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.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Conflict & Resilience Advisor
Location: Yola – Adamawa
Employment Type: Full-time, Regular
Program / Department Summary
- 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 200 staff, Mercy Corps is currently serving over 600,000 beneficiaries across the country with programming in Lagos in the South; Kaduna, Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau in the Middle Belt; Kano, Yobe and Borno in the North.
- Programs include girls’ education and financial inclusion, community peace building, market-based livelihoods and a multi-sector humanitarian response that has a strong emphasis on WASH, Shelter, Cash and Protection. 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 response, and market systems development.
- Working with a diverse funding base that includes the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UK Department for International Development (DFID), United Nations (UN), European Commission (EC), European Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), Global Affairs Canada (FKA DFATD), and several foundations, Mercy Corps empowers people to recover from crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. Mercy Corps is starting a five-year, $45 million USAID-funded Rural Resilience Activity in Nigeria’s northeast.
- The purpose of the Rural Resilience Activity is to sustainably move people out of chronic vulnerability and poverty in contexts of conflict. The Rural Resilience Activity (RRA) will enable individuals and communities to engage in strong and sustainable market systems rather than continuing to rely on humanitarian assistance and faltering with each new shock.
General Position Summary
- The Conflict & Resilience Advisor will be responsible for the technical leadership and guidance on the integration of conflict-sensitive and resilience approaches across the RRA. S/he will partner closely with technical advisors and program leadership to ensure conflict-sensitive and resilience-thinking supports design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes within and across interventions and supports greater impact.
- In addition to strengthening technical approaches in conflict sensitivity and resilience, working closely with the Comms & CLA Manager, s/he willbe responsible for guiding teams and capturing program successes, failures, and lessons learned, and facilitating adaptive management and reflective processes to ensure learning improves programming.
- S/he will be the technical lead to ensure the integration of climate-smart activities and conflict sensitivity across sectors and markets that the RRA is targeting. The position will coordinate closely with the MRM team to ensure that systems are in place to track, analyze and report results.
- The selected candidate will play a key role in the research activities of the project and keep abreast of the latest research and evolutions. Working closely with the Comms & CLA Manager s/he will be the point person to lead coordination, collaboration and learning platforms and establish productive working relationshipswith other implementers in the Northeast Nigeria.
Essential Job Responsibilities
- Work closely with project leadership, technical team and Mercy Corps Technical Support Unit (TSU) to set capacity-building priorities to ensure integration of conflict-sensitive and resilience approaches into program design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and learning.
- Play an active role in identifying and developing new initiatives that foster and/or improve strategic objectives of the conflict and resilience programming.
- Work closely with conflict-prone interventions such as livestock and natural resource management to ensure that the RRA strategies are executed well.
- Play an active role in identifying and developing new initiatives that foster and/or improve strategic objectives of the conflict and resilience in the RRA and other programs of Mercy Corps Nigeria.
- Foster a culture of innovation and adaptive management across the diverse team members of the conflict and resilience program portfolio, ensuring coherence across outcomes and sectors and documenting and disseminating best practices.
- Compile existing conflict analysis conducted under RRA and coordinate future analysis to inform conflict-sensitive programming and to develop the conflict-sensitive intervention strategy for the program.
- Facilitate processes with team members that allow for integration of conflict-sensitive and resilience approaches to improve sector-based and cross-sectoral programming and get to impact.
- Adapt and develop context and program-specific guidance, tools and trainings to advance the integration of conflict-sensitive and resilience-thinking and action into program systems.
- Coordinate and deliver training workshops and sharing/design tools and resources that facilitate team capacity-building in conflict-sensitive and resilience.
- Provide technical support and mentoring to technical and sector leads and team members in ensuring high quality, impactful implementation in conflict-sensitive and resilience, documentation of lessons and taking initiatives to scale.
- Ensure quality implementation of conflict-sensitive and resilience intervention strategies using adaptive management approaches to inform and improve the program.
Program Quality Learning And Communication:
- Work with MRM and implementing teams to embrace the use of conflict-sensitive and resilience monitoring systems, to track resilience outcomes and document lessons learned.
