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Senior Crisis Analyst (Re-announced)

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Activation Date: 23 Mar, 2021   Announced Date: 23 Mar, 2021   Expire Date: 03 Apr, 2021

Job Location: Kabul
Nationality: National
Category: Security
Employment Type: Full Time
Salary: As per MCA Salary Scale
Vacancy Number: MCA027-2021
No. Of Jobs: 1
Organization: Mercy Corps
Years of Experience: 5 years field experience in Crisis Analytics, sec
Contract Duration: One year
Gender: Male/Female
Education: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, Master’s degree or equivalent is preferred
Close date: 03 Apr, 2021

About Mercy Corps:

Mercy Corps works in places of transition, where conflict, disaster, political upheaval, or economic collapse present opportunities to build a more secure, productive, and just communities. Providing emergency relief in times of crisis, we move quickly to help communities recover and build resilience to future shocks, and promote sustainable change by supporting community-led and market-driven initiatives. Recognizing both the great potential and the complex challenges faced by Afghanistan, since 1986 Mercy Corps has been implementing a range of humanitarian assistance and development programs tailored to the specific needs of the country and of those communities where we work.

Mercy Corps has been working in Afghanistan continuously since 1986 with a large portfolio of programs addressing the promotion of sustainable licit livelihoods, agriculture development, youth vocational training, Renewable Energy and natural resource management; it has helped more than 2.5 million Afghans through these wide-range of community–based agriculture and economic development programs. Mercy Corps is working in Kabul, Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan, Herat, Takhar, Badakhshan, Parwan, Baghlan,,Samangan, Balkh and Nangarhar.

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.

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, colour, 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.

Job Description:

Program / Department Summary 

Mercy Corps works in places of transition, where conflict, disaster, political upheaval, or economic collapse present opportunities to build a more secure, productive, and just communities. Providing emergency relief in times of crisis, we move quickly to help communities recover and build resilience to future shocks, and promote sustainable change by supporting community-led and market-driven initiatives. Recognizing both the great potential and the complex challenges faced by Afghanistan, since 1986 Mercy Corps has been implementing a range of humanitarian assistance and development programs tailored to the specific needs of the country and of those communities where we work.

Mercy Corps has been working in Afghanistan continuously since 1986 with a large portfolio of programs addressing the promotion of sustainable licit livelihoods, agriculture development, youth vocational training, Renewable Energy and natural resource management; it has helped more than 2.5 million Afghans through these wide-range of community–based agriculture and economic development programs. Mercy Corps is working in Kabul, Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan, Herat, Takhar, Badakhshan, Parwan, Baghlan,,Samangan, Balkh and Nangarhar.

General Position Summary 

The Senior Crisis Analyst supports the country program in understanding the complex crisis situation in Afghanistan. The key role of the Senior Crisis Analyst is to understand and track the crisis dynamics in Afghanistan and assist with making informed decisions to enable program delivery and operational continuity across the country.

The Senior Crisis Analyst will develop a strong network of information and opinion sources; be able to scan, filter and interpret news and social media outlets; and be familiar with local, national and international power holders and influencers and how they interact to shape the crisis situation and impact humanitarian / development operations.

She/he will produce clear, concise and timely analytical reports that can inform Mercy Corps’ own program, security and operational decision-making, as well as be fed into policy development and advocacy as appropriate at local, national and international levels (both by Mercy Corps and by the wider NGO community.) In addition to frequent and regular context reports, the Senior Crisis Analyst will coordinate more in-depth occasional thematic or situation reports, act as a focal point on humanitarian issues with Mercy Corps’ global Research and Learning and Policy and Advocacy teams (as guided by the Country Director), and provide regular briefings to programs and operations key staff and teams as directed and appropriate.

The Senior Crisis Analyst will also provide briefings to key stakeholders in external agencies and members of the donor community as needed. He/She will also support the country team in various needs assessment exercises for the purpose of new program design and adaptations.

