Program Director, PAGAI program, (Agriculture & Market Systems) Haiti

Port-au-Prince | Port-au-Prince

Position is pending Funding


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 active in Haiti since 2010, initially providing life-saving humanitarian assistance before transitioning to longer term rural resilience and urban economic development. The Program Director position will sit within the Swiss Development Corporation funded PAGAI program. The five-year program is focused on inclusive agricultural governance in Haiti (PAGAI). The PAGAI program intends to bring services and agricultural policies to the needs and initiatives of family farms. Farmer Organisations/groups (OP) will be the key players in the program. There are four components of the program: 1) Strengthening and networking of the OP, 2) Introducing and/or building on agricultural innovations, 3) Consultation and political dialogue and 4) Gender Equality.


The Program Director is the most senior position in the 5 year PAGAI program. S/he will be responsible for overseeing overall program implementation on a full-time basis and has supervisory responsibility for the entire Program implementation. S/he has responsibility for management, vision and leadership of the program. The Program Director directly supervises Project Managers in the regions identified for implementation.


Strategy and Program Implementation

· Collaborate with and lead PAGAI team members and partners to develop program implementation plans.

· Facilitate team members to conduct detailed market research, intelligence, assessments and feasibility studies

· Liaise with and engage market actors and other stakeholders to find strategic leverage points for co-investment

· Design systemic interventions in response to root causes of limited engagement of farmers in land management decision making, of watershed degradation, and of market ineffectiveness and exclusion of the poor

· Write gender sensitive intervention plans and supervise implementation of interventions effectively through the CfC and M4P approaches.

· Design and facilitate mechanisms for an open dialogue between OP and government actors.

· Oversee management of the program outcomes and integrity of implementation in every target region.

· Visit project sites to ensure that interventions remain on track through program documentation mechanisms.

· Create an organizational culture of professionalism, accountability, responsibility and quality of service.

Team Management

· Establish leadership, direction and personal credibility of national staff; implement and maintain a clearly understood chain of authority and accountability.

· Assist Mercy Corps Haiti staff to maintain an adequate human resource plan consistent with Mercy Corps’ policies.

· Manage with an emphasis on excellence and achievement; encourage a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation in line with Mercy Corps’ commitment to adaptive management.

· Recruit, manage and motivate an informed, skilled and efficient team; incorporate staff Mercy Corps’ development strategies and performance management systems into team building process.

Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation

· Ensure programs are based on sound design principles, including market intelligence and surveys.

· Utilize Mercy Corps and SDC required Monitoring and Evaluation systems based on results chains for the interventions and

· Supervise design of a realistic M&E plan for the program according to donor standards and the country’s overall strategy.

· Establish and maintain effective and timely program reporting systems for SDC.

· Ensure program team is responsible and capable of conducting on-going program monitoring, and able to accommodate a potential programmatic audit by the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development.

Representation and Influence

· Oversee the activities of and relationships with PAGAI partners and sub-contractors.

· Review and alter contracts as necessary in relation to performance and objectives.

· Develop and nurture culturally sensitive internal and external relationships and networks to ensure optimum communication and program success.

· Build strong constituencies to include Mercy Corps headquarters and regional teams, international and local NGOs, government officials, donor community officials, diplomatic corps and embassies, vendors, media and the general public.

Fiscal, Compliance Management and Accountability

· Coordinate PAGAI program budget; manage budget within approved spending levels and assist in the development of Cash-flow projections and spending plans.

· Oversee budget management of sub-grantees/sub-contractors.

· Exercise sound judgment to ensure program expenses are reasonable, allowable and prudent.

· Ensure all program funds are spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations including private funds.

Organizational Learning

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 themselves.

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.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: Responsible for all international and national staff working under the PAGAI program.


Reports directly to**:** Country Director, Haiti

Works directly with: PAGAI program staff, Mercy Corps Haiti finance, logistics, and admin, global Technical Support Unit, Mercy Corps Europe Program Officers and Mercy Corps Europe Finance and Compliance teams.


· MA/S in agriculture and/or agribusiness, rural development, or related field.

· 7 + years of experience in community organizing, advocacy, and rural development.

· Demonstrated knowledge, experience and familiarity with implementation of Making Markets Work for the Poor approach preferred.

· Proven ability to develop team capacity specific to the programme’s requirements

· Proven ability to lead a team to deliver and report successful impact in organizing and advocacy

· Knowledge of global rural development networks and ability to maintain programme outputs and profile.

· Knowledge and experience in Women’s Economic Empowerment, disaster risk reduction and gender and governance as transversal themes in market development projects.

· Knowledge of the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development Standards for results measurement a plus.

· Entrepreneurial spirit, adaptability and an ability to think creatively around market development problems.

· Excellent communication skills.

· Preference given to candidates with experience in the region.

· Fluency in written and oral English and French required; preference given to candidates with Creole language skills.


The successful PAGAI Program Director will be self-motivated, creative and entrepreneurial with a drive and vision to foster cooperation between stakeholders in rural land planning and use, and innovations in agriculture. S/he will be tolerant, and able to work in difficult and stressful environments, and able to follow Mercy Corps and donor procedures. S/he will be a natural leader with the ability to assist the team in processing information and making and owning their decisions, fostering an environment of gender sensitive cross-collaboration. The successful Program Director will therefore be focused on team-building and capacity-building of national staff and local partners, and will be able to apply creative solutions to program quality and teambuilding.


The position will be provisionally based in Port-au-Prince, with travel to the project target location. The Program Director will spend 60% of her/his work time in the project area. The position is an accompanied position.

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 local laws, customs and Mercy Corps’ procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

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Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: Mercy Corps
  • Location: Port-au-Prince | Port-au-Prince
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2016-12-06

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