Search for Common Ground Head of Office - North East Jobs in Nigeria

Search for Common Ground Head of Office - North East Jobs in Nigeria


Duties and Responsibilities

Representation

  • Represent SFCG at the regional level with partners, donors, local and international organizations, and government authorities and ensure SFCG activities are visible.

  • In accordance with SFCG advocacy policy, advocate for common ground solutions to various conflict situations in the region;

  • Represent SFCG in strategic meetings, conferences, forums and other public events and contribute towards consolidating and raising the profile of SFCG;

  • Develop and strengthen relationships with local organizations and networks and establish national and regional strategic relations and alliances with partners and civil society working in common cause with SFCG objectives;

  • Continue Search’s engagement around the Humanitarian-Development-Peacebuilding Nexus as a key convening actor; and

  • Promote SFCG's organizational identity and capacity to all stakeholders and partners in the North East and ensure SFCG remains relevant to the changing needs of the people who most need it.

    Program Development and Management

  • Ensure a conscious program approach in line with the “Common Ground” principles;

  • Provide leadership and oversight to program staff charged with implementing programs;

  • Manage the field-based SFCG operations staff and program staff;

  • Contribute creative ideas for program development and provide inputs for technical and financial proposals to local and international donors ;

  • Provide content material to the Communications Team for updating the websites, as well as for quarterly program updates, newsletters, and other SFCG literature;

  • Lead in the development of the North East program, providing sound methodological and technical support to ensure use of participatory methodologies, human rights and social exclusion framework as per the organizational thematic alignment and programming approach;

  • Coordinate the program participatory annual planning and budgeting as per organizational guidelines;

  • Promote a participatory approach in programming work and create space in the structure for staff participation and involvement in decision making;

  • Oversee and coordinate the program portfolio to ensure the highest level of project quality and accountability, while fostering continuity through building local capacity and developing innovative program interventions;

  • Lead the development, implementation and monitoring of research and advocacy plan on issues of relevance in the North East aligned with SFCG’s global programmatic and policy priorities;
    Participate in national and international
  • campaigns in line with the advocacy plan and other relevant opportunities;

  • Facilitate trainings, researches, and learning of cross-cutting relevance to programs;

  • Ensure that participatory systems and processes for monitoring activities, results and impact assessment at program level are in place and involves the team and partners;

  • Provide continuous monitoring and support to field offices and existing projects, coordinate program reviews, evaluations, and follow up implementation of evaluation findings in close collaboration with the Design, Monitoring and Evaluation (DM&E) Manager, Program Managers and Coordinators;

  • Coordinate the production of timely and quality program reports in line with SFCG and donor requirements;

  • Support monitoring and evaluation work in collaboration with SFCG’s DM&E Manager;

  • Verify and analyze work-plans, progress reports, final reports and other data for clarity, consistency and completeness; and
    Ensure close monitoring of the political and security environment and develop contingency plan for the office.

    Donor Funding and Management

  • Keep abreast of the trends within the donor environment in the Country and Internationally;

  • Undertake diversified local and international fundraising initiatives to strengthen program funding and sustainability;

  • Coordinate the production of good quality funding proposals and respond to call for proposal;

  • Facilitate donor visits, donor meetings, round table discussions and evaluations as necessary; and

  • Be aware of all donors conditionality in the North East programs and monitor adherence to donors conditionality

    Financial Management

  • Provide oversight to all finance and administrative services in the North East in close coordination with the Director of Finance and Administration;

  • Ensure effective implementation and compliance with the overall finance and guidance manual and compliance with procedures required by grant or contract agreements;

  • Ensure that the Project Managers and Coordinator carry out monthly budget versus expenditures analysis, make budget projections and keep up with the targeted burn rates;

  • Oversee
    and verify the Monthly Financial Report (MFR) from the North east program;

  • Ensure that adequate internal control mechanisms are in place; and

  • Supervise monthly financial reports according to SFCG procedures.

    Human Resources Management and Organizational Development

  • Provide leadership support to North East region staff and promote best practices in human resources management;

  • Ensure compliance with Nigerian law and SFCG procedures in admin and operations;

  • Provide leadership support for adequate implementation of the performance management system including performance objectives and planning, review, appraisal and staff development; and

  • Provide Coaching and Counseling advice to staff when necessary and lead initiatives to develop staff capacity

    Information, Communication and Learning

  • Ensure that all programs in the North East are maintaining a coordinated and agreed information exchange both internally and in its dealing with external parties;

  • Ensure that all communication infrastructures are set up in the programme and smooth information flow is maintained; and

  • Ensure that experiences, context updates and lessons learnt are documented and shared across the organization

    Leadership and Accountability

  • Be part of the management and leadership decision making around programmatic and operational issues.

  • Supervision: Works independently under the supervision of the Country Director and within approved strategy and policy guidelines;

  • Decision Making: Has full responsibility of decisions at the North East in line with approved policy;

    Requirements

    Education Required

  • Master's degree in a relevant field such as Social Sciences, Law, Political Science, Development Studies, etc. However, a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five (5) years of relevant international development experience can be substituted for the Master’s degree.

    Experience Required

  • At least 8-10 years of progressively responsible experience in the successful implementation of international development activities, with preference given to conflict mitigation and/or violent extremism prevention programs – at least three (3) years of which must be in senior program management, including direct supervision of professional and support staff.

  • Prior experience in awarding and managing sub-grants to local organizations to promote conflict mitigation, violent extremism prevention, and/or democracy and governance goals.

  • Strong knowledge of and experience in conflict transformation, dialogue, negotiation, and mediation approaches

  • Significant experience in project management at a high level in a non-profit environment

  • Demonstrated experience with budgeting, project development, fundraising, proposal and report writing, and grants management

  • Previous management experience is highly preferred.

  • Knowledge or experience of donor guidelines indispensible.

  • Experience in security management.

    Other Relevant Experience

  • Deep understanding of the social, political and conflict dynamics in Nigeria;

  • Demonstrated skills of using different conflict analysis frameworks;

  • Excellent analytical and writing skills;

  • Excellent working knowledge in English

  • Attitude for teamwork and good leadership skill

  • Knowledge using qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis tools;

  • Knowledge of early warning systems;

  • A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace; and

  • Ability to prioritize, plan and organize workflow to tight timeframes, handle multiple tasks, and be flexible with changing priorities.

  • Ability to deal with stressful situations.

    Application Closing Date

  • 14th August, 2020.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Search for Common Ground Head of Office - North East Jobs in Nigeria

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