Note that candidates must hold work authorization and / or citizenship for Uganda or Kenya at the time of application.
About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps alleviates poverty, suffering, and oppression and works to build secure, productive, and just communities in over 40 countries around the world.
Our Program Department supports field-led work that delivers measurable impact.
Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps’ Technology for Development (T4D) team collaborates with Mercy Corps teams to unlock new possibilities and reach more people through the power of technology.
We think beyond today’s context, exploring how we can use current and emerging technology to shrink the global digital divide and help people in vulnerable communities adapt to and overcome evolving challenges.
Our mission and purpose is to drive sustainable program impact through responsible application of existing and emerging digital technologies.
Ultimately, we drive Mercy Corps to scale the use of digital technologies to broaden our reach,and delivery positive impact more efficiently.
General Position Summary
The T4D Advisor position provides expert advice, guidance and support to country programs in the Mercy Corps Africa Region in the application of digital technologies and partnership development.
The ultimate goal of this position is to support the country programs in implementing solutions developed through the Technology for Impact 5-year Cisco grant.
This is a hands-on’ role that provides practical advice that supports solution / partner identification, business development, designs implementation plans, and leads general capacity building on commonly used digital tools.
This role will also directly contribute to regional planning activities. The position is specifically focused on supporting the country programs in the Africa region and formally reports to the T4D team, with a strong dotted line to Africa regional leadership for prioritizing geographical locations and programs as well as day-to-day activities.
This position is funded through the Technology for Impact grant ending July 2022.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Strategy & Vision
Finance & Compliance Management
Influence & Representation
Accountability to Beneficiaries
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 : Senior Director / CTO, Technology for Development with second reporting line to Africa Regional Technical Director
Works Directly With : Africa Country Directors and field teams, IT teams, partner organizations, Technical Support Units
Knowledge and Experience
To be successful in this role this person will have highly effective interpersonal skills, strong consultative skills, a high degree of comfort in discussing the application of digital technologies, often in complex scenarios.
This person will develop trust easily with field teams, other Mercy Corps leadership and external partners. This person should be an excellent written and verbal communicator able to represent Mercy Corps at public events with confidence.
This person should be extremely well organized and capable of tracking multiple competing priorities. The successful person will be skilled at reducing complexities to clear and understandable non-technical terms with a focus on practical next steps.
They will have an open personality and team building awareness and skills. This person will be capable of maintaining clear status and organization of multiple complex items simultaneously.
A sharp sense of humor is a must!
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The position is based in Kenya or Uganda and requires up to 30% travel primarily to countries in the Mercy Corps Africa region.
Candidates must hold work authorization and / or citizenship for Uganda or Kenya at the time of application.
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.