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Administrative Officer at Grassroot Researchers Association (GRA)

Grassroots Researchers Association (GRA) is a nonprofit and non-political rights-based organization registered in 2016 with the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria as a local content hub aimed at facilitating evidence- based grassroots initiatives and actions that promote development, justice and victims support in the communities. Our mission is to be an active grassroots mobilizer towards improving the total quality of human life and social justice in Nigeria. Our programmes are spread across Climate Change, Conflict, Security and Justice, Social Economic Development and Governance. For more information, visit:

We are recruiting the position below for the term of the Project:

Job Title: Administrative Officer

Reference Number: GRA – HRM / MAG / 04 / 21 / 004
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Employment Type: Full-time

Job Description

  • Grassroots Researchers Association (GRA), situated in 3 States in Northeastern Nigeria – in consortium with Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation (The Hague, Netherlands) and Youth Initiative against Terrorism based (Yobe State, Nigeria) – has launched a twenty-four (24) month project funded by the European Union (EU), as represented by European Commission.
  • The Project aims to support conflict-affected youth in Northeastern Nigeria to participate in a meaningful and structured way, at local and national levels, in conflict prevention, the protection of civilians, peacebuilding, mediation and conflict resolution efforts, actively promoting the rights of the most vulnerable in society, and therefore supporting the attainment of SDG 16 on promoting just, peaceful and inclusive societies.

Job Summary

  • The Administrative Manager is responsible for providing administrative, operational, and logistical support to GRA’s regional office and coordinating administrative efforts for field technical activities including general office administration, human resources, legal and statutory compliance, health and safety, procurement and staff capacity building in line with GRA policies and procedures.
  • This position is primarily responsible for ensuring that office administrative operations are functioning efficiently and effectively and are aligned to support attainment of GRA’s goals.
  • The incumbent will ensure administrative and HR supports are conducted according to GRA’s policy, standard operating procedures, and good business practices, and that tasks are completed with a high level of quality and integrity.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee and advice on the day-to-day running of GRA’s regional and regional offices;
  • Provides administrative support to ensure efficient operations of GRA’s regional offices;
  • Assist with planning and preparation of invitations to workshops, meetings and training participants in accordance with the GRA procedures;
  • Conduct the Anti-Terrorism Clearance Verification Process for events’ participants, venues and related service providers;
  • Ensure the availability of materials, stationery, printed materials, branded materials, name tags, registration sheets, all arranged and packaged for training activities;
  • Assist with arranging and planning of internal events and conferences/events;
  • Ensure the office has adequate stock of equipment/office supplies, water, etc;
  • Perform regular inspection of plumbing, drainage, sewerage, electrical fittings and other installations to ensure that they are in proper order or report to supervisor as necessary;
  • Make logistic arrangement including flights reservations, hotel and vehicle arrangement for GRA’s staff, partners and consultants;
  • Design systems to ensure effective use of office resources including furniture, IT equipment, software and monitor accordingly;
  • Closely work with Executive Director and senior management on property leases and other contracts and agreement ensuring it complies with national laws;
  • Take responsibility for health and safety issues and ensure that all staff remain aware of current health and safety issues and procedures;
  • Carry out other administration functions as directed by the Supervisor.

Human Resources:

  • Develop and implement GRA’s HR related policies and procedures that align with GRA’s priorities and demandsin compliance with the Nigeria Labour Law;
  • Support line managers in change of management on team building and addressing GRA’s challenges, and identify key HR issues for management’s attention;
  • Train staff in HR related policies and guidelines;
  • Ensure that HR related contracts (insurances, health services) are accurate and renewed;
  • Manage recruitment and selection processes; identify recruitment needs and advise management on best recruitment approaches; conduct interviews; cross-check candidate’s documents; prepare staff work contracts; do orientation to HR operations; and handle staff exit and hand over;
  • Design and implement appropriate performance evaluation systems, manage and advice on their implementation, analyse results for staff improvement and training purposes;
  • Ensure that HR management in field offices is properly done;
  • Ensure legal compliance throughout human resource management; personnel files, payroll and leave records are updated and in order, and share any personnel changes with the Finance Officer / Manager;
  • Handle and oversee disciplinary and grievance issues, employee and labour relations, and time and attendance management.
  • Perform any other responsibilities as may be directed by the Supervisor.

Stores Maintenance / Management:

  • Maintains the flow of materials and supplies to the consumables stores using bin cards;
  • Receive procured items into the consumable stores, record, manage and issue out requests to staff;
  • Ensure regular stock count and balance indication on bin cards;
  • Provide regular status reports and timely replenishment requests;
  • Take custody and arrange the availability of audio-visual equipment, displays and other meeting needs.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree (minimum), or a Master’s degree (desirable), inBusiness Administration or in Public Administration, Social Sciences, or similar field.
  • At least 5 years of experience in HR and administrative tasks, of which at least 3 years are with an NGO setting.
  • Strong ICT skills especially Microsoft Office applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Ability to prioritize demanding workload and work under minimal supervision.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.
  • Excellent planning and organization skills.
  • Ability to deal with pressure and work quickly.
  • Good communication, diplomacy and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability and willingness to listen and share decisions and to take effective decisions.

Deadline: 12 PM: 20th April, 2021.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Applications addressed to “The Executive Director, Grassroots Researchers Association (GRA)” via: using the “Position Title and Reference Number” as the subject of the email.


  • Any applicant that did not quote the reference number correctly would be disqualified.
  • All applications must include 1-page Cover Letter and CV (4 pages maximum). Applications must be sent as a single PDF or MS Word attachment not later than 20th April, 2020 by 12:00pm (WAT).
  • Due to the large number of applications received, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted.

General Information

  • GRA encourages applications from qualified and experienced women.
  • GRA is an accountability-driven organization whose staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for human rights, for diversity/gender, and for non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for GRA jobs.
  • GRA does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process (application, testing, interviewing, etc.). GRA does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts.

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