Search for Common Ground SFCG Job Recruitment [3 new]

Latest Search for Common Ground SFCG jobs vacancies in Nigeria October, 2021

  • Consultant – Early Warning and Early Response (EWER) and Transformative Dialogue Training
  • Roving Design Monitoring Evaluation & Learning Coordinator
  • Deputy Programme / Economic Reintegration Manager

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes the peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, Search’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict – away from destructive approaches towards cooperative solutions. With more than 600 staff worldwide, Search implements projects in more than 30 countries across the globe.

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes the peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, Search’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict – away from destructive approaches towards cooperative solutions. With more than 600 staff worldwide, Search implements projects in more than 30 countries across the globe.

Search for Common Ground Nigeria

Job Title: Consultant – Early Warning and Early Response (EWER) and Transformative Dialogue Training

Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Employment Type: Full Time

Purpose of the Consultancy

  • The purpose of the consultancy is to develop early warning and early response (EWER) and transformative dialogue training modules and to facilitate training of trainers for project partners in Maiduguri.
  • Search is looking at engaging a training institute with strong expertise in capacity building within the field of conflict, peacebuilding and social cohesion to work with Search’s RESILAC project team to design training content, modules/materials that will serve the need of the target participants.

About the Project

  • The overall objective of the RESILAC project is to contribute to the economic recovery and to the strengthening of the resilience and the social cohesion of the territories of the Lake Chad basin most impacted by the Lake Chad crisis and the climate change. The specific objectives of the project are:
    • Strengthening human capital, social cohesion and collective and sustainable management of natural resources in targeted territories;
    • Promoting economic recovery in targeted areas and the resilience of the most vulnerable populations, especially young people and women, through access to employment and agro-sylvo-pastoral production systems intensified and adapted to climate change;
    • Valuing and consolidating the actors of the targeted territories by encouraging dialogue and commitment, and reinforcing their capacities according to the skills and roles of each one; and Producing useful knowledge for the quality of project activities in a crisis context and for decision-making by local actors.
  • Search for Common Ground (Search) is responsible for implementation of objective 1 in Borno State, in partnership with Action Against Hunger and Neem Foundation.
  • This will contribute to the creation of the conditions for a broad alliance in these territories by recreating social links between and within the communities most affected by the crisis and by helping victims of violence overcome their traumas and to resume trust. Collective and participatory activities will make it possible to offer means of analysis and shared actions to peacefully manage conflict, access and use of limited natural resources.

Methodology

  • The Consultant will follow a methodology and training curriculum agreed upon with Search prior to implementation of the trainings. The facilitators will be expected to utilize a mixed approach of facilitating training that is participatory and engaging to ensure active participation and increase learning outcome.
  • The training will engage about 30 participants, targeting the project partners from civil society organizations (CSOs) and community based organizations (CBOs) from the target LGAs of the project. Search’s RESILAC team will provide support to the consultant to prepare and implement trainings.

Deliverables:

  • Develop a comprehensive training module that will provide an effective guide to reinforce learning outcomes and serve as reference material for the participants.
  • Facilitation of five days early warning and early response training of trainers for civil society and community-based organizations in Maiduguri.
  • Facilitation of five days transformative dialogues training for civil society and community-based organizations in Maiduguri.
  • Design detailed training agenda and curriculum for trainings to be reviewed and approved by the RESILAC Project Manager and Capacity Building and Training Specialist
  • Produce Pre- and post-tests for the trainings based on training curriculum 
  • Develop appropriate training aids as necessary (ex: case studies, presentations in Power-point, handout and any relevant document(s)
  • A detailed report for each of the training sessions conducted sharing highlights, successes, pictures, and feedback for improvement of future programming.
  • Reporting Line
  • The Consultant will work under the direct supervision of Search’s RESILAC Project Manager and with support from the RESILAC Senior Community Mobilization Officers.

Required Profile
Education:

  • The facilitators must possess at least Masters’s or post-graduate in Conflict Studies, Peace Building, Development Studies or other relevant fields.

Experience:

  • The consulting institute must be specialized in facilitating trainings in the field of Conflict, peacebuilding and social cohesion with a track record of successes.
  • The institute must be registered with the appropriate authority and possess a minimum of 5 years of experience in training within the aforementioned field.

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • The consultant must be familiar with the context of Northeast Nigeria with focus on conflict dynamics of the Lake Chad region.
  • Must be resident in Maiduguri or able and willing to travel to Maiduguri
  • Excellent facilitation skills and high capacity to engage participants
  • Ability to create a safe space for participants of diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent written communication and report writing skills in English
  • Basic IT and typing skills
  • Fluency in Hausa and/or Kanuri and knowledge of other languages indigenous to Northeastern Nigeria will be an added advantage.
  • Motivation and self-discipline to work without supervision.

Budget and Terms of Engagement

  • The consultancy will begin November 22, 2021. The first training should commence by November 29, 2021. All training reports should be completed no later than December 15, 2021. 
  • The entire consultancy will cover a period of 15 working days (5 day for each training, 3 days for development of training material and 2 days for report writing).     
  • 5% withholding tax will be deducted at source from the total cost of the consultancy fee
  • All logistics arrangement should be included in the proposed budget

The consultant is required to respect the following Ethical Principles:

  • Comprehensive and systematic inquiry: Consultant should make the most of the existing information and full range of stakeholders available at the time of the review. Consultant should conduct systematic, data-based inquiries. He or she should communicate his or her methods and approaches accurately and in sufficient detail to allow others to understand, interpret and critique his or her work. He or she should make clear the limitations of the review and its results.
  • Competence: Consultant should possess the abilities and skills and experience appropriate to undertake the tasks proposed and should practice within the limits of his or her professional training and competence.
  • Honesty and integrity: Consultant should be transparent with the contractor/constituent about: any conflict of interest, any change made in the negotiated project plan and the reasons why those changes were made, any risk that certain procedures or activities produce misleading review information.
  • Respect for people: Consultant respect the security, dignity and self-worth of respondents, program participants. Consultant has the responsibility to be sensitive to and respect differences amongst participants in culture, religion, gender, disability, age and ethnicity.
  • In addition, the consultant will respect SFCG’s evaluations standards, to be found in SFCG’s evaluation guidelines: https://www.sfcg.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/SFCG-External-Evaluation-Guidelines-FINAL.pdf

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Application Documents
Interested candidates should send the following to our Career Portal:

  • 1 technical offer detailing the methodology of the training and providing a detailed agenda, in English (max 4 pages);
  • 2 examples of past trainings where facilitators were the lead trainers;
  •  1 financial offer detailing the costs of the services;
  • 2 references of organizations who can verify the quality of the consultant’s work.
  • Two sample of training reports authored by the Consultant.
  • Certificate of Incorporation/Business Registration Certificate.
  • Resume of the trainers.
  • Tax income certificate.

