Graduate Recruitment at Mercy Corps [6 Positions]

Posted on :

9 Jun, 2017

Category :

Finance Jobs in Nigeria, Graduate 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 collaborate 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 operates in over 13 states focusing on key thematic areas of humanitarian response, conflict mitigation and adolescent girls’ empowerment.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Shelter Assistant
Location: 
Ngala, Borno
Program / Department Summary

  • The Shelter Assistant is responsible in supporting the management of all shelter construction and to support in conducting sectoral needs assessments in liaison with other relevant team members such as protection advisor, community relief committee and WASH team.
  • He/she would assist to develop technical components to shelter and preparation of BOQ and Estimates, Planning, Technical Details, Drawings, improve development techniques for the safer building/shelter and other all Civil and Architectural related projects.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Support in carrying out shelter needs assessments taking into account the current situation, projected population planning figures and the expected scale of returns.
  • Support in the developments of shelter strategies which are framed by Mercy Corps’s Global Strategy for Settlement and Shelter and take into consideration the local context, age and gender, culture, climate, environmental protection and the availability of local resources, including materials, capacities and existing infrastructure.
  • Support in providing clear guidance on standards for shelter, including minimum emergency standards to meet basic and essential needs as well as guidance for phased improvement of shelter conditions that will be necessary as the duration of the displacement prolongs.
  • Compiling, analyzing and mapping available information on shelter options in country taking into account relevant policies adopted by the Government and CCCM cluster. When planning shelter works, ensuring that the technical component reflects Sphere minimum standards for the provision of emergency and other types of shelter assistance and is within the budgetary requirements. Due consideration should be given to standards in other relevant sectors such as water and sanitation.
  • Ensuring that specifications, bills of quantities and drawings are produced in a technically sound and standardized manner. Establish monitoring and evaluation tools to ensure that works are implemented according to plans and completed within the designated timeframe.
  • Ensure that local communities and the community relief community have been consulted on all activities so as not to create unnecessary tension between the displaced and host populations.
  • Support in monitoring of all shelter and infrastructure activities
  • When identifying beneficiaries, ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable population of concern (POC) and host families are addressed. Mercy Corps’ vulnerability indicators should be applied in a participatory manner during the beneficiary selection.
  • When planning shelter works, ensure that the technical component reflects Sphere minimum standards for the provision of emergency and other types of shelter assistance and is within the budgetary requirements. Standards for other sectors such as water and sanitation should be taken into consideration also.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Bachelors or higher in Building Engineering or Civil Engineering.
  • 2-3+ years in building and construction sector
  • Experience in building shelter in humanitarian context etc.
  • Fluency in both verbal and written English highly preferred. Fluency in Kanuri is required
  • Multi-tasking, coordination, organization, prioritization skills essential. Demonstrated strengths in analytical skills, monitoring and evaluation, and report writing
  • Highly-developed computers skills, with strong familiarity with MS Office, Power point, Outlook, Excel, Word, and infrastructure design software
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively with team members required. Ability to work under pressure
  • Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills

