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ResiliencePartnership and Influence Coordinator – Baidoa.

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Position Title: Resilience Partnership and Influence Coordinator

Location Baidoa (With Travels to Mogadishu)

Duty Station Full-time, Short-term

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 has been present in Somalia since 2005, responding to emergency needs

stemming from conflict and displacement, while continuing work to build more

resilient, peaceful, and productive communities in Puntland, Somaliland, Banadir,

South West State, Hirshabelle, Galmudug and Jubaland. Mercy Corps Somalia also

collaborates with Mercy Corps teams and partners in neighbouring countries to

implement multi-country and cross-border programs. Working with a diverse base of

donors that includes the USAID/OFDA, GIZ, UNHCR, ECHO, WFP, SSF, EAC, LDS

and other foundations and institutional donors, Mercy Corps empowers people to

recover from crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. We

work closely with the private sector, civil society and governance structures at local

and national levels to facilitate change and ensure that opportunities are inclusive of

all Somalis.

The international community has awoken to the reality that the traditional aid

architecture is largely incapable of delivering solutions to today’s humanitarian crises

and that new ways of working are required. Yet the “how” of action that will drive

lasting results for peace and wellbeing in protracted crisis contexts like Somalia has

remained largely elusive. The Baidoa Resilience Partnership, launched in 2018 by

USAID, positioned USAID as thought leaders in this space, promoting resilience as a

collective imperative that transcends traditional funding, program, and sector siloes to

advance pragmatic solutions to the world’s most pernicious challenges.

Mercy Corps is seeking a Resilience Partnership and Influence Coordinator for the

Somalia Resilience Learning Activity (RLA), a two-year opportunity funded by

USAID. As a largely autonomous component of a larger regional learning award lead

by ACDI/VOCA, the Somalia RLA is designed to leverage USAID’s previous

investments in the Baidoa Resilience Partnership to advance collaboration, learning,

and adapting (CLA) across actors and funding streams for sustained reductions in

humanitarian need. Through the Somalia RLA, Mercy Corps will work closely with

USAID, implementing partners, and other stakeholders to collectively analyze what

they do and how they do it, surfacing findings to enable the replication and

amplification of promising practices within and beyond Baidoa, enhancing USAID

and other donor’s return on investment in Somalia.

General Position Summary

Resilience Partnership and influence Coordinator will oversee and cultivate the day-today relationship building and liaison activities with member partners and other key

stakeholders, including government. S/he will be responsible for establishing

&maintaining networks with partners through effective communications, including

maintaining open lines of communication and managing an ongoing feedback system

with partners to inform operational adaptation to meet their needs. S/he will be also be

responsible for designing and maintaining stakeholder engagement and influence plan

(connected to learning agenda), monitor and document relationships with member

partners, government, and other local and national public/private stakeholders. S/he

will provide coordination and required to support for workshops, learning events,

assessments, research, coaching sessions.

Essential Job Responsibilities


Oversee and cultivate the day-to-day relationship building and liaison activities

with member partners and other key stakeholders, including government.

Maintain open lines of communication and manage an ongoing feedback system

with partners to inform operational adaptation to meet their needs.

Design and maintain a stakeholder engagement and influence plan (connected to

learning agenda).

Monitor and document relationships with member partners, government, and

other local and national public/private stakeholders; flag opportunity for

local/national actors to engage in the platform.

Provide coordination and required support for workshops, learning events,

assessments, research, coaching sessions, etc.

Work towards expanding and solidifying the Partnership

Identify opportunities for social innovation and enterprise that could be launched

through catalytic investments from public and private sector initiatives

Work closely with the M&E/Comms Manager, member partners, and other

stakeholders to conduct ongoing analysis of the operating context in Bay/Bakool,

documenting changes/trends, anticipated risks/ opportunities, and using the initial

analysis of the complex crisis system as a foundation for subsequent iteration;

analyze implications and feedback to member partners.


Gather and document information to generate learning and documentation

Analyze project implementation strategies to identify constraints to program

success and provide timely recommendations;

Submit timely reports as requested by the program leadership.


Ensure close communication with operational support structures to ensure

efficient support for the RLA Prorgamstrategy process.

Coordinate with program, finance, and administration staff for troubleshooting

and problem solving.


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.


Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards

accountability, specifically

to our partners and to international standards guiding international relief and

development work, while actively engaging participant communities as equal

partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Supervisory Responsibility



Reports Directly To: Directly to the RLA Team leader/mangerand Indirectly to Director

of Programs (Somalia)

Works Directly With: MEAL/Communication Manger, RLA Team leader/manager,

ACDI/VOCCA Colleagues

Knowledge and Experience

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in relevant field.

Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain relationships with diverse actors,

including implementing partners, government, donors, local/national

organizations, etc.

Demonstrated systems thinker; familiarity with the concepts of CLA/SLI.

Ability to gain consensus and cooperation from individuals or groups– over

whom there is no direct authority–to accomplish collective objectives and program


Demonstrated ability to foster commitment and “one team” culture.

Strong roots and networks in South West State and intimate understanding of the

political economy.

Strong communication skills in English and Somali.

Success Factors

A successful Resilience Partnership and Influence Coordinator will need demonstrate

effective influencing and solidifying relationship with partners as well as build and

manage relationships with different stakeholders, and lead collaborative design

processes. S/he takes initiative for coordinating and planning tasks and work plans and

is equally comfortable and capable of working independently and as part of a team. The

candidate will have the ability to easily forge and maintain professional relationships

with team members, communities and partners. S/he is deeply curious, with an appetite

for learning and takes responsibility for keeping him/herself up-to-date on research and

promising practices, and for engaging with key networks in the resilience field.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

The position is based in (Baidoa) and it requires up to 10% travel to Mogadishu.

Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours

when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/STA 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.

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.

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit online applications

Through:   https://www.mercycorps.org/careers/national


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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