Job, Mercy Corps - Director of Conflict Management Programs - Nigeria
PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY: Mercy
Corps works in fragile and conflict-affected environments to build
secure, productive, and just communities. We believe that transitional
environments – countries affected by civil wars, economic and political
crisis, or natural disasters – offer tremendous opportunities for
positive change. Since the late 1990s, Mercy Corps has managed over 100
peacebuilding projects in over 30 countries and regions, making Mercy
Corps a true leader in the field. We currently implement 34
peacebuilding programs in some of the world’s toughest places. In
Nigeria, Mercy Corps is currently implementing a UKAID-funded program
called Conciliation in Nigeria through Community-Based Conflict
Management and Cooperative Use of Resources (CONCUR), the GHR
Foundation-funded Inter-religious Peacebuilding in Northern Nigerian
(IPNN) program, the DRL-funded Promoting Peaceful Communities around
Elections (PPCE), and the USAID-funded Engaging Communities for Peace in
Nigeria (ECPN). Mercy Corps is actively engaged in program design for
the Northeast, including countering violent extremism and community
peacebuilding. Mercy Corps also provides technical assistance in
conflict sensitivity to programs around Nigeria and leads coordination
bodies aimed at reducing conflict across Nigeria’s diverse regions.
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY: The
Director of Conflict Management Programs will provide leadership and
strategic vision for Mercy Corps’ portfolio of conflict management
programs in Nigeria. S/he will work with the Country Director to pursue
new programming opportunities and will serve as a liaison to external
bodies, including donors and other organizations, in the area of
conflict mitigation. The Director will also raise the profile of Mercy
Corps Nigeria conflict programming through increased communications and
dissemination of research and lessons around peacebuilding, governance,
and economic development. S/he will lead the technical direction of
conflict programming and will be responsible for the successful
implementation of conflict management initiatives, providing overall
management and supervisory guidance for current and future conflict
programming. S/he will ensure effective coordination and information
management across various conflict programs and will work to integrate
best practices in conflict sensitivity across Mercy Corps Nigeria.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
coordination with the Country Director and other relevant personnel and
counterparts, identify new initiatives that foster and/ or improve the
strategic objectives of the country office, whether utilizing existing
resources or requiring program/ project development.
Lead development of identified new initiatives.
pursue applications of Mercy Corps program models to emerging conflict
environments in Nigeria and integrate conflict programming into other
Mercy Corps initiatives.
Communication and Representation
Mercy Corps at government, donor, NGO and other relevant events in the
field, in close coordination with the Country Director.
as leader in coordination groups across conflict management programs in
the country and provide thought leadership external to Mercy Corps.
activities with consortium partners, subgrantees, local government and
other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs.
MCN conflict management programs within the agency, through
communication about program successes with Headquarters and other
Technical Leadership and Strategy
quality of conflict management programs through innovation, active
pursuit of lessons learned, adaptability to changing dynamics, and
integration of related programming for increased impact.
As a strategic leader, actively participate in management meetings and country-wide strategy sessions.
and pursue research initiatives designed to increase the evidence base
around Mercy Corps conflict programming, integrated peacebuilding and
development, countering violent extremism, and other related areas.
Liaise with other entities conducting related research to ensure coordination of efforts.
Provide technical assistance in the areas of conflict sensitivity and Do No Harm to other MCN programs.
linkages with other internal agency units to drive forward quality and
innovation of MCN conflict management programming.
Provide leadership and strategic vision in all aspects of program implementation, development and management.
that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners,
and aligned with Mercy Corps principles, values and strategic plan.
Monitor adherence to grant agreement, Mercy Corps policies and procedures and relevant external rules and regulations.
Oversee performance of relevant consortium partners and sub-grantees.
Conduct frequent field visits to all project sites and ensure quality program implementation.
Staff Management, Professional Development and Team building:
Create a work atmosphere conducive to professional growth and development of excellent personnel at all levels.
and ensure all staff are effectively using, the performance planning
and management system, establishing performance expectations and
regularly providing constructive feedback.
accountability by conducting staff annual performance reviews with
direct supervisees, and ensuring that supervisory staff do the same.
to country team-building efforts, and ensure the integration of all
team members into relevant decision-making processes.
Organizational Learning: As
part of Mercy Corps' agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative,
all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in
formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.
Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy
Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards
accountability, specifically to our participants 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: Conflict
Management Program Staff (direct supervision of 6 team
managers/advisors; overall conflict team strengths: 14 team members.
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO:Country Director, Nigeria
DIRECTLY WITH: Mercy Corps Operations and Finance teams, other Program
Managers/Directors, Regional Director, and counterparts in neighboring
MC country offices. The Director works directly with relevant Mercy
Corps headquarters units as necessary, including Mercy Corps’ global
Conflict Management and Governance teams, Economic and Market
Development team and various administrative/financial units.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
MA/S or equivalent in social science, management, international development or other relevant field.
Eight+ years of international development experience including at least three years in a management position.
At least three years of experience living and working in developing countries, particularly in conflict-affected areas.
Strong understanding of various donor compliance issues.
Experience in proposal development and identification of new initiatives.
Strong written and oral communication skills in English, including report development, writing, editing, and presentations.
Strong management skills and experience managing multiple personnel, with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues.
managing programs in conflict management and peacebuilding, with
additional experience in governance and/or economic development programs
Understanding of the current political, economic, cultural and historical context of Nigeria, or West Africa.
attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and
work independently and cooperatively with team members.
SUCCESS FACTORS: The
successful Director of Conflict Management Programs will combine
experience in maintaining donor and partner relationships and
exceptional management skills. S/he will have an outstanding ability to
develop, implement and manage innovative programs within the current and
future program structure of Mercy Corps in the region. S/he will also
have proven experience with cross-cultural team and capacity building,
individual staff development, and strong mentoring skills.
Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention
to detail and strategic vision are essential. The most successful Mercy
Corps staff 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 /ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: This
position will be based in Abuja with up to 40% travel, primarily to
program locations within the Middle Belt and Northeast and other
conflict-affected states, where security is at times high-risk. Security
in Abuja is generally good, although there are times when security is
an issue. Housing, health care, water, electricity and consumer goods
are all reasonably accessible and there are good international and
domestic travel options from Abuja Airport. Abuja is an accompanied location suitable for spouse/partner and/or dependents. Mercy
Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work
hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to 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 in-country