About Mercy Corps:
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 works in places of transition, where conflict, disaster, political upheaval, or economic collapse present opportunities to build a more secure, productive, and just communities. Providing emergency relief in times of crisis, we move quickly to help communities recover and build resilience to future shocks, and promote sustainable change by supporting community-led and market-driven initiatives. Recognizing both the great potential and the complex challenges faced by Afghanistan, since 1986 Mercy Corps has been implementing a range of humanitarian assistance and development programs tailored to the specific needs of the country and of those communities where we work.
Mercy Corps has been working in Afghanistan continuously since 1986 with a large portfolio of programs addressing the promotion of sustainable licit livelihoods, agriculture development, youth vocational training, Renewable Energy and natural resource management; it has helped more than 2.5 million Afghans through these wide-range of community–based agriculture and economic development programs. Mercy Corps is working in Kabul, Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan, Herat, Takhar, Badakhshan, Parwan, Baghlan, Samangan, Balkh and Nangarhar.
Mercy Corps has been working in Afghanistan since the onset of the political and security crises in 1986 and through subsequent humanitarian crises. Mercy Corps remains committed to addressing critical needs of Afghan communities and connecting them with appropriate resources. Over the years, Mercy Corps has increased its capacity and expertise to successfully implement emergency programs and reach the most vulnerable populations while leveraging its past experience.
The Economic Infrastructure Development in Afghanistan (EIDA) is part of the NRM Sector of the Mercy Corps Afghanistan Country Program. The EIDA program is being implemented in two phases; EIDA I/II and III.
The Project concerns the rehabilitation of existing yet dysfunctional or inefficient small irrigation systems mainly used for wheat growing in the Northern provinces of Afghanistan. The purpose of the Project is geared towards (i) a quantitative and qualitative increase in yield and yield stability of wheat cultivation per hectare and farming family; (ii) an increased share in created value at the producers’ level through better marketing timing, lower production and transport costs; (iii) a reduction of losses along the wheat value chain from seeds to standing crop to grain; (iv) the creation and/or safeguarding of up to 5,000 jobs or income equivalent; (v) raising incomes for some 7,500 families by at least 600 USD p.a. The Project thus contributes to a sustainable economic development by improving wheat cultivation as well as the efficiency and effectiveness of the wheat value chain thus raising incomes and creating jobs in rural areas of Northern Afghanistan.
The purpose of the Project’s phase is geared towards (i) better access to market infrastructure, storage and processing facilities; (ii) improved transport infrastructure and reduced transport costs; (iii) an increase in household income; (iv) increase in market volume of wheat and other agricultural products (metric tons); (v) safeguarding and increasing temporary and seasonal recurrent employment opportunities.The Project thus contributes to a sustainable economic development by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the wheat value chain and other agricultural products and thus raising incomes and creating jobs in rural areas of Northern Afghanistan. The Project is assumed to be complementary to the Activities of EIDA I and II as well as to the Technical Cooperation (TC) project Sustainable Economic Development and Employment Promotion (SEDEP).
In 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 & 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
Mercy 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, colour, 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 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. 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.
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.
Reports directly to: Director of Programs-Agribusiness & NRM
Works directly with: All the program and support staff of main office and field office of MC and all stakeholders (MRRD/DRRD, CTTC, MEW, PA-RBA, MAIL, DAIL, WUA, IA and Donor etc.)
Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders
Mercy 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 a BSc in Civil Engineering, Hydraulics Engineering or Agricultural Engineering.
- At least 7-10 years of experience in Agriculture & NRM with focus on water/irrigation infrastructure management.
- Experience establishing and strengthening Community Based Organizations with focus on water management.
- 7-10 years of demonstrated experience in program management, and promotion of sustainable development in rural communities, preferably in post-conflict situations.
- Key programmatic knowledge includes community mobilization, community project administration, agricultural development and economic opportunities in rural environments
- Excellent writing skill and fluent in Dari, Pashto and English.
- Attention to detail, following procedures, meeting deadlines, working and problem-solving independently and cooperatively.
- Ability to work on multiple task and prioritize effectively
- Strong Computer knowledge (MS Office)
- Strong communication skills required
- Time Management skills required
- Willing to travel to Mercy Corps sub field offices
The position is based in Herat and it requires travel to Kabul and possibly other provinces within Afghanistan.
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in 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.