Programme Officer (Americas/ Caucasus & Central Asia/ South & East Asia)

Mercy Corps European Headquarters
Salary circa £26-34,000 depending on experience and location
Closing date: 7 November 2017
Job Type: Paid
Location: Edinburgh or London
We are looking for a Spanish-speaking Programme Officer to join our growing European team (Edinburgh or London)

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.

Mercy Corps Europe has grown rapidly both in terms of the volume of activity and its complexity. With offices in Edinburgh, London and Geneva, we now attract over £90m in income, and employ around 100 domestic and expatriate field team members. The breadth and impact of our programmes makes Mercy Corps a unique and truly rewarding place to work. Our teams are proud of what we achieve in the field and we are always looking for talented individuals who share our passion and commitment. 

Mercy Corps supports lower-middle and upper-middle income countries in crisis throughout the ‘UBACCA’ regional portfolio. In the Americas, we support community livelihoods in Haiti, Guatemala, and Colombia, responding to food insecurity, natural disasters, and violence. In the Caucasus and Central Asia, (Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) our work supports rural communities to overcome poverty, work towards strengthening markets for farmers, offer alternative solutions to youth unemployment and build resilience to shocks, following context-specific market-based approaches.

Mercy Corps implements programmes in six countries across South and East Asia, including Nepal, Myanmar, India and Timor-Leste. Many countries within this region are at the nexus of poverty and development, of disaster and resilience. Despite steady economic growth and robust private sector development, poverty and malnutrition numbers are huge with many close to the poverty line or falling below it, further exacerbated by the increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters. Our programmatic priorities in South and East Asia are Market Systems Development, Climate Change Adaptation and DRR, and Public Health, whilst also addressing key cross-cutting issues such as gender, youth, urbanisation, natural resource management and peace building.

The Programme Officer (PO) supports strategic, impactful, high-quality programming in the two regions mentioned above, primarily supporting the two Senior Programme Officers in many aspects of their country programming and grant administration.  The PO plays a key role in connecting the field to HQ resources and represents the country/regional interests internally with various HQ teams as well as with external stakeholders.  The role works with Senior Programme Officers and Regional Programme Directors to provide grant management checks, and supports the field in adhering to policies and regulations. The role will also manage information and data that comes in from the country teams to facilitate its use and access for other HQ departments and for the retention of institutional knowledge.

For the UBACCA region, the role will require proficiency in Spanish. The role will entail up to 30% travel. 

Candidates must have the right to work in the UK at the time of application. For a full job description, please follow the link to apply. 



Region: London and the southeast
Location: Edinburgh or London
Sector: Europe Projects and programmes

Application notes

Application by CV (and cover letter if desired).

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