Mercy Corps Cash and Livelihood Program Officer Jobs in Nigeria

Mercy Corps Cash and Livelihood Program Officer Jobs in Nigeria



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.


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


With the insurgency spilling over from the Northeast of Nigeria and causing displacement of millions of individuals, Mercy Corps started its humanitarian response in 2014 to address the rising humanitarian needs.


The Cash and Livelihood Program Officer is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of unconditional cash (UCT), cash for work (CFW) and using systems are in place to support cash transfer programming and livelihood interventions in Northeast Nigeria (Borno state).


Responsibilities


Strategy and Vision:

  • Recognize opportunities to evolve the current humanitarian portfolio into a more effective and impactful portfolio addressing the changing needs of conflict-affected populations.
  • Contribute to countrywide strategy development.

    Representation and Coordination:

  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with communities, local authorities and other stakeholders.
  • Ensure effective coordination with relevant working groups, UN, ICRC and colleagues I/NGO agencies.

    Program Management - CASH:

  • Oversee the implementation of UCT and CFW activities and administration of the teams across program field locations;
  • Develop activity work plans and manage day-to-day activity implementation;
  • Ensure that program implementation is responsive to community needs, meets targets, and is carried out in line with best practices;
  • Ensure that beneficiaries are effectively targeted according to vulnerability criteria;
  • Establish and maintain effective program reporting, and monitoring and evaluation systems (to track, analyze and report on results) for both internal and external use;
  • Integrate community approaches, protection mainstreaming, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate;
  • Ensure program filing system is in place, adheres to internal and donor regulation and filing is regularly maintained;
  • Adhere to all MC policies related to security, operations and transport/ logistics information related to programming.

    Program Management - Livelihood Interventions:

  • Coordinate with MEL team to map, identify and register program participants.
  • Lead in the selection of beneficiaries with support from Cash & Livelihood Assistants, MEL Team & Agric Systems Officer.
  • Facilitate setting up of VSLA groups to provide safe space for beneficiaries.
    Identify reliable and trusted members locally to serve as village agents for VSLAs.
  • Coordinate the sensitization of beneficiaries.
  • Coordinate with the protection sector to get village agents trained in psychosocial support.
  • Facilitate training of beneficiaries on financial literacy, bookkeeping and smart saving practices.
  • Lead the market assessment to ascertain the most profitable skills in the intervention locations.
  • Work with operations (procurement) to select the financial service provider (FSP) for cash disbursement.
  • Lead the cash disbursement to beneficiaries through FSP.
  • Coordinate post distribution monitoring with MEL team.
  • Ensure the grantees VSLA meetings and small-scale businesses are monitored monthly.
  • Ensure effective community engagement to create enabling environment and ownership.
  • Submit monthly program update including success stories to the supervisor.

    Team Management:

  • Supervise, hire and orient team members, as necessary.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Identify any gaps or capacity needs within the team and ensure training and capacity building are incorporated into program planning.

    Finance & Compliance Management:

  • Ensure compliance with all donor and Mercy Corps regulations.
  • Oversee the UCT and CFW activity budgets and project monthly cash flow.


    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
  • 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.


    Requirements


  • MA/MS/MBA in relevant field required.
  • Minimum 4-5 years of experience working on the development, implementation, administration and compliance of a field-based international development or humanitarian program; specifically in economic recovery.
  • Prior experience implementing livelihoods programs is essential, preferably in conflict settings.
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders to identify beneficiaries according to criteria required.
  • Experience with running assessments, monitoring and evaluation and other learning efforts required.
  • Experience representing the organization and its interests to a diverse range of local and international government officials, local civil society organizations, other international organizations, the media and the public.
  • Commitment to renewing and maintaining knowledge of best practices
  • Demonstrated training and facilitation experience
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Demonstrated strengths in analytical skills, monitoring and evaluation, and report writing
  • Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills
  • Excellent oral and written skills and computer skills
  • Fluency in English; fluency in Hausa is required.


    How to Apply


    Interested and qualified candidates should submit no more than 4-page CV and Cover Letter in one document, addressing the position requirements to: ng-recruitment.nigeria@mercycorps.org Applications Closing Date 8th February 2019


    Note

  • All applications must include the Position Title and Reference Number in the subject line.
  • CV and cover letter and should not be more than 4 pages.
  • Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview and we are an equal opportunity organization so women are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.


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