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.
Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps has been present in Nigeria since 2012, focusing its interventions on adolescent girls’ empowerment, economic development and conflict mitigation.
With the insurgency spilling over from the Northeast of Nigeria and causing displacement of millions of individuals, Mercy Corps started its humanitarian response in 2014 to address the rising humanitarian needs.
With funding from institutional donors, foundations and private corporations, Mercy Corps continues to provide assistance to meet the basic needs of vulnerable populations in the areas of food security, shelter, water and sanitation, protection, and livelihoods.
With the recognition of the protracted crisis in Northeast Nigeria, Mercy Corps’ strategy and expansion plans aim to address the root causes of the crisis and seek to build long term resilience of communities with integrated programs focusing on the recovery of markets and livelihoods, social cohesion and social protection, and youth empowerment with emphasis on adolescent girls and boys.
With multiple funding streams from large institutional donors and foundations, Mercy Corps’ programs in Northeast Nigeria continue to scale up and serve communities by transitioning them from humanitarian aid to early recovery programs.
General Position Summary
The Grants and Reporting Manager is a key position on Mercy Corps Nigeria’s Programme and Quality (PaQ) team and supports the Northeast program teams as the point person for communicating Mercy Corps’ impact and innovation to donors and other external parties.
This includes working closely with program and project teams to support research and consolidation of information to feed in to clear narratives, statistical evidence and case studies.
The Grants and Reporting Manager must develop and possess an understanding of compliance and reporting requirements for each donor and work with teams to deliver quality reporting.
S / he will also serve as the focal point to ensure compliance with Mercy Corps internal systems of PM MC and must possess a basic understanding of internal standards in monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) and accountability.
S / he is expected to have a strong operational understanding of all activities and strategy. S / he will also play a key role in the drafting of new proposals and developing the initial narrative and budget requirements, in close collaboration with the Program Quality and Development Director as needed.
As such, the Grants and Reporting Manager is expected to liaise across all departments. Finally, s / he is the primary contact for internal communications within Mercy Corps on key program activities, success stories and other useful updates for the broader, Mercy Corps audience.
Essential Job Responsibilities
REPORTING & GRANTS MANAGEMENT
Accountability to Beneficiaries
Supervisory Responsibility : Reporting and Communications Officer
Reports Directly To : Program Quality and Development Director
Works Directly With : Program teams, Finance Department, Sub-Grant and Compliance Manager, Operations, Security
Knowledge and Experience
Success Factors :
A successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to lead and communicate effectively with team members of varied work styles and cultures, follow procedures, and meet deadlines with flexibility and creativity in planning and problem solving.
S / he will have a proven ability to learn quickly, multi-task, prioritize, take initiative, and be accountable for results, understand the larger picture while remaining focused on the details, problem solving, work within a complex and sensitive setting and to follow laws and security protocols.
The most successful Mercy Corps team members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions :
The position will be based in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria and it requires frequent travel to other field locations as well as Abuja.
Considering the frequent travel from / to different field locations, this position will require flexibility in terms of accommodation and logistics.
Housing in the field will be in hotels or guesthouses where available. Security in the field locations require additional vigilance and accessibility will be reassessed continuously.
Access to good medical services in the field is limited. Phone communication, internet, electricity and water is available but might be erratic.
The location is eligible for hardship and R&R benefits. Given the nature of the response, working hours require flexibility and working through weekends / evenings might be necessary.