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  • Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action - helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within now, and for the future. 

    Mercy Corps has worked in Nigeria since 2012, focusing its programming on adolescent girls’ empowerment, economic development, conflict mitigation, and humanitarian response.

    Public Private Partnership (PPP) Advisor

     

    Program / Department Summary

    • The Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) Programme is an initiative to improve learning outcomes and the economic status of marginalized adolescent girls aged 16-19 in the Northern Nigerian states of Kano and Kaduna, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria.
    • ENGINE through funding from the UK Department for International Development’s Girls Education Challenge, the Coca-Cola Company and other stakeholders supported over 18,000 marginalized girls to reduce education and financial barriers in its first implementation phase.
    • In its second phase, ENGINE 2 will facilitate transition of these girls into functional literacy, numeracy and scale up their business opportunities and linkages.
    • ENGINE 2 will further increase girls’ and young women’s access to (1) financial education and life skills; (2) peer to peer networks and mentoring; and (3) direct assets (materials and savings).
    • Beneficiaries will be integrated into value chains as well as conduct other market-driven employment opportunities.
    • ENGINE 2 will also work with girls in formal and informal education to increase their learning opportunities and outcomes to prepare them for future economic activities and work in the policy environment to provide an enabling environment for girls to flourish in their chosen pathways.

    General Position Summary

    • The PPP Advisor will be responsible for ENGINE 11’s PPP initiatives and activities.
    • S/he will be responsible for exploring, implementing and advocating for opportunities to engage the private sector along with the public sector in creating economic empowerment opportunities for project beneficiaries within their communities.
    • S/he will provide technical leadership on PPP issues.
    • This position will ensure ENGINE 11 implementation is responsive to marginalized Nigerian girls, their communities, state and non-state secondary schools, vocational school, and other skill-based centers.
    • This also includes implementation partners and aligned with Mercy Corps principles, values and strategic plan.
    • This position will coordinate with other donor-funded programming to link marginalized girls with ENGINE 11 activities.

    Essential Job Responsibilities
    Strategy & Vision:

    • Develop overall vision and strategic plan for the PPP unit.
    • Establish a fully functional PPP Unit and ensure that the needs of project beneficiaries are met when it comes to a PPP programme.
    • Identify, assess, and recommend potential private sector partners and partnership opportunities.
    • Recognize and adapt PPP programmes that are sustainable, financed, and delivered by the private sector.

    Program Management:

    • Provide technical leadership for the design, formalization, and management of innovative public-private partnerships.
    • Provide technical assistance to project partners relative to the structuring of PPPs and outreach to the private sector.
    • Maintain a database of public-private partnership activities.
    • Coordinate Advisory Groups activities across implementation states to create an enabling environment for project implementation and promotes girls advancement.
    • Manage partnerships with relevant Federal and State level Government ministries/agencies, private sector players and development partners.
    • Build the capacity of communities and local governments to take leadership on PPP issues.
    • Develop and implement outreach strategies to the private sector.

    Team Management:

    • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
    • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
    • Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary.
    • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
    • Implement performance planning and management systems, establish performance expectations with team members, and regularly provide constructive feedback on team members’ performance.
    • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.

    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 private sector, communities, local governments and other stakeholders.
    • Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
    • Proactively form relationships with private sector actors to complement DfID funding.
    • Represent ENGINE 11 on PPP issues at technical and strategic planning meetings, or as requested by the Director of Gender Programs. 

    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
    • Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.

    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.

    Knowledge and Experience

    • Master's Degree or its equivalent in a related field.
    • At least 5 years experience in private sector development, economic development, and/or value chains.
    • At least five years of experience in design, implementation, and management of public-private partnerships.
    • Experience leading program activities as part of a donor-funded project within an emerging market.
    • Experience in working with stakeholders to facilitate PPPs.
    • Entrepreneurial spirit with proven ability to mobilize public and private strategic partnerships
    • Strong understanding of DfID compliance issues.
    • Strong management skills, with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues in high security environment. 
    • Strong written and oral communication skills in English required, including report development, writing and editing.
    • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
    • Demonstrated experience working with country-level ministries and government officials, Ministry of Education experience preferred.

    Success Factors

    • The successful candidate will combine exceptional leadership, management and technical skills with a focus on innovative interventions to engage adolescent girls in informal education and skills building linked with private sector entrepreneurship and employment opportunities in a culturally and religiously conservative environment.
    • S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative and complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. 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.
    • 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.

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    Manager, Policy and Governance

     

    Program / Department Summary

    • The Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) Programme is an initiative to improve learning outcomes and the economic status of marginalized adolescent girls aged 16-19 in the Northern Nigerian states of Kano and Kaduna, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria.
    • ENGINE through funding from the UK Department for International Development’s Girls Education Challenge, the Coca-Cola Company and other stakeholders supported over 18,000 marginalized girls to reduce education and financial barriers in its first implementation phase.
    • In its second phase, ENGINE 2 will facilitate transition of these girls into functional literacy, numeracy and scale up their business opportunities and linkages.
    • ENGINE 2 will further increase girls’ and young women’s access to (1) financial education and life skills; (2) peer to peer networks and mentoring; and (3) direct assets (materials and savings). Beneficiaries will be integrated into value chains as well as conduct other market-driven employment opportunities.
    • ENGINE 2 will also work with girls in formal and informal education to increase their learning opportunities and outcomes to prepare them for future economic activities and work in the policy environment to provide an enabling environment for girls to flourish in their chosen pathways.

    General Position Summary

    • The Manager, Policy and Governance will be responsible for managing ENGINE 2’s overall policy and governance component of the project.
    • S/he will be responsible for working with government to ensure policies are implemented to allow girls thrive by becoming educated and empowered.
    • S/he will provide technical leadership on policy and governance issues.
    • This position will ensure ENGINE 2 implementation is responsive to marginalized Nigerian girls, their communities and the country at large.
    • This position will coordinate and plan with other donor-funded programs to facilitate favourable policies for girls to thrive.

    Essential Job Responsibilities
    Strategy & Vision:

    • Lead the development of the overall vision and strategic plan for the policy and governance unit.
    • Recognize and adapt policies that are favourable and sustainable

    Program Management:

    • Provide technical leadership for the design, formalization, and management of innovative policy and governance initiatives
    • Ensuring quality and integrity of implementation, including adherence to technical guidelines, administrative systems, and established deadlines
    • Evaluating the relevance and appropriateness of current and future programming in relation to policies affecting or hindering girl child education and empowerment
    • Undertaking staff capacity building

    Team Management:

    • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
    • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
    • Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary.
    • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
    • Implement performance planning and management systems, establish performance expectations with team members, and regularly provide constructive feedback on team members’ performance.
    • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.

    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 governments and other stakeholders.
    • Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
    • Proactively form relationships community members to complement DfID funding.
    • Represent ENGINE 2 on governance issues at technical and strategic planning meetings, or as requested by the Director of Gender Programs.

    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
    • Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.

    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.

    Knowledge and Experience

    • Master's Degree or its equivalent in International Relations, Development Studies, Management, Social Sciences, International Development or other relevant field.
    • A minimum of 7 years of progressive work experience including at least 2 years in a senior management or technical advisory role on large, education, gender- focused, skills building program.
    • Strong understanding of DfID compliance issues.
    • Strong management skills, with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues in high security environment. Experience managing a multi-organizational team (international and national partners) is a plus.
    • Experience working in Northern Nigeria strongly preferred.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills in English required, including report development, writing and editing.
    • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
    • Demonstrated experience working with country-level ministries and government officials, Ministry of Education experience preferred.

