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Mercy Corps: Organizational Development and Grants Manager

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, they collaborate to put bold solutions into action – helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.

They are recruiting to fill the position below:

 

Job Title: Organizational Development and Grants Manager
Location: Abuja
Program/Department Summary

  • Mercy Corps works in fragile and conflict-affected environments. While we recognize that these are difficult places to operate, 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 globally.
  • In Nigeria, Mercy Corps is currently implementing several conflict management programs, focused on reducing violent conflict between farmer and pastoralist communities, preventing election-related violence, and increasing peace between religious groups.
  • Mercy Corps is expanding its conflict management programs in the Middle Belt, the Northeast, the Niger Delta and Southeast of Nigeria within the Engaging Communities for Peace in Nigeria (ECPN) program, funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

 

  • General Position Summary
  • Mercy Corps’ Engaging Communities for Peace in Nigeria (ECPN) will establish a Small Grants Fund (SGF) through which each of the selected Northeast CSOs can apply to implement projects that contribute to the overall objective of promoting peace and decreasing violence in NE Nigeria.
  • The Organizational Development and Grants Manager will therefore perform variety of tasks including capacity development support to northeast civil society organisations as well as systems and procedures for grants disbursement.
  • The Organizational Development and Grants Manager will develop results-oriented strategies, design and mainstream policies, methods and tools for grant disbursement and capacity development support to northeast civil society and partners organisations.
  • The SGF process – from design, to implementation to monitoring and evaluation – is an opportunity for target Northeast CSOs to apply concepts and skills covered under the organization and technical capacity building components.

 

Responsibilities
The specific tasks will include:

  • Provide technical assistance and adequate training to program staff and strategic guidance to management in regards to all aspects of organizational capacity building and grants management to local civil society organizations.
  • Provide tools and methods for organisational development and community mobilization.
  • Provide systems and procedures for grant disbursement to civil society partner organizations.
  • Work closely with the Organizational Capacity Building Advisor and ECPN team to ensure adequate capacity is developed to support local civil society partners.
  • Contribute to the development of Northeast civil society network and coordinating body and its linkages with international networks.
  • Organize and lead pre-solicitation meetings for partners.
  • Participate in evaluating grant applications.
  • Conduct pre-award survey for potential grantees.
  • Perform the initial pre-award assessments and compliance checks of local CSOs in accordance with USAID grant guidelines and procedures.

Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience

  • Master’s Degree, or equivalent, in relevant professional field, preferably in Political Sciences, Development Studies, Social Sciences, International Relations or Economics.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English required, including report development, writing and editing.
  • Organizational and time management skills.
  • Willingness to frequently travel to the field.
  • At least five years of relevant work experience within the civil society in management positions.
  • Experience working in Nigeria, particularly in the Northeast.

                     

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of international conflict prevention approaches and peacebuilding organizations is a plus.
  • Ability to work in emotionally stressful context while respecting security considerations and operational boundaries.
  • Strong ability to communicate verbally and in writing.

Key Competencies:

  • Strong understanding of the project management cycle.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of and practical experience of working with results-based management principles, in particular outcome analysis and results analysis.
  • Sound understanding of strategy, policy and method development to strengthen emerging civil society actors.

Supervisory Responsibility:                          

  • ECPN Senior Project Officers

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.
  • Mercy Corps staff 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.
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