Première Urgence Internationale Nigeria - Head of Mission in Abuja Jobs

Première Urgence Internationale Nigeria - Head of Mission in Abuja Jobs

General Context
With the largest population in Africa (between 178 and 200 million inhabitants), Nigeria is ranked as one of the strongest economy of the continent relying on oil and petroleum products as well as mineral resources (gold, iron, diamonds, copper etc…). Despite a strong economy, Nigeria suffers from important development disparities between North and South provinces of the country, social and economic inequalities, and from a high rate of corruption at every level of the economic and administrative systems. Moreover, Nigeria is a very diverse country, hosting multiple ethnic groups and religion.

The Head of Mission is responsible for supervising all PU’s operation within the country. S/He is the first official representative of PUI inside the country. S/He is in charge of the smooth functioning and the evolution of the mission. He defines and/or adjusts the positioning and the country strategy of the organization in comparison to the socio-political and humanitarian context, and leads the operations and development of the response programs accordingly.

The Head of Mission direct and shape the strategic positioning of PUI within the country to achieve the organizational vision, mission and objectives.

S/He supervises the programmatic and functional management, as well as the geopolitical environment analysis.
S/He is the first representative of the organization towards Governmental bodies, NGOs, Institutional donors and other stakeholders linked to the PUI activities.
S/He takes a leading role in developing, overseeing implementation, reviewing and monitoring of the Country Humanitarian response and ensuring the same in line with the global strategic positioning/thematic focused sectors of PUI.
S/he promotes the necessary fundraising for ensuring a smooth running of the operations, the grant management as well as the programs’ sustainability.
S/he is responsible for overall financial and human resources management of the organizational structure.
Specific Goals and Activities

S/He keeps his/herself informed of changes in the humanitarian and political context of the country and the sub-region.
S/He participates in the development of the mission by securing close contact with bilateral and multilateral donors, of whom S/He knows the policy (operational strategy, finance policy, compliance with the associative project of PUI).
S/He communicates the mission strategy (in external version) to the donors in order for them to know PUI's activities and positioning.
S/He is responsible for the development of the mission. Thus, S/He provides humanitarian monitoring and carries out new assessments as needed
S/He may be called for ad-hoc support in the region.

S/he ensures that a geopolitcal analysis of the situation is produced or at least collected and examinate by the Country Mission management team.
S/he ensures the PUI's safety & security management procedures and formats are in place throughout the mission.
S/he ensures that safety & security plans (for each field office and for the mission) are up-to-date, known to and understood by everyone (expatriates and nationals).
S/he ensures that material and personnel resources are sufficient to ensure the optimal safety of the teams, the material and the beneficiaries.
S/he ensures that in case of a security incident, the information concerning the incident is communicated, without delay, to the Desk Officer and in accordance with the existing format.
S/he ensures that safety & security information is properly collected, analysed and that alerts or important information is effectively communicated (to the Headquarters and the field).

S/he ensures that programmes are properly carried out (targets, monitoring of indicators, respect of activity schedules, budgetary follow-up and contractual reports, etc.)
S/he alerts the Desk Officer and the Program Coordinator in cases where there is a delay associated with a programme and suggests changes which could be made (in terms of activities, operation area, budget, schedule by which the programme is carried out, etc.).
S/he establishes a formal coordination system on the field (inter-departmental meetings, reports, etc.) and ensures that this coordination system is implemented on each base.
S/he suggests new operations and has them authorized by the Desk Officer before submitting them to donors. The documents associated with these new operations should be complete, should respect PUI's internal procedure, should follow the Donor's template and shall be sent to the Headquarters for
validation. S/he makes sure that the aforementioned documents subscribe to PUI's mandate and to its operation policy and are in accordance with the strategy of the mission.
When new operations are outlined, S/he ensures that operational means are well defined in order to allow for the programme and its subsequent monitoring to be well carried out.
S/he initiates, organizes and ensures that the mission strategy is prepared, in coordination with expatriate and local teams as well as with the Headquarters.
S/he ensures that departmental action plans are effectively carried out and monitored and are on track to achieve the results defined within the framework of the mission programming.

S/he supervises all local and international teams on the mission.
S/he defines the mission organization chart and submits it for validation to the Desk Officier.
S/he may be involved in the recruitment process of the members of his/her team. S/he is informed of every decision to end an employment contract.
S/he defines the objectives of each expatriate at the beginning of the mission and checks them regularly during, and at the end of the mission.
S/he ensures that each member of staff (local and international) is evaluated at least once during the mission by his/her direct superior.
S/he briefs, or has someone else brief, each new member of staff, when they take on the job, on the context, the programmes and the strategies of the mission, as well as safety regulations, logistical and administrative procedures, financial management and human resources and the use of communication means.
S/he participates in the training of expatriate or local staff (organizational, methodological and potentially technical support, organization of trainings, etc) and recommends internal or external training actions.
S/he prepares, or has someone else prepare, the job descriptions of expatriates who need to be replaced or hired and communicates them in good time to the Headquarters (ideally at the time when a new project proposal is sent to the Headquarters or 3 months before the replacement of an expatriate).
S/he is particularly sensitive to managing the team's stress. S/he monitors and authorizes holidays and also mediates potential conflicts, seeking appropriate support in case of an incident.
S/he ensures PUI's Internal Regulations are respected.
S/he protects PUI's image in the country and thus makes sure the entirety of the staff behaves in a way which is in compliance with the values maintained by the organization and is respectful of the local culture.



  • 3 years of humanitarian experience in project co-ordination.

  • Successful experience in expatriate team management and multi-sector programmes.

  • Experience in security management

  • Previous experience as Head of Mission in an NGO or OSI

    Required Knowledges and skills:

  • Excellent writing skills

  • Team management

  • Project management

  • Detailed knowledge of the donors (OFDA, ECHO, UN agencies, EuropeAid, AAP…)

    Required Personal Characteristics:

  • Leadership skills and the ability to make decisions

  • Trustworthiness and a sense of responsibility
    Charisma and the ability to awake enthusiasm for the work the project involves

  • Ability to use authority, when necessary

  • Analysis and synthesis abilities (discenrment, pragmatism)

  • Ability to adapt

  • Organisational skills, ability to be thorough and respect due dates

  • Strong listening and negotiation skills, good people and communication skills

  • Ability to remain calm and level-headed

  • General ability to resist stress and particularly in unstable circumstances

    How to Apply

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