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Recruitment at Mercy Corps

Career Openings at Mercy Corps, Nigeria

Recruitment at Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we collaborate to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within, now and for the future. In Nigeria, Mercy Corps operates in over 13 states focusing on key thematic areas of humanitarian response, conflict mitigation and adolescent girls’ empowerment.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:

 

 

Job Title: Youth Engagement Advisor
Location:
Maiduguri, Borno
Program / Department Summary

  • For years, the Northeast of Nigeria has been plagued by insurgency and a dire humanitarian crisis. The intense focus on humanitarian and counter-violence activities, coupled with increasingly complex conflict dynamics in the region, has exposed gaps in the international community’s response to new and emerging sources of violence.
  • Tensions between IDPs and host communities, resistance of communities to accept former fighters and their victims, fear of IDPs to return home and face tensions with those who stayed behind – these are just several evolving sources of conflict.
  • If these issues are not addressed in a timely manner through locally- owned solutions, they have the potential to intensify and worsen the on-going crisis in the NE. The North East Conflict Management and Stabilisation Initiative is an expansion from a pilot phase implemented by a consortium from August 2016 to March 2017.
  • The project will result in increased peace within and between communities and increased confidence in government and security institutions to address the root causes of conflict and violent extremism in Borno State.

General Position Summary

  • The Youth Engagement Advisor will provide technical, management, and strategic vision to the implementation of the youth engagement portion of the project by working with project staff, national partners to ensure that the program meets performance-based targets on-time and within budget, as per DFID requirements.
  • H/she will coordinate financial inclusion and economic empowerment programming to address the root causes of youth participation in violence in Borno.

Essential Job Responsibilities
Program Management:

  • Provide technical leadership and guidance in the implementation and management of innovative youth engagement and financial inclusion initiatives aligned to the NE CMS logical framework and project impact goal.
  • Provide sector oversight and guidance in the implementation of economic and financial inclusion services including trainings, cooperative societies, village saving loan schemes, cash grants and other services aligned with the project log frame and budget.
  • Build the technical capacity of project staff in youth advocacy, engagement and financial inclusion relevant to the implementation of the project through training and continuous mentoring. Submit a clear capacity building plan for this process.
  • Conduct periodic field visits to ensure the quality and integrity of project implementation, including adherence to technical guidelines, administrative systems, and established deadlines.
  • Provide technical and sector inputs to/ during planning, organising and coordination of project monitoring processes, assessments, surveys, researches and evaluations.
  • Support the project management in ensuring that the overall goal and specific objectives to the youth engagement component of the project are achieved.
  • Develop a detailed activity plan for the Youth Engagement component and submit to the project manager for review and re-alignment with the main work plan within the first month of employment.
  • Compile and submit in time for review; evidence based  weekly, monthly, quarterly, bi-annual and annual technical reports and activity plans
  • Develop and submit weekly and monthly activity plans in time for review and prior to implementation.
  • Ensure integration and coordination with other sectors within the project sectors for the attainment of holistic project impact.

Administration and Documentation:

  • Work collaboratively with support departments (finance, operations, human resources) to ensure compliance with internal and donor policies and communicate support needs to ensure timely delivery by project support departments.
  • Compile field reports ensuring evidence based outputs on Youth Engagement are reflected and submitted in time for inclusion into the main project reports. Provide weekly, monthly, quarterly, bi-annual and annual reports according to the DFID format.
  • Compile and submit a monthly summary of evidence based highlights/ success stories on youth engagement. This will be incorporated in the project bulletin for the month.
  • Produce monthly budgets and cash forecasts for youth engagement and financial inclusion activities.

Team Management:

  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
  • Assist in the technical supervision, hire and orientation of new team members as necessary.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
  • Implement performance planning and management systems, establish performance expectations with team members, and regularly provide constructive feedback on team members’ performance.
  • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.

Finance & Compliance Management:

  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to emergency programming.
  • Draft and /or review scope of work to hire and manage any technical consultants, including review for technical efficacy and contract budget.

Influence & Representation:

  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with governments and other stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
  • Proactively form relationships implementing partners to complement DFID funding.
  • Represent NE CMS on youth engagement issues at technical and strategic planning meetings, or as requested by the Project Manager.

