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Mercy Corps Nigeria Recruitment 2017

Mercy Corps Nigeria Recruitment

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

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We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Governance and Advocacy Advisor (NE CMS)
Location:
 Borno
Program / Department Summary

  • For years, the Northeast of Nigeria has been plagued by insurgency and a dire humanitarian crisis. The intense focus on humanitarian and counter-violence activities, coupled with increasingly complex conflict dynamics in the region, has exposed gaps in the international community’s response to new and emerging sources of violence.
  • Tensions between IDPs and host communities, resistance of communities to accept former fighters and their victims, fear of IDPs to return home and face tensions with those who stayed behind – these are just several evolving sources of conflict. If these issues are not addressed in a timely manner through locally- owned solutions, they have the potential to intensify and worsen the on-going crisis in the NE.
  • The North East Conflict Management and Stabilisation Initiative is an expansion from a pilot phase implemented by a consortium from August 2016 to March 2017.
  • The project will result in increased peace within and between communities and increased confidence in government and security institutions to address the root causes of conflict and violent extremism in Borno State.

General Position Summary

  • The Governance and Advocacy Advisor will provide technical, management, and strategic vision to the implementation of the governance and advocacy component by working with the project staff, national partners, to ensure that the program meets performance-based targets on-time and within budget, as per DfID requirements.
  • H/she will coordinate governance and advocacy programming in the building of community trust in the ability of the Local and State Government to address the root causes of youth participation in violence in Borno.

Essential Job Responsibilities
Program Management:

  • Provide technical leadership and guidance in the implementation and management of innovative governance and advocacy initiatives aligned to the NE CMS logical framework and project impact goal.
  • Conduct periodic field visits to ensure the quality and integrity of project implementation, including adherence to technical guidelines, administrative systems, and established deadlines.
  • Provide technical and sector inputs to/ during planning, organising and coordination of project monitoring processes, assessments, surveys, researches and evaluations.
  • Support the project management in ensuring that the overall goal and specific objectives to the governance and advocacy component of the project are achieved.
  • Provide sector oversight and guidance in the implementation of governance and advocacy activities aligned with the project log frame and budget.
  • Work with the NEC MS partners and other implementers on the governance and advocacy component of the project.
  • Build the technical capacity of project staff in governance and advocacy skills that are relevant to the implementation of the project through training and continuous mentoring. Submit a clear capacity building plan for this process.
  • Develop a detailed activity plan for the Governance and Advocacy component and submit to the project manager for review and re-alignment with the main work plan within the first month of employment.
  • Compile and submit in time for review; evidence based weekly, monthly, quarterly, bi-annual and annual technical reports and activity plans
  • Develop and submit weekly and monthly activity plans in time for review and prior to implementation.
  • Ensure integration and coordination with other components within the project for the attainment of holistic project impact.

Influence & Representation:

  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with governments and other stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
  • Proactively form relationships implementing partners to complement DFID funding.
  • Represent NE CMS on governance and advocacy issue at technical and strategic planning meetings, or as requested by the Project Manager.

Security:

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that you together with the team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.

Team Management:

  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where you and other team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
  • Assist in the technical supervision, hire and orientation of new team members as necessary.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
  • Implement performance planning and management systems, establish performance expectations with team members, and regularly provide constructive feedback on team members’ performance.
  • 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 the project implementation.
  • Draft and /or review scope of work to hire and manage any technical consultants, including review for technical efficacy and contract budget.

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.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Master’s Degree or its equivalent in International Relations, International Development, Development Studies, Management, Social Sciences or other relevant field.
  • Experience working in North East Nigeria strongly preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Hausa/ Kanuri required, including report development, writing and editing.
  • A minimum of 7 years of progressive work experience including at least 2 years in a senior management or technical advisory role on governance/advocacy or developmental programs.
  • Strong understanding of UKAID compliance issues.
  • Strong management skills, with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues in highly insecure environment. Experience managing a multi-organizational team (international and national partners) is a plus.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Demonstrated experience working with State-level ministries and Local Government Area government officials.

Success Factors

  • Commitment to achieve results in a timely manner.
  • Trustworthiness and integrity.
  • Committed to humanitarian and development values and principles.
  • S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative and complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential.
  • Strong people-management skills.
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Cultural sensitivity.
  • Gender equity and protection sensitive.
  • Creative solutions to problems.
  • 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.

