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Reference Number: ABV/PRO/2019/0034
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.
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
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.
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 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.
Interested and qualified candidates should are encouraged to submit their CV and Cover Letter in one document, addressing the position requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org