    Success Factors

    • The successful candidate will combine exceptional leadership, management and technical skills with a focus on innovative interventions to engage adolescent girls in informal education and skills building linked with private sector entrepreneurship and employment opportunities in a culturally and religiously conservative environment. 
    • S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative and complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region.
    • Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential.

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    Communications Advisor

     

    Program / Department Summary

    • The Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) Programme is an initiative to improve learning outcomes and the economic status of marginalized adolescent girls aged 16-19 in the Northern Nigerian states of Kano and Kaduna, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria. ENGINE through funding from the UK Department for International Development’s Girls Education Challenge, the Coca-Cola Company and other stakeholders supported over 18,000 marginalized girls to reduce education and financial barriers in its first implementation phase.
    • In its second phase, ENGINE 2 will facilitate transition of these girls into functional literacy, numeracy and scale up their business opportunities and linkages.
    • ENGINE 2 will further increase girls’ and young women’s access to (1) financial education and life skills; (2) peer to peer networks and mentoring; and (3) direct assets (materials and savings). Beneficiaries will be integrated into value chains as well as conduct other market-driven employment opportunities.
    • ENGINE 2 will also work with girls in formal and informal education to increase their learning opportunities and outcomes to prepare them for future economic activities and work in the policy environment to provide an enabling environment for girls to flourish in their chosen pathways.

    General Position Summary

    • The Communications Advisor will provide leadership in all aspects of information management.
    • S/he will develop a communication strategy for the ENGINE 2 program including developing BCC/IEC materials, newsletters, footages, advocacy guides, and other messaging required for various phases of the project.
    • The Communication Advisor will coordinate closely with the Senior Manager, Knowledge Management, Deputy Project Director, MEL Advisor and other MEL team members to plan and implement activities that ensure adherence to Mercy Corps’ and DFID standards, including the use dissemination of project materials to different stakeholders.

    Essential Job Responsibilities

    • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcome.
    • Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to countrywide strategy development.
    • Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.
    • Actively participate in meetings and processes to promote effective program management (through strong Communication practices) across the entire country portfolio.
    • Strengthen staff capacity in theory and practical communication through comprehensive training and coaching.
    • Participate in the preparation of high-quality quarterly and annual reports.
    • Coordinate internal and external reviews of information collected
    • Participate in communications-related working groups and maintain close working relationships with other communications counterparts in other relevant international NGOs, local NGOs, and associations in Nigeria.
    • Proven experience in supporting teams  link the project theory of change to develop a communication objective and plan and coordinate its implementation
    • Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary.
    • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
    • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other stakeholders.
    Knowledge and Experience
    • Postgraduate degree in communication, international development, gender or any related field.
    • Minimum of 5 years of Communication work experience in international development required; ideal candidate will have both theoretical and practical background in communications.
    • Knowledge of program development, implementation and reporting
    • Experience supervising Communication teams and building team capacity to deliver high-quality results.
    • Vast experience in producing films, documentaries, drama skits and other appropriate communication materials.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Excellent computer skills, including experience with: any communication software
    • Familiarity and experience large-scale secondary education or school to work and especially targeting marginalized girls or young women programs preferred.
    • Experience interfacing with media, corporations and key stakeholders highly desired.
    • The successful candidate will combine exceptional leadership, management and technical skills with a focus on innovative interventions to engage adolescent girls in informal education and skills building linked with private sector entrepreneurship and employment opportunities in a culturally and religiously conservative environment.
    • S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative and complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential.

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    Deputy Finance Manager

     

    Program / Department Summary

    • The Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) Programme is an initiative to improve learning outcomes and the economic status of marginalized adolescent girls aged 16-19 in the Northern Nigerian states of Kano and Kaduna, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria.
    • ENGINE through funding from the UK Department for International Development’s Girls Education Challenge, the Coca-Cola Company and other stakeholders supported over 18,000 marginalized girls to reduce education and financial barriers in its first implementation phase.
    • In its second phase, ENGINE 2 will facilitate transition of these girls into functional literacy, numeracy and scale up their business opportunities and linkages.
    • ENGINE 2 will further increase girls’ and young women’s access to (1) financial education and life skills; (2) peer to peer networks and mentoring; and (3) direct assets (materials and savings).
    • Beneficiaries will be integrated into value chains as well as conduct other market-driven employment opportunities.
    • ENGINE 2 will also work with girls in formal and informal education to increase their learning opportunities and outcomes to prepare them for future economic activities and work in the policy environment to provide an enabling environment for girls to flourish in their chosen pathways.
    • General Position Summary
    • The Deputy Finance Manager will ensure compliance with donors regular as well Mercy Corps internal policies and procedures.
    • S/he will also be responsible for all financial functions in Nigeria country including accounting, banking, payroll, budgeting, financial reporting and grant financial management and compliance.
    • The Deputy Finance Manager will ensure accuracy and completeness of Mercy Corps accounting roles and will have primary responsibility for managing the monthly accounting cycle and sub award management.

    Essential Job Responsibilities
    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.
    • Daily management of the senior Finance Officer, Finance Officer, Finance Assistants and interns.
    • Manage the month end accounting close process ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the ledger, sub journals and all supporting documentation
    • Coordinate monthly preparation and ensure timely submission of monthly reporting package to HQ
    • Conduct sub grantee pre-award assessment and recommend modifications to sub grantee agreements
    • Support documentation in all country offices
    • Review sub journals and upload data to the general ledger
    • Primary responsibility for maintaining the general ledger software
    • Assist in the training and support of all finance officer in field offices
    • Monitor cash and bank balance and accounts consolidation
    • Conduct sub grantee assessment and preparation of sub grantee agreement

    Strategy & Vision:

    • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcome.
    • Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to countrywide strategy development.
    • Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.

    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.

    Knowledge and Experience

    • Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline, Master’s degree preferred.
    • At least 6 years field experience of general ledger accounting (at least 4 years experience in NGO setting).
    • Excellent negotiation and representation skills and the ability to work comfortably with an ethnically diverse staff in a very sensitive environment.
    • Effective skills in coordination, organization and prioritization as well as in Microsoft Office applications.
    • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work cooperatively with team members.
    • Proven ability to work and solve problems independently without direct supervision.
    • Prior management experience
    • Demonstrated knowledge of USG, DFID, ECHO, EU and other donor regulations
    • English proficiency required with excellent written and oral skills.

    Success Factors

    • The successful candidate will combine exceptional leadership, management and technical skills with a focus on innovative interventions to engage adolescent girls in informal education and skills building linked with private sector entrepreneurship and employment opportunities in a culturally and religiously conservative environment.
    • S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative and complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential.

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    Policy and Governance Advisor

     

    Program / Department Summary

    • The Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) Programme is an initiative to improve learning outcomes and the economic status of marginalized adolescent girls aged 16-19 in the Northern Nigerian states of Kano and Kaduna, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria.
    • ENGINE through funding from the UK Department for International Development’s Girls Education Challenge, the Coca-Cola Company and other stakeholders supported over 18,000 marginalized girls to reduce education and financial barriers in its first implementation phase.
    • In its second phase, ENGINE 2 will facilitate transition of these girls into functional literacy, numeracy and scale up their business opportunities and linkages. ENGINE 2 will further increase girls’ and young women’s access to (1) financial education and life skills; (2) peer to peer networks and mentoring; and (3) direct assets (materials and savings).
    • Beneficiaries will be integrated into value chains as well as conduct other market-driven employment opportunities.
    • ENGINE 2 will also work with girls in formal and informal education to increase their learning opportunities and outcomes to prepare them for future economic activities and work in the policy environment to provide an enabling environment for girls to flourish in their chosen pathways.