Job Title: Conflict Management and Reconciliation Advisor (NE CMS)
Location: Borno
Program / Department Summary

  • For years, the Northeast of Nigeria has been plagued by insurgency and a dire humanitarian crisis. The intense focus on humanitarian and counter-violence activities, coupled with increasingly complex conflict dynamics in the region, has exposed gaps in the international community’s response to new and emerging sources of violence.
  • Tensions between IDPs and host communities, resistance of communities to accept former fighters and their victims, fear of IDPs to return home and face tensions with those who stayed behind – these are just several evolving sources of conflict.
  • If these issues are not addressed in a timely manner through locally- owned solutions, they have the potential to intensify and worsen the on-going crisis in the NE.
  • The North East Conflict Management and Stabilisation Initiative is an expansion from a pilot phase implemented by a consortium from August 2016 to March 2017.
  • The project will result in increased peace within and between communities and increased confidence in government and security institutions to address the root causes of conflict and violent extremism in Borno State.

General Position Summary

  • The Conflict Management and Reconciliation Advisor will provide technical, management, and strategic vision to the implementation of the governance and advocacy component by working with the project staff, national partners, to ensure that the program meets performance-based targets on-time and within budget, as per DfID requirements.
  • H/she will coordinate governance and advocacy programming in the building of community trust in the ability of the Local and State Government to address the root causes of youth participation in violence in Borno.

Essential Job Responsibilities
Program Management:

  • Provide technical leadership and guidance in the implementation and management of innovative governance and advocacy initiatives aligned to the NE CMS logical framework and project impact goal.
  • Provide sector oversight and guidance in the implementation of Conflict Management and Reconciliation activities aligned with the project log frame and budget.
  • Work with the NEC MS the Consortium Partners and other implementing partners on the Conflict Management and Reconciliation component of the project.
  • Build the technical capacity of project staff in Conflict Management and Reconciliation skills that are relevant to the implementation of the project through training and continuous mentoring. Submit a clear capacity building plan for this process.
  • Conduct periodic field visits to ensure the quality and integrity of project implementation, including adherence to technical guidelines, administrative systems, and established deadlines.
  • Provide technical and sector inputs to/ during planning, organising and coordination of project monitoring processes, assessments, surveys, researches and evaluations.
  • Support the Project Manager in ensuring that the overall goal and specific objectives to the conflict management and reconciliation component of the project are achieved.
  • Develop a detailed activity plan for the Conflict Management and Reconciliation component and submit to the project manager for review and re-alignment with the main work plan within the first month of employment.
  • Compile and submit in time for review; evidence based weekly, monthly, quarterly, bi-annual and annual technical reports and activity plans
  • Develop and submit weekly and monthly activity plans in time for review and prior to implementation.
  • Ensure integration and coordination with other components within the project for the attainment of holistic project impact.

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 regular performance reviews.
  • Assist in the technical supervision, hire and orientation of new team members as necessary.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
  • Implement performance planning and management systems, establish performance expectations with team members, and regularly provide constructive feedback on team members’ performance.
  • 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 the project implementation.
  • Draft and /or review scope of work to hire and manage any technical consultants, including review for technical efficacy and contract budget.

Influence & Representation:

  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with governments and other stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
  • Proactively form relationships implementing partners to complement DFID funding.
  • Represent NE CMS on Conflict Management and Reconciliation issues at technical and strategic planning meetings, or as requested by the Project Manager.

Security:

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that you together with the team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.

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.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Master’s Degree or its equivalent in Conflict Management, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, Social Sciences or other relevant field.
  • A minimum of 7 years of progressive work experience including at least 2 years in a senior management or technical advisory role on governance/advocacy or developmental programs.
  • Strong understanding of UKAID compliance issues.
  • Strong management skills, with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues in highly insecure environment. Experience managing a multi-organizational team (international and national partners) is a plus.
  • Experience working in North East Nigeria strongly preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Hausa/ Kanuri required, including report development, writing and editing.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Demonstrated experience working with State-level ministries and Local Government Area government officials.

