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Program / Department Summary
The Strengthening Capacity in Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Environment (SCALE) program is a five year Associated Award funded by the USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) through the Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) program led by Save the Children US. SCALE is designed to further improve the impact, sustainability, and scalability of FFP’s programming in agriculture, natural resource management, and livelihoods in emergency and development settings. Specifically, the program will focus on sustainable and climate sensitive approaches that foster resilient agricultural systems, and enhance income opportunities within or outside agricultural systems. This program is managed through the Agriculture Technical Support Unit (TSU).
General Position Summary
The SCALE Capacity Strengthening Specialist will coordinate with the program director to lead capacity-strengthening activities for the SCALE program in agriculture, natural resource management and off-farm livelihoods for both emergency and development settings. She/he will be responsible for implementing a sustainable capacity strengthening strategy adapted to the needs of staff (from different FFP implementing agencies and USAID missions) at different levels and disseminated via different methods, while ensuring the coordination of activities with other agencies and implementers as well as other knowledge and learning program activities. A key component of this position will be to develop sustainable learning systems throughout the life of the program, including a capacity measurement system to evaluate uptake and results.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Strategy & Vision
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: SCALE Program Director
Works Directly With: SCALE Collaboration and Learning Specialist and other SCALE part-time staff, Agriculture and other relevant TSU, Save the Children BRIDGE and WASH associate award staff, and IDEAL staff
Knowledge and Experience
The successful applicant will balance in-depth technical expertise in the agriculture sector with implementation of capacity strengthening activities. Strong knowledge of adult learning mechanisms, integrated learning models, and organizational or institutional learning is essential, as well as practical implementation of programs to ensure learning and uptake is grounded in practical reality. The successful applicant will have the drive and confidence to innovate, and a true ambition to build knowledge as a means to improve program quality. Strong networking, listening, communication and negotiations skills are essential to the success of this role. He/she will be self-motivated and able to think creatively about achieving capacity strengthening objectives for a global, multi-organizational target audience. 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 East Africa – either in Nairobi, Kenya or Kampala, Uganda and requires up to 40% travel to USAID/FFP implementation countries, which may include program areas of sometimes high security risk. The location will be accompanied and secure. Housing is individual accommodation. Staff will have good access to services – medical, electricity, water, etc.
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/STA 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.
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