Organizational Development and Grants Manager 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 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 has worked since 2012 by focusing its programming on adolescent girls’ empowerment, economic development, conflict mitigation, and humanitarian response.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Organizational Development and Grants ManagerLocation: AbujaProgram/Department Summary Mercy Corps works in fragile and conflict-affected environments. While we recognize that these are difficult places to operate, we believe that transitional environments – countries affected by civil wars, economic and political crisis, or natural disasters – offer tremendous opportunities for positive change.Since the late 1990s, Mercy Corps has managed over 100 peacebuilding projects in over 30 countries and regions, making Mercy Corps a true leader in the field. We currently implement 34 peacebuilding programs globally.In Nigeria, Mercy Corps is currently implementing several conflict management programs, focused on reducing violent conflict between farmer and pastoralist communities, preventing election-related violence, and increasing peace between religious groups.Mercy Corps is expanding its conflict management programs in the Middle Belt, the Northeast, the Niger Delta and Southeast of Nigeria within the Engaging Communities for Peace in Nigeria (ECPN) program, funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).This four-year program aims to reduce violence in Nigeria’s Middle Belt states by peacefully preventing and resolving farmer-pastoralist conflicts; build the capacity of influential local CSOs with mandates in peacebuilding and conflict management/mitigation.The two-year extension will enable Mercy Corps to guide NE-based CSOs through the full cycle of project management while utilizing an experiential approach that encourages learning-by-doing. By the end of the project, we will have built a network of local partners with the capacity to apply for grants from international donors and implement high-quality peacebuilding programs.This increased local capacity will enable greater local ownership of peacebuilding initiatives, and ensure more impactful and cost-efficient investments that can be sustained over the longer-term.The program will work with communities in select local government areas in Benue and Nasarawa states; work with select Northeast-based peacebuilding CSOs from Adamawa, Borno, Gombe and Yobe states; work with select USAID implementing partners (IPs) from Niger Delta region and Southeast NigeriaGeneral Position SummaryMercy Corps’ Engaging Communities for Peace in Nigeria (ECPN) will establish a Small Grants Fund (SGF) through which each of the selected Northeast CSOs can apply to implement projects that contribute to the overall objective of promoting peace and decreasing violence in NE Nigeria.The Organizational Development and Grants Manager will therefore perform variety of tasks including capacity development support to Northeast civil society organisations as well as systems and procedures for grants disbursement.The Organizational Development and Grants Manager will develop results-oriented strategies, design and mainstream policies, methods and tools for grant disbursement and capacity development support to Northeast civil society and partners organisations.The SGF process – from design, to implementation to monitoring and evaluation – is an opportunity for target Northeast CSOs to apply concepts and skills covered under the organization and technical capacity building components.It will be specially designed to prepare CSOs for larger funding processes, and Mercy Corps will provide coaching and support as necessary throughout the process.Furthermore she/he will contribute to the development of Northeast civil society networks, represent Mercy Corps/ECPN in coordination forums and liaise with relevant authorities, donors and civil society organisations.ResponsibilitiesThe specific tasks will include:Provide technical assistance and adequate training to program staff and strategic guidance to management in regards to all aspects of organizational capacity building and grants management to local civil society organizations.Provide tools and methods for organisational development and community mobilization.Provide systems and procedures for grant disbursement to civil society partner organizations.Work closely with the Organizational Capacity Building Advisor and ECPN team to ensure adequate capacity is developed to support local civil society partners.Contribute to the development of Northeast civil society network and coordinating body and its linkages with international networks.Organize and lead pre-solicitation meetings for partners.Participate in evaluating grant applications.Conduct pre-award survey for potential grantees.Perform the initial pre-award assessments and compliance checks of local CSOs in accordance with USAID grant guidelines and procedures.Provide technical guidance to develop/strengthen partner organization’s administrative and financial management systems and structures.Support the establishment of Small Grants Fund to allow local partners to utilize the ‘learning by doing’ approach and prepare them for larger funding processes.Perform other tasks within the field of competency as assigned by the Organizational Capacity Building Advisor.Contributes to ongoing strategic communication; solicits support and feedback from Senior Program Manger and Director of Development Programs as needed.Review and monitor partners’ progress in achieving technical objectives.Compile regular reports in conjunction with project Manager and Capacity Building Advisor.Facilitate internal self-assessment process for local partners using the adapted Mercy Corps’ Organizational Capacity Index tool.Assist in coordinating trainings for CSOs staff on any newly introduced service packages aimed to help CSOs to successfully implement their activities in compliance with relevant donor policies and procedures.

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