This position is for 7 months employment and possible to be based in other Asia Countries where Mercy Corps operate.
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 operating in Asia over 4 decades and in Myanmar since 2008, and aims to bring about sustained peace, stability and inclusive economic growth. Its programs reflect the continuum from emergency relief to economic recovery and agricultural systems strengthening. Our strategy is to ensure that through a multi-sectoral approach, Mercy Corps responds to needs articulated by communities and identified through regular reviews and coordination with key stakeholders. The country strategy aims to promote resilience and reduce poverty through a multi- sectoral approach that brings together programming in food security and livelihoods, market development, climate change adaptation, and social cohesion.
At a global and regional level, Mercy Corps teams are committed to creating a safe, diverse, inclusive and accountable work and program environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Key aspects of that commitment are: to ensure Mercy Corps Myanmar and MC Asia program participants and team members are protected from all forms of physical and emotional abuse and sexual harm; to ensure that the region has strong diverse teams and an inclusive workplace culture; and to empower individuals to report concerns, from program efficacy to staff misconduct, and to feel confident that their complaint will be addressed in a professional and comprehensive manner, putting their voice, dignity, needs and interests at the center of the response.
General Position Summary
The Gender Equity Diversity and Social Inclusion Advisor will play a technical, mentoring and coaching technical support role, supporting MC Myanmar’s national gender advisor in the design, implementation, quality assurance and program strategy development for Mercy Corps Myanmar (30% LOE). In addition, the individual will play a regional level technical support role (70% LOE) as part of the Asia region “Safe, Diverse and Accountable” Working group initiative supporting Mercy Corps Asia country teams as they move forward Mercy Corps’s Global Gender Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) strategy and Safeguarding initiative.
Essential Job Responsibilities
- Support the development of Myanmar’s Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) integration strategy and action plan
- Provide GESI integration input on proposals to ensure gender responsive outcomes are achieved across Mercy Corps programming
- In collaboration with the Global GDI, Safeguarding and CARM teams, support the implementation of Mercy Corps Myanmar Safe, Accountable, Inclusive and Diverse Initiative - contextualization and operationalization of MC GDI, Safeguarding and CARM initiatives
Support MC Myanmar Gender and Social Inclusion Advisor by:
- Providing GESI technical inputs to the design and adaptation of Mercy Corps Myanmar strategy and interventions.
- Assisting in the development of assessments, monitoring, and analyses that better understand and analyze gender and social inclusion considerations related to each program and sector
- Supporting GESI analysis for different programs, managing data collection, leading data analysis and developing recommendations based on findings.
- Helping integrate the findings from the GESI analysis into program workplans and milestones.
- Participating in cross-departmental collaboration and coordination in order to ensure that GESI is integrated into all program activities.
- Aiding in the design different training sessions to team members, partners and where necessary specific training sessions targeted at community members.
REPRESENTATION AND COORDINATION
- Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders - Regional and TSU Advisors and other Mercy Corps sectors to enhance cooperation and coordination.
- Asia Regional “Safe, Diverse and Accountable” Working Group
- Support design and implementation of MC Asia “Safe, Diverse and Accountable” Working group work plan for 2021- 22 initiative, focusing on n Mercy Corps’ Global Gender Equity Diversity and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) and safeguarding priority areas
- At the request of country leads, Directors of Program, or the Deputy Regional Director support the country in contextualizing and operationalizing GEDSI and Safeguarding regional and global priorities
- As determined by SDA regional work plan, lead the design of regional SDA and safeguarding cross learning opportunities and different trainings to DoPs and/ or focal points as appropriate.
- Coordinate with MCHQ to ensure regional plans are aligned with global processes and advocate for adaptations based on country level lessons learned
- Support country offices in business development by way of providing technical input, as an agency commitment it is important that MC meet GDI aspects in programs.
- Provide regional leadership as thought leader to advance on organisational commitment for GDI.
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 PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
Mercy 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 RESPONSIBILITIES: None
Reports Directly to: MC Myanmar Country Director with dotted line with Deputy Regional Director
Works Directly with: MC Myanmar Director of Programs, Director of Programs from other Country Offices, Program Managers, Senior Program Development & Quality Manager, HR Team, Global GDI team, Global Safeguarding Team and Safeguarding focal points, Regional HR and PAQ advisors, SEA Desks
Knowledge And Experience
- MA in international development, women's studies, gender or a comparable area of study.
- Substantial background in gender integration and DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) work including experience conducting training analysis and program integration and engaging in advocacy.
- 5-8 years of experience in international development work, with a minimum of three years in field postings;
- Experience implementing, ideally establishing, safeguarding measures and initiatives
- Comprehensive knowledge of gender integration standards as well as holistic and practical methods towards implementing gender integration and integrated gender outcomes
- The ability to work closely in a team, be patient, adaptable, flexible, able to improvise and work in an environment that is often stressful and potentially volatile.
- Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties. Tact and diplomacy are essential.
- Substantial capacity building and (remote) coaching abilities.
- Experience working on and/or managing projects with gender components.
- Strong written and public speaking skills are required.
- Fluency in written and spoken English required.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office
The Advisor will demonstrate a strong level of empathy, combined with an expert-level understanding of gender equality challenges and solutions in the humanitarian and development field. All technical advisor positions require strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, and a level of emotional intelligence proficiency that quickly builds and maintains productive relationships across teams. The individual must have good writing skills and the ability to multi-task, set priorities, pay attention to detail, and work under tight deadlines within complex team environments. The Advisor must take an active role in building and maintaining external relationships as well as demonstrating the drive and initiative to contribute to internal team efforts. Being aware and sensitive to international development issues and diverse cultures is critical.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
This position is based in country with a Mercy Corps Office in the region
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside 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 MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
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.