Mercy Corps helps people in the world’s toughest places turn the crises of natural disaster, poverty and conflict into opportunities for progress. Driven by local needs and market conditions, our programs provide communities with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives. Our worldwide team of 3,700 professionals is improving the lives of 16.7 million people in more than 40 countries.

Mercy Corps has been operational in Timor-Leste since 2005 with current programming focusing on agriculture, rural livelihoods and alternative sources of energy. We currently have funding from the EC to implement Food Security and Alternative Energy programming as well as UN funding to implement the Progress out of Poverty Initiative. We work in three districts of Timor-Leste: Manufahi, Ainaro and Dili with a head office in the capital Dili and field offices in the towns of Same and Ainaro.

The Program Manager – Renewable Energy will direct and coordinate an integrated set of activities based around alternative energy value chain and business development, community mobilization, and facilitation between civil society, NGOs, private sector and the government.

Together with Mercy Corps field teams and partners, the Program Manager will be responsible for all aspects of implementation and delivery; reporting; liaison with energy product suppliers, communities and partners; ensuring that the project is meeting high standards for technical quality, and play an active role in disseminating lessons learned.

Project implementation
Work closely with team members to implement the project and guide on energy/agroforestry business strategies along with other related activities, incorporating best practices in energy poverty alleviation strategies and methodologies into the overall project.

Cultivate and nurture business, NGO, government and other relationships that will be key to project success.

Program Quality
Maximize program quality through:
1) advising and improving energy value chains and monitoring impact on the energy-poor;
2) designing and managing an effective M&E database in conjunction with partners;
3) understanding and maintaining standards of program delivery that meet industrial carbon credit verification requirements where appropriate;
4) helping the team gather, refine and disseminate tools in these areas, such as training presentations and manuals, teaching notes, best practices and lessons learned, program examples, and monitoring and evaluation tools.

Reporting and Outreach
Actively engage in developing internal and external networks and relationships in order to disseminate information on the project, best practices and lessons learned related to energy poverty alleviation.

Present at appropriate meetings, events, conferences, media forums and other venues

Donor relationships and fund raising
Lead the process of securing the outstanding co-financing funds required by the EC for the programme; with institutional and private sector donors.

Organizational Learning
As part of Mercy Corps’ agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.

Accountability to Beneficiaries
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards 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

The position has supervises national project staff

REPPORTS DIRECTY TO: Country Director – Timor-Leste
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Project partners, Mercy Corps Timor teams, appropriate TSU sectors, HQ and field teams.

  • M.S./M.Sc. equivalent or above in a field related to market-based community-aligned alternative energy solutions in a development context preferred.
  • Strong familiarity with a broad range of community-based energy technologies, including implementation methodologies and approaches.
  • Experience of working on economic or market development programmes
  • Strong familiarity with both the theory and practice of carbon credit generation and markets preferred.
  • 3- 5 years experience working in these areas required, with demonstrated experience in field settings preferred.
  • Superior writing and analytic skills required, with a track record of successful writing/analysis on proposal or grant development preferred.
  • Prior experience of implementing or managing EC grants preferred.
  • English fluency, competence in Indonesian and Tetun preferred.

The successful Program Manager will demonstrate a willingness to take initiative and contribute to team efforts. S/he will possess strong interpersonal and proven strong cross-cultural communication skills with communities, national organizations and government.The Program Manager will be able to multi-task, set priorities, and work under tight deadlines within complex team environments. S/he will possess an awareness and sensitivity to international development issues and diverse cultures, and will be committed to the values and mission of Mercy Corps.

This position is based in the capital of Timor-Leste, Dili and requires extensive travel to field sites where living conditions may be rugged. Dili is an accompanied location suitable for families. When in the field, the team member will need to able to work in remote settings and possibly over weekends and/or evening as required by the schedule.

Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Staff are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect to local laws, customs and Mercy Corps policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

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