North East Regional Initiative (NERI) Nigeria Recruitment

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The North East Regional Initiative (NERI) Nigeria – An International Development Organization is seeking applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill the positions below:

Job Title: Liaison Officer

Location: Kafanchan – Kaduna
Contract: Full-time

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Position Summary

  • The Liaison Officer will support NLCB’s management of national, state and local stakeholders, specifically in Kaduna and Plateau State.
  • The Liaison Officer will coordination with USAID, NLCB, State and National Governments, donors, and other development actors, as well as Nigerian Security forces, including the military and police, as necessary.
  • The role will ensure that the program maintains strong relationships and improves coordination with all government and civil society stakeholders. The position is based in Kafanchan, Kaduna State.

Reporting & Supervision:

  • This position will report directly to the Chief of Party. Upon request, the Liaison Officer will also provide information to USAID/OTI and the broader USAID Mission in Abuja.
  • The Liaison Officer is expected to engage directly and support the Program Managers and the Security and Conflict Analyst with triangulating information and facilitating contacts with authorities and critical stakeholders in their intervention areas.  

Primary Responsibilities
Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to, the following:

  • Liaising between partners sectoral offices, NLCB, and actors in Middle Belt states on an ongoing basis via email, phone, in-person meetings, etc., as required.
  • Work closely with the Security & Conflict Analyst to provide timely inputs for the security reports and contribute to data analysis.
  • Conduct field visits across the Middle Belt to strengthen relationships with existing stakeholders, build relationships with new stakeholders, and contribute to activity development, implementation, and monitoring.
  • Work with the COP to troubleshoot issues and address concerns of stakeholders and build engagement and buy in for program activities in the Middle Belt.
  • Assist with USG trips to the Middle Belt, including confirming meetings, taking GPS coordinates of proposed sites, etc.
  • Attend other relevant committees, sector-working groups, implementing partner or informational meetings in the observer role, and provide critical points/updates in NLCB’s periodic reports.
  • Attend to and support other related duties, as reasonably assigned by the Chief of Party,  Deputy Chief of Party, Operations Manager, or USAID/OTI.  

Required Skills & Qualifications

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  • Bachelor’s degree in International Studies, Development Studies, Social Sciences, or similar field.
  • Three (3) years of practical work experience.
  • Practical experience in writing reports and other communications, in the English language, in a clear, concise, and coherent manner; especially with an international organization.  
  • Proficient use of a computer and basic programs, i.e., Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, for generating reports and other communication.
  • Established networks with key state and national government actors, development actors, and Nigerian security forces in Kaduna and Plateau States strongly preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to manage a diverse array of professional relationships with various actors in Kaduna and Plateau States.
  • Self-motivated and willing and able to work independently, providing timely deliverables in a quality-oriented manner based on agreed-upon formats and templates.
  • Experience working in a conflict environment is a plus.  
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Hausa languages required; proficiency in other languages spoken in Kaduna and Plateau states preferred.

Application Closing Date
26th January, 2021.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should submit the following documents below to: [email protected] Please reference the Job Title and Location on the subject line, your cover letter and Resume/CV.

Documents include:

  • A current Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing all their work experience and qualifications; AND
  • A cover letter.

Job Title: Reporting Officer

Locations: Kafanchan – Kaduna or Jos – Plateau
Job Type: Contract: Fulltime

Position Summary

  • The Reporting Officer is responsible for telling the story of the NLCB program to distinct audiences through the development of compelling communication products.
  • S/he will oversee the production of activity monitoring reports, biweekly, quarterly, annual and impact reports, success stories and snapshots.
  • The Reporting Officer will work in close collaboration with the Media Unit and contribute storylines on photo and video products.

Reporting & Supervision:

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  • The Reporting Officer reports to the Media Producer. The Reporting Officer should expect to receive guidance directly from Creative’s HQ Communication team, as well as the Chief of Party and Deputy Chief of Party.
  • The position will be based either in Kafanchan (Kaduna) or Jos (Plateau), with expected travels to cover activities across Kaduna and Plateau States.

Primary Responsibilities
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Administration:

  • In coordination with senior management and with input from Creative HQ Communications, develops and/or revises the annual Branding and Marking Plan that includes goals, identification of key audiences, channels and outputs.
  • Under the supervision of the Media Producer coordinates meetings at least once a week with the program and monitoring & evaluation teams in the field offices to define reporting priorities and set timelines for submission.
  • Monitor and report on routine program activities and scheduled program events, recording summaries in Activity Notes captured in the OTI Web-based Database.
  • Attend focus groups to derive lessons learned and success stories to inform future project activities.
  • Assist in the development of activity ideas based on information collected in the field, lessons-learned from previous activities, and changes in the political and economic environment.
  • Ensure that reports are in accordance with project communications plans and support project objectives.
  • Any other duties suitable to task and commensurate with ability.

