SHELTER PROGRAM OFFICER AT MERCY CORPS


Position Description 

Location:​ 1 slot (Dikwa, Borno State, Nigeria)
Position Status Full-time regular employee​            

About Mercy Corps 

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. In Nigeria, Mercy Corps has worked since 2012 by focusing its programming on adolescent girls’ empowerment, economic development, conflict mitigation, and humanitarian response. 

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Program/Department Summary 

Mercy Corps Nigeria’s humanitarian program aims to provide assistance to populations affected by the crisis in Northeast Nigeria. With funding from Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs (BHA), Mercy Corps will continue its engagement in several interventions including but not limited to food assistance, non-food items, protection, livelihoods, WASH and capacity building of humanitarian response actors. Mercy Corps is scaling-up and expanding its humanitarian response in Northeast Nigeria to reach more beneficiaries with additional assistance in a wider geographic area under the project titled Addressing Diverse and Acute Primary Threats (ADAPT) to Human Security  in North Eastern Nigeria. 

General Position Summary 

  • Prepare the project engineering estimates and design drawings for the procurement and execution purpose​   ​ ∙​
  • Prepare the team work plans and project implementation plans 
  • Supervise the shelter assistants and field supervisors to ensure they are implementing program activities within the set timeline and are delivering according to the work plan. 
  • Build the capacity of the shelter assistants and field supervisors in program management​   
  • Monitoring all​ shelter program activities, including the planning and execution of any required evaluations, ​ to ensure that accurate and timely information is available. 
  • ∙Supervise the construction works, and administer the works execution as per the contractual provisions​ and the design specifications. 
  • Collect and share data according to evolving needs.​  
  • ∙Develop documents on Shelter/NFI best practices, through capacity mapping and gaps identification.​
  • The​ Shelter Officer is responsible in supporting the management of all shelter construction and to support  ​ in​ conducting sectoral needs assessments in liaison with other relevant team members such as protection  advisor, community relief committee and WASH team. 
  • He/she​ would assist to develop technical components to shelter and preparation of BOQ and Estimates,  Planning, Technical Details, Drawings, improve development techniques for the safer building/shelter and  other all Civil and Architectural related projects. 
  • ∙ Support in carrying out shelter needs assessments taking into account the current situation, projected​   population planning figures and the expected scale of returns.
  • ∙ Support in the developments of shelter strategies which are framed by Mercy Corps’s Global Strategy for​  
  • Settlement and Shelter and take into consideration the local context, age and gender, culture, climate,  environmental protection and the availability of local resources, including materials, capacities and existing  infrastructure. 
  • ∙ ​Support in providing clear guidance on standards for shelter, including minimum emergency standards to  meet basic and essential needs as well as guidance for phased improvement of shelter conditions that will  be necessary as the duration of the displacement prolongs. 
  • ∙ ​Compiling, analyzing and mapping available information on shelter options in country taking into account  relevant policies adopted by the Government and CCCM cluster. When planning shelter works, ensuring  that the technical component reflects Sphere minimum standards for the provision of emergency and other  types of shelter assistance and is within the budgetary requirements. Due consideration should be given to  ​ standards in other relevant sectors such as water and sanitation.​      
  • ∙ ​Ensuring that specifications, bills of quantities and drawings are produced in a technically sound and  standardized manner. 
  • ∙ ​Establish monitoring and evaluation tools to ensure that works are implemented according to plans and  completed within the designated timeframe. 
  • ∙ ​Ensure that local communities and the community relief community have been consulted on all activities so ​ ​as not to create unnecessary tension between the displaced and host populations. 
  • ∙ ​Prepare project/contracts related documentations such as periodic progress reports, site monitoring  reports, stake holder meeting minutes, Engineer’s Instructions and Variation Orders, Contractor’s bills  review reports, certifications, etc. 
  • ∙ ​Preparation of payment certificate and work progress record for the review of the contractors  ∙ ​Works closely with contractors in the field with provision of technical support and guidance.  ∙ ​Ensures that items procured meet specifications of the end-user while adhering to donor and Mercy
  • Corps ​ ​procurement guidelines and in a timely manner 
  • ∙ ​Develop and maintain working relationships and coordinate with relevant international and local agencies  active in the shelter working group and related coordination platforms. 
  • ∙ ​Regularly monitor program sites in order to ensure that shelter programs are adapted to local needs,  provide quality control assurance, and to conduct regular audits of program activities. 
  • ∙ ​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 
  • ∙ ​Any 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. 

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.

Supervisory Responsibility 

∙ ​Shelter Program Assistant 

Accountability 

Reports Directly To: ​Senior Shelter Program Officer 

Works Directly With: ​All program teams, Operations, MEL and MC beneficiaries. 

Knowledge and Experience 

  • B.A/S in Civil Engineering, or other relevant field.​      
  • 2-3 years’ experience implementing shelter programs/ activities ∙
  • Experience with emergency Shelter programs with a view on sustainable infrastructure, Cash-for-Work  programming required 
  • Experience working with local stakeholders required 
  • Good organizational and program management skills and the ability to anticipate program needs.  ∙ ​Ability to effectively represent the organization and its interests to a diverse range of stakeholders, including ​ ​local and international government officials, local civil society organizations, donors, other international ​ ​organizations, the media and the community. 
  • Demonstrated proficiency with the MS Office software (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required, with  strong focus on Excel. 
  • ​Ability to analyze databases resulting from surveys 
  • ​Excellent oral and written English skills are an advantage, with local languages skills a bonus. 
  • Proven experience in working in insecure environment and through remote management. 
  • ​Fluency in English and Hausa, other relevant local languages is desirable. 

Success Factors  ∙ ​The successful candidate will be capable of multi-tasking, rapid decision-making, have initiative, drive and ​ ​a lot of energy, as well as high emotional intelligence, constructive mentoring skills and proven experience ​ ​with capacity building 

∙ ​S/he will be committed to long-term program sustainability and the delivery of high-impact activities at the  community level. Successful Mercy Corps team members have a strong commitment to teamwork and  accountability, thrive in evolving and challenging environments, and make effective written and verbal  communication a priority. 

∙ ​Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours. 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. 

Submission of Application:

Interested candidates are requested to click HERE to create an account using your email address. Kindly indicate under the source question that you are a Current (or Former) Mercy Corps Team Member.  on or before 24th March, 2021.

“Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision, and we encourage people from all backgrounds, especially women and members of disadvantaged groups to apply. Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer”.

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