Posted on :
20 Jun, 2016
Mercy Corps is an international relief and development organization working in over 40 countries worldwide helping people build secure, productive and just communities.
Mercy Corps has been operating in Nigeria since December 2012, with a staff of around 100 people working in twelve states of Nigeria, predominantly in the north and north – east. Mercy Corps Nigeria implements a variety of programs in the following sectors: economic development, livelihoods/food security, adolescent girls & boys empowerment, financial resilience, conflict mitigation and humanitarian response. Common themes include community engagement, inclusive development, gender, and working in partnership with local government, the private sector and civil society actors. One of the current challenges is to sustain quality of programs while continue to grow and increase our impact. The Nigeria team has a strong commitment to providing entrepreneurial and innovative solutions to development challenges, and is actively seeking and facilitating market-based solutions.
POSITION: Deputy Country Director
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
The Deputy Country Director (DCD) will work closely with the Country Director (CD) and the program teams to lead new program development and strategy, ensure effective program coordination and technical support, monitoring and evaluation, quality assurance and accountability in close collaboration with the operations and finance teams. The position will be based in Abuja, with frequent travel to field sites. S/he will help represent the Mercy Corps program relevant government authorities, donors, major stakeholders (including those from the private sector), and other program partners such as the UN and other NGOs.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Coordination and Representation
Program Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
Program Minimal Standards and Reporting
Program Support Operations
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards 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.
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.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: Program directors, and managers (currently 4 program areas, and MEL Manager)
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Country Director
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Department Heads, country program, finance, operational staff; HQ Regional Program Team and Technical Support Unit.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The successful DCD will have senior level experience in coordinating and managing programs in complex areas . S/he will have exceptional program development and proposal writing skills, and an outstanding ability to design, implement and manage innovative programs that respond to current needs and reinforce the future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. S/he will have proven experience with cross-cultural teams, with strong leadership, communication and mentoring skills. 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. Patience, tenacity, diplomacy and a sense of humor will contribute to success.
LIVING CONDITIONS/ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:
This position will be based in Abuja with up to 40% travel, primarily to program locations within the Middle Belt, north and north-east Nigeria, Security in Abuja is generally good, although there are times when security is an issue. Housing, health care, water, electricity and consumer goods are all reasonably accessible and there are good international and domestic travel options from Abuja Airport.
Abuja is an accompanied location suitable for spouse/partner or dependents. This position is eligible for R&R.
Air travel is necessary to get to some field locations. Mobile phones services are widely available. Internet is available in all Mercy Corps offices, although might be inconsistent. Travel to field sites will be required where living conditions are clean and secure, but basic. There’s reasonable access to most consumer goods, although they can be expensive. There is good number of school with different education philosophies and curriculum ( British, American, French, German to name the few)
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and Mercy Corps ‘s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should apply below