Partnerships Advisor, Regional Civil Society Strengthening - Uzbekistan
This position is contingent on funding
About Mercy Corps
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Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps is prepositioning for the anticipated USAID RFA Regional Civil Society Program in Central Asia. Mercy Corps has been working in the region since 1994, implementing programs in food security, nutrition, conflict mitigation, maternal and child health, disaster risk reduction, agricultural training, infrastructure, microfinance, and community & economic development.
In the area of civil society and governance, Mercy Corps has successfully implemented 317 programs for a total of $634 million in funding over the past ten years globally. Guided by our Vision for Change Mercy Corps has partnered with and strengthened civil society at local, provincial and national levels to foster local ownership, participation and voice.
Mercy Corps is seeking a Partnerships Advisor for the upcoming five-year USAID-funded program in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan to strengthen civil society's role in promoting greater public accountability through citizen advocacy bolstered by research and information access, mechanisms for interchange between CSOs and government, and a conducive enabling environment.
General Position Summary
The Partnerships Advisor will provide technical leadership on civil society capacity building, grants management, advocacy and information access, and national and local government engagement. The position is responsible for ensuring quality implementation of good governance activities, developing strong relationships with government and nonprofit leaders, and advising program leadership, teams, partners and grantees on nonprofit management, civic engagement, and participatory governance.
Essential Job Responsibilities
- Develop strong relationships with partner organizations, government structures.
- Assess and catalogue civil society landscape, present analysis and recommendations for engagement of formal and informal civil society groups and organizations.
- Supervise the capacity assessment of identified organizations using Organizational Capacity Index Tools; develop and refine existing CSO capacity building curriculum to fit local context and capacity.
- Refine organizational development tools and recommend best practices for staff and partner capacity development, building on Mercy Corps best practices.
- Provide strategic program guidance and technical support for CSO capacity building.
- Advise on civil society advocacy plans, advocacy practices for project implementation, good governance tools, partnerships among stakeholders.
- Provide leadership and technical decision-making on grants committees for Rapid Response Fund, advocacy and capacity building grants.
- Deliver and/or oversee delivery of curriculum-based training.
- Provide peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and support during field site visits.
- Identify and support mechanisms for effective project monitoring and evaluation efforts and systems for information sharing internally and externally.
- 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 Beneficiaries
- 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.
Reports Directly To: Chief of Party
Works Directly With: Program teams, MEL team, Finance, Admin & Operations teams
Knowledge and Experience
- BA/S or equivalent in social science, civil society, governance, management, international development or other relevant field; MA/S preferred.
- At least 5 years of progressive experience and proven high level of competence in working in NGOs/INGO capacity building programs, in complex environments or the former Soviet Union, and with a strong gender background.
- Strong knowledge of, and experience with organizational development of CSOs, advocacy and governance, and civic engagement in challenging environments, and ability to inform the content and method of organizational development training.
- Familiarity with the political, social, economic, and cultural context of Central Asia; research and analytical skills to advise on the civil society landscape.
- Familiarity with up-to-date subject-matter research, data and analyses, dealing with both Central Asia specifically and broader civil society global trends.
- Proven experience in stakeholder training and capacity building and TOT training.
- Strong leadership, communication, and project management skills.
- Ability to speak regional/ local languages is strongly preferred.
The successful Partnerships Advisor will have an ability to live and work closely with a diverse team of individuals in a highly intense and fluid work and security environment. S/he will be well-networked, with an ability to foster solid working relationships with government counterparts, civil society actors, teammates, local partners, and others. 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. S/he will also have proven experience with cross-cultural teams and capacity building, individual staff development, and strong mentoring skills. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous 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 Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and requires at least 25% travel (both within Uzbekistan and to program countries Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan) by plane and vehicle to field offices in environments that for the most part are secure. This position is not eligible for hardship and/or R&R benefits. The location is accompanied and secure. Housing is individual accommodation with complete freedom of movement in Tashkent and other locations in the country for which no travel restrictions exist. Staff have access to good quality healthcare services in Tashkent and access to reliable water and electricity services.
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.