Friday, December 11, 2009

MercyCorps, 5 Positions, Deadline December 24, 2009.


Mercy Corps is an International Non-Governmental, humanitarian Organization, working in more than 40 countries around the world. Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive just communities. Mercy Corps has been working in Timor Leste since 2005, with current programming focusing on Youth Capacity building, Environment, and agricultural livelihoods. The new European Commission funded SECURE program will target 4,500 chronically food insecure rural households in four sub-districts of Ainaro and Manufahi Districts with an emphasis on small-scale farmers and extension workers. Mercy Corps will work with 4500 farmers, 59 Agriculture Extension workers of the Ministry of Agriculture, and women groups over a period of 3.5 years with particular focus on the food crops such as cassava, maize, and rice and the cash crop, coffee. The overall objective is Improved agricultural production and storage and development of market linkages for food insecure communities while increasing household resource management skills for more stability against shocks

Mercy Corps is currently recruiting for the following positions in Dili office. Successful candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided below:


[Describe overview of job missioGENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
Lead by the Finance Manager, the Mercy Corps Finance Department is responsible for all financial functions including accounting, payments and banking, payroll, budgeting, financial reporting, and grant financial management and compliance.  The Finance Manager ensures compliance with donor regulations as well as Mercy Corps’ internal policies and procedures.  In its support role, the Finance Manager provides timely reports and assistance to the Management and Program teams to ensure that financial resources are used efficiently and effectively


§         Three or more years of accounting or bookkeeping experience, including experience with double-entry accounting
§         A degree in accounting or a relevant business field experience as a finance Manager or equivalent position with an International or local NGO.
§         Familiarity with European Commission, USAID, UN  and AusAID donor requirements is helpful.
§         Strong computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel.
§         Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
§         Fluent in English and Tetum (knowledge of  Portuguese language a bonus).
§         Interact effectively with both international and national personnel, to support programmatic objectives with timely and meaningful financial information;
§         Be willing to travel regularly to Mercy Corps field offices and project sites.


[Describe overview of job missioGENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
The Operations Officer will manage all Administrative and logistics support functions for the Mercy Corps program in East Timor. Main functions of the Operations department include, Human Resources Management, Administration & Office Management, Logistics, Procurement, Assets, and Fleet Management.

In compliance with Mercy Corps internal policies and procedures and donor regulations, the Operations Officer ensures smooth functioning of the program-support functions of Mercy Corps Timor Leste program.


§         A minimum of five years field experience in administrative or operational support functions with a humanitarian non-governmental organization
§         Experience in setting up and managing administration and finance management systems.
§         Experience in procurement, logistics, and human resource management
§         Minimum of two years experience in humanitarian assistance field emergency/relief settings
§         Excellent writing and communications skills
§         Effective verbal and written communication, organizational, prioritization and computer skills in Microsoft Office applications. 
§         Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
§         Proven ability to solve problems independently without direct supervision.
§         Fluent in English and Tetum (knowledge of Portuguese a bonus


[Describe overview of job missioGENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
The District Coordinator will be responsible for overall coordination and implementation of the SECURE program, each in Ainaro and Manufahi districts – both program design and district field-based activities – under supervision of the SECURE Program Manager, working to achieve program objectives and targets.  Responsibilities will include overall program coordination in the District, staff (particularly community mobilizers) capacity building of local partner HIR, including assisting them in reporting, budget management and establishing monitoring and evaluation systems. The District Coordinator will work closely with MAFF Agriculture extension workers, District Food Security Coordination Committee; district Government and other stakeholders to ensure that activities of SECURE program are well coordinated and implemented in consultation with other stakeholders (particularly the Government)


§         Strong background in agriculture; particularly in the food crops such as cassava, maize, and rice and the cash crop, coffee.
§         Must be able to work independently and show initiative; experience in community development, needs assessment and report writing; ability to identify and liaise with target communities; ability to make recommendations for improvement in performance of the local partner.
§         Strong computer and basic administrative and organizational skills.
§         Good spoken and written English.
§         Willingness to travel throughout the project area (Same, Ainaro and Dili); sincere commitment to engaging local partner, Community mobilizers, and MAFF extension workers  in community agricultural initiatives.
§         Post graduation education in Agriculture, minimum 2-3 years community mobilization and development experience of working with International NGO, UN or other organizations in the field of Food Security/Agriculture.

The successful District Coordinator will be familiar with the local context, opportunities and challenges of agricultural livelihoods programming, with a strong combination of coordination, reporting and communication skills. The position requires an ability and commitment to building capacity of the local partner, maximizing efforts to ensure high quality and productive program implementation.


[Describe overview of job missioGENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
The primary function of the Monitoring & Evaluation Officer is to carry out assessment and monitoring activities with a view to determine benefits of the program and how they influence the lives of targeted communities. The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will help conduct a baseline survey and training of staff, conduct survey and monitoring missions.  These surveys will be used to assess community needs, design MC program, and monitor the progress of the SECURE program and assess the longer-term impacts of MC projects against program objectives.  The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer must promote the use of participatory methods for assessment and monitoring surveys.


§         University degree in Social Science of Social studies or equivalent experience in monitoring and evaluating program activities and outputs, in comparison to program objectives.
§         Minimum three years work experience in project implementation and supervision. Work experience in relevant field is required. 
§         Prior experience of carrying out surveys, conducting interviews, and undertaking assessments are essential.
§         Understanding of qualitative and quantitative indicators.
§         Creative and to have ability of “out-of-the-box” thinking.
§         Analytical and report writing skills are necessary.
§         Proficiency in written and spoken English, Tetum and Bahasa Indonesia required knowledge of Portuguese Language desirable.
§         Computers skills – word-processing and spreadsheets experience required.  Computer database experience preferred.
§         Experience in the development of Logical Framework Analyses and in the conducting of Participatory Rural Appraisal is extremely desirable.

HOW TO APPLY: To apply for any of the mentioned positions, please send your Resume/CV and Cover letter (mention the position you are applying for in the subject line) by e-mail to: The deadline for submitting applications is December 24TH, 2009.  Please note that due to volume of applications, only shortlisted applicants will be notified.