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Duty Station: Abuja, FCT, Nigeria (with periodic travels to other sites as may be required)
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
Under the supervision of the Project officer -Income Generation and Team Lead, the Program Officer provides day-to-day oversight of all aspects of program implementation and its wide range of activities. S/he will make sure that all activities are delivered according to the workplan and implementation strategies. Successful candidate will be able to trouble shoot and provide any necessary support. Program Officer will be responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with project implementation partners, the private sector and other project stakeholders, so as to ensure transparent beneficiary targeting, smooth and timely implementation of all project activities. S/he is an effective communicator, dedicated to community development, willing to travel to the field and is able to work with a diverse team to achieve common objectives.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Support civil society project partners in the implementation of safe space program for adolescent girls.
- Support civil society and other project partners in the implementation of vocational skills program for women and youths in project sites.
- Support civil society partners in conducting business improvement clinics to micro-entrepreneurs.
- Work closely with local branches of partner financial institutions to ensure compliance to agreement.
- Facilitate micro-entrepreneurs to participate in trade shows periodically.
Operations and Management
Representation and Coordination
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 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.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: Not applicable
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Project Manager - Income Generation and Livelihood Team Lead based at Mercy Corps Nigeria.
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Mercy Corps Nigeria team, civil society organizations, Catholic Relief Services team and CCFN team.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
A successful candidate will have strong diplomacy skills in working with a team with different backgrounds, abilities, and technical knowledge and will have contextual knowledge of Northern Nigeria. S/he will use effective communication and team-building techniques; have excellent organizational and strong interpersonal skills and display an even temperament and good sense of humour.
Interested candidates are encouraged to submit CV and Cover Letter, addressing the position requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications submission deadline: 8 Sptember 2016.
All applications must include the position title in the subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
We are an equal opportunity organization and we encourage women to apply to these positions.