Vacancy for the position of Program Assistant at Mercy Corps



Program Assistant

Mercy Corps seeks to employ a qualified Program Assistant to support its activities and programs.

Also, Mercy Corps has been at the forefront of helping people face hardship and difficulties around the world since its establishment in 1979, the company has been doing this though it’s effective programs and activities.

Job title: Program Assistant

Employment type: Full Time

Job location: Abuja, Nigeria

Job field: Non-Governmental Organization/Non-Profit

Qualification: BA/BSc/HND

Required years of experience: 2 years

Job Description

In partnership with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Mercy Corp is taking part in a comprehensive peacebuilding program. We have been working with communities in Nigeria since 2012.

Also, the Community Initiative to Promote Peace (CIPP) program aims at preventing violent conflict in high-risk communities in 6 Nigerian states and 24 local government areas (LGA) in the Northwest and Northwestern states.

This program will address the causes of conflict and build long-term peace in the target areas. To achieve this we focus on governance, protection of the vulnerable population, social cohesion, inclusion of women, youths, and women with disabilities, and local conflict management. Also, the program will be implemented in the following states: Benue, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kogi, and Plateau.

The ideal candidate will:

Increase local capacity and ability in conflict management

Enable and strengthen Early Warning and Early Response mechanisms (EWER)

Also, improve collaboration among communities and government agencies, Civil Society Organizations, and leaders at the local level to address conflict from the root cause.

Address violent extremist recruitment tactics

Improve the ability of women in conflict prevention and resolution.

Job Duties

Support the management of the women peacebuilding councils by collaborating with the Gender team, Program team, and implementation partners at the state and local level.

Support the capacity building training of women across the sic States

In addition, Offer support to joint activities for the councils across the six states

Assist in the implementing of gender-sensitive programs

Also, work with the monitoring and evaluation team to implement gender-sensitive policies

Assist the Gender and Monitoring and Evaluation team on gender assessment to inform how the CIPP addresses the peculiar needs of states.

Provide gender integration and social inclusion technical assistance

Support the communication officer to assist with documentation of successes, lessons learned, and best practices and communicate such documentation to the Gender and Program team to add to Global knowledge on gender and social inclusion and how they contribute to peacebuilding.

Produce resource materials in the area of women in peacebuilding.

In addition, support training and facilitation of policy dialogue on issues such as women and conflict, gender and social inclusion advocacy, sexual and gender-based violence with government and other stakeholders.

Job qualification and Experience

A university degree in Gender Studies, Sociology, Peace Studies, International Development, or any related field.

At least 2years experience working in program management on gender and social inclusion within community and civil society development programs. This should be preferable with USAID or other US Government programs.

Excellent knowledge about gender and social inclusion problems in Nigeria. This also includes social political and cultural gender norms and problems

Also, excellent interpersonal communication and diplomacy skills

Knowledge of the status of the vulnerable and marginalized population in Nigeria and their relationship to social political and cultural norms.

Experience in the area of capacity building for local stakeholders on gender and social inclusion issues.

Experience in implementing social inclusion in community advocacy

Ability to multitask and work in a team

In addition, proven organizational and analytical skills

How to Apply

Qualified applicants can send their CV and cover letter in a single document to ng-recruit.nigeria@mercycorps.org , adding the job title, reference number, and location

The job title and reference number should be subject of the mail (Reference number: ABV/PRO/2020/0042)

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