Security:

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that you  together with the team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of security SOPs and policies

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 toward 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.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Master’s Degree or its equivalent in Marketing, Business Studies, Business Management and Administration, Business Management, Social Sciences, International Development or other relevant field.
  • A minimum of 7 years of progressive work experience including at least 2 years in a senior management or technical advisory role on youth engagement and/or livelihood projects.
  • Strong understanding of DFID compliance issues.
  • Strong management skills, with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues in highly insecure environment. Experience managing a multi-organizational team (international and national partners) is a plus.
  • Experience working in North East Nigeria strongly preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Hausa/ Kanuri required, including report development, writing and editing.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Demonstrated experience working with State-level ministries and Local Government Area government officials.

Success Factors

  • Commitment to achieve results in a timely manner.
  • Trustworthiness and integrity.
  • Committed to humanitarian and development values and principles.
  • Strong people-management skills.
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Cultural sensitivity.
  • Gender equity and protection sensitive.
  • Creative solutions to problems.
  • S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative and complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential.
  • The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
  • Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours .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.

 

 

Job Title: Senior Project Officer
Location: 
Damboa, Borno, Maiduguri, Nganzai, Borno, Dikwa, Borno
Program/Department Summary

  • For years, the Northeast of Nigeria has been, plagued by insurgency and a dire humanitarian crisis. The intense focus on humanitarian and counter-violence activities, coupled with increasingly complex conflict dynamics in the region, has exposed gaps in the international community’s response to new and emerging sources of violence.
  • Tensions between IDPs and host communities, resistance of communities to accept former fighters and their victims, fear of IDPs to return home and face tensions with those who stayed behind – these are just several evolving sources of conflict.
  • If these issues are not addressed in a timely manner through locally- owned solutions, they have the potential to intensify and worsen the on-going crisis in the NE.
  • The North East Conflict Management and Stabilization Initiative is an expansion from a pilot phase implemented by a consortium from August 2016 to March 2017.
  • The project  will result in increased peace within and between communities and increased confidence in government and security institutions to address the root causes of conflict and violent extremism in Borno State.

General Position Summary

  • The Senior Project  Officer will provide technical, management, and strategic leadership at community level by collaborating with the partner project staff, beneficiaries and other key stakeholders, to ensure that the program meets performance-based targets on time and within budget, as per DfID requirements.
  • H/she will ensure that the NEC MS implementation contributes to the re-building of community trust in the ability of the Local and State Government to address the root causes of youth participation in violence in Borno.
  • Support the project  management in ensuring the achievement of the overall goal and objectives of the project  within the target communities.
  • Provide technical oversight and leadership of the project  in the LGA/s assigned to you.
  • Implement the activities within the assigned target communities and LGAs according to the project  log frame and work plan: ensure you have a well-developed activity level implementation work plan.
  • Develop and submit weekly and monthly activity plans in time for review and prior to implementation.
  • Plan, organise and conduct quality community trainings, sessions and document the process, content delivered and identify indicators that you will monitor.
  • Support the work of NEC MS partner staff in implementing their activity plans, community sensitization, training and planning sessions
  • Build capacity of the partners and target communities in the key components the NEC MS project
  • Monitor and report on the project  progress within area of assignment: submitting weekly, monthly, bi-annual and annual reports. Submit to the DPM and copy the sector advisors including the PM.
  • Productively participate in planning sessions and reviews called by the sector advisors /pm and or sub-grant partners.
  • Work with the target communities to develop community / LGA level action plans and reviews
  • Participate and provide leadership to assessments, surveys and research within the LGA/s assigned to you.
  • Provide technical input as a resource person during workshops organised by the project
  • Participate at delegated coordination meetings or events relevant to the project  and provide detailed report within a day of the activity.
  • Support other Mercy Corps interventions within the LGA/s assigned to you.
  • Perform any other duties asked of you that are relevant to the attainment of the project  goal.

Essential Job Responsibilities
Program Support:

  • Participate in the planning, implementation and review of project , and adaptation of new initiatives and innovations.
  • Ensure quality and integrity of implementation, including adherence to technical guidelines, administrative systems, and established deadlines
  • Ensure implementation of activities is on time, target and budget, using effective systems to reach desired impacts in order to assess the project  effectiveness and impact and propose recommendations for improvements.
  • Implement and model Mercy Corps’ philosophy of social entrepreneurship and leverage Mercy Corps’ best practices.
  • In collaboration with the Monitoring Evaluation and Learning team, implement relevant surveys, need assessments, data and information collection for on-going monitoring in the LGA assigned.

Team Management:

  • Sustain a work environment of mutual respect you and other team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
  • Provide other team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.

Finance & Compliance Management:

  • Ensure compliance of sub-grantee partners with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to field programming.