    General Position Summary

    • The Policy and Governance Advisor will be responsible for ENGINE 2’s policy and governance component of the project. S/he will be responsible for working with government to ensure policies are implemented to allow girls thrive by becoming educated and empowered. S/he will provide technical leadership on policy and governance issues. This position will ensure ENGINE 2 implementation is responsive to marginalized Nigerian girls, their communities and the country at large. This position will coordinate with other donor-funded programs to facilitate policies that are favorable for girls to thrive.

    Essential Job Responsibilities
    Strategy & Vision:

    • Support the development of the overall vision and strategic plan for the policy and governance unit.
    • Recognize and adapt policies that are favourable and sustainable

    Program Management:

    • Provide technical leadership for the design, formalization, and management of innovative policy and governance initiatives
    • Ensuring quality and integrity of implementation, including adherence to technical guidelines, administrative systems, and established deadlines
    • Evaluating the relevance and appropriateness of current and future programming in relation to policies affecting or hindering girl child education and empowerment
    • Undertaking staff capacity building

    Team Management:

    • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
    • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
    • Supervise, support hire and orientation of new team members as necessary.
    • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
    • Implement performance planning and management systems, establish performance expectations with team members, and regularly provide constructive feedback on team members’ performance.
    • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.

    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 governments and other stakeholders.
    • Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
    • Proactively form relationships community members to complement DfID funding.
    • Represent ENGINE 2 on governance issues at technical and strategic planning meetings, or as requested by the Director of Gender Programs. 

    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
    • Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.

    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.

    Knowledge and Experience

    • Master's Degree or its equivalent in International Relations, Development Studies, Management, Social Sciences, International Development or other relevant field.
    • A minimum of 5 years of progressive work experience including at least 2 years in a Senior Management or Technical Advisory role on large, education, gender- focused, skills building program.
    • Strong understanding of DfID compliance issues.
    • Strong management skills, with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues in high security environment.  Experience managing a multi-organizational team (international and national partners) is a plus.
    • Experience working in Northern Nigeria strongly preferred.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills in English required, including report development, writing and editing.
    • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
    • Demonstrated experience working with country-level ministries and government officials, Ministry of Education experience preferred.

    Success Factors

    • The successful candidate will combine exceptional leadership, management and technical skills with a focus on innovative interventions to engage adolescent girls in informal education and skills building linked with private sector entrepreneurship and employment opportunities in a culturally and religiously conservative environment.  S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative and complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. 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.
    • 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.

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    Capacity Building Program Coordinator

     

    Program / Department Summary

    • The Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) Programme is an initiative to improve learning outcomes and the economic status of marginalized adolescent girls aged 16-19 in the Northern Nigerian states of Kano and Kaduna, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria. ENGINE through funding from the UK Department for International Development's Girls Education Challenge, the Coca-Cola Company and other stakeholders supported over 18,000 marginalized girls to reduce education and financial barriers in its first implementation phase.
    • In its second phase, ENGINE 2 will facilitate transition of these girls into functional literacy, numeracy and scale up their business opportunities and linkages. ENGINE 2 will further increase girls' and young women's access to (1) financial education and life skills; (2) peer to peer networks and mentoring; and (3) direct assets (materials and savings).
    • Beneficiaries will be integrated into value chains as well as conduct other market-driven employment opportunities. ENGINE 2 will also work with girls in formal and informal education to increase their learning opportunities and outcomes to prepare them for future economic activities and work in the policy environment to provide an enabling environment for girls to flourish in their chosen pathways.

    General Position Summary

    • The Capacity Building/Project Coordinator will support technical aspects of the functional literacy and numeracy programming for ENGINE including managing sub-grantee partners, schools/community stakeholders and resources to ensure that the program meets performance-based targets on time and within budget, per DfID requirements.
    • The Capacity Building/Project Coordinator will coordinate with other donor funded programming at state level to link marginalized girls with ENGINE activities.
    • S/he will monitor sub-grantee partners and ensure program funds are spent efficiently and maximize Value for Money per DfID requirements. S/he will supervise and build the capacity of field staff and ensure accountability to Mercy Corps policies and donor rules and regulations.

    Essential Job Responsibilities
    Program management:

    • Provide technical and field support to ENGINE functional literacy, numeracy and school to work programming for both in school and out-of-school marginalized girls.
    • Manage all sub-grantee activities including programmatic implementation, budget & liquidation process and timely reporting.
    • Develop incentives for girls learning and skills building, coordinate the development of schools infrastructures and identify existing peer to peer networks.
    • Provide linkages to opportunities for additional networks within schools, link girls with Islamic and/or community-based education, increasing economic assets through savings clubs and links to financial institutions.
    • Ensure implementation of activities is on time, target and budget, using effective systems to reach desired impacts in order to assess the ENGINE effectiveness and impact and propose recommendations for improvements.
    • Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely reporting especially for sub-grantee partners.
    • Implement and model Mercy Corps' philosophy of social entrepreneurship and leverage Mercy Corps' best practices.
    • In collaboration with the Monitoring Evaluation and Learning team, implement relevant surveys, need assessments, data and information collection for on-going monitoring.
    • Maintains links and keep current on up-to-date best practices around innovative strategies of promoting girls school to work transition; disseminate technical information and assistance where necessary.

    Team Management:

    • Sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
    • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
    • With the support of the Deputy Project Director, supervise, hire and orient new field team members as necessary.
    • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
    • Implement performance planning and management systems, establish performance expectations with team members, and regularly provide constructive feedback on team members' performance.
    • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.

    Finance & Compliance Management:

    • Ensure compliance of sub-grantee partners with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to field 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 sub-grantees, donor Implementing Partners across states, local governments and other stakeholders.
    • Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
    • Participate in education coordination and other donor coordination meetings or workshops and/or as requested by the Deputy Project Director.

    Security:

    • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
    • Proactively ensure that field 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.

    Knowledge and Experience

    • Master's Degree or its equivalent in education, management, social sciences, international development or other relevant field.
    • A minimum of 6 years of progressive work experience including at least 2 years in a senior management or technical Coordination role on large, education, gender- focused, skills building program and/or system strengthening project required.
    • Experience managing large-scale education or school to work and especially targeting marginalized girls or young women programs required.
    • Preferred expertise in at least one of the following areas: accelerated learning programs, Islamic and/or community-based education targeting community acceptance of girl's education, increasing economic assets through savings clubs and links to financial institutions.
    • Strong understanding of DfID compliance issues.
    • Strong management skills, with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues in high security environment. Experience managing a multi-organizational team (international and national partners) is a plus.
    • Experience working in Northern Nigeria strongly preferred.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills in English required, including report development, writing and editing. Hausa language skills preferred
    • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
    • Demonstrated experience working with country-level ministries and government officials, Ministry of Education experience preferred
    • Experience in capacity building of staff and CSO. Excellent training skills.
    • Strong budget management skills required.

    Success Factors

    • The successful candidate will combine exceptional leadership, management and technical skills with a focus on innovative interventions to engage adolescent girls in informal education and skills building linked with private sector entrepreneurship and employment opportunities in a culturally and religiously conservative environment.
    • S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative and complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. 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.
    • 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.

