Urban Resilience Capacity Building and Training Specialist

Urban Resilience Capacity Building and Training Specialist

This position is contingent upon funding
Position Description
Location Harare
Position Status: Full Time
Duration: 1 year with possibility of extension based on funding and performance

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 exists to alleviate suffering and poverty by building secure and productive communities. Mercy Corps has been present in Zimbabwe since 2002 focusing its interventions on a multi sectoral market systems development portfolio mobilizing communities to promote small scale agriculture and revive local economies. Its current operations focus on helping smallholder farmers increase their incomes and increasing rural and urban household access to quality, reliable water, sanitation and hygiene services. Mercy Corps puts resilience at the core of its strategy to contribute to the wellbeing of Zimbabweans by building communities’ capacities and strengthening systems and institutions.

General Position Summary
One of the key objectives of this Urban Resilience Building project is to strengthen the capacity of resilience partners in understanding and applying resilience concepts, tools, approaches and methodologies in their work to drive the resilience agenda.. The Urban Resilience Capacity Building and Training Specialist will be a key member of the team responsible for a variety of technical aspects with the objective of strengthening government and civil society partners’ resilience approaches and methodologies, resilience analysis, resilience thinking operationalization. Additionally, the Capacity Building and Training Specialist will be contributing to research, knowledge management, and gender mainstreaming.

The Capacity Building and Training Specialist is integral to achieving the objectives outlined above. Specifically, s/he will support the identification of resilience capacity and methodological gaps within program stakeholders and will support those stakeholders to co-create and implement a plan to address those gaps showing measurable improvement. S/he will build on what is working within stakeholder organizations and share experiences across multiple stakeholders to facilitate cross-learning. In addition, this position will support the development of a resilience training curriculum to be cascaded through a training-of-trainers approach. All of these activities and interventions must be evidence-based and be able to demonstrate measurable effectiveness and value for money.
Essential Job Responsibilities
resilience capacity building
In collaboration with other team members, lead the development of a capacity building plan for program stakeholders and implement that plan
Identify technical gaps in integrating resilience thinking into program design and implementation among program partners
Lead the documentation, measurement of progress and sharing of best practices of the resilience capacity building initiatives to ensure quality program and knowledge sharing
Lead the development, refinement and contextualization of resilience training curriculum targeting program partners to improve both technical and operational quality of resilience programming
Collaborate with other team members on developing innovative mechanisms to collect and share program learnings in various forums
resilience technical assistance
Provide technical guidance to partners to ensure methodological soundness of resilience approaches for operational strategies, interventions, tool development, advocacy or any other needed context

Organizational Learning
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 towards 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: Urban Resilience Team Leader
Works Directly With: Resilience and Research Advisor, Knowledge Management and Digital Communications Specialist, Gender and Youth Specialist, Regional Resilience Director, HQ Resilience Support Unit team, and partner organizations
Knowledge and Experience
Advanced degree in a resilience related field
At least 7 years of relevant or associated experience applying resilience concepts, tools, approaches and methodologies in programming in Zimbabwe or sub-Sahara Africa
At least 7 years of relevant or associated experience in multiple of the following technical aspects of urban resilience building including research, facilitating learning, institutional capacity building, gender mainstreaming
Proven experience in developing training materials and curriculum using adult-learning principles
Excellent communication skills, including a sound ability to adapt material for different audiences
Strong writing skills, including past experience generating substantive written products; excellent verbal communication skills
Must be adaptable to and comfortable with shifting priorities.

Success Factors
The successful Capacity Building and Training Specialist will be an analytical individual keen to build capacity of partners to apply resilience thinking and approaches to all aspects of their work. S/he will be passionate about learning and adaptive management techniques as fundamental strategies to improve program impact. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail as well as 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.

Ethics and Integrity
All Mercy Corps staff are expected to behave ethically and demonstrate the highest integrity in their professional and personal life. Mercy Corps has zero-tolerance to any form of fraud, corruption, abuse, harassment or exploitation. Any breach of our policies or misconduct will lead to disciplinary action or may lead to termination.

When applying, please send one document that includes your cover letter describing your reasons for interest in the position and salary expectations, 3 contactable references and your CV to Mercy Corps Human Resources at: zw-hr@mercycorps.org Applications should be clearly marked with the position applied for in the email subject line. Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity organization and encourages both female and male candidates to apply. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Shortlisting will proceed as applications are received.

Created: November 10, 2019
Category: Ngo, Social Services, Kubatana
Expiry Date: Nov. 15, 2019

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