Latest Openings at Mercy Corps

Lateat Openings at Mercy Corps – We are inviting applications from interested and qualified to apply for the following vacant positions.

Mercy Corps is a global non-governmental, humanitarian aid organization operating in transitional contexts that have undergone, or have been undergoing, various forms of economic, environmental, social and political instabilities.

The organization claims to have assisted more than 220 million people survive humanitarian conflicts, seek improvements in livelihoods, and deliver durable development to their communities. In 2019, senior staff resigned following public disclosure of the organization’s longtime inaction over its co-founder’s sexual abuse of his daughter.

Job Specifications:

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Job Description:
  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.
  • Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to countrywide strategy development.
  • Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.
  • Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely and informative reporting in line with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.

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.
  • Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.

Finance and Accounting Management:

  • Assist in the financial review of purchase requests, purchase orders and payment requests to ensure compliance with MC policies and procedures and project.
  • Maintain the bank file, ensuring that all bank information is properly filed and updated
  • Ensure the on-time submission of the monthly/quarterly/year-end reporting packages to Maiduguri, ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the ledgers, and all supporting documentation.
  • Ensure all staff advances are tracked and cleared on time.
  • Manage the archiving of all financial documents and follow up with staff for any missing documents.
  • Assist in the training and support of the finance assistant, including answering daily questions,
  • Ensure the petty cash count performed on time (weekly and monthly).
  • Oversee the maintenance of all accounting records, ensuring that records are complete, accurate and safeguarded.
  • Assist in the training of support staff on Finance related matters and give any financial operational support needed.
  • Make sure that all supporting documentation is prepared and filed according to MC procedures.
  • Deploy to the other field when needs gaps are arise.
  • Assist the Finance Manager in responding to audit inquiries.
  • Assist the Finance department to enhance the efficient of existing control systems.

Security:

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.

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.

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Finance Assistant

Accountability:

  • Reports Directly To: Senior Finance Officer – Maiduguri
  • Works Directly With: Maiduguri Finance team, program and operational teams in Northeast Nigeria.
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Two or more years of finance experience is required.
  • A university degree in Finance, Accounting or equivalent is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in accounting.
  • Understanding of basic international donor’s rules and regulations.
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel
  • Prior experience with NGO/PVO is preferred.
  • Previous experience in insecure environments is preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written English skills

Desired:

  • Knowledge of Hausa.

Success Factors

  • The successful candidate will be capable of multi-tasking, rapid decision-making, have initiative, drive and a lot of energy, as well as high emotional intelligence, constructive mentoring skills and proven experience with capacity building.
  • S/he will be committed to long-term program sustainability and the delivery of high-impact activities at the community level. Successful Mercy Corps team members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and challenging environments, and make effective written and verbal communication a priority.
  • In particular, the successful candidate will be willing to travel to other locations such as Damboa, Dikwa, Ngala, Gwoza and other LGAs of Northeast programs based on the needs of the Mercy Corps program. This will mean sometimes staying and working in stressful environments with very basic living conditions, strictly following security protocols at all times and sometimes working long and irregular hours).
  • 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.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

  • The position is based in Gwoza, Borno State.

Programme Assistant

Job Specifications:

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Job Description:
  • Provide administrative and program support to Agricultural programme officer and senior programme officer to implement the program successfully.
  • Facilitate community mobilization activities to support targeting beneficiaries and improve Agricultural Interventions knowledge, attitudes and practices.
  • Support Identification, selection of beneficiaries among the vulnerable displaced people and host communities that have been affected by the insurgency interpreting in local dialect to the beneficiaries and community leaders the general program concept from.
  • Support Coordination of Community Mobilization Team to identify potential beneficiaries and existing Agricultural and livestock cooperatives and informal Agricultural saving and loans associations
  • Support community Agricultural needs assessments as and when due
  • Support training session in the field
  • Support selection of beneficiaries
  • Adherence to all MC policies and procedures as outlined in MC policies and procedure manuals;
  • 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 in country of operation;
  • Lead on program administrative task such filling, photocopying, scanning and printing
  • 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.

Finance & Compliance Management:

  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to emergency programming.
  • Responsible for expenditure tracking of activities carried out in the field

Influence & Representation:

  • Support Identifying, building and manage collaborative partnerships with the community, government and other stakeholder’s
  • Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets are met.

Security:

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure the team members operates in secure environment and are aware in of policies
  • Work closely with Mercy corps Nigeria country team`s secure focal point to develop and maintained systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspect 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.
  • Supervisory Responsibility
  • None

Accountability:

  • Reports Directly To: Programme Officer Agriculture
  • Works Directly With: Other program Officers and assistants in the program
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • University Degree / HND in Arts, Natural, Social Sciences, or equivalent preferred and NYSC Certification
  • 2-3 years of experience working in the development sector, or humanitarian program; general program management experience required.
  • Knowledge of office administration and project management cycle
  • Prior experience implementing distributions is required, preferably in a non-camp setting. Experience with cash/voucher distributions strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders to identify beneficiaries according to criteria required.
  • Experience with conducting assessments, monitoring and evaluation and other learning efforts required.
  • Experience representing the organization and its interests to a diverse range of local and international government officials, local civil society organizations, other international organizations, the media and the public.
  • Commitment to renewing and maintaining knowledge of best practices.
  • Demonstrated training and facilitation experience
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Demonstrated strengths in analytical skills, monitoring and evaluation, and report writing
  • Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills
  • Excellent oral and written skills and computer skills
  • Fluency in English, Hausa and local language in BIU is required.

Success Factors

  • Strong Work Ethic, having the ability to learn the most efficient way of learning the most efficient way to complete tasks and finding ways to save time while completing daily assignments
  • Dependability and Responsibility, having the ability to come to work on time, are there when they are supposed to be, and are responsible for their actions and behavior. Adaptability, being adaptable and maintaining flexibility in completing tasks in an ever-changing workplace
  • 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.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

  • The position is based in BIU, Borno State.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and Cover Letters in one document, addressing the position requirements, reference number and location to: ng-recruitment.nigeria@mercycorps.org

Note

  • All applications must include the position title and Reference Number on the envelope or in the subject line if sending via email.
  • CV and cover letter and should not be more than 4 pages.
  • All applications must include the Position Title on the envelope and should not be more than 4 pages.
  • Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview and we are an equal opportunity organization so women are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Deadline: May 3, 2020

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