Influence & Representation:

  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with implementing partners, local governments and other stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively to ensure project implementation targets are met.
  • Participate in coordination meetings and workshops at LGA relevant to the project  and or State level as delegated.

Security:

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that you and other field team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies

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 toward 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.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Advanced University Degree in Political Science, International Relations, Journalism, Social Sciences, Peace Building, Conflict Management, International Development or related Technical field (minimum Bachelor’s Degree)
  • Minimum of four years working experience in a similar context
  • Written and spoken fluency in English and Hausa/ Kanuri is an added advantage
  • Willingness to learn and interest in conflict, governance, peace, economic and community development related fields
  • Excellent writing, editing and analytical skills and ability to formulate well-targeted documents
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced and often demanding environment
  • Flexibility in terms of office hours
  • Experience in an NGO (local or international) or research institution

Success Factors

  • Commitment to achieve results in a timely manner.
  • Trustworthiness and integrity.
  • Committed to humanitarian and development values and principles.
  • Strong people-management skills.
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Cultural sensitivity.
  • Gender equity and protection sensitive.
  • Creative solutions to problems.
  • S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative and complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential.
  • The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
  • Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours .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.

 

 

Job Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Location:
Maiduguri
Program / Department Summary

  • For years, the Northeast of Nigeria has been plagued by insurgency and a dire humanitarian crisis.
  • The intense focus on humanitarian and counter-violence activities, coupled with increasingly complex conflict dynamics in the region, has exposed gaps in the international community’s response to new and emerging sources of violence.
  • Tensions between IDPs and host communities, resistance of communities to accept former fighters and their victims, fear of IDPs to return home and face tensions with those who stayed behind – these are just several evolving sources of conflict.
  • If these issues are not addressed in a timely manner through locally- owned solutions, they have the potential to intensify and worsen the on-going crisis in the NE.
  • Therefore, a pool of strong local partners capable of addressing existing and newly emerging tensions and conflicts is essential to prevent NE from falling further into a vicious cycle of conflict and poverty.
  • The North East Conflict Management and Stabilization Initiative is an expansion from a pilot phase implemented by a consortium from August 2016 to March 2017.
  • The programme will result in increased peace within and between communities and increased confidence in government and security institutions to address the root causes of conflict and violent extremism in Borno State.
  • General Position Summary
  • The Monitoring and Evaluation (ME) Officer will coordinate and collaborate closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation Project Manager on all aspects of monitoring, evaluation, learning, research, and information management. S/he will plan and implement activities that ensure adherence to Mercy Corps’ and UKAID standards, including the use of standardized indicators and documentation methodologies.
  • Throughout the life of the program, s/he will be responsible for a) cross-cutting programmatic information management within the framework of the program; b) monitoring and evaluation; c) ensuring that information is shared and used for continuous improvement of ongoing programs, and d) is incorporated into reports.
  • S/he will have responsibility for documenting programme impacts.

Essential Job Responsibilities
Strategy & Vision:

  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcome.
  • Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to countrywide strategy development.
  • Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL):

  • Support the M&E Project Manager in ensuring that the overall goal and objectives of the programme are achieved.
  • Support technically in the implementation of the M&E plan for the programme
  • Develop and submit a quarterly capacity enhancement and assessment plan for project beneficiaries in the target communities. Ensure its implementation following approval. Document the process and submit evidence based monthly progress reports on each participant.
  • Support the M&E Project Manager in organising and conducting capacity building sessions for programme team and / partner staff.
  • Provide hands-on M&E technical support to the SPOs and partner staff at community level.
  • Develop and submit to the M&E Project Manager your weekly and monthly activity plans in time for review and prior to implementation. Ensure all sectors are covered.
  • Submit weekly, monthly, bi-annual and annual progress reports on the activity level indicators of the programme
  • Work with the SPOs, partner staff and target communities to; develop community based monitoring plans and data capturing tools within two months of employment. Update and review every month over the programme period.
  • Support the M&E Project Manager in the implementation of Community Based Monitoring and Reporting System (CBMRS) document the process.
  • In consultation with the M&E Project Manager and in joint collaboration with the sub grantee partners, assist in organising, coordinate the mobilisation of data enumerators, and provide requisite training, the data collection, processing, and management of data at field level.
  • Support  workshops organised by the programme
  • Participate at delegated field activities, meetings or events relevant to the programme and provide detailed report within a day of the activity.
  • Support other Mercy Corps interventions within the programme area.
  • Perform any other duties that are relevant to the attainment of the overall programme goal and objectives.

