Graduate Program Assistant at Mercy Corps

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Job Title: Program Assistant

Description

  • 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, EU, and ECHO the humanitarian programs engage in several interventions including but not limited to food assistance, non-food items (NFI), protection, livelihoods, cash transfers, WASH and capacity building of humanitarian response actors.
  • Mercy Corps is scaling-up and expanding its humanitarian response in Northeast Nigeria to reach more beneficiaries with additional assistance in a wider geographic area.
  • General Position Summary
  • The Cash Transfer Programming (CTP)/Cash for Work (CFW) Program Assistant will assist in the day to day implementation of all CTP/CFW program activities in the areas of intervention.
  • The PA will work closely with CTP/CFW Program Officers to ensure smooth implementation of cash/voucher related activities.
  • The CTP/CFW Program Assistant will report to the Cash & Vouchers Senior Program Officer and work collaboratively with fellow program and MEL staff.
  • S/He may also support other livelihood sector interventions including unconditional cash transfers, livelihood grants and VSLAs.

Responsibilities

  • Assist program officers to ensure cash transfer programming and cash for work activities progress according to the developed schedule and work plan.
  • Assist in the coordination with program stakeholders in target geographical areas.
  • Support in the process of beneficiary registration, community mobilization and sensitization.
  • Assist in promoting community participation and inclusion so as to encourage community ownership over activities implemented.
  • Ensure equal representation of various community groups in the implementation of activities.
  • Assist in the facilitation of community meetings, focus group discussion and other as required by the program.
  • Keep program officers and management updated with regards to security situation in the project implementation area.
  • Provide weekly field reports, capturing activities progress, observed humanitarian needs, general situation and community updates.
  • Support program officers in CTP/CFW activity planning and project related documentation.
  • Document lessons learned and success stories related to CTP/CFW activities with the support and guidance of MEL team.
  • Adherence to all MC policies and procedures as outlined in MC policies and procedure manuals;
  • 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 in country of operation;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • 1-2 years of working experience.
  • Previous experience in community/social work is highly preferred.
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain good relation with the local communities and project beneficiaries.
  • Demonstrated skills in planning, organizing and reporting
  • Bachelor Degree in relevant field or equivalent experience is highly recommended
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills
  • Excellent oral and written skills and computer skills
  • Fluency in English; fluency in Hausa is required.

Success Factor

  • The successful candidate will be an effective communicator, with dedication towards community work, commitment to work long hours in the field conditions with limited access to resources.
  • S/He will be highly motivated, with initiative and capable to work without direct supervision.
  • S/he will be willing to conduct field travels and work in ethnically and culturally diversified and fast growing team.

Location: Damboa, Borno

Closing Date
29th April, 2017

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should forward their CV's and Cover Letter in one document, addressing the position requirements to: ng-recruitment.nigeria@mercycorps.org

Note

  • All applications must include the position title in the subject line.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview and we are an equal opportunity organization so women are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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