Director of Programs (Maternity Cover) - Abuja, Nigeria
Mercy Corps
Abuja, Nigeria
4d ago


DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS - Abuja, Nigeria. (Maternity Cover)

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.

Mercy Corps Nigeria

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, and its influence spreads across the continent. Yet, inequality and insecurity have consistently undermined Nigeria's development.

Mercy Corps Nigeria was established in 2012 to respond to these challenges. The Nigeria team is headquartered in Abuja, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with offices throughout Nigeria.

  • With a strong and growing team of over 300 staff, Mercy Corps is currently serving over 1,500,000 beneficiaries across the country with programming in Kaduna, Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau in the Middle Belt;
  • Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Bauchi, Gombe and Adamawa in the North; and Borno in the complex crisis of the Northeast. Across all areas, Mercy Corps drives forward transformational partnerships, working with more than 20 financial service providers, 40 local organizations, and government partners to deliver impact on programming that includes girls’ education and financial inclusion, community peacebuilding, market-based livelihoods and a multi-sector humanitarian response.

    With the vision of a Nigeria in which all people are empowered, engaged, resilient and secure, Mercy Corps Nigeria focuses on the root causes of conflict, governance, humanitarian needs, and market systems development.

    Working with a diverse funding base that includes the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCDO), United Nations (UN), European Commission (EC), European Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), and several foundations, Mercy Corps empowers people to recover from crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good.

    We stand with Nigeria to find and access opportunities, and to be part of lasting and meaningful transformation in the country

    The Position

    The Director of Programs (DOP) (Maternity Cover) will support the implementation of the DOP role during the maternity leave (4 moths) of the current DOP.

    The DOP role is an exciting opportunity to shape and lead our programs in-country. The DOP is a proven leader that is directly responsible for overseeing the programs portfolio in Nigeria.

    The role will ensure that adequate leadership is applied to the implementation of relevant, innovative and adaptive programs.

    S / he will work closely with the Country Director (CD) to ensure effective program coordination and technical support, as well as program quality and accountability in close collaboration with the operations, finance and internal control teams.

    The position will be based in Abuja with frequent travel to locations throughout Nigeria. The DOP should be able to lead complex program implementation in a country program that operationally spans many field offices, and works in complex, insecure and unpredictable environments.

    Essential Responsibilities


    Demonstrate visible leadership and adherence to Mercy Corps’ core values, principles and strategy.

    Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to country strategy.

    Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcome.

    Provide leadership for the development of a countrywide three-year strategic plan, annual Fiscal Year Plans, and development of sector strategies working in close cooperation with the Country Director and COPs.

    Ensure integration and linkages between field offices and programs / sectors.

    Ensure cross program communication and learning; organize and facilitate country-level senior management meetings to create a platform for nationwide strategy, learning and facilitate integration of programs


    Ensure program implementation is on time, on target and on budget, using effective M&E systems to demonstrate the desired impact.

    Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities, authorities and partners and consistent with Mercy Corps’ program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and vision.

    Provide leadership and direction to Nigeria program staff and support the Country Director to strengthen program strategies, program quality, partnerships, and accountability in accordance with Mercy Corps and donor policies.

    Manage and maintain ongoing program management and administration of teams across various field locations, focusing on the integration of programs.

    Ensure that regular monitoring of project activities and project impact is undertaken, in accordance with existing Mercy Corps’ Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation guidelines.

    Oversee program implementation strategies, including partnership frameworks, beneficiary targeting, distribution processes and capacity building of partners as needed.

    Maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources and timely, accurate and informative reporting in line with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures

    Support onboarding structures that include Adaptive Management, PM MC, Community Mobilization and gender and protection sensitive programming.

    Promote adherence to Mercy Corps’ standards, including the use of standardized indicators, M&E, and adaptive management approaches, and country-level learning and strategic objectives.

    Contribute to a culture of curiosity, high-quality program performance, and learning.


    Build a cohesive team spirit and culture among staff and delegate functions and responsibilities to them while ensuring achievement of program objectives.

    Supervise, provide leadership, mentor and build the capacity of senior program staff in program / project design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and management that creates a working atmosphere conducive to professional growth and development of excellence at all levels.

    Maintain effective and positive internal communication with Mercy Corps staff in all field offices, this includes ensuring open and harmonious communication all of the different departments, offices, and programs.

    Develop the capacity of the team, deepen understanding of their roles and assist with career development.

    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.

    Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one on ones and performance reviews.

    Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence


    With guidance from the Country Director, develop and maintain both internal and external relationships to ensure optimum program success including Mercy Corps headquarters and regional offices and teams, international and local NGOs, government officials, donor community officials, diplomatic corps and embassies, private sector partners, vendors, media and the general public.


    Ensure compliance and transparent use of resources in compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations.

    Monitor adherence to grant agreements, Mercy Corps’ policies and procedures and relevant external rules and regulations, including those of the Government of Nigeria.

  • Effectively stay abreast of donor policies, procedures, rules and regulations; compile and update applicable local policies;
  • and train Mercy Corps program and partner staff in these policies.

    As part of the senior management team, work within operations systems for program impact including finance, logistics, security, and administration.

    Work with Program Heads on proper budget management, including forecasting and procurement planning.


    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


    Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward 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.

    Supervisory Responsibility

    Program Managers, Program Directors, Team Leaders, relevant advisors (TBC).


    Reports Directly To : Country Director

    Works Directly With : HQ-based Program, Operations, Finance, Compliance, Fundraising and Technical Support Unit; Nigeria Operations, Finance

    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 and / or equivalent in management, international development or other relevant field.

    5-7 years of overseas experience including at least five years in a senior management position.

    Experience managing development and humanitarian programs as well as transitional programs in insecure areas affected by conflict.

    Proven track record in successful proposal writing and program development.

    Experience managing programs in relevant technical area(s) including food security, economic development, gender, livelihoods and financial services.

  • Strong understanding of conflict sensitive program mainstreaming, gender or protection mainstreaming would be an advantage;
  • Strong M&E skills with extensive field experience in developing practical, useful, timely monitoring systems, both at the program- and country-levels that promote use of data for adaptive management and learning.

    Knowledge of major donor requirements and compliance issues.

    Strong management skills with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues.

    Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.

    Solid knowledge of security protocols and ability to work effectively in an insecure environment.

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