New Job Vacancies at COOPI Cooperazione Internazionale, 9th April, 2018

COOPI Cooperazione Internazionale, is a humanitarian, non-confessional and independent organization founded in 1965 in Milan, Italy. For more than 50 years we have been dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty and to supporting populations affected by wars, socio-economic crises or natural disasters in their path to recovery and sustainable development, by making use of the professionalism of local and international operators, and through our partnerships with public and private bodies and civil society organizations.
We are recruiting to fill the following positions below:

 Job Title: Expert in Protection & Psychosocial Support
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Duration: 3-4 months
Donor: OFDA, Unicef
Background
  • North-East Nigeria faces immense humanitarian and protection challenges due to the Boko Haram insurgency and its associated impacts on population displacement and livelihoods.
  • The humanitarian situation is particularly alarming in host communities where social services are inadequate and even local population presents high level of physical, psychosocial and social vulnerability.
  • Many displaced children are lacking the fundamental protection of a caregiver, whether parents, extended family members or care professionals and are exposed to heightened risk of sexual violence, physical abuse and exploitation, including labor and trafficking.
  • Moreover, they have been subjected to grave violations with resulting psychosocial distress, including from abduction, exposure to sexual and gender-based violence, separation from or loss of family members, destruction of property, looting of food and livestock and forced displacement.
  • In marginalized host communities, such as those targeted by the proposed intervention, lack of basic education structures and safe spaces to play and socialize contribute to expose children to protection risks, undermining also their social and emotional well-being and their ability to develop positive coping strategies.
  • Poverty is identified as another key contributing factor to children losing parental care and exposing them to neglect, sub-standard living conditions and psychological or emotional deprivation. In addition, malnutrition rates are at critical level, both among IDPs and host communities, and are associated with a significant increased risk of child mortality.
  • Given the severity of the situation, the intervention is proposed to ensure essential protection support and services to children at risk and survivors that include direct support to unaccompanied and separated children (support to the existing care arrangements and alternative care placements if not existing and where reunification is not immediately possible); recreational activities and psychosocial counselling in safe Child Centered Spaces, referral and liaison with specialized services (where required).
  • In parallel, the intervention aims at activating social networks, mobilizing families and community members around protection mechanisms, including prevention measures and monitoring systems, through Community Protection Workers (CPW) that will be trained and regularly assisted by COOPI project team.
Purpose and objectives
The main objective of the consultancy will be to:
  • To provide technical backstopping to the protection team
  • Capacity building of the protection team in PSS, CP, resilience and Child Centered Spaces (CCSs)
  • Supervision and regular guidance in implementation, assuring quality ad adherence to SOPs and international standards.
  • Support the mapping of existing formal and informal resources for psycho-social support services for children and vulnerable families, especially existing community networks/associations/religious networks.
  • Development of tools to gauge the current psychosocial interventions and how they are responding to the needs of the beneficiaries; assess the tools and resources used on their cultural appropriateness.
  • Guidance on how to conduct art therapy sessions with adolescent girls and boys.
  • Identify good practices and culturally added values interventions that can be taken to scale for future psycho-social support programming.
Scope of the work
The scope of work will focus on the following:
  • Assess the nature and quality of information related to protection and psychosocial issues provided to the affected population; assess how culturally and locally sensitive these materials are.
  • Examine what factors are preventing families and communities from returning to normalcy and how community structures could be strengthened to build on the community resilience.
  • Find out how effective PSS activities are being utilized and promoted by project staff during the course of the project.
  • Discover to what extent the positive cultural practices, beliefs and religion are being promoted to enhance psycho-social recovery in the communities and how they can be scaled up; elaborate on resilience and protective factors.
  • Find out, what capacity exists in the government & civil society organisations to address psychosocial support, including specialized care for children with mental disorders? What are the community mechanisms/networks with grass root presence who could be a potential partner for COOPI?
  • Identify new areas of programming that need to be integrated into the current psychosocial intervention.
Expected deliverables and timelines:
  • Report of end of mission including tools put in place.
Requested Experience
  • Minimum of 3 years.
Interested and qualified candidates should: Click here to apply

Application Deadline 23rd April, 2018.

