MEL Assistant (Dikwa) at Mercy Corps Nigeria

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: MEL Assistant

Requisition Number: MELAS003607
Location: Dikwa, Borno
Employment Type: Full-time

Program / Department Summary

  • Mercy Corps has been present in Nigeria since 2012, focusing its interventions on adolescent girls’ empowerment, economic development and conflict mitigation. With the insurgency spilling over from the Northeast of Nigeria and causing displacement of millions of individuals, Mercy Corps started its humanitarian response in 2014 to address the rising humanitarian needs. With funding from institutional donors, foundations and private corporations, Mercy Corps continues to provide assistance to meet the basic needs of vulnerable populations in the areas of food security, shelter, water and sanitation, protection, and livelihoods.
  • With the recognition of the protracted crisis in Northeast Nigeria, Mercy Corps’ strategy and expansion plans aim to address the root causes of the crisis and seek to build long-term resilience of communities with integrated programs focusing on the recovery of markets and livelihoods, social cohesion and social protection, and youth empowerment with emphasis on adolescent girls and boys. With multiple funding streams from large institutional donors and foundations, Mercy Corps’ programs in Northeast Nigeria continue to scale up and serve communities by transitioning them from humanitarian aid to early recovery programs.

General Position Summary
The position holder will support the planning and execution of monitoring and evaluation, ensuring quality in accordance with accepted standards, and providing essential feedback for learning, accountability, and decision-making for Mercy Corps Nigeria. S/he will be responsible for the following:

  • The MEL Assistant will work with the MEL Officer as part of a team to operationalize the MEL system at the field location.
  • The MEL Assistant is responsible for supporting Mercy Corps staff and partners to regularly collect, enter, verify, analyze data, and make timely database adjustments to measure the impact of the program.
  • The MEL Assistant will work directly with the MEL Officer and will closely coordinate with other program staff to help ensure monitoring and evaluation data is accurately incorporated into all reports and information products.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Understand and maintain MEL systems that improve Mercy Corps’ ability to inform program implementation, analyze data and represent impact to donors, government, partner organizations and communities.
  • Ensure all relevant program staff can utilize the database to analyze program information and results.
  • Regularly review data entered into the MEL system to locate and fix problems with data entry or integrity.
  • Manage regular synchronizations and backups of field data to a cloud-based data management system.
  • Troubleshoot front and back-end issues with the database, including any synchronization issues of field-level data.
  • Ensure field teams always have the most recent version of all MEL tools and documents.
  • Assist the team in improving the MEL system by identifying good practices, field-tested lessons learned and creative recommendations; share with and encourage staff to incorporate these in their daily work.
  • Review or edit data in reports as requested and required.
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and not jeopardize its mission.
  • Work as part of a team to facilitate and support MEL operations including baseline, end-line surveys, regular monitoring, data collection, analysis and reporting according to the M&E work plan.
  • Facilitate data analysis with the program implementation team as requested.
  • Conduct regular field visits to ensure all elements of the MEL system are utilized effectively by all stakeholders, assessing, and identifying breakdowns and areas that require clarifications and improvements.
  • Carry out any other duties as assigned or required.

Security:

  • 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 Participants:

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specificallyto our participants and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring, and evaluation of our field projects. 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.
  • Reports Directly To: MEL Officer
  • Works Directly With: MEL, Programs, Finance, and Operations

Knowledge and Experience

  • Must hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree, Higher Diploma, or equivalent in Economics, Agriculture, Demography, Statistics, Business Administration, or a relevant field.
  • One year of MEL experience (or similar) – preferably in Borno State.
  • Attention to detail and patience to double-check data entry is essential.
  • Good basic math skills are essential and general knowledge of statistical principles is preferred.
  • Prior experience carrying out surveys or conducting qualitative and quantitative data collection.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skill in English language is required. Hausa and Kanuri language skill is preferred.
  • Intermediate computer skill in MS Office programs, particularly Excel, is required. Skills in other programs, such as Access or statistical packages is also desirable.
  • Prior experience with computerized data management systems is desired.

Success Factors

  • The ideal candidate will have a natural curiosity for quantifying and articulating the impact of Mercy Corps’ programs on individuals and in communities.
  • S/he will also have an interest in exploring the larger factors that influence the success of programs and the well-being of populations. A successful candidate will have skills and a passion for data collection, and entry.
  • The ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel is required. A demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, and process information in support of changing program activities is necessary.
  • The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
  • 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, MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

  • Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have a sustained global impact. We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all.
  • We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, colour, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
  • In your statement, you are encouraged to discuss any relevant experience and demonstrate your interest. Your application will be reviewed by the Mercy Corps team and shortlisted candidates will be contacted directly for interviews.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:

  • Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges.
  • We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
  • We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

  • Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have a sustained global impact.
  • We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all.
  • We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, colour, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics:

  • Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity.
  • We are committed to the core principles regarding the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary-General and IASC and have signed on to the Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.
  • We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and adhere to the Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct e-learning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

Application Closing Date
21st April, 2023.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note

  • Applicants should have their CVs and Cover Letters in one document addressing the position requirements.
  • Female candidates who are qualified are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • This position is contingent upon funding approval.
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