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Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict – away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 600 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects from 55 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.

The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff that is committed to its mission and values. You will be joining a highly motivated staff with a good team spirit and there will be opportunities to grow in the role.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: State Project Coordinator
Locations:
 Rivers, Bayelsa, and Delta

Position Summary

  • The Project Coordinator will work with Search’s senior leadership and program teams and successfully implement project activities under their area. The position entails overseeing the day-to-day implementation of the projects that are being implemented in the regions of Rivers, Bayelsa, and Delta State.
  • The Project Coordinator will be primarily responsible for organizing and conducting activities, budget management and logistics, and reporting, managing a team of three program assistants. S/He will also contribute to the design and strategic development and management of subsequent projects, and to representation, conducting meetings with a variety of stakeholders, including peer organizations, donors, and government officials.
  • The position requires an experienced conflict transformation, prevention of violent extremism, mediation or peacebuilding expert, conversant with project management cycles and compliance requirements of various donors.
  • The position holder will be a seasoned planner and experienced conflict and context analyst capable of steering various projects in the country to respond to real peace, security and conflict transformation needs. Experience as a trainer in a related field will be considered a strong asset.
  • The Project Coordinator must have advanced diplomacy skills and capable of negotiating with challenging stakeholders, and must be available to travel regularly to project locations outside of Niger Delta.
  • The position holder advises the program manager on programme needs, strategies, staffing issues, local context and dynamics. S/he will work under the direct supervision of the Program Manager and closely with other coordinators and the operations team.

About the Project
The project goal will be achieved through two specific objectives and corresponding outcomes.

Objective 1: Strengthen linkages between citizens and local authorities in the Niger Delta to respond to drivers of violence in the region. Expected outcomes of activities under this objective are:

  • (1.1) People of the Niger Delta, including militants and ex-militants, feel that cooperation between them and local authorities is strengthened;
  • (1.2) Platforms for collaborative response to underlying conflict issues by communities, government, and security are established in eight LGAs.

Objective 2: Amplify the voices of key stakeholders, particularly women, youth and marginalized groups to contribute to discussions around regional conflict issues and promote peace in the Niger Delta region. Expected outcomes of activities under this objective are:

  • (2.1) Journalists and civil society organizations increase their capacity to report on elections and manage rumors;
  • (2.2) Increase in the number of voices of women, youth and marginalized groups contributing to discussions on regional conflict issues in the Niger Delta; and
  • (2.3) Increase in public awareness and support for peace in the Niger Delta. Collectively, the activities support the project’s objectives and outcomes and contribute to a more inclusive, grassroots-informed dialogue process aimed at addressing conflict issues and vulnerabilities to violence.
  • Search believes that this will support a community-owned peace architecture that will contribute to long-term peace and stabilization in the region beyond the lifespan of the project.

Roles and Responsibilities
Program oversight, quality assurance, reporting:

  • Leads Search’s Community Peacebuilding (CPB) projects and facilitates attainment of project objectives in target regions in close collaboration with the Program manager and DME Coordinator;
  • Ensures proper, timely implementation of project activities, taking into consideration partner capacities, the operational environment and potential security issues, and based on the principles of inclusivity and do no harm.
  • Ensures effective application of results-based management methodologies;
  • Monitors and manages the projects’ costed workplans, preventing delays and maximizing cost-effectiveness;
  • Keeps abreast of context developments and drafts regular context updates to steer project activities as needed; and
  • Ensures all donor and internal reports are submitted within the given deadlines and to the expected quality standards.

Representation and Coordination:

  • Under the guidance of the Program manager, represents Search in target regions, and attends donor meetings related to the projects under their care;
  • Provides orientation about Search’s approach and objectives at the local level;
  • Provides strong coordination support to NGOs, partners, and national authorities involved in the CPB projects, through wider consultation and collaborative processes to community peace-building and violence prevention in target regions;
  • Work closely with the Media coordinator in regards to the media component of the project

Program strategy, development, and planning:

  • Supports the program manager in implementing Search’s strategic directions in the Niger Delta;
  • Collaborates with relevant staff in other Search offices for quality program development and planning;
  • Supports the Program manager with ideas for new business development; and
  • Advises the Program manager on program needs.

