Mercy Corps

Consultant (Facilitator, Middle East Senior Leadership Team Meeting - Remote)

Mercy Corps

Job Description

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.

Mercy Corps’ Middle East Senior Leadership team is meeting in July 2021 for three days, providing an opportunity for focused, collaborative discussion on the status and direction of the region’s strategic priorities. This team of 10-15 people is based across the region and the globe and meets in person approximately once every quarter, making it an important opportunity for connection, alignment and building an inclusive and cohesive team..

Purpose / Project Description:

The regional team is working actively to evaluate our current priorities given the regional strategy that we have been working with since early 2020. We will continue to focus on an inclusive and integrated team approach and will actively solicit feedback from team members throughout the planning process for the meeting.

Consultant Objectives:

The meeting is aimed at helping team members come away with a renewed commitment to our strategy, clarity on the pillars within it and definition of what the resources needed are and how the responsibility will be assigned.

The meeting will be an opportunity for the senior leadership team to connect and engage in a setting external to the daily priorities allowing space for promoting team cohesion.

In particular, a primary objective of the meeting is to approach planning, sessions, and discussions in a manner that is inclusive of the perspectives of the broad team, while balancing an agenda that includes team building, and planning for FY22/23 priorities.

Consultant Activities:

The Consultant will:
  • Collaborate with key contributors to Design and finalize the agenda for the meeting
  • Act as a steward of the content and participant experience of the gathering ensuring inclusive engagement of all voices.
  • Reflect on and summarize observations of the meeting, including capturing and recommending actions following the meeting’s conclusion.
Consultant Deliverables:

The Consultant will:
  • Meet with the regional and country leadership teams to design an agenda for the two and a half days.
  • Meet with session leads to ensure session content and objectives complement desired outcomes.
  • Multi-day, in person facilitation of the meeting.
  • Post-event report on findings from the meeting, providing recommendations for strengthening team cohesion and follow on activities to ensure the objectives of the meeting are realized.
  • Facilitate a post-event meeting with regional leadership to share report findings and promote agreement around follow-on actions.
  • Ongoing meeting support.
Timeframe / Schedule:

  • Equivalent of 5 working days engaged in preparatory conversations and agenda development/ support.
  • Facilitate meeting: 3 working days
  • Equivalent of 1 working day post-meeting report writing and meeting facilitation.
  • Travel from/to meeting location as required.
  • Meet virtually (or in person) with team to finalize objective and session planning
The Consultant will report to:

Regional Support Services and Risk Management Director The Consultant will work closely with:

Regional leadership team (RD - DRD and RSD) Required Experience & Skills:

  • 5-10 years of experience in relevant technical field (required)
  • Experience with coaching and facilitating events and meetings focused on team cohesion and alignment
  • Experience with the INGO sector is required
  • Understanding of the Middle East region is of added value
  • Prior experience facilitating leadership meetings and strategic conversations.
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 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 team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our stakeholders and to international standards guiding International Relief and development work, while actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, Monitoring and Evaluation of our field projects. 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 in-country venues.

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