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Job Openings at Search for Common Ground (SFCG), 11th December, 2019

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Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes the peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, Search’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict – away from destructive approaches towards cooperative solutions. With more than 600 staff worldwide, Search implements projects in more than 30 countries across the globe.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

 

Job Title: Safety and Security Officer

Location: Niger Delta

Position Summary
We are searching for…

  •  Search Nigeria is seeking a Safety and Security Officer who will be responsible for implementing all policies and procedures regarding security & safety and promoting its day to day management for Search in the Niger Delta.
  • They will continuously assess the safety / security environment and devise risk reduction measures as needed in coordination with Safety and Security Manager (SSM).
  • This full-time position is for 5 months initially, and subject to performance and funding availability may be extended for up to a year.
  • The Safety and Security Officer will be based in our Delta or Bayelsa office with frequent travel to the field. S/he will report to the Safety and Security Manager and work closely with the Head of Offices (HOOs) of each region and the Admin/Procurement Manager.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Work closely with SSM to ensure security strategies for Search Nigeria and that response are appropriate and aligned with regional and global priorities.
  • Deliver oversight of security prevention, preparation, and response and recovery activities, particularly in their respective offices and to counter threats emerging from changing political, social and economic situations.
  • Support in developing, reviewing and ensuring effective implementation of the Search Nigeria Security Management Plans, SOPs/Contingency Plans, including a security plan in assigned offices, together with key staff
  • Ensure that all safety and security management systems are in line with existing Search security policy, protocol and approach
  • Implement and ensure effective monitoring of a personnel and vehicle tracking system in each office.
  • Support the SSM in planning and implementing risk mitigation strategies (acceptance, deterrence,
  • Ensure that appropriate safety and security systems are in place to provide timely and accurate security information to all staff members and visitors.
  • Provide crisis management support (evacuation and hibernation) as required.
  • Be readily available at all times to the HOOs and field staff to advise on security developments.
  • Maintain an updated Search staff contact list and security notification tree and test the tree on a regular basis.
  • Conduct regular site visits to field sites to assess safety/security arrangements.
  • SSO will work closely with Search program staff to facilitate easy access to program location, conduct regular security risk assessment of  Search program location and facilities
  • The SSO will further assist the SSM in building up the capacity, awareness and preparedness of staff to deal with security-related risks, threats and incidents through the delivery of high quality, regular trainings or briefings to staff   and Search visitors within the area of responsibility
  • Supervise and liaise on a daily basis with the contracted guards to ensure the guard force is trained and aware of Search SOPs and are effectively enforcing the required regulations.

Analysis:

  • Report, analyze and communicate current socio-political context and the security situation and the wider context (country, region, global trends as applicable).
  • Ensure compliance with the incident reporting system, prepare weekly reports for the Field offices and update data on available incident data tools.
  • and ensuring that the incident register is updated regularly.
  • Conduct ongoing threat assessments and compile daily/weekly situation reports/monthly security analysis and ensures that the information is shared in a timely manner.

Networking:

  • She/He will develop a wide web of relevant contacts of stakeholders to engage with positively to address access challenges, collate and disseminate relevant security information
  • Attend security & emergency related briefings and meetings and share security-related information with third-party security and risk management service providers.
  • 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 Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science or a related discipline

Required Experience:

  • 2-3 years of relevant experience at the national or international NGOs in safety and security functions
  • Experience in liaising with communities, civilians, police and/or military government authorities as well as with regional institutions preferred.

Other Requirements:

  • Resident in Delta or Bayelsa state is an added advantage
  • Excellent negotiation and representation skills and the ability to work comfortably with an ethnically diverse staff in a very sensitive environment.
  • Good context analysis skills.
  • Competent and literate in the local language of North East/ Niger Delta Nigeria, verbal and written, with a sound knowledge of technical expressions
  • Willingness to travel at short notice, and often in difficult circumstances.
  • Highly organized and systematic with excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Excellent cross-cultural communication and working skills enjoys a multicultural work environment;
  • Ability in Training and facilitation skill using different training media
  • Ability to conduct regular mock drills in all offices (e.g. fire drill, evacuation, etc.)