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Peace Building, Conflict, Security Studies, Political or Social Science, International Studies, Public Administration, Development Studies and experience in a related area;

Required Experience:

  • Minimum three years of progressively responsible professional experience in peace, conflict transformation, violence prevention, governance, civil society strengthening
  • Experience coordinating and managing projects, programmatically and financially;
  • Experience leading and managing teams.

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Demonstrate integrity, alignment with Search’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promote the vision, mission, and strategic objectives of Search;
  • Capacity to adapt to a multi-cultural context, and tolerance and respect to issues related to gender, religion, race and nationality;
  • Excellent ability to multi-task and produce time-bound deliverables.
  • Expertise in writing reports and success stories; and
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism and solves problems in collaborative ways.
  • Knowledge of and prior exposure to a wide range peace; community peacebulding, prevention of violence; conflict transformation; human rights, governance  and/or development-related issues;
  • Analytical capacity, including ability to analyse and articulate peace, violence prevention, human security and conflict issues;
  • Ability to identify problems, and to use sound judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve them;
  • Good knowledge of Niger Delta region, including the political, economic and social dimensions;
  • Ability to work under pressure in a highly rewarding, but stressful and demanding environment;
  • Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the field;
  • Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to draft/edit a variety of written reports and communications and to articulate ideas in a clear, concise style;
  • Ability to work independently and plan own work, manage conflicting priorities and deadlines;
  • Team player, able to empower other team members under their supervision and delegate as appropriate;
  • Fully proficient computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications; and
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and collaborative working relations.

Added Advantage:

  • Good knowledge of the local languages will be an asset.
  • Resident of Delta/Bayelsa/Rivers

Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply

 

Job Title: Admin and Logistics Officer, Operations
Location
: Jos, Plateau

Position Summary

  • Search for Common Ground seeks an Admin and Logistics officer to provide administrative and logistics support, liaising closely with the Admin and Logistics team in the other offices and the finance team to ensure good recordkeeping, as well as liaising with the housekeeping staff to support the smooth running of the office.
  • The Admin and Logistics Officer will work under the direct supervision of the Project manager and will be functionally managed by the Admin and Procurement manager based in Abuja.
  • The position holder will supervise the Driver, Cleaner and Office Assistant.
  • The position is full time, based in Jos with frequent visits to the field.

About the Project

  • The overall objective of the Farmers/Herders project ‘Transforming the Farmer-Herder Conflicts and Promoting Freedom of Religions and Belief in Nigeria’s Middle Belt’ is to contribute to preventing violence and the destruction of lives and properties resulting from protracted violent conflicts between farmers and herders while combating impunity and promoting the freedom of religions and belief in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria.
  • The overall goal is supported by three specific objectives which will guide the project’s activities:
    • Objective 1: To increase collaboration between farmer and herder communities to develop joint, effective, sustainable local mechanisms for early warning response, dispute management, and violence prevention and mitigation at the community levels.
    • Objective 2: To strengthen implementation of rule of laws and accountability measures by the government of focal states and relevant federal government institutions to respond to and prevent violence resulting from farmer-herder conflicts at the state levels.
    • Objective 3: To enhance public understanding of the farmer-herder conflicts by promoting conflict sensitive contents and, countering hate speech, stereotypes, biases and negative narratives that fuel violence and countering violent rhetoric.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Liaise with the landlord of the office premises and other operational contacts such as vendors, suppliers and courier services to keep the office fully functional
  • Coordinate package delivery and pick up
  • Ensure that SFCG’s inventory list is updated on regular intervals
  • Develop and oversee safety protocols, including the management of the security company
  • Ensure that the door security system and key management is functioning properly
  • Manage the telephone/intercom/internet system
  • Provide logistical support for meetings and conferences on-site and off-site
  • Respond to general emails and forward to the appropriate members of staff
  • Provide orientation for new staff, visitors or consultants on the use of the general office equipment and other office systems
  • Maintain office equipment and oversee repairs
  • Manage the office fleet and approve any private vehicle hire
  • Oversee vehicle repairs
  • Maintain office logs on travel, inventory and fuel usage for generator, vehicles etc.
  • Prepare travel arrangements, relevant documentation (tickets, visas etc.) and any necessary travel materials (Meeting confirmations, background or reference confirmations)
  • Prepare and submit a monthly logistics report about the above to the Admin and Logistics Coordinator.
  • Coordinate procurement process of goods and services, ensure necessary documentation
  • Maintain and update vendor’s database for necessary goods and services
  • Monitor quality and control cost on various office supplies, stationery, hotel accommodation, transportation and other equipment
  • Provide support to HR where needed
  • Any other function required to undertake broadly in line with above functions.

