Nigeria - Deputy Head of Mission for Programs

Job
from Première Urgence Internationale
Closing date: 30 Sep 2018

Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians’ victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The association leads on average 190 projects per year in the following sectors of intervention: food security, health, nutrition, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures, water, sanitation, hygiene and economic recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 7 million people in 21 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.
Following the intensification of the Chad Lake conflict in Nigeria (North East of the Country), PUI has decided to also respond to this crisis (since the organization already assists the Nigerian refugees in Cameroon) from Nigeria.

Humanitarian situation and needs :

With the biggest population in Africa, (between 178.000.000 and 200.000.000 habitants), Nigeria is ranked as the first economy in Africa mainly thanks to oil and petroleum products as well as mineral resources (gold, iron, diamonds, copper etc…). Despite a strong economy, Nigeria suffers from huge socio-economic inequalities, and from high rates of corruption, at every level. Within this volatile environment, the insurgency in the North-East of the country and the linked widespread violence triggered a large scale crisis. Indeed, over 2.5 million people are forcibly displaced in the Lake Chad Basin region due to the Boko Haram insurgency, and new displacement continues. Resorting to terror, widespread sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), forced recruitment and suicide bombings, Boko Haram attacks on civilians persist. Ongoing threats from Boko Haram in all affected countries as well as the absence of basic services have created acute humanitarian and protection risks for those impacted by the crisis, including refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and local communities. Despite considerable advances in counter-insurgency operations, continued insecurity led to new large-scale and secondary displacements towards Cameroon and inside Niger.

The end of 2016 and first months of 2017 have seen an increase in attacks in north-eastern Nigeria, while the security situation in Chad’s Lake region, Cameroonian border areas and Niger’s Diffa region remains volatile and unpredictable. In 2016, a great number of civilians were released from Boko Haram captivity in north-eastern Nigeria with the liberation of Local Government Areas (LGAs) where some 800,000 persons had been trapped over past years. Assessments conducted in newly recovered areas reveal severe humanitarian and protection conditions. Still, many people remain inaccessible to humanitarian actors due to insecurity, particularly in Nigeria’s Borno State and border areas of Cameroon and Niger.

Humanitarian consequences :

The violence in the Lake Chad Region has uprooted around 2.3 million civilians within their own countries, including over 1.8 million IDPs in Nigeria alone. In addition, some 200,000 Nigerian refugees have fled to neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger. As of March 2017, close to 1,200,000 refugee returnees have been registered in Nigeria, sometimes under conditions that have not been voluntary, safe and dignified. Many of these return movements have resulted in secondary displacements as areas of origin remain insecure and inaccessible. Between 2015 and mid-2017, the number of Nigerian returnees registered by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) reached nearly 360,000 individuals. They represent individuals both registered in official refugee camps and others who fled the insurgency but were never registered in the countries of asylum. The number of registered returnees between January and May this year stood at 19,257 individuals.

The crisis has adversely affected the most vulnerable civilian populations, particularly women and children, older persons and those with disabilities or serious medical conditions. Around 60 per cent of those displaced are children and the number of female and child-headed households is on the rise because male heads of households have either disappeared, been killed or fear to return to join their families. Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is widespread, and many people have suffered the trauma of violent experiences.

The Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) 2017 estimated some 14 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Nigeria across the six states of the north east. In determining the response for 2017, humanitarian partners agreed to focus on states assessed as the most affected by the violent conflict, infrastructure destruction, mass displacement, ongoing insecurity and ensuing factors. The most critical areas requiring humanitarian assistance are located in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states where 8.5 million people are in need of urgent life-saving assistance.

Our action in the field :

PUI is present in Nigeria since April 2016. The NGO is targeting the needs of crisis affected populations in Borno State through a gradually implemented comprehensive integrated response. PUI started its intervention with a focus on urgent needs pertaining to access to food commodities for IDPs and host communities (through a cash-based approach) and then up-scaled its response with the inclusion of Primary Health Care and Nutrition activities. This was focused on populations living in Maiduguri (capital city of Borno state).

Also, as access and logistics were and remain a main constraint for the humanitarian community, PUI launched an inter-agency logistics platform in Maiduguri managing storage and cargo and servicing around 30 different humanitarian organizations.
Finally, and as resilience of affected communities remains a priority for the organization, a pilot livelihood recovery project has been launched in order to decrease reliance on direct assistance and foster aid sustainability.

The main programmatic objectives of the mission for 2018 are:

Continue and further develop the response to urgent needs of IDPs and Host Communities living in Maiduguri City through Food Security, Health and Nutrition activities.

Further develop the integrated response in Maiduguri City with the widening of the sectoral scope of PUI intervention by adding Protection, WASH… to the response portfolio (either directly or through coordinated approach with external actors).

Continue and further develop the logistics support to the humanitarian community from Maiduguri City Warehouse.

Develop gradual integrated responses in areas with significant gaps in needs coverage within Borno State LGA outside Maiduguri with a priority given to Health, Nutrition and Food Security activities.

As part of our activities in Nigeria, we are looking for a Deputy Head Of Mission for Programs.

Overall objective :
Under the supervision of the Head of Mission, the Deputy HOM for Programs will lead the Program Department (Technical Coordinators,
Monitoring and Evaluation Teams, Grants & Reporting Officer) in order to coordinate the tactical and strategic programming aspects of the mission for ensuring the implementation of high quality Programs and helping in strengthening the PUI Nigerian Mission development.
S/He will operate these duties in line with the global PUI’ Strategic framework and the agreed Country Strategy for Nigeria.

Scope of duties :
The Deputy HOM for Programs playing a key role in coordinating technical country strategy’s implementation and support provision of operational management and integration of all technical areas. This includes the primary responsibilities of projects planning/design, programs quality assurance, donor compliance or reporting/documentation, to ensure timely, effective and compliant programming in accordance with internal and external principles/requirements.
As an implementing organization, PUI places great importance on operational results and impact evaluation. Thus, the Deputy HOM for Programs plays a key role in overseeing monitoring and evaluation, usually in collaboration with the Field Coordinators, and in association with UN Sectors Working Groups. 

Training and Experiences:

Training :

Project management
Education in Agriculture/Watsan /Public Health/Psychosocial
Financial Management
Human Resource Management
Logistics and Security

Professional use of Pack Office

Experiences :

Min. 3 years of humanitarian experience in project co-ordination.

Successful experience in expatriate team management and multi-sector programmes.
Experience in security management
Previous experience as Head of Mission in an NGO or OSI

Languages:

English Mandatory

French Desirable

Proposed Terms :

12 months (renewable upon funding)

Expected Start Date : August 2018

Monthly Gross Income : from 2 420 up to 2 750 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI

Benefits:

Cost Covered : Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…

Insurance: including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation

Housing in collective accommodation

Daily Living Expenses : (« Per diem »)

To know more about our job offer, look at the complete job description on our website !

How to apply:

Please send your application (Resume and Cover Letter) to the adress below with the following subject : « Deputy HOM for Programs-NGA » to Emmannuelle Gracia, Human Ressources Officer for Expatriates, at recrutement@premiere-urgence.org