Success Factors

  • Commitment to achieve results in a timely manner.
  • Trustworthiness and integrity.
  • Committed to humanitarian and development values and principles.
  • Strong people-management skills.
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Cultural sensitivity.
  • Gender equity and protection sensitive.
  • Creative solutions to problems.
  • S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative and complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential.
  • 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.

Job Title: Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (MAIDA)
Location:
 Borno
Program / Department Summary

  • The MAIDA programme will directly support the recovery of at least 70,000 women, men, girls and boys who are returnees, IDPs and members of host communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in southern and central Borno State.
  • The objective of MAIDA is to increase the social cohesion and resilience to economic, social and climate related shocks in Borno State in an environmentally-conscious way.
  • Four interrelated and mutually reinforcing intermediate outcomes will contribute to achieving this objective. First, MAIDA will restore and improve rural livelihoods in an ecologically sustainable manner by enabling households to take advantage of existing and new agricultural market opportunities. In parallel, adolescents and youth will be empowered as economic actors in their communities through access to employment, diversified livelihood opportunities, vocational training and business development initiatives.
  • These outcomes will be reinforced by improved access to social protection and community-based services for women, youth, adolescent breadwinners and other at-risk groups. Finally, overall social cohesion will be strengthened within and between conflict-affected communities and environmental resource management will be improved in areas of displacement and return.
  • Sectors of intervention will include market-led and climate-smart livelihood and employment opportunities, vocational training for youth, social and economic protection and community reintegration and peacebuilding.
  • Economic recovery activities will build resilience through Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) market systems-based models, reducing poverty by enhancing the ways that poor and vulnerable households interact with markets.

General Position Summary

  • The Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer is responsible for supporting the Programme Director in ensuring performance monitoring and results reporting across the entire MAIDA program are in place, effectively implemented and well-synchronized.
  • Throughout the life of the program, s/he is responsible for: a) cross-cutting programme information management; b) monitoring and evaluation of programme activities and impact; c) promoting learning and the use of data to improve programme performance; and d) producing qualitative and quantitative reports.
  • The Senior M&E Officer will manage all M&E activities, including the collection and analysis of data, within an assigned geographic region.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Support the Country MEL Manager & Programme Director in the development of effective M&E tools that can be implemented by field staff and partners.
  • Support the technical implementation of the M&E plan for the programme in an assigned target area.
  • Lead capacity building sessions on data collection, processing and management for programme team and partner staff.
  • Provide hands-on M&E technical support to the Senior Programme Officers, M&E Assistants and partner staff at LGA and community levels.
  • Work with the SPOs, M&E assistants, partner staff and target communities to develop community based monitoring plans and data capturing tools.
  • Submit weekly, monthly, bi-annual and annual progress reports on activity-level indicators for the programme.
  • In consultation with the MEL Manager and in joint collaboration with partners, assist in mobilization and coordination of data enumerators and provide training on data collection, processing and management at the field level, as required.
  • Support the implementation of baseline, midline and endline surveys, research projects and other data collection processes, as required.
  • Conduct analysis of programme data as requested.
  • Identify areas for programme improvement based on data collected and report back to SPOs and programme management.
  • Ensure programme MIS is up-to-date, operational and accessible.
  • Coordinate monthly data upload and engage with LGA and sector teams to ensure data availability and completeness.
  • Ensure data quality through regular data quality assessment visits to LGAs and project communities.
  • Provide regular feedback to teams on data quality and performance against project milestones.
  • Develop and disseminate monthly learning data and performance dashboard to all programme staff.
  • Ensure proper storage of project evaluation data.
  • Actively participate in meetings to promote the integration of MEL practices into effective program management.
  • Strengthen staff capacity in interpretation and use of both routine data collection and periodic evaluation/assessment tools through comprehensive training and coaching.
  • Problem-solve with others to address shortfalls in monitoring, evaluation and information management that affect program implementation.
  • Utilize internal Mercy Corps global online information-sharing resources to enhance organizational learning.
  • Support development of abstracts and success stories through provision of qualitative and quantitative information and data.
  • Write reports as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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.
  • Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.

