Vacancy at Mercy Corps for a Deputy Country Director

Mercy Corps is an international relief and development organization
working in over 40 countries worldwide helping people build secure,
productive and just communities.

Mercy Corps has been operating
in Nigeria since December 2012, with a staff of around 100 people
working in twelve states of Nigeria, predominantly in the north and
north – east. Mercy Corps Nigeria implements a variety of programs in
the following sectors: economic development, livelihoods/food security,
adolescent girls & boys empowerment, financial resilience, conflict
mitigation and humanitarian response. Common themes include community
engagement, inclusive development, gender, and working in partnership
with local government, the private sector and civil society actors. One
of the current challenges is to sustain quality of programs while
continue to grow and increase our impact. The Nigeria team has a strong
commitment to providing entrepreneurial and innovative solutions to
development challenges, and is actively seeking and facilitating
market-based solutions.

Job Position:  Deputy Country Director

General Position Summary
Deputy Country Director (DCD) will work closely with the Country
Director (CD) and the program teams to lead new program development and
strategy, ensure effective program coordination and technical support,
monitoring and evaluation, quality assurance and accountability in close
collaboration with the operations and finance teams. The position will
be based in Abuja, with frequent travel to field sites. S/he will help
represent the Mercy Corps program relevant government authorities,
donors, major stakeholders (including those from the private sector),
and other program partners such as the UN and other NGOs.

Essential Job Functions 
Program Development

  • In
    coordination with the Country Director, program directors, technical
    advisors and other relevant personnel and counterparts, lead the
    identification of new initiatives and opportunities that respond to
    identified needs and the country strategy;
  • Plan and lead assessments to better understand needs for program design and to further develop Nigeria’s country strategy;
  • Conduct
    analyses to determine humanitarian/development gaps and how Mercy Corps
    should position itself to best serve the needs of beneficiaries;
  • Lead the development of solicited and unsolicited proposals and concept notes.

Coordination and Representation

  • Establish
    close and productive relationships with donors, national government
    authorities, private sector actors, UN and NGOs, in close coordination
    with the Country Director, program directors and managers.
  • Represent
    Mercy Corps at all relevant coordination meetings and increasingly play
    a lead role in other advocacy and coordination bodies;
  • Coordinate
    with other NGOs to consolidate Mercy Corps’ strategic niche and
    comparative advantages, while identifying strategic partnerships;

Program Coordination

  • Provide
    leadership in all aspects of program coordination to ensure consistent
    quality, including the incorporation of cross-cutting themes, lessons
    learned and best practices;
  • Ensure that program implementation
    is responsive to communities and partners and aligned with Mercy Corps
    principles, values and strategic roadmap and country strategy;
  • Work
    with program directors, and managers to monitor adherence to grant
    agreements, Mercy Corps policies and procedures and relevant external
    rules and regulations;
  • Support program directors, and managers to oversee performance of partners, sub-grantees, and technical contractors;
  • Conduct frequent field visits to all project sites for monitoring, quality control and program staff mentoring and coaching.
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Program Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

  • Ensure
    that robust design, monitoring, evaluation and learning (DMEL) and
    quality assurance and control (QAC) systems are in place, adhered to and
    used as a decision-making tool, encouraging consistency and best
    practice across programs;
  • Ensure that the DMEL staff in Nigeria
    is actively linked to those at HQ to ensure that global indicators and
    practices are considered and adhered to where necessary;
  • Provide ongoing training and guidance to staff on M&E best practices.

Program Minimal Standards and Reporting

  • Ensure
    that program documentation and program minimal standards are
    consistently adhered to and that comprehensive dashboards are provided;
  • Ensure that a comprehensive reporting schedule is maintained and adhered to according to requirements;
  • Provide reporting review and/or support to and as required.

Program Support Operations

  • Work
    closely with the Operations Manager and Finance Manager to ensure that
    operational and financial management systems are responsive to program
    needs and that program staff are adhering to both donor and Mercy Corps
    procedures and regulations.


  • Ensure that programs are designed and implemented with a clear analysis and understanding of security management priorities.


  • Conduct
    him/herself 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.

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
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 directors, and managers (currently 4 program areas, and MEL Manager)


WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Department Heads, country program, finance, operational staff; HQ Regional Program Team and Technical Support Unit.

Knowledge And Experience

  • BA/S or equivalent in social science, management, international development or other relevant field. MA/S preferred.
  • At least 10 years of overseas experience including at least 5 years in a senior management position.
  • Experience
    managing humanitarian relief, transitional programs in areas affected
    by conflict and insecurity or development programs.
  • Previous experience working in West Africa is desired.
  • Proven track record in successful proposal writing and development.
  • Experience
    managing programs in relevant technical area(s) including food
    security, economic development, gender, livelihoods, financial services
    and humanitarian work. Strong understanding of conflict sensitive
    program mainstreaming, gender or protection mainstreaming would be a key
  • Strong M&E skills.
  • Knowledge of major donor requirements and compliance issues.
  • Strong management skills with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues.
  • Demonstrated
    attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and
    work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Solid knowledge of security protocols and ability to work effectively in an insecure environment.
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Success Factors
successful DCD will have senior level experience in coordinating and
managing programs in complex areas . S/he will have exceptional program
development and proposal writing skills, and an outstanding ability to
design, implement and manage innovative programs that respond to current
needs and reinforce the future program structure of Mercy Corps in the
region. S/he will have proven experience with cross-cultural teams, with
strong leadership, communication and mentoring skills. 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. Patience, tenacity,
diplomacy and a sense of humor will contribute to success.

Living Conditions/Environmental Conditions
position will be based in Abuja with up to 40% travel, primarily to
program locations within the Middle Belt, north and north-east Nigeria,
Security in Abuja is generally good, although there are times when
security is an issue. Housing, health care, water, electricity and
consumer goods are all reasonably accessible and there are good
international and domestic travel options from Abuja Airport.

Abuja is an accompanied location suitable for spouse/partner or dependents. This position is eligible for R&R.

travel is necessary to get to some field locations. Mobile phones
services are widely available. Internet is available in all Mercy Corps
offices, although might be inconsistent. Travel to field sites will be
required where living conditions are clean and secure, but basic.
There’s reasonable access to most consumer goods, although they can be
expensive. There is good number of school with different education
philosophies and curriculum ( British, American, French, German to name
the few)

Mercy 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 ‘s policies, procedures, and
values at all times and in all in-country venues

How to Apply
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