Nigeria – A Protection Project Manager in Maiduguri
Starting date : March 2020
Duration of Mission: 6 months minimum
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.
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 development disparities between North and South of the country, from inequalities between rich and poor, and from a high rate of corruption, at every level of the economic and administrative system. Moreover, Nigeria experiences a great ethnic and religious diversity. 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
In 2001, the group called Boko Haram initiated social action and education activities in response to a corrupt state that leaves out a large part of the population. Over the years, the group began to carry out violent actions and to start a real armed rebellion against the government of Nigeria. In 2015, the Nigerian army received military support from neighboring countries (Cameroon, Niger, Benin and Chad) and a Western military coalition (United States, France, United Kingdom) to support their actions against armed-opposition groups in NE Nigeria. In August 2016, a schism was observed between JAS (Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’Awati Wal-Jihad – the historical branch) led by the historical member of the group: Abubakar Shekau and ISWAP, the current Caliphate province in West Africa led by Al Barnawi, appointed by Al Baghdadi of Raqqa. Since then, the State of Borno has been under the influence of these two armed groups and civilian populations subject to extreme violence and the devastating consequences of the conflict.
Since 2015, the Government of Nigeria (GoN) and his allies in the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) have retaken control of some of the AOGs’ controlled aread, starting with Maiduguri MMC and others towns, but the conflict continues, reducing humanitarian actors’ access to civilians. This large-scale violence in north-eastern Nigeria and on its borders is causing massive internal displacement, particularly in Borno State, and has resulted in one of the world’s largest protection crises, in which civilians face serious risks to their lives, safety, well-being and human rights.
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 2019, close to 3.4 million displaced and returnees have been registered in Northern Nigeria, sometimes under conditions that have not been voluntary, safe and dignified. Projection for 2019 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 55% 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) 2019 estimated some 7.1 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 2019 (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.
As part of our activities in Nigeria, we are looking for a Protection Project Manager based in Maiduguri
Under the supervision of the Deputy Field Coordinator for Programs (DFCP), the Protection Project Manager is responsible for the timely and qualitative implementation of all PUI’s protection activities in Maiduguri. Part of PUI’s holistic approach in Bolori II, PUI’s protection activities include a large community based protection component, of which the Protection PM is responsible.
The Protection PM main objectives are as follow:
- Continue to develop and strengthen a strong internal and external referral system, including referral identification methodology, mechanism, and pathways, in close coordination with other PUI specific departments and specialized service providers.
- Contribute to develop PUI’s GBV Case management system (consultancy up-coming) and implement pilot activities in line with the GBV response in emergencies minimum standards, using a survivor-centered approach.
- Develop and strengthen PUI’s individual protection assistance (IPA) to respond to immediate protection risks
- Contribute to the identification of emerging needs in the targeted areas and perform rapid protection assessments
- Develop and strengthen PUI’s community based protection interventions, including: rights awareness, community network, community PSS activities, capacity building etc. following a strong community outreach approach.
- Implement sound protection monitoring activities when relevant and in line with best practices, to contribute to collect, analyze, and share reliable and purposed protection information and knowledge in order to strengthen PUI’s protection and sectorial response, and inform humanitarian actors in line with PIM Principles
- Contribute to strengthen PUI’s expertise in protection and contribute to learning and development in close collaboration with other PUI Protection PMs and PUI Protection Coordinator and MEAL teams.
This position will be critical to:
- Ensure a continuous grasp on the population needs
- Reinforce PUI integrated approach through the set-up of robust internal referral pathways
- Strengthen PUI reactivity responding to emerging humanitarian needs (outbreaks, new displacements in the area of intervention, etc.)
- Offer support to individuals with protection needs through individual assistance, individual case management, and integrated referral.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
- Project planning and implementation: She/he monitors protection program progress, including the qualitative and quantitative aspects; and enforces policies, standards & codes of conduct.
- Information sharing, assessments and referral system: He/she participates to strengthen and follow up of the internal and external referrals system. He/she ensures an in depth analysis of data collected by the Protection teams, and shares a monthly protection monitoring report with relevant partners. He/she contributes to the design and supervises the implementation of multi-sector assessments and leads the relevant internal and external referrals pertaining to the needs identified.
- Team management and capacity building: 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 Protection team structuring and responsibilities’ split. He/She ensures protection trainings to PUI identified staff (GBV, Child Protection etc.).
- 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 contributes to the adjustment of current intervention or/and development of new interventions on the basis of identified needs.
- Representation and coordination: Upon request from his/her supervisors, he/she ensures and coordinates the PUI’s sectorial representation in the area which he/she is responsible for among partners, donors, authorities and other stakeholders and participate to the Ad Hoc relevant meetings. She/he ensures an efficient coordination with the other departments of the base.
- 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 in relevant field (International Law, International Relations, Humanitarian Assistance, Social Work…)
- Min.2 years of experience as a manager of humanitarian projects in the protection sector
- 4 Strong experience in community based protection activities / individual Protection / GBV case management
- Previous experience with setting up protection information management systems and knowledge of protection information management processes and activities
Knowledge and Skills:
- Excellent planning and organizational skills
- Excellent writing skills and strong communication
- Solid experience in project development and management
- Strong capacity building, facilitation, and presentation skills
- Good knowledge of institutional donors regulations and policies
- Ability to work flexibly in a diverse team, with proven leadership skills
Languages: English (good proficiency in oral and written needed)
- Fixed-Term Contract: 12 months minimum
- Starting Date: March 2020
- Monthly Gross Income: from 1 815 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: collective accomodation
- 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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