Mercy Corps is powered by the belief that a better world is possible. We know our teams do their best work when they are diverse and every team member feels that they belong. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be stronger and have long term impact.
The Program / Department / Team
Mercy Corps continues to respond to humanitarian and development needs across Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Yemen by forging meaningful and trusted partnerships and designing impactful programming. Mercy Corps’ focus in the Middle East has been in promoting good governance and conflict resolution, enhancing resilience, supporting market systems development, and strengthening youth employment. Mercy Corps’ investments in thought leadership, continual learning, and adaptive programming allows us to make changes that are essential in a fluid context, with significant ambitions to learning and sharing.
The Regional Proposal Development and Reporting Officer will support all six country teams in the region with proposal development for new opportunities, as well as reporting/general award management on ongoing programming in close coordination with both the Amman-based Regional New Initiatives Specialist and the HQ-based Regional Program Team (RPT). Proposal development efforts will include coordinating or leading proposal development processes, or writing submissions. The Officer will also provide critical gap-filling and surge support to country teams and the Middle East RPT, when needed, whether focused on ongoing program and award administration, donor communications or other workstreams.
Contribute to/lead proposal development processes including drafting and producing high quality concept notes and proposals that support Mercy Corps strategic programming goals. (This involves developing, managing and sharing the proposal development calendar in-country and with headquarters, ensuring funding proposals are submitted in a timely manner, for example.)
As needed, write concept notes or proposals in collaboration with country teams
As needed, review final proposal drafts for coherence and alignment with donor requirements in coordination with the RPT
PROGRAM REPORTING & GRANT ADMINISTRATION
Support reporting workflows and processes in coordination with country teams and RPT
Provide gap filling for in-country grants roles/teams as needed
Reports Directly To: Regional New Initiatives Specialist
Works Directly With: Country Teams, RPT, Regional NI Specialist
Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Minimum Qualification & Transferable Skills
2-3 years of relevant work experience, with demonstrated strengths in proposal development, grants management, and donor reporting
Excellent English analytical written and verbal skills required
Ability to manage ambiguity and flexibility in a role, adapting as needed to regional needs in close coordination with colleagues
Experience working on proposal development processes for various donors, particularly US Government, ECHO, FCDO, European donors (SDC, Sida, French CDCS, AFD, German donors)
Familiarity with US, EU and other donor regulations related to reporting requirements and ability to understand and adjust to the donor contractual requirements preferred.
Proficiency with MS Office software required (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
BA/S in relevant field
The successful candidate is a problem solver, who is adept in successfully handling competing priorities and deadlines. They are a skilled and diplomatic verbal communicator, able to develop and utilize strong relationships with staff, partners and donors. They are also a skilled writer and synthesizer of diverse and complex information, helping teams generate new insights into their work, incorporate needs, and describe how program impact can be scaled. The candidate is excited to be part of a team that learns from experience, thoroughly researches and analyzes context and develops high impact strategies.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
This position can be based in Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan or Jerusalem/Ramallah, with travel within the Middle East as well as periodic trips to Mercy Corps Headquarters in the USA and Europe. 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.
In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.
We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
Safeguarding & Ethics
Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC and have signed on to the Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.