Project Director Countering Violent Extremism Assessments, Mercy Corps

Contingent on Funding
Mercy Corps alleviates poverty, suffering, and oppression and works to build secure, productive, and just communities in over 40 countries around the world. Mercy Corps is an established thought leader in countering violent extremism (CVE), based on years of research around the factors that lead to recruitment into violent extremist groups. We are also expanding our portfolio of CVE programming worldwide, working with local partners to develop and implement context-specific and responsive strategies in countries worldwide to prevent the spread of violent extremism and conflict more generally.


Contingent on funding, Mercy Corps will implement a multi-country program to assess and monitor countering violent extremism (CVE)-related trends and support ongoing research in priority countries. In each country, Mercy Corps and local partners will identify key factors leading to violent extremism and indicators for measuring change over time. The program team will establish baseline assessments in each country of interest and create plans for monitoring outcomes related to VE over time. This program will include a heavy focus on building capacity of local organizations to conduct ongoing assessments related to CVE. The Project Director will be responsible for the quality and timely implementation of all program activities while representing Mercy Corps to donors, peer agencies, and host governments. The Project Director will bring extensive technical experience in CVE to this position, as well as thorough oversight of all assessment tools, processes, and products.

Program Management
Oversee program start-up and ongoing program management and administration of teams across various field locations.
Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners and consistent with Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan.
Ensure that local partner institutions are equipped to lead activities and communicate effectively with host country governments and program participants.
Develop partners MoUs and contracts & oversee capacity development for program partners.
Develop program implementation strategies, including partnership frameworks, and capacity building of partners as needed.
Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate.
Ensure program implementation is on time, target and budget, using effective M&E systems to reach desired impacts.
Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely and informative reporting in line with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.

Strategy and Vision
Recognize opportunities for innovative action around CVE and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.
Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to strategy development within technical support unit at Mercy Corps around violence and conflict prevention.
Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.

Technical Guidance
Lead creative direction and design of CVE tools and frameworks, including indicators, survey tools, and analysis.
Oversee quality of all technical tools and ensure that program and partner staff understanding of CVE is in line with agency approach.
Provide critical direction and oversight of all written products arising from this program.

Team Management (required for roles that require management)
Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary.
Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.

Finance & Compliance Management
Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to development and research programming.
Draft and/or review scope of work to hire and manage any technical consultants, including review for technical efficacy and contract budget.

Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other stakeholders.
Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.

Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership for all priority countries.
Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.

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 towards 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: Director of Peace and Conflict
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Research and Learning team, Peace and Conflict team, Policy and Advocacy team, Regional Program Directors, Country Directors.

Masters or PhD in social sciences, conflict resolution, international development, or related field.
10 years of experience working in conflict management, international development, or related field, including working and living in a developing country.
4-7 years of experience working in a management role, with progressive responsibility, including managing teams.
Extensive experience conducting and leading assessments and research projects, including field-level monitoring and evaluation, primary research (quantitative and qualitative), and secondary research and analysis.
Excellent quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills.
Proven track record of writing and producing thought leadership and studies, including publishing in academic journals and/or platforms for an international development or policy audience.
Excellent oral and presentation skills.
Additional language skills; French or Arabic preferred.

The Project Director will demonstrate a winning track record in program management, and bring flexibility, creativity, and enthusiasm to every aspect of the program. The individual must have exceptional writing skills and the ability to multi-task, set priorities, pay attention to detail, and work under tight deadlines within complex team environments. The advisor must take an active role in building and maintaining external relationships as well as demonstrating the drive and initiative to contribute to internal team efforts. The position requires strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, and a level of emotional intelligence proficiency that quickly builds and maintains productive relationships across teams. Being aware and sensitive to international development issues and diverse cultures is critical.

The position is based in Washington, DC, or other headquarters location, and it requires up to 30% travel to various countries in regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, and the Balkans and Eastern Europe.

Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. 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.

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