This position is contingent on funding.
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Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps has been operational in the Central African Republic (CAR) since September 2007. With offices in Bangui, Bouar, and Bambari, Mercy Corps works to integrate short-term humanitarian assistance with programs to strengthen community resilience and support market-led economic development, with a crosscutting accent on governance and gender. Mercy Corps takes a sustainable approach to its programming, seeking to change behaviors and create institutions to foster long-term development in the sectors of protection and gender-based violence, governance, capacity building, social cohesion and early economic recovery. Funding comes from a range of donors including USAID, the European Commission, OFDA, UNHCR and private foundations. By addressing a number of overlapping and associated needs within a wide range of activities, Mercy Corps in CAR takes an integrated approach to ensure the greatest possible impact.
Flexible Emergency Needs Response for IDPs in CAR (FENRIC) is a 12-month multisector response to the ongoing critical humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic. The program will be implemented in the Ouaka prefecture and neighboring sub-prefectures in Basse Kotto. FENRIC’s primary geographic focus will be on peripheral axes outside of Bambari, with regular reviews of geographic targeting in relation to the dynamic needs and security context. Aligning its intervention strategy to cover gaps in existing response, FENRIC address several priority sectors: emergency recovery and market systems; protection; shelter & settlements; and water, sanitation and hygiene.
General Position Summary
The Program Manager is responsible for coordinating and implementing the delivery of the emergency multisector activities OFDA – funded.
He will be responsible to implement the activities focused to respond to the needs of the newly displaced together with to the needs of host communities to better help them to absorb persons newly displaced by conflict. Where and when needed, the Program Manager will coordinate with other actors to also provide support to internally displaced households with unmet humanitarian needs that are currently residing in Bambari. The project needs a strong leadership and coordination function in order to operate effectively and deliver on its intended impact. The PM is an effective communicator able to work with internal and external stakeholders to achieve common objective and to represent the organization as a whole, and able to work effectively and efficiently across member agencies.
S/he will manage the relationship with the Bambari cluster system; coordinate the delivery of high quality programming defining the strategy; report on the activities implemented based on donor regulations and build relationships between the donors, UN and UN coordination structures and the government where needed..
Essential Job Responsibilities
Strategy & Vision
FINANCE, OPERATION AND COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT
REPRESENTATION & FUNDRAISING
Influence & Representation
Accountability to Beneficiaries
Reports Directly To: Programs Director
Works Directly With: Program Development and Reporting Manager, Design Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Bambari Head of Base, Protection Advisor, Wash Advisor, Early Recovery and Market System Advisor, Finance Manager and Support staffs.
Knowledge and Experience
The successful PM will combine exceptional management skills and experience in maintaining donor and partner relationships. S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. Prioritizing, problem solving, ability to seize opportunities, attention to detail and strategic vision are essential. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The position is based in Bambari, CAR is unaccompanied and eligible for Harship allowance and it requires up to 50 % travel to the field
The Central African Republic is a nation of 4.6 million people, ranked as one of the poorest nations in the world, with an average life expectancy of only 49 years.a Hospitals and access to medicines is very limited. Malaria is prevalent and it is estimated that 7-8% of the population may be HIV positive. Bambari is a regional town of the Ouaka Prefecture of about 41,000 inhabitants and is located in the east of the country and is divided north-south by the Ouaka River. The city is relatively calm and safe, the population is hopeful for the future and economic and social activities are resuming. However, criminality, mainly petty theft and robberies, constitutes the main cause of insecurity, and travel in some of the surrounding areas can be dangerous due to armed road bandits.
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.
Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision. Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment.
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