Temporary Proposal Development Specialist

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Haiti
Organization: Mercy Corps
Closing date: 6 Nov 2020

This temporary role is up to 5 months

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is powered by the belief that a better world is possible. To create a better world, we know our teams do their best work when they are diverse and every team member feels that they belong. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives and skills so that we can be stronger and have long-term impact.

The Team

Mercy Corps has been present in Haiti since 2010, providing humanitarian assistance and implementing programming focused on resilience and natural resource management, financial inclusion, youth and participation, and good governance. Our early recovery and development programs contribute to Mercy Corps’ overall vision for Haiti: Solutions are locally led and market-based, and communities are secure, equitable and are flourishing in the face of frequent natural disasters and economic instability. Mercy Corps’ vision for change requires the private sector, government and civil society to work together to create meaningful and sustainable change.

The Position

Mercy Corps plans to respond to an anticipated Request for Applications (RFA) for a Resilience and Food Security Activity (RFSA) in Haiti, when released by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). The Activity will contribute to food security and resilience, with our overall strategy and interventions to be determined through Mercy Corps-led design sessions and in accordance with the USAID guidance. The proposal team will design a technically sound and donor-responsive application with multi-sectoral systems-driven interventions, working with and through Haitian communities, government and private sector actors. Key program themes including resilience approaches, systems strengthening, capacity building and adaptive management.

Essential Responsibilities


● Review relevant literature (research, evaluations, case studies, etc.) produced by USAID, Mercy Corps and others over the last five years on priority technical areas, such as food security, livelihoods development, natural resource management, early warning systems, financial services, peace and conflict, gender and social inclusion, and other resilience-related themes. This exercise will be done in collaboration with the lead writer and technical team members.

● Compile/contribute to an index of internal and external sources relevant to the Resilience and Food Security Activity. Sectorally this exercise will focus on the technical areas listed in the first bullet point above. The index should contain a brief summary of each document and the salient points.

● Review of Haiti lessons learned: Lead a review of lessons learned for Haiti programs and provide summary write-up to the entire design team (minimum standard).

● Participate in meetings with key stakeholders, such as working groups, local partners, government agencies, donors, stakeholders; provide written notes.

● Familiarize self with the Implementer-led Design, Evidence, Analysis and Learning (IDEAL) Theory of Change (ToC) guidance and work with the proposal team to follow a modified process to complete the ToC.

● Facilitate discussions with the different technical and Haiti team members and serve as point person to draft problem trees for different technical sectors. Must have French and English proficiency.

● Help maintain the evidence table that will inform the Theory of Change narrative.

● Lead the Theory of Change (ToC) development for the RFSA application, including identifying logical causal linkages, appropriate contextual preconditions and sound assumptions. Lead the design of the ToC diagram. Support will be provided by the team leader and Food Security and Nutrition Director.

● May review and contribute to assessment design (if and when organized). May participate in initial brainstorming on design methodologies via discussion or calls.

● Review and comment on drafts of proposal as requested. Ensure the Theory of Change is in alignment with the logframe and proposal narrative.

Supervisory Responsibility



Reports Directly To: Program Development Manager

Works Directly With: Haiti team, Lead Writer, Technical Support Unit, Regional Support Team

Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders

Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Minimum Qualification & Transferable Skills

● Bachelor’s degree in International Studies, Food Security, Communications or related areas.

● 2-4 years of experience in international relief and development, demonstrated knowledge of relevant sectoral and/or operation areas.

● Experience with proposal development efforts for USAID.

● Familiarity with Theories of Change and program design processes.

● Ability to facilitate group conversations and synthesize salient information.

● Strong command of Microsoft Office and presentation/report design.

● Excellent written and oral communication skills.

● Fluent in English and professional level proficiency in French.

Success Factors

The ideal candidate will have a passion for research and a genuine interest in program design. S/he will have meticulous attention to detail, with an ability to identify and convey and document important information, including trends pulled from multiple research sources. The candidate will be proactive and comfortable working with a wide range of stakeholders and facilitating conversations. S/he will be self-motivated and able to take responsibility and undertake tasks with minimal supervision.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

The position is based in Port-au-Prince Haiti or can be done from a remote location. Housing for this role is in individual housing and staff will have access to good medical services and the living situation is of a high standard.

Ongoing Learning

In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

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