Other duties:

  • Keep colleagues appraised of developments in own area as appropriate
  • Contribute to staff meetings, and other internal meetings with appropriate content , views
  • and suggestions
  • Fulfill requirements of internal staff management processes including performance reviews, supervisory meetings, etc.
  • Develop strong relationships with all SFCG colleagues and partners to enhance their understanding of admin/logistics and build their knowledge.

Requirements/Qualifications
Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Procurement, Logistics, Management, Human Resource or a related field;

Required Experience:

  • 1-2 years´ professional experience carrying out administrative, logistical and/or operational tasks
  • Experience working in an NGO or civil society is a plus

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Proven interest & commitment to humanitarian and development principles and a demonstrable understanding of conflict/post conflict development contexts
  • Excellent in English (oral and written)
  • Ability to plan, organize work, communicate and reports effectively (both in writing and verbally)
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines; team player and effective communicator,
  • Strong IT skills (Email, Microsoft Office applications, Google Drive, Google Docs, Sheets, Presentation).
  • Demonstrated passion for human rights issues
  • Good reporting capacity and experience
  • Ability to function effectively under stressful conditions such as heavy workloads, and deadlines.

Added Advantage:

  • Good knowledge of the local languages will be an asset.
  • Resident of Jos/Plateau

Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply 

 

Job Title: Operations – Admin and Logistics Coordinator
Locations:
 Delta and (Maiduguri) Borno

Position Summary

  • Search for Common Ground seeks an Administration and Logistics Coordinator who will report to the Admin and Procurement Coordinator. S/he will be responsible for the overall management and maintenance of a well-organized and professional environment at the field office.
  • The Coordinator will ensure that the office is properly furnished and equipped and that all technology systems are properly functioning on an ongoing basis. Works closely with the project team to ensure appropriate infrastructure is in a place to support ongoing project operations.
  • The position will be based either in Delta or Maiduguri . S/he will work under the direct supervision of the Admin and Procurement Manager. S/he will directly supervise the office assistants.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support Admin and Procurement Manager to develop and update administrative policies and guidelines;
  • Supervise and oversee the admin and logistics team in various SFCG offices to ensure smooth functioning of office administration and logistics, including office running and maintenance;
  • Support Admin and Procurement Manager to strengthen administrative systems – identifying gaps, weaknesses and issues and recommending and implementing solutions;
  • Coordinate procurement process of goods and services, and ensure necessary documentation;
  • Maintain and update vendor’s database for necessary goods and services;
  • Monitor quality and control cost on various office supplies, stationary, hotel accommodation, transportations, and other equipment;
  • Coordinate domestic and international travels and logistics arrangements for staff and partners (when required);
  • Manage international visitors, ensure their logistics and brief them on security protocols;
  • Coordinate expat visas and immigration responsibilities for expats and international visitors;
  • Provide support to the Country Director to arrange and coordinate meetings with external stakeholders;
  • Ensure SFCG vehicles are in proper working conditions, serviced regularly and performing efficiently;
  • Develop and oversee workplace safety protocols, and ensure security of office building, premises, asset and equipment, including management oversight of security company in all SFCG field offices;
  • Ensure that SFCG’s inventory list is updated on regular intervals;
  • Keep updated records of administrative activities and organizational documents;
  • Ensure auditability in terms of administrative compliance of the organization and its projects;
  • Coordinate and ensure smooth running of IT systems and infrastructures, which support the connectivity needs of the organization;
  • Put in place systems for data protection;
  • Support in partners’ assessment and capacity building in admin and logistics functions;

Other duties:

  • Keep colleagues appraised of developments in own area as appropriate
  • Contribute to staff meetings, and other internal meetings with appropriate content , views and suggestions
  • Fulfil requirements of internal staff management processes including performance reviews, supervisory meetings, etc.
  • Develop strong relationships with all SEARCH colleagues and partners to enhance their understanding of Admin and logistics and build their knowledge; in particular, develop strong relationships with non-admin and logistics  staff in remote offices, who will be responsible for day-to-day financial reporting and accounting
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.