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.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Degree in Development Studies, Social Sciences, Statistics or relevant field, with a strong foundation in monitoring and evaluation.
  • Minimum of 4 years of M&E work experience in international development required; ideal candidate will have both theoretical and practical background in M&E.
  • Knowledge of program development, implementation, evaluation and reporting.
  • Experience supervising M&E teams and building team capacity to deliver high-quality results.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, including experience with Excel, PowerPoint, and at least one statistical data analysis software.
  • Experience working in North East Nigeria preferred.
  • Knowledge of mobile and digital data collection and management tools preferred.
  • Fluency in written and verbal English required.
  • Fluent oral communication skills in Hausa and Kanuri required.

Success Factors

  • The ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel is required. 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.

Job Title: Nutrition Coordinator (MAIDA)
Location: Borno
Program / Department Summary 
The MAIDA programme will directly support the recovery of at least 70,000 women, men, girls and boys who are returnees, IDPs and members of host communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in southern and central Borno State. The objective of MAIDA is to increase the social cohesion and resilience to economic, social and climate related shocks in Borno State in an environmentally-conscious way. Four interrelated and mutually reinforcing intermediate outcomes will contribute to achieving this objective.

First, MAIDA will restore and improve rural livelihoods in an ecologically sustainable manner by enabling households to take advantage of existing and new agricultural market opportunities. In parallel, adolescents and youth will be empowered as economic actors in their communities through access to employment, diversified livelihood opportunities, vocational training and business development initiatives. These outcomes will be reinforced by improved access to social protection and community-based services for women, youth, adolescent breadwinners and other at-risk groups.

Finally, overall social cohesion will be strengthened within and between conflict-affected communities and environmental resource management will be improved in areas of displacement and return. Sectors of intervention will include market-led and climate-smart livelihood and employment opportunities, vocational training for youth, social and economic protection and community reintegration and peacebuilding. Economic recovery activities will build resilience through Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) market systems-based models, reducing poverty by enhancing the ways that poor and vulnerable households interact with markets.

General Position Summary

  • The Nutrition Coordinator oversees nutrition sensitization programming on the food security and agriculture components of the MAIDA program.
  • S/he provides an inclusive forum for sharing, adapting, refining and disseminating information on nutrition methodologies, tools and promising practices.
  • The Nutrition Coordinator works closely with Mercy Corps, partner, BOSADP and government staff, as appropriate, on adopting and adapting materials and methodologies.

Essential Job Responsibilities 

  • Coordinate and oversee the implementation of nutrition activities with responsibility for ensuring quality program delivery.
  • Coordinate with other food security, nutrition and health teams, both internal and external to Mercy Corps, to ensure complementary approaches.
  • Provide technical guidance for nutrition-related projects and activities under the programme.
  • Collaborate on the monitoring of activity performance including providing relevant performance indicators and conducting field visits to project locations.
  • Develop, lead and evaluate initiatives to build capacity of Mercy Corps, partner and government staff on nutrition, including carrying out long-term integrated strategies and activities.
  • Facilitate the sharing of nutrition materials and best practices across beneficiary communities through knowledge management and communication strategies.
  • Participate in developing recommendations for new areas of nutrition research and programming. Promote innovation in behavioral interventions and communication.
  • Provide teams and implementing partners with expertise and technical support to ensure best practices in social and behavioral interventions and communication campaigns.
  • Provide technical advice and support to facilitate learning related to nutrition and social and behavioral change programming.
  • Collaborate with strategic communications experts and to develop and coordinate nutrition-related communications for communities.
  • Lead the preparation of technical communication pieces related to nutrition sensitization as it relates to public health, gender, poverty, private sector engagement, food security and nutrition policy, and present findings to relevant audiences.
  • Develop fact sheets, briefs and other materials to expand communication and advocacy.
  • Seek the latest developments in the fields of communication platforms, channels and other tools.
  • Carry out any other duties as required or assigned.

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.

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.
  • Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.

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.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Four years of experience in nutrition and/or public health programming, policy and/or research.
  • A university Degree (preferably a Master’s Degree) in Nutrition, Communications, Public Health, Social Psychology or other relevant field.
  • Two years of experience with a non-governmental organization or in a resource-challenged setting.
  • Experience working on behavioral change programming and/or strategic communications.
  • Knowledge of nutrition and food security issues in North East Nigeria. Experience designing, planning, implementing and evaluation nutritional behavioral change interventions.
  • Knowledge of theories and frameworks relevant to individual behavioral change.
  • Advanced computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel and Word.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, Hausa and Kanuri is required.