Job Title: Area Coordinator
Locations
: (Potiskum, Damaturu) Yobe and Maiduguri, Borno.
Duration: 6 months, renewable
Starting Date: ASAP

Scope of the Vacancy
  • We are looking for 3 Area Coordinators for the bases of Potiskum, Damaturu and Maiduguri.
  • The Area Coordinator is responsible for the overall management, execution and reporting of the projects managed from his/her base.
  • He/she is directly assigned to, and responsible of the supervision of all logistics, HR, financial and overall functioning aspects for the projects and of the base.
Main Duties / Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Head of Mission and in link with the Coordination, he/she ensures COOPI intervention coordination in his/her area of intervention. He/She:
Coordinates the implementation of the country strategy in his/her area of intervention:
  • Participate in the development and updating of the country strategy by providing information from the field
  • Ensuring the implementation in the field of the part of the country strategy for which he/she is responsible in collaboration with the head of Mission, the Program Coordinator and the project Managers.
Coordinates the implementation of programs in the field:
  • Coordinate and control the implementation of planned projects
  • Coordinate in the field the development of new projects in collaboration with program coordinator and project managers.
  • Supervise the support services activities at field level, in collaboration with the support department managers
  • Guarantee synergy between technical and support teams at field level
  • Ensure the implementation of recommendations from internal audits / departmental field visits / field assessments
Manages the team in his/her area of intervention:
  • Supervise and manage the members of his/her team under his/her direct responsibility
  • Participate in the recruitment of his/her direct team (for expatriate staff in his area of intervention at the request of the Head of Mission)
  • Monitor the social climate in its area of intervention and alert the Head of Mission in case of difficulties or social demands
  • Ensure the global management of training needs for his/her team
  • Encourage compliance with the charter and the fight against fraud and abuse of power and alert the Head of Mission in case of fraud or abuse of power.
Facilitates good relationship with coordination team:
  • Keep the coordination team informed about program delivery
  • Proactively solicit coordination team for any question that could jeopardize programs, funding; or the safety of teams and equipments
  • Ensure that field teams clearly articulate requests for support to the coordination team to maximize operational effectiveness and programs’ impact
  • In general, play a facilitating role between the “field” and the “coordination”
  • Manage the follow-up of recommendations from the technical and support departments
Represents COOPI and ensures relations with partners, authorities, UN agencies and NGOs in its area of intervention:
  • Coordinate and supervise all partnerships
  • Participate in humanitarian coordination activities
  • If necessary, implement at the local level the strategy and advocacy activities defined by the mission
Ensures the reporting and the communication:
  • Coordinate the reporting activities with the Program Managers in the field in accordance with donors and the HQ requirements (type and quality of information)
  • Coordinate the establishment of a program capitalization system to provide evidence to carry out advocacy activities
  • Implementation good communication practices
Manage the safety and security of his/her area of intervention:
  • Follow the evolution of the security environment (networking, gathering and analysis of information …)
  • Maintain an effective network with local stakeholders on issues of context and security, collect and analyze information to establish context analysis and risk analysis.
  • Regularly Update the Local Security Plan with the support of the Logistics Manager and the security officer and send it to the Head of Mission
  • Briefe teams on context and security
  • Guarantee compliance with safety rules with the support of the Logistics Department
  • Manage any security incidents and report to the Country Director
  • Actively participate in audits and ensure implementation of recommendations
Profile of the Candidate (Education, Training, Competences, Skills)
Minimum Requirements:
  • Master’s Degree in Humanitarian field.
  • At least 3 years of working experience in/with INGO on project management and with at least 1-year experience as Head of base
  • Proven interest & commitment to humanitarian and development principles and a demonstrable understanding of conflict/post conflict development contexts
  • Experience in proposal writing, analysis, and report writing
  • Excellent in English (oral and written)
  • Experience in security management
  • Ability to plan, organize work, communicate and reports effectively (both in writing and verbally)
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Team player, effective communicator, successful negotiator, creative and analytical thinker, active learner, able to work in a multicultural environment
  • Excellent communication skills, calm, with a good sense of humour
  • Proven commitment to accountability practices
  • Ability to function effectively under stressful conditions such as heavy workloads, and deadlines.
  • Ability to leave in a restricted area with curfew.
  • Excellent Microsoft Office applications skills (Excel, Word, Power point, Emails, Skype, Web researchers)
  • Knowledge of and adherence to COOPI Code of Conduct, understands other international development guidelines.
Interested and qualified candidates should: Click here to apply

Application Deadline 16th April, 2018.