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    Project Officer, Child Protection

     

    Program / Department Summary

    • The Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) Programme is an initiative to improve learning outcomes and the economic status of marginalized adolescent girls aged 16-19 in the Northern Nigerian states of Kano and Kaduna, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria.
    • ENGINE through funding from the UK Department for International Development’s Girls Education Challenge, the Coca-Cola Company and other stakeholders supported over 18,000 marginalized girls to reduce education and financial barriers in its first implementation phase.
    • In its second phase, ENGINE 2 will facilitate transition of these girls into functional literacy, numeracy and scale up their business opportunities and linkages.
    • ENGINE 2 will further increase girls’ and young women’s access to (1) financial education and life skills; (2) peer to peer networks and mentoring; and (3) direct assets (materials and savings).
    • Beneficiaries will be integrated into value chains as well as conduct other market-driven employment opportunities.
    • ENGINE 2 will also work with girls in formal and informal education to increase their learning opportunities and outcomes to prepare them for future economic activities and work in the policy environment to provide an enabling environment for girls to flourish in their chosen pathways.

    General Position Summary

    • The Project Officer - Child Protection will be responsible for training staff and partners on child protection and reporting, track, report child protection issues, and ensure compliance of child protection by all consortium members at safe spaces.
    • S/he will support field implementation of the ENGINE program including supporting administration, partners’ coordination, schools/community stakeholders’ engagement to ensure that the program meets performance-based targets on time and within budget, per DfID requirements.
    • S/he will ensure accountability to Mercy Corps policies and donor rules and regulations.

    Essential Job Responsibilities
    Program Support:

    • Ensure Mercy Corps child protection policy is implemented and promoted
    • Provide training to staff and partners on child protection and reporting mechanism
    • Prioritize child protection issues and design prevention and response programs and initiatives
    • Integrate do no harm principles in program implementation
    • Develop monitoring and reporting mechanisms on a variety of levels eg formal data collection for advocacy, qualitative measures for program development, information for donor reports, etc.
    • Track and report child protection issues to management and other relevant consortium members
    • Ensure compliance with child protection by consortium members
    • Support the coordination of all sub-grantee activities including programmatic implementation, budget & liquidation process and timely reporting of child protection issues.
    • Implement and model Mercy Corps’ philosophy of social entrepreneurship and leverage Mercy Corps’ best practices.

    Finance & Compliance Management:

    • Ensure compliance of sub-grantee partners with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to field programming.

    Security:

    • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.

    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.

    Knowledge and Experience

    • Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent in Education, Management, Social Sciences, International Development or other relevant field.
    • A minimum of 3 years of progressive work in education, gender- focused or skills building program.
    • Experience working on a large-scale education or school to work and especially targeting marginalized girls or young women programs required. Prefer expertise in at least one of the following areas: accelerated learning programs, Islamic and/or community-based education targeting community acceptance of girl’s education, increasing economic assets through savings clubs and links to financial institutions.
    • Good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues in high security environment.  Experience working in a multi-organizational team (international and national partners) is a plus.
    • Experience working in Northern Nigeria strongly preferred.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills in English required, including report development, writing and editing. Hausa language skills preferred
    • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.

    Success Factors

    • The successful candidate will combine exceptional leadership, management and technical skills with a focus on innovative interventions to engage adolescent girls in informal education and skills building linked with private sector entrepreneurship and employment opportunities in a culturally and religiously conservative environment. 
    • S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative and complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. 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.
    • 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.

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    Senior Project Officer

     

    Program / Department Summary

    • The Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) Programme is an initiative to improve learning outcomes and the economic status of marginalized adolescent girls aged 16-19 in the Northern Nigerian states of Kano and Kaduna, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria.
    • ENGINE through funding from the UK Department for International Development’s Girls Education Challenge, the Coca-Cola Company and other stakeholders supported over 18,000 marginalized girls to reduce education and financial barriers in its first implementation phase.
    • In its second phase, ENGINE 2 will facilitate transition of these girls into functional literacy, numeracy and scale up their business opportunities and linkages.
    • ENGINE 2 will further increase girls’ and young women’s access to (1) financial education and life skills; (2) peer to peer networks and mentoring; and (3) direct assets (materials and savings). Beneficiaries will be integrated into value chains as well as conduct other market-driven employment opportunities.
    • ENGINE 2 will also work with girls in formal and informal education to increase their learning opportunities and outcomes to prepare them for future economic activities and work in the policy environment to provide an enabling environment for girls to flourish in their chosen pathways.

    General Position Summary

    • The Senior Project Officers will support field implementation of the ENGINE program including coordinating sub-grantee partner, schools/community stakeholders and resources to ensure that the program meets performance-based targets on time and within budget, per DfID requirements.
    • S/he will monitor sub-grantee partner in the state and ensure program funds are spent efficiently and maximize Value for Money per DfID requirements.
    • S/he will supervise and build the capacity of partner staff and ensure accountability to Mercy Corps policies and donor rules and regulations.

    Essential Job Responsibilities
    Program Support:

    • Provide field support to ENGINE functional literacy, numeracy and school to work programming for both in school and out-of-school marginalized girls.
    • Coordinate sub-grantee activities including programmatic implementation, budget & liquidation process and timely reporting.
    • Provide linkages to opportunities for additional networks within schools, link girls with Islamic and/or community-based education, increasing economic assets through savings clubs and links to financial institutions.
    • Ensure implementation of activities is on time, target and budget, using effective systems to reach desired impacts in order to assess the ENGINE effectiveness and impact and propose recommendations for improvements.
    • Maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely reporting especially for sub-grantee partners.
    • Implement and model Mercy Corps’ philosophy of social entrepreneurship and leverage Mercy Corps’ best practices.
    • In collaboration with the Monitoring Evaluation and Learning team, implement relevant surveys, need assessments, data and information collection for on-going monitoring in the state assigned. 

    Team Management:

    • Sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
    • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
    • With the Deputy Project Director, supervise, hire and orient new field team members as necessary.
    • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
    • Implement performance planning and management systems, establish performance expectations with team members, and regularly provide constructive feedback on team members’ performance.

    Finance & Compliance Management:

    • Ensure compliance of sub-grantee partners with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to field programming.

    Influence & Representation:

    • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with sub-grantee, local governments and other stakeholders.
    • Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
    • Participate in education coordination and other donor coordination meetings or workshops and/or as requested by the Project Advisor. 

    Security:

    • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
    • Proactively ensure that field 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.

    Knowledge and Experience

    • Master's Degree or its equivalent in Education, Management, Social Sciences, International Development or other relevant field.
    • A minimum of 4 years of progressive work experience including at least 1 year in a technical coordination role on education, gender- focused or skills building program.
    • Experience working on a large-scale education or school to work and especially targeting marginalized girls or young women programs required. Prefer expertise in at least one of the following areas: accelerated learning programs, Islamic and/or community-based education targeting community acceptance of girl’s education, increasing economic assets through savings clubs and links to financial institutions. Experience using SMS for training or messaging preferred.
    • Strong understanding of DfID compliance issues.
    • Strong management skills, with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues in high security environment.  Experience managing a multi-organizational team (international and national partners) is a plus.
    • Experience working in Northern Nigeria strongly preferred.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills in English required, including report development, writing and editing. Hausa language skills preferred
    • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
    • Demonstrated experience working with state-level ministries and government officials, Ministry of Education experience preferred.

