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.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Shelter Program Officer
Location: Bama, Borno
Employment Type: Full-time
Position Status: Regular employee
General Position Summary
Prepare the project engineering estimates and design drawings for the procurement and execution purpose
Prepare the teamwork 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 execution of the works 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 for supporting the management of all shelter construction and to support in conducting sectoral needs assessments in liaison with other relevant team members such as the protection advisor, the community relief committee and the 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 the 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.
When planning shelter works, ensure 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. Standards for other sectors such as water and sanitation should be taken into consideration also.
Prepare project/contracts related documentation such as periodic progress reports, site monitoring reports, stakeholder 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 the 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 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
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.
Shelter Program Assistants
Reports Directly to: Senior Shelter Program Officer
Works Directly with: All program teams, Operations, MEL and MC beneficiaries
Knowledge and Experience:
B.A / BSc Degree in Civil Engineering, or other relevant fields.
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 MS Office software (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required, with a 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 an insecure environment and through remote management.
Fluency in English and Hausa, other relevant local languages is desirable.
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.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions:
The position will be roving across intervention areas in Borno State.