Job Title: Shelter Assistant
Location: Dikwa
Program / Department Summary

  • The Shelter Assistant is responsible in supporting the management of all shelter construction and to support in conducting sectoral needs assessments in liaison with other relevant team members such as protection advisor, community relief committee and WASH team.
  • He/she would assist to develop technical components to shelter and preparation of BOQ and Estimates, Planning, Technical Details, Drawings, improve development techniques for the safer building/shelter and other all Civil and Architectural related projects.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Support in carrying out shelter needs assessments taking into account the current situation, projected population planning figures and the expected scale of returns.
  • Support in the developments of shelter strategies which are framed by Mercy Corps’s Global Strategy for Settlement and Shelter and take into consideration the local context, age and gender, culture, climate, environmental protection and the availability of local resources, including materials, capacities and existing infrastructure.
  • Support in providing clear guidance on standards for shelter, including minimum emergency standards to meet basic and essential needs as well as guidance for phased improvement of shelter conditions that will be necessary as the duration of the displacement prolongs.
  • Compiling, analyzing and mapping available information on shelter options in country taking into account relevant policies adopted by the Government and CCCM cluster. When planning shelter works, ensuring that the technical component reflects Sphere minimum standards for the provision of emergency and other types of shelter assistance and is within the budgetary requirements. Due consideration should be given to standards in other relevant sectors such as water and sanitation.
  • Ensuring that specifications, bills of quantities and drawings are produced in a technically sound and standardized manner.
  • Establish monitoring and evaluation tools to ensure that works are implemented according to plans and completed within the designated timeframe.
  • Ensure that local communities and the community relief community have been consulted on all activities so as not to create unnecessary tension between the displaced and host populations.
  • Support in monitoring of all shelter and infrastructure activities
  • When identifying beneficiaries, ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable population of concern (POC) and host families are addressed. Mercy Corps’ vulnerability indicators should be applied in a participatory manner during the beneficiary selection.
  • When planning shelter works, ensure that the technical component reflects Sphere minimum standards for the provision of emergency and other types of shelter assistance and is within the budgetary requirements. Standards for other sectors such as water and sanitation should be taken into consideration also.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Bachelors or higher in Building Engineering or Civil Engineering.
  • 2-3+ years in building and construction sector
  • Experience in building shelter in humanitarian context etc.
  • Fluency in both verbal and written English highly preferred. Fluency in Kanuri is required
  • Multi-tasking, coordination, organization, prioritization skills essential. Demonstrated strengths in analytical skills, monitoring and evaluation, and report writing
  • Highly-developed computers skills, with strong familiarity with MS Office, Power point, Outlook, Excel, Word, and infrastructure design software
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively with team members required. Ability to work under pressure
  • Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills.

Job Title: Shelter Officer
Location: Ngala
Program / Department Summary

  • The Shelter Officer is responsible in managing all shelter construction and to conducts comprehensive sectoral needs assessments in liaison with other relevant team members such as protection advisor, community relief committee and WASH team.
  • He/she will be involve and assist to develop all technical components to manage Safer Building Designing, WASH, Preparation of BOQ and Estimates, Planning, Technical Details, Drawings, improve development techniques for the safer building/shelter and other all Civil and Architectural related projects.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Carrying out shelter needs assessments taking into account the current situation, projected population planning figures and the expected scale of returns.
  • Developments of shelter strategies which are framed by Mercy Corps’ Global Strategy for shelter and take into consideration the local context, age and gender, culture, climate, environmental protection and the availability of local resources, including materials, capacities and existing infrastructure.
  • Provide clear guidance on standards for shelter, including minimum emergency standards to meet basic and essential needs as well as guidance for phased improvement of shelter conditions that will be necessary as the duration of the displacement prolongs.
  • Compiling, analyzing and mapping available information on shelter options in country taking into account relevant policies adopted by the Government and CCCM cluster. When planning shelter works, ensuring that the technical component reflects Sphere minimum standards for the provision of emergency and other types of shelter assistance and is within the budgetary requirements. Due consideration should be given to standards in other relevant sectors such as water and sanitation.
  • Ensuring the shelter strategy is periodically reviewed to reflect the evolving situation in country and progressively transitioning to more sustainable shelter solutions. This process should be done in close collaboration with the CCCM Cluster, beneficiaries and the host Government while bearing in mind the shelter needs of people upon their eventual return to their community of origin.
  • Ensuring that specifications, bills of quantities and drawings are produced in a technically sound and standardized manner.
  • Establish monitoring and evaluation tools to ensure that works are implemented according to plans and completed within the designated timeframe.
  • Ensure that local communities and community relief committee have been consulted on all activities so as not to create unnecessary tension between the displaced and host populations.
  • Monitor all shelter and infrastructure activities
  • When identifying beneficiaries, ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable population of concern (POC) and host families are addressed. Mercy Corps’ vulnerability indicators should be applied in a participatory manner during the beneficiary selection.
  • When planning shelter works, ensure that the technical component reflects Sphere minimum standards for the provision of emergency and other types of shelter assistance and is within the budgetary requirements. Standards for other sectors such as water and sanitation should be taken into consideration also.
  • The position requires regular contact with program, protection and field staff in country in order to ensure technical support related to shelter and construction activities.
  • Close and regular contact with CCCM Cluster and Government Authorities, is essential to discuss matters relating to shelter and infrastructure coordination and provision