    Success Factors

    • The successful candidate will combine exceptional leadership, management and technical skills with a focus on innovative interventions to engage adolescent girls in informal education and skills building linked with private sector entrepreneurship and employment opportunities in a culturally and religiously conservative environment.
    • S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative and complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. 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.
    • 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.

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    Senior Monitoring Evaluation & Learning Officer

     

    Program / Department Summary

    • The Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) Programme is an initiative to improve learning outcomes and the economic status of marginalized adolescent girls aged 16-19 in the Northern Nigerian states of Kano and Kaduna, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria.
    • ENGINE through funding from the UK Department for International Development’s Girls Education Challenge, the Coca-Cola Company and other stakeholders supported over 18,000 marginalized girls to reduce education and financial barriers in its first implementation phase.
    • In its second phase, ENGINE 2 will facilitate transition of these girls into functional literacy, numeracy and scale up their business opportunities and linkages.
    • ENGINE 2 will further increase girls’ and young women’s access to (1) financial education and life skills; (2) peer to peer networks and mentoring; and (3) direct assets (materials and savings). Beneficiaries will be integrated into value chains as well as conduct other market-driven employment opportunities.
    • ENGINE 2 will also work with girls in formal and informal education to increase their learning opportunities and outcomes to prepare them for future economic activities and work in the policy environment to provide an enabling environment for girls to flourish in their chosen pathways.

    General Position Summary

    • The Senior Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Officer will coordinate and collaborate closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Advisor on all aspects of monitoring, evaluation, learning, research, and information management.
    • S/he will plan and implement activities that ensure adherence to Mercy Corps’ and DFID standards, including the use of standardized indicators and documentation methodologies.
    • Throughout the life of the program, s/he will be responsible for a) cross-cutting programmatic information management within the framework of the program; b) monitoring and evaluation; c) ensuring that information is shared and used for continuous improvement of ongoing programs, and d) is incorporated into reports.
    • S/he will have responsibility for documenting project impacts and overseeing other Mercy Corps and field-based M&E officers.

    Essential Job Responsibilities
    Strategy & Vision:

    • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcome.
    • Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to countrywide strategy development.
    • Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.

    Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL):

    • Ensure that the ENGINE program captures and reports upon high-quality, verifiable data using valid and appropriate tools that meet the requirements of both DFID and Mercy Corps.
    • Adapt existing data collection tools, analysis of secondary data, and, where appropriate, remote monitoring techniques.
    • Support the management of ENGINE database to track progress towards meeting project goals and objectives.
    • Participate in the preparation of high-quality quarterly and annual reports.
    • Make performance results available to relevant program teams so that they can be used for continuous improvement.
    • Undertake collection, alignment, and reporting relevant program indicators as part of Mercy Corps’ global Mission Metrics initiative.

    Management Information System:

    • Ensure ENGINE MIS is up to date, operational and accessible
    • Coordinate monthly data upload and engage with state teams to ensure data availability and completeness
    • Manage ENGINE SMS aggregator and activity tracking system and provide regular feedback on performance
    • Ensure data quality through regular data quality assessment visits to states and project communities
    • Provide regular feedback to states on data quality and performance against project milestone

    Research and Documentation:

    • Coordinate and manage the administration of ENGINE pre and post-test and matching interest to work assessment
    • Coordinate data entry and archival of pre and post-test questionnaire and matching interest to work assessment
    • Develop and dissemination monthly learning data and update of Performance data table
    • Ensure proper storage of project evaluation data including pre and post-test, matching Interest to Work Assessment and school performance records
    • Perform regular archival and retrieval of project documents, data, reports and email communications

    Communication and Capacity Building:

    • Actively participate in meetings and processes to promote effective program management (through strong MEL practices)
    • Strengthen staff capacity in interpretation and use of both routine data collection and periodic evaluation/assessment tools through comprehensive training and coaching.
    • Improve data quality through supportive supervisory visits to implementing partner staffs and beneficiaries.
    • Problem-solve with others to address shortfalls in monitoring, evaluation and information management that affect program implementation. 
    • Utilize internal Mercy Corps global online information-sharing resources to enhance organizational learning.
    • Support development of abstracts and success stories through provision of information and data

    Team Management:

    • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
    • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
    • Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary.
    • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
    • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.

    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.

    Knowledge and Experience

    • Postgraduate degree in development studies, social sciences, or relevant field, with a strong foundation in monitoring and evaluation
    • Minimum of 4 years of M&E work experience in international development required; ideal candidate will have both theoretical and practical background in M&E
    • Knowledge of program development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting.
    • Experience supervising M&E teams and building team capacity to deliver high-quality results.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Excellent computer skills, including experience with: Excel, PowerPoint, and at least one statistical data analysis software
    • Familiarity and experience in large-scale secondary education or school to work and especially targeting marginalized girls or young women programs preferred.
    • Experience working in Northern States of Nigeria.
    • Fluency in written and verbal English required.

    Success Factors

    • The successful candidate will combine exceptional leadership, management and technical skills with a focus on innovative interventions to engage adolescent girls in informal education and skills building linked with private sector entrepreneurship and employment opportunities in a culturally and religiously conservative environment.
    • S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative and complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. 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.
    • 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.

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    Senior Officer, Job Creation

     

    Program / Department Summary

    • The Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) Programme is an initiative to improve learning outcomes and the economic status of marginalized adolescent girls aged 16-19 in the Northern Nigerian states of Kano and Kaduna, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria.
    • ENGINE through funding from the UK Department for International Development’s Girls Education Challenge, the Coca-Cola Company and other stakeholders supported over 18,000 marginalized girls to reduce education and financial barriers in its first implementation phase.
    • In its second phase, ENGINE 2 will facilitate transition of these girls into functional literacy, numeracy and scale up their business opportunities and linkages.
    • ENGINE 2 will further increase girls’ and young women’s access to (1) financial education and life skills; (2) peer to peer networks and mentoring; and (3) direct assets (materials and savings).
    • Beneficiaries will be integrated into value chains as well as conduct other market-driven employment opportunities.
    • ENGINE 2 will also work with girls in formal and informal education to increase their learning opportunities and outcomes to prepare them for future economic activities and work in the policy environment to provide an enabling environment for girls to flourish in their chosen pathways.

    General Position Summary

    • The Senior Officer Job Creation will support in leading the development and implementation of activities that transition girls in school or in informal education into economic activities including paid employment positions.
    • These include into existing value chains of Nigerian-based companies and market driven employment and entrepreneurship activities; and apprenticeship/internship opportunities.
    • This position requires being responsible for the overall oversight of all aspects of ENGINE 2 job creation programming, including assessment, planning, implementation, monitoring, capacity building of Mercy Corps staff, reporting, and ongoing evaluation.
    • These activities should be in line with government policies, as well as Mercy Corps’ corporate engagement and education strategies.

    Essential Job Responsibilities
    Strategy & Vision:

    • Develop overall vision and strategic plan for engaging business owners and employers who will act as supervisors to project beneficiaries integrated into the programme.
    • Identify, assess, and recommend potential business owners and employers.
    • Act as primary liaison between Mercy Corps via the ENGINE 2 project and business owners/employers.

