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Mercy Corps Nigeria Recruitment

Mercy Corps Nigeria Recruitment

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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Market Systems and Livelihoods Specialist

Reference Number: ABV/PRO/2019/0038
Locations: Adamawa and Gombe
Position Status: Full-time, Exempt, 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. In 2019, Mercy Corps Mercy Corps is starting a $30 million USAID-funded Rural Resilience Activity 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.

Mercy Corps Nigeria Recruitment General Position Summary

  • The Market Systems and Livelihoods Specialist will be responsible for providing leadership, technical oversight and ensuring direct management for all activities related to livelihoods and market systems development under the Rural Resilience activity.
  • S/he will define implementation strategies in coordination with the Chief of Party and leadership team.
  • The position will train staff, providing them with technical assistance; and ensuring that common strategies and approaches are applied consistently in all communities.
  • S/he will coordinate closely with the M&E team to ensure that systems are in place to track, analyze and report results.
  • The selected candidate will keep abreast of the latest research and evolutions in the field of market/value chain development and integrate new ideas and approaches as appropriate, seek additional technical assistance as needed and ensure effective working relationships with collaborating agencies.

Mercy Corps Nigeria Recruitment Job Responsibilities
Program Management:

  • Develop teamwork plans and guide successful implementation of livelihoods and market systems development activities, ensuring teams follow work plans so activities are on time, target and within the approved budget, and program deliverables achieve desired impact.
  • Provide technical guidance on livelihoods and market systems development and ensure that interventions are responsive to stakeholders and consistent with Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan. Ensure that interventions are evidence-based and adhere to adaptive management principles.
  • Alongside the Financial Services Specialist, manage Grant Facility aspect of the program to catalyze new investment in viable economic opportunities (market systems, livelihoods, agribusiness, and employment) through grants that stimulate, rather than distort market development and avoid exacerbating conflict dynamics
  • Conduct and/or update market assessments, involving direct stakeholders as well as public and private sector actors working within the target value chains and market systems.
  • Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate. Certify all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards.
  • Manage and/or coordinate with local implementing partners.
  • Facilitate planning meetings and workshops with government, NGO, private sector, and community partners to revise plans and promote partner acceptance/buy-in.
  • In coordination with the MEL team, monitor the implementation of activities through regular field visits and assessments to ensure program quality and impact. Document approaches, successes and lessons learned.
  • Coordinate with procurement, logistics, security, administration and human resources teams to ensure operational systems support field activities.

Team Management:

  • Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance & reach objectives.
  • Support team members in developing private sector partnerships and market facilitation activities.
  • 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.

Influence & Representation:

  • 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, local government and other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs.

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.
  • 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.
  • Program Team, exact positions to be determined

Accountability to Beneficiaries: Supervisory Responsibility: Accountability

  • Reports Directly To: Deputy Chief of Party
  • Works Directly With: Chief of Party, Program Team, Technical Advisors, finance and operations teams, HQ Regional Program Team, HQ Technical Support Unit, Partner Organizations

Mercy Corps Nigeria Recruitment Requirements, Knowledge and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Agriculture, Economics, or Business Administration;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated experience with USG or other similar development projects focused on market systems and livelihood development, preferably with an understanding of the Nigerian context including gender and youth issues;
  • Spoken and written proficiency in English; and
  • Demonstrated ability to work and coordinate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, including national and local government, donors, community-based organizations, and the private sector;
  • Strong technical experience in a market system approach to development.

Success Factors

  • The successful Market Systems and Livelihood Specialist will be familiar with managing facilitation-based interventions and the particular challenges of market systems development in Nigeria.
  • S/he will combine exceptional management skills and capacity to manage relationships with different stakeholders.
  • The position requires an ability to think creatively about improving opportunities for inclusive market development to promote sustainable livelihoods. A heavy emphasis will be placed on coordination with other actors implementing in the areas of intervention.
  • S/he will have the capacity to spark innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to programming and to inspire groups to collaborate closely to implement high-quality programs.
  • S/he will be committed to long-term program sustainability and the delivery of high-impact activities at the community level. 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.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their CV and Cover Letter in one document, addressing the position requirements to: ng-recruitment.nigeria@mercycorps.org Using the “Job Title” as the subject of the mail.

Job Title: Financial Services Specialist

Reference Number: ABV/PRO/2019/0039
Location: Yola, Adamawa
Position Status: Full-time, Exempt, 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 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.

