Position : Program Manager - Lagos (GIRL-H)
About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within, now, and for the future.
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 a long-term impact.
Mercy Corps implements a variety of programming throughout the Africa Region in response to the diverse humanitarian and long-term development needs of the region and is committed to delivering high quality, high impact programming that reaches communities or individuals in need, wherever they are.
Mercy Corps has been present in Nigeria since 2012, focusing its interventions on adolescent girls, boys, young people, empowerment, economic and market development, and conflict mitigation.
The organization has built a robust and diverse portfolio working to enable Nigerians affected by poverty, resource scarcity, and conflict to be healthy, productive and to drive peace and development of their communities.
To do this, Mercy Corps delivers integrated programming to strengthen market and governance systems, innovate urban youth employment opportunities, address the root causes of conflict, and build the resilience of vulnerable populations - in particular, adolescent girls, boys, young people, women, and marginalized communities.
Program / Department Summary
Girls Improving Resilience through Livelihoods and Health (GIRL-H) is a three-year, multi-country program being implemented in Kenya, Uganda, Haiti and now expanding to Nigeria.
In Nigeria, the program seeks to improve the well-being of adolescent girls, boys, and young people with diverse identities, which makes them have unique and distinctive needs and capabilities, by increasing their access to skills and knowledge, health resources, formal education, and economic opportunities.
GIRLH also fosters an enabling environment by working with communities to transform unhealthy social norms and create opportunities for adolescent girls, boys, and young people to access education and economic opportunity through an integrated approach to programming.
Key to GIRL-H is a robust learning and research agenda that reaches across four focal countries to contribute to the evidence-based on what works to secure access to opportunities for adolescent girls, boys, and young people within the most marginalized communities and to better understand their contribution to household resilience.
This evidence and learning will be shared to elevate Mercy Corps’ influence in the program participants' space and to bolster fundraising efforts to scale the model.
General Position Summary
and driving innovation and learning to refine a replicable and evidence-based GIRL-H programming model. The GIRL-H Program Manager will be responsible for leading the GIRL-H program interventions within selected locations in Nigeria, including program start-up, implementation, adaptation, and closeout activities.
This will ensure that the program activities are impactful and implemented on time and within budget. In addition to direct program implementation, the GIRLH Program Manager will play a key role in refining GIRL-H programming in Nigeria through technical assistance to partner organizations implementing GIRL-H activities, integrating a gender and youth perspective into the program activities.
The GIRL-H Program Manager will further ensure the effective and timely delivery of all program activities that include the establishment of viable Safe Spaces for adolescent girls and boys, integration of Safe Spaces into relevant programs, management of the Safe Space activities, social capital, and life skills, linkages of participants to formal education, informal and technical education, and promotion of enabling environment for program participants.
The GIRL-H Program Manager will lead in the design and implementation of training modules while ensuring that the capacity of local implementing partners and team members are well strengthened for effective and quality
STRATEGY AND VISION.
FINANCE & COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT
HUMAN RESOURCES, SAFEGUARDING, AND DIVERSITY
INFLUENCE & REPRESENTATION
Reports Directly To : GIRL-H Program Management Unit (PMU) Manager with dotted lines to the Program Director.
Works Directly With : PMU team, Nigeria country office support team (programs, Finance, Operations and HR)
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.
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Minimum Qualification & Transferable Skills
In-depth understanding of gender, age, and other socio-cultural factors in the context of livelihoods programming.
The successful candidate will have an excellent team and interpersonal relationship skills, with demonstrated ability to work effectively in complex environments.
S / he will combine strong communication skills, creativity, initiative, participatory leadership, and tactful decisiveness to assist in program implementation.
Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem-solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential. S / he must have the confidence and humility to work effectively with a diverse group of people as well as be sensitive to political and cultural nuance.
S / he must be able to consistently apply excellent judgment to a variety of demanding and fast-changing situations while working as part of a team and coordinate with program personnel.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The position is based in Lagos, Nigeria with significant travels to communities within Lagos and Kano state .
In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient, and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and / or professional growth and development
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges.
We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening, and evolving to become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive than we are today.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have a sustained global impact.
We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all.
We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination based on race, colour, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV / AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
Safeguarding & Ethics
Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we encounter through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants, or others, are treated with respect and dignity.
We are committed to the core principles regarding the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary-General and IASC.
We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times.
Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct eLearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.
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