Livelihood & Market Recovery Adviser, Nigeria

Livelihood & Market Recovery Adviser, Nigeria

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Mercy Corps has worked in Nigeria since 2012, focusing its programming on adolescent girls’ empowerment, economic development, and conflict mitigation. With the insurgency affecting North East Nigeria and displacing millions of people, Mercy Corps initiated humanitarian programming in 2014 to support the conflict-affected population. As a result of the wide-scale needs in 2016, Mercy Corps is scaling-up its humanitarian response to address emergency priorities including food security, non-food items, nutrition, protection, water sanitation, while preparing to address early recovery needs for displaced households and vulnerable host communities. The largest portion of this response is focused on cash transfer programming.
With funding from humanitarian donors including the European Commission (ECHO) and US Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and Food for Peace, Mercy Corps’ humanitarian program provides direct assistance while building capacity of humanitarian response actors. In addition, it anticipates expanding livelihood and early recovery programming in North East Nigeria, building on concurrent programs to establish a dynamic economic development platform.
The Livelihood & Market Recovery Adviser is responsible for designing, and monitoring programming, including cash transfers and small-scale livelihood interventions. At the same time, s/he is will identify strategies to transition and expand immediate relief to wide-scale economic-related activities. The position will lead assessments, design interventions, and provide technical guidance on program activities, ensuring appropriate systems and support mechanisms are in place to track, analyze and report results.
Program Approach Development
  • Develop and guide successful implementation of livelihood and economic recovery activities, ensuring teams follow work plans so activities are on time, target, and budget, and program deliverables achieve desired impact.
  • Facilitate partnership frameworks, beneficiary targeting, distribution processes and capacity building of partners as needed.
  • Provide technical guidance on livelihoods and economic recovery to create quality interventions responsive to communities and authorities and consistent with Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan.
  • Fulfill Mercy Corps Program Management Minimum Standards based on the organization-wide guide.
Program Development and Strategy
  • Initiate and lead assessments, surveys, and other data collection to inform new program design, including develop tools and mechanisms, analyze data, and draft reports to promote Mercy Corps’ thought leadership.
  • Examine and pursue funding opportunities from donors and partners, in coordination with senior management including developing and submitting concept papers, proposals, etc.
Team Management
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect so team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Recognize and bring forward opportunities for innovative action to create an environment of empowerment, inclusion and participation.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
  • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.
Coordination and Representation
  • Develop and maintain working relationships and coordinate with relevant international and local agencies active in the livelihoods and economic development sector, including attending relevant working group and coordination meetings.
  • Work with both the public and private sectors to strengthen linkages with such stakeholders.
  • Host and ensure logistics support for donor or other stakeholders field visits.
  • Consistently demonstrate flexibility and ability to maintain positive relationships and composure, even under difficult circumstances.
  • Ensure all activities are gender sensitive and follow Mercy Corps’ Gender Equity Policy.
  • Apply Do No Harm standards to ensure activities do not have detrimental effects on vulnerable communities.
  • Contribute to monthly reports and other ad hoc reports to meet donor and internal requirements.
  • Participate in internal office coordination and planning meetings and workshops.
Accountability: 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.

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.

Is it a local employment?
Requirements and Qualification
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Operations, Finance, Program Managers, Technical Advisors, and others.
  • MA or equivalent in relevant field
  • 7 – 10 years of field experience in international relief and/or development programs, with particular focus on livelihoods, market systems, cash based programming and economic recovery.
  • Previous working experience in Africa desirable.
  • At least five years of management, capacity building and field management experience.
  • Demonstrated success working effectively and respectfully with host country governments, private sector, INGO, NGO partners and other stakeholders in complex environments
  • Proven skills in finance and grants management; prior experience with emergency response grant management for both private and institutional donors desired
  • Successful and proven negotiation, communication and organization skills
  • Excellent oral and written English skills
  • Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment
  • Fluency in Hausa is a plus
The successful candidate will skillfully represent programmatic priorities of the agency to donors and regional partners while providing effective leadership to the Mercy Corps humanitarian program team. S/he will be capable of multi-tasking, rapid decision-making, have initiative, drive and a lot of energy, as well as high emotional intelligence, constructive mentoring skills and proven experience with capacity building. S/he will be committed to long-term program sustainability and the delivery of high-impact activities at the community level. Successful Mercy Corps team members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and challenging environments, and make effective written and verbal communication a priority.
The position will be based in Biu town ( Biu LGA south of Borno state) and requires substantial amount of travel between field locations in Gombe, Adamawa and Borno states. Considering the frequent travel from/to different field locations, this position will require flexibility in terms of accommodation and logistics. Housing will be in hotels or guesthouse where available. Security in the field locations require additional vigilance and accessibility will be reassessed continuously.
Access to good medical services in North East Nigeria is limited. Phone communication, internet, electricity and water in main urban centers are available but might be erratic.
The location is eligible for hardship and R&R (every 10 weeks) benefits. Working hours require flexibility and working through weekends/evenings might be necessary.
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in 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 locations.

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