Senior Recruitment Advisor
Mercy Corps - Portland, OR

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The Mercy Corps Talent Acquisition (TA) Team’s mandate is to identify exceptional staff to advance Mercy Corps’ mission. As part of the Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness (LOE) Team, the Talent Acquisition Team is committed to delivering and maintaining optimum recruitment support to clients throughout the agency. The aim of the LOE team is to attract, develop, retain and support Mercy Corps’s global talent. The goal of the TA team is to ensure that Mercy Corps has a diverse, high performing, global team, whose talents are consistent with Mercy Corps’ strategic business needs.

We are seeking a, high energy individual who is an exceptional relationship builder and has a creative approach to sourcing talent. The Senior Recruitment Advisor (SRA) ensures timely and quality recruitments for US and international positions. S/he will work as part of the high functioning Talent Acquisition team to recruit talent based on an assigned portfolio, including sourcing, advertising, screening, interviewing, reference checking and final negotiations for open positions in his/her portfolio. All work will be accomplished in a spirit of partnership and service with the hiring manager concerned. S/he will also initiate and implement recruitment strategies where needed to increase Mercy Corps’ talent pool and provide input to ensure Mercy Corps has diverse global talent that performs at a high level, responding to the changing needs of the organization. S/he will implement industry “best practices” that ensure the timely selection of top talent, and recruit for talent that will support Mercy Corps’ organizational culture, while perpetuating Mercy Corps' position as an employer of choice.


Contribute to the development of “people” within the agency by actively participating in initiatives led by LOE team.

Advance the agency’s aim to have a global team that is representative of the places where we work, focusing on leadership positions.

Track and identify cutting edge trends and best practices in Global recruitment practices.

Collaboration & Networking

Assist in promoting Mercy Corps’ brand as an employer of choice by attending events as appropriate, promoting through social media, and developing talent communities.

Build effective partnerships with internal stakeholders to support current needs and work to develop plans for future needs.

Collaborate with all members of the LOE team to develop best practices, promote continuous improvement and foster information / idea sharing specifically with the HR services team.

Lead projects designed to improve the efficiency and impact of the TA function as assigned.

Operations - Talent Acquisition

Take ownership for the recruiting, sourcing and identification of talent including proactive discussions with regional and country management for succession planning, retention and recruitment for proposals.

Deepen and widen the talent pools that Mercy Corps has access to and support senior level recruitment as requested.

Provide responsive, high-quality service to candidates with additional care for internal or former team members.

Expand the capacity of hiring teams to identify talent via improved interview skills & ability to specify critical needs.

Execute full lifecycle talent acquisition activities across 40+ countries, multiple disciplines and levels within the relief and development field.

Work collaboratively within the TA team and ensure candidate activity is current in weekly reports and the Applicant Tracking System.

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: Director, Global Talent Acquisition

WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Recruitment Team, LOE, Program Team, Senior Leadership Team, Finance

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in human resources, business administration, social science or relevant field.

At least 5 + years of experience with recruitment/talent acquisition with a minimum of 2 years in an international context preferred including senior level searches.

Advanced experience with successful sourcing strategies including social media for globally representative and diverse candidates.

Demonstrated experience and ability to create, implement, maintain and improve recruitment strategies and systems in a high-volume context.

Ability to travel domestically and internationally required.

Ability to communicate effectively across diverse cultures and geographical distances with sensitivity.

Experience with an Applicant Tracking System.

Experience managing/leading projects preferred.

Understanding of employment laws, practices and concepts.

Excellent English language skills, both oral and written required.

Language skills in French preferred .

The successful Senior Recruitment Advisor will be proactive in developing and maintaining productive professional relationships with a broad spectrum of stakeholders within the organization and throughout the international relief and development community. S/he will possess the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously, while remaining focused on the quality of internal and external relationships. S/he will be able to work effectively as a member of a highly visible team whose performance is key to the enduring success of Mercy Corps. S/he will be flexible, resilient, possess sound judgment and have a good sense of humor.

This position is based in Portland and work on weekends and evenings may be required. Also limited travel may be required.

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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