Background: Mercy Corps Ventures
Mercy Corps Ventures (MCV) invests in and catalyzes venture-led solutions to increase the resilience of underserved individuals and communities. Founded in 2015 as the impact investing arm of global development agency, Mercy Corps, we’ve supported 43+ early-stage ventures to scale, reach 10.7 million users with impactful products and services, and raise over $333 million in follow-on capital. Our portfolio centers around solutions in adaptive agriculture and food systems, frontier fintech, and climate smart technologies, so that those living in frontier markets can withstand disruption and plan for the future. Through capital and support, piloting new approaches, action-oriented insights, and rigorously managing impact, we catalyze the ecosystem towards smarter, more impactful investments.
For more information, please refer to our 2021 Annual Impact Report, Medium Blog, and About page.
Our team has grown substantially over the past 2 years, from 5 to 15 people, and now operates as a fully remote global team, with 15 people across 15 different cities in 9 different countries. We are meeting as a team for a series of in-person workshops in Nairobi, Kenya in September and are seeking a part-time consultant to support us in the design and facilitation of workshop sessions focused on culture, values, and ways of working - supporting us to build a team, culture, processes, and tools that can enable our global, remote team to function and deliver on our objectives.
We expect the consultant to collaborate and openly share with the MCV Management team on a regular basis progress, findings, and next steps. We are a collaborative team, and are looking to co-create the specifics of the workshop sessions with the consultant.
At a high level, the consultant should carry out the following activities:Planning phase Develop a plan for gathering key insights from Management team, and input from whole team on key topics, designing and preparing for workshops, workshop implementation, and any follow-ups required Work together with MCV Management team to gather inputs and information Design and Prepare workshops and sessions The consultant will be allocated 2 days workshop time to facilitate the sessions Complete preparation and planning for the workshop: identify key objectives of each session, design agenda, prepare materials. This will be done with input and regular updates to the MCV Management Team Facilitate sessions in-person Facilitation in-person team workshops (2 days) in Nairobi, Kenya between September 7 and 11th Flexible to adapt and respond to team dynamics while ensuring we reach key objectives Final recommendations Provide key insights and recommendations based on workshops results. Simple document (2-4 page word) with key points based on team and workshop dynamics. We are not expecting a full strategy document. Complete workshop follow-ups and evaluation of workshop as needed
The consultant will deliver the following:Week-by-week 2 month plan for input gathering, preparation, delivery, and follow-ups from the workshop Detailed workshop agenda, with up to 2 days of sessions including framework to use, rationale for using it, definition of key objectives of each session and proposed activities and methodologies to meet objectives On-site facilitation of workshop agenda Short document with key insights and recommendations. To be submitted maximum 7 days after the workshop concludes Evaluation of workshops and follow-ups
Required Experience and Skills:Minimum of 7 years relevant professional experience in organizational development, with specific experience on culture, people, and values-related topics Preferred experience working with early and growth stage organizations Preferred experience working with organizations operating in private equity, venture capital, or impact investing; or with startups Preferred experience working with global multicultural and diverse teams Strong communication skills; written and oral fluency in English required
Other RequirementsWe have a preference for candidates based in Nairobi but are open to global candidates. We will provide travel, accommodation, and per diem according to Mercy Corps policy to the selected consultant as needed The consultant will be required to facilitate the workshops in-person in Nairobi (or close to it), for up to 3 days between September 7 and 11
Timeframe / Schedule:The consultancy will begin in August 2023 and will have a 2-month duration The consultant will be required to join our team offsite in-person in Nairobi, Kenya between September 7 and 11 2023. The consultant will be required to facilitate up to 2 days of sessions at the offsite. The consultant is expected to work for a maximum of 12 days over the 2 month period including the in-person workshops. MCV will work with the consultant to determine availability, work schedule, and ways of working. We aim to select and contract a candidate by August 4, 2023
Selection ProcessConsultancy open for applicants until July 16 Screening of applications July 17- 19 Interviews July 24 - 28 Reference checks July 31 - August 2 Selection of Consultant August 4
The consultant will report to:
MC Ventures Head of Platform
The consultant will closely coordinate with:
Mercy Corps Ventures team
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
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
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our stakeholders and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
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