- Work with teams to set and oversee the delivery of research and learning priorities in conflict-sensitive and resilience including measuring conflict-sensitive building outcomes and resilience at systems level.
- Identify opportunities that can demonstrate evidence and deliver compelling messages on what works best for conflict sensitivity, resilience, and NRM.
- Oversee support systems and structures that actively cultivate learning and exchange on conflict-sensitive and resilience approaches for team members and partner agencies; serve as technical lead on resilience across partner agencies.
- Coordinate the development of high-quality learning products, program briefs and thought pieces articulating and sharing evidence and proxy indicators of success for building conflict-sensitive and resilience, both in their own individual rights and as a combined approach across both sectors.
- In coordination with the MEL team, monitor the implementation of activities through regular field visits and assessments to ensure program quality and impact. Document approaches, successes and lessonslearned.
- Coordinate with the Comms and CLA Manager to organize program review and reflection processes to capture learning its use in programming.
- Ensure the implementation of the conflict and resilience interventions in highly varied sectors and components – for example establishment of an Early Warning & Response system and community- and system-level work to support off-farm employment – are conducted fully aligned with each and in furtherance of the program portfolio’s overall strategic aim
- Lead on sequencing, integration and layering to ensure that various program team members (e.g. resilience team members, conflict prevention team members), MRM and partner teams do not conduct their activities in siloes.
- Foster a culture of adaptive management, trialing new approaches and systems.
- Develop the capacity of program teams, deepen understanding of their roles and assist with career development.
- Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance & reach objectives. Liaise closely with HQ and Regional Technical Support Unit members (from conflict, environment, markets, resilience and research TSUs to name a few)
- 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.
Influence & Representation:
- Represent Mercy Corps at government, donor, NGO, and other relevant events, in close coordination with the Chief of Party and country leadership.
- Coordinate activities with consortium and strategic partners, local government and private sector partners and other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs.
- Work closely with the country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that promote the safety and security of all team members involved in activities coordinated by the Conflict & Resilience Advisor.
- Ensure that program activities designed and implemented by the Conflict & Resilience Advisor include a clear analysis and understanding of security considerations
- 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.
- Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
- Reports Directly To: Chief of Party
- Works Directly With: Deputy Chief of Party, MRM Team, RRA TSU, Program Team, Technical Advisors, finance and operations teams, HQ Regional Program Team, HQ Technical Support Unit, Partner Organizations
Knowledge and Experience
- MA/S or equivalent experience in Agriculture, Environmental Management, Peace & Conflict, Social Science, Governance or other relevant field required.
- Minimum five years of relevant technical experience working in the fields of both conflict-sensitive and resilience.
- A thorough understanding of resilience thinking, conflict-sensitive building, conflict sensitivity and systems approaches to development, natural resource management is required. A good understanding of food security, youth, urbanization, market systems development, and environmental programs is preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to design and facilitate processes to use research and MRM to improve program learning and adaptive management.
- Strong representation, networking, and facilitation skills. Proven ability to synthesize and communicate complex subjects/topics effectively to multi-stakeholder groups.
- Effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational, and prioritization skills.
- Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through training, mentoring, and other formal and non-formal methods.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a diverse, geographically spread team.
- The successful Conflict & Resilience Advisor will be an intrepid relationship manager skilled at working across teams to achieve results. S/he will be conscientious, with an excellent sense of judgment and commitment to integrity.
- S/he will demonstrate effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational, and prioritization skills. Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines, and work independently and cooperatively with team members is required.
- The successful Advisor will have a sincere interest to see big picture trends through various systems lenses and roll up his/her sleeves to put theory into practice in field work.
- Finally, s/he will have the ability to train and facilitate dialogue among a diverse group of individuals with various skill sets and working styles through innovative capacity building and facilitative techniques.
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 on the basis of 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 come into contact with 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 the 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.
Application Closing Date
4th November, 2022.
Method of Application
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- Applicants should have their CVs and Cover Letters in one document not more than four (4) pages long, addressing the position requirements.
- Female candidates who are qualified are strongly encouraged to apply.