 

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

Job Title: Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator

Location: Jos, Plateau

Position Summary

  • The Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator supports the design, development, and implementation of a monitoring and evaluation system within the assigned area.
  • S/he gathers, analyzes, and processes complex information related to all aspects of program activity implementation.
  • The incumbent carries out his/her work according to an established standard operating procedure for collecting data, monitoring project progress and measuring program inputs/outputs.
  • This position would be based in Jos, Plateau state, with frequent travel to the field within the respective regions.
  • In Jos, s/he will line managed by the Head of Office and functionally managed by the Associate Manager.

Roles and Responsibilities
Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Coordinate weekly with Associate DMEL Manager to determine priority tasks.
  • Ensure the state team is aware of and up to date on all DMEL tasks and reports.
  • Conduct site visits during the project implementation phase in assigned areas.
  • In concert with the Associate DMEL Manager, develop Monitoring and Evaluation plans for field-level Activities .
  • Implement Search M&E standards around project planning meetings, data collection tools, monitoring missions as required.
  • Produce a “routine monitoring report” (RMR) according to an approved template for each site visit prior to the indicator verification visit.
  • Identify lessons learned, constraints, and project impacts based on determined theme and/or sector for inclusion in Monthly and Quarterly Reports.
  • Share observations from monitoring visits with Associate DMEL Manager when findings demonstrate questionable actions.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for Media & Communications office when developing impact assessments, success stories, newsletters and weekly reporting.
  • Undertake comprehensive analysis of projects based on history of site visits; present findings to Associate DMEL Manager in a concise and professional manner.
  • Support quality, conflict sensitive, innovative and effective DMEL process in Bayelsa;
  • Implementing SFCG M&E standards around project planning meetings, baseline studies, listenership surveys, data collection processes, monitoring missions and evaluations in the Bayelsa;
  • Coordinate monthly and quarterly reflection and learning sessions with Search Staff in the State offices.
  • Represent the program positively and professionally in both internal and external environments.
  • Participate in professional training and development activities, as necessary.

Strategic Objectives:

  • Collection of case studies and success stories across the projects suitable for external audiences
  • Conduct project monitoring visits on a regular basis and report findings to the project teams and DM&E team through spot checks with project volunteers,
  • Maintenance of up to date databases and indicator tracking table of the project capturing progress against target.
  • Conduct/Support monthly review and quarterly project reflection meetings for projects within your jurisdiction.
  • Conduct Quarterly DQA and share report on a quarterly basis.
  • Support evaluations for all projects within your jurisdiction
  • 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
Educational Background:

  • University degree is required; University degree in International Development, Social Science, Economics, or a related field is desired.
  • Training in Data Collection, Results-Based Accountability, Approaches to Evaluation

Years of Experience:

  • Minimum of three years’ experience in field monitoring, evaluation design, empirical and statistical analysis, management information systems and/or information management design is required. Masters’ degree is a plus.
  • Supervisory responsibilities in previous roles

Other Requirements:

  • Resident in Plateau state is an added advantage
  • Proficiency at using Microsoft office software: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc. is required.
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills;
  • 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.
  • Attention to detail and ability to follow up on tasks to completion is required.
  • Experience of working in a conflict environment is a plus.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English is required.
  • Fluency in one or more of the local state languages in the Bayelsa part of Nigeria is required.

 

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Important Information
Interested candidates should send the following to our Career Portal.

  • Current resume
  • Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date)
  • Please compile your writing sample and resume into one document as the system only has the functionality to upload two documents per application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Note

  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website: www.sfcg.org​for full details of our work.
  • Search for Common Ground (Search) is an international non-profit organization that promotes the peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, Search’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict – away from destructive approaches towards cooperative solutions. With more than 600 staff worldwide, Search implements projects in more than 30 countries across the globe.

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