This position must maintain an acute awareness of the context and all  dynamics that influence Mercy Corps operations. S/he will provide the program, logistics and management teams with up-to-date briefings, analysis and engage as a thought partner in building managers’ understanding of the context, and finding solutions to safely and effectively reach people in need with humanitarian / development assistance.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Systems and Reporting

  • Manage the growth and strategy of MC Afghanistan’s Crisis Analysis capacity  in close collaboration with the Country Director, building systems and processes to sustain impactful and consistent analysis.
  • Cultivate targeted audiences both internally and externally for high quality contextual analysis.
  • Develop and grow a network of field contacts to serve as sources in shaping and developing a rich understanding of the political, social and economic environment in areas of focus.
  • Maintain a constant scan of traditional and social media in order to inform analysis of the humanitarian situation.
  • Develop and maintain an in-depth understanding of Mercy Corps’ programming and the humanitarian situation in general in areas of focus and for populations of particular interest (e.g. youth).
  • Consolidate and digest diverse data to produce regular broad-based context reports, flash reports in response to fast moving events and occasional thematic or situation reports (illuminating specific issues or locations in greater depth) as directed by the Country Director (Afghanistan) and the Senior Director for Crisis Analysis (global).
  • Oversee use of technology platforms to interpret and map humanitarian and conflict data.
  • Translate analysis and insights into program documents as directed and appropriate.
  • Liaise as appropriate with country, regional and global Mercy Corps staff engaged in advocacy and influence work.
  • Represent MC Afghanistan to key external stakeholders and core internal programming/operational focal points as a reliable, up-to-date and timely source of insights into the context in Afghanistan.

Programming and Operations

  • Ensure that communication of analysis and insights to internal and external stakeholders is appropriate and regular. Liaise with programs and operations staff as needed and directed to develop a solid understanding of program approaches, content and implementation modalities.
  • As directed by the Country Director, participate in Senior Leadership Team discussions to provide analytic insights and risk assessments where necessary.
  • As directed by the Country Director, provide analytic insights and risk assessments as part of crisis management related to Afghanistan.
  • Develop further technology based insights to leverage the use of data in analysis
  • Develop and maintain an awareness of Mercy Corps’ culture and values as well as humanitarian principles and international humanitarian law.
  • Stay abreast of Mercy Corps program assessments and new business activities. Support these teams and special projects with analysis and insight where appropriate.

Access and Security

  • Support the Access and  Security Manager to assess impact of political, legal, social tribal and conflict trends on operational security, 
  • Routine communication with program team members in daily and routine briefings to ensure the larger Mercy Corps team is fully aware of the context (political, social, security and humanitarian)
  • Together with the Program Directors and the Access and security Manager  identify access opportunities and solutions for Mercy Corps to reach civilians in need of humanitarian or developmental assistance.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, Master’s degree or equivalent is preferred.
  • 3-5 years field experience in Crisis Analytics, security policy, or research with a humanitarian or development non-governmental organization or research organisations. Experience advising senior program management staff in challenging environments will be considered favourably
  • Demonstrated understanding of complex emergencies.
  • Good context analysis skills.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work with team from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Excellent planning, coordination and reporting skills, with the ability to organize a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks  and responsibilities, and present complex information in succinct and compelling manner
  • Attention to detail and accuracy and ability to analyse and verify information is very important
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Competency in Internet and Microsoft Office systems including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and other database/mapping systems
  • English proficiency required, with strong report writing skills essential.

Submission Guideline:

While sending your CV & Cover letter, please mention the vacancy number and position in the subject line, application received after the closing date and without subject line will not be given consideration. Please include three references from you previous and current supervisors in your CV and make sure that their official email addresses are mentioned in the reference information. 

Only short listed candidates whose application responds to the above criteria will be contacted for interview. Interested candidates should send their Application to :  [email protected]

Submission Email:

[email protected]

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