Deadline: 14/Jan/2020

Experience 3 year(s)

Reference Number: MDG / HUMOPS / 2020 / 00001
Location: Ngala – Borno State
Reports Directly to: Operations Manager
Works Directly With: MEL, Programs, Finance and Operations

Program / Department Summary

Mercy Corps has been present in Nigeria since December 2012, focusing its interventions on adolescent girls’ empowerment, economic development, and conflict mitigation. In mid-2014 Mercy Corps has decided to address the rising humanitarian needs among displaced households and vulnerable host communities by in northeast Nigeria and started its humanitarian program.
With funding from humanitarian donors including OFDA, FFP, EU and ECHO the humanitarian program has been focusing on food assistance, non-food items distribution, protection, livelihoods support, WASH and capacity building of humanitarian response actors.
All Mercy Corps interventions in Nigeria are implemented in a conflict and gender-sensitive manner.

General Position Summary

  • The Operations Officer provides day-to-day support to the program operations in Ngala the northeast, under the direct supervision of the Operations Manager based in Ngala.
  • As part of his/her responsibilities, the Operations Officer will undertake tasks under procurement, administration, logistics, and security working in close collaboration with the finance and program teams based Ngala.
  • S/he will promptly and effectively provide all required support to programs so as to deliver the assistance to beneficiaries in a timely, compliant and transparent manner.

Essential Job Functions


  • Read and has a clear understanding of the Mercy Corps Field Procurement Manual and all procedures;
  • Lead Mercy Corps daily Procurement Activities in Ngala Office to meet program and country mission objectives in a timely manner and in accordance with Mercy Corps guidelines and donor regulations;
  • Possesses a full understanding of MC procurement policies and formats. Provide training to new staff on these policies and provided refresher training as a gap in staff knowledge are identified;
  • Assists staff as needed on creating clear and understandable purchase requests (PR) and other documentation;
  • Collects quotations and bids from the market for PR-s with support from Operations Manager in Ngala – as per Mercy Corps standards and formats;
  • Conduct a regular market survey at least every quarter with coordination and support from Operations Manager in Ngala;
  • Conduct Preferred Supplier process for Accommodation, stationary and other repetitive requests in coordination with Procurement Officer and Operations Officer in Ngala;
  • Maintains PR Master Lists and shares with staff on a weekly bases.
    Interact with vendors during the collection of quotations – explain Mercy Corps formats and ensure that vendors will use the provided forms;
  • Ensures fair competition and strictly adhere to Mercy Corps procurement rules regarding vendor relations as described by Mercy Corps
  • Interacts with contractors, in coordination with the Operations Manager Ngala and Program Manager;
  • Ensures that the required documentation of supplies and transactions are completed to Mercy Corps standards. Maintains and updates the procurement files
  • Raise payment requests for vendor’s payments and monitor the status of each payment.


  • Read and has a clear understanding of the Mercy Corps Asset Management Manual and all procedures;
  • Assists the Asset Controller with asset management. Identify assets during the course of procurement and notify the Asset Controller on receipts of assets;
  • Participates in regular assets inventory and checks.
    Ensures that all the assets are maintained and in good condition.
  • Check assets stickers regularly;
  • Maintain inventories of Mercy Corps premises (non-expandable properties) conduct regular checks (quarterly);
  • Advise Operations Manager Ngala on any broken, damaged or destroyed equipment;


  • Read and has a clear understanding of the Mercy Corps Fleet Management Policy Guidelines;
  • Ensure that all vehicles are safe and road-worthy;
  • Ensure that all vehicles have proper on-board vehicle documentation;
  • Schedule vehicle use to meet programmatic and operational needs;
  • Ensure Vehicle Authorization is approved before leaving Mercy Corps Office;
  • Oversees the vehicles movement plans;
  • Maintains vehicles documentation, including log sheets, repairs logs, and schedules
  • Monitors vehicles fuel consumption
  • Coordinate with HR in Ngala to ensure proper tracking of drivers HR files;
  • Oversees the generator and inverter operation, monitoring the servicing schedule


  • Read and has a clear understanding of the Mercy Corps Field Administration Manual and all procedures;
  • Liaises with Operations Manager on renewal of Ngala office rental agreements;
  • Establishes and maintains appropriate filing systems for office correspondence. Receive and dispatch mail;
  • Ensures that the office is run in a professional and responsible manner including hosting guests, cleaning, receptionist duties and general contact and liaison with outside agencies.
  • Ensures that the office has sufficient office supplies.
    Co-ordinates any other necessary administrative and office management details.
  • Makes all necessary travel and lodging arrangements for Ngala visitors
  • Oversee the management of office consumable (office materials like stationary, cleaning & hygiene,): that will include: collecting the requests on a monthly bases, maintaining the stock, monitoring the use.
  • Facility management ( cleaning, equipment repairs, utilities, water supply, green office considerations, facility keys management, etc)
    Administrating communication, ensuring the internet, printers are working, the staff has enough phone credit.
  • Collect HR-related documentation and liaise with the country office on HR tasks
  • Monitor the generator and inverter operation, monitoring the service schedule;
  • Monitor generator fuel consumption
  • Responsible for oversight of vehicle rentals including tracking of leases and payment.

Operations Management – Security:

  • To act as the office Security Focal Point.
  • If needed, conduct security risk assessments of core operational features and record and report findings;
  • To ensure that compound guards remain an effective and credible deterrent;
  • To ensure through comprehensive briefings, that all staff and visitors to are fully appraised of the risks, the prevailing security situation, and any security procedures.
  • To manage and maintain all security communications equipment;


  • Carries out other duties as assigned.
  • The Operations Officer will 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.


  • 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: Technical support for all operations in the deep field offices and Security Company.

Knowledge and Experience

  • A relevant first Degree in Business or Arts is desired.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in operations (logistics, procurement), preferably within an NGO; international business or related field.
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel.
  • Excellent oral and written English skills;
  • Knowledge of Ngala local languages is required;
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office programs, especially in MS Excel.
  • A demonstrated ability to multi-task and process information into action as to not delay program activities. A clear understanding of procurement ethics and donor compliance is essential.

Success Factors:

  • Conscientious with an excellent sense of judgment;
  • Ability to work simultaneously on multiple tasks;
  • Demonstrated attention to details;
  • Ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines;
  • Willingness and ability to work effectively with a wide variety of people;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work comfortably with ethnically diversified team members ;
  • Ability to work as part of a team and coordinate with project personnel;
  • Excellent spoken and written English, strong computer skills are a must ;
  • Proved organizational skills.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

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.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit no more than 4 page CV and Cover Letter in one document, addressing the position requirements to: [email protected] using the “Job title” as subject of the email.


All applications must include the position title and Reference Number in the subject line.
CV and cover letter and should not be more than 4 pages.
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview and we are an equal opportunity organization so women are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

To apply for this job email your details to ng-recruitment.nigeria@mercycorps.org.

About Mercy Corps

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