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Job Vacancies at Mercy Corps, August 2017

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 is recruiting to fill the vacant position below:
Job Title: Cash Transfer Programing for Work Program Officer
 Damboa, Borno
Program/Department Summary
  • 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, EU, and ECHO the humanitarian programs engage in several interventions including but not limited to food assistance, non-food items (NFI), protection, livelihoods, cash transfers, WASH and capacity building of humanitarian response actors.
  • Mercy Corps is scaling-up and expanding its humanitarian response in Northeast Nigeria to reach more beneficiaries with additional assistance in a wider geographic area.
General Position Summary
  • The Cash Transfer Programming (CTP)/Cash for Work (CFW) Program Officer is responsible for assisting in the implementation of CTP and CFW activities in the intervention communities of southern Borno State. With support from the Senior Program Officer – Cash & Vouchers, s/he will supervise all projects, project selection and planning, project assets, local government and community liaison work, monitoring and payment.
  • The CTP/CFW Program Officer will report to the Cash & Vouchers Senior Program Officer and work collaboratively with fellow program and MEL staff.
  • S/He may also support other livelihood sector interventions including unconditional cash transfers, livelihood grants and VSLAs.
Essential Job Functions
  • Plan and ensure the effective implementation of CTP/CFW.
  • Contribute to all CTP/CFW related field work, including community mobilization, beneficiary identification/registration, distributions, and monitoring.
  • Ensure that beneficiaries are effectively targeted according to established vulnerability criteria.
  • Review labor and time-line requirements for CFW activities, determining staffing requirements.
  • Coordinate payment procedures, including documentation, approval and actual payment.
  • Oversee procurement of all materials for CFW projects.
  • Maintain all documentation relating directly to CTP/CFW activities required to ensure accountability to the donor, particularly where labor is concerned.
  • Oversee administrative matters relating directly to CFW activities: time-sheets, payment schedules, required paper-work and liaison with finance department.
  • Maintain all documentation relating directly to cash transfer activities required to ensure accountability.
  • Oversee administrative matters relating directly to cash transfer activities including reconciliation with cash-out agents following distributions.
  • Contribute to effective program reporting, monitoring and evaluation systems for both internal and external use in coordination with the other program staff.
  • Work with the Senior Program Officer – Cash & Vouchers to prepare monthly cash requirement forecast for CFW activities, including the purchase of materials at site and CFW labor payments.
  • Provide information on CTP/CFW activities as requested by the Team Leader, Deputy Team Leader, Senior Program Officer – Cash & Vouchers or MEL team.
  • Support orientation for all new staff on CTP/CFW.
  • Report on any problems encountered in the field such as project participant complaints, local authority interference, and security threats to MC staff and activities. Coordinate with MC Security Officer and Livelihoods Manager on any threats to MC staff and activities; follow up on incidents/security threats in areas of operation.
  • 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
  • BA/S in relevant field required;
  • 3 years of experience working on the development, implementation, administration and compliance of a field-based international development or humanitarian program; general program management experience required.
  • Prior experience implementing distributions is required, preferably in a non-camp setting. Experience with CTP/CFW or other community micro-projects strongly preferred.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • S/he is a problem solver, an effective community mobilizer who is adept in successfully dealing with issues of complexity.
  • S/he is an active listener and contributor, working to create a strong team share ideas and learn.
Job Title: Program Coordinator, ISING
 Maiduguri, Borno
Program / Department Summary
  • I-SING project is a 2 year funded project by the EU- Trust fund.
  • The position is based in Maiduguri with travel to Gombe and Biu on a regular basis.
  • The main office that houses majority of the staff is based in Biu thus the need to travel.
  • The project’s focus is on adolescent girls and boys using the safe spaces model.
  • The project works with IDPs, returnees and the host community.
  • The overall objective of the program is to improve the safety, livelihoods and personal agency of adolescent girls in North East Nigeria.
General Position Summary
  • The Program Coordinator supports the ISING Program Manager and the Deputy 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 with support from the coordinator will act on their behalf, managing the project and work closely both with management and support staff (including finance, administration and program) in Maiduguri 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 Responsibilities
Strategy & Vision:
  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.
  • Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.
Program Management:
  • Directly support the Program Manager in managing all operations and activities related to the ISING project in Maiduguri 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/Deputy as necessary.
  • In close collaboration with the Program Manager build the ISING Program Officers capacity ensuring that there are fluent communication channels that the reporting schedule is timely met and that projects objectives are achieved.
  • Participate and facilitate coordination and collaboration with other agencies.
  • 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.
  • 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 that 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
  • 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.
Finance & Compliance Management:
  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to emergency programming.
  • Responsible for expenditure tracking of activities carried out in the field
Influence & Representation:
  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with the community, government and other stakeholder’s
  • Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets are met.
  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
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:
  • The coordinator will supervise three-program officers.
  • Reports Directly To: The Program Manager.
  • Works Directly With: Deputy Program Manager and with other I-SING officers in the program.
Knowledge and Experience
  • Demonstrated skills in planning, organizing and reporting
  • 3-4 years of experience in project implementation, or work with local partners or in any role that included training and capacity building of staff or partners.
  • Bachelor Degree in relevant field or equivalent Master’s Degree is preferred.
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills
  • Excellent oral and written skills and computer skills
  • Fluency in English; fluency in Kanuri other local languages is highly recommended.
Success Factors
  • Strong Work Ethic, having the ability to learn the most efficient way of learning the most efficient way to complete tasks and finding ways to save time while completing daily assignments.
  • Dependability and Responsibility, having the ability to come to work on time, are there when they are supposed to be, and are responsible for their actions and behavior.
  • Adaptability, being adaptable and maintaining flexibility in completing tasks in an ever-changing workplace.
  • 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.and multi-task on a range of administrative and programmatic issues.
How To Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their CV’s and Cover Letter in one document, addressing the position requirements to: 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.
Deadline: 29th August 2017.

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