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(Closed)Household Energy Program Manager- Haiti || Deadline: March 16, 2011

Tracking Code
217415-927
Deadline: March 16, 2011
Job Description

GENERAL PROGRAM SUMMARY:

Mercy Corps established its field operations in Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake.  Mercy Corps first year of programming focused on relief and early recovery activities in Port au Prince and in the Central Plateau.  Mercy Corps is transitioning into a development strategy with a focus on economic recovery, agriculture, energy/conservation and disaster preparedness and response.


GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:

The Household Energy Program Manager will direct and coordinate an integrated set of activities based around alternative energy value chain and business development, community mobilization and facilitation between civil society, NGOs, private sector and the government.


Together with Mercy Corps field teams and partners, the Program Manager will be responsible for all aspects of implementation and delivery; reporting; liaising with energy product suppliers, communities and partners; ensuring that projects meet high standards for technical quality and play an active role in disseminating lessons learned.  The Program Manager will also be responsible for managing assessments, research and for the development of additional concept notes and proposals.


ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Work closely with team members, and other relevant stakeholders, to design projects that meet needs of addressing energy poverty and which are aligned with the country strategy for Haiti and Mercy Corps’ overall vision. Projects may include: introduction of new technology for charcoal producers, marketing of fuel efficient cook stoves, local production of cook stoves and/or new approaches for producing briquettes.
  • Ensure that monitoring and evaluation of pilot programs is vibrant and Mercy Corps accomplishments and lessons learned are well documented.  Produce narrative reports that include program targets achieved, number of beneficiaries reached, impact of interventions on production and sale levels, geographic area characteristics and any other information relevant to the program.
  • Maximize program quality through: 1) advising and improving energy value chains and monitoring impact on the energy-poor; 2) understanding and maintaining standards of program delivery that meet industrial carbon credit verification requirements where appropriate; 3) helping the team gather, refine and disseminate tools in these areas, such as training presentations and manuals, teaching notes, best practices and lessons learned, program examples and monitoring and evaluation tools.
  • Ensure that best practices in energy poverty alleviation strategies and methodologies are incorporated into all projects.
  • Prepare concept notes and full proposal to both solicited and unsolicited opportunities.  Present program ideas and strategies to donors and investors.
  • Actively engage in developing internal and external networks and relationships in order to disseminate information on the project, best practices and lessons learned related to energy poverty alleviation. Present at appropriate meetings, events, conferences, media forums and other venues.
  • Coordinate program activities with the national and international NGOs and in cooperation with local government stakeholders to avoid duplication.
  • Manage assessment and data collection and develop programming to respond to documented needs.  Supervise consultants and design terms of references for assessments and further research as appropriate
  • Conduct him/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.

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.


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:

The Household Energy Program Manager will supervise a growing team of technicians, community mobilizers and monitoring and evaluation officers.  He/she will also supervise consultants.


ACCOUNTABILITY

REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Deputy Director

WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Head of Office, Program Managers, Country Director


KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

  • MSc. equivalent or above in a field related to market-based community-aligned alternative energy solutions in a development context.
  • Strong familiarity with a broad range of community-based energy technologies, including implementation methodologies and approaches.
  • Experience working on economic or market development programs.
  • Strong familiarity with both the theory and practice of carbon credit generation and markets preferred.
  • 3- 5 years experience working in these areas required, with demonstrated experience in field settings preferred.
  • Superior writing and analytic skills required, with a track record of successful writing/analysis on proposal or grant development preferred.
  • Prior experience of implementing or managing grants preferred.
  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently to Mercy Corps project sites and field locations.
  • French language skills required and Creole preferred (in addition to French).


SUCCESS FACTORS

The Household Energy Program Manager will have the ability to demonstrate a winning track record in program development as well as exceptional writing skills and attention to detail along with strong familiarity with community based energy solutions and climate change.  S/he will have a willingness to take initiative and contribute to team efforts, have strong interpersonal and proven strong cross-cultural communication skills with communities, national organizations and government and ability to multi-task, set priorities and work under tight deadlines within complex team environments.  An awareness and sensitivity to international development issues and diverse cultures along with a commitment to the values and mission of Mercy Corps are critical.


LIVING CONDITIONS/ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

This position is based in the capital city of Port au Prince. It will require willingness to regularly travel to local communities and travel to Port au Prince where living conditions will be more austere.  Current team members are living in shared housing with regular access to electricity, water and internet.  Security in Port au Prince is unpredictable and sections of the city are often inaccessible, access to recreational opportunities and restaurants and markets is available.


Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and Mercy Corps’ policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Job Location
Port au Prince, HAITI
Position Type
Full-Time/Regular
For submissions got to Mercy Corps Website


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