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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 partner to put bold solutions into action - helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.

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Job Title: Learning & Communication Officer

Requisition Number: ENTER01650
Location: Gombe
Position Status: Full-time, Regular
Job Category: Programming

Program / Department Summary

  • The Rural Resilience Activity is a five-year, $30 million USAID-funded Program in Nigeria’s northeast. The purpose of the Rural Resilience Activity is to sustainably move people out of chronic vulnerability and poverty.
  • The Rural Resilience activity will enable individuals and communities to engage in strong and sustainable market systems rather than continuing to rely on humanitarian assistance and faltering with each new shock. To achieve this purpose, the Activity will have four components and four cross-cutting elements:
    • Component 1: Provide up-to-date evidence for the selection of market systems, livelihoods, and employment opportunities that contribute to inclusive and resilient growth and improved nutrition.
    • Component 2: Stimulate market systems growth and diverse economic opportunities (Pull activities).
    • Component 3: Build capacity to take advantage of market systems opportunities (Push activities).
    • Component 4: Sequencing, layering, integrating (SLI), and collaborative learning to improve activity effectiveness, sustainability, and scale.

General Position Summary

  • The Learning and Communication Officer will support the CLA Advisor in the implementation of the program’s Collaboration Learning and Adaptive (CLA) framework and lead the development of knowledge, management, and learning strategy for the program.
  • He/she will also be responsible for activity-driven learning activities (after-action reviews, Lessons Learned exercises, satisfaction surveys, focus groups, development of knowledge products related to the delivery of work, etc.) ensuring the program’s learning agenda is efficiently implemented.
  • Develop content for the Program Quarterly Newsletters for dissemination among stakeholders and utilize creative approaches to content development using graphic design to develop infographics and enhance reports, in collaboration with the Communications Manager.

Essential Job Responsibilities
Strategy & Vision:

  • He/she will support the establishment of Knowledge Management functions, helping to manage and promote the storage and retrieval of program documentation including planning documents, reports, research studies, lessons learned, case studies, and developing communications materials.
  • To plan and implement activities that ensure adherence to Mercy Corps and USAID standards and ensure effective dissemination of project materials to different stakeholders.
  • He/she will work with the MEL unit to coordinate knowledge sharing and communication tools and approaches to ensure they are consistent, streamlined, sustainable, and used.
  • Work with Mercy Corps Nigeria Communications Working Group and the Rural Resilience Activity Communications Manager to develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.

Learning, Communications And Capacity Building:

  • Support the Activity’s visibility and communication initiatives through travel to field locations to collect images, success stories, and other communications content, as necessary for the development of high-quality reports and success stories for dissemination and documentation.
  • Update the content of the Mercy Corps workplace and other recognized social media platforms on a routine basis to ensure dissemination of the program activities, progress, and achievement.
  • During special events coordinate the use of social media for reporting on the activities with other program staff according to Mercy Corps standard.
  • Source and secure media opportunities for the program to showcase its work during key commemoration days such as World AIDS Day, Children’s Day; International Women’s Day; 16th Days of Activism; International Youth Day, etc.
  • Support the mapping of stakeholder to inform partnership that contributes to increased resilience and economic opportunities
  • Generate and share evidence for learning, adapting, and quality implementation in a timely manner
  • Ensuring that the Activity’s learning agenda is efficiently updated and implemented
  • Work with external vendors, including graphic designers and printers, and liaise with relevant print and news media to cover relevant Rural Resilience Activity.
  • With support from the CLA Advisor, organize learning, field visits, knowledge sharing, and capitalization workshops at the local level to enable lessons learned to be used in future program design.
  • Develop and participate in producing various communication materials including brochures, flyers, banners, infographics, newsletters, posters, articles, news stories, documentaries, and technical reports on Rural Resilience activities.
  • Work with other team members to address shortfalls in communication and information management that affect program implementation.
  • Participate and support in the preparation of quality quarterly and annual reports, fact-sheets, presentations, articles, lessons learned documents, and any other written resources as needed, for both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Participate in communications-related working groups and maintain close working relationships with other communications counterparts in other relevant international NGOs, local NGOs, and associations in Nigeria.
  • Maintain standards and best practices for all communications and related processes, including contributions to the online Communications and Learning library under the direction of the CLA Advisor and Communications Manager.

