Job Vacancies at Search for Common Ground (SFCG)

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: Regional Program Manager for Lake Chad Basin – West Africa or Nigeria Country Office

Location: Nigeria
Employment Type: Full-Time

Position Summary

  • The Regional Program Manager aims to ensure excellence in performance in all areas of program implementation for specific programs (TBD) in full compliance with SFCG and donor rules and regulations. By supporting the country teams in the Lake Chad Basin conflict geography (Nigeria, Eastern Niger, Cameroon) measuring their performance using specific and agreed-upon program implementation and quality measurement tools, the Regional Program Manager shares a diagnosis of country programs’ strengths and weaknesses with the Regional Director. This diagnosis will be based on the efficacy and effort by the country team in utilizing organizational tools.
  • Based on this diagnosis, priorities for each country program are set with the Regional Director. This is done in a manner which consistently builds capacity, strengthens lines of accountability, and enables and inspires talent at all levels within the country program.
  • Accountability of the performance in managing the awards remains with the Country Director, who is supervised by the Regional Director. The Regional Director thus focuses more so on strategic development, new business development, and management of the senior country team.
  • The Regional Programme Manager will also support the operationalization of the Lake Chad Basin conflict geography strategy.

Roles and Responsibilities
Key area 1: Program Implementation:

  • Under the supervision of the Regional Director, the Regional Program Manager supports in the timely, effective and compliant implementation of projects in-country. Areas of focus will be dependent on the strengths and weaknesses of each country program as determined by the Regional Director and the Regional Program Manager, but will include the following:
  • Ensure that basic SFCG program implementation tools are being used and shared, including start-up and close-out protocols, cost work plans, operational budgets, BvA meetings, and quarterly work plans.
  • Encourage standards of excellence, a reflective, learning, and adaptive culture, with the strengthening of capacities and systems to enable this culture;
  • Support programs in using organizational best practices in the use of tools and methodologies to implement the program activities, and identify capacity building needs for in-country staff; provide technical inputs on projects when applicable and appropriate, and/or mobilize technical support on key areas (eg. Training tools, media products, etc.)
  • Support programs to speak to results, encouraging an implementation logic that focuses on the objectives of a project and seeks to capture the change as per the theory of change. Facilitating collaboration with ILT when needed.
  • Based on a sharing of the reports between the PM and the Business Development team (including in-country Program Associates), review and edit reports of country programs prior to submission. Use Quarterly Report Scorecard to track ongoing improvements in staff capacity in reporting; design coaching and capacity building to improve capacity.
  • Liaise with any of Search’s HQ departments when appropriate to facilitate collaboration and troubleshoot issues; Collaborate with the Institutional Learning Team, the Communications Team, and the IT department, to assist in their provision of pertinent and timely support to programs where they have direct budgets;
  • Quickly identify obstacles to timely delivery of quality programs and work with country teams and Regional Director and RC to solve obstacles creatively and rapidly. This includes assessing the risks related to overall program performance, as well as the efficacy of SFCG procedures, tools, and guidelines.
  • Mobilize and monitor short term consultants when appropriate and delegated by the Regional Director.
  • Travel to field offices to provide in-country support as needed. Participate in key project and program launch and closeout meetings, key program events, and workshops.

Key area 2: Grants and Operations Management:

  • Track the performance of each country management teams in their implementation of grants, the achievement of program and spending targets, and meeting of reporting deadlines for feedback to the RD. Ongoing coaching of the teams to improve performance in all of these areas.
  • In collaboration with Country Directors, Finance Managers, and Project Managers actively monitor burn rates to ensure that grants are spent out to 90% according to grant agreements and SFCG’s grant management policy.
  • Work in collaboration with specific units in HQ to ensure complete grant documentation, agreement review, and signing, budget realignments, cost extensions, etc. as well as grant closure.
  • Engage the support of other departments as needed to solve problems and provide support to country teams in addressing grant management challenges.
  • Contribute to the ongoing improvement of grant management tools, including grant status tracking, donor requirements, and regulations, burn rate monitoring, report compilation and collection, and SFCG policy and donor regulations.
  • Assume interim leadership roles in-country programs when appropriate and timely.