Qualifications
Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in supply management, public/business administration, management or other relevant field.
  • Training or qualification in Procurement and logistics management is an added advantage

Required Experience:

  • Minimum 3 – 5 years relevant work experience within an NGO, of which 1-2 years should be working with EU and/or US government funds. Experience working within an international NGO is a strong advantage.
  • Experience working with a portfolio of awards from multiple donors
  • Experience preparing for internal audits

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Mastery of Excel is a must
  • Demonstrated knowledge of office administrative procedures within EU and/or US government project office preferable
  • Strong Professionalism in Logistics and supply chain management
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English
  • Self-guided, strong organizational and planning skills
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure
  • Excellent communication, coaching and facilitation skills
  • Proven interest & commitment to humanitarian and development principles and a demonstrable understanding of conflict/post conflict development contexts
  • Ability to plan, organize work, communicate and reports effectively (both in writing and verbally)
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines; team player and effective communicator,
  • Strong IT skills (Email, Microsoft Office applications, Google Drive, Google Docs, Sheets, Presentation).
  • Demonstrated passion for human rights issues
  • Good reporting capacity and experience
  • Ability to function effectively under stressful conditions such as heavy workloads, and deadlines.

Added Advantage:

  • Good knowledge of the local languages will be an asset.
  • Resident of Delta/Rivers/Bayelsa/Maiduguri

Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply

 

 

Job Title: Media Manager
Locations:
 Delta, Bayelsa & Rivers

Position Summary

  • Search for Common Ground seeks a professional, motivated, and creative Media Manager who will develop and implement the media component under the project, under the supervision of the Head of Office and in close coordination with the Project Manager.  Specifically, the Media Manager will manage the media team and the implementation of all the media activities; conduct a media campaign to raise public awareness and knowledge around issues as they relate to the local context of the target States.
  • The position holder will also follow Search’s media programming approach to create high-quality relevant radio programs, that increase public awareness of these issues across the target States and contribute to changing attitudes and challenging stereotypes. The Media Manager will be responsible for overseeing all the radio production and liaising with the partner FM radio stations for broadcasting. The position will be based in Warri, Delta and will include frequent travel to the field.

About The Project
The project goal will be achieved through two specific objectives and corresponding outcomes:

  • Objective 1: Strengthen linkages between citizens and local authorities in the Niger Delta to respond to drivers of violence in the region. Expected outcomes of activities under this objective are:
    • (1.1) People of the Niger Delta, including militants and ex-militants, feel that cooperation between them and local authorities is strengthened;
    • (1.2) Platforms for collaborative response to underlying conflict issues by communities, government, and security are established in eight LGAs.
  • Objective 2: Amplify the voices of key stakeholders, particularly women, youth and marginalized groups to contribute to discussions around regional conflict issues and promote peace in the Niger Delta region. Expected outcomes of activities under this objective are:
    • (2.1) Journalists and civil society organizations increase their capacity to report on elections and manage rumors;
    • (2.2) Increase in the number of voices of women, youth and marginalized groups contributing to discussions on regional conflict issues in the Niger Delta; and
    • (2.3) Increase in public awareness and support for peace in the Niger Delta. Collectively, the activities support the project’s objectives and outcomes and contribute to a more inclusive, grassroots-informed dialogue process aimed at addressing conflict issues and vulnerabilities to violence.

Search believes that this will support a community-owned peace architecture that will contribute to long-term peace and stabilization in the region beyond the lifespan of the project.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for overseeing all the radio production and liaising with the partner FM radio stations for broadcasting.
  • Work with local radio stations to determine contracts for the broadcasting and production of the discussion programs, and promotional jingles
  • Work with the DM&E team to use evaluations of Search’s previous radio discussions to adapt the methodology for the project topics
  • Work closely with the partner radio stations in each state to ensure timely production and broadcasting of all media programming.
  • Ensure the stations are documenting the discussion programs
  • Work with the stations to assess listenership and viewership of the programs and adapt content where needed
  • Work closely with the station to manage the production of the programs and ensure they have the capacity necessary to document and monitor the programs.
  • Oversee the production and broadcast of Radio magazine and radio testimonies
  • Develop relations with media actors
  • Coordinate with the program teams to integrate program messages into media programming streams
  • Contribute to development of implementation methodology for projects;
  • Analyze conflict dynamics and feedback information into program design and implementation
  • Build relationships with stakeholders at national and local levels ;
  • Develop workshop/training curricula and facilitate trainings and workshops ;
  • Develop proposals for on-going and new projects ;
  • Write narrative reports of the media projects and media components
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Managing Media Projects, Programs and Media Teams; including television and radio production;

