Mercy Corps

Roving Regional and Procurement Manager

Mercy Corps

Job Description


Mercy Corps is powered by the belief that a better world is possible. To do this, we know our teams do their best work when they are diverse and every team member feels that they belong. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be stronger and have long term impact.

The ProgramGlobal Procurement and Logistics (GPL) provides support to Mercy Corps’ HQ and Field Operations in the areas of procurement and sourcing, compliance with internal policies and procedures. Strong procurement and logistics support is key to the success and delivery of quality programs. Mercy Corps defines Procurement and Logistics as those systems and support functions necessary to implement programs effectively inclusive of inventory management, property and Asset Management and well as vehicle and fleet management. The Roving Regional Procurement & Logistics Manager (RPLM), in close collaboration will support Country Programs on short-term assignments he/she will focus on supporting a high standard of procurement excellence to maximize program results, compliance and efficiency.

The Position The Roving Regional Procurement & Logistics Manager (RPLM) supports country programs on temporary assignments to provide tactical support, Capacity Building and Emergency responses ensuring cost-effective, timely, reliable and high quality program delivery. S/he will assist country teams with procurement, and other related functions as needed whilst on the short term assignment and as per the specific scope of work.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Deploy to country programs on short term assignments to support resource gaps in operations
  • Review and take appropriate action on globally defined Mercy Corps Procurement KPI’s for countries whilst on assignment
  • Deploy to country programs during emergencies where a high level of procurement is required.
  • Lead implementation and delivery of global and regional initiatives to meet specific procurement needs, including local and sector-specific Master Purchase Agreements.
  • Identify country procurement and logistics team capacity building opportunities and provide training and other development activities for national staff.
  • When deploy participate in country team management and strategy meetings with other members of the SMT
  • When deploy oversee the engagement with program managers in establishing procurement plans and tracking progressSupervisory Responsibility : None

    Reports Directly To: Regional Procurement & Logistics Director
    Works Directly With: Country Programs, including Procurement, Programs, Finance and Logistics

    Accountability to Participants and StakeholdersMercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the Design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

    Minimum Qualifications & Transferable Skills
    • Advanced Degree, minimum 7 years of progressive Procurement and/or Logistics professional experience, with a minimum of 3 years as a regional or field operations lead or equivalent education and experience.

    • Demonstrated success as a supply chain expert across all disciplines including planning, procurement and logistics.

    • Broad knowledge and experience in procurement strategies, market Analysis techniques, procurement and contracting.

    • NGO experience preferred with thorough understanding of institutional donors’ (USAID, FCDO, OFDA, ECHO) policies relating to procurement

    • Must have proven project management skills and experience, excellent communication skills, the ability to find solutions and achieve results, the ability to analyze and resolve complex issues and the ability to motivate team members

    • Strong collaborator and influencer with effective interpersonal and analytical skills who is able to work seamlessly across countries, cultures, and organizational units.

    • Able to work effectively in a highly matrixed structure.

    • Excellent training and coaching ability.

    • Fluency in English and French required

    • Spanish, and Arabic is desired.

    • Ability to travel up to 50-60 percent of time.Success FactorsThis role will require exceptional stakeholder engagement and communication skills in implementing Mercy Corps procurement policies and procedures and ensuring compliance. Organizational skills and ability to prioritize will be critical due to the number of countries within the assigned region that will need to be managed. 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.

      The most successful Mercy Corps team members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, and make effective communication a priority in all situations. Mercy Corps is a highly collaborative and lateral organization that encourages strong self-initiative as well as team spirit. In order to succeed in this environment, the candidate should be highly organized and innovative. They should also demonstrate proud workmanship, good communication, and collaboration skills.

      Living Conditions / Environmental ConditionsThe Roving Regional Procurement & Logistics Manager is based in a current MC Africa Region location. This position requires 50 - 60% of time of travel by air to field offices within varying levels of security environments. 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 MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

      Ongoing LearningIn 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 & InclusionAchieving 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 OpportunityMercy 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 & EthicsMercy 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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