Nigeria – A Food Security Project Manager based in Maiduguri
Starting date : Février 2020
Duration of Mission: 6 months
Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria
Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a Humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilian victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by addressing their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The association leads on average 200 projects per year in the following sectors of intervention: food security, health, nutrition, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures, water, sanitation, hygiene and economic recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 6 million people in more than 22 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Europe.
Following the intensification of the Chad Lake conflict in Nigeria (North East of the Country), PUI opened its Nigerian mission in 2016. PUI is also assisting the Nigerian refugees in Cameroon.
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Humanitarian situation and needs :
General Context :
With the biggest population in Africa, (between 178 and 200 million inhabitants), Nigeria is ranked as one of the first economy of the continent thanks to oil and petroleum products as well as mineral resources (gold, iron, diamonds, copper etc…). Despite a strong economy, Nigeria suffers from huge inequalities between rich and poor, and from a high rate of corruption, at every level. Moreover, a great ethnic diversity mixed with a federal mechanism make it a real powder keg. Within this volatile environment, the conflict in the North-East of the country (states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe) and the linked widespread violence triggered a large scale humanitarian crisis.
The conflict in the North-East
Boko Haram was created in 2001, with activity related to social actions and schooling. Over the years, the group started an armed rebellion against the government of Nigeria. Several members of the group were arrested, sparking deadly clashes with Nigerian security forces. The group’s founder and then leader Mohammed Yusuf was killed while still in police custody. This was the beginning of the radicalization of the movement and of the conflict still affecting the area in the present days. In 2015, the Nigerian army received the support of an occidental military coalition (US, France, British). The same year, Boko Haram pledged allegiance to ISIS and ended up divided into two branches: ISWAP (linked to ISIS) and JAS (the historical branch).
This ongoing conflict as well as the absence of basic services have created acute humanitarian and protection needs for those impacted by the crisis, including refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and local communities.
The armed conflict affected more than 14 million people, with 2 million forcibly displaced in the Lake Chad Basin region, and new displacement continues. Following the new conflict and military developments, several Local Governmental Areas (LGAs) of Borno State were deemed accessible to humanitarian aid by the Nigerian government. But outside of the capital cities, in the countryside, the security is not granted to the populations and to the humanitarian workers. Assessments conducted in newly accessible areas in Borno State revealed severe humanitarian and protection conditions. Still, many people remain inaccessible to humanitarian actors due to insecurity, particularly in Nigeria’s Borno State and border areas of Cameroon and Niger.
As of January 2018, close to 1,300,000 refugee returnees have been registered in Nigeria, sometimes under conditions that have not been voluntary, safe and dignified. Many of these return movements have resulted in secondary displacements as many areas of origin remain insecure and inaccessible. Projection for 2018 forecast new displacement and arrivals from the inaccessible areas (around 200,000). In total, at least 1.32 million of IDPs are located in Borno State. 50% of them are living in host communities. Around 60% of those displaced are children and the number of female and child-headed households is on the rise because male heads of households have either disappeared, been killed or fear to return to join their families. Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is widespread, and many people have suffered the trauma of violent experiences.
The Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) 2018 estimated some 7.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Nigeria across the three states of the north east (Borno, Yobe and Adamawa) with most needs concentrated in Borno State. In determining the scale of the response for 2018 (more than 1 billion USD consolidated appeal!), humanitarian partners agreed to focus on states assessed as the most affected by the violent conflict, infrastructure destruction, mass displacement, ongoing insecurity and ensuing factors. The most critical areas requiring humanitarian assistance are located in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states where millions of people are in need of urgent life-saving assistance.
Our action in the field :
PUI’s strategy/position in the country
The main programmatic objectives of the mission for 2019/ 2020 can be synthetized as follows:
- Continue the response to urgent needs of IDPs and Host Communities living in Maiduguri City through Food Security, Health and Nutrition activities.
- Support transitioning to early recovery programming though an integrated approach in Maiduguri city
- Develop the opening of an additional response for PUI’s operational base in Monguno LGA
History of the mission and current programs:
PUI has been present in the region for more than a decade, implementing projects in Chad since 2004 and in Cameroun since 2008. In Cameroon, PUI is implementing a project in response to Boko Haram -related displacement in the Extreme North, and in Adamawa. In early 2016. PUI has conducted an assessment in Maiduguri which confirmed the emergency of the humanitarian situation and the need for a rapid intervention in order to address primary needs of people affected by the conflict in this area, especially those who had not received any assistance.
