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Job Title: Adolescent Girls Program Manager
General Position Summary
Program Manager, as a member of the humanitarian team, will provide
leadership and management for the EU Trust Fund funded project called “
Investing in the Safety and Integrity of Nigerian Girls (I-SING)” . S/he
will set and lead the technical and management side of the program with
a focus on gender and protection issues as they relate to adolescent
girls and boys.
Corps has been present in Nigeria since December 2012, focusing its
interventions on adolescent girls’ empowerment, economic development and
conflict mitigation. In mid-2014 Mercy Corps has decided to address the
rising humanitarian needs among displaced households and vulnerable
host communities by in the north east Nigeria and started its
With funding from humanitarian donors
including OFDA, FFP, EU and ECHO the humanitarian program has been
focusing on food assistance, non-food items distribution, protection,
livelihoods support, WASH and capacity building of humanitarian response
“Investing in the Safety and Integrity of Nigerian Girls
(I-SING)” is a two year program that aims to improve the safety,
livelihoods and personal agency of adolescent girls in North East
Nigeria. Program investment will go to the activities in protection,
informal education, and economic opportunity. While the primary target
are adolescent girls, boys will also be program participants. The
program will be implemented in three states: Borno (southern part),
Gombe and Adamawa.
All Mercy Corps interventions in Nigeria are implemented in a conflict and gender sensitive manner.
Essential Job Functions
- Oversee program start-up and ongoing program management and administration of teams across various field locations.
that program implementation is responsive to communities, authorities,
partners and consistent with Mercy Corps’ program guidelines,
principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan.
- Ensure that beneficiaries are effectively targeted according to established vulnerability criteria
and oversee program implementation strategies, including partnership
frameworks, beneficiary targeting, distribution processes and capacity
building of partners as needed.
- Initiate needs assessments,
surveys and other data gathering tools to ensure that Mercy Corps has
continued access to updated information and is able to address emerging
needs in timely manner
- Integrate community approaches and capacity building into all activities as appropriate.
- Ensure program implementation is on time, target and budget, using effective M&E systems to achieve the desired impact
and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of
financial resources and timely, accurate and informative reporting in
line with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures
- Fulfill Mercy Corps Program Management Minimum Standards based on the organization-wide guide.
- Lead the program team in implementation of the program activities
- Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect in which team members strive to achieve excellence
- Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews
- Hire, orient and supervise new team members as necessary
- Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives
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, Operations and Compliance Management
- Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to the I-SING program
- Manage program budget
demonstrate flexibility, resilience and ability to maintain positive
relationships and composure, even under difficult circumstances
- Maintain high ethical standards and treat people with respect and dignity
- Demonstrate an awareness of his/her own strengths and development needs
Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards
accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international
standards guiding international relief and development work while
actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the
design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
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.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: program staff
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Team Leader
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: operations, finance, other peer program managers, TSU team members, and others.
Knowledge And Experience Required
- MA or equivalent in relevant field
years of field experience in international relief and/or development
programs, including in managing programs in transitional or emergency
- Experience in adolescent programing, gender or general protection programming is essential.
- Previous working experience in Africa required
success working effectively and respectfully with host country
governments, private sector, INGO, NGO partners and other stakeholders
in complex environments
- Successful and proven negotiation, communication and organization skills
- Excellent oral and written English skills
- Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment
- Fluency in Hausa is a plus
successful candidate will provide effective leadership and management
of the I-SING program activities, staff and resources. S/he will be
capable of multi-tasking, rapid decision-making, have initiative, drive
and a lot of energy, as well as high emotional intelligence,
constructive mentoring skills and proven experience with capacity
building. S/he will be committed to long-term program sustainability and
the delivery of high-impact activities at the community level.
Successful Mercy Corps team members have a strong commitment to teamwork
and accountability, thrive in evolving and challenging environments,
and make effective written and verbal communication a priority.
position will be based in Gombe town ( Gombe state) or Biu town, Borno
state, Nigeria and it requires substantial amount of travel between
field locations in Gombe, Adamawa and Borno states. Considering the
frequent travel from/to different field locations, this position will
require flexibility in terms of accommodation and logistics. Housing
will be in hotels or guesthouse where available. Security in the field
locations require additional vigilance and accessibility will be
Access to good medical services in north
east is limited. Phone communication, internet, electricity and water
is available but might be erratic.
The location is eligible for
hardship and R&R (every 10 weeks) benefits. Working hours require
flexibility and working through weekends/evenings might be necessary.
Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work
hours when deployed in a field posting. Team members are expected to
conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws,
customs and Mercy Corps policies, procedures, and values at all times
and in all locations.
How to Apply
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