Vacancy at Mercy Corps: Program Officer

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. Mercy Corps plans to implement a program in 3 states “ISING” or Investing in the safety and integrity of Nigerian girls targeting adolescent girls and boys affected by the conflict in the Northeast.Job Title: Program Officer - Gender and Protection (ISING)Job Location: Biu - Borno StateGeneral Position SummaryThe Gender and Protection Program Officer is responsible for assisting in the implementation of Protection sector activities including the mobilization of women’s groups, training on topics such as psychological first aid, and sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), and the validation of referral pathways in Borno & Gombe state, Northeast Nigeria.With the support of the ISING Program Manager, s/he will also advise and build capacity of other ISING team members on gender, protection mainstreaming in addition to overseeing project gender and protection related activities.S/he will report directly to the ISING Program Manager and will work closely with other sectors of the project.Essential Job FunctionsOversee the implementation of ISING protection activities and ensured adequate gender mainstreaming across project field locations;Develop activity work plans and manage day-to-day activity implementation related to gender and protection;Ensure that program implementation mainstreams gender and protection in coordination with other sectors in line with best practices;Ensure that beneficiaries are effectively targeted according to vulnerability criteria;Lead where necessary ISING project community meetings to identify gender related priorities and protection concerns.Establish and maintain effective ISING project reporting, and monitoring and evaluation systems (to track, analyze and report on results) for both internal and external use;Integrate community approaches, protection mainstreaming, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all ISING activities as appropriate;Ensure program filing system is in place, adheres to internal and donor regulation and filing is regularly maintained;Adhere to all MC policies related to security, operations and transport/ logistics information related to programming.Support orientation for all new staff on MC guidelines on gender and protection mainstreaming. If necessary organize capacity building sessions for other sector staff on gender and protection.Report on any problems encountered in the field such as project participant complaints, local authority interference, and security threats to MC staff and activities.  Coordinate with MC Security Officer and Gender & Protection Senior Program Officer on any threats to MC staff and activities.Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.Other duties as assigned.

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