Country Director – Nigeria at Red Sea Research(United Purpose)

Country Director – Nigeria

Closing date: February 14, 2020

The Country Director will provide strategic leadership and management in developing the United Purpose programme in Nigeria. They will have responsibility for ensuring that all aspects of the programme are managed effectively, to ensure that United Purpose continues to play a valuable and influential role in the fight against poverty & the strengthening of civil society. The following duties & responsibilities will in part be delegated or managed by other staff – however, overall responsibility for ensuring performance at all levels will rest with the Country Director.


Programme Direction, Management and Development

  • To develop the programme based on the existing country strategy and Organisational Strategy and to carry out structured strategic reviews to respond to changing circumstances.
  • To proactively seek new opportunities for funding of projects through in-country and external relationship building with donors and the submission of programme initiatives.
  • To support the continued development of Organisational Learning and Knowledge Management.
  • To ensure continued funding for the programme through well-researched proposal preparation and clear operational plans.
  • To ensure that adequate assessments are carried out in accordance with good working practice.
  • To ensure systems are in place for monitoring and evaluating the impact of programme activities.
  • To prepare reports for donors, both financial and narrative, in accordance with donor requirements.
  • To write reports as required for organisational information & risk management processes.
  • To build and maintain positive and professional relationships with existing and possible new partners; meaning actively communicating and working with government, private and civil society partners and communities on programme development, proposal articulation and report writing.
  • To identify areas for capacity building with sub-grantees, such as results-based management, project cycle management, strategy development, organisational development, human resource management, financial management, governance, etc.
  • To ensure MOUs and funding-specific sub-contracts are in place with all partners for all projects.
  • To ensure systems, procedures, compliance and risk management are maintained to the highest standard.


  • To ensure that relationships are developed with government, corporate partners NGOs, and civil society to enable the appropriate development of the programme.
  • To represent United Purpose to government, Embassies/ Delegations, the UN and other international agencies, donors and partners and other bodies including the media and the public.
  • To be cognizant of advocacy opportunities and, following internal discussion and agreement, to develop these as appropriate through the media, government, the UN, international agencies, donors and diplomatic missions in close consultation with the Chief Operations Officer.
  • To contribute to the promotion of effective co-ordination between United Purpose, Government, UN, NGO and where appropriate, other bodies.

Staff Management and Development

  • To provide solid leadership and direct line management support to core staff.
  • To encourage staff involvement and commitment to the running of the programme through regular meetings and visits and a participatory team approach to decision making.
  • To assist in the further development and implementation of the operational structure and staffing requirement for the effective implementation of United Purpose’s activities.
  • To recruit and induct staff according to in-country and international guidelines and United Purpose policy, including equal opportunities
  • To ensure the Employee Handbook and other relevant policies, code of conduct and ethics for national staff is reviewed on a regular basis, along with all related organisational policies and procedures.
  • To ensure that all staff have well defined and understood contracts and job descriptions.
  • To ensure that all staff participate in annual appraisals.
  • To identify the training needs of staff and ensure processes are in place to support and encourage the appropriate personal and professional development of staff within the context of the organisational objectives.
  • To conduct exit interviews for line-managed staff before they leave United Purpose.

Resources and Financial Management

  • To outline the resource requirements for the programme and ensure that systems are in place for the effective management of resources in relation to finance, transport, supplies and capital assets, including maintenance of assets, register and vehicle logbooks.
  • To ensure that effective and secure budgetary control of the programme’s finances and expenditures are established and maintained, in line with United Purpose’s financial procedures & guidelines.
  • To monitor project finances on a monthly basis and liaise with donors if necessary regarding projected under or over-expenditure.
  • To provide financial reports on a monthly basis to the UK office.
  • To monitor the funds transferred to partner organisations and to ensure partners have adequate financial systems and controls.
  • To prepare an annual budget for core costs and identify where funding will come from to cover these expenses.
  • Ensure all staff understand the cybersecurity guidelines and the disaster recovery plan.

Staff Well-being, Security and Health & Safety

  • To maintain an overview of the political and security context, noting how developments may affect programme work.
  • To ensure that robust and effective security and evacuation plans and procedures are in place and regularly reviewed and updated in order to secure the safety of all staff at all times.
  • To ensure that the health and safety policy is regularly reviewed and all staff are aware of this policy and follow its guidelines. – To ensure all staff, volunteers and visitors are aware of and follow United Purpose’s security procedures.
  • To comply with United Purpose’s safeguarding policies and practice and all other related policies and procedures.
  • To ensure that the safeguarding policy and reporting channels are known, understood and used by staff.


  • To make recommendations with regards to enhancing collaboration between the work of United Purpose in Nigeria and Cameroon, as well as other Country Programmes where appropriate.



  • Relevant Master’s level qualification or similar academic achievement.


  • Interpersonal and relationship building.
  • Working with the corporate sector.
  • Evidence-based advocacy for policy change and campaigning.
  • Minimum of five years overseas experience, mainly in senior management roles, with some in a project management capacity.
  • Specific WASH experience.
  • Security management experience.
  • Finance experience and relevant qualifications desirable.

Key skills and competencies

  • Commitment to the values and mission of United Purpose.
  • Commitment to the capacity building of local institutions based on mutual respect and a partnership approach. – Positive outlook and stand-alone disposition.
  • Determined hard worker, capable of rapid and quality turn around on a high workload and multiple tasks.
  • A proactive approach to problem-solving in difficult and isolated locations.
  • Outgoing personality with solid interpersonal and diplomatic skills.
  • Self-starter, capable of innovatively developing the programme.
  • Adaptable and responsive disposition relative to the demands and development of the programme.
  • Attention to detail and a flexible approach to work.
  • Excellent communication and team-working skills, with the ability to build good relations, both internally and externally. – Numeric skills, including a proven understanding of financial management.
  • Excellent planning, co-ordination and prioritisation skills.
  • Experience of grant design, management and reporting to major donors.


  • Fluency in spoken and written English.
  • Some French would be desirable, but not essential.


  • United purpose takes the safety and well-being of all those we work with, and our staff, very seriously and we have a zero-tolerance policy on any form of abuse.
  • Our commitment to protecting people from harm is reflected in our safeguarding policy which all candidates are expected to comply with.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, kindly send through aMicrosoft Word version of your CV and a cover letter detailing why you are suited to this role. Please mark it for the attention of Tim Wingrove, email address:[email protected]. Please subject your email with the following reference: UP_CD_Nigeria

Please note that the interview dates for this role will be confirmed with you should your

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