Management Information System:

  • Ensure programme MIS is up to date, operational and accessible
  • Coordinate monthly data upload and engage with state teams to ensure data availability and completeness
  • Manage programme SMS aggregator and activity tracking system and provide regular feedback on performance
  • Ensure data quality through regular data quality assessment visits to states and project communities
  • Provide regular feedback to states on data quality and performance against project milestone

Research and Documentation:

  • Coordinate and manage the administration of programme pre and posttest and matching interest to work assessment
  • Coordinate data entry and archival of pre and posttest questionnaire and matching interest to work assessment
  • Develop and dissemination monthly learning data and update of Performance data table
  • Ensure proper storage of project evaluation data including pre and posttest, matching Interest to Work Assessment and school performance records
  • Perform regular archival and retrieval of project documents, data, reports and email communications

Communication and Capacity Building:

  • Actively participate in meetings and processes to promote effective program management (through strong ME practices)
  • Strengthen staff capacity in interpretation and use of both routine data collection and periodic evaluation/assessment tools through comprehensive training and coaching.
  • Improve data quality through supportive supervisory visits to implementing partner staffs and beneficiaries
  • Problem-solve with others to address shortfalls in monitoring, evaluation and information management that affect program implementation.
  • Utilize internal Mercy Corps global online information-sharing resources to enhance organizational learning.
  • Support development of abstracts and success stories through provision of information and data

Team Management:

  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
  • Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
  • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.

Finance & Compliance Management:

  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to emergency programming.
  • Draft and/or review scope of work to hire and manage any technical consultants, including review for technical efficacy and contract budget.

Influence & Representation:

  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.

Security:

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.

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 toward 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.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Postgraduate Degree in Development Studies, Social Sciences, or relevant field, with a strong foundation in monitoring and evaluation
  • Minimum of 4 years of M&E work experience in international development required; ideal candidate will have both theoretical and practical background in M&E
  • Knowledge of program development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting.
  • Experience supervising M&E teams and building team capacity to deliver high-quality results.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, including experience with: Excel, PowerPoint, and at least one statistical data analysis software
  • Familiarity and experience in large-scale secondary education or school to work and especially targeting marginalized girls or young women programs preferred.
  • Experience working in Northern States of Nigeria.
  • Fluency in written and verbal English required, Hausa/ Kanuri is an added advantage.

Success Factors

  • The successful candidate will combine exceptional leadership, management and technical skills with a focus on innovative interventions to engage adolescent girls in informal education and skills building linked with private sector entrepreneurship and employment opportunities in a culturally and religiously conservative environment.  S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative and complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential.
  • The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
  • Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours .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.

 

 

Job Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Project Manager
Location:
Maiduguri, Borno
Program/Department Summary

  • For years, the Northeast of Nigeria has been plagued by insurgency and a dire humanitarian crisis. The intense focus on humanitarian and counter-violence activities, coupled with increasingly complex conflict dynamics in the region, has exposed gaps in the international community’s response to new and emerging sources of violence.
  • Tensions between IDPs and host communities, resistance of communities to accept former fighters and their victims, fear of IDPs to return home and face tensions with those who stayed behind – these are just several evolving sources of conflict.
  • If these issues are not addressed in a timely manner through locally- owned solutions, they have the potential to intensify and worsen the on-going crisis in the NE.
  • Therefore, a pool of strong local partners capable of addressing existing and newly emerging tensions and conflicts is essential to prevent NE from falling further into a vicious cycle of conflict and poverty.
  • The North East Conflict Management and Stabilization Initiative is an expansion from a pilot phase implemented by a consortium from August 2016 to March 2017.
  • The programme will result in increased peace within and between communities and increased confidence in government and security institutions to address the root causes of conflict and violent extremism in Borno State.

General Position Summary

  • The Monitoring and Evaluation Project Managerwill coordinate and collaborate closely with the with the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor for the Conflict portfolio on all aspects of monitoring, evaluation, research, and information management.
  • S/he will plan and implement activities that ensure adherence to Mercy Corps’ and DFID standards, including the use of standardized indicators and documentation methodologies.
  • Throughout the life of the program, s/he will be responsible for:
    • Cross-cutting programmatic information management within the framework of the program;
    • Monitoring and evaluation;
    • Ensuring that information is shared and used for continuous improvement of ongoing programs, and
    • Is incorporated into reports.
  • S/he will have responsibility for documenting project impacts and overseeing other Mercy Corps and field-based M&E officers.