Required Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in peace building, conflict, security studies, political or social science, international studies, public administration, development studies and experience in a related area. Master’s degree preferable.
  • Demonstrated expertise in producing television and radio programs, feature films and/or documentaries;
  • Track record in delivering effective media/communications/advocacy strategies in support of  campaigns and advocacy programmes;

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Understand opportunities in key Nigeria media markets and thorough understanding of requirements of different kinds of media i.e. print, radio, and online;
  • Knowledge of civil society organisations, government agencies, private sector companies and international development agencies, with experience of working in partnership within some of these sectors;
  • Written and verbal communications skills including the ability to synthesise complicated policy issues into digestible products and to deal with both elite and popular media and specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • Experience of partnership building, with experience of influencing stakeholders and establishing and maintaining strong partnerships;
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and strong interpersonal skills;
  • Commitment to SFCG’s aims and a clear understanding of the links between policy, lobbying, campaigning and media work and of how policy change can be achieved through effective advocacy;
  • Organisational skills and attention to detail;
  • Ability to responding flexibly to opportunities and requests sometime with little notice;
  • Ability to manage competing priorities in a rapidly changing environment;
  • Demonstrate capacity to adapt to a multi-cultural context, and tolerance and respect to issues related to gender, religion, race and nationality;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism and solves problems in collaborative ways

Added Advantage:

  • Good knowledge of the local languages will be an asset.
  • Resident of Delta/Bayelsa/Rivers.

Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply

 

 

Job Title: Project Officer
Locations:
 Warri, Bayelsa, Rivers

Position Summary

  • The Project Officer is to provide programmatic support, including planning, organizing, and coordinating communication and project activities. The position is full time, based in Niger Delta with frequent field visits within and outside the State.
  • The position holder will work under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator and closely with the project team.

Roles and Responsibilities
Support the timely and successful implementation of activities:

  • Assist in planning, organizing, and coordinating program activities
  • Manage budgets, activities and ensure proper use of the activities’ fund in full compliance of Search’s policies
  • Coordinate and arrange all logistics for various meetings, and trainings, including invitations, venue, participants travel and accommodation;
  • Facilitate dialogue sessions and meetings with relevant actors
  • Participate to radio programs when delegated

Create and nurture positive working relationship with relevant stakeholders:

  • Provide support to the Project Coordinator in identifying key relevant stakeholders;
  • Develop and nurture relations with relevant state, NGO, religious bodies and other stakeholders at the local, state and national level;
  • Create and maintain a database of all relevant contacts
  • Communicate with relevant project stakeholders and mobilize them to ensure their participation to the project’s activities
  • Represent Search to local authorities meetings, when delegated

Contribute to reporting efforts:

  • Keep track of project progress and feed in Search’s monitoring and evaluation system;
  • Writing and producing reports that include but not limited to activity reports, context updates, monthly reports, quarterly reports, success stories, and case studies;
  • Analyze the context within the scope of the project and provide inputs for regular context updates;

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Peace Building, Conflict, Security Studies, Political or Social Science, International Studies, Public Administration, Development Studies and experience in a related area;

Required Experience

  • Minimum three years of progressively responsible professional experience in peace, conflict transformation, violence prevention, governance, civil society strengthening
  • Experience assisting in the coordination and management of projects, programmatically and financially;