Knowledge and Experience

  • BA/S or higher in Building Engineering or Civil Engineering.
  • 3-4+ years in building and construction sector
  • Experience in building shelter in humanitarian context etc.
  • Fluency in both verbal and written English highly preferred. Fluency in Kanuri is required
  • Multi-tasking, coordination, organization, prioritization skills essential. Demonstrated strengths in analytical skills, monitoring and evaluation, and report writing
  • Highly-developed computers skills, with strong familiarity with MS Office, Power point, Outlook, Excel, Word, and infrastructure design software
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively with team members required. Ability to work under pressure
  • Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills

Job Title: Shelter Officer
Location: Dikwa
Program / Department Summary

  • The Shelter Officer is responsible in managing all shelter construction and to conducts comprehensive sectoral needs assessments in liaison with other relevant team members such as protection advisor, community relief committee and WASH team.
  • He/she will be involve and assist to develop all technical components to manage Safer Building Designing, WASH, Preparation of BOQ and Estimates, Planning, Technical Details, Drawings, improve development techniques for the safer building/shelter and other all Civil and Architectural related projects.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Carrying out shelter needs assessments taking into account the current situation, projected population planning figures and the expected scale of returns.
  • Developments of shelter strategies which are framed by Mercy Corps’ Global Strategy for shelter and take into consideration the local context, age and gender, culture, climate, environmental protection and the availability of local resources, including materials, capacities and existing infrastructure.
  • Provide clear guidance on standards for shelter, including minimum emergency standards to meet basic and essential needs as well as guidance for phased improvement of shelter conditions that will be necessary as the duration of the displacement prolongs.
  • Compiling, analyzing and mapping available information on shelter options in country taking into account relevant policies adopted by the Government and CCCM cluster. When planning shelter works, ensuring that the technical component reflects Sphere minimum standards for the provision of emergency and other types of shelter assistance and is within the budgetary requirements. Due consideration should be given to standards in other relevant sectors such as water and sanitation.
  • Ensuring the shelter strategy is periodically reviewed to reflect the evolving situation in country and progressively transitioning to more sustainable shelter solutions. This process should be done in close collaboration with the CCCM Cluster, beneficiaries and the host Government while bearing in mind the shelter needs of people upon their eventual return to their community of origin.
  • Ensuring that specifications, bills of quantities and drawings are produced in a technically sound and standardized manner. Establish monitoring and evaluation tools to ensure that works are implemented according to plans and completed within the designated timeframe.
  • Ensure that local communities and community relief committee have been consulted on all activities so as not to create unnecessary tension between the displaced and host populations.
  • Monitor all shelter and infrastructure activities
  • When identifying beneficiaries, ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable population of concern (POC) and host families are addressed. Mercy Corps’ vulnerability indicators should be applied in a participatory manner during the beneficiary selection.
  • When planning shelter works, ensure that the technical component reflects Sphere minimum standards for the provision of emergency and other types of shelter assistance and is within the budgetary requirements. Standards for other sectors such as water and sanitation should be taken into consideration also.
  • The position requires regular contact with program, protection and field staff in country in order to ensure technical support related to shelter and construction activities.
  • Close and regular contact with CCCM Cluster and Government Authorities, is essential to discuss matters relating to shelter and infrastructure coordination and provision