General Position Summary

  • The Financial Services Specialist will be responsible for providing leadership, technical oversight and ensuring direct management for all activities related to increasing access to financial services under the Rural Resilience activity.
  • S/he will define implementation strategies in coordination with the Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party and leadership team for context-specific approaches to increase access to formal and informal finance and financial services, particularly for marginalized groups.
  • The position will train staff, providing them with technical assistance; and ensuring that common strategies and approaches are applied consistently in all communities.
  • S/he will coordinate closely with the M&E team to ensure that systems are in place to track, analyze and report results.
  • The selected candidate will keep abreast of the latest research and evolutions in the field of financial services and integrate new ideas and approaches as appropriate, seek additional technical assistance as needed and ensure effective working relationships with collaborating agencies.

Essential Job Responsibilities
Program Management:

  • Develop team work plans and guide successful implementation of financial services activities, ensuring teams follow work plans so activities are on time, target and within the approved budget, and program deliverables achieve desired impact.
  • Provide technical guidance on increasing access to financial services and ensure that interventions are responsive to stakeholders and consistent with Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan. Ensure that interventions are evidence-based and adhere to adaptive management principles.
  • Alongside the Market Systems and Livelihood Specialist, contribute to decisions for the use of the Grant Facility to catalyze new investment in viable economic opportunities (market systems, livelihoods, agribusiness, and employment) through grants that stimulate, rather than distort market development and avoid exacerbating conflict dynamics
  • Conduct and/or update assessments to map existing financial services, involving direct stakeholders as well as public and private sector actors working within the target areas.
  • Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate. Certify all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards.
  • Manage and/or coordinate with local implementing partners.
  • Facilitate planning meetings and workshops with government, NGO, private sector, and community partners to revise plans and promote partner acceptance/buy-in.
  • In coordination with the MEL team, monitor the implementation of activities through regular field visits and assessments to ensure program quality and impact. Document approaches, successes and lessons learned.
  • Coordinate with procurement, logistics, security, administration and human resources teams to ensure operational systems support field activities.

Team Management:

  • Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance & reach objectives.
  • 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.

Influence & Representation:

  • 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, local government and other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs.

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.
  • 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.

Organizational Learning: 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.
  • Program Team, exact positions to be determined

Supervisory Responsibility: Accountability:

  • Reports Directly To: Deputy Chief of Party
  • Works Directly With: Chief of Party, Markets and Livelihoods Specialist, Program Team, Technical Advisors, finance and operations teams, HQ Regional Program Team, HQ Technical Support Unit, Partner Organizations

Knowledge and Experience

  • Master’s degree or higher in Finance, Accounting, Economics, or Business Administration;
  • Minimum of (5) years of demonstrated experience with USG or other similar development projects focused on financial services, including credit, savings, insurance, payment systems, and remittance services, preferably with an understanding of the formal and informal financial services context in Nigeria;
  • Spoken and written proficiency in English;
  • Demonstrated ability to work and coordinate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, including national and local government, donors, cooperatives, community-based organizations, and the private sector; and
  • A combination of technical expertise and management skills that spans the subject areas covered by the Activity.
  • Expertise in promoting financial services for the poor, including savings, credit, insurance, e-payments, and new product development tailored to the needs of vulnerable populations.

Success Factors:

  • The successful Financial Services Specialist will combine exceptional management skills and capacity to manage relationships with different stakeholders. The position requires an ability to think creatively about improving opportunities for access to financial services to promote sustainable livelihoods.
  • A heavy emphasis will be placed on coordination with other actors implementing in the areas of intervention. S/he will have the capacity to spark innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to programming and to inspire groups to collaborate closely to implement high-quality programs.
  • S/he will be committed to long-term program sustainability and the delivery of high-impact activities at the community level. 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.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and Cover Letter as one document, addressing the position requirements to: ng-recruitment.nigeria@mercycorps.org



Note

  • All applications must include the position title and Reference Number in the subject line
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview
  • We are an equal opportunity organization so women are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Job Title: Gender Advisor

Reference Number: ABV/PRO/2019/0034
Location: Abuja
Position Status Full-time, Regular

Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps Nigeria was established in 2012 to respond primarily to growing humanitarian needs in the Northeast. 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), and several foundation, Mercy Corps empowers people to recover from crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. In 2019, Mercy Corps was awarded a five-year, $30 million USAID-funded Rural Resilience Activity in Nigeria’s northeastern states. 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 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.

