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.
Program Assistant (PA) – Humbang Hasundutan District or Tapanuli Utara District
General Position Summary
Program Assistant will support the program implementation to reached 3,700 direct participants and 14,000 indirectly participants, family members and people from the broader coffee-producing community through health/WASH education and/or access to financial services and increased economic activities. Especially, s/he will be organizing all logistics for program-related data collections, meetings, workshops, trainings, and or mentoring. This is includes identifying venues for training and accommodation, materials, arranging snacks and meals, managing consultants’ contract, and other activities based on the program’s plan and guidance.
The position is 100% based in Humbang Hasundutan or Tapanuli Utara and it requires up to 40% travel to program locations area (depend on COVID-19 development).
Essential Job Responsibilities
- Support the Program in organizing all logistics for program-related meetings, workshops, trainings, and or mentoring. This is includes identifying venues for training and accommodation, materials, arranging snacks and meals, managing consultants’ contract, and other activities based on the program’s plan and guidance.
- Maintain the program filing and documentation system, including maps, photos documentation/ management and media monitoring files, minutes of meeting, field documents/ assessment, training materials/ modules, contracts, agreements and other administrative/ logistics documents in coordination with the Program Team. Collect and catalogue program resource materials.
- Support the Program Coordinator to prepare progress and final reports as required by the funder.
- Support the program team in handling and following up the procurement needs, in accordance with the Field Procurement Policies and Procedures (FP3).
- Assist team members, guests and consultants in all administrative matters such as vehicle use, accommodations, and others, in coordination with the Operations Team.
- University degree, preferable in economics and management, social science, and rural development.
- 2+ years’ experience working in development programs with emphasis on empowering women and youth.
- Experience in administrative/ secretarial tasks is a plus.
- Strong communication and organizational skills.
- Computers skills with strong familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Understandable spoken English are preferred
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