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: Programme Officer – Conflict and Peace Building
Contracted Hours: 35
Report to: Programme Manager, Governance
- To be responsible for supporting and managing Christian Aid partnerships and programmes with support from the Programme Manager Governance as well as the effective disbursement of funds to Christian Aid partners working on the programme with interest on work regarding governance, gender and inclusion and conflict sensitivity.
- To contribute to the representation and brand of Christian Aid in country, engage with and promote communications and fundraising, including institutional donors.
- The role holder directly working with partners, conduct technical trainings on conflict analysis, sensitivity, and do no harm, peace building, Participatory Vulnerability Capacity Assessments and protection monitoring.
- The role will be responsible for strategic planning and will identify new opportunities.
- Furthermore, the role is expected to build relationship and work closely with external stakeholders including government and donors and to proactively engage with networks and learning groups.
- To contribute to the implementation of Christian Aid Tackling Violence Building Peace strategy while supporting the team on concrete steps in the implementation of the strategy within the wider country programmes.
- The Program officer- Peacebuilding works within the International Programmes family and the wider Programme Funding remit.
- The position is also expected to bring creative ideas, innovation and technical know-how to support the wider team around peace building, Conflict sensitivity and participatory vulnerability capacity assessments in accordance with CA Tackling Violence Building Peace strategy.
- The role provides support to programmes to ensure that programmes are well implemented and reported on.
- Because reporting is key and central to CA, this role ensures that timely reporting is done and in the best possible way that meets CA standards. Travel within country will be required.
- Strong portfolio of peace building programmes developed which contributes to the Nigeria Country programme objectives through strategic planning, conceptualizing and designing programme and projects.
- Relationship forged with strategic stakeholders, donors, government, learning groups and other forums
- Learning documents, knowledge products developed and shared with stakeholders
- Strategic partnerships established and partners able to respond to the needs of the country and positive working relationships with partners developed through regular communication.
- Contribute to funding portfolio on peace building enhanced through mobilization of new resources/ funds whilst ensuring compliance with financial policies and procedures including reporting requirements.
- Advocacy and policy engagement plans developed and action demonstrated
- (Key relationships, frequency of contact, purpose of contact (liaison/influencing/negotiating etc.)
- Institutional donors, networks & working groups, civil society platforms and wider civil society, INGOs, ACT Forum, government departments and agencies.
- Internal The position is line managed by the Programme Manager Governance.
- She/He through based within the governance team will work closely with the wider country team for programme to provide technical guidance around TVBP, leveraging across programme areas, linkages, coherence and visibility. Has a key role in ensuring good relations with other roles in communications, fundraising and advocacy in Christian Aid. Maintains excellent relationship with other teams including programme funding, humanitarian and TVBP advisor.
- Required to make significant decisions on programme work in the country with special interest on peace building, conflict sensitivity, gender & inclusion and power analysis (as agreed with the Programme Manager, Governance); and also as informed by Christian Aid strategic direction in country and globally with support from the TVBP advisor.
- Initiative and judgment needs to be applied regularly in the course of day-to-day work.
- Ability to apply logical thinking and common sense to gathering and analyzing information, designing and testing solutions to problems.
- Working in a conscientious, consistent and thorough manner. Integrate and interpret broad and complex information.
- Risk assessment is an important part of developing the solution.
- Innovation is fundamental to developing solutions.
Developing self and others:
- The role has responsibilities of training partner staff and other team members on Peace building, early warning early response mechanism, advocacy and lobbying, Conflict sensitivity, PVCA and inclusion for improved outcomes.
- Responsible for identifying his/her development needs and taking proactive actions to meet those needs.
Applied skills/knowledge and expertise:
- Educated to Degree level or equivalent in relevant field.
- Knowledge of development issues and current affairs especially in Northern Nigeria especially around peace building and conflict issues
- Relevant experience of similar task and responsibilities, including administration
- Programme management experience and financial controls and procedures
- Strong training, facilitation and consensus- building skills
- Direct experience of developing partners’ capacity
- Progressive experience (for not less than 3 years) in implementing gender programmes
- Understanding of advocacy, campaigning and lobbying and network building
- Good knowledge of political and religious context especially in northern Nigeria.
