Program Officer (GIRL-H) – Kano at Mercy Corps 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 partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within, now, and for the future. To do this, we know our teams do their best work when they are diverse and every team member feels that they belong. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be stronger and have a long-term impact.
Mercy Corps implements a variety of programming throughout the Africa Region in response to the diverse humanitarian and long-term development needs of the region and is committed to delivering high quality, high impact programming that reaches communities or individuals in need, wherever they are.
Mercy Corps has been present in Nigeria since 2012, focusing its interventions on adolescent girls, boys, young people, empowerment, economic and market development, and conflict mitigation. The organization has built a robust and diverse portfolio working to enable Nigerians affected by poverty, resource scarcity, and conflict to be healthy, productive and to drive peace and development of their communities. To do this, Mercy Corps delivers integrated programming to strengthen market and governance systems, innovate urban youth employment opportunities, address the root causes of conflict, and build the resilience of vulnerable populations – in particular, adolescent girls, boys, young people, women, and marginalized communities.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Program Officer (GIRL-H)
Employment Type: Full-time, Regular
Supervisory Responsibility: None
Reports Directly To: GIRL-H Program Manager
Works Directly With: Kano local implementing partner and GIRL-H MEL officer
Program / Department Summary
- Girls Improving Resilience through Livelihoods and Health (GIRL-H)is a three-year, multi-country program being implemented in Kenya, Uganda, Haiti and now expanding to Nigeria.
- In Nigeria, the program seeks to improve the well-being of adolescent girls, boys, and young people with diverse identities, which makes them have unique and distinctive needs and capabilities, by increasing their access to skills and knowledge, health resources, formal education, and economic opportunities.
- GIRL-H also fosters an enabling environment by working with communities to transform unhealthy social norms and create opportunities for adolescent girls, boys, and young people to access education and economic opportunity through an integrated approach to programming.
- Key to GIRL-H is a robust learning and research agenda that reaches across four focal countries to contribute to the evidence-based on what works to secure access to opportunities for adolescent girls, boys, and young people within the most marginalized communities and to better understand their contribution to household resilience.
- This evidence and learning will be shared to elevate Mercy Corps’ influence in the program participant’s space and to bolster fundraising efforts to scale the model.
- In coordination with the local partner organizations in Lagos and Kano states of Nigeria, the GIRL-H Program Officers will support the GIRL-H Program Manager in the routine implementation of the GIRL-H program activities.
General Position Summary
- Under the direct supervision of the GIRL-H Program Manager, the GIRL-H Program Officer will support a local partner organization in Kano state in conjunction with community leaders, safe space mentors, and community structures to ensure that eligible adolescent girls, boys, and young people are attending weekly safe space sessions where literacy, numeracy, life skills, and financial literacy modules.
- TheGIRL-H Program Officer will build and maintain essential relationships with a local implementing partner, state actors in both public and private sectors, relevant community stakeholders, and program participants.
- The GIRL-H Program Officer in conjunction with the local implementing partner’s Program Officers, will work directly with Safe Space and Other Mentors, strengthen their capacities to ensure quality and timely implementation of GIRL-H activities.
Essential Job Responsibilities
- Provide leadership and daily oversight for planning and implementation of GIRL-H activities including mentorship to the local implementing partner in Kano.
- Support the GIRL-H Program Manager in the development of activity plans and reporting format for activity implementation and ensure that every activity reported is supported with evidence.
- Support the GIRL-H Program Manager in advocacy and maintenance of effective partnerships with the relevant departments of the state and local Government to elevate GIRL-H objectives.
- Support the GIRL-H Program Manager in the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the program activities.
- Contribute to the development of training manuals, safe space guide, program tools, and Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials; facilitate GIRL-H related training for safe space mentors.
- Supervise the activities and performance of local implementing partners; conduct routine team meetings, adhere to performance reviews timelines, troubleshoot challenges, and standardize
- Identify and document best practices and lessons in the GIRL-H program and provide timely feedback to the Program Manager.