Key area 3: New Business Development:

  • Although the Regional Program Manager is not the lead in the business development, the Regional Program Manager will at times be delegated to take on specific pieces of large and strategic proposals, such as engaging and negotiating with local or international partners in the development of a consortium.

Key area 4: External relations, communications & visibility:

  • Be a focal point where delegated on donor communications, working together with the team to clarify information, follow-through on requests;
  • Liaise with ILT, GAP, and Communications to enhance the visibility of the region, through back-stopping on success stories and other data reflecting the change and transformation of our work.
  • 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 responsibilities.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field.


  • Willingness to travel on a regular basis (up to 50%) and live in challenging contexts;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work with a diverse team, with attention to mentorship and professional development of staff;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and French required;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in working in implementation and/or program support, with a preference for a focus on conflict transformation and/or international development
  • Experience with grants management, including with EU, DFID, USG, or UN;
  • Experience in the relevant region;

Behavioral Competencies:

  • Working with People. The ability to respect the views and contributions of other team members; shows empathy, listens, supports; consults others and shares information and expertise, builds team spirit and adapts to the team.
  • Flexibility.  The ability to adapt to changing circumstances and priorities, to tolerate ambiguity, to adapt personal style to different people and situations.
  • Drive for Results and Efficiency. The ability to set quality standards, monitor, and maintain quality of work, and set goals to achieve continuous improvement.
  • Relationship Management. The ability to manage interactions, to provide service and to support the organization while building an effective internal and external network.
  • Consultation. The ability to provide guidance to organizational stakeholders while applying creative problem-solving to address business needs.
  • Leadership and Navigation. The ability to manage and contribute to initiatives and processes within the organization while making progress toward change and continuous improvement.
  • Communication. The ability to effectively exchange information with others, to effectively deliver critical information, to gather information and communicate with others.
  • Global and Cultural Effectiveness. The ability to value and consider the perspectives and backgrounds of all parties and be able to work cross-culturally.
  • Ethical Practice. The ability to integrate Search vision, mission and core values, integrity and accountability throughout all organizational and business practices.
  • Critical Evaluation. The ability to interpret information to make business decisions and recommendations based on keen analysis, best practices and an understanding of preferred outcomes.
  • Business Acumen. The ability to understand and apply information to contribute to the organization’s strategic plan.
  • Developing others. The ability to provide support to enhance performance and professional growth.

Commitment to Search Values:

  • Shared Humanity – Empathy – Impartiality –  Inclusivity –  Courage –  Hope – Humility – Audacity.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Job Title: Admin and Logistics Coordinator

Location: Maiduguri, Borno

Position Summary

  • The Admin and logistics Coordinator has the responsibility of ensuring that procurement processes at the country and field office levels are being done in line with Search procurement policies and that the office has available fleet of vehicles to support program activities in the NorthEast region.
  • S/he will ensure that the fixed assets at the field office are managed in line with the asset management guidelines and records are properly maintained and verified quarterly. S/he will also ensure that the stores are well managed with records properly maintained.
  • The position holder will be line managed by the Head of Office North East and functionally managed by the Procurement, Admin and Logistics Manager.
  • The Position holder will have supervisory responsibilities over the Admin and logistics staff in the North East. The position is based in Maiduguri with frequent travel to the field.

