Christian Aid Vacancy for Regional Emergency Manager- West Africa

Christian Aid is partnering with others to end poverty in Africa. At the heart of this vision is transformation of the lives of people who live in poverty, empowering them to have a brighter future and saving lives during emergencies.

In 20 countries across the continent, we manage a wide range of Humanitarian and development programmes that have a positive impact on the lives of millions. And while we’ve achieved some incredible results, there’s still a lot we can do.

This is why we are looking for a dynamic and highly skilled and motivated individual to lead and drive forward our Humanitarian work in West Africa.

About the role

The post will either be based in Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso or Abuja Nigeria on either local or expat terms based on the successful candidate.  

As the Regional Emergency Manager for West Africa, you will develop, lead and manage Christian Aid’s humanitarian, resilience and disaster risk reduction programmes in West Africa including the current North-East Nigeria Response, closure of the Ebola recovery in Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso/Mali humanitarian response. You will play a key role in improving the capacity of Christian Aid staff and partners to prepare for, mitigate against the impact of and respond to natural and man-made disasters ensuring best practice in our humanitarian programmes.

You will support the country programs to develop and manage an effective portfolio of humanitarian programs in Mali, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Nigeria. Specifically, you will assist program staff in humanitarian program design, implementation, fundraising and partnership development. You will also provide surge capacity for emergency response in West Africa.

You will support broader thinking and strategy development across the Humanitarian division and CA relating to innovative humanitarian and resilience programs ensuring good program practice.

Lastly, you will have an external facing element, helping CA engage in the right networks, increasing the profile of CA humanitarian and resilience work, ensuring we are influenced by current good practise and opening up opportunities for new productive humanitarian collaborations in West Africa.

About you

To help make this happen, you will have considerable experience working internationally and an excellent understanding of and experience in humanitarian programmes in West Africa including north east Nigeria  and the larger Sahel region. You will have a passion about accountability and putting affected populations at the centre of our work.

You will have a good knowledge of emergency relief, rehabilitation and development issues including capacity building tools and techniques, understanding of participatory vulnerability and capacity assessments, understanding of the partnership approach to emergency work. You will be an excellent communicator with the ability to develop cross-organisational relationships and be confident in engaging with external networks and actors. You will have experience in supporting learning and development, have experience of working with local partners and understand linkages between humanitarian work and resilient livelihoods

The role also requires fluency in both French and English

Further information

Information on the salary ranges:

If based in Burkina Faso:  Salary range is XOF 27,444,915 to XOF 33,728,775 p.a

If based in Abuja/ Nigeria:   Salary range is Naira 16,409,457.00 to 25,722,713 p.a.

Eligibility: This post is open to both local and foreign/expat candidates

We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in its workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

You can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits, including a flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.


Competency questions

As part of your application you will be asked to demonstrate your suitability by giving answers to the following questions:

1. Delivering results

Please tell us of a time when you ensured that humanitarian programs were delivered timely and to high standards under insecure circumstances and within budget. What was the context? What was your task or responsibility? What actions did you take to ensure the program was delivered to higher standards and on budget? What were the results?  Was the outcome successful?  How did you know?

2. Communicating Effectively

Tell us about a time when you had to remotely identify and analyse the expectations and interests of others to involve them in a complex humanitarian response: What was the context? Who were the people and what differences did they represent? What was your task? What did you do? How did you do it? What was the outcome? Was everyone involved? Were you successful? If so, how did you know?

3. Building partnerships

Please tell us of an example where you have successfully built new and unexpected partnerships that led to the delivery of quality humanitarian assistance?

  • Salary (full time):  C27,444,915 – C33,728,775
  • Full time salary:  full time salary
  • Type of contract:  Fixed Term
  • Contracted hours:  35
  • Contract length:  2 years
  • Location:  Ouaga, Burkina Faso
  • Closing date:  18 March 2018
  • Interview date:  27 March 2018

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