Mercy Corps Nigeria Recruitment General Position Summary

  • Mercy Corps is currently seeking a Gender Adviser for a recently awarded 5-year, $30 million dollar Rural Resilience programme in the Northeast of Nigeria who will also contribute to developing and supporting the country-level gender priorities.
  • The Gender Advisor is responsible for leading the overall integration of Gender in the Rural Resilience Program and across country programming.
  • They are responsible for facilitating a participatory process in order to develop targeted gender strategies and frameworks tailored to this program and in line with the country strategy.
  • The Gender Advisor shall closely work with Mercy Corps’ Gender and Girls Technical Support Unit during the first year of the program and conduct a gender analysis in selected program areas.
  • They shall support the different Program Managers to develop work plans with clear targets and timeframe including defined roles and responsibilities of each Program Manager and the team members to ensure better gender integration in each project activity.
  • In addition, the Gender Adviser shall be responsible for facilitating increased awareness among Mercy Corps team members and partner organizations on the importance of gender integration into projects as well as identifying and promoting two to three areas where Mercy Corps has the potential to excel in gender-integrated programming.

Essential Job Responsibilities
Technical:

  • Design gender analysis research tool, manage data collection, lead data analysis and develop recommendations based on assessment findings. Closely work with Program Managers to integrate the findings from the gender analysis into project work plans and milestones.
  • Conduct gender-based violence risk analysis and incorporate findings into the program implementation plan
  • Develop Gender Strategy to guide gender integration and priorities across the life of the program and country portfolio, based on the gender assessment findings
  • Work closely with the Human Resources team to ensure gender accountability is incorporated into the position descriptions of team members
  • Support the Program Managers in incorporating gender/age indicators in the project’s log frame.
  • Coordinate closely, work with and support managers and partners to promote gender integration.
  • Develop targeted gender capacity building interventions to promote integration with project staff.
  • Support team in the development and delivery of training and capacity building on key gender and topics to beneficiaries.
  • Development of integration and analysis tools as needed. This could include but are not limited to promoting women’s leadership skills, male engagement in gender transformational change, reaching adolescent girls. Decisions about the actual tools shall remain flexible based on project needs.
  • Develop relationships with other donor-funded programs working on gender in Nigeria
  • Conduct regular community consultations to ensure programming remains gender-sensitive and on-track.
  • Collect and share learnings and best practices from this program with stakeholders and across Mercy Corps Nigeria location.
  • Contribute to any research conducted in the program to ensure gender dynamics are fully represented

Mercy Corps Nigeria Recruitment Gender Mainstreaming:

  • Ensure that program and country staff understand and adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Minimum Standards.
  • Work closely with the M&E team to ensure sex and age disaggregated data is collected, that gender analysis is applied and used to adaptively manage program implementation.
  • Integrate gender into the program’s M&E system to ensure that gender is reflected in output, outcome and impact level indicators and that sex and age disaggregated data is regularly collected and applied to program activities.
  • Compile and produce semi-annual learning reports on gender integration from the RR program.
  • Develop/adopt gender mainstreaming training for Mercy Corps Team members.
  • Provide gender technical reviews to program proposals, program tools, internal and external communications as needed across Mercy Corps Nigeria programs.

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 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.

Supervisory Responsibility:
Accountability

  • Reports Directly To: Program Quality and Development Director
  • Works Directly With: RR Chief of Party, Program Sector Managers, Program Managers, Reporting & Communications Officers, Director of Programs, Finance, and Operations teams. Coordinates with the HQ Program and Quality (PaQ) team and the Technical Support Unit.

Knowledge and Experience

  • A Master’s degree in International Development, Women’s Studies, or Gender.
  • At least 5-7 years of professional experience focused on gender mainstreaming.
  • Substantial background in gender and development work including experience developing and conducting gender training, gender mainstreaming and engaging in gender advocacy.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to professionally and appropriately represent the organization and negotiate and defend Mercy Corps’ interests with a diverse range of international and local organizations and other groups
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Demonstrated understanding of complex developmental and transitional contexts, particularly in a resilience context, preferred.
  • Excellent negotiation and representation skills and the ability to work comfortably with culturally diverse staff under tight deadlines and often stressful situations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, organizational, prioritization and very strong computer skills.
  • Previous experience working on USAID funded programs strongly preferred.
  • Experience of working on USAID programs preferred
  • Previous experience living and working in challenging or insecure environments.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English required.
  • Knowledge of Hausa and other local dialects such as Kanuri or Fulfulde is preferred.

Success Factors:

  • A successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to lead and communicate effectively with team members of varied work styles and cultures, follow procedures, and meet deadlines with flexibility and creativity in planning and problem-solving.
  • S/he will have a proven ability to learn quickly, multi-task, prioritize, take initiative, and be accountable for results, understand the larger picture while remaining focused on the details, problem-solving, work within a complex and sensitive setting and to follow laws and security protocols.
  • The most successful Mercy Corps team 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.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their CV and Cover Letter in one document, addressing the position requirements to: ng-recruitment.nigeria@mercycorps.org using the “Job title” as subject of the email.

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