Roles and Responsibilities
Administration and Logistics Management:

  • Ensure that proper administration and logistics systems and procedures are followed in every office administration and management.
  • Provide oversight and supervision to admin and logistics staff in the North East to ensure  smooth functioning of office administration, including office running and maintenance;
  • Provide ongoing daily mentoring and guidance to staff in logistics and administration in the North East as they develop and implement their own work programs;
  • Supervise the management of all assets and report any incident relating to assets that might require insurance claims. .
  • Implement office management manual and guidelines and manages internal communications in the North East.
  • Supports staff travel including visas, advances, transport, and accommodations needs
  • Work within the budgets drawn up for all projects and activities, manage spending within budgets, and provide justifications for variances to the Country Finance Manager.
  • Liaise with regional teams, ensuring regional priorities and logistics policies and procedures are understood and applied effectively.
  • Ensure timely and effective compliance with all government approval and other accountability mechanisms, and provide a central point of liaison for the government.
  • Attend logistics cluster meetings and other key coordination meetings in Maiduguri on a regular basis.

Procurement Management:

  • Work closely with program team to develop quarterly/annually procurement plans (based on quarterly distribution plans and annual work plan) to ensure timely availability of the products for program activities.
  • Update the monthly budget estimation and tracking to the Finance Department.
  • Track and evaluate vendor performance and improvements related to pricing, contractual terms, and/or scope of services.
  • Ensure prompt and correct filing of procurement-related documents both hard and e-copy.
  • Supervise the procurement products including IEC materials, promotional items etc.
  • Supervise monthly stock reconciliation
  • Regularly update service level and lease agreement trackers.
  • Maintain a system for centralized management of all contracts including service contracts and production contracts.
  • Review terms of reference to ensure the quality of inputs to be procured
  • Work with suppliers/agencies in the selection of the most qualified and cost effective vendors.

Security Administration:

  • Work closely with the security unit and senior leadership teams to ensure security strategies for Search Nigeria and that response are appropriate and aligned with regional and global priorities.
  • 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.


  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in Business administration, finance, procurement, logistics or supply chain management. Master’s degree and professional qualification in the relevant field is an added advantage.

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in a similar role.
  • Minimum of 2 years of managerial experience with a minimum of 3 direct reports.
  • Experience working in a diverse team and in an NGO. Experience in an INGO is a plus.
  • Experience on management of donor-funded development projects is required


  • Good knowledge of additional local languages will be an asset.
  • Resident in Maiduguri  is an added advantage

Other Relevant Requirement:

  • 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.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a highly rewarding, but stressful and demanding environment;
  • Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the field;
  • 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;
  • 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.


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


Job Title: Project Coordinator

Location: Benue

Position Summary

  • Search for Common Ground seeks professional, motivated, and creative State Project coordinators to be responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of the ‘Transforming the Farmer-Herder Conflicts and Promoting Freedom of Religions and Belief in Nigeria’s Middle Belt” project in the state. The project coordinator will report to SFCG’s Senior Program Manager and will cooperate with partners to launch a state project designed to Transforming the Farmer-Herder Conflicts and Promoting Freedom of Religions and Belief in Nigeria’s Middle Belt.
  • S/he will support the implementation process of this project and ensure that the activities are executed as planned and within the timeframe and are of highest quality; coordinate with the project participants and ensure the logistics of all the events go smoothly; and prepare monthly progress and quarterly reports. S/he will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Program Manager and work in close coordination with other project coordinators under the Project. The position will be based in Benue and will include frequent travels 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.

Roles and Responsibilities
Program Planning:

  • 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;
  • Works with the SPM to monitor and manage the projects’ costed work-plans, 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.
  • Works with the SPM and media coordinators to develop and implement a costed work plan for the project;
  • Work closely with the Design, Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning (DMEL) Manager to monitor and track project’s progress and draw out results, success stories and lessons learned;
  • Work closely with the Communications team to capture the stories and highlight the outcome and results of the project;
  • Ensure that the project meets all its deliverables on time and the expected results are of high quality;
  • Develop and nurture relations with relevant state, NGO, religious bodies and other stakeholders at the national, regional and state level;
  • Analyze the context within the scope of the project and provide inputs for regular context updates;
  • Writing and producing reports that include but not limited to context updates, monthly reports, quarterly reports, success stories, and case studies;

Program Monitoring & Evaluation:

  • In collaboration with M&E officer, assist with the implementation and development of Monitoring and Evaluation tools;

Financial Management:

  • S/He will ensure successful management of the budget for community/LGA level activities:
  • Financial request for community/LGA level activities
  • Retirement and financial report

Documentation and Reporting:

  • Produce activity and monthly reports
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the line manager.