Essential Job Responsibilities
Strategy & Vision:

  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcome.
  • Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to countrywide strategy development.
  • Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programmes and convince stakeholders to provide support.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL):

  • Support the Management team ensuring the achievement of the NEC MS overall goal and objectives.
  • Contribute to the project M&E system
  • Provide technical oversight on the implementation of the M&E plan
  • Develop an operational level M&E plan within the first month of signing your contact and submit to the Project Manager and the M&E Advisor for review
  • Ensure proper implementation of the M&E Plan
  • Work with the sector advisors and project management to develop activity level monitoring indicators and tools for capturing data
  • Submit monthly updated M&E plan for the project, the monitoring tools and or data capturing tools, clearly indicating changes, these will be reviewed jointly by the project team during the end of month project meeting
  • Develop a quarterly capacity enhancement plan for project and partner staff/ team.
  • In consultation with the project management team organise and conduct capacity-building sessions for project team.
  • Submit weekly, monthly, bi-annual and annual progress reports on the activity level indicators of the project
  • Provide hands-on M&E technical support to the M&E Officer, SPOs and NEC MS implementing partner staff.
  • Develop and submit weekly and monthly activity plans in time for review and prior to implementation. Ensure all sectors are covered.
  • Develop and implement a functional Community Based Monitoring and Reporting System (CBMRS). Provide a detailed process and progress report on the CBMRS within the first two months of signing a contract. Thereafter provide monthly, quarterly, bi-annual and annual updates.
  • Work jointly with the project management team and in consultation with the sector advisors to develop comprehensive tools for; assessments, surveys and or project evaluations. Submit tools to the project management team for final review prior to their pretesting and actual utilisation.
  • In consultation with the project management team organise and in joint collaboration with the sub grantee partners coordinate the mobilisation of data enumerators, provision of requisite training, data collection and processing and management of data at field level.
  • Provide technical input as a resource person during workshops organised by the project
  • Participate at delegated coordination meetings or events relevant to the project and provide detailed report within a day of the activity.
  • Support other Mercy Corps interventions within the project area.
  • Perform any other duties asked of you that are relevant to the attainment of the overall project goal and objectives.

Management Information System:

  • Ensure NE CMS  MIS is up to date, operational and accessible
  • Coordinate monthly data upload and engage with state teams to ensure data availability and completeness
  • Manage NE CMS SMS aggregator and activity tracking system and provide regular feedback on performance
  • Ensure data quality through regular data quality assessment visits to states and project communities
  • Provide regular feedback to states on data quality and performance against project milestone

Research and Documentation:

  • Coordinate and manage the administration of NE CMS pre and post test and matching interest to work assessment
  • Coordinate data entry and archival of pre and posttest questionnaire and matching interest to work assessment
  • Develop and dissemination monthly learning data and update of Performance data table
  • Ensure proper storage of project evaluation data including pre and posttest, matching Interest to Work Assessment and school performance records
  • Perform regular archival and retrieval of project documents, data, reports and email communications

Communication and Capacity Building:

  • Actively participate in meetings and processes to promote effective program management (through strong MEL practices)
  • Strengthen staff capacity in interpretation and use of both routine data collection and periodic evaluation/assessment tools through comprehensive training and coaching.
  • Improve data quality through supportive supervisory visits to implementing partner staffs and beneficiaries
  • Problem-solve with others to address shortfalls in monitoring, evaluation and information management that affect program implementation.
  • Utilize internal Mercy Corps global online information-sharing resources to enhance organizational learning.
  • Support development of abstracts and success stories through provision of information and data

Team Management:

  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where you and team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
  • Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
  • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.

Finance & Compliance Management:

  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to emergency programming.
  • Draft and/or review scope of work to hire and manage any technical consultants, including review for technical efficacy and contract budget.

Influence & Representation:

  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.

Security:

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.

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 toward 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.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Postgraduate Degree in Development Studies, Social Sciences, or relevant field, with a strong foundation in Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Minimum of 4 years of M&E work experience in international development required; ideal candidate will have both theoretical and practical background in M&E
  • Knowledge of program development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting.
  • Experience supervising M&E teams and building team capacity to deliver high-quality results.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, including experience with: Excel, PowerPoint, and at least one statistical data analysis software
  • Familiarity and experience in large-scale secondary education or school to work and especially targeting marginalized girls or young women programs preferred.
  • Experience working in Northern States of Nigeria.
  • Fluency in written and verbal English required, Hausa/ Kanuri is an added advantage.

