COOPI - Cooperazione Internazionale Head of Mission Jobs in Nigeria

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About COOPI

Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI) is an Italian humanitarian non-governmental organization founded in Milan in 1965.

COOPI aims to help the world’s poorest to improve their access to healthcare, food, and financial security, and to overcome their special vulnerability to wars, civil conflicts and natural disasters.

For 50 years of long-term support and constant presence in the field, COOPI has been engaged in breaking the cycle of poverty and responding to specific emergencies in numerous sectors, including Food Security, Humanitarian Aid, Health, Socio-Economical Services, Water and Sanitation, Human Rights, Education and Training, Migrations and Sustainable Energy.

With more than 3,900 humanitarian workers employed, and an average of 180 projects per year across 25 countries throughout Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, COOPI is the biggest Italian NGO.

During its 50 years of activity, COOPI has successfully completed over 1,600 projects in 63 countries, involving 55.000 local operators and ensuring direct benefits to approximately 100 Million people.

COOPI in Nigeria

COOPI started its operations in North-East Nigeria in July 2014 to carry out a rapid evaluation of the most relevant constraints suffered by the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) displaced by the food crisis and the Boko Haram insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin.

COOPI’s aim is to support the most basic and pressing needs of communities affected by the conflict.

COOPI is providing a multi-sectoral emergency response to the IDPs, returnees and host population focused on food security, nutrition, protection and education.

COOPI main area of intervention is Yobe State but we are also present in Borno.

Description of the position

  • The Head of Mission provides leadership and strategic direction of COOPI’s operations in Nigeria and is responsible for the implementation and development of the country programme in line with COOPI’s organisational and country strategy, policies and procedures.
  • The HoM is also responsible for the management and capacity building of the staff, securing donor funding and to represent the organisation to the government, donors, and other appropriate bodies – including clusters, UN agencies and the media.
  • The HoM reports directly to the Area Manager at the HQ. The position is based in Abuja.

    Responsibilities

  • Institutional relations: He/she manages relations with the main institutional donors and with potential ones.
  • He/she represents COOPI in the country/area by engaging in relations with institutions, NGOs, local and international organizations and partners. He/she also is responsible of the organization’s reputation in the country.
  • Strategy and planning: He/she verifies and proposes to the Area Manager the intervention priorities to consolidate the organization’s opportunity to be more involved in the country.
  • He/she contributes to the definition of the Country Strategy and proposes the country planning (projects and coordination).
  • Projects’ management: He/she coordinates and directly monitors projects, guaranteeing the correct implementation in conformity with the contractual obligations and donors’ procedures, and in line with COOPI’s procedures and management standards.
  • He/she coordinates the elaboration, writing and documents’ preparation for presenting new projects, referring to the Area Manager and the headquarters support offices.
  • He/she is responsible for the preparation of projects reports and all the monitoring documents requested by the central headquarters.
  • He/she ensures the transmission
    of all official and administrative project documents to the central headquarters.
  • Country office management: He/she is responsible for all different aspects related to the country office management: economic and financial situation, local regulations, office organization charts, logistics, local and expatriate personnel management, in conformity with the organization’s guidelines.
  • He/she guarantees the respect of the country’s legislation and administrative regulation.
  • Staff management: He/she is responsible for the local staff management.
  • He/she participates and supports the Area Manager and the Human Resources office in the selection of the expatriate staff.
  • He/she coordinates and monitors the country’s expatriate staff management.
  • Safety: He/she is responsible for the expatriate staff security, for the correct implementation and respect of the general security rules.
  • Economic and financial management: He/she is responsible for the country’s economic result. He/she supervises the financial management and ensures – through the administrative function – that all financial reporting deadlines and donor/COOPI’s procedures are respected.
  • He/she participates to the projects/coordination budget preparation.
  • He/she has the signature for all COOPI’s bank accounts in the country.
  • Visibility: He/she cooperates with the Communication and Fund-Raising office for all communication, awareness and fund raising activities implemented in and for the country.
    Requirements
    Advanced degree in International Education, International Development, Health and Nutrition or a related field or equivalent work.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in the humanitarian field and in a similar position, with a track record of success and results achieved;
  • Previous experience with an international humanitarian NGO is an advantage;
  • Desirable experience of working on EU/ECHO, USAid/OFDA and UN projects;
  • Experience of working within an insecure environment with responsibility for security planning, monitoring and management.
  • Strong analytical and practical problem-solving skills;
  • Strong supervisory abilities, and demonstrated capacity of teamwork and of coordination with the relevant actors;
  • Very good inter-personal and writing communication skills;
  • Ability to organize work efficiently and deliver assignments in a timely manner often under time constraints;
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English;
  • Computer literacy, with high proficiency in the use of standard office software applications (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint);
  • Valid driving license.

    How to apply

  • Interested candidates should apply online by 31st August 2018

  • For more information and job application details, see; COOPI - Cooperazione Internazionale Head of Mission Jobs in Nigeria

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