Program Intern Opportunity in 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: Program Intern (GIRL-H)

Requisition Number: PROGR004618

Location: Abuja (FCT)
Employment Type: Internship, Full-time
Job Category: Programming

Program / Department Summary

  • Girls Improving Resilience through Livelihoods and Health (GIRL-H) is a three-year (October 2020 to December 2023), 10-million-dollar program being implemented in Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria (Lagos and Kano) that seeks to improve the well-being of adolescent girls, boys and young women by increasing their access to skills and knowledge, health resources, formal education, and economic opportunities.
  • GIRL-H also fostered an enabling environment by working with communities to transform unhealthy social norms and create opportunities for girls to access education and economic opportunities.
  • GIRL-H has secured a one-year bridge funding (January to December 2024) that will consolidate on the work done in the last three years.
  • The program will focus on four key pillars including Social Behavior Change Communication (SBCC), Public Private Partnerships (PPP), Financial Inclusion (FI) and research and learning.
  • Key to GIRL-H is a robust learning and research agenda that reaches across three countries to contribute to the evidence base on what works to secure access to opportunities for adolescent girls within the most marginalized communities and to better understand their contribution to household resilience.
  • This evidence and learning will be shared to elevate Mercy Corps’ influence in the adolescent girl space and to bolster fundraising efforts to scale the model.

General Summary of Position

  • Consistent interface with the state-based program teams and effectively support all administrative and finance documentation processes.
  • Regular liaison with other MCN teams like the HR, Finance, Supply Chain Operations to ensure smooth processing of administrative, logistics and payment requests from the state-based program teams and implementing partner.
  • As assigned, process activity budgets, procurement requests, payment requests, cash advance requests, liquidations, travel requests, security clearance requests, etc – using properly approved and financial reviewed documents.
  • Provide effective support/coordination of all logistics required for GIRL-H’s quarterly pause and reflect/review meetings.
  • Support the MEL (Knowledge Management) focal point with accurate storage of program MOVs (reports, attendance sheets, presentations, pictures, audio, video, etc) on the Program’s Google Drive.
  • Support the MEL (Knowledge Management) focal point with tracking program participants and stakeholders to collect impact/success stories, share with the Country Communications team for further reviews (as authorized), store approved impact/success stories on the Google Drive, and publish on MC’s Workplace.
  • Support the CARM focal point with resolution of reported issues.
  • Support in organizing meetings and preparing agendas, share approved meeting documents, reminders, etc.
  • Take and produce accurate notes from all program meetings, presentations, etc as required.
  • Maintain the office space and systems, including data management and filing.
  • Maintain accurate inventory and storage of program supplies and training materials.
  • Maintain accurate inventory of procured IEC and visibility materials and coordinate approved distributions.
  • Assist in following up with the teams and partners on actions that fall within the program’s scope.
  • Perform other program administrative and logistic tasks as assigned by the Program Manager.
  • Demonstrate capacity for career progression if/when opportunities become available through excellent work performance.

Finance and Compliance Management:

  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to the program.


  • Ensure compliance with MCN’s Safety/Security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.

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.

Ethics and Integrity:

  • All Mercy Corps staff members/interns are expected to behave ethically and demonstrate the highest integrity in their professional and personal lives.
  • Mercy Corps has zero tolerance for any form of fraud, corruption, abuse, harassment, or exploitation. Any breach of our policies or misconduct will lead to disciplinary action or may lead to termination.


  • Reports Directly To: GIRL-H Program Manager.
  • Supervisory Responsibility: None
  • Works Directly with: Program Officers, Finance and Subawards teams, MEL, Implementing Partner, HR and Country Supply Chain Operations departments, and other GIRL-H Program Managers.

Knowledge and Experience

  • BSc./ BA in any Social Science field.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, to enable professional interactions with different internal teams and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent IT skills, including use of canva, capcut and working knowledge of presentation software packages, preferably Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Strong tech savviness and internet surfing skills.
  • Good ability to use office equipment like printer, photocopier, scanner, etc.
  • Ability to organize and plan work schedule.
  • Excellent attention to detail with the ability to maintain a high level of accuracy in administrative processes.
  • A flexible, pro-active approach to work including the ability to prioritize and re-prioritize.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and take own initiatives.
  • Ability to deal with sensitive information with discretion and maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English highly essential; basic understanding of Yoruba and Hausa languages are added advantage.

Working Conditions:

  • The position is based in Abuja and may require some travel to GIRL-H’s implementation locations in Lagos and Kano states.

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 IASCand 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
5th February, 2024.

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


  • 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.
  • Note that Mercy Corps upholds a strict policy against accepting any form of bribein our recruitment process. We prioritize fairness and transparency in our selection process.