Success Factors

  • The ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel is required.
  • 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.

Job Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant (MAIDA)
Location:
 Borno
Program / Department Summary

  • The MAIDA programme will directly support the recovery of at least 70,000 women, men, girls and boys who are returnees, IDPs and members of host communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in southern and central Borno State. The objective of MAIDA is to increase the social cohesion and resilience to economic, social and climate related shocks in Borno State in an environmentally-conscious way.
  • Four interrelated and mutually reinforcing intermediate outcomes will contribute to achieving this objective. First, MAIDA will restore and improve rural livelihoods in an ecologically sustainable manner by enabling households to take advantage of existing and new agricultural market opportunities.
  • In parallel, adolescents and youth will be empowered as economic actors in their communities through access to employment, diversified livelihood opportunities, vocational training and business development initiatives.
  • These outcomes will be reinforced by improved access to social protection and community-based services for women, youth, adolescent breadwinners and other at-risk groups.
  • Finally, overall social cohesion will be strengthened within and between conflict-affected communities and environmental resource management will be improved in areas of displacement and return.
  • Sectors of intervention will include market-led and climate-smart livelihood and employment opportunities, vocational training for youth, social and economic protection and community reintegration and peacebuilding.
  • Economic recovery activities will build resilience through Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) market systems-based models, reducing poverty by enhancing the ways that poor and vulnerable households interact with markets.

General Position Summary

  • The Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant will work with the Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer as part of a team to operationalize the MAIDA M&E system.
  • The M&E Assistant is responsible for supporting Mercy Corps staff and partners to regularly collect, enter, verify and analyze data and make timely database adjustments to measure the impact of the MAIDA programme.
  • The M&E Assistant will work directly with the Senior M&E Officer and will closely coordinate with other programme staff to help ensure monitoring and evaluation data is accurately incorporated into all reports and information products.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Understand and maintain an M&E system database that improves Mercy Corps’ ability to inform program implementation, analyze data and represent impact to donors, government, partner organizations and communities.
  • Ensure all relevant programme staff are able to utilize the database to analyse program information and results.
  • Regularly review data entered into the M&E system to locate and fix problems with data entry or integrity.
  • Manage regular synchronizations and backups of field data to cloud-based data management system.
  • Troubleshoot front and back end issues with the database, including any synchronisation issues of field-level data.
  • Work as part of a team to facilitate and support M&E operations including baseline, annual and endline surveys, regular monitoring, data collection, analysis and reporting according to the M&E work plan.
  • Generate data (tables/graphs/reports) from the M&E database at regular intervals, ensuring reports/information are available for programme implementation staff when required. Facilitate data analysis with programme implementation team as requested.
  • Conduct regular field visits to ensure all elements of the M&E system and database are utilized effectively by all stakeholders, assessing and identifying breakdowns and areas that require clarifications and improvements.
  • Ensure field teams always have the most recent version of all M&E tools and documents.
  • Assist the team in improving the MAIDA’s M&E systems by identifying good practices, field tested lessons learned and creative recommendations; share with and encourage staff to incorporate these in their daily work.
  • Work closely with the Senior M&E Officer to develop and deliver staff/partner trainings, improving capacities in monitoring, evaluation and database management.
  • Review or edit data in reports as requested and required.
  • Carry out any other duties as assigned or required.

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.
  • Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.

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.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Three or more years of experience working in the NGO sector in M&E, ideally in conflict management, peacebuilding, community development or economic and market development.
  • A university degree in social sciences or a related field is required.
  • Prior experience carrying out surveys or conducting qualitative and quantitative data collection.
  • Prior experience with computerized data management systems.
  • Advanced computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel and Access.
  • Strong analytical skills coupled with a solid understanding of quantitative indicators and data collection strategies.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, Hausa and Kanuri is required.

