Mercy Corps Deputy Country Director Jobs in Nigeria

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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.

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. Mercy Corps Nigeria was established in 2012 to respond to these challenges.

The Nigeria team is headquartered in Abuja, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with offices throughout Nigeria.

With a strong and growing team of over 200 staff, Mercy Corps is currently serving over 600,000 beneficiaries across the country with programming in Lagos in the South; Kaduna, Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau in the Middle Belt; Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Bauchi, Gombe and Adamawa in the North; and Borno in the complex crisis of the Northeast.

Programs include girls' education and financial inclusion, community peacebuilding, market-based livelihoods and a multi-sector humanitarian response.

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.

Working with a diverse funding base that includes the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UK Department for International Development (DFID), United Nations (UN), European Commission (EC), European Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), Global Affairs Canada (FKA DFATD), and several foundations, Mercy Corps empowers people to recover from crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good.

We stand with Nigeria to find and access opportunities, and to be part of lasting and meaningful transformation in the country.

General Position Summary

  • The Deputy Country Director – Programs (DCD-P) is the second most senior member of Mercy Corps Nigeria's Senior Management Team (SMT).
  • Tasked with managing and developing sustainable, multi-sector programming that is accountable to Government, beneficiaries and donors, the DCD will identify funding opportunities that strategically connect programs into a cohesive country portfolio, guided by the current three years strategy.
  • The DCD provides support and leadership in program development and management, monitoring overall program performance by tracking progress toward specified objectives.
  • All programming requires effective program coordination with operations and finance from inception to close out.
  • This position will place a high value on innovative solutions to development and humanitarian issues as well as creative partnerships.
  • A primary focus of the DCD will be on complimenting development interventions with the humanitarian response in the northeast.
  • This is an exciting opportunity to influence key outcomes and make a lasting difference in the lives of Nigerians.

    Essential Job Responsibilities

    Strategy & Vision

  • Demonstrate visible leadership and adherence to Mercy Corps' core values, principles and strategy.
  • Support Country Director to communicate a clear vision of present and future program goals of Mercy Corps Nigeria to team members and stakeholders that translates into concrete programs and work plans.
  • Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to country strategy.
  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcome.
  • Participate in overall country level strategic planning and assist the Country Director with preparation and implementation of the Country Fiscal Year Annual Planning process.

    Program Management

  • Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities, authorities and partners and consistent with Mercy Corps' program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and vision.
  • Provide leadership and direction to Nigeria program staff and support the Country Director to strengthen program strategies, program quality, partnerships, and accountability in accordance with Mercy Corps and donor policies.
  • Manage and maintain ongoing program management and administration of teams across various field locations, focusing on the integration of programs.
  • Ensure program implementation is on time, on target and on budget, using effective M&E systems to demonstrate the desired impact.
  • Ensure that regular monitoring of project activities and project impact is undertaken, in accordance with existing Mercy Corps' Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation guidelines.
  • Oversee program implementation strategies, including partnership frameworks, beneficiary targeting, distribution processes and capacity building of partners as needed.
  • Support TOLA, an open-source software built internally to improve how we evaluate program data by providing adaptable tools, and promoting better learning and sharing of information.
  • 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
  • Support onboarding structures that include Adaptive Management, [email protected], Community Mobilization and gender and protection sensitive programming.
  • Promote adherence to Mercy Corps' standards, including the use of standardized indicators, M&E, and adaptive management approaches, and country-level learning and strategic objectives. Contribute to a culture of curiosity, high-quality program performance, and learning.

    Knowledge and Experience

  • MA/S and/or equivalent in management, international development or other relevant field.
  • 5-7 years of overseas experience including at least five years in a senior management position.
  • Experience managing development and humanitarian programs as well as transitional programs in insecure areas affected by conflict.
  • Previous experience working in West Africa is desired.
  • Proven track record in successful proposal writing and program development.
  • Experience managing programs in relevant technical area(s) including food security, economic development, gender, livelihoods and financial services.
  • Strong understanding of conflict sensitive program mainstreaming, gender or protection mainstreaming would be an advantage;
  • Strong M&E skills with extensive field experience in developing practical, useful, timely monitoring systems, both at the program- and country-levels that promote use of data for adaptive management and learning.
  • Knowledge of major donor requirements and compliance issues.
  • Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
  • The DCD is based in the capital city Abuja.
  • The location is accompanied and generally secure.
  • Housing, health care, water, electricity and consumer goods are all reasonably accessible and there are good international and domestic travel options from Abuja Airport.
  • Air travel is necessary to get to some field locations. Mobile phones services are widely available.
  • Internet is available in all Mercy Corps offices with some inconsistencies in the most remote sites.
  • There is a wide variety of schools with different education philosophies and curriculum (British, American, French, and German to name the few). This position requires 40% travel by road and air to field offices.
  • Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on short term assignments.
  • 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 in-country venues.

    How to apply

  • Interested candidates should apply online by 15th September, 2018

  • For more information and job application details, see; Mercy Corps Deputy Country Director Jobs in Nigeria

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