Note

  • Submitted offers will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and selection made according to the following criteria:
    • Financial offer will be awarded based on the lowest cost basis but with following criteria: (i) Cost proposal submitted cites specific rates by each major items; and (ii) Relevance and consistency with technical proposal.
    • Excellent experience with both the content/subject-matter area of what she or he will be training.
    • Consultant’s availability and ability to conduct the training on time.
  • Please note that the system only has the functionality to upload two documents per application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please
  • All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Collaboration- Audacity – Tenacity – Empathy – Results. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest and Anti-fraud. Search is committed to safeguarding the interests, rights, and well-being of children, youth and vulnerable adults with whom it is in contact and to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for children, youth, and vulnerable adults.
  • Search for Common Ground does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Job Title: Senior Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer

Location: Yola,Adamawa
Employment Type: Full Time

Position Summary

  • Search for Common Ground seeks a professional, motivated, and creative Senior Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer who will support the DMEL Manager in working with the Institutional Learning Team and carry out all the strategic and functional responsibilities of design, monitoring, evaluation and learning for Adamawa Projects.
  • S/he will work under the direct supervision of the DMEL Manager and in close coordination with the Regional Head of Office, Project team leads, State Coordinators, the Conflict Analyst, all project Conflict Analysts, and the Media Communications team.
  • The position will be based in Adamawa and will frequently travel to the field in Search’s current and emerging field offices.

About the Project

  • While clashes are often understood in ethno-religious terms due to the spread of unreliable information, competing claims to land, water and other natural resources are at the root of growing tensions between farmer and herder communities in Nigeria. Indeed, pressure on natural resources has increased due to demographic growth, expanding human settlements, privatization of land, year-round farming practices, environmental degradation, and climate change.
  • As a result, herders’ cattle more frequently wander into cultivated land. In the absence of mutually agreed upon solutions, disputes over crop damage, livestock theft, and water pollution have increasingly turned violent. Traditional conflict resolution mechanisms have been pushed beyond its breaking point and trust in authorities is at an all-time low due to widespread inaction, impunity, and a perceived bias.
  • To contribute to the mitigation of conflict over natural resources, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Search for Common Ground (Search), and Mercy Corps have designed a comprehensive and integrated approach that builds on the comparative strengths of each organization. Search is building on its extensive work on early warning and response, trust building through dialogue, and promoting of positive perceptions through reliable information and peace messaging.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate weekly with the DMEL Manager to determine priority tasks.
  • Ensure the state team Support quality, conflict sensitive, innovative and effective DM&E process in North East;
  • Develop data collection tools using kobocollect, ODK and other IT related tools
  • Support the DM&E Manager in providing ongoing technical support in proposal development, monitoring, reflective practice, evaluation and learning;
  • Implementing SFCG M&E standards around project planning meetings, baseline studies, data collection tools, monitoring missions and evaluations in the North East;
  • Establish appropriate data collection methodologies and strategies to evaluate peacebuilding in North East;
  • Enable program teams to utilize evaluation findings and communicate results effectively;
  • Strengthen DM&E capacities of SFCG program staff and partners;
  • Supporting recruitment and management (if needed) of external consultants for specific projects;
  • Support DM&E Manager conduct internal evaluations when appropriate based on SFCG Evaluation Guidelines and Policies;
  • Contribute to developing organization-wide DM&E tools, systems, and processes 
  • Supporting DM&E Manager in facilitating cross-organizational learning, which includes providing information, guidelines, lessons learned, and user-friendly learning tools on DM&E on the Institutional Learning Team Intranet website.

Job Requirements
Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Research Methodologies, Social Sciences, Computer Science or related disciplines/areas;
  • Additional education in conflict management, media for peacebuilding, communication for social change would be a strong asset.

Required Experience:

  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience in field monitoring, evaluation design, empirical and statistical analysis, management information systems and/or information management design is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in coordinating and working with international donors and grantees on PMEL/MLE systems.
  • Experience in supporting and monitoring field-based programs in North-East Nigeria.
  • Experience in managing databases and coordinating evaluations, surveys and impact monitoring.
  • Professional training in project management.

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Collaborative working style that enables coaching and training in M&E principles and best-practices
  • Good knowledge of the local languages will be an asset.
  • Proficiency at using Microsoft office software: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc. is required.
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills;
  • Innovative, analytical and detailed oriented
  • Knowledge of data software such as STATA, SPSS;
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills;
  • A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace; Ability to prioritize, plan and organize workflow to tight timeframes, handle multiple tasks, and be flexible with changing priorities.
  • Attention to detail and ability to follow up on tasks to completion is required.
  • Experience of working in a conflict environment is a plus.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English is required.
  • Fluency in one or more of the local state languages in the North Eastern part of Nigeria is required.

Application Closing Date
1st November, 2021.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Application Documents
Interested candidates should send the following to our Career Portal:

  • Current resume 
  • Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date).

Note

  • This position is only open to Nigerian national.
  • Please note that the system only has the functionality to upload two documents per application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please
  • All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Collaboration- Audacity – Tenacity – Empathy – Results. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest and Anti-fraud. Search is committed to safeguarding the interests, rights, and well-being of children, youth and vulnerable adults with whom it is in contact and to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for children, youth, and vulnerable adults.
  • Search for Common Ground does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Job Title: Roving Design Monitoring Evaluation & Learning Coordinator

Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Employment Type: Full Time
Reports to: National DMEL Manager

Position Summary

  • Search for Common Ground seeks a professional, motivated, and creative Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator.
  • The Roving Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator supports the design, development and implementation of a monitoring and evaluation system within the assigned area.
  • S/he gathers, analyzes, and processes complex information related to all aspects of program activity implementation.
  • The incumbent carries out his/her work according to an established standard operating procedure for collecting data, monitoring project progress and measuring program inputs/outputs.
  • These positions would be based in Abuja Nigeria with frequent travel to the field within the respective field offices.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate weekly with DMEL Manager to determine priority tasks.
  • Ensure the state team is aware of and up to date on all DMEL tasks and reports.
  • Conduct site visits during the project implementation phase in assigned areas.
  • In concert with the DMEL Manager, develop Monitoring and Evaluation plans for field-level Activities.
  • Implement Search M&E standards around project planning meetings, data collection tools, monitoring missions as required.
  • Produce a “routine monitoring report” (RMR) according to an approved template for each site visit prior to the indicator verification visit.
  • Identify lessons learned, constraints, and project impacts based on determined theme and/or sector for inclusion in Monthly and Quarterly Reports.
  • Share observations from monitoring visits with DMEL Manager when findings demonstrate questionable actions.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for Media & Communications office when developing impact assessments, success stories, newsletters and weekly reporting.
  • Undertake comprehensive analysis of projects based on history of site visits; present findings to Associate DMEL Manager in a concise and professional manner.
  • Support quality, conflict sensitive, innovative and effective DMEL process in all offices;
  • Implementing SFCG M&E standards around project planning meetings, baseline studies, listenership surveys, data collection processes, monitoring missions and evaluations in all offices;
  • Coordinate monthly and quarterly reflection and learning sessions with Search Staff in the State offices.
  • Represent the program positively and professionally in both internal and external environments.
  • Participate in professional training and development activities, as necessary.

