New Job Vacancies at MercyCorps

1. Job Title: Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Advisor

Integrated Peace building and Economic Development
Primary Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Position Status:
Position Level:
Full-time, regular, exempt
Level 4

PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY: Mercy Corps works almost exclusively in fragile and conflict-affected environments. While we recognize that these are difficult places to operate, we believe that transitional environments –
countries affected by civil wars, economic and political crisis, or natural disasters – offer tremendous opportunities for
positive change. We currently implement over 30 integrated peacebuilding and economic development programs in some
of the world’s toughest places, including Ethiopia, Liberia, Somalia, Sudan, and Uganda.
Mercy Corps implements a UKAID-funded integrated peacebuilding and economic development program in the Middle
Belt states of Nigeria. This three-year program, which began in December 2012, incorporates strong economic
development and natural resource management elements in order to address underlying drivers of conflict and build
cooperation between conflicting communities and build links between communities, private sector and governmental

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY: The Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Advisor will provide leadership,
in collaboration with the Program Manager and the Country Director, in all aspects of monitoring, evaluation and
information management of the program. The MEL Advisor will contribute to program planning to ensure adherence to
Mercy Corps’ standards, including the use of standardized indicators and documentation methodologies. Throughout the
life of the program, s/he will be responsible for cross-cutting programmatic information management within the
framework of the program, monitoring and evaluation, ensuring that information collected is reflected upon, used for
continuous improvement of ongoing programs, and is incorporated into consistently high quality reports. S/he will have
responsibility for leading research efforts, networking with research agencies, documenting project impacts, and
overseeing field-based M&E staff.

Technical Leadership
• Ensure that monitoring systems meet the requirements of the donor and that performance results can be used for
continuous improvement.
• Adapt existing Mercy Corps monitoring tools, as well as propose new ways of measuring change through the use
of both quantitative and qualitative data collection tools, analysis of secondary data, and, where appropriate,
remote monitoring techniques.
• Coordinate internal and external reviews and lead the analysis of findings, with a strong emphasis on learning.
• As a strategic leader, actively participate in management meetings and country-wide strategy sessions.
• Strengthen staff capacity in qualitative and quantitative monitoring and evaluation tools through comprehensive
staff training and coaching.
• Take the lead in aligning, collecting and reporting on relevant program indicators to the organizational-wide
M&E system, Mission Metrics.
Management of the Program Monitoring, Evaluation and Information System
• Ensure that the Integrated Peacebuilding and Economic Development program gathers, maintains and reports
upon quality and verifiable data using valid and appropriate qualitative and quantitative tools.
1Position Description
• Establish and manage a database to track progress towards meeting project goals and objectives.
• Address shortfalls in monitoring, evaluation and information management that affect program implementation.
• Strengthen linkages with other internal agency resources, including the Learning Management System, Digital
Library, the Hub, and Clearspace, to enhance organizational learning.
• Coordinate with Mercy Corps’ HQ-based Technical Support Unit (TSU) to guide process of ex-ante, ex-post and
midterm evaluation, from the design, implementation and documentation phases.
• Participate in M&E-related working groups and maintain close working relationships with MEL counterparts in
other relevant international NGOs, and local NGOs and associations in Nigeria.
Research Coordination
• Identify quality research partners and increase their capacity to examine and document issues related to (1) the
economic cost of conflict on pastoralist and farmer livelihoods and related markets and (2) the benefits of
gazetting and grazing reserves to the quality of life, and livelihoods, of pastoralists.
• Maintain regular contact with research agencies, oversee partnerships, work to increase their skills and product
• Liaise with other entities conducting related research to ensure coordination of efforts.
Organizational Learning: As part of Mercy Corps' agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members
are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.
Accountability to Beneficiaries:
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our participants 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.

WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Mercy Corps, finance, and country representation departments in Abuja. The Program
Manager works directly with relevant Mercy Corps headquarters units as necessary, including Mercy Corps’ Conflict
Management Group and Economic and Market Development team and various administrative/financial units.

