Job Opportunities in a Humanitarian Organisation in Nigeria (Mercy Corps)

Mercy Corps Nigeria’s humanitarian program aims to provide assistance to
populations affected by the crisis in Northeast Nigeria. With funding
from humanitarian donors including OFDA, FFP, and ECHO the humanitarian
programs engage in several interventions including but not limited to
food
assistance, logistics and relief commodities, protection,
livelihoods, WASH and capacity building of humanitarian response actors.
Mercy Corps plans to scale up and expand its humanitarian response in
Northeast Nigeria to reach more beneficiaries with additional and varied
assistance in a wider geographic area.

Mercy Corps Nigeria is recruiting to fill the job positions of:

Job Title:  Operations Assistant
Location:
Biu – Borno State
General Position Summary

  • The operations assistant will provide support to the operations
    officer for facilitating and executing different aspects of procurement,
    logistics and administration responsibilities.
  • S/he will work extensively with other departments to ensure that
    all program support activities are implemented successfully and timely.

Essential Job Functions
Procurement:

  • Possesses a full understanding of MC procurement policies and formats to undertake procurement responsibilities.
  • Assists staff as needed on creating clear and understandable purchase requests and other procurement documentation.
  • Collects quotations and bids from the market for requests as per Mercy Corps standard policies.
  • Ensures that required documentation of supplies and transactions are completed and filled correctly.
  • Maintains and updates procurement files as often as required
  • Assists with payment requests and follows up with status to ensure vendor payment is done in a timely manner.

Logistics and Assets:

  • Ensure that all assets in Biu office are tagged and transferred from one user to the other through proper documentations
  • Participates in regular assets inventory and checks at minimum on a quarterly basis
  • Ensures all assets are maintained and in good condition, through proper documentation
  • Assists in the operation of generator, inverter other office equipment as well as monitors the servicing schedule.
  • Support in the preparation of monthly assets, inventory report as required

Administration:

  • Maintains appropriate filing systems for office correspondence, ensure proper tracking of office correspondence.
  • Supports operations officer to ensure that the office is run in a
    professional and responsible manner including hosting guests, cleaning,
    receptionist duties and general contact and liaison with outside
    agencies.
  • Ensures office has sufficient office supplies, such as stationary, cleaning supplies, office supplies.
  • Makes all necessary travel and lodging arrangements for visitors, and follow up on documentation as well as prompt payment
  • Be the focal person for guest houses cleaning maintenance and follow up on supplies

General:

  • Adherence to all MC policies and procedures as outlined in MC policies and procedure manuals;
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in
    such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize
    its humanitarian mission in country of operation;
  • Other duties as will be assigned from time to time.

Knowledge and Experience

  • BA/S in relevant field preferred
  • Minimum 1 year of experience working in operations (logistics or
    procurement), preferably within an NGO, international business or
    related field.
  • Good organization skills.
  • A demonstrated ability to multi-task and process information into action to avoid delays in program implementation.
  • A clear understanding of procurement ethics and donor compliance is essential.
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Good interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills
  • Good oral and written skills and computer skills
  • Strong computer skills on MS office programs
  • Fluency in English; fluency in Hausa is required.

Success Factors:

  • The successful candidate will have a can-do attitude. Ideally
    s/he will have previous experience in working in large-scale emergency
    programs in insecure and conflict-affected contexts. Conscientious with
    high work ethics.
  • All applications must include the position title in the subject
    line and not more than 4 pages. Only short-listed candidates will be
    contacted.
  • We are an equal opportunity organization and we strongly encourage women to apply for this position.

Job Title: Monitoring & Evaluation Assistant
Location:
Biu – Borno State
General Position Summary

  • Under the direction of the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer,
    the M&E Assistant will be responsible for the monitoring of project
    activities at project sites.
  • These activities include: beneficiaries verification, monitoring
    of project activities, collecting data through surveys and interviews,
    participating in the assessments and submitting routine reports.