Strategic Objectives:

  • Collection of case studies and success stories across the projects suitable for external audiences.
  • Conduct project monitoring visits on a regular basis and report findings to the project teams and DM&E team through spot checks with project volunteers,
  • Maintenance of up to date databases and indicator tracking table of the project capturing progress against target.
  • Conduct/Support monthly review and quarterly project reflection meetings for projects within your jurisdiction.
  • Conduct Quarterly DQA and share report on a quarterly basis.
  • Support evaluations for all projects within your jurisdiction.

Qualifications & Requirements
Education:

  • University Degree is required; University Degree in International Development, Social Science, Economics, or related field is desired. (Masters will be an added advantage)
  • Additional education in conflict management, media for peacebuilding, communication for social change would be a strong asset.

Required Experience:

  • A minimum of 6 years experience in field monitoring, evaluation design, empirical and statistical analysis, management information systems and/or information management design is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in coordinating and working with international donors and grantees on PMEL/MLE systems.
  • Experience in supporting and monitoring field-based programs in Nigeria
  • Experience in managing databases and coordinating evaluations, surveys and impact monitoring.
  • Professional training in project management.

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Collaborative working style that enables coaching and training in M&E principles and best-practices.
  • Good knowledge of the local languages will be an asset.
  • Proficiency at using Microsoft office software: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc. is required.
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills;
  • Innovative, analytical and detailed oriented
  • Knowledge of data software such as STATA, SPSS;
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills;
  • A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace;
  • Ability to prioritize, plan and organize workflow to tight timeframes, handle multiple tasks, and be flexible with changing priorities.
  • Attention to detail and ability to follow up on tasks to completion is required.
  • Experience of working in a conflict environment is a plus.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English is required.

Application Closing Date
1st November, 2021.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Application Documents
Interested candidates should send the following to our Career Portal:

  • Current resume 
  • Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date).

Note

  • This position is only open to Nigerian national.
  • Please note that the system only has the functionality to upload two documents per application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please
  • All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Collaboration- Audacity – Tenacity – Empathy – Results. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest and Anti-fraud. Search is committed to safeguarding the interests, rights, and well-being of children, youth and vulnerable adults with whom it is in contact and to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for children, youth, and vulnerable adults.
  • Search for Common Ground does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Job Title: Deputy Programme / Economic Reintegration Manager | Search for Common Ground (SFCG)

Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Employment Type: Full Time
Reports to: Child Protection Manager
Direct Reports: The Deputy Project Manager will provide administrative and functional line management to the 13 project staff.    

Position Summary

  • The Deputy Project Manager supports the direct implementation of the “Supporting the Socio-Economic Reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Groups, and other vulnerable children, in North East Nigeria” project. This will ensure timely and quality implementation of all project activities as defined in the proposal. 
  • The Deputy Project Manager will motivate, inspire and support the project team through leadership and line management. The Deputy Project Manager will work closely with the Child Protection Manager to provide complementary management of the overall project. 

Relationship:

  • Reports to: Child Protection Manager
  • Direct Reports: The Deputy Project Manager will provide administrative and functional line management to the 13 project staff.   
  • Working Relations: Child Protection Manager; Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager; Media Coordinator, North East; Psychosocial Support Coordinator; and other Senior Managers.

About the Project

  • In the past decade, states in the North East region of Nigeria have faced frequent attacks by Boko Haram militants leading to widespread displacement, violations of national laws, international humanitarian and human rights laws, and a deepening humanitarian crisis. Children, who are the most vulnerable members of society, have suffered the worst impacts as pre-existing problems of access to social protection, education and healthcare increase, new threats emerge, and the systems to protect children fails.
  • This project aims to ensure that children verified and separated from CJTF receive a comprehensive child protection package including counselling, psychosocial support and socio-economic reintegration and that their communities understand the importance of their separation and reintegration. Search will work closely with the children, their families and communities, and CJTF to address the psychosocial and economic needs of the children and to influence the attitudes of communities and CJTF so they understand the negative impact of associating with armed groups on children and prevent the CJTF from using children.
  • By increasing the resilience of children associated with CJTF and increasing their employability, this project will facilitate lasting reintegration of these children and amplify positive narratives around their role in communities as productive civilian actors and agents for peace

Roles and Responsibilities
Team Management:

  • Motivate, inspire and support the project team through leadership and Administrative Line Management. This includes approving leave, timesheets, support with financial processes and pastoral care. 
  • Provide informal supervision and check-ins with each team members to assess their performance, and support with any areas identified. 
  • Carry out Development Evaluation Processes for each annual year, including identifying challenges and successes of team members.  
  • Support in identifying capacity building needs for the team and collaborate with the Child Protection Manager to respond to these e.g. through developing trainings, coaching, reflection sessions, and lessons learned meetings. 
  • Provide training to the project team, including community-based personnel such as Community Case Workers on Code of Conduct, with integrated PSEA (Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse). Violations will be investigated through HR in Abuja, however ensure the necessary information is shared with the Child Protection Manager. 

Programme Implementation, Oversight, and Quality Assurance:

  • Actively follow up with the team on day-to-day implementation and status of activities pending or delivered, according to Project Work plan. 
  • Actively monitor the project through field visits and ongoing communication with partners and team to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential challenges. Discuss any issues that arise with Child Protection Manager and identify solutions to resolve these/ refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
  • Provide direction to project activities to meaningfully address needs as identified by the project. Ensure solution-focused approach applied consistently.  
  • Ensure accurate implementation of the project work plan and support the Child Protection Manager in drafting the work plan if needed. 
  • Advise Child Protection Manager of context-specific analysis and recommendations relating to the project. 
  • Ensure socio-economic reintegration activities are conflict-sensitive, and promote an inclusive, community-based approach to reintegration, as guided by the Paris Principles and Guidelines on Children Formerly Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups, while being in the best interest of the child. 
  • Work closely with the DMEL Team to ensure to ensure ongoing relationship building, support to the project and informal feedback on project activities.   
  • Ensure periodic meetings such as interviews and focus group discussions with beneficiaries to ascertain their wishes and feelings in relation to the project to ensure project quality and best interests upheld.

Reporting:

  • Support with completing project documentation in accordance with project policies and funding source requirements.
  • Support in drafting and completion of monthly, quarterly and end of year project reports
  • Provide technical input to project implementation to achieve targets, contribute to progress reports as requested, technical reports, and other deliverables.

Budget Management:

  • Support preparation/ review of necessary financial documentation e.g. relating to Purchase Requests, as lead by the budget available per activity as needed. Ensure these are submitted to Child Protection Manager for approval.
  • Support Child Protection Manager as needed on budget-related tasks e.g. forecasting, costing work plans, tracking allocations, reviewing budget versus actuals, etc.
  • Escalate any budget discrepancies/ issues/ needs identified to the Child Protection Manager.

