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  • Project Officer at Search For Common Ground’s International

  • Posted on: 14 November, 2018 Deadline: 30 November, 2018
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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.

    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.


    • 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

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.

    Important Information

    • Interested candidates will send the following:
      • Current resume
      • Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date)
    • 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.
    • As the above 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.

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