Programme Assistant Job at Mercy Corps Nigeria

Programme Assistant Job at Mercy Corps Nigeria – Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In a 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.


Mercy Corps is recruiting to fill the position of Mercy Corps


Job Title: Mercy Corps

Location: Biu, Borno with at least 60% travel to project locations

Position Status: Full Time, Regular


Program / Department Summary

The MAIDA programme will directly support the recovery of at least 70,000 women, men, girls, and boys who are returnees, IDPs and members of host communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in southern and central Borno State. The objective of MAIDA is to increase the social cohesion and resilience to economic, social and climate-related shocks in Borno State in an environmentally-conscious way

Four interrelated and mutually reinforcing intermediate outcomes will contribute to achieving this objective. First, MAIDA will restore and improve rural livelihoods in an ecologically sustainable manner by enabling households to take advantage of existing and new agricultural market opportunities. In parallel, adolescents and youth will be empowered as economic actors in their communities through access to employment, diversified livelihood opportunities, vocational training, and business development initiatives

These outcomes will be reinforced by improved access to social protection and community-based services for women, youth, adolescent breadwinners, and other at-risk groups. Finally, overall social cohesion will be strengthened within and between conflict-affected communities and environmental resource management will be improved in areas of displacement and return

Sectors of intervention will include market-led and climate-smart livelihood and employment opportunities, vocational training for youth, social and economic protection, and community reintegration and peacebuilding. Economic recovery activities will build resilience through Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) market systems-based models, reducing poverty by enhancing the ways that poor and vulnerable households interact with markets.


General Position Summary

The Programme Assistant Agriculture is a program administrator that supports the planning and administration of Agricultural activities under output one of the MAIDA programme. The Program Assistant will be responsible for supporting activities in the intervention communities of MAIDA program

S/He will be responsible for supporting the implementation of strategic, impactful, and high-quality programming. The program Assistant will report to the Agriculture Programme Officer MAIDA, and work collaboratively with fellow program staff.

S/he will work extensively with other sectors of the project to ensure that all activities are implemented successfully and timely.


Strategy and Vision:

Support opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.

Support organization activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.


Essential Job Responsibilities

Provide administratively and program support to the Agricultural programme officer and senior programme officer to implement the program successfully.

Facilitate community mobilization activities to support targeting beneficiaries and improve Agricultural Interventions knowledge, attitudes, and practices.

Support Identification, selection of beneficiaries among the vulnerable displaced people and host communities that have been affected by the insurgency interpreting in local dialect to the beneficiaries and community leaders the general program concept from.

Support Coordination of Community Mobilization Team to identify potential beneficiaries and existing Agricultural and livestock cooperatives and informal Agricultural saving and loans associations

Support community Agricultural needs assessments as and when due

Support training session in the field

Support selection of beneficiaries

Adherence to all MC policies and procedures as outlined in MC policies and procedure manuals;

Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission in the country of operation;

Lead on program administrative tasks such as filing, photocopying, scanning, and printing

Other duties as assigned.


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.


Finance & Compliance Management:

Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to emergency programming.

Responsible for expenditure tracking of activities carried out in the field


Influence & Representation:

Support Identifying, building and manage collaborative partnerships with the community, government and other stakeholder’s

Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets are met.



Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.

Proactively ensure the team members operates in a secure environment and are aware in of policies

Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team`s secure focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.


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.


Accountability To Beneficiaries:

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.



Reports Directly To Programme Officer Agriculture

Works Directly With Other program Officers and assistants in the program


Knowledge and Experience

University Degree / HND in Arts, Natural, Social Sciences, or equivalent preferred and NYSC Certification

2-3 years of experience working in the development sector, or humanitarian program; general program management experience required.

Knowledge of office administration and project management cycle

Prior experience implementing distributions is required, preferably in a non-camp setting. Experience with cash/voucher distributions strongly preferred.

Experience working with multiple stakeholders to identify beneficiaries according to criteria required.

Experience with conducting assessments, monitoring and evaluation, and other learning efforts required.

Experience representing the organization and its interests to a diverse range of local and international government officials, local civil society organizations, other international organizations, the media, and the public.

Commitment to renewing and maintaining knowledge of best practices.

Demonstrated training and facilitation experience

Ability to work under pressure

Demonstrated strengths in analytical skills, monitoring and evaluation, and report writing

Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills

Excellent oral and written skills and computer skills

Fluency in English, Hausa, and local language in BIU is required.


Success Factors

Strong Work Ethic, having the ability to learn the most efficient way of learning the most efficient way to complete tasks and finding ways to save time while completing daily assignments

Dependability and Responsibility, having the ability to come to work on time, are there when they are supposed to be and are responsible for their actions and behavior. Adaptability, being adaptable and maintaining flexibility in completing tasks in an ever-changing workplace

Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours. Team members are expected to conduct themselves professionally and respect local laws, customs, and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

The position is based in BIU, Borno State.


Application Closing Date 3rd May 2020.


How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and Cover Letters in one document, addressing the position requirements, reference number, and location to



All applications must include the position title and Reference Number in the subject line of the email.

CV and Cover Letter and should not be more than 4 pages.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview and we are an equal opportunity organization so women are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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