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  • Program Director at Mercy Corps

  • Posted on: 12 December, 2019 Deadline: 9 January, 2020
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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.
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    Program Director

     

     

    Country Program Summary

    Mercy Corps has been present in Nigeria since 2012, focusing its interventions on humanitarian assistance, economic development, and conflict mitigation. With the ongoing insurgency in Northeast Nigeria causing the displacement of millions of individuals, Mercy Corps started its humanitarian response in 2014 to address the rising humanitarian needs. As the crisis has persisted, Mercy Corps' strategy has also expanded to address the root causes of the conflict and seek to build the long term resilience of communities with integrated programs focusing on governance, the recovery of markets and livelihoods, social cohesion and social protection, youth empowerment, and local conflict management.

    General Position Summary

     

     

    The Program Director (PD) will provide overall leadership, technical oversight, management and strategic vision to the EU Yobe Program while managing staff and resources to ensure that the program meets its targets and deliverables on-time, on-scope and within budget. The PD will ensure high program quality while ensuring strict adherence to internal Mercy Corps policies and procedures as well as donor rules and regulations. The PD will also have representation duties to donors, relevant government entities, partners, other implementers and external stakeholders. The PD will need to take a lead role in representation at the cash coordination meetings in Yobe given the emphasis on CTP mechanisms related to program delivery. The position will monitor the context and implementation environment as well as the program quality to ensure it remains conducive for CTP expansion (this includes yet not limited to: market viability, financial sector viability, security and community acceptance of CTP). The PD will work closely with the Deputy Director for Programs, the program team and support departments to ensure effective program coordination and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, quality assurance and accountability.

     

    Essential Job Responsibilities

    Strategy & Vision

     

    • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.
    • 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.

    Program Management

    • Ensure program is on-time, on-scope and within budget.

    • Structure his/her team to ensure that all program aspects meet the highest programmatic standards and adhere to industry norms/regulations.

    • Track program objectives and deadlines.

    • Ensure the monitoring of all grant agreements for compliance with Mercy Corps policies and procedures as well as donor/government/external rules and regulations.
    • Ensure that Standard Operating Procedures for all program activities are in place, staff are trained and strictly adhere to them.
    • Oversee the performance of sub-grantees, consultants and contractors.
    • Oversee all aspects of design, monitoring, evaluation and learning, and ensure that all program aspects are documented and archived according to internal/donor requirements.
    • Ensure the program is in alignment with Mercy Corps' principles, values and the program's strategic plan.
    • Ensure all program management minimum standards are met (including risk management, issues management).
    • Ensure optimal integration of all program components for maximum impact.
    • 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.
    • Oversee program start-up and ongoing program management and administration of teams across various field locations
    • Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities, authorities and partners and consistent with Mercy Corps' relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan
    • Ensure that beneficiaries are effectively targeted according to established vulnerability criteria
    • Develop and oversee program implementation strategies, including partnership frameworks, beneficiary targeting, distribution processes and capacity building of partners as needed
    • Initiate needs assessments, surveys and other data gathering tools to ensure that Mercy Corps has continued access to updated information and is able to address emerging needs in timely manner
    • Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity, resilience approach and capacity building into all activities as appropriate
    • Ensure program implementation is on time, target and budget, using effective M&E systems to achieve the desired impact
    • Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources and timely, accurate and informative reporting in line with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures
    • Fulfill Mercy Corps Program Management Minimum Standards based on the organization-wide guide.Team Management

    • Recruit a program team and ensure that program staff receive necessary inductions and training (including program management certification where required).

    • Hire, orient and supervise new team members as necessary

    • Create a work atmosphere of mutual respect conducive to professional growth and development of excellent personnel at all levels.

    • Implement, and ensure all staff members are effectively using, the performance planning and management system, establishing performance expectations and regularly providing constructive feedback.
    • Promote accountability by conducting staff annual performance reviews with direct supervisees and ensuring that supervisory staff personnel do the same.
    • 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.
    • Lead the program team in implementation of all field program activities.
    • 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 programming and operations.

    • With the support of the Operations Manager ensure adequate operational systems are in place to provide for programs

    • Manage program budget(s) as primary budget holder

    • Strictly follow Mercy Corps Fraud and Corruption Prevention guidelines.

    Influence & Representation

    • Identify, build and manage partnerships on state and local levels with different stakeholders such as state and local government, civil society, UN agencies, peer INGOs, businesses and program participants.

    • Communicate effectively to ensure overall program targets and donor obligations are met.

    • Host and ensure logistic support for donor or other stakeholders field visits

    • Recognize and bring forward opportunities for innovative action and create an environment of empowerment, inclusion and participation
    • In coordination with management set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions and resources to achieve objectives and contribute to country-wide strategy development

    Security

    • Maintains ultimate responsibility for the security and safety of Mercy Corps staff and resources in the field.

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

     

    Personal Leadership

     

    • Consistently demonstrate flexibility, resilience and ability to maintain positive relationships and composure, even under difficult circumstances
    • Maintain high ethical standards and treat people with respect and dignity
    • Demonstrate an awareness of his/her own strengths and development needs

    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.

     

    Supervisory Responsibility: Yobe Program Team

     

    Accountability

     

    Reports Directly To: Deputy Director for Programs

     

    Works Directly With: Operations, Finance, Program Managers, TSU team members, and Cash Team.

     

    Knowledge and Experience

     

    • MA/Msc or equivalent in international development, management, economics or other relevant field. Strong management skills, with good knowledge of relevant cross-cultural issues.
    • Seven years of management experience in progressively responsible positions.
    • Experience leading the implementation of multi-sector integrated projects.
    • Ability to work independently in the field and show initiative. Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work cooperatively with team members.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to develop good relationships with a wide range of actors required.
    • Experience representing the organization and its interests to a diverse range of local stakeholders, private sector actors, Government and partners.

     

    SUCCESS FACTORS:

     

    A successful Program Director will combine exceptional management skills and experience in maintaining donor and partner relationships. S/he will be able to develop, implement and manage a large, multi-sector program. The ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel and experience in building the capacity of individual staff and teams. The PD will have a demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities is necessary. 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 and challenging environments, and make effective written and verbal communication a priority

     

    LIVING CONDITIONS:

     

    The position will be based in Damatru, Yobe state, Nigeria and it requires frequent travel to field locations in and around the state. Considering the frequent travel from/to different field locations, this position will require flexibility in terms of accommodation and logistics. Housing in the field will be in hotels or guesthouse where available. Security in the field locations require additional vigilance and accessibility will be reassessed continuously. Access to good medical services is limited. Phone communication, internet, electricity and water is available but might be erratic. The location is eligible for hardship and R&R benefits. Given the nature of the humanitarian response, working hours require flexibility and working through weekends/evenings might be necessary.

     

    Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and Mercy Corps policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all locations.

     

    • MA/Msc or equivalent in international development, management, economics or other relevant field. Strong management skills, with good knowledge of relevant cross-cultural issues.
    • Seven years of management experience in progressively responsible positions.
    • Experience leading the implementation of multi-sector integrated projects.
    • Ability to work independently in the field and show initiative. Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work cooperatively with team members.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to develop good relationships with a wide range of actors required.
    • Experience representing the organization and its interests to a diverse range of local stakeholders, private sector actors, Government and partners.

     

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    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Mercy Corps career website on jobs.jobvite.com to apply

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