Other Relevant Requirements

  • Demonstrate integrity, alignment with Search’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promote the vision, mission, and strategic objectives of Search;
  • Capacity to adapt to a multi-cultural context, and tolerance and respect to issues related to gender, religion, race and nationality;
  • Excellent ability to multi-task and produce time-bound deliverables.
  • Expertise in writing reports and success stories; and
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism and solves problems in collaborative ways.
  • Analytical capacity, including ability to analyse and articulate peace, violence prevention, human security and conflict issues;
  • Ability to identify problems, and to use sound judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve them;
  • Good knowledge of Niger Delta region, including the political, economic and social dimensions;
  • Ability to work under pressure in a highly rewarding, but stressful and demanding environment;
  • Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the field;
  • Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to draft/edit a variety of written reports and communications and to articulate ideas in a clear, concise style;
  • Ability to work independently and plan own work, manage conflicting priorities and deadlines;
  • Team player, able to empower other team members under their supervision and delegate as appropriate;
  • Fully proficient computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications; and
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and collaborative working relations.

Added Advantage:

  • Good knowledge of the local languages will be an asset.
  • Resident of Delta/Bayelsa/Rivers

Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply

 

 

Job Title: Finance Manager
Location: 
Abuja, Nigeria

Position Summary

  • Search for Common Ground seeks a Finance Manager who will report to the Director of Finance and Administration (DFA). He/she will oversee the financial aspect of the programs by ensuring that accounts are up to date and that the respective grants meet the requirements of both the funders and SFCG.
  • S/He will maintain accounting systems, provide financial analysis and other key management reports, and will provide assistance with budget preparation.
  • S/he will directly supervise the Field Finance coordinators and ensure the finance support function is effectively delivered. S/He would be reviewing procurement supporting documentation and conducting periodic compliance reviews. In addition, s/he would handle payroll and preparation of the consolidated Monthly Financial Reports, carry out account reconciliations and prepare Budget v Actual reports for monthly review with Project Coordinators.
  • The ideal candidate will have proven experience in financial and grant management in the INGO, nonprofit sector, financial statement preparation and analysis, accounting system implementation, design and workflows. She/he directly supervises the Finance and Accounts team and will work closely with Project coordinators and other team leads in Abuja and the Finance team in Washington. The position is full time, based in Abuja with frequent visits to the other offices.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Supervise the Field Finance coordinators to ensure effective service delivery
  • Ensure proper documentation of transactions are kept in line with financial policies
  • Ensure all financial documents are stored in hard copies and backed up by scanning into our backup system.
  • Identify potential shortfalls in funding and alert the Director Finance and Administration and Programme managers.
  • Supervise and maintain Country Office’s cash management, optimal bank balance, bank reconciliation
  • Monitoring currency gain /loss by recording and reconciling them on a daily basis
  • Monitoring of funds to ensure availability for disbursements
  • Ensure timely reconciliation of bank accounts, advances, partner accounts, accruals, payroll, severance and ensuring that data in books match data in the system (GP) on a monthly basis
  • Correspond with local bank and donors on all financial operational matters
  • Ensure regulatory reports and Tax obligations are properly prepared and timely reported
  • Support the fundraising team with review/design of budgets of new proposals prior to submission to donors taking into account SFCG budgeting policy.
  • Prepare Monthly Financial Reports (MFR) for review by the DFA and upload into the Global Finance system
  • Ensure the Balance Sheet is reviewed and a schedule of outstanding balances is prepared and send to the DFA for review
  • Prepare Budget Vs Actual Project reports and ensure monthly meetings are done with Project coordinators
  • Support the preparation of all new projects internal budgets for the Director Finance and Admin to review and upload on the Finance software.
  • Prepare and organize internal and external audits
  • Ensure SFCG and its partners have practices and policies that support easy audits
  • Facilitate timely audit and responses to auditors, both local and at headquarters
  • The position holder will conduct him/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to SFCG and to not jeopardize its mission and objectives;

Other duties:

  • Keep colleagues appraised of developments in own area as appropriate
  • Contribute to staff meetings, and other internal meetings with appropriate content, views and suggestions
  • Fulfill requirements of internal staff management processes including performance reviews, supervisory meetings, etc.
  • Develop strong relationships with all SFCG colleagues and partners to enhance their understanding of admin/logistics and build their knowledge.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.