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.
  • 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.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • N/A

Accountability:

  • Reports Directly to: Collaborating, Learning and Adapting Advisor, dotted reporting line to Communication Manager
  • Works Directly with: Chief of Party, Communications Manager, Rural Resilience Activity technical leads, MEL team, Finance, and compliance department, and other relevant MC staff.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Post-graduate Degree in Communication, M & E, Knowledge Management, International Development or any related field.
  • Minimum of 3 years of Communication and/or knowledge management work experience in international development required; the ideal candidate will have both theoretical and practical background in communications. Experience implementing peace & resilience building and market systems projects will be of great advantage
  • 2-3 years of experience in writing and editing content for digital and print.
  • Advanced skills in graphic designs especially Corel draw and Adobe Photoshop.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe applications and good photography skills
  • Knowledge of program development, implementation, and reporting
  • Demonstrated experience in initiating and implementing program development learning strategies, workshops, and building team capacity to deliver high-quality results.
  • Vast experience in producing quality communications materials (factsheets, summary briefs, documentaries, drama skits, etc)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, including experience with any communication software
  • Experience interfacing with media, corporations, and key stakeholders highly desired
  • Fluency in written and verbal English is required.

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 professionally and respect local laws, customs, and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply

 

 



Job Title: Youth Engagement Gender & Conflict Sensitivity Officer

Location: Damaturu, Yobe
Position Status: Full-time, Regular

Program / Department Summary

  • Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, and its influence spreads across the continent. Yet, inequality and insecurity have consistently undermined Nigeria's development. Mercy Corps Nigeria was established in 2012 to respond to these challenges. The Nigeria team is headquartered in Abuja, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with offices throughout Nigeria.
  • With a strong and growing team of over 200 staff, Mercy Corps is currently serving over 600,000 beneficiaries across the country with programming in Lagos in the South; Kaduna, Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau in the Middle Belt; Kano, Yobe and Borno in the North.
  • Programs include girls’ education and financial inclusion, community peacebuilding, market-based livelihoods and a multi-sector humanitarian response that has a strong emphasis on WASH, Shelter, Cash and Protection. With the vision of a Nigeria in which all people are empowered, engaged, resilient and secure, Mercy Corps Nigeria focuses on the root causes of conflict, governance, humanitarian response, and market systems development.
  • Working with a diverse funding base that includes the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UK Department for International Development (DFID), United Nations (UN), European Commission (EC), European Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), Global Affairs Canada (FKA DFATD), and several foundations, Mercy Corps empowers people to recover from crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good.
  • Mercy Corps is starting a five-year, $30 million USAID-funded Rural Resilience Activity in Nigeria’s northeast. The purpose of the Rural Resilience Activity (RRA) is to sustainably move people out of chronic vulnerability and poverty. The Rural Resilience Activity will enable individuals and communities to engage in strong and sustainable market systems rather than continuing to rely on humanitarian assistance and faltering with each new shock.
  • The Rural Resilience Activity is a five-year, $30 million USAID-funded Program in Nigeria’s northeast. The purpose of the Rural Resilience Activity is to sustainably move people out of chronic vulnerability and poverty.
  • The Rural Resilience activity will enable individuals and communities to engage in strong and sustainable market systems rather than continuing to rely on humanitarian assistance and faltering with each new shock.
  • To achieve this purpose, the Activity will have four components and four cross-cutting elements:
    • Component 1: Provide up-to-date evidence for the selection of market systems, livelihoods and employment opportunities that contribute to inclusive and resilient growth and improved nutrition.
    • Component 2: Stimulate market systems growth and diverse economic opportunities (Pull activities).
    • Component 3: Build capacity to take advantage of market systems opportunities (Push activities).
    • Component 4: Sequencing, layering, integrating (SLI), and collaborative learning to improve activity effectiveness, sustainability, and scale.

