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  • Posted: May 18, 2022
    Deadline: May 25, 2022
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  • Since 1979, we have helped people grappling with the toughest hardships survive - and then thrive. That’s the heart of our approach: We help communities turn crisis into opportunity. Throughout our history, Mercy Corps has demonstrated innovation, timeliness and the ability to adapt quickly to changing realities.
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    Gender & Protection Program Assistant

    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 the Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs (BHA), Mercy Corps will continue its engagement in several interventions including but not limited to food assistance, non-food items, protection, livelihoods, 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 under the project titled Addressing Diverse and Acute Primary Threats (ADAPT) to Human Security in North-Eastern Nigeria.

    General Position Summary

    • The Gender and Protection Program Assistant is responsible for assisting in the implementation of Protection sector activities including helping in developing strategies for protection activities across deep field sites.
    • With the support of the Protection Coordinator, s/he will also advise and build the capacity of other sector teams in Maiduguri and deep field if need be on protection mainstreaming and best practices. S/he will report directly to the Protection Coordinator and will work closely with other field teams and other sectors.

    Essential Job Responsibilities
    Strategy & Vision:

    • Support in the implementation of protection activities and ensure adequate protection mainstreaming across program field locations;
    • Support in developing activity work plans and management of weekly and monthly activity implementation related to protection;
    • Ensure that program implementation mainstreams gender and protection in coordination with other sectors in line with best practices;
    • Facilitate monthly review and reflection meetings with the protection field team at least once a month;
    • Establish and maintain effective program reporting, and monitoring and evaluation systems (to track, analyze and report on results) for both internal and external use;
    • Manage and ensure all program filing system is in place, adheres to internal and donor regulation and filing is regularly maintained;
    • Adhere to all MC policies related to security, operations and transport/ logistics information related to programming.
    • Collate all field reports and harmonize on a monthly basis
    • 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 Protection Coordinator on any threats to MC staff and activities.
    • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Program Management:

    • Support program startup and ongoing program management and administration of teams across various field locations.
    • Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners and consistent with Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan.
    • Ensure that beneficiaries are effectively targeted according to established vulnerability criteria.
    • Support in developing program implementation strategies, including partnership frameworks, beneficiary targeting and distribution process as well as psychosocial and capacity building of partners.
    • Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate.
    • Ensure program implementation is on time, target and budget, using effective M&E systems to reach desired impacts.
    • Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely and informative reporting in line with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.
    • Fulfil Mercy Corps’ Program Management Minimum Standards based on the organization-wide guide.
    • Ensure all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards.

    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.
    • 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: Protection Coordinator
    • Works Directly With: Finance, Program, MEL, and Operation Teams.

    Knowledge and Experience

    • Diploma in relevant field required.
    • 1 year of experience working on the development, implementation, administration and compliance of a field-based international development or humanitarian program; general gender and protection mainstreaming experience & knowledge required.
    • Experience with conducting gender analysis, protection assessments, monitoring and evaluation and other learning efforts required.
    • 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 and Hausa is required.

    Success Factors

    • The successful candidate will have a can-do attitude. Ideally, s/he will be very committed and willing to learn and work in remote locations. S/he is a problem solver, an effective community mobilizer who is adept at successfully dealing with issues of complexity. S/he is an active listener and contributor, working to create a strong team that shares ideas and learn.
    • 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.

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:

    • Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges.
    • We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectivesand authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best workof their lives.
    • We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening, and evolving to become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive than we are today.

    Equal Employment Opportunity:

    • Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have a sustained global impact.
    • We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all.
    • We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination based on race, colour, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

    Safeguarding & Ethics:

    • Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we encounter through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants, or others, are treated with respect and dignity.
    • We are committed to the core principles regarding the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary-General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members.
    • As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times.
    • Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct eLearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Mercy Corps on recruiting2.ultipro.com to apply

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