Essential Job Functions

  • Assist in data collection, illustrating project activities progress and impact
  • Conduct beneficiary names verification, ensuring they meet agreed project target criteria
  • Assist in monitoring of program activities, including
    distributions, trainings, to ensure that intended assistance is
    delivered to registered beneficiaries as scheduled,
  • Ensure all the activities are conducted in full respect to the humanitarian principles and in organized and dignified way
  • Participate in surveys, assessments, Focus Groups Discussions
  • Ensure proper filing, handling and movement of project files
  • Assist in data entry into the project databases
  • Assist in designing data entry tools and monitoring tools, as required
  • Share and document lessons learned
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in
    such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize
    its humanitarian mission.
  • Adherence to all MC policies and procedures as outlined in MC policies and procedure manuals;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Preferably a Bachelor’s degree in a related field: Social
    Sciences, Development Studies, Education, etc. or at least one year of
    work experience in a related discipline.
  • Experience in community work with previous experience in project monitoring, preferably with an NGO within Borno States.
  • Demonstrated skills in planning, organizing, analyzing and reporting.
  • Ability to interact effectively with various community members,
    conducting him/herself with sensitivity and respect towards others
  •  Willingness, ability to perform field work and work under pressure.
  • Excellent computer skills – Word and Excel are required;
  • Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills
  • Fluency in English and Hausa is a must

Success Factors:

  • The successful candidate will be an effective communicator, with
    dedication towards evidence based community work, commitment to work
    long hours in the field conditions with limited access to resources.
  • S/He will be highly motivated, with initiative and capable to work without direct supervision.
  • S/he will be willing to conduct field travels and work in ethnically and culturally diversified and fast growing team.

Job Title: Monitoring & Evaluation Officer (ISING)
Location:
Biu – Borno State
General Position Summary

  • The ISING Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Officer
    will support other ISING project sectors with technical oversight and
    direction on all monitoring and evaluation needs across implementing
    area.
  • S/he will support the ISING Program Manager in ensuring timely and quality reporting.
  • The ISING MEL Officer will provide program staff with the
    information and training to capture monitoring metrics regularly and
    efficiently.
  • S/he will support data collection, analysis activities and
    regularly providing technical oversight, problem-solving and support.
    S/he will report to the ISING Program Manager.

Essential Job Functions

  • In coordination with ISING program staff, adapt existing M&E
    systems to monitor and evaluate project activities and impact, in
    accordance with existing Mercy Corps DM&E guidelines.
  • Manage capturing data across ISING program interventions and analyze data collected during monitoring and evaluation activities.
  • Oversee data tracking and analysis on regular basis and ensure that data and metrics in field reports are accurate.
  • Write, edit, and summarize field reports to develop quality and
    informative monthly and quarterly reports for donors and internal teams.
  • Work with the ISING program team to identify opportunities to innovate M&E systems.
  • In partnership with ISING program team document lessons learned
    and best practices for dissemination within Mercy Corps, to donors,
    other agencies and interested parties
  • Support pre and post monitoring, need assessments, survey, focus
    groups and evaluation or verification as well as other studies at the
    project level.
  • Utilize standard Mercy Corps assessment tools and help in developing new tools.
  • Provide input on the design and implementation of baseline studies, mid-term evaluations and final evaluations.
  • Conduct regular field visits to meet the beneficiaries,
    coordinate with project officers, to capture data correctly and
    efficiently to ensure regular and accurate information.
  • Track and report lessons learned, prepare success stories about
    the ISING program and share with management for wider circulation.
  • Work closely with ISING program teams for filing/archiving documentation both softcopies and hardcopies.
  • Maintain relevant ISING program and correspondence files related with DM&E.
  • Manage M&E tasks related to closing out projects and checking final project evaluation documents.
  • Adherence to all MC policies and procedures as outlined in MC policies and procedure manuals;
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in
    such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize
    its humanitarian mission in country of operation;
  • Other duties as assigned.
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Knowledge and Experience

  • BA/S in relevant field or other similar field; MA/MS/MBA or equivalent preferred.
  • At least 1 year of experience in development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation or other learning efforts is required.
  • Experience developing and disseminating regular communication materials and updates
  • Experience conducting rapid needs assessments.
  • Experience representing the organization and its interests to a
    diverse range of local and international government officials, local
    civil society organizations, other international organizations, the
    media and the public.
  • Proficiency with MS Office software required (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Experience with social media and other multi-media tools preferred.
  • Demonstrated training and facilitation experience
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Demonstrated strengths in analytical skills, monitoring and evaluation, and report writing
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis software such as SPSS, EPI Info and mobile data collection platforms preferable
  • Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills
  • Excellent oral and written skills and computer skills
  • Fluency in English; fluency in Hausa is required.

