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Partnerships Manager - Group Cash Transfers - Cash Consortium of Sudan (CCS)
Mercy Corps
Posted 1 month ago
Job Description
Mercy Corps’ Sudan crisis response seeks to meet the humanitarian needs of vulnerable Sudanese and other conflict-affected people across the country. Mercy Corps Sudan is recognized as a leader in market systems, agricultural, and food security and building on this experience, the MC Sudan humanitarian program will layer in resilience and other program activities where appropriate and feasible to do so. Assistance is delivered with a focus on needs, in partnership with local actors and civil society.
The Cash Consortium of Sudan (CCS) is a collaborative platform to advance a progressive vision of the potential of cash assistance to transform humanitarian response and recovery in partnership with vulnerable conflict-affected populations. CCS is led by Mercy Corps, building on its global experience and learning on leading cash consortia in multiple country contexts, as well as general expertise in cash coordination and breadth of technical resources. International partners include Acted, CARE, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), each of which bring strong cash and complementary technical competencies, as well as expansive operational coverage in Sudan. The CCS also includes nine Sudanese NGOs as partners in alignment with global aid sector commitments to enhance the prominence of local actors in driving humanitarian response and recovery. IMPACT is a non-implementing partner dedicated to Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning. IMPACT will support quality data systems and an objective evidence base that will be essential to CCS’ accountability and adaptive management to refine programming approaches to enhance impact as the Sudan crisis context evolves. The CCS will work closely with other consortia and actors in Sudan to deliver an effective CVA response for communities affected by the crisis.
The core pillars of the CCS response include: 1) basic needs through cash assistance both at the community level through Group Cash Transfers (GCTs) delivered to Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), as well as at the household-level through Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance (MPCA); 2) strengthening market systems to ensure resilience of key market actors and supply chains as well as strengthening the availability and affordability of key commodities; 3) strengthening capacity of local partner organizations with an emphasis on accompaniment and mentorship; and 4) generation of learning and evidence to inform broader response efforts.

The Position
The purpose of the CCS Partnerships Manager - Group Cash Transfers is to lead CCS’ activities related to community level assistance through GCTs through CBOs (inclusive of both formal and informal CBOs). The Partnerships Manager - GCTs is responsible to oversee a common approach and good practices for partnership between international partners and Sudanese CBOs delivering GCTs to respond to basic needs and priorities in their communities. Beyond the CBOs, s/he will coordinate with the CCS Secretariat, representatives of international partners, and other NGOs and will attend key coordination meetings and support information sharing across partners.
Essential Job Functions
  • Develop relationships with representatives of CBOs (formal and informal), including through regular participation in the Localization Council to shape and refine the vision of the consortium’s ability to support local actors through GCTs.
  • Regular liaison with INGO partners on lessons learned and good practices related to GCTs to shape and refine the vision of the consortium’s ability to support local actors through GCTs.
Program Management & Quality
  • Ensure all GCT activities follow CCS GCT standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Support refinement of GCT SOPs based on learning from ongoing implementation in partnership with Secretariat and partner program & MEL teams.
  • Maintain accurate records of GCT activities, prepare periodic progress reports, and contribute to donor reporting requirements as relates to the CCS GCT activities.
  • Visit CBO GCT program sites, and/ or provide guidance to other team members to support visits as possible.
  • Support CCS coordination as needed, ensuring appropriate linkages between CBOs, national and international partners.

Finance & Compliance Management
  • Ensure the consortium GCT activities are compliant with donor and grant holder rules and regulations
  • Oversee the consortium GCT budget and ensure partner expenditures are in line with agreed upon budgets
  • Monitor expenditures and forecasts, ensure timely identification of under/over spends and propose and implement solutions

Documentation and Reporting
  • Maintain accurate records of activities, prepare periodic progress reports, and contribute to donor reporting requirements as relates to CCS GCTs.
  • Respond to information requests, draft success stories, monitor and report on the impact of the CCS GCTs.
  • Engage with CCS Secretariat team (Finance, MEAL, Policy, Research & Advocacy, grant holder headquarters) and with CCS partners in the development of proposals, reports, success stories, briefs, grant/sub-grant maintenance and other tasks as assigned by the CCS Director.
Representation and Coordination
  • Participate where relevant in external representation of the consortium with various groups, including donors, UN agencies, the World Bank and local authorities as feasible.
  • Represent consortium progress to donors as well as within the Cash Working Group, the Emergency Livelihoods Cluster, other relevant clusters, working groups related to Social Protection, and other coordination fora as strategic.
  • Share learning from the consortium with the greater humanitarian and development community within Sudan as well as regionally and globally, as relevant.
  • Contribute to thought leadership on GCT-related themes including localization, compliance, conflict sensitivity, and humanitarian ethics.
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.
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: CCS Secretariat. local and international partners, Mercy Corps Regional and HQ Technical Support Units
Knowledge and Experience
  • BA/BS or equivalent in international studies, economics or other relevant field; MA/S preferred
  • 5-7 years of international relief and development program management experience, in emergency and recovery program management
  • Previous experience in supporting consortia, coordinating forums or managing/ facilitating/ influencing in network or partnership settings required
  • Previous experience with focus on localization initiatives and/or engagement with civil society is required
  • Prior experience in cash programming strongly preferred
  • Combination of direct and remote management experience required
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across multiple stakeholders
  • Demonstrated flexibility and creativity in planning and problem solving
  • Experience working with civil society, local authorities, national and international NGOs
  • Effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational and prioritization skills
  • Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment.
  • Fluency in English and Arabic, both written and verbal
Success Factors
The successful Partnerships Manager - Group Cash Transfers will have a strong commitment to an aid transformation agenda with focus on localization. They will be an experienced manager, with understanding of skills required for effective remote management and relationship development with stakeholders operating in insecure and conflict contexts. S/He will have experience in building and maintaining partner and donor relationships in a fragmented operational context. S/he will have an ability to approach complex challenges through a systems-thinking lens and have an ability to think creatively about solutions. S/he will possess a high level of adaptability and be able to adjust to a constantly changing working environment. Prioritizing, problem solving, ability to seize opportunities, attention to detail and strong team communication are essential. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

The position is based in Nairobi, Kenya and it requires up to 30% travel to support consortium programming and operations in Sudan and neighboring countries such as Chad, South Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia. This may include travel to insecure locations where freedom of movement is limited and areas where amenities are limited. Housing for this role is in individual housing.

Ongoing Learning

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

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, 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.

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 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.

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