Content Production & Dissemination:

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  • Designs and produces communication materials as needed for project activities, including newsletters, press releases and media briefings.
  • Takes a lead role in editing the biweekly, quarterly and annual report, coordinating reporting from all field offices.
  • Develop story ideas based on NLCB activities, interview relevant individuals and produce compelling stories that demonstrate innovation, change, resilience and/or success.
  • Identify and manage contractors and/or consultants, such as photographers, videographers and agencies, required to tell NLCB’s story.
  • Ensures effective dissemination and distribution of the program’s media products using various approved medium.
  • Oversees the execution of integrated communications strategies and campaigns that elevate engagement and awareness among target audiences online and offline.
  • In coordination with the Program team, write up to two Project Snapshots per month, according to USAID guidelines and USAID/OTI Country Representative direction.

Brand Management:

  • Oversees the branding and marking plan for NLCB and works with staff to ensure compliance by the project and appropriate guidance to partners.
  • Ensures that all Graphic Design, Photography and Videography activities are in compliance with Creative and USAID’s standards and guidelines.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • University degree in Political Science, International Affairs, English, Communication, or other related Social Sciences field is required.
  • Four years’ work of general experience with 2 years of experience in a related field is required.
  • Self-starter with a creative mind who can work with a results-oriented team;
  • Proven writing in English with an ability to convey complex ideas in a clear, direct and lively style is required.
  • Strong editing skills, as well as being able to discern broader subject-matter problems.
  • Problem solving, stress management and time management Skills are required.
  • Proficient at using Microsoft office software: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.
  • Excellent record keeping and documentation skills are required.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English is required.
  • Fluency in Hausa and any other language spoken in Kaduna and Plateau State is preferred.
  • Prior experience with USAID or US Government funded projects is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of social media management and analytics, and multimedia technologies preferable.
  • Prior experience producing and editing photo, video, web contents preferred.
  • Prior Experience of working in a conflict environment is a plus.

Application Closing Date
26th January, 2021.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should submit the following documents below to: [email protected] Please reference the Job Title and Location on the subject line, your cover letter and Resume/CV.

Documents include:

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  • A current Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing all their work experience and qualifications; AND
  • A cover letter.

Job Title: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager

Locations: Kafanchan – Kaduna, Jos – Plateau
Contract: Full-time

Position Summary

  • The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager is responsible for the overall design, development and implementation of the NLCB monitoring and evaluation system.
  • S/he supervises a team of M&E officers and Assistants who will gather, analyze, and process 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. This position will be based at Kafanchan or Jos, with program activities expected to be carried out in the North West/Central states. Travel is expected.

Reporting & Supervision:

  • The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager reports to the Deputy Chief of Party – Programs, with a communication line to USAID/OTI – DCR. S/He will supervise the M&E Officers and Assistant at the field offices.

Primary Responsibilities
Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Coordinate weekly meetings with M&E team to determine priority tasks. Ensure the M&E team is aware of and up to date on all M&E tasks and reports.
  • Develop and supervise the implementation of innovative data collection techniques and tools, including working with external service providers to develop other relevant management information systems.
  • Train program teams to use data collection tools and techniques, including ongoing mentoring and support.
  • Keep up-to-date on developments in monitoring systems, including the use of mobile tools for data collection.
  • Provide guidance and oversee site visits by M&E Officers and Monitoring and Reporting Assistants during the project implementation phase for each grant in assigned areas.
  • Review the “routine monitoring report” (RMR) according to an approved template for each site visit prior to the indicator verification visit.
  • Accurately interpret Bills of Quantities (BoQ) and grant database file shared by head office to determine indicators according which the Officer will be evaluating projects.
  • Review “final evaluation reports” (FER) based on prescribed format after visiting a grant site for verification of indicators.
  • Identify lessons learned, constraints, and project impacts based on determined theme and/or sector for inclusion in FERs, and communicate them in a timely manner to the Senior Management Team.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for Grants Office when developing impact assessments, success stories and weekly reporting.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for Grants Office when additional information is needed to close grants.
  • Supervise comprehensive analysis of based on history of site visits; present findings to the DCOP and Senior Management Team in a concise and professional manner.
  • Manage cluster evaluation processes, including liaising with external stakeholders and service providers, contributing to the creation of terms of reference and evaluation guidelines, and ensure that baseline studies are conducted for activities when appropriate and that information is stored for future use.
  • Design and implement a system to identify, analyze, document and disseminate lessons learned from activities and clusters. Share evaluation results with all activity management teams and ensure that lessons from evaluations are incorporated into the development of all new activities.
  • Represent the program positively and professionally in both internal and external environments.
  • Perform other tasks, as assigned by the DCOP-Programs or the Chief of Party.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • University degree in International Development, Social Science, Economics, or related field is required.
  • Five years’ experience in the management of field monitoring, evaluation design, empirical and statistical analysis, management information systems and/or information management design is required.
  • Prior experience managing a diverse team of professionals.
  • Proficiency at using Microsoft office software: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc. is required.
  • Strong analytical skills are required.
  • Prior experience with USAID or US Government funded projects is highly desirable.
  • 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 preferable.