Representation and Coordination:

  • Build coalitions and networks with local partners for project’s effectiveness. Continue to mobilize these networks to support smooth implementation of project objectives and sustainability.
  • Provide substantive support to meetings such as conferences, workshops including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, planning of high-level visits.
  • Maintain donor communication in absence of Child Protection Manager.
  • Represent Search in external meetings, including Child Protection Working Group Meetings, Reintegration Technical Working Group or other meetings, as requested.

Economic Reintegration:

  • Motivate, inspire and support the project team through leadership and Administrative Line Management. This includes approving leave, timesheets, support with financial processes and pastoral care. 
  • Provide informal supervision and check-ins with each team members to assess their performance, and support with any areas identified. 
  • Carry out Development Evaluation Processes for each annual year, including identifying challenges and successes of team members.  
  • Support in identifying capacity-building needs for the team and collaborate with the Child Protection Manager to respond to these e.g. through developing trainings, coaching, reflection sessions, and lessons learned meetings. 
  • Provide training to the project team, including community-based personnel such as Community Case Workers on Code of Conduct, with integrated PSEA (Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse). Violations will be investigated through HR in Abuja, however ensure the necessary information is shared with the Child Protection Manager. 
  • Actively follow up with the team on day-to-day implementation and status of activities pending or delivered, according to Project Work plan. 
  • Actively monitor the project through field visits and ongoing communication with partners and team to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential challenges. Discuss any issues that arise with Child Protection Manager and identify solutions to resolve these/ refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
  • Provide direction to project activities to meaningfully address needs as identified by the project. Ensure solution-focused approach applied consistently.  
  • Ensure accurate implementation of the project work plan and support the Child Protection Manager in drafting the work plan if needed. 
  • Advise Child Protection Manager of context specific analysis and recommendations relating to the project. 
  • Ensure socio-economic reintegration activities are conflict-sensitive, and promote an inclusive, community-based approach to reintegration, as guided by the Paris Principles and Guidelines on Children Formerly Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups, while being in the best interest of the child. 
  • Work closely with the DMEL Team to ensure to ensure ongoing relationship building, support to the project and informal feedback on project activities.   
  • Ensure periodic meetings such as interviews and focus group discussions with beneficiaries to ascertain their wishes and feelings in relation to the project to ensure project quality and best interests upheld.
  • Support with completing project documentation in accordance with project policies and funding source requirements. 
  • Support in drafting and completion of monthly, quarterly and end of year project reports
  • Provide technical input to project implementation to achieve targets, contribute to progress reports as requested, technical reports, and other deliverables.
  • Support preparation/ review of necessary financial documentation e.g. relating to Purchase Requests, as lead by the budget available per activity as needed. Ensure these are submitted to Child Protection Manager for approval. 
  • Support Child Protection Manager as needed on budget related tasks e.g. forecasting, costing work plans, tracking allocations, reviewing budget versus actuals, etc. 
  • Escalate any budget discrepancies/ issues/ needs identified to the Child Protection Manager.  
  • Build coalitions and networks with local partners for project’s effectiveness. Continue to mobilize these networks to support smooth implementation of project objectives and sustainability. 
  • Provide substantive support to meetings such as conferences, workshops including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, planning of high level visits. 
  • Maintain donor communication in absence of Child Protection Manager. 
  • Represent Search in external meetings, including Child Protection Working Group Meetings, Reintegration Technical Working Group or other meetings, as requested. 
  • Lead on the design and implementation of the Economic Reintegration component of project, leading the project team to undertake activities in a timely manner. 
  • Ensure Code of Conduct and PSEA training are delivered to all mentors and ensure regular follow-up. Ensure they all sign the CoC and are aware of how to report. 
  • Ensure Code of Conduct and PSEA training are delivered to children and ensure they are aware of how to report. 
  • Ensure high-quality mentors are identified to train selected children. Undertake continual relationship-building and open communication with mentors.
  • Assist partners to identify, cultivate and sustain relationships necessary to create a community support network necessary to sustain reintegration efforts. 
  • Ensure vocations are selected based on findings from Market Analysis. 
  • Undertake quality assurance checks by following up with children and mentors. Flag any concerns and share updates with Child Protection Manager and team. 
  • Provide coaching in areas identified through quality checks. 

Qualifications / Experience
Education:

  • An Advanced University Degree (Master’s or higher) in Business Management, Economics, Social Work, Psychology, Social Science or related field; a first Degree with commensurate years of experience will also be considered.

Required Experience:

  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in socio-economic development, planning and management in child protection-related areas is required.
  • Experience in emergency response is essential
  • Relevant experience in programme development in child protection related areas in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is considered as an added advantage

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Highly organized and systematic with excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Excellent cross-cultural communication and working skills, enjoys a multicultural work environment;
  • Excellent training and communication skills
  • Proven ability to work independently under difficult conditions
  • Excellent advocacy skills
  • Fluency in English is required.

Application Closing Date
7th October, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Application Documents
Interested candidates should send the following to our Career Portal:

  • Current resume 
  • Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date).

Note

  • Please compile your writing sample and resume into one document as the system only has the functionality to upload two documents per application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • The recruitment will be conducted on a rolling basis.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work.
  • All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Collaboration- Audacity – Tenacity – Empathy – Results. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest and Anti-fraud. Search is committed to safeguarding the interests, rights, and well-being of children, youth and vulnerable adults with whom it is in contact and to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for children, youth, and vulnerable adults.
  • Search for Common Ground does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Job Title: Senior Enterprise Officer | Search for Common Ground SFCG | Locations: Maiduguri, Borno
Employment Type: Full-time | Reports to: Enterprise Coordinator
Direct Report: Enterprise assistant

Position Summary

  • The Senior Enterprise Officers work closely with the Enterprise Coordinator to implement the economic reintegration component of the “Supporting the Socio-Economic Reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Groups, and other vulnerable children, in North-East Nigeria” project.
  • This will ensure timely and quality implementation of all project activities as defined in the proposal. 
  • The Senior Enterprise Officer will support and coordinate training for enterprise beneficiary children to ensure they are equipped with technical skills and knowledge.
  • Enterprise Assistants will then ensure children of legal age are matched with mentors from their local community to develop skills through informal apprenticeships, before then being supported with seed grants to procure basic items to set up small scale businesses in their area of skills development. 
  • The senior Enterprise Officer will motivate, inspire and support children in target communities in making informed choices regarding their skills development, to assist them in the future.
  • Working Relationship: Case Management Officers, Community Mobilization Officers, Caseworkers.

