Job Details

Community Resilience Program Officer

Mercy Corps, Portland, OR

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 03/01/2019

About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
Now, and for the future.
Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps in the Pacific Northwest is working together to build more just, productive and resilient communities. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to improve their life regardless of their background. By investing in those without ready access to resources, existing economic disparities will become more equitable and motivated, hard working individuals and families will have opportunities to break intergenerational cycles of poverty for good.
General Position Summary
The Community Resilience Program Officer (PO) will support local preparedness efforts within the Pacific Northwest to ensure that all members of society have an equitable opportunity to build resilience to natural hazards and can bounce back from economic shocks. This position will also improve the ability of Mercy Corps staff to support a potential response after a large scale event.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Serve as HQ point of responsibility for the current Jackson grant preparedness grant. This grant, in collaboration with local emergency management, will allow us to prepare culturally specific groups for a Cascadia risk so that they can support other community members.
Ensure adherence to external donor requirements and Mercy Corps’ internal policies and requirements.
Provide ongoing monitoring of the status of program and complete regular check-ins on grant requirements.
Collaborate on youth preparedness programming with MCNW.
Develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate other community resilience programs that improve resiliency to hazards in the Pacific Northwest which aligns to current MCNW programs. These can include, but are not limited to local preparedness efforts targeted to culturally specific groups, school advocates, and/or MC business clients in partnership with local non profits, city, county and state emergency management offices.
Develop and implement preparedness opportunities such as business continuity planning for small business clients, research into insurance or other appropriate resiliency measures.
Develop and maintain an Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP) for MCNW, which includes a staff capacity development plan to ensure NW staff have the basic training to respond to a large regional event, with support of the HLR.
Maintain and update the Cascadia Response Plan with new actors and partnerships, including Cascadia presentations with potential response actors and support in business continuity.
Data mine potential US response areas in disaster prone areas and Identify potential partners working with underserved groups and in low income areas.
In coordination with resource development, MCNW and HLR, identify and pursue partnerships that will enhance response efforts in a Cascadia event, especially local organizations that could be response partners such as the Rebuilding Center and corporations that have needed emergency items (such as Home Depot, Walmart, etc).
Initiate and collaborate on existing funding opportunities with State Government, the regional disaster preparedness organization, corporations and foundations for local preparedness.
Lead HQ coordination for preparedness proposals.
Represent MC in local emergency management platforms (examples REMTEC, RDPO community outreach groups).
Communicate around preparedness efforts via MC global forums (workplace, Globe, podcasts, etc) to ensure the broader MC community is prepared.
Facilitate learning across country portfolios and regions and share lessons learned and knowledge of agency resources/tools/best practices/etc.
Organizational Learning
As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
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: Senior Director, US Disaster Preparedness and Community Resilience (YEAR 1)

Works Directly With: Director of MC NW, other HQ Program units and other departments, including Resource Development, Finance, Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness, Legal, Policy and Advocacy, Mercy Corps Counterparts at MC HQ offices in Europe; MC donors and partners
Knowledge and Experience
Experience and networks in the Pacific Northwest
BA/S in relevant field required; MA/MS/MBA or equivalent preferred.
2 - 4 years of demonstrated knowledge of relevant sectoral and/or operational areas.
2- 4 years of experience managing the development, implementation, administration and compliance (especially of US Government-funded grants); general program management experience preferred.
Experience with proposal development including support and writing with various donors, particularly US Government, private foundations and corporations.
Experience with monitoring and evaluation and other learning efforts.
Experience representing the organization and its interests to a diverse range of local and international government officials, local civil society organizations, other international organizations, the media and the public – preferred.
Proficiency with MS Office software required (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Proficiency in Spanish preferred.
Success Factors
The successful candidate is a skilled communicator, able to develop and utilize strong relationships with staff, partners and donors. S/he will coordinate with his/her supervisor and NW staff and be effective at building working relationships with stakeholders. S/he will collaborate with Mercy Corps’ diverse program support teams, including members of the TSU, Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness and Social Innovations teams to support impactful partnerships with country programs and the region at large. The Program Officer is part of a team that works with country teams to ensure that we learn from experience, thoroughly research and analyze context and develop high impact strategies. S/he will be a skilled writer and synthesizer of diverse and complex information, helping teams generate new insights into their work, the needs of their countries and the region, and how program impact can be scaled. A robust sense of humor is greatly appreciated.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The position is based in PDX and is expected to travel up to 25% of the time, mostly around the State of Oregon.

Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision. Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment.

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