Humanitarian Access Team Analyst - Tunisia, Tunis

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Tunis, Tunisia
Apply by 26 August 2018
Senior-level , Field assignment
Posted on 27 July 2018

Job Description

This role is currently for 4 months.

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.

Program / Department Summary

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.

General Position Summary

The HAT Analyst will contribute and produce regular, ongoing, high-level and HAT analytical products, including the monthly and situational reports, area assessments and thematic products. The HAT Analyst will oversee the reporting conducted by local researchers and analyze the current situation providing regular forecasting for the situation at an area specific level and national. S/He will also contribute to ensuring all finalized HAT products are factually sound, and form a strong representation of the surface and subsurface situation in Libya, while also advising on and analyzing future potential scenarios.

Essential Job Responsibilities SYSTEMS & REPORTING
  • Draft analytical reports to inform the humanitarian community’s strategic response to a humanitarian crises;
  • Inform programmatic decisions using data and contextual knowledge in order to maximize impact and minimize programmatic risk;
  • Assess programmatic and physical security risk, collect conflict incidents and provide conflict scenarios for contingency planning;
  • Inform advocacy by providing realistic, local, and ground-truthed inputs.
  • The HAT Analyst is responsible for designing, building, and presenting regular and ad hoc analytical products and providing briefings to MC personnel. The analytical topics of the HAT analyst also directly link into Mercy Corps programs, and to select research topics that will facilitate programming while also adding to the body of research and knowledge across HAT/Mercy Corps.
  • 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 the clarity of information provided in HAT analysis for all audiences of the products.
  • Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.
  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
  • Ensure own compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Supervisory Responsibility
  • Supervise researchers in their daily reporting and ensure deadlines are met for weekly and daily reports. Help in capacity building of researchers and build strong means of collecting information.
  • 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 Adviser

Works Directly With: All the 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.
  • Functional knowledge of data management (Excel), ArcGIS, PiktoChart, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Illustrator software
  • Analytical or research experience within an NGO, private consultancy, or think tank;
  • Experience analyzing 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
Success Factors

The successful HAT Analyst 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) and will not require travel. 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.


About the Organization

Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided over $575 million in assistance to 73 nations. The agency's programs currently reach 5 million people in more than 25 countries, including the United States. Mercy Corps is a nonprofit organization with headquarters offices in Portland (Oregon), Seattle (Washington), Washington, DC, and Edinburgh, Scotland. Known for its quick-response, high-impact programs, over 95 percent of the agency's resources are allocated directly to programs that help those in need.

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