Mercy Corps works in fragile and conflict-affected environments to build secure, productive, and just communities. We believe that transitional environments – countries affected by civil wars, economic and political crisis, or natural disasters – offer tremendous opportunities for positive change. Since the late 1990s, Mercy Corps has managed over 100 peacebuilding projects in over 30 countries and regions, making Mercy Corps a true leader in the field. We currently implement 34 peacebuilding programs in some of the world’s toughest places. In Nigeria, Mercy Corps is currently implementing a UKAID-funded program called Conciliation in Nigeria through Community-Based Conflict Management and Cooperative Use of Resources (CONCUR), the GHR Foundation-funded Inter-religious Peacebuilding in Northern Nigerian (IPNN) program, the USAID-funded Engaging Communities for Peace in Nigeria (ECPN) and the Ford foundation-funded Future of Youth in Norther Nigeria. Mercy Corps is actively engaged in program design for the Northeast, including countering violent extremism and community peacebuilding. Mercy Corps also provides technical assistance in conflict sensitivity to programs around Nigeria and leads coordination bodies aimed at reducing conflict across Nigeria’s diverse regions.
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
The Program Manager, Northeast will provide leadership and strategic vision for Mercy Corps’ portfolio of stabilization, countering violent extremism and conflict mitigation programs in Northeast Nigeria. S/he will work with the Director of Conflict Management Programs to ensure program implementation, staff management, identify new programming opportunities and will serve as a liaison to external bodies, represent Mercy Corps in Borno State with government, donors and other organizations. S/he will lead the implementation of conflict programming and provide overall management and supervisory guidance for current and future conflict programming in Borno State and the Northeast. S/he will ensure effective coordination and information management across Mercy Corps programing in Borno/Northeast and will work to integrate best practices in conflict sensitivity across the Northeast.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Communication and Representation
Technical Leadership and Strategy
Staff Management, Professional Development and Team building:
Organizational Learning: 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.
Accountability to Beneficiaries:
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our participants 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:. Team of 5 staff members
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Director of Conflict Management Programs, Nigeria
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Mercy Corps Operations and Finance teams, other Program Managers/Directors, Regional Director, and counterparts in neighboring MC country offices. The Director works directly with relevant Mercy Corps headquarters units as necessary, including Mercy Corps’ global Conflict Management and Governance teams, Economic and Market Development team and various administrative/financial units.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The successful Director of Conflict Management Programs will combine experience in maintaining donor and partner relationships and exceptional management skills. S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. S/he will also have proven experience with cross-cultural team and capacity building, individual staff development, and strong mentoring skills. 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 in all situations.
LIVING /ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:
This position will be based in Maiduguri, Borno State with limited travel depending on the security situation, primarily to program locations within Northeast, where security is at times high-risk. Housing, health care, water, electricity and consumer goods are all reasonably accessible and there are good international and domestic travel options from Abuja Airport.
This position is unaccompanied and eligible for hardship and R&R.
Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and Mercy Corps' policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
To apply, visit Mercy Corps Career Page