Success Factors

  • Commitment to achieve results in a timely manner.
  • Trustworthiness and integrity.
  • Committed to humanitarian and development values and principles.
  • Strong people-management skills.
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Cultural sensitivity.
  • Gender equity and protection sensitive.
  • Creative solutions to problems.
  • S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative and complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential.
  • The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
  • Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours .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.

 

 

Job Title: Conflict Management and Reconciliation Advisor
Location
: Maiduguri
Program / Department Summary

  • For years, the Northeast of Nigeria has been plagued by insurgency and a dire humanitarian crisis The intense focus on humanitarian and counter-violence activities, coupled with increasingly complex conflict dynamics in the region, has exposed gaps in the international community’s response to new and emerging sources of violence. Tensions between IDPs and host communities, resistance of communities to accept former fighters and their victims, fear of IDPs to return home and face tensions with those who stayed behind – these are just several evolving sources of conflict.
  • If these issues are not addressed in a timely manner through locally- owned solutions, they have the potential to intensify and worsen the on-going crisis in the NE. The North East Conflict Management and Stabilisation Initiative is an expansion from a pilot phase implemented by a consortium from August 2016 to March 2017.
  • The project will result in increased peace within and between communities and increased confidence in government and security institutions to address the root causes of conflict and violent extremism in Borno State.

General Position Summary

  • The Conflict Management and Reconciliation Advisor will provide technical, management, and strategic vision to the implementation of the governance and advocacy component by working with the project staff, national partners, to ensure that the program meets performance-based targets on-time and within budget, as per DfID requirements.
  • S/he will coordinate governance and advocacy programming in the building of community trust in the ability of the Local and State Government to address the root causes of youth participation in violence in Borno.

Essential Job Responsibilities
Program Management:

  • Provide technical leadership and guidance in the implementation and management of innovative governance and advocacy initiatives aligned to the NE CMS logical framework and project impact goal.
  • Provide sector oversight and guidance in the implementation of Conflict Management and Reconciliation activities aligned with the project log frame and budget.
  • Work with the NEC MS the Consortium Partners and other implementing partners on the Conflict Management and Reconciliation component of the project.
  • Build the technical capacity of project staff in Conflict Management and Reconciliation skills that are relevant to the implementation of the project through training and continuous mentoring. Submit a clear capacity building plan for this process.
  • Conduct periodic field visits to ensure the quality and integrity of project implementation, including adherence to technical guidelines, administrative systems, and established deadlines.
  • Provide technical and sector inputs to/ during planning, organising and coordination of project monitoring processes, assessments, surveys, researches and evaluations.
  • Support the Project Manager in ensuring that the overall goal and specific objectives to the conflict management and reconciliation component of the project are achieved.
  • Develop a detailed activity plan for the Conflict Management and Reconciliation component and submit to the project manager for review and re-alignment with the main work plan within the first month of employment.
  • Compile and submit in time for review; evidence based weekly, monthly, quarterly, bi-annual and annual technical reports and activity plans
  • Develop and submit weekly and monthly activity plans in time for review and prior to implementation.
  • Ensure integration and coordination with other components within the project for the attainment of holistic project impact.

Team Management:

  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
  • Assist in the technical supervision, hire and orientation of new team members as necessary.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
  • Implement performance planning and management systems, establish performance expectations with team members, and regularly provide constructive feedback on team members’ performance.
  • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.

Finance & Compliance Management:

  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to the project implementation.
  • Draft and /or review scope of work to hire and manage any technical consultants, including review for technical efficacy and contract budget.

Influence & Representation:

  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with governments and other stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
  • Proactively form relationships implementing partners to complement DFID funding.
  • Represent NE CMS on Conflict Management and Reconciliation issues at technical and strategic planning meetings, or as requested by the Project Manager.

Security:

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that you together with the team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.

Accountability to Beneficiaries

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward 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.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Master’s Degree or its equivalent in Conflict Management, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, Social Sciences or other relevant field.
  • A minimum of 7 years of progressive work experience including at least 2 years in a senior management or technical advisory role on governance/advocacy or developmental programs.
  • Strong understanding of UKAID compliance issues.
  • Strong management skills, with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues in highly insecure environment. Experience managing a multi-organizational team (international and national partners) is a plus.
  • Experience working in North East Nigeria strongly preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Hausa/ Kanuri required, including report development, writing and editing.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Demonstrated experience working with State-level ministries and Local Government Area government officials.