Application Closing Date
25th January, 2021.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should submit the following documents below to: [email protected] Please reference the Job Title and Location on the subject line, your cover letter and Resume/CV.

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Documents include:

  • A current Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing all their work experience and qualifications; AND
  • A cover letter.

Job Title: Senior Program Manager

Locations: Kafanchan – Kaduna, and Jos – Plateau
Job Type: Contract – Full-time

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Position Summary

  • The Senior Program Manager (SPM) will be responsible for the design, implementation and close-out of the NLCB program activities. The SPM will work with in close collaboration with Senior Management (including USAID/OTI) and community stakeholders to identify, prioritize and design activities that will respond to community development priorities in order to further the objectives of the NLCB program.
  • The SPM, working with a small multidisciplinary team of 8 to 10 staff, will be charged with oversight of project activities to ensure that all tasks are completed within timeframe and budget parameters defined during project design. The SPM will also supervise two or more Program Managers, each with their own activity management team and portfolio of activities.
  • The SPM will serve as the main point of contact for state-level actors and community stakeholders to ensure that all activities fit within a strategic and coherent portfolio. The SPM will be expected to report daily to and receive guidance from Senior Management.
  • The SPM will be expected to liaise with various levels of stakeholders, including government officials, civil society organizations and community actors; the selected candidate must be able to maintain good relationships with all associated parties.
  • This position will be based at Kafanchan or Jos, with program activities expected to be carried out in the North West/Central states. Travel is expected.

Reporting & Supervision:

  • The Senior Program Manager will report to the Deputy Chief of Party – Programs (DCOP-Programs). The Senior Program Manager should expect direct interactions with the Chief of Party and the client, USAID/OTI.
  • The Senior Program Manager will directly supervise two or more Program Managers. The Senior Program Manager will collaborate closely with all team members working in Kaduna and Plateau Sates, comprising Program Officers, Grants Officers, Procurement Officers or Assistants, M&E Officers or Assistants, Finance Assistants and Logistics Officers or Assistants.
  • While these team members report technically to their line managers in Abuja, the SPM is expected to lead the team and ensure that they work together to design, implement, monitor and learn from activities.

Primary Responsibilities
Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Responsible for general oversight of program activities. The geography of targeted communities as well as type of programming is expected to change frequently over the course of the program.
  • In concert with senior management, advise on programmatic design of new projects, including identification of potential local partners and beneficiaries, monitor implementation to ensure timely completion and adherence to budget and administrative and programmatic closeout throughout the portfolio of activities.
  • Advise the Senior Management Team on the evolution of the local political, legal, and economic situation and on how to continuously adapt the OTI program to ensure that it remains relevant and effective.
  • Develop activity-level Theories of Change (TOCs), thinking strategically about the contribution of each activity to the overall program objective.
  • Work alongside Government of Nigeria (GoN) officials, community stakeholders and civil society actors to ensure coherent and strategic programming as part of a unified project endeavor.
  • Manage key security-sector relationships at the state level.
  • In coordination with Program Managers and Program Officers, establish community-level project oversight committees to ensure community buy-in of activities.
  • Help set up transparent management and oversight mechanisms and work to incorporate as wide a range of project beneficiaries, GoN and other important stakeholders as possible.
  • Responsible for the proper use of the program database for project and program development and management, including updating information on projects and activities per week.
  • Comply with all Creative and USAID procedures and policies with regards to ethics and compliance, grants management, HR, finance, operations and security.
  • Perform other tasks, as assigned by the Deputy Chief of Party-Programs and Chief of Party.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • University degree in a related field is required.
  • Three (3) years of experience with international donor programs is required.
  • At least five (5) years of general work experience is required.
  • Experience in working with communities to implement grassroots development projects is required.
  • Proficiency at using Microsoft Office: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook etc. is required.
  • At least two (2) years of supervisory experience is highly desired.
  • Ability to work under short deadlines and efficiently handle multiple tasks.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to function well in a team.
  • Experience working in a conflict environment is a plus.
  • Fluency in oral and written English and Hausa is required; fluency in other languages spoken in Kaduna and Plateau states is preferable.

Application Closing Date
25th January, 2021.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should submit the following documents below to: [email protected] Please reference the Job Title and Location on the subject line, your cover letter and Resume/CV.

Documents include:

  • A current Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing all their work experience and qualifications; AND
  • A cover letter.


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