Job Title: Psychologist
Location: 
Maiduguri, Borno
Project: Protection and Reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Groups in the North East of Nigeria
Reports to: Project Manager
Duration: 12 months
Starting Date: 1st May, 2018
Project Summary
  • Based on a consolidated care model for children associated to armed forces and groups implemented in several conflict areas over the years, COOPI will establish a Centre of Transit and Orientation (TOC) for children formerly associated with Boko Haram in need of psychosocial and other assistance before reunification and integration into their families of origin
  • An age-appropriate individualised plan will include: recreational, psychosocial and educational activities to support the child’s readjustment to family life, and prepare him/her for reintegration into the community. The plan will also include life-skills and competency building for income generating activities and employment
  • It will make provision for children to be referred to health, nutritional and legal services as necessary. These activities will be complemented by family tracing and sensitization of the communities of origin
  • The plan will also include follow-up support and monitoring activities through protection networks identified, trained, supervised and supported by COOPI in the communities of origin.

Scope of the Vacancy
  • The Psychologist support the Project Manager in the programming, responsibility of the realization and the follow-up of the protection activities, guarantying protection services for the beneficiaries.
Main Duties/Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, he/she will:
  • Identify the psychological problems of the beneficiaries and put in place the necessary means to answer effectively to the needs
  • Establish the psychological and psychosocial criteria of vulnerability and structure a process of detection of the main psychosocial risks
  • Create fact sheets and procedures for setting up and evaluating emotional and listening debriefing activities Set up and run the collective emotional debriefing system (training of members, setting up and running meetings, gradually capitalizing on experience)
  • Maintain a database of referrals for psychological, medical and community orientations
  • Organize and structure collective friendly spaces
  • Train the project teams and local partners on approaches, methodology and tools to understand how victims of GBV and other forms of violence are affected by their involvement in armed conflict
  • Train and / retrain teams on the proper use of situation assessment and management tools
  • Train project staff (psychosocial counselors, community animators) on the individual and collective psychological and psychosocial management of the victims;
  • Organize technical meeting with his/her team and other stakeholders
  • Direct case management
  • Propose and supervise the psychosocial and recreational activities to set up, for children and adults
Minimum Requirements
  • Master’s Degree in Psychology.
  • At least 3 years of working experience with INGO on Child Protection area. Experience working with children associated with armed group it’s an advantage
  • Good knowledge of project cycle management
  • Experience in Clinical Psychology and/or Psychopathology (Victimology, Medical Emergency Cell, etc.)
  • Proven interest & commitment to humanitarian and development principles and a demonstrable understanding of conflict/post conflict development contexts
  • Experience in data collection, analysis, and report writing
  • Excellent in English (oral and written)
  • Experience in designing and conducting training in INEE and Child Protection issues especially in the areas of human rights, gender, capacity building, added advantage, SGBV
  • Ability to plan, organize work, communicate and reports effectively (both in writing and verbally)
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • team player, effective communicator, successful negotiator, creative and analytical thinker, active learner, able to work in a multicultural environment
  • Excellent communication skills, calm, with a good sense of humour
  • Excellent sense of confidentiality
  • Excellent listening and empathy
  • Proven commitment to accountability practices
  • Ability to function effectively under stressful conditions such as heavy workloads, and deadlines.
  • Excellent Microsoft Office applications skills (Excel, Word, Power point, Emails, Skype, Web researchers)
  • Knowledge of and adherence to COOPI Code of Conduct, understands other international development guidelines.
Interested and qualified candidates should: Click here to apply

Application Deadline 23rd April, 2018.


