Senior Program Officer Jobs in Abuja at Mercy Corps

Job Title: Senior Program Officer

Location: Abuja
Experience: 5 year(s)

The ENGINE Senior Program Officer will provide technical assistance for the implementation of a
proposed 3-year project to reduce financial and education barriers for marginalized Nigerian adolescent
girls and young women. The goals of the ENGINE program are to increase girls’ and young women’s
ccess to (1) financial education and life skills; (2) peer-to-peer networks and mentors; and (3) direct
assets (materials and savings). ENGINE will integrate young women into value chains as well as conduct
other market-driven employment opportunities.
ENGINE will also work with girls in formal and informal
education to increase their learning opportunities and outcomes to prepare them for future economic
activities. ENGINE will be implemented in FCT/Abuja, Lagos, Kano, and Kaduna States. Mercy Corps
will serve as a sub-awardee to a large international company and will collaborate with other stakeholders
for the implementation of the ENGINE program, including the Nigerian Ministry of Education and
Central Bank, as well as private sector actors.

The Senior Program Officer will support the implementation of activities that transition girls in school or
in informal education into economic activities. This position will ensure ENGINE implementation is
responsive to marginalized Nigerian girls, their communities, state and non-state secondary schools,
vocational school, and other skill-based centers.

Program Support
• Support technical aspects of school to work programming for ENGINE including developing
incentives for girls to enter into skills building, coordinating links to female mentors, identify existing
peer to peer networks and identify opportunities for additional networks within schools, link girls
with Islamic and/or community-based education, increasing economic assets through savings clubs
and links to financial institutions.
• Ensure implementation of activities is on time, target and budget.
• Coordinate links with existing and planned donor interventions that target adolescent girls to identify
girls on an on-going basis to participate in ENGINE activities.
• Identify Nigerian partners – NGOs as well as vocational training/skills centers – to participate in
ENGINE activities.
• Advocate for the inclusion of marginalized girls and for girls to be active in non-traditional sectors at
the household and community level and within Nigerian vocational and skills-based education.
• In collaboration with M&E staff, implement relevant surveys, need assessments, data and information
collection for on-going monitoring.
1Position Description
• Identify financial education and life skills materials and courses designed by the Ministry of
Education, other donor interventions, national and local NGOs and vocational/skills centers.
• Manage sub-grantee activities including budget, implementation and reporting
• Coordinate closely with other ENGINE personnel to ensure all objectives of the proposal and
activities are met.
• Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
• Participate in education coordination meetings as requested by the ENGINE Project Manager.

WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Other ENGINE technical and program staff and Mercy Corps’
implementation partners.
• BA/S or equivalent in education, management, social sciences, international development or other
relevant field. MA preferred.
• A minimum of 5 years of experience in education, gender- focused, skills building program.
• Experience managing large-scale secondary education or school to work and especially targeting
marginalized girls or young women programs required. Prefer expertise in at least one of the
following areas: accelerated learning programs, Islamic and/or community-based education targeting
community acceptance of girl’s education, increasing economic assets through savings clubs and
links to financial institutions. Experience using SMS for training or messaging preferred.
• Experience working in a multi-organizational team (international and national partners) is a plus.
• Experience with private-sector led initiatives and DfID strongly preferred.
• Strong written and oral communication skills in English required, including report development,
writing and editing.
• Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently
and cooperatively with team members.
• Experience working with country-level ministries and government officials, Ministry of Education
experience preferred.
• Experience managing sub-grantees

The successful Senior Program Officer will combine exceptional management skills and technical skills
with a focus on innovative interventions to engage adolescent girls in informal education and skills
building linked with private sector entrepreneurship and employment opportunities in a culturally and
religiously conservative environment. S/he will have an outstanding ability to support innovative and
complex programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region.
Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are

The position will be based in Abuja and will support activities in Kano, Kaduna, and Lagos, with an estimated travel of up to 60% to program locations.

 How to Apply
Full details or position requirement; can be found online on  All applications (Curriculum Vitae with one-page Cover Letter) should be sent to  with subject SENIOR PROGRAMME OFFICER on or before the 19th of December, 2013.

Deadline: 19th December, 2013.

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