Success Factors:

  • Skilled writer and synthesizer of diverse and complex
    information, helping teams generate new insights into their work, the
    needs of their countries and the region, and how program impact can be
    scaled.
  • Talent for organizing and cataloguing information essential
  • Sense of creativity essential
  • Positive attitude and ability to work well on a team is essential
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures,
    meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team
    members is required
  • Ability to understand the larger picture while remaining focused on the details
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people
  • Conscientious, with an excellent sense of judgment

 
Job Title:  WASH Officer
Location:
Biu – Borno State
General Position Summary

  • The Wash Officer is responsible for both the soft and hardware
    components of the sanitation infrastructure activities of the Wash
    program in targeted implementation area.
  • The Wash officer will assist in supervision of the all works
    related to implementing infrastructure improvement; and provide input on
    monitoring and evaluation of the project.

Essential Job Functions

  • Under the guidance of WASH Program Manager, supervise the
    implementation of the program in the field, and provide input into
    design and improvement of WASH infrastructure in targeted areas.
  • Perform the planning of –and organize and ensure quality performance of- monitoring of WASH projects.
  • Ensure and promote appropriate health messages related to water, sanitation and hygiene behaviors in targeted communities
  • Promote community involvement and ownership in all water and sanitation activities and infrastructure projects
  • Organize and Supervise processes like borehole drilling and well constructions at the program site level.
  • Organize Supervises water treatment activities in general, at
    the program site level and makes sure that the consumables are timely
    replenished
  • Organize and supervise the latrine construction process at the program site level.
  • Organize the mobilization of families or communities to participate in the WASH program activities.
  • Ensures inclusion of protection principles like gender
    segregation, adaptation to meet the gender-specific and disablement
    needs, in the design and implementation of the program.
  • Perform regular progress visits of the projects sites, and final
    inspection of completed water and sanitation infrastructure projects,
    and ensure that technical, safety and environmental standards have been
    met.
  • Conduct regular quality control and activities’ monitoring to
    the water and sanitation infrastructure project conducted by contractor.
  • Provide regular capacity building and mentoring to Community
    Water Groups (CWG) on water and sanitation issues, and monitor their
    evolution.
  • Organize and conduct focus group discussion on WASH related topics, including the importance of WASH in Nutrition programming.
  • Prepare project designs, estimates and drawings as required,
    including a list of materials & labor, technical specifications
    needed, contract documents and project implementation plans.
  • Based on the complexity of design or magnitude of the project,
    advise if the project should be managed by a qualified contractor or
    through a community managed process.
  • Provide training to the program teams for the preparation of construction, supervision check-list or each engineering design.
  • Review and finalize each construction supervision check-list prepared by the program teams.
  • Assist the procurement manager by providing all technical
    specifications needed for preparing tenders, in addition to assisting
    the procurement team by reviewing the technical profiles from
    contractors.
  • Provide advice on the official handing over of projects to communities/beneficiaries.
  • Security savvy, s/he Complies to -and sets the good example for the respect of- security measures and regulations in place.
  • Adherence to all MC policies and procedures as outlined in MC policies and procedure manuals;
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in
    such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize
    its humanitarian mission in country of operation;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Experience

  • BA/S or higher in Water and/or Environmental Engineering, Civil
    Engineering, Public Health or other relevant background and/or relevant
    experience in water and sanitation that related to slum upgrading
    program.
  • 3-4+ years in community based water and sanitation project preferably in urban context
  • Experience in water supply systems: boreholes, pumping, basic hydraulics, etc.
  • Fluency in both verbal and written English highly preferred.
  • Multi-tasking, coordination, organization, prioritization skills essential.
  • Highly-developed computers skills, with strong familiarity with
    MS Office, Power point, Outlook, Excel, Word, and infrastructure design
    software
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively with team members required.
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Demonstrated strengths in analytical skills, monitoring and evaluation, and report writing
  • Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills
  • Excellent oral and written skills and computer skills
  • Fluency in English; fluency in Hausa is required.