Qualifications
Education:

  • Master’s degree in finance, business administration or accounting required.
  • Professional qualification in accounting (ACCA, CPA or equivalent)

Required Experience:

  • Minimum 5 – 7 years relevant work experience within an NGO, of which three years should be working with EU and/or US government funds. Experience working within an international NGO is a strong advantage.
  • Experience managing a portfolio of awards from multiple donors
  • Experience preparing for internal audits and implementing audit recommendations

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Mastery of Excel is a must
  • Demonstrated ability to build capacity and lead trainings for staff and partners.
  • Proven ability to be an effective supervisor of staff of varying levels of responsibility
  • Proven ability in setting up and implementing accountability mechanisms
  • Proven ability in financial planning and developing budgets for new business
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English
  • Self-guided, strong organizational and planning skills
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure
  • Excellent communication, coaching and facilitation skills
  • Ability to travel up to 30% within Nigeria.
  • Proven interest & commitment to humanitarian and development principles and a demonstrable understanding of conflict/post conflict development contexts
  • Ability to plan, organize work, communicate and reports effectively (both in writing and verbally)
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines; team player and effective communicator,
  • Strong IT skills (Email, Microsoft Office applications, Google Drive, Google Docs, Sheets, Presentation).
  • Demonstrated passion for human rights issues
  • Good reporting capacity and experience
  • Ability to function effectively under stressful conditions such as heavy workloads, and deadlines.

Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply

 

 

Job Title: Project Manager
Locations:
 Delta (Warri), Bayelsa, Rivers

Position Summary

  • Search for Common Ground seeks a professional, motivated, and creative Project Manager that will work with Search’s program teams to design and implement Search strategy for the project and ensuring that the project addresses real needs and contribute to the organization’s national, management; team regional and global strategies.
  • The position entails project logic and strategy development and leadership and management; project development and management; financial, operations, and administration oversight for the project; security management; stakeholder and representation.
  • The position requires an experienced conflict transformation, peace building or development expert, conversant with project management cycles and compliance requirements of German funded grants.
  • The position holder must be a planner and experienced conflict and context analyst capable of steering various project activities in the Niger Delta to respond to real peace, security and conflict transformation needs.
  • The Project Manager must have good diplomacy skills and capable of negotiating with challenging stakeholders. The position holder advises the Head of Office, Niger Delta on project needs, strategies, staffing issues, local context and dynamics.
  • S/he will work under the direct supervision of the Head of Office, Niger Delta and closely with the Media Advisor, Finance unit, DMEL unit and the project unit. The position holder will supervise State project coordinators, Project Officers, and interns.

About The Project
The project goal will be achieved through two specific objectives and corresponding outcomes:

Objective 1 – Strengthen linkages between citizens and local authorities in the Niger Delta to respond to drivers of violence in the region. Expected outcomes of activities under this objective are:

  • People of the Niger Delta, including militants and ex-militants, feel that cooperation between them and local authorities is strengthened;
  • Platforms for collaborative response to underlying conflict issues by communities, government, and security are established in eight LGAs.

Objective 2 – Amplify the voices of key stakeholders, particularly women, youth and marginalized groups to contribute to discussions around regional conflict issues and promote peace in the Niger Delta region. Expected outcomes of activities under this objective are:

  • Journalists and civil society organizations increase their capacity to report on elections and manage rumors;
  • Increase in the number of voices of women, youth and marginalized groups contributing to discussions on regional conflict issues in the Niger Delta; and
  • Increase in public awareness and support for peace in the Niger Delta. Collectively, the activities support the project’s objectives and outcomes and contribute to a more inclusive, grassroots-informed dialogue process aimed at addressing conflict issues and vulnerabilities to violence.

Search believes that this will support a community-owned peace architecture that will contribute to long-term peace and stabilization in the region beyond the lifespan of the project.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Ensure a conscious program approach in line with the “Common Ground” principles.
  • Contribute creative ideas for program development
  • Lead in the implementation of the project objective, providing sound methodological and technical support to ensure use of participatory methodologies, human rights and social cohesion and trauma healing programming approach.
  • 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 project resources to ensure the highest level of project quality and accountability, while fostering continuity through building capacity of local partners and developing innovative program interventions;
  • Facilitate trainings, researches, and learning of cross-cutting relevance to the program.
  • 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 staff, coordinate project reviews, evaluations, and follow up implementation of evaluation findings in close collaboration with the Design, Monitoring and Evaluation (DM&E) Coordinator, key project staff, and the Head of Office Niger Delta Nigeria.
  • Coordinate the production of timely and quality program reports in line with SFCG, and donor requirements;
  • Verify and analyze work-plans, progress reports, final reports and other data for clarity, consistency and completeness.
  • Ensure close monitoring of the political, social and security environment in project target area.
  • Establishes an effective project team to implement the project’s activities, while benefiting from Search core team technical and administrative support.
  • Works with the project implementation staff to build appropriate strategy for the rollout of the project.
  • Develops regular and quarterly reports detailing progress in line with funder and Search guidelines and requirements
  • Follows up and documents success stories and lessons learned and share them with the management on a regular basis.
  • Establishes and manages partnerships both at the central and local level.
  • Establishes good working relations with relevant stakeholders for the effective implementation of the project including government offices and officials at central, governorate, district and local level.

