Search For Common Ground, Benue State, Nigeria
Closing Date for Applications:
Roles and Responsibilities
Representation and coordination:
- Under the guidance of the Head of Office – Middle Belt, represents Search in the project implementation initiatives;
- Provides orientation of Search at the local level and supervises all staff under the project;
- Provides strong coordination support to NGOs, partners, and national authorities through the establishment of wider consultation and collaborative processes to achieve the 3 objectives of the project.
- Responsible for the coordination of all project activities
- Be Search’s media contact for the project when delegated by the Country Director / Head of Office – Middle Belt;
- Represent Search with donors in the absence and instance of the Head of Office.
Program strategy, development, and planning:
- Support in implementing Search’s strategic directions in the region;
- Collaborate with relevant staff in other Search offices for quality program development and planning;
- Support in coordinating new business development, including coordinating the development of concept notes and proposal; and
- Advises Country Management on program needs
Program oversight, quality assurance, reporting:
- Ensures proper implementation of the project based on continuous monitoring and analysis of the core objectives of the projects
- Leads the project and facilitate attainment of project expected results in the implementation states, in close collaboration with the Head of Office;
- Ensures effective application of results-based management methodologies.
- Develop and monitor project work-plans, effectiveness, and achievement of results;
- Monitors budgets versus actuals and cash-flow for the project;
- Steer the project’s activities to meaningfully address needs in the ever-changing context;
- Ensures all donor and internal reports are submitted within internal deadlines and to expected quality;
- Build coalitions and networks with local partners for the project's effectiveness.
Human Resources Management and Organizational Development
- Provide leadership support to the project staff and promote best practices in human resources management;
- Ensure compliance with Nigerian law and SFCG procedures on the project;
- Provide leadership support for the 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
- Attend the regular PQT meetings and contribute to the discussions around overall strategy and direction of the country program and the organization;
- Ensure that the project is maintaining a coordinated and agreed information exchange both internally and in its dealing with external parties;
- Ensure effective implementation and compliance with the overall finance and guidance manual and compliance with procedures required by grant or contract agreements;
- Bachelor’s Degree in a related area required while a Masters in Conflict Resolution, International Relations, Project Management or related field would be an added benefit;
- At least 5 years of experience in peacebuilding, advocacy, dialogue, Do No Harm, training and capacity building related work.
- At least five (5) years of experience in managing teams and projects in the field of conflict resolution, conflict transformation, advocacy and training development or related fields.
- Other Relevant Requirements
- Knowledge of and exposure to a wide range of peace, conflict transformation, governance, development and humanitarian issues;
- Good knowledge of the country context and ability to network with both civil society and public sector
- Ability to review and analyze and interpret financial reports, budget versus actuals, financial projections and procurement documentation;
- Good interpersonal and networking skills, as well as the ability to conduct professional working relationships;
- Analytical capacity, including the ability to analyze and articulate peace, human security and conflict issues;
- Ability to work with people at all levels, ranging from high-level national officials to community leaders;
- Experience in setting performance objectives of teams and leading a team.
- Willingness to keep abreast of new developments on security sector reforms, policies, laws and peace-building fields;
- Good knowledge of North East and North Central, including the political, economic, religious and social dimensions;
- Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite) and other software
- Detail-oriented with ability to meet deadlines, both prescribed and self-imposed
- Willingness and desire to learn while demonstrating self-initiative
- Ability to adapt to new cultures and work in diverse environments
Language Skills: (Native/Fluent/Basic)
- English Language (Fluent)
- Hausa, Tiv and Fulfude (an added advantage)