Mercy Corps seeks qualified candidates for the position of a Project Manager in her country office in Kano.
Globally, Mercy Corps’ mission is to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. This occurs when public, private and civil society actors interact with accountability, inclusive participation and mechanisms for peaceful change. Our global strategy 1) takes an integrated, systems approach, 2) works in partnership with diverse actors, 3) is grounded in evidence and learning, and 4) uses a gender lens. Last year, we improved the lives of 19 million people globally. Mercy Corps manages programs in 43 countries. Working in Nigeria since 2012, Mercy Corps works across 11 states with a focus on the Middle Belt and Northern states through partnerships with USAID, DfID, GHR Foundation, Nike Foundation, MasterCard, and the Foundation for Partnerships in the Niger Delta (PIND). Mercy Corps links peace-building with economic development, focusing on vulnerable populations such as adolescent girls.
The Girls Opportunities for Advancing Literacy (GOAL) program is transformative. It addresses several challenges faced by girls in Nigeria by ensuring secondary education for marginalized girls is equitable and scalable by increasing girls’ learning outcomes and directly supporting girls’ increased control of economic assets. GOAL will increase financial literacy and labor-market relevant skills for 1,800 marginalized female junior and senior school students (ages 15 to 19) in Ministry of Education (MoE) and Islamiyya schools in Kano State. To ensure scale and sustainability, GOAL will support the Government of Nigeria (GoN) to operationalize the girl-centered financial curriculum in 30 schools.Mercy Corps has strong relationships with the MoE and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) who are increasing financial literacy in secondary schools under the GoN’s National Financial Inclusion Strategy for 2020.
GOAL will accelerate innovation in Nigeria through the operationalization of a girl-centered curriculum at the secondary school level that will enhance employment-relevant skills for marginalized girls in Kano State, Nigeria with a focus on strengthened financial literacy skills and financial inclusion. GOAL will: 1) develop proof of concept of a tailored financial literacy curriculum for female students in junior and senior secondary schools and 2) enhance transferable and entrepreneurism skills relevant to the labor market. GOAL will be supported at multiple-levels by the GoN, specifically the MoE and CBN, to build an evidence base of strategies and tactics for teaching female secondary school students employment-relevant skills to inform a government-led scale-up of financial literacy curriculum while providing girls a supportive environment through a Safe Space model linked to their schools. Each aspect of the GOAL program is designed to be innovative and test new models for adolescent girls in Nigeria. GOAL will:
GOAL will link with Mercy Corps’ existing ENGINE (Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises) program to provide girls with intensive business and entrepreneurship, leadership and life skills training. Under GOAL, Mercy Corps will allow girls who have graduated secondary school to enter into the 6-month business and entrepreneurship training program. The program will be weighted to the girls’ literacy and numeracy levels and will include business and entrepreneurial skills training and financial education comprising 75% of the time followed by leadership and life skills (25%). Once girls complete the 6 month business and entrepreneurship training course (4-6 hours per week), they will be eligible to opt-in to participate in the next stage of GOAL, starting their own microfranchise with either Coca-Cola or d.light solar lights. Girls who opt into one of the value chains will be provided additional product-specific training along with assets to start their microfranchise.
General Position Summary:
The Project Officer will support the implementation of activities for GOAL. This position will ensure GOAL implementation is responsive to marginalized Nigerian girls.
Essential Job Functions:
Supervisory Responsibility: N/A
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO:Project Manager, GOAL
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Other Mercy Corps technical and program staff and Mercy Corps’ implementation partners.
Knowledge and experience:
The successful applicant will combine exceptional planning, writing and organizational skills with a focus on innovative interventions to engage adolescent girls in increasing their savings. S/he will have skills in multi-tasking, prioritizing and problem solving. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
Living Conditions/Environmental Conditions:
This position will be based in Kano, where security may be particularly difficult at times.
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
Please submit CV and cover letter addressing the key criteria above, to: firstname.lastname@example.org with mail subject GOAL Project Officer by 14th February, 2014. Recruitment will be ongoing and may conclude prior to this date.