Christian Aid (CA) is a UK-based international NGO, partnering with others to end poverty in Africa. At the heart of this vision is the transformation of the lives of people who live in poverty, empowering them to have a brighter future. Christian Aid works in more than 30 countries and has been operating in Nigeria since 2003. The Nigeria Country programme focuses on Community Health and HIV, Accountable Governance including humanitarian response and Gender.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Food Security and Livelihoods Programme Coordinator
Duration: 2 – 3 months
- Since 2009, 14.8 million people in North-Eastern states of Nigeria have been affected by conflict. Communities in Borno, Adamawa, Gombe and Yobe states have been hosting internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees, and are overstretched on food, water and the provision of basic services. This has placed both IDPs, returnees and host communities in dire need of urgent humanitarian relief. Latest needs assessment in December 2017 and February 2018 by CA across Borno LGAs, focussed on identifying key need gaps for vulnerable populations in the sectors of Food Security, WASH, NFI and Protection sectors. Food security is the most critical need of IDPs and their host communities; 77% of IDPs across Borno state placed food as a top urgent need. Lack of access to food was confirmed at every IDP camp visited by CA across the target LGAs.
- Christian Aid has been working in the North East and Borno state for over 2 years now. Ongoing humanitarian operations in Nigeria are being implemented directly by CA as well as working along local partners with ongoing intervention in Borno State reaching more than 180,000 IDPs, returnees and host communities with Food security, WASH, Nutrition and Protection in Maiduguri City and its environs, Jere, Magumeri, Gubio, Dikwa, Mafa, Munguno, Askira Uba and Shani LGAs.
- Due to the evolution of the response in NE Nigeria CA and the humanitarian community at large are proposing to support the recovery efforts as communities gain access to land and are looking at developing new livelihoods strategies. Protection, Gender, Age diversity and Inclusion are incorporated throughout the response.
- About the Consultancy Based in CA in Borno Offices opened in December 2016 and from where CA is currently implementing a comprehensive emergency and early recovery programme, notably GFD and BSFP distributions, livelihoods interventions promoting cash for work to reduce dependence syndrome and build community capacity towards own production, promoting rainy season own production of food crops and promoting nutrition gardens. Your main duties and responsibilities will be:
- Leading sustainable livelihoods assessments and conducting Households Economic Analysis survey to assess how community livelihoods are or will be impacted by contextual, economic and ecological change.
- Identification of coping strategies used by the local population to face the on-going crisis and assessment of the factors required to effect positive change towards stabilising community resilience.
- Analysis of household assets, livelihoods strategies, priorities and goals at micro-level, policies, social-cultural and ethnical consequences of the current crisis, barriers to equitable access to resources, human rights at the national level and institutions and processes that affect livelihoods at national level (macro-level). Conducting of a detailed assets and market analysis of the designated areas, encompassing the range of goods, items and services that contribute to stabilisation in a post-emergency phase and the transition into resilience and early recovery. Institutional mapping of relevant organizations, groups and institutions, highlighting what organizations are doing and for whom, including both existing and planned programmes that could be directly or indirectly supporting food security and livelihoods.
- Development of a “roadmap” for integrated programming that addresses evolving needs most effectively and sustainably as communities’ transition into post-emergency and, later, early recovery phases.
- Develop a livelihood strategy and a working document on how to engage with crucial cultural and ethnic dimensions of the insurgence crisis and build locally-appropriate interventions.
- Support the startup and management of livelihoods activities being implemented by CA and ensure that all elements of donor contracts are accomplished especially for the WFP and FAO livelihoods projects as well as lead the project implementation.
The following are the expected output of the surge:
- A SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis based on inputs from stakeholders, our existing programs and positioning in North Eastern Nigeria, suggest solutions and prioritize them.
- Analysis of livelihood opportunities for vulnerable and affected population in North Eastern Nigeria and identify potential sectors and markets for engagement for income and employment.
- A clear vision for livelihood work for vulnerable community that is compatible with the government’s strategy and is possible within our capacity to implement. Define short- term and medium term expected results and strategies with key indicators to measure them and implementation strategy. Analysis of the cultural and ethnical perspectives that undermine economics and the welfare of the vulnerable population (target population behavior, culture and development).
- Programmatic approaches to address the immediate priorities with regards to strengthening and expanding livelihood opportunities and systems with detailed analysis such as stakeholder analysis, gender analysis, policy analysis, risks analysis, livelihood zoning map, vulnerability analysis and presentation of the findings.
- Develop Nigeria country office livelihood strategy for short and medium term-objectives, (SWOT, priorities, strategies, activities, risks and mitigation; resource and capacity plan).
- Implementation: Project implementation plan linked to the existing WFP and FAO funded projects and upcoming projects.
- About you To be successful in this role we expect you to be an experienced food security and livelihoods expert with extensive knowledge of Sahelian/West Africa context and proved experiences.
- Advanced university degree or equivalent in Agricultural Economics, Humanitarian/Development Studies, Social Sciences, or other fields related to the provision of humanitarian assistance in Food Security and Livelihoods.
- At least 10 years of relevant experience and proven expertise in the humanitarian sector with significant experience in monitoring, data analysis, research and/or evaluation – including prior experience in program reviews/real-time evaluations – of food security and livelihoods programmes.
- Demonstrated experience conducting assessments, data collection and analysis in volatile, hostile or insecure environments.
- Demonstrated experience in programme strategy development, developing proposal for fundraising, implementing and management of livelihoods programmes.
- Demonstrated knowledge of Sahelian/Western African context.
- Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills and strong analytical and synthesis skills.
- Strong understanding of multi-sector approaches to emergency and post-emergency programming, resilience-building and early recovery.
- Excellent command in written and spoken English.
Payment: 3,000 USD monthly.
Application Closing Date
18th April, 2018.
How to Apply
Interested consultants are to send their curriculum vitae and cover letter to