Project Manager

Search For Common Ground, Benue State, Nigeria

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and CampaignProject ManagementTraining and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th September, 2021

Job Description

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;
  • Education
  • 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;

Required Experience

  • 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)


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