Project and Influence Officer (Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance)

Mercy Corps

London, , GB

The ‘Zurich Alliance’ is an alliance of ten organisations including international NGOs, private sector and research organisations, who have come together with the support of the Zurich Foundation to drive better policy and practice to reduce the negative impact of floods on people’s and communities’ ability to thrive.

Over five years the partners will together implement a combination of pilot programmes, research, knowledge management and influence to persuade donors, policy-makers and practitioners to invest more and more effectively in flood prevention and preparedness through:

  • Increased and more effective financial investments in flood resilience;
  • Improved global and national policy for increased pre-event action to flood resilience;
  • Improved practice in flood resilience by key stakeholders.

Mercy Corps (MC) is leading the ‘influencing and advocacy’ work within the Alliance, as well as making substantial contributions to workstreams on knowledge management and learning, research and evidence, and piloting innovative field programming with communities, business and government.   

Inception work began in December 2017. Alliance 2.0 will launch formally on 1 July 2018 and run for five years to 30 June 2023.

The Role

We are looking for an Officer to support this five year project to work with an alliance of NGOs, research and private sector partners to influence funding and policy to deliver effective flood resilience.

The Officer will work closely with the Head of the Zurich Resilience Alliance and will support coordination and management of the global advocacy work of the Alliance partners, facilitating meetings, coordinating and tracking activities, organising events and production of publications, and representing the Alliance where appropriate.

(S)he will also support coordination of MC research and analysis related to flood resilience and will support the production of communication materials, in partnership with technical staff. This requires managing inputs from consultants, technical partners and peer reviewers, and dissemination of new resources to influence ongoing policy/practice discussions and practices in the field.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Management and Coordination

  • Serves as a point person for donors and partners in relation to communication around the Zurich Alliance 2.0.
  • Coordinates all partners around the development and delivery of advocacy work plans, products and events to align activities and approaches with the agreed Alliance strategy. Participates in or supports various other coordination mechanisms of the Alliance around different workstreams.
  • Manages donor reporting requirements and communication protocols.
  • Supports monitoring and evaluation.
  • Works with internal support teams to manage the budget and ensure donor compliance.
  • In coordination with MC technical and country teams, provides management support to MC’s field-based program officer, supports setting the strategy for field-based activities, and reviews deliverables.

Knowledge Management and Advocacy

  • Supports advocacy activities for MC and for the Alliance as a whole, in partnership with Program Director.
  • Works closely with partners on the creation and management of research, learning and advocacy products products knowledge management to ensure evidence and messages from the program align with advocacy goals.
  • Supports the development and dissemination of a range of advocacy products, including reviewing and contributing to the finalization and dissemination of research products from the project.
  • Supports the design and organisation of Alliance events and opportunities for influence and represents MC at these.
  • Represents MC and the Alliance in range of networks and forums.
Organisational Learning
  • As part of our commitment to organisational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organisations 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 MC as well as themselves.
Accountability to Beneficiaries
  • MC 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.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. Specialisation in a field related to policy making, development finance, disaster risk reduction, flooding, or climate change preferred.
  • 3+ years of experience providing coordination or management support to program implementation in a relevant field of expertise that includes:
    • Preparing writing and analysis on proposal development and project reports.
    • Managing budgets and project work plans
    • Representing programs with donors and external stakeholders
  • Experience producing communications material
  • Experience with lobbying and advocacy at a global or national level either with government or the private sector.
  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently to MC project sites and field locations, including travelling to insecure environments, is required.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Full proficiency with MS Office software (including Excel and PowerPoint and GoogleDocs).

Success Factors

  • Ability to manage and deliver complex projects involving multiple partners to deadline, and a real knack for coordinating and mobilising partners with a range of expertise and areas of interest.
  • A strong eye for detail.
  • Demonstrable research skills.
  • Able to build and maintain effective internal and external relationships. Strong team worker. ·
  • Able to cope with changing priorities, often at short notice, and work well under pressure.
  • Proactive and solutions-based attitude.
  • High levels of motivation, professionalism and resilience.
  • Skilled in anticipating and solving problems and communicating issues, involving others as needed.
  • An exposure to and interest in international development and resilience issues is important, along with an empathy for MC’s mission.

The position is based in central London and will require some national and international travel.

*The post is tied to a 5-year grant from The Zurich Foundation.

MC team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a short term assignment or trip to country offices. 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 MCE locations.

Candidates must have the right to work in the UK at the time of appointment.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis by CV and cover letter with a deadline of Monday 23rd April. For more information and to apply, please see the role on our careers site.