About the Project

  • In the past decade, states in the North East region of Nigeria have faced frequent attacks by Boko Haram militants leading to widespread displacement, violations of national laws, international humanitarian and human rights laws, and a deepening humanitarian crisis. Children, who are the most vulnerable members of society, have suffered the worst impacts as pre-existing problems of access to social protection, education and healthcare increase, new threats emerge, and the systems to protect children fail.
  • This project aims to ensure that children verified and separated from CJTF receive a comprehensive child protection package including counselling, psychosocial support and socio-economic reintegration and that their communities understand the importance of their separation and reintegration. Search will work closely with the children, their families and communities, and CJTF to address the psychosocial and economic needs of the children and to influence the attitudes of communities and CJTF so they understand the negative impact of associating with armed groups on children and prevent the CJTF from using children. By increasing the resilience of children associated with CJTF and increasing their employability, this project will facilitate the lasting reintegration of these children and amplify positive narratives around their role in communities as productive civilian actors and agents for peace.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Identify & organize micro-enterprise training courses/workshops to facilitate the development of ‘start your own business skills of the target participants; Work directly with the enterprise beneficiaries providing training in microenterprise and  enrolling them in the apprenticeship programmes
  • Develop activity plans, terms of reference (TORs) and Purchase Requests (PRs) for the enterprise activities.
  • Support individual beneficiaries to open bank accounts
  • Conduct community mapping and maintain a database of artisans who can provide mentorship to the enterprise beneficiaries in various project locations; conduct safety assessment of all the identified artisans.
  • Provide support and information to target participants on job-seeking skills through support and referrals to other initiatives to increase their chances of employability;
  • Provide necessary support through Business Opportunities and Administrative Support sessions that will help trained target participants in identifying and accessing business startup kits, employment opportunities, and information on available economic resources;
  • Conduct weekly and ad-hoc monitoring visits to the beneficiaries under apprenticeship to assess the progress and conditions of their working environment.
  • Collect monitoring data from the field in line with program indicators and submit regular updates, reports and case studies on success stories and lessons learned;
  • Prepare activities reports on a regular basis and contribute to the period progress reports; Keep proper records of field expenditures when appropriate and report on these to the Project Manager;
  • Keep abreast of local context and security situations to provide feedback on Search’s weekly context analysis.

Requirements
Education:

  • University Degree or equivalent in Agriculture, Marketing, Business Management, Social Science, or a related field.

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years experience in marketing, livelihood, or a related field.
  • Minimum 2 years experience with business and strategy development processes.
  • Experience working with Children Associated with Armed Groups.

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Familiarity with principles including best interest of the child, do no harm, humanitarian principles, amongst others.
  • Strong cross-cultural communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Highly organised and systematic, with excellent attention to detail. 
  • Experience working in emergency settings
  • Experience working in different communities in Borno State
  • Experience working with refugees, IDPs, host communities, and other vulnerable populations 
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills

Desirable:

  • Native of Kanuri, Shuwa Arab
  • Good analytical, problem solving and project planning skills. 
  • Ability to prioritise, plan, organise workflow to tight timeframes, handle multiple tasks, and be flexible with changing priorities. 
  • Community-oriented and respect for local culture.
  • Good IT skills, particularly with MS Office – Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • Strong command of both written and spoken English.
  • Knowledge of a local language (Hausa, Kanuri) is a must.
  • Holds self and others to account to deliver on agreed goals and standards of behaviour.
  • Demonstrates a high degree of professionalism/integrity.
  • Provides good administrative and logistical support to the team.
  • Strong attitude towards teamwork and collaboration. 
  • Actively seeks support in addressing difficulties in the execution of duties.
  • Strategic thinking and effective contribution to own work and organisational development.
  • Sound judgement and decision-making in complex situations.
  • Strong emotional intelligence including self-awareness.
  • Leads by example to motivate high performance of others.
  • Strong commitment to continuous learning.

Application Closing Date
7th October, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note

  • Interested candidates should submit their Current Resume and Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date).
  • The recruitment will be conducted on a rolling basis.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Job Title: Finance Assistant | Search for Common Ground | Location: Yola, Adamawa | Employment Type: Full Time

Position Summary

  • Search for Common Ground seeks a Finance Assistant to provide financial support, liaising closely with the Admin and Logistics in the offices and the finance team to ensure good record-keeping, as well as liaising with the housekeeping staff to support the smooth running of the office.
  • The position holder will be responsible for a range of bookkeeping responsibilities as well as providing support on finance and project budget management functions.
  • Carrying out and recording relevant financial transactions as well as coordinating the financial coding of these transactions will all be part of your daily routine. You will oversee the maintenance and reconciliation of bank records and, as SFCG receives funding from a number of donors.
  • You will also be responsible for maintaining ledgers and contributing to the regular financial reporting.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support the Finance Lead in effective financial management of the project.
  • Ensure proper documentation of vouchers and receipts, financial reporting, proper coding of expenses, distribution of payments, tracking petty cash distribution and bank deposits;
  • Work closely with the Admin and Logistics unit to ensure timely payments for goods and services rendered to SFCG;
  • Support Finance Lead to strengthen financial and accounting systems – identifying gaps, weaknesses and issues and recommending and implementing solutions;
  • Ensure compliance with SFCG and donor accounting requirements.
  • Undertake regular reconciliation and other expenditures and income, according to agreed timeframes and standards.
  • Collaborate with SFCG finance teams in order to fulfill payments and other project expenditures.
  • Ensure that all expenditure is charged to the correct budget line.
  • Liaise with the Finance Lead to ensure smooth and proper coordination related to regular payments and purchases
  • Ensure overall financial compliance and management across the consortium
  • Follow up with consortium partners for financial tracking and spending rate
  • Conduct internal verification within the consortium to ensure costs eligibility and compliance
  • Maintain regular communication and provide support to finance teams of Search’s partner
  • Support the reporting process by ensuring all documents supporting transactions are collated, reviewed and reconciled before submission to the Finance Lead for upload to the system.
  • Support the Finance Lead to maintain a tracker of all subcontracts and other activities under grants.
  • Review and monitor budget performance by analyzing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.
  • Manage transactions effectively and efficiently to ensure quality reporting.
  • Carries out tasks in support of assigned activities, such as photocopying, processing paperwork, and organizing meetings.

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting & Finance.
  • An ICAN Certification or Master’s Degree in Accounting would be an added advantage.

Required Experience:

  • 1 – 2 years ́ professional experience providing financial, administrative, logistical, and/or operational support
  • Experience working in an NGO or civil society is a plus
  • Experience working with little or no supervision

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Proven interest & commitment to humanitarian and development principles and a demonstrable understanding of conflict/post conflict development contexts
  • Excellent in English (oral and written)
  • Ability to plan, organize work, communicate and reports effectively (both in writing and verbally)
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines; team player and effective communicator, 
  • Strong IT skills (Email, Microsoft Office applications, Google Drive, Google Docs, Sheets, Presentation).
  • Good reporting capacity and experience
  • Ability to function effectively under stressful conditions such as heavy workloads, and deadlines.

Application Closing Date
30th September, 2021.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note

  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work
  • This position is based in Yola, Nigeria with frequent field visits within the State. 
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work.