Success Factors:

  • The successful candidate will combine curiosity and strong
    technical skills, experience in WASH programs, and a want-to-do
    attitude. S/he will be an effective communicator, with dedication
    towards community work, commitment to work long hours in the field
    conditions with limited access to resources.
  • S/He will be highly motivated, with initiative and capable to work with limited direct supervision.
  • Ideally s/he will have previous experience in working in
    large-scale emergency programs in insecure and conflict-affected
    contexts, including remote management and capacity development.
  • S/he will be willing to conduct several days-long field travels
    and work in ethnically and culturally diversified and fast growing team

Job Title: Senior Program Officer – Cash Voucher
Location:
Biu – Borno State
General Position Summary

  • The Cash and Vouchers Senior Program Officer is responsible for
    the day-to-day implementation of unconditional cash (UCT), cash for work
    (CFW) and using systems are in place to support cash transfer
    programming in Northeast Nigeria (Borno state).
  • The Senior Program Officer will work closely with the Team
    Leader, Deputy Team Leader, MEL team, Head of Office, and support staff
    (including finance, operations, and administration) to ensure that
    activities are implemented according to schedule, budget and required
    quality. The position includes the daily management of program staff.
  • The Cash and Vouchers Senior Program Officer reports directly to
    the Deputy Team Leader and will work closely and coordinate with other
    sectors.

Essential Job Functions
Strategy and Vision:

  • Recognize opportunities to evolve the current humanitarian
    portfolio into a more effective and impactful portfolio addressing the
    changing needs of conflict-affected populations.
  • Contribute to country-wide strategy development.

Representation and Coordination:

  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with communities, local authorities and other stakeholders.
  • Ensure effective coordination with relevant working groups, UN, ICRC and colleagues I/NGO agencies.
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Program Management:

  • Oversee the implementation of UCT and CFW activities and administration of the teams across program field locations;
  • Develop activity work plans and manage day-to-day activity implementation;
  • Ensure that program implementation is responsive to community
    needs, meets targets, and is carried out in line with best practices;
  • Ensure that beneficiaries are effectively targeted according to vulnerability criteria;
  • Establish and maintain effective program reporting, and
    monitoring and evaluation systems (to track, analyze and report on
    results) for both internal and external use;
  • Integrate community approaches, protection mainstreaming, gender
    sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate;
  • Ensure program filing system is in place, adheres to internal and donor regulation and filing is regularly maintained;
  • Adhere to all MC policies related to security, operations and transport/ logistics information related to programming.
  • Team Management
  • Supervise, hire and orient team members, as necessary;
  • 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;
  • 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.
  • Identify any gaps or capacity needs within the team and ensure
    training and capacity building is incorporated into program planning.

Finance & Compliance Management:

  • Ensure compliance with all donor and Mercy Corps regulations;
  • Oversee the UCT and CFW activity budgets and project monthly cash flow.

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.

Other:

  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in
    such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize
    its humanitarian mission.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Experience

  • MA/MS/MBA in relevant field required.
  • Minimum 4-5 years of experience working on the development,
    implementation, administration and compliance of a field-based
    international development or humanitarian program; specifically in
    economic recovery.
  • Prior experience implementing livelihoods programs is essential, preferably in conflict settings.
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders to identify beneficiaries according to criteria required.
  • Experience with running assessments, monitoring and evaluation and other learning efforts required.
  • Experience representing the organization and its interests to a
    diverse range of local and international government officials, local
    civil society organizations, other international organizations, the
    media and the public.
  • Commitment to renewing and maintaining knowledge of best practices
  • Demonstrated training and facilitation experience
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Demonstrated strengths in analytical skills, monitoring and evaluation, and report writing
  • Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills
  • Excellent oral and written skills and computer skills
  • Fluency in English; fluency in Hausa is required.

Success Factors:

  • Must be able to work independently and show initiative. Strong leadership, communication, and management skills are essential.
  • Understanding of humanitarian principles and their application to program implementation is required.
  • Ability to supervise, mentor and coach a diverse team.
  • Must be able to problem solve and multi-task on a range of administrative and programmatic issues.

