Position Title: Inter-Religious Peacebuilding in Northern Nigeria (IPNN) Research Fellow
Duty Station: Nigeria (Jos)
Position Category: Full-time Part-time AND Regular Temporary
Duration: 6 Months
Mercy Corps works almost exclusively in high-risk conflict and post-conflict environments. We currently have programs in more than 40 countries; the vast majority of these fall into the category of fragile or critically weak states. While we recognize that these are difficult places to operate, we believe that transitional environments – countries affected by civil wars, economic and political crisis, or natural disasters – also offer tremendous opportunities for positive change.
Helping people find ways to break the cycle of violence and promote peaceful change is at the heart of Mercy Corps’ mandate. Mercy Corps’ Youth and Conflict Management team is responsible for helping Mercy Corps’ field offices design and implement programs in a broad range of conflict and post-conflict settings. We currently support over 40 conflict management and peacebuilding programs world-wide. Our approach is built on three core foundations. First, we work with local leaders and communities in conflict-affected societies to help them gain the tools and skills they need to re-establish trust, rebuild relationships, and talk about the difficult issues that have led to violence. Second, we help our local partners implement development programs that address the underlying issues that are fuelling violence, whether competition over access to land or water, youth unemployment and alienation, or political and economic discrimination. Third, we actively seek to measure the impact of our programs, learn which approaches work (and which do not), and disseminate our findings to the broader development and policy community.
General Position Summary:
The Research Fellow will work closely with the Nigeria field team to assist in the implementation of a grant received from the GHR Foundation, entitled Inter-Religious Peacebuilding in Northern Nigeria (IPNN). The IPNN project will strategically build on a three-year DFID-funded program that aims to resolve pastoralist/farmer conflict in the Middle Belt and Northern Nigeria. The DFID project will: 1) strengthen the capacity of local leaders to resolve conflicts through negotiation training and mentoring in dispute resolution; 2) support the sustainability of dispute resolution through joint economic and natural resource initiatives; and 3) raise awareness of the economic costs of conflict and promote long-term policy solutions through research and advocacy.
IPNN will be implemented together with this DFID grant as a single, coherent program. However, it will explore the inter-faith dimensions more closely. Specifically, IPNN will: 1) deepen the program’s interfaith activities by supporting 50 religious leaders to discuss religious tolerance and implement faith-based peacebuilding activities in their communities; 2) support rigorous evaluation of the role of religion in peacebuilding in Northern Nigeria and the impact of interfaith activities on peacebuilding outcomes; and 3) broadly disseminate the program’s findings to policy makers and practitioners. The IPNN Research Fellow will be responsible for monitoring and evaluation activities under IPNN and all related outreach efforts to donors and policy audiences. The IPNN Fellow will also facilitate linkages with religious leaders in Plateau State and will assist with the implementation of IPNN-specific activities. The Fellow will be based remotely from the project team and should be able to carry out activities independently and with limited supervision. Specifically, the Research Fellow will:
As part of Mercy Corps’ agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.
This position currently holds no supervisory responsibility.
Works Directly With:
Reports to MEL Advisor. Works with Nigeria field team, including Program Manager and other CONCUR program staff, and IPNN Research Fellow counterpart based in the U.S.
The Fellow will be based in Jos, Plateau State and will travel occasionally to project field sites and to Abuja, FCT.
Knowledge and Experience:
· Excellent communication skills and ability to facilitate cooperation among diverse actors.
· Excellent quantitative and qualitative research and analysis skills, including strong knowledge of statistics (preferred)
· Excellent writing and computer skills required
· Excellent organizational abilities required.
A successful candidate for this position will be highly motivated and interested in helping create a body of information about Mercy Corps conflict programs that will be used for years to come. Candidates must be creative, self-motivated and capable of working in a situation where the supervisor may be in a different location. This position will require frequent travel to field sites. A successful candidate will be good at maintaining networks and will be familiar with current interfaith initiatives in Northern Nigeria. Fluency in English and Hausa is required, and facility in other languages such as Fulfulde and Berom is a plus.
Professionals and students are welcome to apply. Please submit a resume and a statement of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org with mail subject IPNN FELLOW. In your statement, you are encouraged to discuss any experiences directly relevant to the projects outlined. You may wish to describe your career interests (specifically as they relate to conflict management, peacebuilding, or development) and discuss your previous work and educational experiences demonstrating these interests.
The application will close on November 24, 2014.