General Position Summary

  • The Youth Engagement, Gender and Conflict Sensitivity Officer will be responsible for implementing all aspects of youth integration and engagement strategies, as well as gender and conflict sensitivity aimed at ensuring that interventions result in positive outcomes for male and female participants of different target age groups and “do no harm”.
  • S/he will have overall responsibility for building team members’ and partners’ capacity on promising practices to be youth centred and gender-sensitive.
  • S/he will provide field and office-based support to the Youth Engagement Advisor with dotted lines to the Gender, Nutrition and Peace and Conflict Advisors.
  • S/he will work closely with the technical teams in the implementation of strategies to link youth and women to informal and formal life skills training, access to services and products, and markets.
  • The position will support the training of staff, the provision of technical assistance; and ensuring that youth engagement, gender and conflict sensitivity strategies are mainstreamed across activities.
  • As conflict and gender play a crucial role in youth and wider societal dynamics in the program area, the Officer will also lead efforts on the ground and with our partner's organizations to ensure that our program is conflict and gender-sensitive.
  • This will include efforts to ensure that the program makes a meaningful contribution to building peace, strengthening good governance, and promoting gender equity.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Lead the implementation of youth engagement, GESI, Conflict and Nutrition interventions across sectors of the Rural Resilience Activity.
  • Lead and work with the technical team in the implementation of youth engagement strategies and women economic empowerment focusing on business and life skills training and mentorship, capacity building and increased participation in markets.
  • Participate in youth and women-led market research to inform program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Work with technical teams including financial services and market systems development to identify the private sector actors to promote, advocate and build capacity on the benefits of engaging youth and women as clients, suppliers and employees, and effective methods of doing this.
  • Work closely with markets and financial services teams to identify and promote sectors, services and products that have a high potential for growth and youth engagement.
  • Support all research and assessments conducted under RRA and integrate relevant analysis of conflict and gender dynamics.
  • Develop and implement action plans for conflict management and gender sensitivity - drawing from research and assessments conducted under the project - that are integrated into existing RRA programming in order to ensure a strong link between the peace, gender, markets and resilience components of the program.
  • Provide assistance to public and private sector partners to effectively deploy and operationalize sustainable gender-transformative approaches and practices in their business models
  • Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance & reach objectives.
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Build the capacity of the RRA team and partner organizations in inclusive, youth-friendly and gender transformative market systems development approaches.
  • Represent Mercy Corps at government, donor, NGO and other relevant events, in close coordination with the Chief of Party and country leadership.
  • Coordinate activities with consortium partners, sub-grantees, private sector partners, local government and other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs.
  • Represent Mercy Corps externally at relevant conferences, workshops and other convenings.

Security:

  • Work closely with the country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that promote the safety and security of all team members.
  • Ensure that programs are designed and implemented with a clear analysis and understanding of security.

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.
  • 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.

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • None

Accountability

  • Reports Directly To: Youth Engagement Advisor with a dotted line to the Gender and Conflict Advisors
  • Works Directly With: (Deputy) Chief of Party, Program technical specialists/Officers, MEL team, partners, finance and operations teams

Knowledge and Experience

  • BA required and Master’s Degree preferred in a related field.
  • 3+ years working in designing and delivering youth engagement activities in markets systems, agribusiness and enterprise development.
  • Ability to foster commitment and build capacity among project team and partners around gender and youth development.
  • A clear understanding of contemporary development issues particularly those related to economic opportunities for youth.
  • Excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Spoken and written proficiency in English, Hausa language capabilities a plus.
  • Ability to facilitate meetings, effective presenter and open collaborator.

Success Factors

  • The ideal candidate will be results orientated, self-motivated and have demonstrated analytical skills.
  • The ideal candidate will be familiar with market-based agricultural programs targeting youth and will demonstrate cultural knowledge and sensitivity, while also demonstrating skills and ability to provide incentives and capacities for market actors working with youth and offer technical assistance on youth engagement across project partners.

Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply

 

Application Deadline 26th April, 2021.

 

 

Job Title: CIPP Program Manager

Reference Number: ABV/PRO/0003/2021
Location: Abuja (FCT)
Position Status: Full-time, Regular

Program / Department Summary

  • The Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP) is a 60-month Cooperative Agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
  • It is implemented by Mercy Corps, in partnership with Pastoral Resolve – PARE, Interfaith Mediation Centre – IMC, Savannah Centre for Diplomacy Democracy and Development-SCDDD, and African Radio Drama Association – ARDA CIPP aims to: Promote peaceful coexistence and collaboration in Nigeria by mitigating violent conflict in at-risk communities in six states of Nigeria’s North West (Kaduna, Kano, and Katsina States) and North Central (Kogi, Benue and Plateau States) through an integrated, multifaceted program that:
    • Empowers communities to prevent and respond to violence and violent extremism by strengthening key skills and relationships, and
    • Fosters an enabling environment for peace through policy advocacy, media outreach, and linkages to development programs.

