Social Cohesion and Peacebuilding Advisor

Social Cohesion and Peacebuilding Advisor 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 has been operating in Ethiopia since 2004, working in rural, peri-urban and urban areas in five regional states - Somali, Oromia, Afar, Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples, Amhara - and the capital city of Addis Ababa. We engage in both development and humanitarian work, and seek to integrate approaches, programs and geographies as much as possible.  Our partners include government, academic institutions, development and private sector actors, civil societies and communities. Mercy Corps Ethiopia invites motivated and qualified candidates to apply for the following vacant position.  Position Title: Social Cohesion and Peacebuilding Advisor  Location: Gambella  Number of Positions: One  General Position Summary Mercy Corps seeks an experienced Social Cohesion and Peacebuilding Advisor with past experience of overseeing peacebuilding programs in refugee contexts.  S/he will be responsible for leading, designing and implementing peacebuilding and social cohesion activities of the project from assessment validation and activities selection and planning implementation of activities to scale up and roll out activities in the project sites in the next phase. The Advisor will be responsible for leading and supervising all technical aspects to ensure all aspects of conflict are adequately assessed, all program activities are implemented through a conflict sensitive approach, and that all team members are trained on peace and conflict management approaches. This will include working closely with assessment leaders and developing a detailed implementation plan to ensure success in the next phase of the program.  Essential Job Responsibilities TECHNICAL SUPPORT Provide overall strategic direction on peacebuilding, conflict sensitivity and conflict management across all project sectors. Work with consultants and partners to manage peacebuilding and social cohesion assessment process which includes support to technical consultants during the inception phase. Design, adapt and lead peace and conflict assessment tools relevant for the project context; ensure peace and conflict analyses are built into assessments; ensure assessment findings are effectively translated into activity design. Support monitoring and analysis of peace and conflict dynamics to feed into activity design and facilitate analysis of peace and conflict data for program decision-making. Provide direct technical support for critical peace-building and conflict management activities. CAPACITY BUILDING Design and lead technical training sessions on peacebuilding, conflict management, and conflict-sensitivity for Mercy Corps team and partners. Build the capacity of regional government staff, civil society and key influential figures to facilitate inter-community dialogues related to the program’s objectives. ·         Works closely with the program team and partners ensuring we adhere to humanitarian principles, Mercy Corps’ gender policies, Do No Harm principles and project participant accountability standards.  FINANCE AND COMPLIANCE Draft and/or review scope of work to hire and manage any technical consultants, including review for technical efficacy and contract budget. Adhere to Mercy Corps, donor and government policies and procedures. INFLUENCE & REPRESENTATION Represent Mercy Corps’ peacebuilding and conflict activities to external actors, advocate for the importance of a peace and conflict approach as part of current and future programs. Liaise with local and international actors working on peacebuilding initiatives, and ensure coordination and sharing of lessons across key actors in program sites and at the national level. Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other stakeholders. Design and pursue research initiatives designed to increase the evidence base around Mercy Corps’ conflict management programming, integrated peacebuilding, and other related areas. Liaise with local government officials, local NGOs and civil society organizations, local religious leaders and other notables to ensure support for and acceptance of Mercy Corps’ programs. Maintain close working relationships with donors, other humanitarian and development organizations, and local partners, including representing Mercy Corps at local coordination meetings as assigned. Job Requirements Knowledge and Experience ·         Bachelor’s or Masters’ degree in social science/s, peacebuilding, conflict mitigation, international development, humanitarian response, dispute resolution, international relations or equivalent relevant field experience preferred. ·         Strong facilitation and consensus-building skills, particularly in peacebuilding and conflict management ·         Strong understanding of peacebuilding and conflict management mechanisms and processes as part of economic development activities ·         Two-three years’ experience designing, implementing and/or monitoring conflict management and reconciliation activities, including in connection with development activities ·         Formal training in, or ability to train in conflict sensitivity, negotiation approaches, and other conflict management/mitigation and/or social cohesion methodologies will be an added value ·         Must be able to work independently while being a strong team player. ·         Experience working in Gambella preferred, with strong contextual knowledge of relevant cultures and local communities. ·         Willingness and ability to travel frequently to Mercy Corps project sites and field locations, including traveling to insecure environments, is required. ·         Excellent computer skills, including all Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, Outlook & PowerPoint). ·         Excellent communicator in English with demonstrated excellent report writing and speaking skills, proficiency in Amharic and the local language(s) greatly advantageous. ·         Knowledge of Sphere standards and other training in humanitarian response preferred. Success Factors The successful candidate will possess excellent technical and leadership skills. He/she will undertake innovative approaches. The ideal candidate will have a strong curiosity for understanding and working effectively within the complex cultural, political, security and social environment of Ethiopia. S/he will be an excellent communicator, multitasker, and able to work in ambiguous situations. S/he will be a tolerant and flexible individual able to work in difficult and stressful environments and follow procedures. The successful candidate will be focused on capacity building of team-members, have strong skills in monitoring and evaluation of programs and maintain a sense of humor. S/he should have excellent communication, facilitation and networking skills with a wide range of private, partner and NGO-sector actors. How to Apply All interested candidates are encouraged to apply for the position advertised.  All applications submitted to the Mercy Corps office include a CV, three references, and all relevant official documents. Applications will not be returned and will not be retained for future recruitment efforts.  In order to ensure fairness to all applicants personal inquiries are not permitted.  Only candidates that are short listed will be acknowledged and called for interviews. “Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer promoting gender, equity and    diversity. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to empower women.” DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS: 23 August, 2020/ 4:00 PM Please send non-returnable applications and credentials to one of the following address: Note: Please make sure that you mention the position title in the subject line of your email application. Mercy Corps Recruiter Addis Ababa: P.O. Box 14319 Arbaminch: P.O. Box 33  , Jijiga: P.O. Box 225    Negelle Borena: P.O. Box 116 Dire Dewa: P.O. Box 974


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