- Fluency in Hausa language
- Understanding of partnership approach to international development
- Understanding of gender and other forms of exclusion
- Network and alliance building
IT competency required:
You are expected to be able to:
- Take on different work when necessary to achieve a team or organisational goal.
- Actively consult with others to ensure you understand their needs or goals.
- Listen to and take on board fresh perspectives and views even if you initially disagree with them.
- Maintain on-going relationships with individuals and contacts through networks, based on mutual rapport and respect.
- Make complex things simple for the benefit of others.
- Actively listen and question to check your understanding and draw out others when they are not expressing themselves clearly or seem to be holding back.
- Be sensitive to what others may be feeling, based on what they say, how they say it and their non-verbal behaviour, adapting your style and approach to fit.
- Address difficult issues when they arise, being honest and open.
- Implement ways to reduce the inefficient use of resources or pass the ideas on to someone who can make them happen.
- Estimate the resources needed to achieve your own work plans or objectives and to deliver them in the most efficient and cost effective way.
- Set and communicate realistic timelines for achieving tasks, working out how best to adapt as priorities change or unforeseen circumstances arise.
- Prioritise, plan and monitor own work to meet own and team deliverables to agreed performance or quality standards.
- Use logical processes and relevant tools and techniques to report on information or analyse options.
- Make timely and considered recommendations or decisions based on analysis of available data, information and evidence.
- Acknowledge others’ priorities whilst being prepared to say “no” if there are genuine reasons why their needs cannot be met.
- Evaluate your own work and actively address gaps in knowledge and skills, without prompting.
- Recognise how you react to feedback and manage reactions positively, acting on specific feedback from others.
- Share your knowledge where it will help others to be more effective.
- Provide instruction, constructive feedback and guidance to others to help them learn.
Strive for improvement:
- Constructively challenge existing practice.
- Seek better ways of doing things, taking into account the possible implications.
- Make positive suggestions on a way forward when faced with challenges even if these fall outside own scope of work.
- Look inside and outside Christian Aid for new ideas and evaluate them for own work.
N7,309,714 – N8,487,942
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Job Title: Cash/ Food Security & Livelihood Coordinator
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Contracted Hours: 35
Report to: Senior Programme Coordinator- Humanitarian
- The role holder will support Christian Aid’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria with special focuses on the cash/food security and livelihood sector interventions.
- She/he will support Christian Aid’s funded programmes which are implemented by Christian Aid and it partners in Borno and other northeast states.
- The role holder will assist in the development, implementation and monitoring of Christian Aid’s cash/food security and livelihood humanitarian response, providing effective and timely support (including capacity building) to liberated communities and partner organizations, enabling them to implement the rapid, effective and principled Cash/FSL response to emergencies, and ensuring that this is in line with Christian Aid’s country strategy and Humanitarian Standards.
- The role holder will be representing Christian Aid in sector working groups meetings/activities and engage in the right networks, while increasing the profile of Christian Aid Humanitarian and resilience work and its visibility in the region.
- The role is in the Cash/FSL program family. The role is Key in developing, and implementing programs strategy across a country program, region and division, whilst leading on partner portfolio projects.
- The role is Key in developing and implementing programme strategy across a country, region or division, whilst leading on partner portfolio projects.
- The role also manages a team who recommend projects to partners and engage in Christian Humanitarian response.
- The role ensures Christian Aid is represented appropriately and positive relationships are developed thorough the Cash/FSL work that this role is involved in.
- Project proposals prepared which are based on strong planning, monitoring and evaluation procedures and financial policies and procedures complied with including reporting requirements.
- Decisions on supporting projects informed by Christian Aid’s strategy and strategic focus areas and strong program of institutional support and strengthening for Partners in place.
- Strong synergy between regional or continental strategy and Corporate Cash/FSL Priorities developed and strong development of relationships with partners, ecumenical networks, sector clusters, and policy makers in the program region, continent and globally.
- Partner and beneficiary engagement successfully led.
- Strong linkages between partner work Cash/FSL within the UK and Ireland, developed through positive relations.
- Clear and timely policy positions developed for standing and emergency issues and humanitarian strategy developed for the region or continent which reflects country priorities.
- External Build strong relationships with partners, networks, donors, stakeholders and community beneficiaries.
