Location Benue Application Link
Location Kebbi Application Link
Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps, an international humanitarian NGO and has been operating in Nigeria since 2012 and is looking for CTP/CFW officers to be based in Benue state, covering Benue/Ebonyi to support the implementation of a rapid COVID response program through Mercy Corps’ USAID – funded Feed the Future Nigeria Rural Resilience Activity. The rapid response program will support vulnerable populations and livelihoods through Cash for Work and strengthen supply chains through smart Cash Subsidies.
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 Benue/Ebonyi States. With support from the Senior Officer - Cash Grants/Cash for Work, 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 Senior Officer - Cash Grants/Cash for Work and work collaboratively with fellow program and MEL staff. S/He may also support the Agricultural Specialist and other program staff on cash transfers and livelihood grants.
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 Officer for Cash Grants/Cash for Work 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 Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, State Manager and Senior Officer Cash Grants/Cash for Work or MEL team.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 State Manager on any threats to MC staff and activities; follow up on incidents/security threats in areas of operation.
- 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.
Supervisor Responsibility: None
Reports Directly To: Senior Officer for Cash Grants/Cash for Work
Works Directly With: Finance, Program, MEL, and Operation Teams
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.
- Prior experience in managing vendors and electronic platforms is required.
- 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.
- 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
- Fluency in English; fluency in local language is required.
- 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.
Bachelors or better.
Masters or better.