Mercy Corps Cash Assistance Director - Rural Resilience Activity Jobs in Nigeria

Mercy Corps Cash Assistance Director - Rural Resilience Activity Jobs in Nigeria

About Mercy Corps

  • Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.

    Program / Department Summary

  • Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, and its influence spreads across the continent.

  • Yet, inequality and insecurity have consistently undermined Nigeria's development.

  • With a strong and growing team of over 200 staff, Mercy Corps is currently serving over 600,000 program participants across the country with programming in Lagos in the South; Kaduna, Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau in the Middle Belt; Kano in the North; and Gombe and Borno in the Northeast.

  • With the vision of a Nigeria in which all people are empowered, engaged, resilient and secure, Mercy Corps Nigeria focuses on the root causes of conflict, governance, humanitarian needs, and market systems development.

    General Position Summary

  • The CoP will supervise program staff and ensure accountability to Mercy Corps policies and donor rules and regulations.

  • S/he will be the primary program representative to the donor, relevant government entities, partners, other implementers and stakeholders.

  • The CoP shall be this USAID Activity’s principal point of contact in Nigeria for procedural and substantive matters, including technical matters.

  • The CoP shall coordinate and ultimately be responsible for all agreement management and implementation.

  • The CoP shall be responsible for responding to the designated AOR and Agreement Officer.

  • The CoP shall also be responsible for ensuring quality control and the overall responsiveness of technical assistance provided under the award.

  • The CoP will be expected to identify issues and risks related to activity implementation in a timely manner, and suggest appropriate adjustments.

    Essential Job Responsibilities

    Strategy and Vision

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

  • Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions and resources to achieve objectives.

  • Oversee the development of annual, integrated strategic work-plans for the program.

  • Lead the development of a program-wide resilience-building framework to guide coordination and integrated implementation.

    Program Management

  • Oversee program start-up and ongoing program management and administration of teams across various field locations. **

  • Lead the development of detailed implementation plans, flowing from annual strategic work-plans, and ensure the delivery of the same. **

  • Lead the socialization of the program with Government of Nigeria stakeholders, ensuring necessary approvals and collaboration as required. **

  • Ensure that program participants are effectively targeted according to established vulnerability criteria. **

  • Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate. **

  • Provide managerial and programmatic oversight to partners and sub-grantee(s). **

  • Document processes and achievements to ensure best practices are captured and disseminated. **

  • Produce written program reports (activity, monthly, quarterly, annual), capturing the progress, performance and impacts of activities. **

  • Oversee efforts to design effective M&E systems for the program, and linkages with internal M&E systems. **

  • Create and follow effective stakeholder management plans, ensuring sound and proactive communications with Mercy Corps Nigeria, partner organizations, Mercy Corps headquarters, USAID, Government of Nigeria authorities, and colleague agencies. **

  • Conduct frequent field visits to all project sites – spend up to 30% of time in the field. **

    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 one-on-one engagements and annual performance reviews. **

  • 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. **

  • Supervise and manage all program staff to ensure day-to-day activities are implemented in a coordinated fashion according to schedule, budget and quality. **

  • Supervise and manage all program partnerships to ensure sound coordination in the context of an overall program strategic and resilience-building framework. **

  • Manage and help with the recruitment, orientation, professional development and ongoing training of staff to ensure they are of the quality and technical capacity necessary to
    ensure the successful implementation of activities. **

    Finance & Compliance Management

  • In collaboration with the country program’s operations and finance departments, ensure proper financial management, procurement, administration, human resources and logistics (including transport, warehousing and asset management) needs of the program are conducted within Mercy Corps’ policies and procedures and with the maximum benefit to the program. **

  • Monitor adherence to grant agreement, Mercy Corps’ policies and procedures and relevant external rules and regulations, including those of the government of Nigeria. **


  • Liaise with and represent program to USAID and other cooperating sponsors and stakeholders. **

  • Represent Mercy Corps at government, donor, NGO and other relevant events in the field, in close coordination with the Country Director.**

  • Provide conflict analysis, conflict sensitivity, and Do No Harm analysis training and technical assistance to USAID mission staff and USAID implementing partners. **

  • Ensure close coordination and information sharing with consortium partners, sub-grantees, local government and other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs. **

  • Establish and maintain strategic relationships with communities and local government. **


  • 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. **
  • Supervisory Responsibility: These will include the national and international team members working on the program, as well as partnerships with international and national program partners.


    Reports Directly To: Country Director

  • Works Directly With: DCOP, Director of Finance and Administration, Program Sector Managers, Program Managers, Reporting & Communications Officers, Country Director, Finance, and Operations teams.

    Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work.

  • We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

    Knowledge and Experience

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field such as social sciences, law, and development studies, etc.

  • However, a Bachelor’s degree and five (5) additional years of relevant international development experience can be substituted for the Master’s degree.

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in similar education intervention activities, and experience managing complex international donor-funded development activities in challenging environments.

  • Experience with projects designed to increase equitable access, build Ministry of Education (MOE) capacity, and rebuilding of education systems preferred.

  • Significant previous experience working in conflict or crisis situations.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Proven experience navigating complex and high-pressure operating environments.

  • Conflict analysis and Do No Harm analysis experience required. Experience in conflict sensitivity training and Do No Harm training of trainers strongly preferred.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs i.e. Excel, Word, PowerPoint etc.

  • Previous experience living and working in challenging or insecure environments; Nigeria/West Africa experience preferred.

  • Fluency in spoken and written English required.

  • Knowledge of local dialects is preferred.

    How o Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Mercy Corps Cash Assistance Director - Rural Resilience Activity Jobs in Nigeria

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