Empowering women in coffee origin communities in north sumatera
About Mercy Corps Indonesia
Mercy Corps Indonesia (MCI) is a local Indonesian non-profit organization, which implements humanitarian and development assistance programs throughout the country. MCI’s mission is to empower people in Indonesia to become healthy, productive, and resilient communities. Resilience means an ability to recover form or adjust easily to misfortune or change.
Mercy Corps Indonesia will reach 3,500 direct participants (70% of them are female coffee farmers/farmers’ wives) and 200 young participants (70% of them are women) from coffee farming families in Tapanuli Utara and Humbang Hasundutan Districts in North Sumatra. Throughout the 2 years of implementation we will partner with women on both sides of the coffee farming equation – women currently earning a living by working on smallholder coffee plantations and young women who are part of coffee farming families and choosing their career direction. We will improve the health and economic resilience of women coffee farmers/farmers’ wives and their families through the bundling of health education, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), financial literacy, and business literacy activities. The
program will include agripreneurship/entrepreneurship activities for young women from coffee farming families to boost interest and knowledge of their families’ businesses or creating their own. We will ensure male stakeholders are incorporated into activities where appropriate.
- Improve the quality of health of coffee farming families through health education and WASH facilities,
- Increase economic resilience of women coffee farmers and their families through financial and business literacy, and
- Development of agripreneurship and entrepreneurship for young women (up to age 35) from coffee farming families.
The program will directly reach 3,500 participants who own or work on smallholder coffee plantations up to 2 hectares (70% of them are female coffee farmers/farmers’ wives) and 200 young women (70% of them are women). We estimate that 14,000 people (participants, family members and people from the broader coffee-producing community) in Tapanuli Utara and Humbang Hasundutan Districts will benefit directly and indirectly. Women are represented across all levels of production and perform all activities on these plantations, from the planting process, through crop maintenance and harvest, to postharvest when they sell the crops to markets or middlemen. Data indicates that most smallholder coffee plantations in Tapanuli Utara and Humbang Hasundutan Districts are generally managed by residents over age 45. Young people in coffee farming families have little interest in coffee plantations, especially young women who often seek opportunities outside of the region. But they are very comfortable using social media.
- District Coordinator (DC) – Humbang Hasundutan District and Tapanuli Utara District (Please mention the preferred location on your application)
General Position Summary
Program Officers will ensure that at least 3,700 direct participants (70% of them are female coffee farmers, coffee farmers’ wives, and young women) in two districts have completed all financial and business literacy training and mentoring activities and improved access to financial services, business development, health services and WASH facilities as well. In addition, S/he will ensure 200 young participants (70% of them are women) from coffee farming families increased adoption of good business practices and improved access to market and financial services. S/he will supervise the needs assessments, identify program participants and local facilitators who will deliver training and mentoring to program participants. In addition, S/he will collaborate closely with the project partners team, including formal financial institutions, the District Government Agencies, Community Business Organizations (CBOs) and other local stakeholders.
The position is based in Humbang Hasundutan and Tapanuli Utara and requires up to 60 % travel to project locations (depend on local regulations on COVID-19 prevention).
Essential Job Responsibilities
- Organize and supervise implementation of needs assessments, technical WASH, and GESI assessments.
- Identify target of the project participants and locations based on the project criteria and consultations with local stakeholders.
- Coordinate with project partners at districts, subdistricts and villages levels to fulfil the deliverables agreed on.
- Coordinate with government agencies and women/youth/female coffee farmers’ businesses organizations in selected locations.
- Prepare the kick-off program event in partnerships with local stakeholder (if needed).
- Support the project partners’ team, particularly formal financial institutions, and business development services providers.
- Organize delivery of Training of Trainers (ToT) for local facilitators for women/youth/female coffee farmers’ business based on the project’s plan and guidance.
- Organize implementation of training and mentoring for 3,700 program participants in selected locations based on the project’s plan and guidance.
- Collect baseline and endline data for 3,700 program participants and data monitoring based on established indicators as per the project’s plan and guidance.
- Maintain close regular contact with the local government agencies and local partners to ensure quality outputs/services and trouble shoot any administrative problems.
- Support the program coordinator to implement project visibility plan.
- Support the program coordinator to prepare progress and final reports as required by the donor.
- Attend coordination meetings and maintain regular contact with relevant stakeholder.
- University degree, preferable in social sciences, economics, rural development, agriculture.
- 3+ years’ experience working in development programs with emphasis on economic development in rural setting (experiences in training and mentoring programs for women/female farmers/youth would be an advantage).
- Experience working with the private sector, business organizations and government agencies at district level.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Computers skills with strong familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- English verbal and written communication skills.
- Willingness to travel to project sites on a regular basis.
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
Yayasan Mercy Corps Indonesia 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, color, 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
Yayasan Mercy Corps Indonesua 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.
Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders
Yayasan Mercy Corps Indonesia 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.
How to Apply
The vacancy will be closed on 15 May 2022 and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. We look forward to hearing from those who are interested in taking this opportunity to grow and develop with us.
Human Resources Department
Mercy Corps Indonesia