Job Title: Project Manager/Psychologist
Location
: Maiduguri
Duration: 12 months
Reports to: Head of Base / Program Coordinator
Project: UNICEF; Protection and Reintegration of children associated with armed groups in the north east of Nigeria
Project Summary
Based on a consolidated care model for children associated to armed forces and groups implemented in several conflict areas over the years, COOPI will establish a Centre of Transit and Orientation (TOC) for children formerly associated with Boko Haram in need of psychosocial and other assistance before reunification and integration into their families of origin.
An age-appropriate individualised plan will include: recreational, psychosocial and educational activities to support the child’s readjustment to family life, and prepare him/her for reintegration into the community. The plan will also include life-skills and competency building for income generating activities and employment. It will make provision for children to be referred to health, nutritional and legal services as necessary.
These activities will be complemented by family tracing and sensitization of the communities of origin. The plan will also include follow-up support and monitoring activities through protection networks identified, trained, supervised and supported by COOPI in the communities of origin.
Scope of the Vacancy
  • The Project Manager is responsible for the overall activities’ planning, execution and reporting of his/her projects.
  • He/she is directly assigned to, and responsible of the supervision of all logistics, HR, financial and overall functioning aspects of the projects.
Main Duties/Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Head of base and in link with the Program Coordinator, he/she:
Project Management:
  • Designs the detailed work plan in line with the project guidelines and description, guaranteeing the smooth implementation of all the activities on-time, on-quality and on-budget;
  • In cooperation and synergy with the project staff, plans and monitors the activities’ progress, in compliance with the contract signed with the donor, with donor’s and COOPI’s procedures, and with the specific Project Structure and Reporting Lines definition, making use of the financial instruments provided by the organization;
  • In collaboration with the Administrative and the Logistics team, plans and monitors the expenditures in line with the project’s implementation needs;
  • In cooperation with the Program Coordinator, finalizes the data provided by his/her team, supports the preparation, in compliance with the deadlines, of the narrative reports expected by the donors and by the partners;
  • Coordinates the overall project: supervises the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the staff; monitors the accuracy and efficiency of the case management activities; in collaboration with the Child Protection team, deals with possible cases which cannot be addressed by the available and ongoing referral network;
  • Contributes in consolidating the case management referral network by establishing proficient collaboration with the partners working in the targeted areas and actively suggesting gaps and recommendations to the supervisors;
  • Contributes and approves the line of training designed by the Child Protection;
  • In collaboration with the Program Coordinator and head of base, prepares all the formal communication and contract modification requests (ex. budget modification) of the project;
  • Manages the goods purchased for the project; for all goods purchased by the project, support updates of the inventory and guarantee the respect of the policies and guidelines, in cooperation with the Logistics Office;
  • In collaboration with the Program Coordinator and in synergy with the specific reporting lines of the projects, promotes and manages relations with the local government institutions, NGOs, and other local partners available in the area;
  • Executes any other task necessary to good and timely completion of the projects, identified in mutual agreement.
  • In coordination with the Administrative team, supports in hiring of new staff directly related to the project and conducts staff appraisals Upholds COOPI’s mission and Charter of Values;
  • Follows and enforces all COOPI codes of conduct and policies (globally and in-country);

Psychosocial activities’ follow up:
  • Support technically his/her team
  • Contribute to the identification of psychologist issue of the beneficiaries and support the team to deal with.
  • Organize technical meeting with the team and the main stakeholders
  • Build his/her team capacities on Child Protection and case management
  • Train project teams and local partners on approaches, methodology and tools to understand how victims of GBV and other forms of violence are affected by their involvement in armed conflict and the occurrence of fighting
  • Manage directly if need be the most complicated cases.
  • Train and / or re cycle teams on the proper use of situation assessment and case management tools;
Minimum Requirements
  • Master’s degree in Psychology.
  • At least 3 years of working experience with INGO on Child Protection area. Experience working with children associated with armed group it’s an advantage
  • Good knowledge of project cycle management
  • Experience in clinical psychology and / or psychopathology (victimology, medical emergency cell, etc.)
  • Proven interest & commitment to humanitarian and development principles and a demonstrable understanding of conflict/post conflict development contexts
  • Experience in data collection, analysis, and report writing
  • Excellent in English (oral and written)
  • Experience in designing and conducting training in INEE and Child Protection issues especially in the areas of human rights, gender, capacity building, added advantage, SGBV
  • Ability to plan, organize work, communicate and reports effectively (both in writing and verbally)
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • team player, effective communicator, successful negotiator, creative and analytical thinker, active learner, able to work in a multicultural environment
  • Excellent communication skills, calm, with a good sense of humour
  • Excellent sense of confidentiality
  • Excellent listening and empathy
  • Proven commitment to accountability practices
  • Ability to function effectively under stressful conditions such as heavy workloads, and deadlines.
  • Excellent Microsoft Office applications skills (Excel, Word, Power point, Emails, Skype, Web researchers)
  • Knowledge of and adherence to COOPI Code of Conduct, understands other international development guidelines.
Interested and qualified candidates should: Click here to apply

Application Deadline 23rd April, 2018.

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