Job Title: Case Management Coordinator | Location: Maiduguri, Borno | Employment Type: Full Time | Search for Common Ground (SFCG)
Reports to: Child Protection Project Manager
Direct Reports: Case Management Officers (Child Protection); CPIMS Officer

About the Project

  • In the past decade, states in the North East region of Nigeria have faced frequent attacks by Boko Haram militants leading to widespread displacement, violations of national laws, international humanitarian and human rights laws, and a deepening humanitarian crisis.
  • Children, who are the most vulnerable members of society, have suffered the worst impacts as pre-existing problems of access to social protection, education and healthcare increase, new threats emerge, and the systems to protect children fails.
  • This project aims to ensure that children verified and separated from CJTF receive a comprehensive child protection package including counselling, psychosocial support and socio-economic reintegration and that their communities understand the importance of their separation and reintegration.
  • Search will work closely with the children, their families and communities, and CJTF to address the psychosocial and economic needs of the children and to influence the attitudes of communities and CJTF so they understand the negative impact of associating with armed groups on children and prevent the CJTF from using children.
  • By increasing the resilience of children associated with CJTF and increasing their employability, this project will facilitate lasting reintegration of these children and amplify positive narratives around their role in communities as productive civilian actors and agents for peace.

Position Summary

  • To ensure coordinated assistance to the vulnerable children and proper documentation for satisfactorily processing the cases and for accountability purposes: Plans, Coordinates and supervises daily case management activities in various LGAs in Borno State, supervises the database officer and the case management team ensuring synchronization of physical files and the database; ensures the Child Safeguarding Policy is implemented and promoted within the organization and across the wider partnership network.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Ensure identification, registration of the cases of vulnerable children and processing of all the cases in the database accordingly 
  • Ensure synchronization of the physical files and the CPIMS+ database
  • Ensure open cases are followed up on monthly basis depending on the urgency and risk level as stipulated in the CPMS.
  • Lead the internal case conferences and ensure representation of Search for Common Ground in external case conferences
  • Conduct continuous capacity building of the case management team through mentorship, trainings and workshops
  • Strengthen the capacity of the Community Based Child Protection committee (CBCPC) members and maintain a database of all cases identified and processed by the CBCPC.
  • Conduct regular consultations with the psychosocial, education, enterprise, media and community mobilization staff to ensure that the cases identified within LGAs receive appropriate and timely support
  • Work closely with Design, Monitoring , Evaluation and Learning (DMEL) coordinator to ensure that the CPIMS and DMEL databases are synchronised
  • Ensure all internal and donor case management reports are submitted on time and work closely with the deputy project manager to draft monthly progress reports.
  • Build strong collaborative relationships with the partner agencies that will enhance referral pathways
  • Lead the coordination of child protection activities in Jere LGA and co-chair with ROHI, the CP LGA coordination meetings
  • Represents Search in external coordination meetings case management technical working group and child protection sub cluster working group.

Education

  • University Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology or other related fields.

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience in child protection case management 
  • Experience working with CPIMS
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Minimum of 4 years management/ supervisory experience.
  • Excellent training and facilitation skills.
  • Experience working with Children Associated with Armed Groups.
  • Experience working in emergency settings.
  • Experience working in different communities in Borno State.
  • Experience working with refugees, IDPs, host communities, and other vulnerable populations.

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to partner and work collaboratively with staff and families, the ability to work as part of a team to support children and families
  • Good understanding of Child Protection Minimum Standards and the Inter-Agency Guidelines for Case Management and Child Protection.
  • Familiarity with referral pathways in and around Maiduguri
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Strong analytical and reporting skills.
  • Knowledge of a local language (Hausa, Kanuri)

Application Closing Date
30th Septemeber, 2021.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Application Documents
Interested candidates should send the following to our Career Portal:

  • Current resume 
  • Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date).

Note

  • Please compile your writing sample and resume into one document as the system only has the functionality to upload two documents per application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • The recruitment will be conducted on a rolling basis.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work.

Job Title: Education Assistant | Search for Common Ground (SFCG) | Locations: Maiduguri, Borno

About the Project

  • In the past decade, states in the North East region of Nigeria have faced frequent attacks by Boko Haram militants leading to widespread displacement, violations of national laws, international humanitarian and human rights laws, and a deepening humanitarian crisis. Children, who are the most vulnerable members of society, have suffered the worst impacts as pre-existing problems of access to social protection, education and healthcare increase, new threats emerge, and the systems to protect children fails.
  • This project aims to ensure that children verified and separated from CJTF receive a comprehensive child protection package including counselling, psychosocial support and socio-economic reintegration and that their communities understand the importance of their separation and reintegration. Search will work closely with the children, their families and communities, and CJTF to address the psychosocial and economic needs of the children and to influence the attitudes of communities and CJTF so they understand the negative impact of associating with armed groups on children and prevent the CJTF from using children.
  • By increasing the resilience of children associated with CJTF and increasing their employability, this project will facilitate lasting reintegration of these children and amplify positive narratives around their role in communities as productive civilian actors and agents for peace.

Position Summary

  • The Education Assistants role is to support implementation of the education components within the “Supporting the Socio-Economic reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Groups, and other vulnerable children, in North East Nigeria” project.
  • In particular, the Education Assistants will provide support to children separated from armed groups, and other vulnerable children, to resume school or continue their formal education, receive necessary back to school kits, and support ongoing monitoring of their progress. In addition, Education Assistants will support the enrolment of select enterprise adolescent children in accelerated literacy and numeracy classes.
  • The Education Assistant will motivate, inspire and support children in target communities in their educational attainment, to support the knowledge and skills development of beneficiary children. 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Participate in developing the activity plan for the education component and implement the activities on time, with quality as per the plan. 
  • Identify and communicate project gaps, challenges and vulnerabilities related to Education
  • Actively participate in education-related meetings at the community and interagency level e.g. with School Principals, Ministry of Education, education sector and the State Universal Education Board (SUBEB), where requested by the supervisor.  
  • Distribute education support materials (i.e. Back to School Kits) to the beneficiaries.
  • Identify children within the case load with complex needs that may affect their school attendance and coordinate the case management officers and other partners to address these needs. 
  • Provide the necessary data and information and participate in drafting activity and monthly reports.

Education

  • University degree or equivalent in Education, Psychology, Social Science, or a related field.

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of 1 year experience in the field of education and with children.
  • Experience working with Children Associated with Armed Groups, and other vulnerable children.
  • Familiarity with principles including the best interest of the child, do no harm, humanitarian principles, amongst others.

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Strong cross-cultural communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Highly organised and systematic, with excellent attention to detail. 
  • Experience working in emergency settings
  • Experience working in different communities in Borno State
  • Experience working with refugees, IDPs, host communities, and other vulnerable populations 
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.

Desirable:

  • Good analytical, problem solving and project planning skills. 
  • Ability to prioritise, plan, organise workflow to tight timeframes, handle multiple tasks, and be flexible with changing priorities. 
  • Community-oriented and respect for local culture.
  • Good IT skills, particularly with MS Office – Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • Strong command of both written and spoken English.
  • Knowledge of a local language (Hausa, Kanuri) a must.
  • Holds self and others to account to deliver on agreed goals and standards of behaviour.
  • Demonstrates a high degree of professionalism/integrity.
  • Provides good administrative and logistical support to the team.
  • Strong attitude towards teamwork and collaboration. 
  • Actively seeks support in addressing difficulties in the execution of duties.
  • Strategic thinking and effective contribution to own work and organisational development.
  • Sound judgement and decision-making in complex situations.
  • Strong emotional intelligence including self-awareness.
  • Leads by example to motivate high performance of others.
  • Strong commitment to continuous learning.

