Mercy Corps is powered by the belief that a better world is possible. To do this, 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.
Mercy Corps alleviates poverty, suffering, and oppression and works to build secure, productive, and just communities in over 40 countries around the world. Our Program Department supports field-led work that delivers measurable impact.
Mercy Corps’ Technical Support Unit (TSU) is a key part of the Program Department. TSU subject-matter experts help set agency strategy and provide consultation – from assessment and design through project implementation and results measurement – to field offices worldwide, in some of the world’s toughest places. TSU team members lead research, foster organizational learning, represent Mercy Corps to external audiences, and develop partnerships. The TSU is also integral to global business development and revenue.
In 2022, Mercy Corps completed its new 2030 Global Strategy. The new strategy elevates Water Security to one of four key outcome areas for the agency, along with Food Security, Economic Opportunity, and Peace and Governance. This new focus combines Mercy Corps’ historical strengths in emergency WASH programming, with a desire to further build upon our impact in water resource management, productive water, and market-based water supply and sanitation service provision as part of the agency wide mission to build resilient and inclusive communities. In close collaboration with the Water Security Director, Senior WASH Advisors, Senior Water Security Advisor, country and regional teams, and other TSU members, the Senior Water Security Advisor is responsible for executing and further shaping the water security strategy inclusive of its growing research agenda and programing.
As a Senior Water Security Advisor, you will play a lead role in building and managing our water security research agenda under the newly awarded USAID Fragile Waters Activity focused on improving water security programming and water supply and sanitation service delivery in fragile contexts. You will work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to design, implement, and evaluate research and learning initiatives and country-level buy-ins that support and better inform Mercy Corps’ innovative global projects and programs aimed at strengthening water supply and sanitation service delivery and water security in diverse contexts worldwide.
The Senior Water Security Advisor will be responsible for helping country and program teams design and conduct assessments, analyze their water security issues, and identify opportunities and solutions for intervention. Initial efforts will focus on two priorities: i) supporting the development of research initiatives and local actor capacity building programing to inform more effective water security programming in fragile contexts and; 2) collaborating with country teams to develop and operationalize water security strategies to build their water security portfolios that align local needs with global best practices. This will involve supporting the development of country- or region- specific water security approaches, proposals, concept notes, donor engagement, producing influence-oriented research and writing products, and leading knowledge and capacity strengthening initiatives. You will provide technical expertise and guidance to project teams, partners, and program participants on various aspects of water security, including water resource planning, water use efficiency, watershed management, market-based water supply and sanitation service delivery, private sector engagement, and water infrastructure governance and sustainable financing. Additionally, you will actively contribute to policy development and advocacy initiatives related to water security at global, regional, and national levels.
Success in this role will require a deep understanding of global water security challenges, along with proven experience in facilitation of global water security research and learning activity design and implementation. The successful candidate will possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as excellent communication and facilitation abilities. The ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders, from government agencies to local communities, will be crucial. Moreover, the Senior Water Security Advisor should demonstrate a commitment to promoting gender equality, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability in all water security interventions.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and growing team dedicated to making a tangible impact on global water security. The position offers the chance to work on complex and multifaceted projects, contribute to knowledge sharing and capacity building, and shape policies and interventions that positively impact the lives of vulnerable people and communities worldwide. If you are passionate about water security and possess the required expertise, we invite you to apply and become part of our mission to create a more secure and sustainable water future.
PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION (35%)
PROGRAM AND PROPOSAL DESIGN (30%)
RESEARCH AND LEARNING (15%)
CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT (15%)
ADVOCACY AND INFLUENCE (5%)
Reports Directly To: Water Security Director.
Works Directly With: Water Security, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WSSH) team, all other TSU teams, HQ, and field teams.
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.
The successful candidate with be able to demonstrate the ability to think strategically and translate ideas into practical actions. They will possess strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in multicultural teams and across various organizational levels. The candidate will have a level of emotional intelligence that quickly builds and maintains productive relationships across teams. They will have a proven ability to influence donors, partners, and peer organizations toward innovative programs and best practices. They will be comfortable adapting and have resilience to working in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
To be successful the candidate will be results-orientated with a commitment to delivering high quality work within established timelines. Moreover, they will have excellent organizational and multitasking skills, with a keen attention to detail and be able to conduct themselves with integrity, professionalism, and a strong commitment to the organization’s mission and values. Lastly, they will have commitment to promoting gender equality, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability in water security programming.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
This position has locations in Washington, D.C., OR Portland, Oregon; Bogota, Colombia; Amsterdam, Netherlands; and London/Edinburgh, UK. The position requires travel at least 30% time to the field where living conditions may be exceptionally rugged or in volatile environments where security protocols will need to be strictly followed. Team members must be ready to deploy to field environments on short notice in response to any emergency or crisis. When in the field the team member must be able to work in remote settings, over weekends and/or evenings as required by the schedule, and in settings with limited infrastructure, food options, and living conditions.
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.
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.
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.
As a safeguarding measure, Mercy Corps screens all potential US-Based employees. This is done following the conclusion of recruitment and prior to assuming full employment.
Our screening process is designed to be transparent and completed in partnership with new Team Members. You will have the opportunity to disclose any prior convictions at the conclusion of the recruitment process before the check is initiated. We ask that you do not disclose any prior convictions in your application materials or during the recruitment process.
Mercy Corps has determined that, in an effort to protect the health, safety, and well-being of all Mercy Corps employees working in the United States, all U.S.-based employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, regardless of prior COVID-19 infection status. This policy is necessary to ensure not only the safety of our workforce, but the ongoing functionality of the organization.
This policy will be revised as needed to comply with federal, state, and local requirements, and to respond to changing guidance from public health authorities.
For new employees this requirement goes into effect within 10 business days of employment. Team members that travel are expected to comply with host-country requirements, including vaccinations. Failure to comply may impact your employment. Proof of vaccination or exemption must be provided.