Christian Aid (CA) is a UK-based international NGO, partnering with others to end poverty in Africa. At the heart of this vision is the transformation of the lives of people who live in poverty, empowering them to have a brighter future. Christian Aid works in more than 30 countries and has been operating in Nigeria since 2003. The Nigeria Country programme focuses on Community Health and HIV, Accountable Governance including humanitarian response and Gender.
Senior Programme Coordinator - Food Security & Nutrition
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Location: Maiduguri, Borno State
Type of contract: Fixed Term
Contracted hours: 35
Contract length: 3 months
- The Senior Programme Coordinator (SPC) Food Security, Sustainable Livelihoods and Resilience provides day to day oversight and strategic leadership on the development and implementation involving management of all aspects of the programme, including recruitment and performance management, assessments, designing, planning, implementation, monitoring staff capacity building, reporting and technical support to the Food Security and Nutrition Programme.
- Will be responsible for managing Christian Aid WFP Food Security and Nutrition programmes, projects and partnerships as well as the effective management of significant budget funds.
- The role works within the International Programmes role family positioned in Maiduguri, the role is part of the wider Nigeria Country Humanitarian Response Team.
- The role works closely and directly with Humanitarian Response Manager based in Maiduguri and also with Humanitarian Division’s
- Regional Emergency Manager, as well as other colleagues from the Nigeria team. The PO will be based in Maiduguri, Nigeria with frequent trips to North-East states (Borno, Yobe and Adamawa) of Nigeria.
- The SPC will work closely with the Humanitarian Response Manager and the country team on humanitarian program design, implementation, fundraising. S/He will support CA country offices to engage in the right networks, increasing the profile of CA humanitarian work and its visibility.
- The Christian Aid WFP project is successfully managed following Christian Aid’s humanitarian policies and procedures.
- All programmes are accountable to donors and beneficiaries.
- Christian Aid is represented at all levels, national and internationally.
- Coordinate with interagency colleagues, host governments, implementing partners, and donors at the working level to address issues impacting WFP funded food assistance;
- Assess food and Nutrition needs based on a variety of sources, including assessments, technical data, early warning information, and reports from NGOs, the UN and other actors
- As a food security and nutrition expert, coordinate on the general humanitarian response with all stakeholders including humanitarian actors, Missions, Embassies, host governments, NGOs, and donors;
- This includes representing Christian Aid in Food sector cluster and working group meetings and donor meetings. This also includes engagement with networks in order to increase the profile and visibility of Christian Aid.
- The WFP project team delivers a coherent programme linking the humanitarian, advocacy and development programmes within Nigeria in line with country strategies.
- Ensure effective implementation of the M&E plan, ensuring accurate information is collected and analysed for all programme components. Ensure that impacts or problems are identified clearly discussed in the team and community and fed back into the programming.
- Robust humanitarian practice and minimum standards in disaster response, as reflected in policies and procedures, are successfully implemented.
- Emergency staff performing to high standards and meeting objectives as a result of effective management. Effective capacity building is in place for staff and volunteers on humanitarian response.
- Effective projects and programmes delivered with impact in line with agreed aims.
- Humanitarian and financial policies and procedures complied with particularly reporting requirements.
- Project proposals completed, based on strong planning and evaluation procedures using Christian Aid’s internal systems. Funds used for designated purposes.
- Represents Christian Aid at meetings with external actors including donors and government
- Liaise with other actors in emergency response for the region (UN, NGO, national and local authorities, including through established coordination mechanisms.
- Works with the country team in Nigeria, and staff in the Humanitarian division.
- Make decisions to ensure the WFP project is led and managed effectively and effectively linked to the wider Nigeria programme.
- Proposes action Christian Aid should take in its response to the emergency and makes day-to-day decisions to guide the implementation and smooth running of the project.
- Leads and manages a team and ensures the workgroup is effectively managed.
- Shared budget authority for the WFP project
- The post holder is responsible for overall lead of the WFP project and is expected to work with initiative and innovation, using analytical skills and their own judgement to recommend humanitarian programme decisions for the organisation in consultation with a wide range of country team and humanitarian colleagues and partner organisations.
Developing Self and others:
- The post holder is expected to work independently with support from the Humanitarian Response Manager / Regional Emergency Manager providing leadership and influencing strategies within the country and ensuring upholding of humanitarian standards and principles by Christian Aid staff and partners.
- Key skills required are being able to effectively manage from a distance as well as be able to influence decisions of colleagues at a range of seniority levels.
- May have the direct responsibility for developing, coaching and motivating one or more staff, undertakes performance reviews and development of action plans to improve the performance of others, whether staff or volunteers.
Applied Skills/Knowledge and Expertise
- 1st degree in Social Science, Rural Development or a related field.
- This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to work hard and achieve results in a demanding, fast paced and often insecure environment.
- At least 5 years of experience in humanitarian response with International Non-Government Organisations with a track record of success in designing, implementing, managing and monitoring Food and cash-based programming in different emergency settings, ideally in Food and nutrition sectors.
- Minimum one-year aid-related International NGO experience in North-East Nigeria.
- Project management skills.
- Good knowledge of and experience working with IDPs in Nigeria.
- Good understanding of gender-sensitive programming.
- Good interpersonal, organisational and communication skills.
- Knowledge of capacity building tools; of Sphere and Red Cross Code of Conduct; of HAP standards.
- Fluency in written and spoken English
- Specialised qualification in emergency and/or development work.
- Ability to speak and understand Hausa
- Understanding of the political, social and economic context of the region and the humanitarian/development issues and challenges it faces of peace building and conflict resolution
- Experience of organisational development
- Experience in Food Security and Nutrition projects and cash transfer in humanitarian responses
IT Competency required:
LEVEL 2 - You are expected to be able to:
- Take on different work when necessary to achieve a team or organisational goal.
- Actively consult with others to ensure you understand their needs or goals.
- Listen to and take on board fresh perspectives and views even if you initially disagree with them.
- Maintain on-going relationships with individuals and contacts through networks, based on mutual rapport and respect.
- Make complex things simple for the benefit of others.
- Actively listen and question to check your understanding and draw out others when they are not expressing themselves clearly or seem to be holding back.
- Be sensitive to what others may be feeling, based on what they say, how they say it and their non-verbal behavior, adapting your style and approach to fit.
- Address difficult issues when they arise, being honest and open.
- Implement ways to reduce the inefficient use of resources or pass the ideas on to someone who can make them happen.
- Estimate the resources needed to achieve your own work plans or objectives and to deliver them in the most efficient and cost-effective way.
- Set and communicate realistic timelines for achieving tasks, working out how best to adapt as priorities change or unforeseen circumstances arise.
- Prioritise, plan and monitor own work to meet own and team deliverables to agreed performance or quality standards.
- Acknowledge others’ priorities whilst being prepared to say “no” if there are genuine reasons why their needs cannot be met.
- Use logical processes and relevant tools and techniques to report on information or analyse options.
- Make timely and considered recommendations or decisions based on analysis of available data, information and evidence.
- Evaluate your own work and actively address gaps in knowledge and skills, without prompting.
- Recognise how you react to feedback and manage reactions positively, acting on specific feedback from others.
- Share your knowledge where it will help others to be more effective.
- Provide instruction, constructive feedback and guidance to others to help them learn.
Strive for Improvement:
- Constructively challenge existing practice.
- Seek better ways of doing things, taking into account the possible implications.
- Make positive suggestions on a way forward when faced with challenges even if these falls outside own scope of work.
- Look inside and outside Christian Aid for new ideas and evaluate them for own work.
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