Job Title:  Deputy Program Manager (ISING)
Location:
Biu – Borno State
General Position Summary

  • The Deputy Program Manager supports the ISING Program Manager in
    the day to day implementation of project activities in the Gombe and
    Borno states of Northeast Nigeria.
  • S/he will work closely with the ISING project MEL officer,
    Gender & Protection officer and Livelihoods officer to ensure smooth
    project implementation and delivery of project objectives.
  • In the absence of the Program Manager, the Deputy Program
    Manager will act on their behalf, managing the project and work closely
    both with management and support staff (including finance,
    administration and program) in Northeast Nigeria to ensure the day to
    day activities are implemented according to schedule, budget and
    required quality.
  • The Deputy Project Manager reports directly to the ISING Program Manager.

Essential Job Functions

  • Directly support the Program Manager in managing all operations
    and activities related to the ISING project in Northeast Nigeria
    according to the work plan, project document and implementation
    strategy.
  • Troubleshoot, as needed, to prevent disruptions in daily program activities and liaise with Program Manager as necessary. 
  • In close collaboration with the Program Manager build the ISING
    Program Officer & Assistant team ensuring that there are fluent
    communication channels that the reporting schedule is timely met and
    that projects objectives are achieved.
  • Coordinate and share information to ensure overall projects
    targets and donor obligations are being achieved. Troubleshoot on
    reporting and programmatic needs. Advise supervisor on suggested
    improvements and necessities, as required.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of trainings in any
    areas related to the ISING activities for staff, communities and project
    beneficiaries.
  • Closely coordinate and share information with the various
    sectors of the ISING project staff including gender and livelihoods and
    general program support with regular program meetings and activity
    plans.
  • Coordinate closely with the Program Manager and relevant
    administrative and finance staff to ensure proper logistics,
    administration, human resources and transport needs of the project are
    conducted within MC policy and with the maximum benefit to the project.
  • Support the ISING Program Manager in forecasting expenditure
    surpluses and deficits to enable adjustments to be made to the project
    in a timely fashion.
  • Build capacity of national staff under their supervision (program officers and assistants)
  • Ensure establishment and maintenance of relationships with communities, and local government in the target locations.
  • Support the Program Manager in overseeing the project filing
    system for all ISING related activities and ensure that information is
    organized accordingly to the reporting and auditing needs of the
    project. Ensure required levels of confidentiality.
  • Mobilize communities to participate in the design,
    implementation and maintenance of projects as well as design viable
    strategies which are both respectful with the local culture and are
    gender sensitive and effective in engaging women in the activities of
    the project.
  • Provide direct and ongoing supervision and managerial support to all national ISING program officers and assistants.
  • Provide written and oral translation and report writing for program staff, as necessary;
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in
    such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize
    its humanitarian mission.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Experience

  • MA/MS/MBA in relevant field required.
  • Minimum 4-5 years of experience working on the development,
    implementation, administration and compliance of a field-based
    international development or humanitarian program; specifically in
    economic recovery.
  • Prior experience implementing livelihoods programs is essential, preferably in conflict settings.
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders to identify beneficiaries according to criteria required.
  • Experience with running assessments, monitoring and evaluation and other learning efforts required.
  • Experience representing the organization and its interests to a
    diverse range of local and international government officials, local
    civil society organizations, other international organizations, the
    media and the public.
  • Commitment to renewing and maintaining knowledge of best practices
  • Demonstrated training and facilitation experience
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Demonstrated strengths in analytical skills, monitoring and evaluation, and report writing
  • Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills
  • Excellent oral and written skills and computer skills
  • Fluency in English; fluency in Hausa is required.

Success Factors:

  • Must be able to work independently and show initiatives.
  • Strong leadership and management skills are essential.
    Understanding of humanitarian principles and application in program
    implementation.
  • Community liaison skills necessary. Ability to supervise, mentor and coach a diverse team.
  • Must be able to multi task on a diverse range of technical
    supervision issues as well as supervising the daily smooth running of
    the project.


How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should submit CV’s and Cover Letter
in one document, addressing the position requirements to: ng-recruitment@mercycorps.org

Application Deadline  26th August, 2016.

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