The PUI Nigerian Mission has been officially opened in April 2016, with a focus on meeting urgent needs, including improving access to food commodities for Internally Displaced People (IDP) and host communities (HC), later adding Primary Health Care and Nutrition activities. This initial intervention was focused on populations living in Maiduguri. The progressive sectorial widening allowed to start implementing an integrated approach from 2017 in Bolori II Ward in food security, livelihoods, nutrition and health, with the support of ECHO, FFP, OFDA and CIAA/CDC, in line with PUI’s global strategy. In 2018, PUI further develop its comprehensive response by adding Outreach/Protection and WaSH to the existing country program in Bolori II, and will scale up its intervention with the opening of Monguno LGA base, with the main objectives of reducing morbidity and mortality of the most vulnerable population and promoting protection amongst the whole affected community. The same donors are supporting the 2018 intervention. In 2019, PUI pursue its intervention and also initiate an exit strategies
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As part of our activities in Nigeria, we are looking for a Food Security Project Manager based in Maiduguri
Under the management of the Deputy Field Coordinator for Programs (DFCP) and the technical supervision of the Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL) Coordinator, the Food Security Project and Livelihoods Manager (FSL) is in charge of ensuring the good implementation of PUI Cash Based Intervention on Food Security activities in Maiduguri. The component under the FSL PM supervision, part of PUI integrated response to the Bolori II population needs, aims at managing and monitoring monthly provision of food assistance to the most vulnerable households of the area of intervention (Bolori II Ward of Maiduguri) through an e-voucher system. This component is covered by several grants including one which is part of a consortium with other humanitarian actors. The FSL PM main responsibilities include:
- Planning all steps of monthly food cash transfer (including financial components)
- Ensuring qualitative monitoring of the projects’ activities and impact
- Supervising continuous assessment of population needs (including current caseload, new arrivals and newly identified vulnerable households), in link with the Protection and Community Outreach (PCO) team, in order to integrate most vulnerable households into the projects
Tasks and Responsibilities:
- Project planning and implementation**: He/she ensures the proper implementation and monitoring of the food security and livelihoods activities, with a strong focus on qualitative aspects.
- Information sharing, assessments and referral system: As per the Integrated Community based approach developed by PUI in the area of intervention, he/she participates to the development and follow up of the internal and external referrals system linked with Food Security activities. He/she ensures an in depth analysis of data collected by the FS teams, and shares analysis and data with the relevant departments.
- Team management and capacity building: He/she supervises the ‘Food Security team’. He/she supervises capacity building support to the project team as appropriate and training activities on the basis of identified needs. He/she suggests modifications in terms of FS team structuring and responsibilities’ split.
- Capitalization, reporting and development: He/she is responsible for the qualitative production of internal and external activities’ reports. He/she supports the DFCP and/or FC and the Grants Officer in providing sufficient and detailed information for program reporting for donors and PUI HQ. He/she contributes to ongoing capitalization efforts regarding program methodologies, lessons learnt and challenges. He/she drafts specific Activity Forms as per the mission’s learning strategy in direct link with the MEAL department. He/she contributes to the adjustment of current intervention or/and development of new interventions on the basis of identified needs.
- Representation and coordination: She/he ensures an efficient coordination with the other departments of the base. She/he ensures field representation and coordination with local stakeholder and partners. Part of the activities managed by the FSL PM is within a consortium with other organizations. The FSL PM will support the DFCP, Field Coordinator and technical coordinators in the overall coordination aspects linked to the running of the partnership consortium.
- Logistics and Finance: She/he coordinates with the Logs and Admin/Finance teams to mobilize effectively the resources allocated to the program supervised, including forecasting any adjustments needed, taking into consideration determined budget and compliance with logistics and administrative procedures. He/she is responsible for the activity budget lines of his/her project budget and for following-up on the expenditures while providing monthly budget forecast.
- Safety and Security: He/she contributes to compliance with safety rules within the mission, especially by the program team under his/her management and communicates any security/safety-related information to the base Security Focal Point.
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Experiences and Training
- Relevant master degree from an accredited academic institution preferably in Nutrition, Social Work, Agriculture, Economic Development
- Project management
- Needs assessment
- 2 years as a manager of humanitarian projects
- Previous experience with Food Security interventions (at least one previous experience in cash transfers programming)
- Knowledge of integrated / multi-sector approach
- Previous experience with database systems
Knowledge and skills
- Demonstrating good knowledge of UN and NGO mandates and programs in the humanitarian responses, post conflict construction and development/resilience
- Excellent planning and organizational skills
- Excellent writing skills
- Very good Knowledge of project management
Required Personal Characteristics
- Ability to provide/structure instructions clearly and concisely both orally and in writing
- A high sense of discretion and integrity when dealing with sensitive protection information
- High degree of responsibility, initiative, alertness, emotional stability, the ability to prioritize a heavy workload and to delegate accordingly
- Professional attitude and the ability to build successful working relationships with contacts outside of the projects. Demonstrate an integrated approach and attitude through normal work activities and a thorough understanding of community-based protection issues in the country of operation
- Self-motivated, flexible and adaptable to the needs of the team and organization
- Strong commitment to support/develop capacity of national staff and developing second layer of leadership
- Team player: proven management ability and inter-personal skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Problem solving and leadership skills
- Ability to work independently while taking initiatives and showing a sense of responsibility
- Sense of diplomacy
- Analytical skills
- Organization, rigor and ability to meet deadlines
- Ability to live in a large community
- Ability to work in volatile and secluded contexts
Languages: English (good proficiency in oral and written needed)
- Fixed-Term Contract: 6 months minimum
- Starting date: Février 2020
- Monthly Gross Income: : from 1 980 up to 2 145 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI
- Cost Covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…
- Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation
- Housing in collective accommodation
- Daily Living Expenses « Per diem »
- Break Policy : 5 working days at 3 and 9 months + break allowance
- Paid Leaves Policy : 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months
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