Qatar: Agreements Specialist

Organization: Education Above All
Country: Qatar
Closing date: 30 Nov 2016

Department/Function Purpose:

EAC is a global program of EAA that aims to significantly reduce the number of children worldwide who are denied their right to education, to help provide them with opportunities to learn. EAC works with partner organisations toward its mission to trigger significant breakthroughs in providing out of school children faced with extreme poverty, cultural barriers, and conflict-affected environments an opportunity for a full course of quality primary education.

Operations department will ensure the financial, legal, contractual and budget aspects of EAC work are timely, accurate, and meet the highest standards of the profession to help EAC to achieve its business goals.

Role Purpose: Under the supervision of the Director of EAC Operations, The Agreements Specialist works in close collaboration with EAC technical and operations teams and provides support to EAC partners. The Agreements Specialist ensures a client-oriented, consistent and compliant approach with EAA rules and regulations. Provides support and advice on contractual, procurement and related agreements to ensure adherence to organizational financial, procurement, contracting and legal policies, rules, and procedures. Promote a collaborative, client-focused, quality and results-oriented approach.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Partnerships and Agreements support; **

  • Coordinate and facilitate the processing of contracts and partnership agreements as per EAC procedures and ensure the use of appropriate instruments such as Grant Agreements; Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) and Consultancy Agreements.
  • Ensure all related activities are in compliance with the EAA/EAC Financial and Legal Rules and Regulations, and all other applicable procurement procedures.
  • Identify priority activities and assignments; adjust priorities as required; develops clear goals and resources for completing work.
  • Provide expert advice in drafting Agreements, MOUs, tenders etc. ensuring effective management for greater efficiency, accountability and contracts’ integrity.
  • Serve as the primary document controller for all agreements folders, and ensure all partners’ reports (financial and technical) are included in the binders.
  • Maintain records on official actions with each EAC MOU and Agreement.
  • Support the overall management of EAC agreements and MOUs processes with particular attention to tracking, recording, transmitting, and displaying data and information.
  • Under the guidance of the Director of EAC Operations, provide professional level support for the provision of reports, materials and other actions that contribute to the effective and efficient conduct of all EAC meetings and documentation.
  • Contribute to the implementation and improvement of the existing Grants management system.
  • Assist with coordinating contractual, legal and financial aspects of EAC work with other programme components.
  • Contribute to a complete, accurate and timely filing system of all Agreements in both hard copy and e-copy.
    Provide and implement accepted industry practices, definitions, budget cost categories and efficient processes.
  • Monitor industry best practices and recommend changes to EAA’s policies and practices.
  • Provide support and guidance to implementing and resource partners on EAA financial policies and practices.
  • Provide support to fundraising initiatives by providing templates (including developing tailored templates, mechanism and process) to potential resources partners.
  • Assist in the preparation of agreements and MOUs, including liaison with EAA procurement.
  • Provide summary analyses of contractual statue of projects and other agreements for EAC and EAA leadership.

Education and qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree in Operations, legal, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Procurement, or related field.
  • Recognized certification in Project Management and/or data analysis will be an asset.


  • 5+ years of relevant international professional work experience in procurement/contracting for high value, and complex procurement /contracting of services. Knowledge of NGO organisations is an added advantage.
  • Knowledge in donor and philanthropic industry financial policies and practices.

How to apply:

If you have experience of working in a similar capacity, meet the above profile and want to make an impact in the lives of others please send your CV to no later than 30 November 2016.

United Arab Emirates: Gulf/MENA Regional Partnerships Manager

Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: United Arab Emirates
Closing date: 16 Nov 2016

The Global Partnerships and Alliances Team (GPAT) serves to diversify, expand and better position Mercy Corps in a rapidly changing and increasingly diverse development environment. The GPAT team focuses on identifying and developing strategic relationships with individuals, organizations and governments who can support Mercy Corps in becoming an increasingly 'global' agency in terms of its capacity, human and financial resources, governance and culture.

The Gulf/MENA Regional Partnerships Manager sets the strategic vision for and carries out Mercy Corps' engagement and fundraising in the Gulf/MENA region with governments, foundations, and the private sector.

Strategy and Vision
• Develop and regularly update a cohesive engagement, partnerships, and influence strategy for Mercy Corps in the Gulf/MENA region.
• Seek out and develop opportunities to implement Mercy Corps' Gulf/MENA engagement, partnerships, and influence strategy.
• Provide valuable insight about Mercy Corps' strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the Gulf/MENA region as needed.

Fundraising and Partnership Management
• Develop Mercy Corps' existing donor relationships, and influence, and innovation partnerships in the Gulf/MENA region.
• Forecast and build new relationships with governments, foundations, and the private sector within the Gulf/MENA region.
• Coordinate closely with regional program teams and the technical support unit to design and implement initiatives supported by Gulf/MENA donors and/or partners.
• Track ODA and philanthropic trends in the Gulf/MENA region.
• Write (in collaboration with field and TSU), review and submit proposals to donors and partners in the Gulf/MENA region.
• Report on the pipeline development in the Gulf/MENA region.

Representation and Communications
• Track and represent Mercy Corps at key events in the Gulf/MENA region that grow and deepen our profile, funding and influence.
• Manage Mercy Corps' internal and external communications in the Gulf/MENA region, in close coordination with Mercy Corps' global MarComms team.

• Track all relationships in the Global Partnerships and Alliances Team's CRM system,
• Other duties as assigned or requested

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.


REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Senior Vice President for Global Partnerships and Alliances
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Global Partnerships and Alliances Team, Corporate and Foundations, Middle East Regional Program Team, Technical Support Units

• Minimum 7 years' post-secondary study and/or BA/S in related field highly preferred.
• Strong leadership and cross-cultural representation and engagement skills
• Excellent project management and process improvement skills
• Evident intra-preneurial and entrepreneurial mindset
• Proven ability to represent an organization in a public speaking capacity
• Strong relationship development and management skills
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills required
• Proven ability to prioritize multiple competing deadlines with grace and humor
• International, non-profit, and government experience and/or interest preferred.
• Preferred; prior Mercy Corps HQ experience also preferred but not essential.

The successful GPAT/MENA Regional Partnerships Manager will demonstrate a healthy combination of leadership, management, and good humor managing key relationships in the Gulf/MENA region. The ideal candidate must have a proven track record of successful delivery and management of multiple and competing complex programs and initiatives. S/he will possess excellent business development and relationship management skills, including strong communication skills, both verbal and written, and places a high priority on attention to detail and organization. The successful Gulf/MENA Regional Partnerships Manager will work cooperatively in a team and work independently to effectively represent Mercy Corps at all times. S/he must demonstrate flexibility and creativity in planning and problem solving, and be accountable for results in a fast-paced, fluid and challenging work environment of many competing and changing priorities. An entrepreneurial spirit that is both creative and flexible is important.

The position is based in the MENA region. The Gulf/MENA Regional Partnerships Manager should be able to work outside of office hours including morning, evenings and/or weekends as required to support key events and timeframe.

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. 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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