Program Development and Quality Advisor at Mercy Corps Nigeria

Mercy Corps Nigeria's humanitarian program aims to provide assistance to populations affected by the crisis in Northeast Nigeria. With funding from humanitarian donors including OFDA, FFP, and ECHO the humanitarian programs engage in several interventions including but not limited to food assistance, logistics and relief commodities, protection, livelihoods, WASH and capacity building of humanitarian response actors. Mercy Corps plans to scale up and expand its humanitarian response in Northeast Nigeria to reach more beneficiaries with additional and varied assistance in a wider geographic area.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Program Development and Quality AdvisorLocation: Maiduguri, BornoProgram/Department SummaryThe program focuses on adolescent girls’ empowerment, economic development, and conflict mitigation. With the insurgency in North East Nigeria, Mercy Corps initiated humanitarian programming in 2014 to support the conflict-affected population. As a result of the wide-scale needs in 2016, Mercy Corps is scaling-up its humanitarian response to establish a dynamic multi-sector platform in order to address emergency priorities including food security, non-food items, nutrition, protection, water sanitation, while preparing to address early recovery needs for displaced households and vulnerable host communities.General Position SummaryThe Program Development and Quality Advisor supports program development, program reporting, through the provision of guidance, tools, resources, capacity building and technology.S/he will be involved in a broad range of initiatives that require close coordination with Mercy Corps’ headquarters, Nigeria program teams and other departments, peer agencies and local partner organizations.Essential Job ResponsiblitiesProgram Strategy and Development:Support overall strategic and annual planning and reporting for Nigeria’s emergency response.Track and review calls for proposals and identify new funding opportunities that match Mercy Corps’ strategic interests.Support the conceptualization and design of cost effective, innovative and high quality programs, ensuring relevance to stakeholders and agency strategy.Coordinate development of concept notes, proposals and budgets, including coordinating closely with Mercy Corps’ Nigeria technical, finance and operational staff, as well as headquarters and regional Technical Support Unit to facilitate input, and ensuring donor complianceApply the agency’s best practices in proposal development efforts for institutional donors.Maintain grant tracker that outlines previous, current, and future/ pipeline programming in coordination with headquarters.Program Quality and Implementation Support:Lead on and oversee the application and integration of Mercy Corps’ Program Management Minimum Standards (‘PM@MC’), to help ensure Program Advisors are meeting the requirements.Hold regular trainings and other capacity building events to increase understanding and application of PM@MC.Conduct regular audits of adherence to PM@MC.Oversee improvement, mainstreaming and implementation of MEL strategy, tools and resources across all programs, including promoting use of new methods and approaches.Support the creation of an evidence-based learning culture through consistent analysis of lessons learned and best practices to encourage adaptive management.Identify strategies and build/strengthen systems, processes and tools to facilitate greater efficiency between program/MEL, finance and operations teams, including information sharing internally and externallyProgram Reporting, Communication and Information Management:Ensure appropriate knowledge and information management systems are in place to support program quality, communication and reporting.Support monitoring, evaluation, and learning processes within the team to promote best practices and cultivate a culture of learning.Coordinate the identification of key communications and visibility needs with Program Managers, and lead design of materials and modalities of dissemination, including building relationships with local and national media outlets.Support programs to produce professional quality reports, meeting both internal and external reporting requirements.Participate in internal office coordination and planning meetings and workshops;Contribute to monthly reports and other ad hoc reports to meet donor and internal requirements;Contribute to monthly reports and other ad hoc reports to meet donor and internal requirements;Coordination and Representation:Develop and maintain working relationships and coordinate with relevant international and local agencies, including attending relevant working group and coordination meetings;Host and ensure logistic support for donor or other stakeholders field visits.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 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.AccountabilityReport Directly to: Director of Humanitarian ProgramsWorks Directly with:Team Leaders, Heads of Office, M&E Manager, Program Managers, and headquarters staff as appropriate. 

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