    Program Management:

    • Develop draft MOUs that will be agreed with the potential business owners and employers.
    • Ensure that participating business owners and employers are formally briefed and adhere to stipulations and guidelines in the MOU.
    • Advocate for the inclusion of marginalized girls and for girls to be active in non-traditional sectors at the household and community level and within Nigerian vocational and skills-based education.
    • Maintain a database of participating business owners and employers.
    • Facilitate quarterly review meetings with participating business owners and employers to identify emerging challenge
    • In collaboration with the Monitoring Evaluation and Learning team, implement relevant surveys, need assessments (including Matching Interest to Work (MIW)), data and information collection for on-going monitoring in project states of implementation.
    • Maintain links and keep current on up-to-date best practices around innovative strategies of promoting girls’ transition from education (both formal & non-formal) to employment or business; disseminate technical information and assistance where necessary.
    • Coordinate closely with other ENGINE 2 personnel to ensure all objectives of the proposal and activities are met.
    • Organizes site-visits to the projects sites; and host visitors and consultants, as needed.

    Team Management:

    • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
    • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
    • Supervise, and orient new team members as necessary.
    • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
    • Contribute to country team-building efforts and help team members identify problem-solving options.

    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 private sector, communities, local governments and other stakeholders.
    • Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
    • Proactively form relationships with private sector actors to complement DfID funding.
    • Participate in education coordination and other donor coordination meetings or workshops and/or as requested by the PPP Advisor.

    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
    • Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.

    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.

    Knowledge and Experience

    • Master's Degree or its equivalent in a related field.
    • At least 3 years’ experience in Job Creation activities for marginalized adolescent girls; with an additional one year in a technical coordination role of integrating relevant project beneficiaries into business/employment in line with need assessment analysis.
    • At least three years’ experience in design, implementation, and management of job creation programmes.
    • Experience leading program activities as part of a donor-funded project within an emerging market.
    • Experience in working with stakeholders to facilitate job opportunities for project beneficiaries.
    • Strong management skills, with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues in high security environment. 
    • Experience working in Northern Nigeria strongly preferred.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills in English required, including report development, writing and editing.
    • Hausa language skills preferred
    • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
    • Demonstrated experience working with country-level ministries and government officials, Ministry of Labour & Productivity experience preferred.

    Success Factors

    • The successful candidate will combine exceptional leadership, management and technical skills with a focus on innovative interventions to engage adolescent girls in informal education and skills building linked with private sector entrepreneurship and employment opportunities in a culturally and religiously conservative environment.
    • S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative and complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. 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.
    • 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.

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    Senior Manager, Knowledge Management

     

    Program / Department Summary

    • The Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) Programme is an initiative to improve learning outcomes and the economic status of marginalized adolescent girls aged 16-19 in the Northern Nigerian states of Kano and Kaduna, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria.
    • ENGINE through funding from the UK Department for International Development’s Girls Education Challenge, the Coca-Cola Company and other stakeholders supported over 18,000 marginalized girls to reduce education and financial barriers in its first implementation phase.
    • In its second phase, ENGINE 2 will facilitate transition of these girls into functional literacy, numeracy and scale up their business opportunities and linkages.
    • ENGINE 2 will further increase girls’ and young women’s access to (1) financial education and life skills; (2) peer to peer networks and mentoring; and (3) direct assets (materials and savings). Beneficiaries will be integrated into value chains as well as conduct other market-driven employment opportunities.
    • ENGINE 2 will also work with girls in formal and informal education to increase their learning opportunities and outcomes to prepare them for future economic activities and work in the policy environment to provide an enabling environment for girls to flourish in their chosen pathways.

    General Position Summary

    • The Senior Manager, Knowledge Management will provide leadership in all aspects of knowledge, research, and information management.
    • The Senior Manager, Knowledge Management will coordinate closely with the Project Director, Deputy Project Director and other team members to plan and evaluate activities that ensure adherence to Mercy Corps’ and DFID standards, including the use of standardized indicators and documentation methodologies.
    • Throughout the life of the program, s/he will be the senior leader responsible for a) cross-cutting programmatic information management within the framework of the program; b) monitoring and evaluation; c) ensuring that information is shared and used for continuous improvement of ongoing programs, and d) is incorporated into reports.
    • S/he will have responsibility for leading research efforts, networking with research agencies, documenting project impacts, and overseeing field-based M&E staff.

    Essential Job Responsibilities
    Strategy & Vision:

    • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcome.
    • Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to countrywide strategy development.
    • Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support. 

    Technical Leadership - Knowledge Management:

    • Ensure that the ENGINE project captures and reports upon high quality, verifiable data using valid and appropriate qualitative and quantitative tools that meet the requirements of both DFID and Mercy Corps.
    • Work with external evaluator to ensure ENGINE evaluations are routinely conducted in line with donor requirements
    • Manage the dissemination of information to different stakeholders
    • Adapt existing Mercy Corps and DFID monitoring tools, as well as propose new ways of measuring change through the use of both quantitative and qualitative data collection tools, analysis of secondary data, and, where appropriate, remote monitoring techniques.
    • Establish and manage a database to track progress towards meeting project goals and objectives.
    • Preparation of high-quality quarterly and annual donor reports, communication briefs, documentaries, fact sheets
    • Coordinate internal and external reviews of information collected and lead the analysis of findings, with a strong emphasis on learning.
    • Make performance results available to relevant program teams so that they can be used for continuous improvement.
    • Lead on collecting, aligning, and reporting relevant program indicators as part of Mercy Corps’ global Mission Metrics initiative. 

    Communication and Capacity Building:

    • Actively participate in meetings and processes to promote effective program management (through strong MEL practices) across the entire country portfolio.
    • Strengthen staff capacity in qualitative and quantitative monitoring and evaluation tools through comprehensive training and coaching.
    • Problem-solve with others to address shortfalls in monitoring, evaluation and information management that affect program implementation. 
    • Utilize internal Mercy Corps global online information-sharing resources to enhance organizational learning.
    • Participate in M&E-related working groups and maintain close working relationships with MEL counterparts in other relevant international NGOs, local NGOs, and associations in Nigeria.

    Research Coordination:

    • Develop and manage effective longitudinal research methods to accurately track beneficiaries over the life of the project.
    • Maintain regular contact with relevant research agencies, including through relevant research partnerships, and help to increase the skills and product quality of these organizations.
    • Coordinate with Mercy Corps’ HQ-based Technical Support Unit (TSU) to guide process of ex-ante, ex-post and midterm evaluation from the design, implementation and documentation phases.
    • Liaise with other research organizations to ensure coordination of efforts. 

    Team Management:

    • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
    • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
    • Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary.
    • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
    • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.

    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.

    Knowledge and Experience

    • Master’s degree in Development Studies, Statistics, Social Sciences, or relevant field, with a strong foundation in research methods, statistics, measurement, and evaluation.
    • Minimum of progressive 8 years  Knowledge Management and Research work experience in international development required; ideal candidate will have both theoretical and practical background in M&E, communication experience and skilled in qualitative and quantitative M&E methodologies and techniques. Experience managing RCTs a plus.
    • Knowledge of program development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting.
    • Experience supervising M&E and communication teams and building team capacity to deliver high-quality results.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
    • Excellent computer skills, including experience with: Excel, PowerPoint, Epi-Info, SPSS, Access, and any other statistical packages.
    • Demonstrated understanding of intermediate and advanced statistics and the ability to summarize, generalize, and make predictions from large data sets.
    • Ability to conceptualize, plan and implement program activities creatively, as well as possess the ability to analyze data and utilize lessons learned for the continuous improvement of program implementation and to promote a culture of learning.
    • Familiarity and experience large-scale secondary education or school to work and especially targeting marginalized girls or young women programs preferred. 
    • Experience working in Northern States of Nigeria.
    • Fluency in written and verbal English required.
    • Use of ICT4D in monitoring and reporting

    Success Factors

    • The successful candidate will combine exceptional leadership, management and technical skills with a focus on innovative interventions to engage adolescent girls in informal education and skills building linked with private sector entrepreneurship and employment opportunities in a culturally and religiously conservative environment.
    • S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative and complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. 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.
    • 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.

