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NORTH EAST NIGERIA HUMANITARIAN PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Start Date: ASAP
Over the past year, insurgency has intensified attacks which have spread from North-East Nigeria to Cameroon, Chad and Niger, affecting some 20 million people. Suicide bombings and raids targeting civilians in villages and in cities around the Lake Chad basin have caused widespread trauma, prevented people from accessing essential services and destroyed infrastructure. Across the region, over 2.8 million people are displaced; most of who are sheltered by communities that count among the world’s most vulnerable.
The combined effect of growing insecurity, fast population growth and severe vulnerability resulting from a changing climate, environmental degradation, poverty and under-investment in social services is translating into record numbers of people in need of emergency relief. There are 9.2 million in need of humanitarian assistance of which Nigeria is hosting 7million.
The increasing number of attacks and arrival of displaced children have placed an additional burden on already weak health and education systems. Insecurity, displacement, disrupted agricultural activities and cross-border trade continue to undermine communities’ livelihoods and have resulted in a sharp rise in food insecurity. Some 4.4 million people facing severe food insecurity urgently need support in the Lake Chad region, 90 per cent of them in north-east Nigeria, with 50,000 people in IPC Phase 5
The Humanitarian Program Coordinator will provide overall management and leadership of the North East Nigeria humanitarian response, in accordance with Oxfam standards and technical leads.
S/He will be responsible for ensuring the elaboration and implementation of the response strategy, operational plans and global budget. He will provide a coherent integrated response; financial and human resources; security; and an appropriate campaign/advocacy dimension.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
Supports the implementation of North East response strategy and the coordination of periodic operational plans and budgets of the response, monitoring progress towards achieving program objectives – also measures outcome and impact against recognized indicators.
Ensures that the response strategy (speed, scale, contextually appropriated, integrated) is in line with Oxfam’s overall strategic ambitions, external commitments and Oxfam’s brand as a lead humanitarian actor.
Contributes and provides leadership to the overall One Oxfam response in North East Nigeria, by reinforcing strategies with communication and advocacy.
Supports and maintains oversight of financial and people resourcing for the North East Nigeria response.
Participates in regional level response coordination, ensuring follow up of agreed actions and necessary support from others for Nigeria (e.g. HR, Funding, MEAL, others).
Maintains effective partner grants and reports monitoring system, ensures adherence to Oxfam policies and procedures on partner management.
Represents Oxfam to government officials, Consortium, international organisations, NGO’s and others stakeholders.
Ensures staff safety and security procedures are monitored, updated and implemented. This will include an analysis of the risks and threats to staff working on the response .
Recruits and manages staff in line with Oxfam policies, ensuring that they have the necessary induction, training and support as required.
SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE
First degree in a relevant field
A minimum of 5 years of experience in similar roles – specifically in managing humanitarian and development programs funded by different donors.
Significant leadership and management experience in the development and delivery of high quality program, influencing and humanitarian strategy, with and through partners or directly, in one or more challenging locations (humanitarian WASH, protection and/or EFSL programs).
Experience with people management;
Experience of managing complex change processes and relationships involving a wide range of both internal and external multi-cultural stakeholders;
A high degree of self awareness and an understanding of how to drive and support excellent team performance and individual development in line with Oxfam’s values and policies.
Proven track record of leading and motivating multi disciplinary, partially geographically remote teams and operations across a number of locations.
Good knowledge of developing and implementing monitoring systems to track the effectiveness of programs and an ability to build cooperative, professional relationships with donors, partners and peer organisations.
Excellent personal communication skills, in written and verbal English.
Good interpersonal, influencing, diplomacy and negotiating skills.
Commitment to equal opportunity and gender policies; sensitivity to cultural differences, and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.
Commitment to Oxfam’s overall aims and policies and experience of promoting women’s rights and the interests of marginalized people in all aspects of Oxfam’s work.
Knowledge or appreciation of Nigeria in terms of its political, economic and social trends plus a good understanding of the key development and humanitarian issues in the region.
Ability to travel to remote programmatic sites within the country.
Experience in managing funded projects and proven ability to write proposals and reports to main humanitarian donors (ECHO, DFID, OFDA, etc.)
Agility, complexity and ambiguity
A competitive and fair pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors.
DUE DATE: 18 July, 2017