The Humanitarian Access Team (HAT) supports Mercy Corps programs throughout Libya in four key areas: assessing access, developing operational and programmatic strategies, crafting advocacy messages, and security. The HAT focuses on conflict, both individual incidents and trends, both present and forecasted, and then links this with its respective impact on the local population. The HAT analytical unit monitors social media, communicates with partners, validates data through primary sources, and interfaces with relevant international organizations in order to gather and collate relevant conflict, access, and stakeholder information. The HAT therefore looks not only at violence, but also at those underlying factors that trigger conflict and displacement such as governance and service provision, war economy dynamics, past displacement patterns, local, regional and international politics, social identity and intercommunal relationships, and Libyan modern history. The HAT also serves as a real-time information hub; vets potential partners; assesses programmatic, partner, and operational risk; identifies and maps stakeholders; and maintains a mapped database displaying program locations, and disaggregates this data by donor and risk threshold.
The HAT Gender Advisor will work alongside the HAT team to identify and manage the production of Thematic report papers relating to the context in Libya. The Adviser will also be responsible for ensuring gender segregated impact of the incidents which take place in Libya and ensure a clear gender specific analytical view of incidents taking place in the country.
Essential Job Responsibilities
· Identify relevant thematic research topics to further inform the humanitarian community’s strategic response to a humanitarian crises;
· Formulate gender analysis with the analysis unit in accordance with monthly incidents;
· Conduct researches with assessing the implication of a particular gender-related situation or a policy on development situation e.g., poverty reduction, equity, inclusion, etc.;
· Hire and oversee the implementation of thematic researches assigned by the HAT;
· Assess programmatic and research gender security risk, collect conflict incidents and provide conflict scenarios for contingency planning;
· Inform advocacy by providing realistic, local, and ground-truthed inputs.
STRATEGY & VISION
· Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.
· Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to strategy development.
· Understand and express conflict in terms of humanitarian needs, access restrictions, and threats to the humanitarian community.
· Develop HAT products and increase a gender specific approach to information gathering and analysis provided in HAT analysis unit.
INFLUENCE & REPRESENTATION
· Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with donors, local government, community leaders and other stakeholders.
· Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
· 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 toward 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.
● Oversee the implementation of research papers by consultant researchers.
● Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
● Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
● Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary.
● Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
● Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.
Reports Directly To: Humanitarian Access Team PM
Works Directly With: HAT team
Knowledge and Experience
- Strong experience in research in Libyan Geopolitics, Economic, or Conflict analysis or research. Research related to humanitarian interventions is a plus.
- Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in International Affairs, Middle Eastern Studies, Political Studies, or Public Administration. Candidates with a relevant master’s are strongly preferred.
- Ability to read and speak Arabic (experience in understanding and working in Libyan dialect is a plus). Excellent spoken and written English is required.
- Experience reporting on and researching gender specific topics in developing or crisis contexts
- Analytical or research experience within an NGO, private consultancy, or think tank;
- Experience analyzing and researching the Libyan conflict
- Primary and secondary research/academic experience in political science, humanitarian operations, economics, or conflict analysis
- Extensive experience living/working/studying in the Middle East and North Africa region is a major plus.
- Data analysis experience a plus
- The successful HAT Gender Advisor should be flexible, patient, creative, and persistent. He/She will work both collaboratively with other members of the team as well as independently on self-originated products as required by an ongoing context of the conflict.. S/he will also have proven experience with cross-cultural team and capacity building, individual staff development and strong mentoring skills. Prioritizing, problem solving, ability to seize opportunities, attention to detail and strategic vision 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 (Tunis, Tunisia). This position is an unaccompanied position. Housing will be provided in Tunis according to Mercy Corps Libya housing policy. Accommodation is easily available either through AirBnB or short term rentals based close to the MC office. Transport is not provided by MC Libya, but a number of affordable options exist for travel to/from the office.
Living conditions in Tunis are comfortable. Tunis has excellent medical facilities, as well as dependable access electricity, clean water and internet connection.
The security situation is stable in Tunisia, with a possibility minor rioting in some parts of the country due to economic hardships. Tunis is generally free of any serious threats towards international or national staff, outside of minor incidents of petty theft. Despite the relative security, restrictions exist for travel outside of Tunis. Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside 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.