Mali: Country Director – Mali
|Closing Date : 2019-11-18
Duty Station : Bamako, Mali
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Organization: Mercy Corps
Closing date: 18 Nov 2019
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.
Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps has been working in Mali since 2012 to strengthen the capacity and resilience of vulnerable and conflict-affected communities. With funding from USAID, SIDA, UNHCR, the European Commission, GAC/Canada, UNPBF, and private donors, we work closely with public and private partners to jointly address humanitarian and development needs, with a focus on both humanitarian and long-term responses, while rebuilding livelihoods, increasing financial inclusion, promoting opportunities for women and girls, promoting employment opportunities for youth, and supporting peace-building and conflict resolution. Through these interventions, we have supported more than 500,000 households to recover from conflict and climate shocks and to rebuild more productive, secure and just futures.
Mercy Corps has also growing intentions in the Sahel region, including Mali. Currently, Mercy Corps is building a strong, coherent and context-oriented Sahel strategy, building from existing country strategies in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. Mali is at the heart of this new Sahel Strategy, which now need to be driven n you Country leaders in the Sahel Region.
General Position Summary
The Interim Country Director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of day-to-day implementation of Mercy Corps’ program activities in Mali with a primary focus growing up the country portfolio by attracting new donors and insure the start-up on recently awarded new programs. In addition, The Interim Country Director plays a key role in articulating our country Strategy, which is been currently revised for a better match with the Sahel strategy. S/he has supervisory and managerial responsibilities, and ensures appropriate representation of Mercy Corps in the field. S/he works closely with key team members to define and realize a visionary but practical strategy for the Mali program including networking, donor representation and proposal development to expand programming. The Interim Country Director works directly with the Program Team, and technical support team to develop and implement initiatives that are effective, innovative, and achieve the greatest possible impact.
S/he is expected to provide energetic leadership that inspires creativity and excellence in the program team, while at the same time ensuring that team members receive appropriate mentoring and professional development opportunities.
S/he will supervise the Mercy Corps program team, finance, operations, and human resources/admin team members and work closely with HQ support teams, when necessary to ensure that program operations receive strong support. The Interim Country Director will play a critical role in representing Mercy Corps Mali externally and in ensuring that the agency remains accountable to the standards and expectations of donors, government, and communities. The Interim Country Representative acts as Mercy Corps’ senior representative for Mali.
Essential Job ResponsibilitiesStrategy & VisionRecognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to countrywide strategy implementation.Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.PROGRAM DEVELOPMENTDevelop new initiatives in Mali (with assistance of program teams and HQ support) aligned with country and regional strategies.Collaborate with other senior team members to develop and secure funding for new program concepts.Lead proposal and budget development, as needed.Oversee the transformation of proposed concepts into operational programs.Help Mercy Corps Mali prepare and position for humanitarian responses by setting-up strategic and new partnerships.Program ManagementOversee new programs’ startup and ongoing program management and administration of teams across various field locations.Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners and consistent with Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan.Ensure that participants are effectively targeted according to established vulnerability criteria.Strengthen program implementation strategies, including partnership frameworks, participant targeting as well as capacity building of partners.Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate.Ensure program implementation is on time, target and budget, using effective M&E systems to reach desired impacts.Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely and informative reporting in line with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.Team ManagementHas experience in remote management and feel comfortable in managing teams that are working in field offices.Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary.Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.Insure that all Mercy Corps tools are rolled out timely.Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.Finance & Compliance ManagementEnsure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to emergency programming.Influence & RepresentationIdentify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other stakeholders.
Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
Represent Mercy Corps at all donor, partner, and coordination meetings as appropriate.
Develop and maintain internal and external relationships to ensure optimum program success.
Help to develop Mercy Corps’ reputation in Mali as a professional, transparent, effective, and innovative organization.
Oversee the Deputy Country Director and assist him with program implementation and representation as needed.
SecurityEnsure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by countryProactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.Organizational LearningAs 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 participantsMercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward 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.Supervisory Responsibility
All Mali Team members: 5-7 direct reports, around 100 indirect reports.
Reports Directly to: Deputy Regional Director for Africa
Works Directly with:Deputy Country Director, Heads of field offices (Ansongo, Menaka, Goruma-Rharous, Tombouctou, Mopti, Kayes), Operations manager, HR manager, Finance manager, HQ technical teams, HQ desks, New Initiatives Manager, Compliance teams, HQ finance teams.
Knowledge and ExperienceAt least 7 years of experience administering donor grants for a variety of sectoral areas for both relief and development initiatives.7 years of management experience, with a demonstrated ability to build teams capacity in cross-cultural settings as well as excellent team-building and interpersonal skills.Proven experience managing complex projects in conflict-affected countries. Demonstrated understanding of complex emergencies and appropriate responses.Experience with remote management in Francophone Africa and a solid understanding of the region preferred.Experience with donor requirements of USAID, SIDA, EU, UN, and private donors and foundations.History of working effectively and respectfully with host country government, INGO and NGO partners.Professional French and English proficiency required with strong oral and written skills.Success Factors
The successful Interim Country Director will recognize that Mercy Corps’ ability to function safely and successfully in Mali depends on the ability of team members to understand the context in which programs operate. S/he will make him/herself a student of the history, culture, and politics of Mali and the Sahel/West Africa region. The Interim Country Director will have a natural leadership instinct and will feel energized by working in and building teams. S/he will have an excellent understanding of development issues and programmatic approaches. The successful Interim Country Director will enjoy working with local community members, governmental authorities, NGO partners, and donors and will bring a positive approach to the job, embracing challenges as opportunities to innovate. The Interim Country Director will model a strong work ethic, as well as patience and a sense of humor, will write well and communicate in a manner that is confident and clear, yet diplomatic, enabling him/her to forge positive working relationships with donors, partners, and staff. Finally, the successful Interim Country Director will work well under pressure in a fluid operating and security environment.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The position is based in Bamako, Mali and it requires up to 15% travel as security situation allows.
This position will be based in Bamako, Mali. This is an accompanied position. The position is entitled to individual housing and is eligible for R&R. There is good access to electricity and water, though there are occasional electrical outages. Access to quality health care is limited. There are a number of clinics in town, but serious illnesses will require evacuation. Internet is limited, but available in all Mercy Corps offices. There is reasonable access to most consumer goods in Bamako.
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside of 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 Mercy Corps’ policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
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