• Postgraduate degree in development studies, research methods, statistics, social sciences, measurement and
evaluation, project planning and management or other relevant field preferred
• Minimum 6-8 years of active M&E work experience in development programming required; ideal candidate will
have both theoretical and practical background in M&E and skilled in qualitative and quantitative M&E
methodologies and techniques.
• Familiarity and experience with both peacebuilding programming and either economic development or natural
resource management programming, preferably in the Middle Belt.
2Position Description
• Knowledge of major aspects of program development, implementation and documentation and excellent verbal
and written communication skills required.
• Excellent computer skills, including experience with: Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Epi-Info, Epi-Data, SPSS,
Access, SQL, and any other statistical packages.
• Demonstrated understanding of intermediate and advanced statistics and the ability to summarize, generalize, and
make predictions from large data sets.
• Ability to conceptualize, plan and implement program activities creatively, as well as possess the ability to
analyze data and utilize lessons learned for the continuous improvement of program implementation and to
promote a culture of learning.
• Fluency in written and verbal English and Hausa required.

The successful MEL Advisor will have the ability to multi-task, set priorities, and work under tight deadlines within a
complex team. S/he will demonstrate strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills and be committed to
the values and mission of Mercy Corps. S/he will take initiative and contribute to team efforts, as well as demonstrate an
ability to communicate and assume leadership.

This position is based in Abuja with up to 50% travel, primarily to locations within the Middle Belt states of Kaduna,
Plateau, Nasarawa, and Benue, where security is at times high-risk.
Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting
or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and
respect local laws, customs and Mercy Corps' policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country

2. Job Title:  Operations Manager

Primary Location:  Abuja, Nigeria
Position Status:  field-based, full-time

Mercy Corps has been present in Nigeria since December 2012 helping citizens of Nigeria in Nigeria work toward building a more peaceful and hopeful future. Mercy Corps has been addressing the humanitarian needs in Nigeria through: Conflict & Governance: Supporting religious leaders to discuss tolerance and lead peace-building activities in their communities; Economic opportunity: Empowering communities to identify improvement projects that create jobs and bring conflicting groups together for the common goal of boosting economic activity; Women & Gender: Teaching financial literacy and job skills to girls aged 15-19. Mercy Corps will continue these activities in Nigeria expanding on them and offering a multi-sectoral approach that will address social, economic and infrastructure needs. Through these activities Mercy Corps seeks to provide residents of Nigeria with the means to achieve a long-term recovery.

The Operations Manager is a member of the country’s senior management team (SMT). The Operations Manager is responsible for all operations functions in Nigeria including Procurement, Logistics, Assets, Fleet, Warehousing, Admin, and HR. S/he ensures compliance with donor regulations as well as Mercy Corps’ internal policies and procedures, updates local manuals and policies, and builds the capacity of local Operations team members. S/he provides support and advises the Country Director, Finance Manager and senior Program Management on operational issues.


•             One of the most critical aspects of this role is to develop the capacity of staff subordinates.
•             Work closely with program management to facilitate operations aspects of program planning, and upcoming operations resources needs, especially procurements.
•             Advocate for operations systems: work with all Mercy Corps staff to ensure smooth introduction and adoption of operational systems.
•             Work closely with program and finance teams to deliver successful programs while demonstrating excellent stewardship of donor funds and compliance with MC and donor regulations.
•             Assist the program team and departments to understand their roles and responsibilities in terms of interaction with operations departments. These include trainings, regular coordination meetings, problem solving and procurement planning and other such planning activities to ensure effective and timely program implementation.
•             Responsible for the management of all operations functions and staff; responsible for the full and proper implementation of Mercy Corps systems of management, compliance and control as described in Mercy Corps field manuals contained in the Office in a Box.
•             Work closely with finance compliance to mitigate fraud, conflict of interest, and legal ramifications of Mercy Corps activities.

Operations Management - Logistics:
•             Ensure timely and accurate processing and documentation of procurements: the process, ensure accurate paperwork and a supply chain as described in the Field Procurement Manual.
•             Ensure procurement records systems are well managed and maintained.
•             Oversee use of the Electronic Procurement System found in the Office in a Box.
•             Ensure the warehouse procedures are followed as described in the Warehouse Policy and Procedures Guidelines.
•             Establish and maintain pipeline of supplies to Nigeria if need be overseeing the logistical aspects of the operation.
•             Supervise the fleet management team and ensure that systems are in place to track maintenance schedules, fuel usage and vehicle scheduling as described in the Field Fleet Management Guidelines.
•             Maintain service contracts.
•             Liaise with finance to ensure compliance and payment schedules.
•             Oversee tracking of all assets to ensure accurate record keeping of Mercy Corps and donor assets, including exceptional items that require registration and movement tracking, in accordance with the Mercy Corps Asset Management Manual.
•             Coordinate logistics (non-program) aspects of material aid projects and associated shipments, and managing the importation and customs clearance elements.
•             Maintain inventory records of materials and materials flow in all warehouses.
•             Oversee customs clearing, equipment registration, licensing and insurance, etc.
•             Chair tender openings as required.

