Mercy Corps INGO Forum Deputy Director (Humanitarian) Jobs in Nigeria

Mercy Corps INGO Forum Deputy Director (Humanitarian) Jobs in Nigeria

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General Position Summary

The INGO Forum Deputy Director will provide field level support to the Forum and its member organizations supporting humanitarian efforts in the north-east BAY states (Borno, Adamawa and Yobe) through high quality information exchange, coordination, multi-stakeholder engagement, facilitating effective INGO representation in decision-making mechanisms, and advocacy efforts.

S/he will serve as the primary liaison linking Abuja coordination structure with up-to-date realities from the north-east response.

The post holder will have strong diplomacy skills, be able to navigate complex humanitarian issues, build productive relationships and maintain strong networks with key stakeholders with the aim of working towards an accountable and principled response.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Facilitate INGO coordination supporting INGO Forum member organizations in Borno, Adamawa, Yobe to plan bi-weekly action-oriented coordination meetings and identify gaps, duplication and opportunities for enhancing coordination be it information exchange, inter-agency assessments or analysis, problem solving, joined up responses and common messaging.
  • Regular travel to Yola and Damaturu and deep field locations to engage with partners and identify coordination and advocacy gaps.
  • Ensure regular high-level representation in key humanitarian decision-making platforms and other mechanisms that impact humanitarian operations and the protection and needs of affected populations.
  • Facilitate regular coordination meetings, thematic discussions, planning sessions to support INGO operations and engagement with external stakeholders.
  • Identify strategies to support INGOs to work collaboratively and in a principled manner that places the needs and interests of affected populations at the center.
  • Support the coordination of the Advocacy Working Group and act as a technical support on critical topics including: humanitarian aid architecture in complex conflict settings, regulatory environment, humanitarian access, protection of civilians, accountability to affected populations, and effective delivery of assistance.
  • Facilitate trips for key external stakeholders to raise attention to the extent of the humanitarian situation and response.
  • Facilitate representation of the INGO Forum through direct bilateral engagement with key actors (UN, Government and other national actors), supporting elected representatives to the Operational Humanitarian Country Team (O/HCT) and Inter Sector Working Group (ISWG) to perform their duties and ensure transparent information sharing on decisions made and actions required.
  • Ensure INGO Forum takes lead of key task forces and working groups thematically dedicated to access and protection.
  • Assure NNGO interests are represented within INGO Forum key messages, and actively seek advocacy allies/partnerships.
  • Provide linkages between INGO and NNGO community / identify opportunities for collaboration along with the National Coordination Focal Point.
  • Assist in drafting humanitarian updates, policy briefs, and talking points on the humanitarian situation.
  • 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.
  • Manage Borno based INGO Forum staff,
    office and logistics
  • INGO Forum team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work.
  • Senior Liaison Advisor and Administration and Logistics Officer

    Knowledge and Experience
  • Advanced university degree in law, political science, international relations, journalism, social sciences, international development or related technical field or undergraduate degree with significant field experience in complex humanitarian contexts
  • Demonstrated experience of 5-7 years in managing humanitarian emergency responses in conflict contexts
  • Demonstrated experience of coordination in complex emergencies and/or active engagement in high level humanitarian coordination structures (eg. as member on HCT)
  • Knowledge and understanding of key thematic priority areas including access, protection, humanitarian aid architecture in conflict settings, and responses to acute and protracted crises.
  • Proven relationship building skills and ability to facilitate common space between disparate views and agendas.
  • Ability to represent collective views diplomatically to various stakeholders
    Public speaking skills
  • Experience in developing advocacy strategies and stakeholder maps.
  • Applied knowledge and experience of working in insecure contexts and in constrained access contexts
  • Prior experience in managing INGO Consortia/fora desirable
  • Written and spoken fluency in English.
  • Strong data analytical and interpretation skills.
  • Willingness to learn and interest in humanitarian practice.
  • Commitment to international humanitarian standards and principles.
  • Excellent writing, editing and analytical skills and ability to formulate well-targeted strategic documents.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced and often demanding environment.
  • Proven experience in influencing for policy change and practice desirable
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating meetings in high-pressure professional setting
  • Demonstrated experience in lobby and engaging with high level actors with strong evidence from the field
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and experience in humanitarian setting.
  • Experience in an NGO (local or international), in NE Nigeria Humanitarian context desirable.
  • Knowledge of and contacts in Nigerian NGOs desirable

    Success Factors
  • Commitment to achieve results in a timely manner
  • Trustworthiness and integrity
  • Committed to humanitarian values and principles
  • People management skills
  • Influencing and negotiation skills
  • Communication
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Gender equity and protection sensitive
  • Solutions oriented

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 5th August 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; Mercy Corps INGO Forum Deputy Director (Humanitarian) Jobs in Nigeria

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