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Management Approach

Mercy Corps Nepal programs are made up of multiple projects either running together or sequentially where sustainability factors are in-built through community ownership and participation; synergies with public, private and civic sector partners; and, market-driven programming; or, through a combination of all of these three factors. Overall country program management exists to serve a portfolio management and support function, and to support the development of strategic directions and human/ financial resource capacity in consultation with project/ program management and headquarters in the USA and UK. An Administrative Committee exists to set country program policies and management directions. At the field level, Mercy Corps Nepal functions as a projectized organization, where program and project managers are delegated authority to set priorities and allocate resources required to achieve outputs, impacts, and sustainability. Projects are funded by one or more donors, and funds received are generally restricted to the implementation of these projects only.

No agency is perfect, and not every intervention is a success. Concepts like poverty alleviation and disaster risk reduction are complex, meaning that implementing agencies must constantly learn and improve in order to achieve desired impacts. For this reason, Mercy Corps strives to create an evidence-based, results-oriented culture by applying monitoring & evaluation frameworks at three levels: the agency level (called "Mission Metrics"), the country program level, and the project/ program level. At the project/ program level, Mercy Corps strives to measure impact at four levels: household, market, social, and environmental.