Senior Project Officer at Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps works in fragile and conflict-affected environments to build secure, productive, and just communities. 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 1990s, Mercy Corps has managed over 100 peacebuilding projects in over 30 countries and regions, and currently implement 34 peacebuilding programs in some of the world’s toughest places.Mercy Corps started its operations in Nigeria in 2012, and since then has been providing humanitarian assistance in response to the crisis in the North East, helping adolescent girls’ in getting access to education and economic resources, ensuring vulnerable households have the skills needed to pursue economic activities, decreasing conflicts in the Middle Belt and other parts of the country. Job Title: Senior Project Officer - TARELocation: AbujaProgram/Department SummaryWithin the Conflict Management Programs portfolio Mercy Corps implemented a UKAID-funded program called Conciliation in Nigeria through Community-Based Conflict Management and Cooperative Use of Resources (CONCUR), the Ford Foundation-funded Future of Youth in Norther Nigeria project, and is currently implementing the GHR Foundation-funded Inter-Religious Peacebuilding in Northern Nigerian (IPNN) project, the USAID-funded Engaging Communities for Peace in Nigeria (ECPN) project, and the UKAID-funded Youth Stabilization Initiative for Borno (YOU-SB) project.Supporting Harmonious Association, Religious Participation and Engagement for Northern Nigeria (TARE, which stands for “together” in Hausa), will be implemented in three Northern Nigerian states: Borno, Kaduna and Plateau. TARE will strategically build on the past four years of the IPNN Program to: Enhance the capacity of faith-based organizations and institutions to engage communities of different faiths in peacebuilding efforts.Strengthen the capacity of religious leaders and create a platform for inter-faith negotiations across Christian, Sunni and Shia communities in KadunaComplement PVE programing in Borno through supporting religious leaders to prevent youth participation in extremist activities through community-level and formal governance activities.Compare and disseminate analysis on the integration of religious leaders and faith-based organizations in peacebuilding.TARE is designed for comparative analysis of three approaches to peacebuilding and will partner with religious leaders and faith-based organizations in three distinct ways to assess the:Role of faith-based organizations and institutions in peacebuilding.Role of religious leaders in countering violent extremism.Role of religious leaders in peacebuilding.General Position SummaryThe Senior Project Officer will support the implementation of activities related to capacity building for religious leaders and religious institutions, facilitation and implementation of joint PVE plans, and the facilitation of events related to advocacy initiatives.The Senior Project Officer will also provide support to all other activities related to the GHR-funded TARE program, and will ensure smooth, timely, and compliant implementation.The Senior Project Officer will liaise frequently with implementing partners, community members, religious leaders, and represent Mercy Corps at relevant meetings.ResponsibilitiesThe Senior Project Officer will be responsible for the following activities across the three states:Program Support:Support technical aspects of inter-religious peacebuilding and conflict management program by assisting with the development of activities/agendas/curricula related to peacebuilding.Facilitate and co-facilitate community meetings, events, and trainings as required.Ensure implementation of activities is on time, target and budget.Liaise with TARE partner organizations and potential resource persons as needed.Support the Project Manager in overseeing the performance of project implementation by partners, and conduct frequent field visits to project sites.Maintain links with religious leaders and faith-based organizations, and keep up-to-date records of best practices around conflict management and peacebuilding strategies.In collaboration with M&E staff, implement relevant surveys, needs assessments, data and information collection for on-going monitoring.Coordinate closely with other project staff to ensure all objectives of the proposal and activities are met.Representation:Represent Mercy Corps at government, donor, NGO, community meetings in close coordination with the Project Manager.Coordinate activities with implementing partners, local government representatives, religious leaders, other international and local organizations operating in the same geographic area, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs in Nigeria. 

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