Representation and Coordinator:

  • Under guidance of the SPM, represents Search in Benue and Nasarawa State
  • Provides orientation of Search at local level and supervises all staff in the Benue office
  • Responsible for the upkeep and office administration


  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Arts, Development Studies or related field;

Required Experience:

  • At least 3 years of professional experience in project cycle management, coordinating project activities, outreach, and/or advocacy;
  • Experience working in peacebuilding projects will be an added advantage;
  • Past working experience in the project state with CSOs and relevant state actors

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Resident in Benue state is an added advantage
  • Ability to speak Hausa and Tiv,  the local languages is a plus
  • A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace; and
  • Ability to prioritize, plan and organize workflow, handle multiple tasks, and be flexible with changing priorities.
  • Familiar with the Common Ground Approach


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. These positions 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.

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


Job Title: Senior Program Associate

Location: Abuja
Employment Type: Full-Time

Job Summary

  • We are looking for a Senior Program Associate will work from SFCG offices to develop and submit high quality donor proposals and tender bids that are aligned with SFCG’s priorities and demonstrate impact.
  • S/he will be responsible for supporting the Country Director in overseeing reporting, reviewing project content and approaches, and leading new business development for the country program.
  • S/he must be proactive in identifying new and nontraditional sources of funding from a range of institutional donors and working with SFCG’s country staff and other fundraising teams to leverage SFCG’s funding prospects.
  • S/he builds the capacity of SFCG country offices to develop and manage strategic consortium partnerships with other NGOs. This position will involve field visits.
  • The position will report to the Country Director, supervise the report officers and work closely with the Head of Offices and Project Managers.

Key Area 1: Project Reporting:

  • Develop and update Nigeria programme donor reporting calendar and report tracking system;
  • Coordinate project reporting for all active projects by developing and setting internal report development, review processes and internal deadlines;
  • Work with project teams to review, edit, and finalise results-oriented project reports;
  • Support Country Director, Head of Offices and project teams to develop “success stories” from project activities and documenting project impact;
  • Build the capacity of the project teams to write high quality results-oriented reports.

Key Area 2: Business Development:

  • Support the Country Director and Heads of Offices in leading proposal development process including consultations, programme design, and proposal writing;
  • Liaise with finance teams to develop proposal budgets;
  • Liaise with design, monitoring and evaluation (DM&E) plus communication and learning teams to include DM&E and communications plans and strategies in proposals;
  • Coordinate with regional team to ensure proposal budget compliance with SFCG requirements;
  • Support the Country Director and Head of Offices, in business development meetings with partners, donors, and other potential stakeholders.
  • Work with staff from SFCG offices (including programme, finance, fundraising, and M&E) to develop and submit large scale proposals and tender bids (£500k and more) ensuring that applications are high quality, aligned with SFCG’s priorities and demonstrating impact
  • Review and provide feedback on proposals and tender bids ensuring compliance with proposal development guidelines
  • Provide ongoing guidance on donor policy and focus and identify institutional funding prospects beyond SFCG’s traditional donors

Key Area 3: Donor relationship building and influencing:

  • Support SFCG country staff as well as SFCG International fundraising and programme staff to develop and manage strategic consortium partnerships with appropriate CSOs, academic organisations and private sector firms to leverage SFCG’s chances of success in competitive calls for proposals and tender bids
  • Support SFCG’s Country Programmes to conduct donor scoping exercises and develop programme-led fundraising strategies
  • Support SFCG’s programme experts and senior leaders by identifying and facilitating opportunities for relationship building with key donors

Key Area 4: Project Support:

  • Advise Country Director and Heads of Offices on project content and implementation strategies;
  • Support project managers and state coordinators on project and activity strategies and assist in identifying relevant SFCG resources and best practices;
  • Review project activity work plans and approaches to ensure project elements are in line with the overarching project goal while also ensuring ‘Do No Harm’ and conflict sensitivity;
  • Work with project and DM&E teams to review and analyzing project results;
  • Registration of participant’s attendance in the field.
  • Support project managers in planning, coordinating, and implementing activities where needed;
  • 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.

