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Head of Organisational Development Job at The Nigerian Red Cross Society

The Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) was established through an Act of the Parliament in 1960 to complement public authorities in humanitarian interventions with the mandate to prevent and alleviate human suffering at times of peace or conflict, and to support individuals and communities to respond effectively to emergencies, without any form of discrimination as to class, gender, race, political opinions or religion.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title: Head of Organisational Development

Location: Abuja
Department: Organisational Development
Job Family Programmes
Contract Type: Permanent
Reports To: Director, Programmes
Direct Reports: Organisation Development Officer

Job Summary
Acknowledging that the organizational development is a responsibility of the entire National Society, and cannot be limited to one organizational function, the Head of Organisational Development will be responsible for facilitating and overseeing the implementation of the organizational development processes and initiatives of NRCS; for providing overall guidance and support in ensuring quality and timely implementation of key OD activities; ensuring proper alignment and coordination inside the NS; and keeping the leadership of NRCS fully involved in these organizational development processes.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical guidance and hand-on support in developing and implementing the organizational development vision and strategy of the NRCS.
  • Support the Director of Programmes and the Secretary General in overseeing the translation of the NRCS strategy and vision into operational strategies with measurable objectives to be implemented by different areas of the organization: governance, programs, support services, branches, etc.
  • Coordinate the implementation of NRCS annual strategic objectives by the HQ and the branches in a timely manner and within budget.
  • Ensure proper communication and engagement from all NRCS departments and branches in the planning, implementation and evaluation of NRCS strategic objectives
  • Ensure alignment and coordination among the different OD initiatives and projects as well as alignment between those OD initiatives and the programs of the Nigerian RC.
  • In coordination with the Coordinators for Branch Operations, provide guidance and support to NRCS on organizational development matters. In particular, following up on the implementation of the BOCA process in NRCS branches.
  • In coordination with the Coordinators for Branch Operations and the Program Coordinators, to promote and facilitate guidance and tools for NRCS regular activities in their communities (Pillar 1)
  • Develop strong relationship and partnerships with Red Cross and non-RC partners to mobilise financial and technical support for the organizational development of the NRCS.


  • Regular monitoring and reporting on the implementation of key OD initiatives at NRCS (due diligence improvement plan and others)
  • Engage and collaborate with movement partners and other external stakeholders where necessary in support of strategy implementation efforts and organization development activities
  • Development of detailed plans and budgets for the implementation of OD projects and initiatives
  • Lead in the mobilisation of technical, human and financial resources for the implementation of OD projects and activities
  • Coordinate regular branch organization capability assessments using the BOCA tool and work with the Regional Coordinators and Branch Coordinators to drive the implementation of the outcomes of the BOCA recommendations to report to NRCS Secretary General and Governance.
  • Prepare regular quality technical reports, including financial and narrative reports for the attention of NRCS Board, management, movement partners and donors
  • Work closely with branches to strengthening the NS capacity in collaboration with Government, Private Sector as well the Movement Partners
  • Perform any other work-related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the Director of Programmes
  • Lead and promote the development of quality program and project proposals in OD to be submitted to donors and partners (Pillar 2)
  • Lead and promote the development of guidance and standards for OD activities at branch level (Pillar 1)
  • Perform any other work-related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the Director of Programmes
  • Perform annual job performance reviews (APER) of staff under his/her responsibility.

Duties applicable to all staff:

  • Work actively towards the achievement of the NRCS goals
  • Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross Fundamental Principles and NRCS Statutes

Key Performance Areas:

  • Quality of strategy plans, workplans and budgets
  • Compliance with BOCA exercise schedule
  • Effectiveness of initiatives arising from the BOCA exercises
  • Percentage implementation of BOCA initiatives
  • Timeliness of organizational reports
  • Improvement in the capacity of branches in functioning as a vibrant Red Cross society

Qualifications and Experience

  • First degree from reputable institution in Development, Public / Business Administration, Human Resources Management or other relevant disciplines
  • Postgraduate qualification in Development, Public/ Business Administration, Human Resources Management or other relevant disciplines is an added advantage
  • Minimum of 10 years relevant working experience, with at least 3 years in a management level position
  • Work experience in a non-profit organization will be an added advantage
  • Experience working as a management consultant

Skills and Competencies

  • Proficiency in data analysis tools and software
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Office tools
  • Good research skills
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Attention to details
  • Strong judgment and ability to identify and analyse problems and to think strategically to anticipate, interpret and develop strategic responses to issues
  • Ability to persuade, influence, negotiate, manage and sustain effective, successful strategic relationships both internally and externally
  • Strong negotiation skills and the ability to persuade others to adopt a specific course of action to achieve desired results


  • Understanding of NRCS support functions

Behavioural Competencies:

  • Capable of communicating analysis and insights effectively, and articulate when communicating
  • Demonstrated success in relationship building internally and externally with a wide array of stakeholders
  • Ability to build and protect the reputation of self and society through the quality of work, knowledge and experience
  • High ethical standards and honesty in handling the organizational resources and zero tolerance to corruption
  • Culturally sensitive, globally-minded and show respect to the views and opinions of others
  • Ability to collaborate and work well in a team
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines

How to Apply
Interested candidates should forward their Cover Letters and CVs (as one document) with the Position applied for/Name of Applicant as subject of the email to:

Application Deadline 18th March, 2020.

Note: Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

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