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  • Social Cohesion Officer at Catholic Relief Services

  • Posted on: 26 November, 2018 Deadline: 4 December, 2018
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  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an International non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries around the world. CRS programs assist person on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs, therefore, strengthening and building the capacity of these partner organizations is fundamental to programs in every country in which CRS operates. CRS re-established presence in Nigeria m 2000 and currently focuses on agriculture, HIV and health extractives and governance, and peace building programming.

    Social Cohesion Officer


    Band:                        7

    Department:             Programs

    Reports To:              Program Manager II

    Location:                 Borno, Nigeria

    Job Ref Code:         SCO211118

    Full JD Link:   

     Job Summary:

    The Social Cohesion Officer (SCO) will be responsible for peace building, conflict mitigation and re-integration activities in the STaR project.  This position will work across all sectors and coordinate closely with other CRS colleagues to ensure that CRS activities abide by ‘Do No Harm’ principles; that CRS contributes to the repair of the social fabric; and, that CRS programming protects the rights of the most vulnerable groups.  This position requires close interaction with community members and local governance structures.  This position requires a down-to-earth, outgoing person that can quickly conceptualize and react to his / her environment.  Personal security awareness and tactful communication is essential for the position holder’s security and CRS’ reputation.

    Education and Experience:

    • Critical: Outgoing personality with local language skills and advanced level of intra and inter-personal communication.
    • Critical: Advanced security awareness and experience in similar environment. 
    • Essential: Bachelor’s degree in political sciences, administration or relevant field or equivalent experience.
    • Essential: Minimum 3 years of experience in management of governance projects in developing countries.  Experience in Nigeria and particularly the North East will be a bonus.
    • Essential: Demonstrated experience in designing governance trainings and establishing governance structures at both the community and government levels.
    • Essential: Strong team player with the ability to take initiative and work well independently.
    • Essential:  Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills in English, Hausa and Arabic.
    • Added advantage: Proven experience in working closely with government MDAs in Nigeria. Thorough understanding of the Nigerian Government structure at the National, State and LGA levels.
    • Added advantage: Ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, tact, and diplomacy.
    • Added advantage: Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

    Method of Application

    Interested candidates should download the CRS Application Form using the link, fill and send with a detailed resume as one document in pdf indicating position being applied for and the Job Ref Code as the subject of the application

    Completed applications are to be sent to Deadline for submission is COB (i.e. 5:00pm), December 4, 2018.

    Equal Opportunity:

    “CRS is an equal –opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, etc.

    Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply”.

    Statement of Commitment to Protection:

    ‘’CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation’’

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