Leadership development

We believe in the power of individuals – both our team members and our beneficiaries – to grow professionally and create their own futures. It is our charge to support this continuing growth. All our team members have the chance to apply their skills, learn new ones and shape our organization by meeting the most challenging problems with their most innovative solutions. We invest significant resources in programs and tools that help our team members develop their talents, expand their horizons, engage with their peers and discover best practices.

Leadership development
We offer special development programs designed to help field leaders be more effective and to advance in their careers, as well as many informal learning opportunities, from lunchtime brownbags with visiting field teams to lectures by leading thinkers and authors. Some of our courses culminate with certifications relevant to the NGO field.

E-Learning for everyone
We now offer more than 500 self-paced online courses from prestigious institutions, such as Harvard and Cornell Universities, in a range of disciplines – from software and other technical topics to management, strategy, leadership and human resources. We also offer training that was created in-house to help our team master the practices – such as hiring; security; program design, monitoring and evaluation; and our Theory of Change program approach – that are unique to the way Mercy Corps operates.

Connecting the organization
Our intranet and digital forums enable connectivity, collaboration and fast access to information. We are continually expanding a robust suite of professional learning opportunities available to our entire worldwide team through our e-learning portal and virtual classroom technology. Taking advantage of these e-tools saves time and resources and reduces the environmental impact of travel to training sites.