Are you a Mercy Corps person?
The people who join our team are a special bunch.
They’re leaders, and they take responsibility every day to act on our core values and advance our mission. They exhibit discipline in their work and in their relationships. To every challenge, project and interaction, they apply a balance of head and heart.
Our people are smart. They’re rigorous thinkers with the highest intellectual and analytical skills. They relish challenges and come up with creative solutions to the world’s toughest problems. They’re optimists: if one idea fails, they get right back to work on a new one. They don’t stay attached to old ways of thinking, nor do they let their egos get in the way. They are confident and curious, always open to learning. That’s how - in a fast-changing world, and even when resources are slim - they consistently come up with great programs.
Just as important, our people have the highest standards of personal integrity and judgment. They’re clear communicators who are equally able to lead, share and follow. When in charge, they know how to motivate their teams and get people working toward a shared goal. They’re open to others’ ideas, trusting of others’ abilities and quick to share the credit. As contributors, they bring their best efforts to the task at hand and collaborate easily with their teammates. They favor compassion over competition and a smile over a smirk. They care deeply about the people we serve.
Our people are proud to represent Mercy Corps, and conscious that they do so not just in the workplace, but wherever they go. If you see yourself in this profile, you may belong on our team.
Mercy Corps team members talk about their work
After nine years with Mercy Corps, Su’ad Jarbawi shipped out to Yemen for her first assignment as a team leader in the Strategic Response and Global Emergencies group. Looking back, Su’ad remembers the beauty as well as the challenges of assessing the needs in that conflict-ridden country.
Think of a finance officer – not what most people would consider a thrilling job. But for Marge Lemieux, who currently spends 60 percent of her time in the field, it’s an adventure-packed position.
Ask Mohammed Qazilbash about his typical day as Country Director in Yemen and you’ll get a hearty laugh before he disabuses you of the notion. “There is no typical day,” he says. “Every day of the week is really quite different. There’s never a dull moment.”
Chief of Party
Grace Karanja is doing what she loves most: helping young people, especially women, transform their lives. “Seeing them move from Point A to Point B… seeing their success… that’s my passion,” she says of returning to her homeland to help lead Kenya's youth program.