Project Manager - Nigeria
Maiduguri, Borno State
The Project Manager leads both the technical aspects and the overall management of the project. S/he is responsible for the planning, management, implementation, monitoring, and reporting of the project within the country program. S/he provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes. S/he facilitates the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable contributions with the overall goal to improve community-centered DDR, SPRR, and PVE processes across Nigeria’s Northern geopolitical zones using Search’s Common Ground Approach, Transforming Violent Extremism methodology, and Search’s protocols for research in conflict environments.
S/he will work under the direct supervision of the Head of Office (HOO), North East. The position will be based in Maiduguri and will include frequent travels to the field.
About the Project
This project will strategically invest resources into creating a comprehensive and actionable toolset on DDR/SPRR and PVE for diverse stakeholders to operationalize at the country level in Nigeria, with subsequent potential for replication and scale up across the region.
Goal: To improve community centered DDR, SPRR and PVE processes across Nigeria’s Northern geopolitical zones.
Objectives and Activities
●Objective 1: To develop a toolkit for PVE and reintegration across Nigeria’s northern geopolitical zones.
A1.1.1 Develop National Toolkit on PVE and SPRR
●Objective 2: To foster cross-sectoral coordination among and between diverse national, zonal, and community level stakeholders for PVE and the reintegration of ex-combatants and defectors of VEOs and armed groups.
A2.1.1.Zonal and Community Level Multistakeholder Validation Workshops and Strategy Planning.
A2.1.2 National Validation Conference and Strategy Planning on DDR/SPRR and PVE
Roles and Responsibilities
- Ensures proper, timely implementation of project activities, taking into consideration the operational environment and potential security issues, and based on the principles of inclusivity and do no harm.
- Ensures effective application of results-based management methodologies;
- Works with the HoO and Design, Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning (DMEL) Manager to develop and implement a costed work plan for the project;
- Works with the Head of Office and Design, Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning (DMEL) Manager to monitor and manage the projects’ costed work-plans, preventing delays and maximizing cost-effectiveness;
- Ensure that the project meets all its deliverables on time and the expected results are of high quality;
- Develop and nurture relations with relevant state, NGO, religious bodies and other stakeholders at the national, regional and state level;
- Lead all participatory research processes (including desk review, consultations, KIIs and FGDs) feeding into the development of the toolkit in close coordination with the DMEL Manager and Search’s Institutional Learning Team;
- Organize and prepare all logistics for the validation workshops, strategy sessions, and National Conference, in close coordination with the logistics and finance departments;
- Drafting and producing the final National Toolkit on PVE and SPRR, with close feedback from the DMEL/ILT teams;
- Analyze the context within the scope of the project and provide inputs for regular context updates;
- In concert with the DMEL team, develop Monitoring and Evaluation plans for field-level Activities;
- Write and produce reports that include but not limited to context updates, monthly reports, quarterly reports, success stories, and case studies;
- Ensures all donor and internal reports are submitted within the given deadlines and to the expected quality standards;
- Work closely with the Design, Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning (DMEL) Manager to monitor and track project’s progress and draw out results, success stories and lessons learned; and
- Work closely with the Communications team to capture the stories and highlight the outcome and results of the project; content gathering and development of newsletters, learning booklets, and other communications products.
- Minimum Master’s degree in social sciences/development studies, conflict management, strategic/programme management, management studies, monitoring and evaluations or other related discipline
- Additional extensive training in at least one of the areas of SFCG thematic work- Peacebuilding, conflict transformation and resolution; and
- Proof of academic research conducted through academic studies (thesis, research project, paper, etc.)
- At least 5 - 7 years of professional experience in project cycle management, coordinating project activities, outreach, and/or advocacy;
- Past working experience in projects research/M&E inclined focus;
- Experience working in an NGO. Experience in an INGO is a plus;
- Experience working in peacebuilding projects will be an added advantage;
- Experience with different donors i.e. GERMAN, USAID, DFID, FRENCH, UNDP, UNHCR, WFP, UNICEF
Other Relevant Requirements
- Ability to speak Hausa and one or more other local languages (Fufulde, Kanuri, Tiv, Shuwa Arab, etc.) is a plus;
- Demonstrated ability of raising the profile of an organization, strategically networking with government agencies, donors and other international agencies, and using the media as appropriate;
- Demonstrated ability to undertake high-level representation and advocacy;
- Excellent coordination, communication and networking skills;
- Strong report writing, fundraising and proposal writing skills; Willingness to regularly travel on short notice around the country
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.
- Strong leadership skills – ability to motivate and manage a diverse team in a complex environment.
- Excellent cross-cultural communication and working skills, enjoys a multicultural work environment;
- Ability to work under stringent deadlines with acute attention to detail.
- Self‐starter with the ability to manage time effectively.
- Good working knowledge of IT tools (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office and Excel).