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The Program / Department Summary
The Inter Clusters/Sectors Coordination Group (ICCG) leads the coordination in Yangon, including any natural disaster that may impact Myanmar. In a similar structure to the cluster system, the Food Security Sector (FSS) was established by the HC and is co-led by FAO and WFP. In 2020, 35 implementing partners reported to the FSS on food security and/or livelihoods programmes run in support of the affected population throughout Myanmar.
A effective coordination is a necessary component to ensure the delivery of an adequate, harmonized and timely Food Security assistance to vulnerable groups. FSS aims at enhancing the coordination of FSS members’ humanitarian assistance to meet population needs in the most effective, efficient and timeless way. Indeed, evolution of the Myanmar context, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on communities and humanitarian organizations require more efforts to maintain high standard in the provision of the humanitarian assistance in situ. To better deliver on its functions, including share responsibilities and leadership, FSS is seeking for a NGOs to co-coordinate the FSS.
The Position (General Position Summary)
The FSS Co-Coordinator hosted by Mercy Corps will be responsible to strengthen and support the FS Sector implementation of proportionate, appropriate, and timely response, in collaboration with the Sector Coordinator and Co-Lead Agencies.
- Support the implementation of the overall 6 core functions of FSS to meet the expected outputs and overall purpose of the Sector
- Participate in FSS meetings regularly and co-facilitate the Sector meetings (and/or joint meetings with other working groups), when appropriate
- Support on Information gathering and provide support FSS’s IMO
- Facilitate the inclusiveness of local Partners and facilitate dialogue with government counterparts
- Facilitate the coordination with other coordination mechanisms (other Clusters, ICCG, MIAG, CWG, DSWG…)
- Support the sector coordinator in strengthening the management of the Sector in an effective manner, action and results-oriented, with decisions clearly communicated to relevant partners and stakeholders
- Ensure that meetings are managed in line with the Principles of Partnership (Annex A) and facilitate the yearly CCPM (Cluster performance)
- Facilitate agreement on an efficient division of labour and the assignment of responsibilities amongst members which takes account of their comparative advantages, complementarities and capacities
- Designate focal points or technical working groups for specific issues when relevant
- Ensure that the strategic operational framework of the Food Security Sector is updated regularly according to evolving needs
- Maintain appropriate links and dialogue with Food Security Sector partners and other relevant actors especially the local NGOs and INGOs and NGO Forum, donors
- Promote/support FSS partners’ capacity building and follow-up FSS partners’ reporting
- Actively contribute to align FSS to both gFSC and IASC standards and contribute to reporting
- Actively contribute to develop Food Security analysis, FSS emergency strategy and FSS preparedness/response plan
- Represent the interests of the Food Security Sector in discussions with stakeholders on priorities, resource mobilization and advocacy: neutrality is required for this role
- Participate actively on development, revision, dissemination and application of technical standard and best practices
- Support program cycle and funding processes including participation in Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO), Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) appeals, and Myanmar Humanitarian Fund (MHF)
- Support the sector to develop emergency preparedness measures to deliver appropriate, impactful, timely and coordinated to avoid gaps/ duplication
- Actively promote Protection, Accountability to Affected People, Gender equality in the delivery of the Food Security assistance
- Contribute to reinforce PSEA among FSS partners.
Supervisory Responsibility: None
Reports Directly to: Country Director
Works Directly with: FSS Coordinator (WFP & FAO), Country Director, Director of Programs, Cash Working Group co-chair
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
- MA/MS degree in a relevant subject; food security, agriculture, economics or related field preferred
- 5-7 years of experience in humanitarian response including in the food security sector
- Ability to work and plan at strategic as well as operational levels
- Understanding of the international humanitarian response architecture, including coordination mechanisms, humanitarian reform and action, and funding mechanisms (e.g. Consolidated Appeals Process, Central Emergency Response Fund and Flash Appeals).
- Experience of high level coordination and chairing of meetings
- Previous experience and formal training in Cluster Coordination preferred
- Ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders and develop consensus and joint working
- Ability to work productively in a pressurized environment and to maintain visibly high levels of morale in difficult circumstances.
- Fluently spoken and written English is required.
The successful candidate will have the ability to network effectively and influence and inspire others including governments, other agencies, and own peers, staff, and partners and will also have the ability to undertake strategic analysis and translate thinking into practice. S/He will work with sensitive issues in a multi-cultural environment and with virtual or/and dispersed teams and will have the ability to inspire, to build confidence and to find creative and constructive solutions to difficult issues. The successful candidate will be build trust and alliances and will empower others.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The position is based in Yangon, Myanmar and it’s accompanied by spouse only. It may require field travel, which may include travel to insecure locations where freedom of movement is limited and areas where amenities are limited. Housing for this role is in individual housing and staff will have access to good medical services and the living situation is of a high standard.
Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws and customs, and adhere to 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. 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.