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    Senior Communication Officer

     

    Program / Department Summary

    • The Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) Programme is an initiative to improve learning outcomes and the economic status of marginalized adolescent girls aged 16-19 in the Northern Nigerian states of Kano and Kaduna, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria. ENGINE through funding from the UK Department for International Development's Girls Education Challenge, the Coca-Cola Company and other stakeholders supported over 18,000 marginalized girls to reduce education and financial barriers in its first implementation phase.
    • In its second phase, ENGINE 2 will facilitate transition of these girls into functional literacy, numeracy and scale up their business opportunities and linkages. ENGINE 2 will further increase girls' and young women's access to (1) financial education and life skills; (2) peer to peer networks and mentoring; and (3) direct assets (materials and savings).
    • Beneficiaries will be integrated into value chains as well as conduct other market-driven employment opportunities. ENGINE 2 will also work with girls in formal and informal education to increase their learning opportunities and outcomes to prepare them for future economic activities and work in the policy environment to provide an enabling environment for girls to flourish in their chosen pathways.

    General Position Summary

    • The Senior Communication Officer will provide support in all aspects of information management.
    • S/he will support the development of a communication strategy for the ENGINE 2 program including developing BCC/IEC materials, newsletters, footages, advocacy guides, and other messaging required for various phases of the project.
    • The candidate will coordinate closely with the Communication Advisor to plan and implement activities that ensure adherence to Mercy Corps' and DFID standards, including the use dissemination of project materials to different stakeholders.
    • Throughout the life of the program, s/he will be the leader responsible for a) cross-cutting programmatic information management within the framework of the program; b) ensuring that information is shared and used for continuous improvement of ongoing programs.
    • S/he will have responsibility for leading the development of high quality reports and success stories for dissemination and documentation.

    Essential Job Responsibilities
    Strategy & Vision:

    • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcome.
    • Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to countrywide strategy development.
    • Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.

    Communication and Capacity Building:

    • Actively participate in meetings and processes to promote effective program management (through strong Communication practices) across the entire country portfolio.
    • Problem-solve with others to address shortfalls in communication and information management that affect program implementation.
    • Utilize internal Mercy Corps global online information-sharing resources to enhance organizational learning.
    • Participate and support in the preparation of high-quality quarterly and annual reports.
    • Coordinate internal and external reviews of information collected
    • Participate in communications-related working groups and maintain close working relationships with other communications counterparts in other relevant international NGOs, local NGOs, and associations in Nigeria.
    • Proven experience in supporting teams' link the project theory of change to develop a communication objective and plan and coordinate its implementation

    Team Management:

    • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
    • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
    • Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary.
    • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
    • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.

    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.

    Knowledge and Experience

    • Postgraduate degree in communication, international development, gender or any related field.
    • Minimum of 3 years of Communication work experience in international development required; ideal candidate will have both theoretical and practical background in communications.
    • Knowledge of program development, implementation and reporting
    • Experience supervising Communication teams and building team capacity to deliver high-quality results.
    • Vast experience in producing films, documentaries, drama skits and other appropriate communication materials.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Excellent computer skills, including experience with: any communication software
    • Familiarity and experience large-scale secondary education or school to work and especially targeting marginalized girls or young women programs preferred.
    • Experience interfacing with media, corporations and key stakeholders highly desired
    • Fluency in written and verbal English required.

    Success Factors

    • The successful candidate will combine exceptional leadership, management and technical skills with a focus on innovative interventions to engage adolescent girls in informal education and skills building linked with private sector entrepreneurship and employment opportunities in a culturally and religiously conservative environment.
    • S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative and complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. 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.
    • 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.

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    Project Intern - Job Creation

     

    Program / Department Summary

    • The Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) Programme is an initiative to improve learning outcomes and the economic status of marginalized adolescent girls aged 16-19 in the Northern Nigerian states of Kano and Kaduna, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria.
    • ENGINE through funding from the UK Department for International Development’s Girls Education Challenge, the Coca-Cola Company and other stakeholders supported over 18,000 marginalized girls to reduce education and financial barriers in its first implementation phase.
    • In its second phase, ENGINE 2 will facilitate transition of these girls into functional literacy, numeracy and scale up their business opportunities and linkages.
    • ENGINE 2 will further increase girls’ and young women’s access to (1) financial education and life skills; (2) peer to peer networks and mentoring; and (3) direct assets (materials and savings). Beneficiaries will be integrated into value chains as well as conduct other market-driven employment opportunities.
    • ENGINE 2 will also work with girls in formal and informal education to increase their learning opportunities and outcomes to prepare them for future economic activities and work in the policy environment to provide an enabling environment for girls to flourish in their chosen pathways.

    General Position Summary

    • The Project Intern - Job Creation will support in the development and implementation of activities that transition girls in school or in informal education into economic activities including paid employment positions. These include into existing value chains of Nigerian-based companies and market driven employment and entrepreneurship activities; and apprenticeship/internship opportunities.

    Essential Job Responsibilities

    • Program Management
    • Support in developing draft MOUs that will be agreed with the potential business owners and employers.
    • Maintain a database of participating business owners and employers.
    • Support in facilitating quarterly review meetings with participating business owners and employers to identify emerging challenge
    • In collaboration with the Monitoring Evaluation and Learning team, implement relevant surveys, need assessments (including Matching Interest to Work (MIW)), data and information collection for on-going monitoring in project states of implementation.
    • Support in organizing site-visits to the projects sites; and host visitors and consultants, as needed.
    • 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
    • Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.

    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.

    Knowledge and Experience

    • Degree in Arts, humanities, social sciences or relevant field
    • At least one-year experience in implementation job creation programmes.
    • Experience supporting program activities as part of a donor-funded project within an emerging market.
    • Experience in working with stakeholders to facilitate job opportunities for project beneficiaries.
    • Experience working in Northern Nigeria strongly preferred.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills in English required, including report development and writing
    • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.

    Success Factors

    • The successful candidate will combine exceptional leadership, management and technical skills with a focus on innovative interventions to engage adolescent girls in informal education and skills building linked with private sector entrepreneurship and employment opportunities in a culturally and religiously conservative environment.
    • S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative and complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential.

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    Project Director

     

    Program / Department Summary

    • The Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) Programme is an initiative to improve learning outcomes and the economic status of marginalized adolescent girls aged 16-19 in the Northern Nigerian states of Kano and Kaduna, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria.
    • ENGINE through funding from the UK Department for International Development’s Girls Education Challenge, the Coca-Cola Company and other stakeholders supported over 18,000 marginalized girls to reduce education and financial barriers in its first implementation phase.
    • In its second phase, ENGINE 2 will facilitate transition of these girls into functional literacy, numeracy and scale up their business opportunities and linkages.
    • ENGINE 2 will further increase girls’ and young women’s access to (1) financial education and life skills; (2) peer to peer networks and mentoring; and (3) direct assets (materials and savings). Beneficiaries will be integrated into value chains as well as conduct other market-driven employment opportunities.
    • ENGINE 2 will also work with girls in formal and informal education to increase their learning opportunities and outcomes to prepare them for future economic activities and work in the policy environment to provide an enabling environment for girls to flourish in their chosen pathways.