- Work with the Finance team and local partners to ensure that activity budgets are prepared, and payments processed promptly.
- Ensure timely and consistent submission of program reports, success stories, and other relevant data to the MEL Officer and the Program Manager (weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports).
Monitoring and Evaluation:
- Provide ongoing mentorship to the local implementing partner team on quality data collection processes for completeness, accuracy, and timely submission.
- Oversee the governance structures filling system in the GIRL-H program implementation wards, districts, and communities, and ensure that information is organized according to the reporting and auditing needs of the program.
- Work with MEL officer to ensure accurate data collection including Sex and Age Disaggregated Data (SADD), data validation, assuring quality control measures, and timely data submission.
- Through the local implementing partner’s field staff, the Program Officer will support and mentor community group leaders as partners and structures on data collection and use.
Influence and Representation:
- Support and coordinate field learning visits in the state, in collaboration with GIRL-H Program Manager.
- Support the GIRL-H Program Manager in coordination and communication of field activities with other non-governmental organizations, state, and local government partners for effective synergy, thereby avoiding service duplication, but enhancing support for an enabling environment for GIRL-H program interventions.
- Establish and maintain a productive working relationship with the GIRL-H Program Manager, Kano State local implementing partner, stakeholders, and work in unison to develop complementary joint monitoring, evaluation, and adaptive management structures where possible.
Ethics and Integrity:
- All Mercy Corps staff are expected to behave ethically and demonstrate the highest integrity in their professional and personal life. Mercy Corps has zero tolerance for any form of fraud, corruption, abuse, harassment, or exploitation. Any breach of our policies or misconduct will lead to disciplinary action or may lead to termination.
- Ensure data protection policies are adhered to, establishing security controls for software, hardware, and archive beneficiary databases.
- 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 Program Participants:
- Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging participants’ communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring, and evaluation of our field activities.
Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience
- A Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, Public Health or in a related field
- 3-5 years of related professional experience in adolescent girls programming, youth, women empowerment, or livelihoods.
- Demonstrated skills in data collection, verification, and documentation.
- Proven skills in networking, team building, community consultations, and organizational development.
- Excellent reporting, communication, and representation skills
- Willingness to consider new perspectives, promote gender equality and engage in gender training.
- Proven knowledge and capacity in using computer basic applications MS Word, Excel, and internet
- In-depth knowledge of the social, cultural, and economic context of Kano is a plus
- Experience in capacity building of sub grantees.
- Fluency in the local language (Hausa) prevalent within the operational state of Kano is highly desired.
- The successful candidate will have an excellent team and interpersonal relationship skills, with demonstrated ability to work effectively in complex environments.
- S/he will combine strong communication skills, creativity, initiative, participatory leadership, and tactful decisiveness to assist in program implementation. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem-solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential.
- S/he must have the confidence and humility to work effectively with a diverse group of people – as well as be sensitive to political and cultural nuance.
- S/he must be able to consistently apply excellent judgment to a variety of demanding and fast-changing situations while working as part of a team and coordinate with program personnel, and utilizing data to inform activity implementation and program learning.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions:
- This position is based in Kano with significant travel to field locations in Kano
- Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed. Team members are expected to conduct themselves professionally and respect local laws, customs, and Mercy Corps policies, procedures, and values always and in all in-country venues. Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
- Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together.
- Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges.
- We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
- We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening, and evolving to become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive than we are today.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
- Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have a sustained global impact.
- We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all.
- We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination based on race, colour, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
Safeguarding & Ethics:
- Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants, or others, are treated with respect and dignity.
- We are committed to the core principles regarding the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary-General and IASC.
- We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times.
- Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct eLearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.
Application Closing Date
2nd May, 2022.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should
Click here to apply online
Note: Female candidates who are qualified are strongly encouraged to apply.