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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 has been operating in Nepal since 2005, implementing programs in food security, agriculture, market development, financial services, youth engagement, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. We take a systems-based approach in our programming, with the aim of improving the lives and potential of vulnerable individuals and communities across Nepal.

Program / Department Summary

The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance (ZFRA) is an alliance of nine organizations including international NGOs, private sector, and academic organizations, who have come together with the support of the Zurich Foundation to drive better policy and practice to reduce the negative impact of floods on peoples’ and communities’ ability to thrive.

The Alliance finished its first phase in 2018, and the second phase will run until 30 June 2024. During this time, the Alliance will together implement a combination of pilot programs, research, knowledge management and work to persuade donors, policymakers and practitioners to invest in flood prevention and preparedness through:

  • Increased and more effective financial investments in flood
  • Improved global and national policy for increased pre-event action to flood
  • Improved practice in flood resilience by key stakeholders

Mercy Corps is leading the ‘influencing and advocacy’ work within the Alliance, as well as making substantial contributions to work streams on knowledge management, research, and piloting innovative field programming with communities, business and government. In Nepal, the Alliance is comprised of Mercy Corps, International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), and Practical Action. The Policy and Advocacy Specialist will be part of a dynamic international team, and play a central role in advancing Alliance work in Nepal and globally.

General Position Summary

The Policy and Advocacy Specialist is responsible for leading policy analysis; identifying windows of influence to improve policies on flood resilience and disaster risk reduction/climate change adaptation at the national/subnational levels; formulating advocacy strategies to influence such policies; and spearheading research that contributes to evidence for advocacy and policy improvement. The position has both the flexibility and rigor for a proactive individual who feels comfortable scoping, designing, and leading work on policy, strategy, and research.

S/he will collaborate with Mercy Corps field-teams, Flood Resilience Alliance partners at the country level (Practical Action and IFRC), as well as interact with government, UN, and private sector representatives. S/he will work with closely with Mercy Corps’ Regional Program and Advocacy Manager based in Bangkok, Thailand, and Head of the ZFRA program based in the UK. S/he will also work closely with the Managing Risk through Economic Development (MRED) Nepal team, as the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance program is one of Mercy Corps’ flagship resilience portfolios.

As gender and social inclusion (GESI) and governance cross-cutting components of all Mercy Corps program(s), Policy and Advocacy Specialist is required to own these components and ensure GESI sensitivity and integration and governance practices are integrated into his/her work area.

Essential Job Responsibilities

The specific duties and responsibilities of the Policy and Advocacy Specialist include, but are not limited to, the following:


Strategy and Vision

  • Identify partners’ capacity building needs e.g., personal development and organizational needs.

Program Management

  • Develop and lead Mercy Corps Nepal’s policy and advocacy related to flood resilience, DRR and climate change adaptation at the national level, and lead field-based advocacy and communications work in close collaboration with the global team.
  • Lead the continued iteration and development of an advocacy strategy for the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance in Nepal, in coordination with IFRC and Practical Action.
  • In collaboration with MC global team and ZFRA partner (Practical Action), lead the development and implementation of ZFRA phase 3
  • Manage all aspects of the flood resilience program in Nepal, including ensuring compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies, and that budget and resources are appropriately allocated for agreed upon
  • Develop advocacy tactics and implement them as needed, such as workshop organization, assistance with field research on resilience and support for community programs.
  • Identify key research initiatives in support of the advocacy agenda, and design and implement research and studies in the field and develop and share strong cases to influence governments and donors to improve investment for flood resilience.
  • Highlight and share relevant developments in Nepal with global team and present at international events when
  • Ensure proper integration of GESI aspects into sector-specific program planning.

Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluations

  • Monitor expenditures against budget and suggest modifications as
  • Set targets, work plans and schedules and ensure they are agreed upon by all
  • Write and deliver quality, quarterly/annual program
  • Work with existing Mercy Corps and Alliance work so that national and local government allocate DRR and development budget towards implementation of strong flood reduction
  • Lead the development of advocacy plans and implementation for Mercy Corps and Practical Action program sites to what would help the beneficiaries advocate at municipal level to incorporate flood resilience into government seven steps planning
  • Track national and regional policy developments affecting flood resilience, and articulate necessary components in the advocacy strategy of the
  • Lead planning and production of effective, thoughtful, and timely written products that advance policy perspectives in forms of brief and reports.
  • Present Mercy Corps’ and Zurich work with relevant INGO and government networks to display thought leadership and influence policies and programs related to flood resilience, disaster risk reduction, and climate change
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of advocacy and communication
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian
  • Mercy Corps as a humanitarian agency is expected to response as and when crisis and humanitarian situation As an MC employee, all staff are expected to be part of humanitarian and emergency response in addition to their regular roles and responsibilities in such situations.
  • Support Management and Business Development Team for developing projects/programs related to Disaster Risk Management, Climate Adaptation and Emergency Response
  • Other duties as assigned by the direct Supervisor and or the Country Director.


  • Ensure all internal control procedures are adhered to and that necessary measures are put in place to ensure high standards of accountability and compliance.
  • Work closely with finance/compliance to mitigate fraud, conflict of interest and legal ramifications of Mercy Corps
  • Support and orient on MC Code of Ethics and uphold Mercy Corps’ Zero tolerance of corruption.


  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations, and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews


  • Build and maintain close links with Flood Resilience Alliance partners at the country level.
  • Ensure regular and on-going coordination with key government, non-governmental, donor, private sector and multi-later stakeholders related to the flood resilience
  • Regularly convey information to Mercy Corps’ Flood Resilience Alliance team as well as the Policy and Advocacy (P&A)
  • Network in the country to establish and maintain strategic relations with relevant local and international stakeholders, to continually inform, challenge, and improve Mercy Corps’ advocacy, strategy, and program
  • Coordinate and closely work MRED and other Mercy Corps programs in support of a common flood resilience agenda; represent these programs to government and other external stakeholders as
  • Provide representation, at the discretion of the Head of the Flood Resilience Alliance, with relevant local and international governmental and non-governmental actors.


  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment


  • 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


  • 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.Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values always and in all in-country venues.
Supervisory Responsibility

Supervisory Responsibility

Senior Project Officer based at Dhangadi


Reports Directly to: Director of Program and Zurich Alliance Regional Program and Advocacy Manager

Works Directly with: MRED Program and Zurich Alliance 2 partners in Nepal

Knowledge and Experience
  • Bachelor’s  degree in a relevant Masters degree is preferred.
  • 5-7 years of experience successfully working with, overseeing, and managing advocacy and policy campaigns and initiatives in an NGO or legislative context, including experience working with humanitarian issues and complex
  • Good knowledge of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, and Resilience is highly
  • Excellent ability to conduct policy and stakeholder analysis through rigorous document reviews and network development, and articulate recommendations for policy for advocacy.
  • Ability to scope, design, and lead research relevant for advocacy, such as watershed landscape analysis and program impact evaluation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation is highly
  • Ability to summarize and persuasively communicate complex information in written and verbal form to different audiences, including experience leading the production of external written policy
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to effectively handle multiple tasks, work under pressure and meet tight
  • Team player that can coordinate and facilitate tasks for program outcomes both internally and externally, with stakeholders including Alliance partners, national/sub-national/local governments, community groups, INGOs, NGOs, donors, UN, and others.
  • English proficiency (quality writing skills a plus).
  • Demonstrated proficiency with the MS Office software (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is
  • Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive
Success Factors

A successful Policy & Advocacy Specialist will be able to manage and mobilize project resources for effective and efficient implementation of the project activities to achieve the results and influence public, private and civil society organization to replicate and scale-up project best practices and learnings related to market-driven solutions to risk reduction and integration of market-development and financial service approaches into the DRR methods and tools utilized in the program. S/he should have the ability to travel frequently to remote areas and the capacity to develop training package and tools as required in the project districts.

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.

Please apply through this link https://p2p.com.np/Public/ViewJob?JobTitle=Mercy%20Corps|Policy%20%20and%20%20Advocacy%20%20Specialist.

Employment Type
Job Location
Kathmandu, Nepal
Date posted
May 22, 2023
Valid through
May 28, 2023
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