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We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: CSSF Nigeria Stability Programme Manager, HEO
Job ID: 12/22ABJ
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Grade: Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
Duration of Post: 24 months
Start Date: 27th June 2022
Type of Post: British High Commission
Type of Position: Fixed Term
Job Category: Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory: CSSF (Conflict, Stability and Security Fund)
Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)
- The Conflict, Security and Stability Fund (CSSF) Nigeria Team, British High Commission Abuja, is looking for a Programme Manager to support delivery of a new CSSF Nigeria Stability Programme.
- The CSSF is an FCDO managed global cross-HMG fund which brings together the UK’s contribution to stability, security and defence activities in countries at risk of instability.
- The CSSF Nigeria Stability Programme is a new two-year programme, totalling £2m split between ODA and non-ODA, supporting increased defence, police and security capacities, access to justice and advocacy through civil society organisations, and women’s meaningful participation in advocacy and decision making.
- The job holder will support the management and delivery of the CSSF Nigeria Stability Programme, which seeks to respond to deteriorating security, increasing violence in northwest Nigeria, and political, economic and social grievances which combine to put massive pressure on the Nigerian security forces and are resulting in a deterioration in the lives of millions of people living in affected areas.
- The job holder will also initially support a strand of Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) work under the CSSF Lake Chad Basin Programme.
- This is an challenging opportunity to contribute to a new programme in a rapidly changing context.
- The job holder will report to the Nigeria Stability Programme Lead to ensure the effective delivery of the programme.
- The successful applicant will be experienced in delivering programmes in fragile contexts and able to support in a challenging operating environment to ensure the CSSF is delivering impact and evolving in line with a shifting security context.
- The programme sits within a 9-person core programme team based in BHC Abuja.
Roles and Responsibilities
The post-holder will be responsible and accountable for:
- Programme management of the Nigeria Stability Programme, supporting the Nigeria Stability Programme Lead to ensure that the programme fully reflects National Security Council strategic objectives and is compliant with CSSF rules
- Building strong relationships with implementing partners and working closely to ensure coherent, compliant and strategic programme delivery
- Effective management of the programme’s financial resources to achieve VFM, transparency and accountability, throughout the project cycles and in compliance with CSSF rules
- Supporting robust monitoring and evaluation of the programme, organising quarterly reporting and performance management through regular communication with implementing partners and supporting annual reviews;
- Management of programme risk registers and support to development of risk management strategies, identifying and escalating programme risks to the NSP Lead
- Supporting monthly and quarterly reviews of programme documents and ensuring strong data/information management across the programme
- Providing cross-team support to deliver the CSSF Nigeria team’s wider objectives.
- The post-holder will need to build strong relationships with security and stabilisation institutions across Nigeria to understand the rapidly changing context and ensure our programming adapts to the situation and feeds into policy development.
- The post-holder will be required to operate in an agile and innovative way with a strong emphasis on collaborating and partnering both within HMG and across the international community.
- The post holder will be responsible for the compliancy and good governance of the programme, working to improve its conflict and gender sensitivity – including compliance with the International Development Gender Equality Act (2014), and supporting CSSF ambitions to achieve the UK’s Women, Peace and Security objectives. More information on the CSSF can be found in the latest CSSF Annual Report.
Resources Managed (Staff and Expenditure):
- Staff – N/A, Expenditure – support oversight of £2m programme.
Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience
- Qualification: a Bachelor’s Degree
- Experience managing and adapting programmes in fragile contexts, including an understanding of financial management
- Strong stakeholder management including across multiple locations, and experience working with governments, multilaterals, other development partners and civil society organisations
- Strong organisational skills and ability to prioritise a varied workload
- A proactive approach to problem-solving and spotting new opportunities, with an appetite to work with others to simplify and improve processes
Desirable Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- Experience working in Central/West African countries
- Experience in programme compliance including M&E and results frameworks, due diligence assessments, and risk management
- Changing and Improving, Delivering at Pace, Working Together
Other Benefits and Conditions of Employment
Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):
There are a wealth of L&D opportunities available, including:
- Programme and financial management e.g. PRINCE II;
- Additional conflict, security, CSSF and stabilisation training; (i.e. gender sensitivity, conflict sensitivity, adaptive programming, security and justice programming);
- Additional formal development opportunities, including the Global Leadership Development programme and the Diplomatic Academy, as well as attending CSSF development conferences both in the region & globally.
Starting Monthly Salary
Application Closing Date
20th May, 2022.
How to Apply
Intereted and qualified candiates should:
Click here to apply online
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- Face to face relationships involved in this role mean that a full time presence in Abuja is required. Home / remote working on some occasions would be feasible, but not on a sustained basis.