    General Position Summary

    • The Project Director will be responsible for providing overall leadership, technical and strategic management to the project. S/he will manage staff, national partners and resources to ensure that the program meets performance-based targets on time and within budget, per DfID requirements.
    • The Project Director will coordinate with other donor funded programming to link marginalized girls with ENGINE activities.
    • S/he will ensure program funds are spent efficiently and maximize Value for Money per DfID requirements.
    • The Project Director will supervise and build the capacity of key program staff and ensure accountability to Mercy Corps policies and donor rules and regulations.
    • S/he will be the primary ENGINE representative to donors, relevant government entities, public and private sector partners, Government agencies and external stakeholders.

    Essential Job Responsibilities

    • Strategy & Vision:
      • Develop overall vision and strategic plan for ENGINE project, in collaboration with ENGINE consortium members.
      • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcome.
      • Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to countrywide strategy development.
      • Design and support evaluation assessment and analysis to determine scope of the project based on needs and opportunities.
    • Program Management:
      • Lead the technical aspects of functional literacy, numeracy and school to work programming for ENGINE program.
      • Monitor adherence to grant agreement, Mercy Corps and DfID policies and procedures and relevant external rules and regulations.
      • Oversee performance of consortium partners and sub-grantees and conduct frequent field visits to all project sites in the North West and South West. Problem-solve with partners when needed.
      • 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.
      • Implement and model Mercy Corps’ philosophy of social entrepreneurship and leverage Mercy Corps’ best practices.
      • Identify and manage links with existing and planned donor interventions that target adolescent girls to identify girls on an on-going basis to participate in ENGINE activities.
      • Maintains links and keep current on up-to-date best practices around innovative strategies of promoting girls school to work transition; disseminate technical information and assistance where necessary.
      • Oversee the production of high-quality reports on all aspects of the ENGINE program in a timely and efficient manner.
      • Ensure that M&E team members focus on assisting programs to generate practical information that can be used for ongoing program decision-making while also capturing results at the impact level.
    • Team Management:
      • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
      • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
      • Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary.
      • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
      • Implement performance planning and management systems, establish performance expectations with team members, and regularly provide constructive feedback on team members’ performance.
      • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.
    • Finance & Compliance Management:
      • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to emergency programming.
      • 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.
      • Proactively form relationships with private sector actors to complement DfID funding.
      • Participate in education coordination and other donor coordination meetings or workshops and/or as requested by the Director of Gender Programs.
      • 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
      • Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.
    • 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.

    Knowledge and Experience

    • Master’s Degree or its equivalent in Education, Management, Social Sciences, International Development or other relevant field.
    • A minimum of 10 years of progressive work experience including at least 4 years in a senior management or technical advisory role on large, education, gender- focused, skills building program, systems strengthening and governance.
    • Experience managing large-scale education or school to work projects especially targeting marginalized girls or young women programs required. Preferred expertise in at least one of the following areas: accelerated learning programs, Islamic and/or community-based education targeting community acceptance of girl’s education, increasing economic assets through savings clubs and links to financial institutions. Experience using SMS for training or messaging preferred.
    • Strong understanding of DfID compliance issues.
    • Strong management skills, with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues in high security environment. Experience managing a multi-organizational team (international and national partners) is a plus.
    • Experience working in Northern Nigeria a plus.
    • Experience with private-sector led initiatives.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills in English required, including report development, writing and editing.
    • Familiarity with cultural and religious context of north and south Nigeria
    • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
    • Demonstrated experience working with country-level ministries and government officials, Ministry of Education experience preferred.

    Success Factors

    • The successful candidate will combine exceptional leadership, management and technical skills with a focus on innovative interventions to engage adolescent girls in informal education and skills building linked with private sector entrepreneurship and employment opportunities in a culturally and religiously conservative environment.  S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative and complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. 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.
    • 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.

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    Human Resource Officer

     

    Program / Department Summary

    • Mercy Corps is an international relief and development organization working in over 40 countries worldwide helping people build secure, productive and just communities.
    • Mercy Corps Nigeria implements a variety of programs with the ultimate goal of building productive, secure and just communities.
    • The organization’s programs are implemented in twelve states, mainly in north and north east parts of Nigeria and Lagos.
    • Our work covers the following sectors: economic development, livelihoods/food security, adolescent girls &boys empowerment, financial resilience, conflict mitigation and humanitarian response. 
    • Common themes include community engagement, inclusive development, gender, and working in partnership with local government, the private sector and civil society actors.

    General Position Summary

    • The Human Resource Officer (Biu) is a new crucial role which reports directly to the Head of Office and indirectly to the Senior Human Resource Officer or HR Officer Abuja (HR strategic oversight and support services) and is responsible for undertaking the Human Resource function within our Biu Office.

    Essential Job Responsibilities

    • Follow Mercy Corps Policies and Procedures for Human Resources as stipulated in the Mercy Corps field Administration and National Policy manual.
    • Handle the field recruitment process in liaison with the hiring managers.
    • Receive all HR related documentation from head office and ensures to have it filed.
    • Update all personnel files and ensures safety of all personnel information
    • Ensure staff fills all medical forms and sends them to the head office, Abuja.
    • Maintain staff personnel files in an MC standardized filing system, making sure all necessary HR paperwork is consistently filed and/or updated as required.
    • Maintain confidentiality of all national staff personnel issues including disciplinary procedures and contracts/pay rises.
    • Assist with the collection of monthly timesheets and ensuring original copies are sent to the head office, Abuja.
    • Ensure that all new hires undergo on-boarding process at the field office for both nationals and expatriates upon the hire.
    • Ensure that staff undertake mandatory trainings including code of conduct, safety, etc
    • Act as focal person during the deployment of all field based trainings, learning and development schemes
    • Provide content as and when required for all departmental talent acquisition plans
    • Provide content as and when required for all field focused employee engagement schemes
    • Implement the departmental employee engagement surveys
    • Participate in any disciplinary meetings and hearings and take minutes.
    • Track all performance reviews/probationary evaluations and notify supervisory staff accordingly.
    • Ensure monthly tracking’s for Medical and staff attendance, hires and terminations
    • Monthly tracking of Leave attendance, National Field Database, Medical, Performance Management, Training database
    • Conduct him/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to mercy corps and not to jeopardize its humanitarian mission
    • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by Mercy Corps Country Program.
    • 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.

    Knowledge and Experience

    • Minimum 2 years’ experience with office administration; computer skills are required, must be an independent thinker and have strong organizational skills;
    • Must possess a minimum of a Degree in preferably Human Resource, Social Work, Public Administration, Education, or other related field.
    • Demonstrated excellence in human resource management, particularly in a multi-cultural environment, including staff training, motivation, and discipline
    • Ability to communicate in English, Kanuri and Hausa
    •  Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
    • Good negotiation, representation skills and the ability to work comfortably with an ethnically diverse staff.
    • Strong ability to innovatively solve problems.
    • Ability to communicate fluently verbally and in writing in English Hausa, and preferably also in Kanuri.

    Success Factors

    • The successful candidate will be proactive, creative and a problem solver. S/he will be conscientious with an excellent sense of judgment. S/he will be able to thrive in a fast-paced environment and will be capable of multitasking. S/he will demonstrate strong understanding of cultural and social environment in the region and have the willingness and ability to work effectively with a wide verity of people.

    Method of Application

    Applicants should submit their CV's and Cover letter in one document, addressing the position requirements to: ng-recruitment.nigeria@mercycorps.org

    Note

    • 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 strongly encourage women to apply for this position.

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