Minimum Education

  • First degree in Peace Building, Conflict, Security Studies, Political or Social Science, International Studies, Public Administration, Development Studies and experience in a related area.

Preferred Education:

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


  • Minimum three years of progressively responsible professional experience in reporting, project design, proposal and concept note design and development;
  • Experience in reviewing call for proposals and reports;
  • Experience in programme design and implementation tools such as Log frames, Gantt chats, critical path theory, problem and objective trees, stakeholder mapping and analysis tools, results chains among other.
  • Experience of developing successful proposals and tender bids to the EU, DFID and the UN as well as other institutional donors including but not limited to Government of Great Britain – Department for International Development – UK Aid; USAID; Danish International Development Agency; Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency;
  • In-depth understanding of logical frameworks as a tool to develop theory of change and intervention logic

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent writing, reasoning and analytical skills
  • Capacity building experience including training and skills development
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment, often at a distance
  • Ability to prioritise own workload and work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to lead complex proposal development teams
  • Knowledge of and exposure to a wide range peace; conflict transformation; human rights, governance and development-related issues;
  • Ability to work under extreme pressure in a highly stressful 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 plan own work, manage conflicting priorities and work under pressure of tight and conflicting deadlines;
  • Ability to review and interpret calls for proposals and translate proposal call guidelines into cogent and logical activities, outputs, outcomes and impact statements;
  • Understanding of, and experience in developing cogent Theories of Change;
  • Fully proficient computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications;
  • Very good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations.


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


Job Title: Safety and Security Officer

Location: Middle belt, Nigeria

Position Summary

  • 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 Middle Belt region of Nigeria.
  • They will continuously assess the safety / security environment and devise risk reduction measures as needed in coordination with Safety and Security Manager (SSM).
  • The Safety and Security Officer will be based in Jos with frequent travel to the field. S/he will report to the Safety and Security Manager and work closely with the Head of Office (HOO) of the 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 risks mitigation strategies (acceptance, deterrence, protection) to improve safety and security.
  • Ensure that appropriate safety and security systems are in place to provide timely and accurate security information to all staff members and visitors.
  • Lead incident management, lessons learnt and any follow-up actions/ changes to procedures.
  • Provide crisis management support (evacuation and hibernation) as required.
  • Be readily available at all times to the HOOs and field staff to advice 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.
  • Monitor implementation of safety and security protocols and promptly advise the CD of any non-compliance and/or concerns/issues.


  • 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 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.


  • Build and maintain regular contact with other agency security focal points, including NGOs, UN, USAID and local authorities related to security issues and concerns especially in program implementation areas in order to gather reliable security information, facilitate the sharing of best practices and the adoption of an integrated approach where possible.
  • 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.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science or related discipline

Required Experience

  • Minimum of 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.
  • 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 local language of MiddleBelt 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;

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Provide safety and security orientation for all new staff, short term technical assistance, expats staff/ visitor/ guests and update training for existing staff.
  • Comply with the system in place to enhance security skills and awareness that are required for effectiveness especially in areas of accident prevention, safety, health and occupational hazards by planning and facilitate appropriate learning and development opportunities.
  • Conduct routine crisis management exercises for all staff and management.
  • Conduct regular mock drills in all offices (e.g. fire drill, evacuation, etc.)
  • Promote and encourage a safe and environmentally sound culture


How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Application Procedure

  • Interested candidates should send the following through the link above:
    • 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.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.