Programme Assistant, Village Savings & Loans Association at ChristianAid Nigeria


Programme Assistant, Village Savings & Loans Association

  • Salary (full time):₦3,187,627 Salary (full time)
  • Full time salary:3187627
  • Type of contract:Fixed Term
  • Contracted hours:35
  • Contract length:7 months
  • Location:Mongunu
  • Closing date:7 February 2020
  • Interview date:18 February 2020

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About us

Christian Aid (CA) is a UK-based international NGO, partnering with others to end poverty in Africa. At the heart of this vision is the transformation of the lives of people who live in poverty, empowering them to have a brighter future. Christian Aid works in more than 30 countries and has been operating in Nigeria since 2003. The Nigeria Country programme focuses on Humanitarian and Sustainable Development, Democracy and Good Governance and Health and Human Development.

About the role

The Programme Assistant VSLA (PA VSLA) will be responsible for implementing all VSLA project activities in the target communities in Monguno LGA, both directly and indirectly through training/mentoring of project community volunteers and VSLA village agents and linking up with relevant Borno state Ministries and Agencies, other NGO and private sector actors at the community level. The VSLA Assistant will focus on village savings and loans associations activities as well as working in close collaboration with other field staff to ensure that related programme issues are coordinated.  S/he will be reporting to the  Programme Officer, Income Generating Activity/ Village Savings and Loans Association.

About you

You must possess a degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Economics or any related field. You are required to have a  minimum of 2 year experience in   implementing community-level development projects, using participatory engagement and grassroots mobilization techniques.  You must have experience working on value chain actors and their service providers (Private BDS providers), experience working on disaster risk reduction, farmer field schools, asset transfer and revolving fund management; and working with community-based saving and lending groups. You must have excellent training and facilitation skills with a wide variety of groups having diverse experiences, backgrounds, skills, and education levels. You must have excellent verbal communication and listening skills. Ability to speak at least one local language predominant in that state is essential.

Ability to multi-task, engage in long-term planning, meet deadlines, and handles last-minute demands; exercise patience, and adapt to changing circumstances

Further information

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

You can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits, including 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:

Build partnership

Give us an example of when you treated others with dignity and respect while recognising that they had different ideas and views to you. What was the situation? How were you aware of the differences involved? What was your task? What outcome were you trying to achieve? What actions did you take? How did you demonstrate dignity and respect? What was the result of your actions? Were you successful? If so, how did you know?

Deliver result

Please tell us about a time when you were particularly conscious of the quality of your work and how you ensured it met the standards required. What was the situation? Which piece of work? Why was it memorable? What were you asked to do? What action(s) did you take to check the quality and standard? Were you successful? If so, how did you know?

Communicate effectively

Tell us about a time when you were aware that your words and actions were not communicating effectively and you had to adapt what you were saying or how you were saying it. What was the context? What was the task? How did you know you were not communicating effectively? How did you adapt what you said or did? What was/were the outcome(s)?

Please note that Christian Aid is an equal opportunity organisation and does not request applicants to make payment as part of any recruitment process


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