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Enumerator at Mercy Corps Nigeria

Posted on Mon 27th Jan, 2020 - --- (4 comments)

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: Enumerator

Reference Number: MDG/MEL/2020/0001
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Position Status: Simple Service Contract


  • Conducting constant research and analysis to understand the dynamics created because of our interventions shape our programming and assists Mercy Corps to make evidence-based decisions. Making course corrections is at the core of our programmatic approach to improve an adaptive learning process.
  • Mercy Corps Nigeria, (Humanitarian, Early Recovery and Development) will continuously commission series of quantitative and qualitative data collection on program activities across multiple sectors (Livelihood, WASH, Cash Transfers, Shelter, Protection, Conflict Management, Peacebuilding, Agriculture etc.) which will range from;
  • Household or Individual surveys (baseline, midterm and or end line)
  • Market Price Monitoring
  • Post Distribution Monitoring for food cash transfers, NFIs, and grants for business start-up and or expansions
  • Beneficiaries registrations, mapping and profiling exercises
  • Market Analysis or assessments including small, medium and large trader business performances
  • Ad-hoc assessments of key interventions (e. g pilots)
  • These will employ numerous techniques including structured survey questionnaires for individuals and businesses or institutions, Focus group discussions, Key informant interviews and any other methodologies that are relevant for the specific project scope.

Objective of the Enumerators Assignment:

  • The field enumerators are primarily responsible for collecting qualitative and quantitative field data and data entry using mobile platforms (e.g. Ona or CommCare). They have direct contact with respondents and have a great bearing on the quality of data collected and ultimately on the quality of data output.
  • Note: Enumerators would undergo training on the specific tools to be used for each assignment before deploying to the field. Different criteria, which range from skills, experience in research or any form of data collection, availability, knowledge in certain technical areas, contextual understanding, and familiarity with the local language of defined data collection area would be the criteria for selection of enumerators for an assignment.

About the Role

  • The Enumerator will be responsible for collecting data, entering data and any other responsibilities for which he/she may be called upon to carry out. The data collection process may be carried out through one-on-one interviews, focus group discussions (FDGs) using an electronic data collection tool designed by Mercy Corps.
  • Enumerators will be expected at all times to follow sampling methods as directed by Mercy Corps.
  • Compile, record and code information derived from specified forms into a predefined form or database.
  • Ensure that the supervisor is kept abreast of completed assignments and progress.
  • Identify and report any issues that may arise while attempting to obtain valid data.
  • Analyse the authenticity of the information provided by ensuring direct contact with each targeted study population (population of interest).
  • Interpret interview questions to assist respondents in understanding them and providing eloquent answers.
  • Double check information on survey forms or information pads to ensure the accuracy of information.
  • Engage in data entry in cases where paper base options are used.
  • Comply with quality and research ethics during and field works (this includes data protection and information confidentiality of respondents or target project participants).
  • Participate in debriefing sessions to share field experiences about the community and entire data collection.
  • Enumerators are expected to be respectful of the community and community leadership and membership at all times.


  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.

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: None
  • Reports Directly to: MEL Assistant/Officer
  • Works Directly with: Program, Operations, MEL, and support team

Organisational Support:

  • The Enumerators will be managed by the Mercy Corps staff who will provide technical support.
  • Tablets will be provided by Mercy Corps to the enumerators when engaged for data collection. Enumerators will be expected to take good care of this equipment and will be required to return them in the same state as they are received.

Contract Duration

  • The contract with the enumerator will be for 12 (twelve) months. Mercy Corps will only pay for the actual days of enumerators' work/engagement.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Minimum National Diploma in relevant field required;
  • 1 year work experience in the Humanitarian sector.
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel.
  • Excellent oral and written English skills
  • Commitment to renewing and maintaining knowledge of best practices
  • Demonstrated training and facilitation experience
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Demonstrated strengths in analytical skills, monitoring and evaluation, and report writing
  • Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills
  • Excellent oral and written skills and computer skills
  • Fluency in English; fluency in in the local language (Hausa, Kanuri and Shuwa) is required.

Success Factors:

  • The successful candidate will have a can-do attitude. Ideally s/he will have previous experience in working in large-scale emergency programs in insecure and conflict-affected contexts. S/he is a problem solver, an effective community mobilizer who is adept in successfully dealing with issues of complexity. S/he is an active listener and contributor, working to create a strong team share ideas and learn.
  • 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.

Payment of Services

  • Mercy Corps will pay the sum of NGN 5,000 daily for each day of work and NGN 5,000 for transcription of audio files. Mercy Corps might pay 50% of daily pay if enumerators are delayed at deep field sites due to UNHAS delays or other such delays. Note that this will be evaluated on a case by case basis and it is not a guarantee of partial payments when delays occur.

Application Closing Date
5th February 2020.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their 4 page CV and Cover Letter in one document, addressing the position requirements and location to: [email protected]


  • All applications must include the position title and reference number in the subject line and should not be more than 4 pages.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.
  • We are an equal opportunity organization, women are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.


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