Humanitarian & Sustainable Solutions Director - Nigeria

Mercy Corps

Management & Business Development

Unspecified NGN Confidential
1 week ago

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About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is powered by the belief that a better world is possible. To do this, we know our teams do their best work when they are diverse and every team member feels that they belong. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be stronger and have long term impact .

Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps has been present in Nigeria since 2012, focusing its interventions on humanitarian assistance, economic development, and conflict mitigation. With the ongoing insurgency in Northeast Nigeria causing the displacement of millions of individuals, Mercy Corps started its humanitarian response in 2014 to address the rising humanitarian needs. As the crisis has persisted, Mercy Corpsâ strategy has also expanded to address the root causes of the conflict and seek to build the long term resilience of communities with integrated programs focusing on governance, the recovery and resilient growth of markets and livelihoods, social cohesion and social protection, youth empowerment, and local conflict management. The Nigeria country program has grown considerably over the last few years, and is now among the largest Mercy Corps country programs globally, with a mixed donor & programming portfolio.

General Position Summary
As a member of the Senior Management Team, the Director of Humanitarian and Sustainable Solutions, will provide leadership and strategic direction to Mercy Corps Nigeriaâs humanitarian and sustainable solutions initiatives. S/he will strengthen and guide a cohesive portfolio that capitalizes on Mercy Corpsâ signature approach for , spearheading efforts to build reinforcing technical strategies and improved systems for joint context analysis and adaptive implementation across humanitarian and recovery-focused programming, and proactively link to other development-focused initiatives. The role elevates and connects strategic approaches for strengthening market systems in crisis and ensuring integration of conflict prevention/mitigation and gender and social inclusion across the portfolio in Northern Nigeria. The role will champion the use of crisis analytics to generate and apply continued and ongoing insights of the operational context that looks at the security and evolving context alongside other key risk factors such as climate events, political or economic disruptions, or disease outbreaks that exacerbate fragility.

The Director of Humanitarian and Sustainable Solutions will be a strong communicator, solution holder and proven negotiator able to appropriately manage and enhance essential relationships with key external stakeholders, including donors and host Government representatives.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Ensure MC Nigeriaâs humanitarian relief and sustainable solutions portfolio is aligned with the overall country strategy and reflective of Mercy Corpsâ Towards Resilience approach; In partnership with the Country Director and Director of Programs, set the direction of the humanitarian relief to resilience portfolio by developing an overarching strategy for humanitarian to sustainable solutions strategies in Northern Nigeria Ensure programs are implemented in ways responsive to the communities, and in line with Mercy Corps principles, values, strategic plan and compliance procedures. Proactively keep abreast of humanitarian issues and priorities in Nigeria and ensure Mercy Corps is well positioned and prepared to respond Identify suitable opportunities to develop new and innovative programming and to secure the necessary funding to drive this forward. Develop and promote systems for enhanced cross-program integration and joint analysis, learning and adaptive management, promoting and leveraging Mercy Corpsâ signature technical approaches in protracted crises, such as markets in crisis and crisis analytics; Lead and leverage the crisis analytics team to generate critical analysis of the situation in Nigeria that leads to actionable forward-thinking initiatives that address key drivers of instability and ongoing fragility; Identify gender priorities and approaches to address program needs and share learnings among team and senior leadership Develop and implement a strategy to promote local partnerships and develop a framework for national partner identification and selection and subsequent support, mentoring and oversight;

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT Manage and oversee the implementation of humanitarian relief and recovery programming targeting vulnerable populations in Northern Nigeria and ensure programs are on time, on scope and on budget; Ensure all MC administration, logistical, human resources and financial procedures are followed in relation to implementation of humanitarian grants. Work closely with the Finance team to review monthly budget versus actual financial management information to ensure that all program expenditure is on track and does not exceed approved budget variance limits; Work closely with the MEL team to ensure that all essential program, organizational metrics, and lessons learned are being adequately captured; Facilitate synthesis of best practices and lessons learned and promote an overall culture of adaptive learning through systematic analysis and reflection on program data; Ensure that all donor reports are submitted on time and to the highest possible standard; Foster a collaborative team atmosphere which engages and supports all team members and supports a cuture of adaptive management Provide support and identifying opportunities for mentoring and training for the team members to deliver impactful humanitarian and sustainable solutions programming; PROGRAMMATIC DEVELOPMENT Work closely with Country Leadership and team to identify new program opportunities, and develop concept notes in partnership with team to share with potential donors; In partnership with the team lead the design of new emergency relief and resilient recovery programs based on needs analysis, assessments and sectoral information; Engage team in adaptive management practices to influence the design of new innovative and sustainable approaches to programming in humanitarian contexts Coordinate with program leadership (including DoP and other program leaders) of development and peacebuilding focused programming to proactively develop concept notes to strategically integrate, sequence and layer programming; Proactively seek potential funding sources among traditional as well as non-traditional donors, in line with MCâs overall strategy in Nigeria; REPRESENTATION & COORDINATION In partnership with the team and leveraging the work of the Analytics team ensure coordination and development of a learning and influence agenda for Northern Nigeria; Serve as a thought leader in MC Nigeriaâs humanitarian, triple nexus and resilience community and ensure full coordination and communication across the sectors; Represent MC Nigeria with relevant INGO/UN agencies and within humanitarian cluster coordination structures Represent MC Nigeria with relevant state government officials and other state agencies for example MRRR, Borno State Development Agency etc. Work collaboratively to build a range of mutually beneficial partnerships with other stakeholders both national and international; Maintain and develop relationships and partner with host Government representatives at both the State and Federal level; Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, government and other stakeholders; Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met; ADDITIONAL DUTIES Other duties as reasonably requested.
Supervisory Responsibility
Program Directors (BEGE, THRIVE, NE CORE programs), Crisis Analytics Senior Advisor


Reports Directly To: Director of Programs
Works Directly With: Director of Programs; Program Managers; Operations, Finance, PAQ teams.

Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Minimum Qualification & Transferable Skills MA/S or equivalent in international development or related field preferred. 8+ years of experience in Comprehensive understanding of humanitarian donor ways of working and funding mechanisms required. Previous experience in writing humanitarian response proposals and rapidly designing emergency response programs Demonstrated success in programs related to emergency response required Thorough understanding of the context and current environment in Nigeria preferred Proven managerial skills required Demonstrated ability to function as a solution-seeker and proven success with building, managing and leading a team of professionals and the ability to function as a team player among peers. Effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational, prioritization skills are necessary. History of working effectively and respectfully with host country government, private sector, INGO and NGO partners in complex environments. Prior work experience in Africa strongly preferred; an ability to work comfortably, effectively and creatively within the cultural environment of Nigeria and areas of poor security required. Fluency in English written and oral communication required.

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