Success Factors

  • Commitment to achieve results in a timely manner.
  • Trustworthiness and integrity.
  • Committed to humanitarian and development values and principles.
  • Strong people-management skills.
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Cultural sensitivity.
  • Gender equity and protection sensitive.
  • Creative solutions to problems.
  • S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative and complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential.
  • The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
  • Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours .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.

 

 

Job Title: Deputy Project Manager
Location:
Maiduguri, Borno
Program / Department Summary

  • For years, the Northeast of Nigeria has been plagued by insurgency and a dire humanitarian crisis.
  • The intense focus on humanitarian and counter-violence activities, coupled with increasingly complex conflict dynamics in the region, has exposed gaps in the international community’s response to new and emerging sources of violence.
  • Tensions between IDPs and host communities, resistance of communities to accept former fighters and their victims, fear of IDPs to return home and face tensions with those who stayed behind – these are just several evolving sources of conflict.
  • If these issues are not addressed in a timely manner through locally- owned solutions, they have the potential to intensify and worsen the on-going crisis in the NE.
  • The North East Conflict Management and Stabilisation Initiative is an expansion from a pilot phase implemented by a consortium from August 2016 to March 2017.
  • The project will result in increased peace within and between communities and increased confidence in government and security institutions to address the root causes of conflict and violent extremism in Borno State.

Essential Job Responsibilities
Strategy & Vision:

  • Lead the development of the overall vision and strategic plan for the project
  • Recognize and adapt policies that are favourable and sustainable

Project Management:

  • Support the project management in ensuring that the overall goal and objectives of the project are achieved.
  • Facilitate effective implementation of the project activities at community level by providing hands-on support to the Senior Project Officers (SPO), the M&E team and the sub grantee staff.
  • Work in close collaboration with the sector project managers in the planning and monitoring of field activities.
  • Coordinate centralised meetings, trainings and events organised by the project; ensure detailed reports/ minutes are captured, effectively follow-up on invitations, provide timely updates on progress made. Compile a project chart on all schedules
  • Develop and ensure prior submission of your weekly, monthly work plan for review by the project management
  • Work in collaboration with the sub grantees to provide technical support to the field staff and build their capacities in areas relevant to the project.
  • Represent the project on delegated forums and submit a written report within a day of concluding the assignment.
  • Draft field progress reports: weekly, monthly, quarterly, Bi-annual and annual reports. In accordance with the standard DFID reporting format and in addition to any internally developed formats.
  • Ensure that the SPOs and the PA submit timely reports: weekly, monthly, quarterly, Bi-annual and annual reports. In accordance with the standard DFID reporting format and in addition to any internally developed formats.
  • Support other Mercy Corps interventions within the project area.
  • Perform any other duties asked of you that are relevant to the attainment of the project goal.

Team Management:

  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
  • Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
  • Implement performance planning and management systems, establish performance expectations with team members, and regularly provide constructive feedback on team members’ performance.
  • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.

Finance & Compliance Management:

  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to emergency programming.
  • Draft and /or review scope of work to hire and manage any technical consultants, including review for technical efficacy and contract budget.

Influence & Representation:

  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with governments and other stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
  • Proactively form relationships community members to complement UKAID funding.
  • Represent NECSMI on governance issues at technical and strategic planning meetings, or as requested by the Director of Gender Programs.

Security:

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies
  • Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.

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 toward 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.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Master’s Degree or its equivalent in International Relations, Development Studies, Management, Social Sciences, International Development or other relevant field.
  • A minimum of 7 years of progressive work experience including at least 2 years in a senior management or technical advisory role on conflict and or developmental programs
  • Strong understanding of UKAID compliance issues.
  • Strong management skills, with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues in high security environment.  Experience managing a multi-organizational team (international and national partners) is a plus.
  • Experience working in Northern Nigeria strongly preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Hausa/ Kanuri required, including report development, writing and editing.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Demonstrated experience working with country-level ministries and government officials, Ministry of Education experience preferred.

Success Factors

  • Commitment to achieve results in a timely manner.
  • Trustworthiness and integrity.
  • Committed to humanitarian and development values and principles.
  • Strong people-management skills.
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Cultural sensitivity.
  • Gender equity and protection sensitive.
  • Creative solutions to problems.
  • S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative and complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential.
  • The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
  • Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours .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.