Application Closing Date
28th September, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note

  • Interested candidates should submit their Current Resume and Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date).
  • The recruitment will be conducted on a rolling basis.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Job Title: Early Warning Coordinator | Location: Yola, Adamawa | Employment Type: Full-time | Search for Common Ground (SFCG)

About The Project

  • Search for Common Ground with support from the EU is working on an 18 months project titled “Contributing to the mitigation of conflict over natural resources between farmer and herder communities in Adamawa State, Nigeria (COMITAS)”. The project pursues four specific objectives: First, it will aim to strengthen traditional conflict resolution in the targeted locations in Adamawa state to support conflict prevention and mitigation efforts. Secondly, this project will aim to improve trust in authorities’ commitment to providing security and adequate resource management to help prevent communities to turn towards violence. The third specific objective of the project is to address the root causes of conflict between farmer and herder communities over natural resources and lastly, the fourth specific objective of this project is to improve intra and inter-communal perceptions. The project will be implemented in Demsa, Girei, Numan, Lamurde, and Song local government areas in Adamawa State, Yola in Adamawa State.
  • This project” will work to contribute to the mitigation of conflict over natural resources. Search and her partners will work with authorities first at the lowest level (local administration, authorities, the judiciary) and other higher levels (State, Federal) where necessary. This approach, as developed has successfully applied, in USAID-funded “Building Bridges Between Herders and Farmers in Plateau, Nasarawa, and the Kaduna States” program in the Middle Belt, consists of conflict prevention, dispute resolution, and sustainability beginning from the local level and conflict-affected people themselves. 
  • The project will support community-based Early Warning and Early Response (EWER) to identify risks and partner with civil society, security or government actions to institutionalize strategies and approaches that will build community capacity and skills for sustainable peace. 
  • Additionally, the project seeks to ensure conflicts identified through the EWER feed into multi-stakeholder forums for dispute resolution and higher-level policy change and create open and neutral spaces for the farmer and pastoralist community members and leaders to identify collective solutions.
  • The position holder will be responsible for the conduct of community early warning prevention and mitigation activities in Adamawa State.
  • S/he will ensure that the conflict scanning is executed as planned; coordinate early warning observers, confirm and analyze reports and prepare monthly reports. S/he will work closely with the State project coordinator in the implementation of early warning and conflict prevention activities.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Has the responsibility for managing the Early Warning System (EWS) and integrated hub in Adamawa state with guidance from the Conflict Analyst
  • Organize monthly meetings with Community Observers (COs) and quarterly meetings with Community Response Networks (CRNs) in Adamawa and Borno States.
  • Ensure that the EW system receives daily SMS/voice incident reports from COs, CRNs and other stakeholders and such reports are documented on the system and analyzed in real-time and disseminated to actors and communities for immediate response.
  • Collate and develop weekly EWS reports/analyses and Monthly updates to be shared with donors and other stakeholders.
  • Develop bimonthly EWS bulletin to share in printed and electronic copies to local actors, government and stakeholders including NGOs.
  • Participate and share analysis of EWS reports with CSADs and PAD members.
  • Document key success stories from the EWS reports, incidences and/or responses of actors and stakeholders linked to the reports received from the system.
  • Support programmatic and logistical support and assistance to the State Project Coordinator
  • Serve as a link and intermediary between Search for Common Ground and local communities and partners.
  • Facilitate and organize field visits for Search staff, visitors and donors to local communities
  • Contribute to the preparation of funder reports
  • Participate in research in support of project implementation and development
  • Work with program staff in the development and continuous improvement of systems
  • Provide necessary support to implementing partners and government under the supervision of the program managers
  • Provide weekly and monthly progress reports to supervisor and management team 

Financial Compliance:

  • Prepares activity budgets and ensures that budgets are spent as per approved budget;
  • Organises the payment to all local vendors, as well as transport reimbursements and per diems;
  • Documents all expenses
  • Provides activity spending reconciliation reports as per Search for Common Ground’s guidelines
  • Ensure effective implementation and compliance with the overall finance and guidance manual and compliance with procedures
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.
  • Reports to: Line managed by the Head of Office, Middle Belt and technically managed by the National Conflict Analyst
  • Supervisory function: Early Warning Officer
  • Working relations: Work closely with the project team
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.

Required Profile

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Social Science, Arts, Development Studies or a related field;
  • At least four (4) years of experience in Early warning and conflict management  or related fields
  • Relevant experience working in the non-profit and NGO sector;
  • Experience with conflict analysis tools;
  • Substantial experience working with government officials, NGOs and communities;
  • Experience writing reports and project proposals;
  • Understanding of the social, political and economic context of the state and how it impacts on conflict drivers and conflict in the state and targeted communities;
  • Knowledge and experience in computers and crowd mapping software;
  • Other Relevant Requirements
  • Ability to identify issues and to use sound judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of problems;
  • Good knowledge of the political, economic and social dimensions of North – East region as well as farmer Herder conflict dynamics.
  • Ability to work under extreme pressure in a highly stressful environment;
  • Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the EW/ER field;
  • Basics financial management skills;
  • Hausa language skills are essential; Knowledge of other languages spoken in the state will be an advantage;
  • Strong command of English language, with excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal communication skills;
  • A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace; and
  • Ability to prioritize, plan and organize workflow to tight timeframes, handle multiple tasks, and be flexible with changing priorities.

Required Competencies:

  • Leading and supervising: Has the ability to influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute toward the effectiveness and success of SFCG. Is able to build trust within the team and acts with integrity.
  • Accountability: Being accountable and passing on accountability for one’s own actions and those of colleagues and the organization.
  • Attention to detail: The ability to process detailed information effectively and consistently
  • Collaboration: The ability to work effectively with others in order to achieve a shared goal – even when the object at stake is of no direct personal interest possibilities.
  • Creativity: The ability to come up with original and innovative ideas and solutions, to adopt points of view outside the usual parameters.
  • Focus on Quality: Setting high-quality standards and striving for continuous improvement and quality assurance.
  • Learning Ability: The ability to absorb new information readily and to put it into practice effectively
  • Adaptability: The ability to remain fully functional by adapting to changing circumstances (environment, procedures and people).

