Manager, Policy and Governance at Mercy Corps

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: Manager, Policy and GovernanceProgram/Department SummaryThe Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) Programme is an initiative to improve learning outcomes and the economic status of marginalized adolescent girls aged 16-19 in the Northern Nigerian states of Kano and Kaduna, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria.ENGINE through funding from the UK Department for International Development’s Girls Education Challenge, the Coca-Cola Company and other stakeholders supported over 18,000 marginalized girls to reduce education and financial barriers in its first implementation phase.In its second phase, ENGINE 2 will facilitate transition of these girls into functional literacy, numeracy and scale up their business opportunities and linkages.ENGINE 2 will further increase girls’ and young women’s access to (1) financial education and life skills; (2) peer to peer networks and mentoring; and (3) direct assets (materials and savings). Beneficiaries will be integrated into value chains as well as conduct other market-driven employment opportunities.ENGINE 2 will also work with girls in formal and informal education to increase their learning opportunities and outcomes to prepare them for future economic activities and work in the policy environment to provide an enabling environment for girls to flourish in their chosen pathways.General Position Summary:The Manager, Policy and Governancewill be responsible for managing ENGINE 2’s overall policy and governance component of the project. S/he will be responsible for working with government to ensure policies are implemented to allow girls thrive by becoming educated and empowered.S/he will provide technical leadership on policy and governance issues.This position will ensure ENGINE 2 implementation is responsive to marginalized Nigerian girls, their communities and the country at large. This position will coordinate and plan with other donor-funded programs to facilitate favourable policies for girls to thrive.Essential Job Responsibilities Strategy & Vision:Lead the development of the overall vision and strategic plan for the policy and governance unit.Recognize and adapt policies that are favourable and sustainableProgram Management:Provide technical leadership for the design, formalization, and management of innovative policy and governance initiativesEnsuring quality and integrity of implementation, including adherence to technical guidelines, administrative systems, and established deadlinesEvaluating the relevance and appropriateness of current and future programming in relation to policies affecting or hindering girl child education and empowermentUndertaking staff capacity buildingTeam 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.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 emergency programming.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 community members to complement DfID funding.Represent ENGINE 2 on governance issues at technical and strategic planning meetings, or as requested by the Director of Gender Programs.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 policiesWork 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, specificallyto 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. 

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