Knowledge and Experience

  • BA/S or higher in Building Engineering or Civil Engineering.
  • 3-4+ years in building and construction sector
  • Experience in building shelter in humanitarian context etc.
  • Fluency in both verbal and written English highly preferred. Fluency in Kanuri is required
  • Multi-tasking, coordination, organization, prioritization skills essential. Demonstrated strengths in analytical skills, monitoring and evaluation, and report writing
  • Highly-developed computers skills, with strong familiarity with MS Office, Power point, Outlook, Excel, Word, and infrastructure design software
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively with team members required. Ability to work under pressure
  • Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills

Job Title: Finance Assistant
Location: Dikwa, Borno
Program / Department Summary

  • With the insurgency affecting North East Nigeria and displacing millions of people, Mercy Corps is expanding its humanitarian programming to support the conflict-affected population.
  • As a result of the wide-scale needs, Mercy Corps is scaling-up food security, non-food items, nutrition, protection, livelihoods, and water sanitation hygiene (WASH) activities in Dikwa, Ngala, and Jere Local Government Areas in Borno State to address emergency needs.

General Position Summary

  • Under the supervision of the Senior Finance Officer, the Finance Assistant reconciles various bank accounts at the field, analyzes and reconciles items and provides staff with practical guidance on how to close these items.
  • Systematically follows up long outstanding items and long outstanding open cases for bank reconciliations. Maintains appropriate finance records for the work performed.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Follow all Mercy Corps policies, procedures, grant compliance and documentation requirements.
  • Prepare and maintain filling records of all program activities and other related financial documents.
  • Implement and make sure all Mercy Corps Field Finance Manual, procurement, assets
  • Receive requests for funds from teams within program sites for activities, check and process requests.
  • Prepare payment authorizations. Follow-up on timely disbursement of funds to the staff in these regions.
  • Receive, reconcile and submit financial returns from the sub field office to Field office -finance office for account registration purposes.
  • Identify and follow up on outstanding obligations.
  • Receive, check and submit travel advance claims from field based
  • Check and follow up on settlement of personal telephone and sat phone bills for staff.
  • Keeps record of all cash, bank, advances and regularly updates
  • Carries out weekly cash counts and whenever requested by the Senior Finance Officer, Finance Manager, Country Director and official auditors directed by the supervisor.
  • Prints off all payment vouchers and matches with the documents to be filed.
  • Pays or receives authorized bank payments and receipts.
  • Makes sure all required documents are attached; calculations are correct, appropriate approvals and reviews made per the AAM before payment of any cash or bank payments.
  • Enters transactions to the accounting software under the supervision of the Senior Finance Officer whenever required.
  • Ensure compliance with GAAPs, Nigerian, US laws and standard accounting practice.
  • Code all expenditures following the standard chart of accounts, coded budget and record to the accounting software or recording system daily and ensure weekly review and posting.
  • Match invoices/receipts with payment vouchers, GRN and other required documents.
  • Prepare cash, bank and advances reconciliations and submit for review/approval every week and monthly.
  • Make sure all income taxes, withholding taxes, VAT and other taxes are withheld and paid accordingly.
  • Keep all finance documents and reports are properly filed, labeled and stored in a clear and easily accessible manner following FFM.
  • Be adaptable and flexible to take new tasks and new assignments as requested from time to time.
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission
  • Any Other duties as assigned

Knowledge and Experience

  • Diploma or advanced certificate or equivalent in accounting or finance is required.
  • 1 years’ experience in handling cash and accounting.
  • Any Finance experience is preferred.
  • Accounting skills and experience in general ledger, journal entries, payroll, cash/bank mgt.
  • Computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel and accounting software experience.
  • Excellent oral and written English skills
  • Willing to travel to Mercy Corps offices and take temporary assignments..
  • Fluency in English, Kanuri and Hausa languages

Job Title: Finance Assistant
Location: Ngala, Borno
Program/Department Summary

  • With the insurgency affecting North East Nigeria and displacing millions of people, Mercy Corps is expanding its humanitarian programming to support the conflict-affected population.
  • As a result of the wide-scale needs, Mercy Corps is scaling-up food security, non-food items, nutrition, protection, livelihoods, and water sanitation hygiene (WASH) activities in Dikwa, Ngala, and Jere Local Government Areas in Borno State to address emergency needs.