General Position Summary

  • The Program Manager is responsible for coordinating and implementing the delivery of Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP) program including daily management of program activities and program staff, and ensuring appropriate systems and support mechanisms are in place to track, analyze and report on results.
  • The PM is a strong team leader, able to develop and mentor team members in Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Benue, Abuja, Plateau and Kogi and is an effective communicator, able to work with internal and external stakeholders to achieve common objectives.
  • S/he is responsible for managing relationships with local partners, beneficiaries and government representatives, contributing to the achievement of program goals through innovation and program development and displaying expertise in peacebuilding, policy and media sectors as well as regional experience to the team on the ground.

Essential Job Responsibilities
Strategy & Vision:

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

Team Management:

  • Develop the capacity of program officers, deepen understanding of their roles and assist with career development.
  • Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance & reach the objective
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one on ones and performance reviews.
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • In collaboration with the CoP and DCoP, hire, orient and lead team members as necessary.

Program Management:

  • Collaborate with program, finance and administrative staff.
  • Ensure CIPP implementation in field sites is on time, target and budget, working closely with M&E systems to reach desired impacts.
  • Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources by program officers for timely and informative reporting in line with USAID and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.
  • Prepare and share with the team, detailed quarterly and monthly program implementation plans
  • In collaboration with the communications officer, ensure timely submission of program weekly reports to USAID.
  • Work closely with the chief of party in preparing the quarterly reports.
  • Implement and model Mercy Corps’ philosophy of social entrepreneurship and leverage Mercy Corps’ best practices.
  • Manage and fulfil Mercy Corps’ Program Management Minimum Standards (PM@MC) based on the organization-wide guide Ensuring the CIPP PM@MC file is up to date.
  • ·Ensure all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards.
  • Plan and implement the CIPP quarterly program review meetings

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.
  • Demonstrate flexibility, resilience and ability to maintain positive relationships and composure.
  • Maintain high ethical standards and treat people with respect and dignity.
  • Exhibit an awareness of his/her own strengths and development needs.

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.

Supervisory Responsibility: Program Officers
Accountability:

  • Reports Directly To: The Deputy Chief of Party
  • Works Directly With: Relevant field-based teams, country Finance and operations teams

Knowledge and Experience

  • BA / BS or equivalent in Conflict Studies, Social Sciences or other relevant fields; MA/S preferred.
  • Five (5) years of international relief and development program management experience, in peacebuilding and conflicts
  • Established ability to manage and communicate effectively with team members of varied work styles.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and creativity in planning and problem-solving.
  • Proven ability to learn quickly, lead a program to achieve stated results and objectives.
  • Experience with the development, implementation & compliance of (donors) & (corporate/private) funded programs.
  • Ability to effectively represent Mercy Corps and its interests to key stakeholders.
  • Experience working with host governments, national and international NGOs.
  • Effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational and prioritization skills.
  • Excellent oral and written English skills required; proficiency in Haus is an added advantage
  • Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment.
  • Previous experience in insecure environments.
  • Internationally recognized qualification in project or program management or a commitment to obtain the qualification in the early months of work.

Success Factors

  • The successful PM will combine exceptional management skills and experience in maintaining staff morale and partner relationships.
  • S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative peacebuilding programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps Nigeria.
  • S/he will also have proven experience with cross-cultural team and capacity building, individual staff development and strong mentoring skills. Prioritizing, problem-solving, ability to seize opportunities, 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 when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
  • Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision.
  • Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment.

Interested and qualified candidates should indicate the position title, reference number and location at the subject and send their CV and Cover Letter in one document to: ng-recruitment.nigeria@mercycorps.org

 

Note:

  • All applications must include the position title, location of choice and reference number in the subject line
  • Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview
  • We are an equal employment opportunity organization so women are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

 

Application Deadline 30th April, 2021


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