 

 

 

Job Title: Governance and Advocacy Advisor
Location:
Maiduguri, Borno
Program/Department Summary

  • For years, the Northeast of Nigeria has been plagued by insurgency and a dire humanitarian crisis. The intense focus on humanitarian and counter-violence activities, coupled with increasingly complex conflict dynamics in the region, has exposed gaps in the international community’s response to new and emerging sources of violence.
  • Tensions between IDPs and host communities, resistance of communities to accept former fighters and their victims, fear of IDPs to return home and face tensions with those who stayed behind – these are just several evolving sources of conflict.
  • If these issues are not addressed in a timely manner through locally- owned solutions, they have the potential to intensify and worsen the on-going crisis in the NE.
  • The North East Conflict Management and Stabilisation Initiative is an expansion from a pilot phase implemented by a consortium from August 2016 to March 2017.
  • The project will result in increased peace within and between communities and increased confidence in government and security institutions to address the root causes of conflict and violent extremism in Borno State.

General Position Summary

  • The Governance and Advocacy Advisor will provide technical, management, and strategic vision to the implementation of the governance and advocacy component by working with the project staff, national partners, to ensure that the program meets performance-based targets on-time and within budget, as per DfIDrequirements.
  • H/she will coordinate governance and advocacy programming in the building of community trust in the ability of the Local and State Government to address the root causes of youth participation in violence in Borno.

Essential Job Responsibilities
Program Management:

  • Provide technical leadership and guidance in the implementation and management of innovative governance and advocacy initiativesaligned to the NE CMS logical framework and project impact goal.
  • Provide sector oversight and guidance in the implementation of governance and advocacy activities aligned with the project log frame and budget.
  • Work with the NEC MS partners and other implementers on the governance and advocacy component of the project.
  • Build the technical capacity of project staff in governance and advocacy skills that are relevant to the implementation of the project through training and continuous mentoring. Submit a clear capacity building plan for this process.
  • Conduct periodic field visits to ensure the quality and integrity of project implementation, including adherence to technical guidelines, administrative systems, and established deadlines.
  • Provide technical and sector inputs to/ during planning, organising and coordination of projectmonitoring processes, assessments, surveys, researches and evaluations.
  • Support the projectmanagement in ensuring that the overall goal and specific objectives to the governance and advocacy component of the projectare achieved.
  • Develop a detailed activity plan for the Governance and Advocacy component and submit to the project manager for review and re-alignment with the main work plan within the first month of employment.
  • Compile and submit in time for review; evidence based  weekly, monthly, quarterly, bi-annual and annual technical reports and activity plans
  • Develop and submit weekly and monthly activity plans in time for review and prior to implementation.
  • Ensure integration and coordination with other components within the project for the attainment of holistic project impact.

Team Management:

  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where you and other team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
  • Assist in the technical supervision, hire and orientation of new team members as necessary.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
  • Implement performance planning and management systems, establish performance expectations with team members, and regularly provide constructive feedback on team members’ performance.
  • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.

Finance & Compliance Management:

  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to theproject implementation.
  • Draft and /or review scope of work to hire and manage any technical consultants, including review for technical efficacy and contract budget.

Influence & Representation:

  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with governments and other stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
  • Proactively form relationships implementing partners to complement DFID funding.
  • Represent NE CMSon governance and advocacy issue at technical and strategic planning meetings, or as requested by the Project Manager.

Security:

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that you together with the team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.

Accountability to Beneficiaries:

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward 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.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Master’s Degree or its equivalent in International Relations, International Development, Development Studies, Management, Social Sciences or other relevant field.
  • A minimum of 7 years of progressive work experience including at least 2 years in a senior management or technical advisory role on governance/advocacy or developmental programs.
  • Strong understanding of UKAID compliance issues.
  • Strong management skills, with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues in highlyinsecure environment. Experience managing a multi-organizational team (international and national partners) is a plus.
  • Experience working in North East Nigeria strongly preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Hausa/ Kanuri required, including report development, writing and editing.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Demonstrated experience working with State-level ministries and Local Government Area government officials.

Success Factors

  • Commitment to achieve results in a timely manner.
  • Trustworthiness and integrity.
  • Committed to humanitarian and development values and principles.
  • Strong people-management skills.
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Cultural sensitivity.
  • Gender equity and protection sensitive.
  • Creative solutions to problems.
  • S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative and complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region.
  • Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential.
  • The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
  • Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours .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.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their CV’s and Cover Letter in one document, addressing the position requirements to: ng-recruitment.nigeria@mercycorps.org All applications must include the position title in the subject line.

Note: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview and we are an equal opportunity organization so women are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

 

Application Deadline: 16th August 2017.

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