Operations Management – Human Resources:
•             Ensure the HR systems for national staff are implemented as described in the HR section of the Field Administration Manual.
•             Continue to the development or review of country or field office specific HR policies (National Staff Policy Handbook, phone policy, salary increase) and with the HR team communicate new policies to all staff as described in the Field Administration Manual.
•             Oversee a fair and transparent, and timely recruiting process including orientation and onboarding.
•             Assist other managers to properly implement the performance review process to ensure proper talent management (star performers are rewarded, plan for underperforming team members)
•             Implement a fair and competitive compensation system.
•             Oversee the HR database and proper tracking of key dates for team members.
•             Ensure all HR policies comply with local law.

Operations Management - Security
•             To act as the Mercy Corps Nigeria Security Focal Point.
•             Conduct security risk assessments of core operational features and record and report findings;
•             Advise the Country Representative of emerging threats and trends;
•             To develop and maintain a security alert tree, where staff can be informed of incidents and developing situations;
•             To ensure that compound guards remain an effective and credible deterrent;
•             To coordinate and monitor security activities to ensure that safety policies and procedures are implemented;
•             To develop and maintain emergency and evacuation plans;
•             To ensure through comprehensive briefings, that all staff and visitors to are fully appraised of the risks, the prevailing security situation and any security procedures.
•             To manage and maintain all security communications equipment;

Operations Management - Administration:
•             Ensure the Admin systems are implemented as described in the Field Administration Manual
•             Oversee the set-up and development of Mercy Corps office(s) to meet needs of team members including drafting and reviewing contracts for office and housing space, leasehold improvements, IT.
•             Continue to the development or review of country or field office specific policies (phone policy, IT policy, per diem) and with the administration team communicate new policies to all staff as described in the Field Administration Manual.
•             Oversee database & paper file management for administration, procurement, logistics resources documents.
•             Oversee facility management, including housing and office leases for the office.  Ensure that security standards are maintained at all premises.
•             Responsible for expatriate visa and work permits, if necessary
•             Supervise IT System Administrator to ensure IT systems functions as needed.
•             Ensure that all Mercy Corps contracts and business transactions/relationships are transparent and in compliance with Nigeria law and Mercy Corps/donor policies.

Strategy and Vision
•             Provide program support, coordination, supervision and monitoring activities designed to meet program objectives.

•             As appropriate interface with the (donor) person(s) responsible for coordinating all supply shipments to Nigeria via the appropriate approval processes.
•             Interfacing with our partners as well as sub-grantees, to verify their systems and that they understand and follow all appropriate procedures and archiving.

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.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:  All country Operations (Logistics and Administration) staff.

REPORTS DIRECTLY TO:  Country Director
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH:  Program Managers, Chiefs of Party, Finance Manager, Security Staff.
COLLABORATES WITH: All MC logistics and operations team as required.

•             Masters Degree in Management, Procurement and Logistics or related field
•             7 years field experience in administrative or operational support functions with a humanitarian non-governmental organization with supervisor responsibilities.
•             Experience in setting up and managing administration, procurement, logistics, and human resource management.
•             Demonstrated understanding of complex emergencies, related security concerns, and appropriate responses to such emergencies.
•             Excellent writing and communications skills.
•             Excellent negotiation, representation, skills and the ability to work comfortably with an ethnically diverse staff in a very sensitive environment.
•             Effective verbal and written communication, organizational, prioritization and Microsoft Office applications.
•             Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
•             Proven ability to solve problems independently without direct supervision.
•             Experience living and working in Nigeria preferred.
•             Knowledge of Mercy Corps systems and procedures (particularly Mercy Corps procurement systems) highly desirable.
•             M&E experience preferred.
•             Knowledge of donor (DfID and USAID) regulations helpful.

Critical is problem solving, and the ability to work out methods to deliver successful programs while demonstrating excellent stewardship of donor funds and compliance with MC and donor regulations. Maintaining strong cooperating relationships with other departments is crucial. A successful candidate will have the ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel both in a managerial as well as training capacity and demonstrate ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities. S/he will be able to live and work closely with a diverse team of individuals in a highly intense and fluid work and security environment and be willing to travel regularly to Mercy Corps field offices and project sites.

This position will be based in Abuja and frequent travel will be required to project sites in relevant cities.
Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and Mercy Corps' policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

How to Apply

All applications should be sent to  with subject

Deadline: 17th January, 2014

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