Coordination and Representation:

  • Develop and maintains proactive, positive, and professional relationships with partner organizations, other NGOS, donors, clients, and key government officials, local authorities, and civil society working on relevant issues to the project.
  • Represent the Head of Office Niger Delta on various INGO, Government and stakeholder meetings or platforms whenever assigned to do so.
  • Maintains regular written and oral reporting to the Head of Office on key country, project, security and staff issues.
  • Oversees general project HR affairs in line with Search-Nigeria guidelines and in coordination with Search Country HR.

Team Management and Human Resources:

  • Provide leadership and oversight to program staff and all partners charged with implementing the program.
  • Manage an operational team to supervise project’s activities implementation in the target area in compliance with local laws and organizational policies and procedures, including the management and evaluation of a diverse staff.
  • Ensures the implementation of project on-time and within budget.
  • Ensures compliance with Search Operations Manual policies and procedures.
  • Provide Coaching and Counseling advice to project staff when necessary and lead initiatives to develop staff capacity.

Financial Planning, Management and compliance:

  • Oversees the management of project budgets, ensuring timely grant reporting and compliance with contract and donor guidelines in coordination with Head of Office- Niger Delta, Admin and Procurement Manager and 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;
  • Carry out monthly budget versus expenditures analysis, make budget projections and keep up with the targeted burn rates for the project.
  • Ensure that adequate internal control mechanisms are in place for the specific project.

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Peace Building, Conflict, Security Studies, Political or Social Science, International Studies, Public Administration, Development Studies and experience in a related area. Master’s degree preferable.
  • Additional extensive training in at least one of the areas of SFCG thematic work- Peace building, conflict transformation and resolution is an added advantage.

Required Experience

  • A minimum of 5 – 7 years experience in managing programs with a special focus on crisis prevention, stabilization and post conflict construction
  • Experience working in a diverse team and in an NGO. Experience in an INGO is a plus
  • Experience managing projects, programmatically and financially;
  • Experience leading and managing teams.

Other Relevant Requirements

  • Demonstrate integrity, alignment with Search’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promote the vision, mission, and strategic objectives of Search;
  • Capacity to adapt to a multi-cultural context, and tolerance and respect to issues related to gender, religion, race and nationality;
  • Excellent ability to multi-task and produce time-bound deliverables.
  • Expertise in writing reports and success stories; and
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism and solves problems in collaborative ways.
  • Knowledge of and prior exposure to a wide range peace; community peacebulding, prevention of violence; conflict transformation; human rights, governance  and/or development-related issues;
  • Analytical capacity, including ability to analyse and articulate peace, violence prevention, human security and conflict issues;
  • Ability to identify problems, and to use sound judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve them;
  • Good knowledge of Niger Delta region, including the political, economic and social dimensions;
  • Ability to work under pressure in a highly rewarding, but stressful and demanding environment;
  • Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the field;
  • Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to draft/edit a variety of written reports and communications and to articulate ideas in a clear, concise style;
  • Ability to work independently and plan own work, manage conflicting priorities and deadlines;
  • Team player, able to empower other team members under their supervision and delegate as appropriate;
  • Fully proficient computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications; and
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and collaborative working relations.

Added Advantage:

  • Good knowledge of the local languages will be an asset.
  • Resident of Delta/Bayelsa/Rivers.

Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply

Application Procedure

  • Candidate are to send the following during the application process
  • Current Resume
  • Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date)

 

 

Application Deadline 30th November, 2018.

Note

  • Please note that the system only has the functionality to upload two documents per application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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