Success Factors

  • The ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel is required.
  • 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

Job Title: Agricultural Coordinator (MAIDA)
Location: 
Borno
Program / Department Summary

  • The MAIDA programme will directly support the recovery of at least 70,000 women, men, girls and boys who are returnees, IDPs and members of host communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in southern and central Borno State.
  • The objective of MAIDA is to increase the social cohesion and resilience to economic, social and climate related shocks in Borno State in an environmentally-conscious way.
  • Four interrelated and mutually reinforcing intermediate outcomes will contribute to achieving this objective. First, MAIDA will restore and improve rural livelihoods in an ecologically sustainable manner by enabling households to take advantage of existing and new agricultural market opportunities. In parallel, adolescents and youth will be empowered as economic actors in their communities through access to employment, diversified livelihood opportunities, vocational training and business development initiatives.
  • These outcomes will be reinforced by improved access to social protection and community-based services for women, youth, adolescent breadwinners and other at-risk groups. Finally, overall social cohesion will be strengthened within and between conflict-affected communities and environmental resource management will be improved in areas of displacement and return.
  • Sectors of intervention will include market-led and climate-smart livelihood and employment opportunities, vocational training for youth, social and economic protection and community reintegration and peacebuilding.
  • Economic recovery activities will build resilience through Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) market systems-based models, reducing poverty by enhancing the ways that poor and vulnerable households interact with markets.

General Position Summary

  • The Agricultural Coordinator will oversee all agricultural activities under Output One of the programme, including the provision of grants and inputs vouchers, rehabilitation and formation of agriculture, and livestock cooperatives and linkage of farmers and livestock producers to upstream value chains and financial services.
  • The Agricultural Coordinator will also build the capacity of agricultural extension workers to train farmers to diversify their crops to improve household nutrition security. T
  • he Agricultural Coordinator will promote climate-sensitive agriculture techniques and methodologies and promote gender sensitivity and equity in all programme activities.
  • S/he will work closely with Mercy Corps team members mobilizing community groups and Mercy Corps partners.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with the Community Mobilization Team to identify potential beneficiaries, existing agriculture and livestock cooperatives and informal agricultural savings and credit associations in order to promote rural rehabilitation and secure the livelihoods of farmers and livestock producers.
  • Rehabilitate farmer and livestock associations where possible and organize farmers and livestock producers into groups that can become farmer associations in the future.
  • Conduct community agriculture needs assessments as and when required.
  • Build the capacities of partner organizations’ Agriculture Extension Officers in the areas of resilient agriculture techniques and gender inclusion.
  • Demonstrate agro-techniques to Agriculture Extension Officers and farmers including land preparation, seed cultivation, irrigation, weed control, pest control, crop rotation, et cetera.
  • Identify different varieties of agriculture crops and crop adaptation for onward dissemination to farmer associations and Agriculture Extension Officers.
  • Support the establishment of innovation and demonstration farms that become models and extension education tools in the target areas.
  • When the security situation allows it, perform training sessions in the field and provide TOT to Community Mobilizers and Agriculture Extension Officers in coordination with BOSADP.
  • Conduct routine market surveys to better define marketing strategies and connect farmers and livestock producers to upstream value chains. Document and file surveys.
  • Support access to finance for farmers and livestock producers through the Bank of Agriculture (when possible) and through the formation of Village Savings and Loan Associations where access to the Bank of Agriculture is not feasible.
  • Support the selection of beneficiaries eligible to receive agricultural input cash grants or vouchers.
  • Network with and monitor chosen agricultural input suppliers and vendors to ensure appropriate and consistent stocking of inputs for voucher redemption.
  • Produce reports, including spreadsheets, reflecting voucher and cash grant distribution, geographic area, number of beneficiaries and any other information relevant to the programme.
  • Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of activities and make recommendations for improvements.
  • Conduct him/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and not jeopardize its humanitarian mission in Nigeria.
  • Carry out any other duties as assigned.

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.

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.
  • Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.

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.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Minimum of a B.S. in agriculture or a related field (e.g: agronomy, animal science, horticulture, agro-economics etc). M.Sc. in relevant field preferred.
  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant experience working on the direct implementation of agriculture rehabilitation and development activities required.
  • Ability to work independently in the field and show initiative.
  • Experience in farmer and community group mobilization.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to develop good relationships with target communities.
  • Experience representing the organization and its interests to a diverse range of local stakeholders, private sector actors, the Government and partners.
  • Excellent oral, written and computer skills.
  • Fluency in English, Kanuri and Hausa essential.

Success Factors

  • The ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel is required. 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.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV’s and Cover Letter in one document, addressing the position requirements to: ng-recruitment.nigeria@mercycorps.org All applications must include the position title in the subject line.

Note: 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.

Application Deadline: 4th December, 2017.

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