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Program / Department Summary

Mercy Corps has been operating in Jordan since 2003. In partnership with civil society organizations, the private sector, and the government, Mercy Corps Jordan has reached more than 3.4 million Jordanians and displaced populations in the country. Working throughout Jordan, Mercy Corps is driven by the mission to contribute to the emergence of a peaceful, resilient and prosperous Jordan which is inclusive of youth and women. We seek to build a future for Jordan in which all people feel secure, believe in the goodness of communities and institutions around them, and are on a sustainable path toward economic self-reliance. Our strategic directions focus on promoting strong communities and governance, peace and social cohesion and environmentally sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

General Position Summary

Under the funding of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mercy Corps in partnership with Wageningen University & Research (WUR), and Advance Consulting (AC) – also representing Agriterra - is implementing a three-and-a-half year, €7.4 million programme. The programme aims to improve the income opportunities and longer-term resilience of smallholder farmers in Balqa, Irbid, and Ajloun with a series of complementary interventions to strengthen the broader horticulture sector. Building off ongoing efforts supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other stakeholders, the programme targets three main outcomes:

  1. Smallholder farmers have adopted improved agricultural practices;
  2. Horticulture value chain for Smallholder Farmers operating at scale, efficient and inclusive;
  3. Improved ecosystem to support and strengthen smallholder farmers.

    The Director is responsible for the technical and operational implementation of all Mercy Corps activities for the Jordan HortiFuture Programme that focuses support on the ancient olive oil sector as well as the development and management of grants to sectoral stakeholders. S/he will facilitate strong relationships between consortium partners and relevant programme stakeholders, including National Agricultural Research Center (NARC), Agriculture Credit Corporation (ACC), Agro for Consultation and Training company (ACT) and Jordan Cooperative Corporation (JCC). S/he will be responsible for grounding consortium partner understanding of agriculture economic development programming in Jordan. S/he will support monitoring and evaluation needs and programme reporting.

    The position will be supervised by the Director of Inclusive Economic Growth and Climate Change Resilience.

    Essential Job Responsibilities

    PROGRAM MANAGEMENT (QUALITY) AND ACCOUNTABILITY

    Communicate a clear vision of programme goals to team members and stakeholders that translates into concrete programme and work plans.

    Provide strategic leadership and oversight for Mercy Corps’ programme activities while maintaining expert awareness of facts and trends in Jordan.

    Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed; promote and model a culture of learning and adaptive management.

    Work closely and demonstrate a commitment to consortium partners to successfully implement all operations related to the programme.

    Ensure that cross-cutting aspects of the programme such as adaptive management, market-based development approaches, gender equality, social inclusion, youth, climate adaptation, and resilience are included and well-integrated into the program.

    Demonstrate visible leadership and adherence to Mercy Corps’ core values, principles and strategy. Ensure all programming follows Mercy Corps’ internal systems and procedures.

    Ensure implementation of Mercy Corps programme activities is on time, target and budget, using effective M&E systems to reach desired impacts.

    Develop mechanisms for targeted research to inform program design and implementation. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Design and conduct market linkages events;
    • Provide technical support to sub-grants, exports, and training activities;
    • Lead the development of inclusive agriculture pilots;

      Ensure adherence to Mercy Corps [email protected] minimum standards within the programme.

      Ensure implementation and modeling of safeguarding policies and procedures in all interactions with team members, partners and programme participants.

      CONSORTIUM MANAGEMENT & DONOR ENGAGEMENT

      Effectively manage partnerships between the different parties of the consortium to ensure smooth and efficient collaboration.

      Ensure regular and open/transparent communication between consortium partners.

      In close coordination with the support department, ensure that contractual agreements between Mercy Corps and Consortium partners are developed and signed.

      Regularly communicate with consortium Programme Management Committee representatives on programme activities, ensuring implementation is coordinated between partners.

      Convene regular (e.g. monthly, quarterly) Consortium Executive Committee meetings to discuss programme and financial issues, disseminate minutes and follow up on action points.

      Create a positive, productive culture within the consortium that ensures smooth implementation of activities, including engagement with NARC, ACC, JCC and other programme stakeholders.

      Coordinate, lead and consolidate the development and revision of consortium work plans focused on key outputs and outcomes to ensure all implementing partners have clear direction and understanding of roles and responsibilities;

      In partnership with consortium members, facilitate an adaptive management process, leading at least an annual review of data and programme targets;

      Ensure that programme implementation is responsive to the needs of programme participants, consortium partners and stakeholders

      In collaboration with consortium partners, ensure implementation of activities are aligned with Mercy Corps principles, values and strategic plan;

      Conduct co-evaluation with partners to understand the impact and prepare for further integration or scale, if possible.

      Represent the consortium to the donor, functioning as primary liaison with the Royal Netherlands Embassy.

      Develop, manage and maintain a good working relationship with the donor, the Government of Jordan as well as

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