Program Officer – Conflict Management and Stabilization 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.  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: Program Officer - Conflict Management and StabilizationReference Number: MDG/HUMOPS/2018/00016Location: Maiduguri, Borno State with at least 60% travel to project locationsSupervisory Responsibility: Program AssistantsReports Directly to: Senior Program Manager/DirectorWorks Directly With: Finance, Programs and Operation Teams. Program/Department SummaryThe MAIDA Program will directly support the recovery of at least 70,000 women, men, girls and boys who are returnees, IDPs and members of host communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in southern and central Borno State.The objective of MAIDA is to increase the social cohesion and resilience to economic, social and climate related shocks in Borno State in an environmentally-conscious way.Four interrelated and mutually reinforcing intermediate outcomes will contribute to achieving this objective.First, MAIDA will restore and improve rural livelihoods in an ecologically sustainable manner by enabling households to take advantage of existing and new agricultural market opportunities.In parallel, adolescents and youth will be empowered as economic actors in their communities through access to employment, diversified livelihood opportunities, vocational training and business development initiatives.These outcomes will be reinforced by improved access to social protection and community-based services for women, youth, adolescent breadwinners and other at-risk groups.Finally, overall social cohesion will be strengthened within and between conflict-affected communities and environmental resource management will be improved in areas of displacement and return.Sectors of intervention will include market-led and climate-smart livelihood and employment opportunities, vocational training for youth, social and economic protection and community reintegration and peacebuilding.Economic recovery activities will build resilience through Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) market systems-based models, reducing poverty by enhancing the ways that poor and vulnerable households interact with markets.General Position Summary:The Programme Officer will oversee all conflict management and stabilization activities, including the formation of Community Resilience Groups, training on conflict mitigation, overseeing the implementation of social integration events, and the formation of community resilience plans. S/he will work closely with Mercy Corps team members mobilizing community groups and Mercy Corps partners.Essential Job ResponsibilitiesCoordinate main activities under the conflict mitigation sector with the rest of the program team.Perform training sessions in the field and provide TOT to Programme Assistants and key community members.Mobilize community members to take part in community resilience groups.Support the community in the selection of social integration events, ensuring that all sectors of the community are represented in such events.Support the community in the development of community resilience plans, ensuring that all sectors of the community are represented in such events. With coordination of his/her supervisor, develop weekly and monthly work plans. Track the team’s ability to deliver on the plan and report back to the team each week.Support in forecasting cash requirements for the coming month/s.Lead assessments and identify needs that exist in various communities.Supervise and be responsible for all technical aspects of daily project implementation, ensure they are completed in a timely, efficient, accurate manner.Document lessons learned and success stories in relation to the relevant sector.Compile, submit, and contribute to all required program reports on time.Watch and report on any new needs arising in the project target areas.Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of activities and make recommendations for improvements.Conduct him/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and not jeopardize its humanitarian mission in Nigeria.Carry out any other duties as assigned.Finance & Compliance Management:Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to emergency programming.Ensure compliance with all Mercy Corps finance regulation in carrying out activities.Influence & Representation:Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other stakeholders.Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.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.

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