions of progressively greater responsibilities.
  • At least 5 years of experience in a senior management role on USAID or similarly funded large development project with experience in program management related to multi-sectorial program activities strongly required.
  • Previous overseas experience on USAID or similarly funded large development projects
  • Strong knowledge of integrated programs and resilience concepts. Resilience programming experience preferred.
  • Technical capacity in at least two, and ideally more, of PAHAL's target sectors i.e. resilience, food security, alternative livelihoods, agriculture, nutrition, maternal & child health, water, sanitation and hygiene, adaptation to climate change and disaster risk reduction required.
  • Demonstrated experience working with country-level ministries and government officials, Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Federal Affairs and Local Development and/or Home Affairs experience is preferred.
  • Experience coordinating with private sector actors to leverage investment and increase scale of activities.
  • Excellent spoken and written English and Nepali language skills and ability to interact effectively with international and national staff.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.
  • Self-initiator and ability to work independently on several tasks with minimal supervision
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to multi-task and process information into action as to not delay program activities
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment
  • Willingness to travel domestically across PAHAL districts as needed.

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