General Position Summary

  • Under the supervision of the Senior Finance Officer, the Finance Assistant reconciles various bank accounts at the field, analyzes and reconciles items and provides staff with practical guidance on how to close these items.
  • Systematically follows up long outstanding items and long outstanding open cases for bank reconciliations. Maintains appropriate finance records for the work performed.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Follow all Mercy Corps policies, procedures, grant compliance and documentation requirements.
  • Prepare and maintain filling records of all program activities and other related financial documents.
  • Implement and make sure all Mercy Corps Field Finance Manual, procurement, assets
  • Receive requests for funds from teams within program sites for activities, check and process requests.
  • Prepare payment authorizations. Follow-up on timely disbursement of funds to the staff in these regions.
  • Receive, reconcile and submit financial returns from the sub field office to Field office -finance office for account registration purposes.
  • Identify and follow up on outstanding obligations.
  • Receive, check and submit travel advance claims from field based
  • Check and follow up on settlement of personal telephone and sat phone bills for staff.
  • Keeps record of all cash, bank, advances and regularly updates
  • Carries out weekly cash counts and whenever requested by the Senior Finance Officer, Finance Manager, Country Director and official auditors directed by the supervisor.
  • Prints off all payment vouchers and matches with the documents to be filed.
  • Pays or receives authorized bank payments and receipts.
  • Makes sure all required documents are attached; calculations are correct, appropriate approvals and reviews made per the AAM before payment of any cash or bank payments.
  • Enters transactions to the accounting software under the supervision of the Senior Finance Officer whenever required.
  • Ensure compliance with GAAPs, Nigerian, US laws and standard accounting practice.
  • Code all expenditures following the standard chart of accounts, coded budget and record to the accounting software or recording system daily and ensure weekly review and posting.
  • Match invoices/receipts with payment vouchers, GRN and other required documents.
  • Prepare cash, bank and advances reconciliations and submit for review/approval every week and monthly.
  • Make sure all income taxes, withholding taxes, VAT and other taxes are withheld and paid accordingly.
  • Keep all finance documents and reports are properly filed, labeled and stored in a clear and easily accessible manner following FFM.
  • Be adaptable and flexible to take new tasks and new assignments as requested from time to time.
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission
  • Any Other duties as assigned

Knowledge and Experience

  • Diploma or advanced certificate or equivalent in Accounting or Finance is required.
  • 1 year experience in handling cash and accounting.
  • Any Finance experience is preferred.
  • Accounting skills and experience in general ledger, journal entries, payroll, cash/bank mgt.
  • Computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel and accounting software experience.
  • Excellent oral and written English skills
  • Willing to travel to Mercy Corps offices and take temporary assignments..
  • Fluency in English, Kanuri and Hausa languages

Success Factors

  • The successful candidate will combine curiosity and strong technical skills, experience in Shelter programs, and a want-to-do attitude.
  • S/he will be an effective communicator, with dedication towards community work, commitment to work long hours in the field conditions with limited access to resources.
  • S/He will be highly motivated, with initiative and capable to work with limited direct supervision.
  • ideally s/he will have previous experience in working in large-scale emergency programs in insecure and conflict-affected contexts, including remote management and capacity development.
  • S/he will be willing to conduct several days-long field travels and work in ethnically and culturally diversified and fast growing team.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their CV’s and Cover Letter in one document, addressing the position requirements to: [email protected] All applications must include the position title in the subject line, be not more than four pages.

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  20th June, 2017.