- Internal Build strong relationship with program departments, Cash/FSL officers, program managers, M&E units and all in-country and global staff.
- Make decisions in order to manage team effectively, from recruitment of volunteers and program staff to day to day management of team members. Also providing technical input on Cash/FSL to the team.
- Day to day decision to ensure partner portfolio projects are running effectively and higher levels decisions on supporting the projects informed by Christian Aid’s strategy and strategic focus areas.
- Makes decisions around project proposals, ensuring they are prepared and comply with reporting requirements. Make policy decisions that support standing and emergency issues. Contribute to shaping and implementing Cash/FSL strategy, making sound decisions to support this.
- Works on complex specialist/ technical issues. Problems and issue, risks and benefits may have implications across a number of departments.
- Required to develop new ways of doing things to better meet program goals requiring substantial creative or analytical ability.
- Developing self and others:
- Has direct responsibility for developing, coaching and motivating a team or teams of colleagues/project team members. Focus will be on advising and guiding senior management on policy issues/high level procedures and direct line management responsibility may be limited.
Applied skills/knowledge and expertise:
- The post holder should have a first Degree in Social Sciences or B.Sc in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Plant Science, Environmental Science, Rural Development, Nutrition, Public Health and any other related fields with at least 4-5 years’ experience of working in humanitarian response with local and/international partner organizations.
- Strong positive attitude and ability to manage a wide range of issues of complicated procedures, indicated by 4-5 years learning period.
- At least a three years humanitarian response experience in food security and livelihood, cash transfers programming.
- Familiar with Cash /Food security context of northeast Nigeria.
- Ability to communicate fluently in Hausa and English language.
IT competency required:
LEVEL 2: You are expected to be able to:
- Supportively manage teams or lead on projects, involving others in discussing how to take work forwards, helping people feel part of the team and treating everyone equally.
- Influence others to develop shared understanding and work cooperatively and collaboratively towards common goals where there are different personal or organizational agendas.
- Develop and maintain new relationships with individuals and organizations to further Christian Aid’s aims.
- Recognize and value differences in people; be ready to challenge assumptions, beliefs or attitudes in self or others.
- Manage expectations and adhere to what’s agreed, by doing what you say you’re going to do.
- Reflect the needs of different audiences, adapting style, media, timing and pace to communicate most effectively.
- Show an understanding of how personal and external factors impact on others’ communication style and needs and seek to manage these differences to ensure that all voices are heard.
- Clarify expectations and anticipate interests and potential issues of others, in order to help them get involved in debate and dialogue.
- Accept accountability internally and externally for the effective use of Christian Aid resources.
- Look for ways to achieve more effective outcomes by using existing resources in a new or different way, before using or commissioning new resources.
- Ensure results of self and others are achieved to quality and time by managing allocated resources and workloads.
- Create plans with key milestones and measurable outcomes: track progress and adjust to meet the objectives, ensuring others are aware of changes and reasons for them.
- Ensure individuals/ teams understand and agree to work to the overall goals, specific objectives and quality standards.
- Make recommendations or decisions in the best interest of Christian Aid, involving others as needed whether in and beyond own work area.
- Be willing to take action or make recommendations or decisions in difficult or ambiguous situations.
- Commit to your decisions and be accountable for them.
- Show willingness to adapt if your initial decision did not produce the expected result.
- Demonstrate continuing commitment to your own professional and personal development.
- Utilize coaching and mentoring skills in order to support others to develop.
- Encourage others to give their best by discussing goals and aspirations and recognize achievement.
- Provide an appropriate level of supervision according to need; know when to provide help and when to give others enough space to learn.
- Give constructive and timely feedback to others on difficult or contentious issues.
- Deal with poor performance directly and sensitively, seeking appropriate and timely advice and support if needed.
Strive for Improvement:
- Be open to radical suggestions to avoid closing down options too early.
- Evaluate benefits and risks of new ways of working or ideas, and identify ways to reduce risk.
- Find and implement ways to better support internal knowledge and information sharing.
- Coach others on dealing with resistance to change.
- Seek and evaluate a range of viewpoints, whether internal or external, about how Christian Aid could do things better, regardless of whose ideas they are and what role they have.
N6,977,135 – N7,896,777
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27th July, 2017.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Application Deadline: 15th July, 2017.