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Job Title: Senior Finance Officer | Search for Common Ground (SFCG) | Location: Yola, Adamawa | Employment Type: Full Time

Summary of Position

  • The Senior Finance Officer will be responsible for a range of bookkeeping responsibilities as well as providing support on finance and project budget management functions. Carrying out and recording relevant financial transactions as well as coordinating the financial coding of these transactions will all be part of your daily routine.
  • You will oversee the maintenance and reconciliation of bank records and, as SEARCH receives funding from a number of donors. You will be responsible for maintaining ledgers and contributing to the regular financial reporting. You will also oversee the petty cash disbursements and reconciliation.
  • You will have a close working relationship with the Finance Manager and other finance and Accounts coordinator as well as building good relationships with the project leads, some of whom are based in other parts of the country.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
Book-keeping:

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date books of accounts;  review general ledger accounts regularly to ensure accurate postings;
  • Accurately and promptly process all accounting transactions, including operating expenses, procurement, travel, consultant payments, vendor payments, and transfer of funds to the other SEARCH sub-offices in Nigeria. Also, ensure recovery of advances and accounts receivables;
  • Maintain and ensure consistency in the application of accounting rules and procedures, including safeguarding of cash and checks;
  • Assist the Finance Manager to prepare the Monthly Financial Report (MFRs);
  • Ensure proper documentation of vouchers and receipts, financial reporting, proper coding of expenses, distribution of payments, tracking petty cash distribution and bank deposits;
  • Work closely with the Admin and Logistics Coordinator and other Finance and Accounts Coordinators to ensure timely payments for goods and services rendered to SEARCH;
  • Support Finance Manager to strengthen financial and accounting systems – identifying gaps, weaknesses and issues and recommending and implementing solutions;
  • Support Finance Manager to develop and update financial policies and guidelines;
  • Provide support during the grant and organizational audits;
  • Process journal entries and trial balance information
  • Consolidating accurate data entry into the Microsoft dynamic great plan (GP) accounting system for monthly reporting
  • Effectively support the Grants and Administrative Manager in preparing internal audits as per donor policies where appropriate
  • Responsible for review of partner’s report and upload

Financial Reporting:

  • Monitor financial transactions and accounting reports, and reconciliations of accounts to ensure accurate and up-to-date financial information.
  • Prepare donor reports and financial reports for the SEARCH Finance Committee and SEARCH Board and management reports for project managers
  • Prepare and Process monthly financial records (MFRs)
  • Generate and assign barcode to financial reports

Petty Cash Management:

  • Oversee the petty cash disbursement and ensure proper reconciliation and replenishment.
  • Verify all petty cash receipts for compliance
  • Perform cash count with the Admin officer and ensure the cash count form is signed by both parties.
  • Ensure regular update of the petty cash log and adequate supporting documents.
  • Ensure petty cash advances are retired in line with SEARCH policies.

Other duties:

  • Deputize for the Finance Lead in his/her absence
  • Keep colleagues appraised of developments in own area as appropriate
  • Contribute to staff meetings, and other internal meetings with appropriate content, views and suggestions
  • Fulfil requirements of internal staff management processes including performance reviews, supervisory meetings, etc.
  • Develop strong relationships with all SEARCH colleagues and partners to enhance their understanding of finance and build their knowledge; in particular, develop strong relationships with non-financial staff in remote offices, who will be responsible for day-to-day financial reporting and accounting

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Manage day-to-day workload of finance assistant as directed by the Finance Manager
  • Support and develop the capacity of finance assistant in field offices as directed by the Finance Manager

Job Requirements

  • 3 – 5 years experience as finance/accounts officer or coordinator or similar
  • B.Sc qualification in Accountancy or its equivalent
  • Good understanding of accounting principles
  • Effective oral and written English skills.
  • Good level of proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Good administrative and organizational skills and ability to keep documentation tidy and accessible
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to plan and organize multiple simultaneous tasks efficiently
  • Ability to work independently and ask for clarification where needed
  • A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace.

Application Closing Date
30th September, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note

  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work.
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Job Title: Enterprise Assistant | Location: Maiduguri, Borno | Job type: Full Time – Local | Reports to: Senior Enterprise Officer

Position Summary

  • The Enterprise Assistant supports the Enterprise Officers to implement the economic reintegration component of the “Supporting the Socio-Economic Reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Groups, and other vulnerable children, in North East Nigeria” project.
  • This will ensure timely and quality implementation of all project activities as defined in the proposal.
  • The Enterprise Assistant will support coordinate training for enterprise beneficiary children to ensure they are equipped with technical skills and knowledge.
  • Enterprise Assistants will then ensure children of legal age are matched with mentors from their local community to develop skills through informal apprenticeships, before then being supported with seed grants to procure basic items to set up small scale businesses in their area of skills development.
  • The Enterprise Assistant will motivate, inspire and support children in target communities in making informed choices regarding their skills development, to assist them in the future.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Work directly with selected enterprise adolescent children and help increase their financial capabilities and coordinate their enrollment in the apprenticeships and micro-enterprise training on a one to one basis, as well as a selection of self-employment and wage-employment businesses opportunities;
  • Support in Identification & organizing micro-enterprise training courses/workshops to facilitate the development of start your own business skills of the target participants; Support individuals in their applications for the creation and engagement of bank accounts;
  • Provide support and information to target participants with regard to improving their job seeking skills through support and referrals to other initiatives;
  • Support target beneficiaries in their application to establish bank accounts
  • Support in Developing terms of reference (TORs) and Purchase Requests (PRs) for required trainings and workshops.
  • Provide support and information to target adolescent children to improve their job seeking skills through support and referrals to other initiatives.
  • Support the enterprise training activities that taking place in the  project locations
  • Help identify, assess and select the local artisans/small business owners in targeted communities;
  • Support Monitor each young person’s relation with his/her employer and pay scheduled and random visits to the artisans to check on the progress of the beneficiaries and address any arising issues
  • Collect monitoring data from the field in line with program indicators and submit regular updates, reports and case studies on success stories and lessons learned;
  • Keep abreast of local context and security situation to provide feedback on Search’s weekly context analysis.

Education

  • University Degree or equivalent in Agriculture, Marketing, Business Management, Social Science, or a related field.

Required Experience

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in marketing, livelihood, or a related field.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience with business and strategy development processes.
  • Experience working with Children Associated with Armed Groups.

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Familiarity with principles,including best interest of the child, do no harm, humanitarian principles, amongst others.
  • Strong cross cultural communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Highly organised and systematic, with excellent attention to detail.
  • Experience working in emergency settings
  • Experience working in different communities in Borno State
  • Experience working with refugees, IDPs, host communities, and other vulnerable populations
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills

Desirable:

  • Native of Kanuri, Shuwa Arab
  • Good analytical, problem solving and project planning skills.
  • Ability to prioritise, plan, organise workflow to tight timeframes, handle multiple tasks, and be flexible with changing priorities.
  • Community-oriented and respect for local culture.
  • Good IT skills, particularly with MS Office – Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • Strong command of both written and spoken English.
  • Knowledge of a local language (Hausa, Kanuri) a must.
  • Holds self and others to account to deliver on agreed goals and standards of behaviour.
  • Demonstrates a high degree of professionalism/integrity.
  • Provides good administrative and logistical support to team.
  • Strong attitude towards teamwork and collaboration.
  • Actively seeks support in addressing difficulties in execution of duties.
  • Strategic thinking and effective contribution to own work and organisational development.
  • Sound judgement and decision-making in complex situations.
  • Strong emotional intelligence, including self-awareness.
  • Leads by example to motivate high performance of others.
  • Strong commitment to continuous learning.

Application Closing Date
29th October, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Important Information
Interested candidates should send the following to our Career Portal:

  • Current resume
  • Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date)

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