Nigeria

Program Coordinator, Linking and Expanding Actionable Deployment of Early Response Systems (LEADERS) in West Africa

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Job Title: Programs Coordinator

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

Reports To: Programs Director

Type: Regular, Full – Time

Overview:

The Fund for Peace (FFP) seeks an Abuja-based Program Coordinator to provide field support for a project on conflict early warning and response in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, and Liberia. This position will support a 19-month contract in support of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) Linking and Expanding Actionable Deployment of Early Response Systems (LEADERS) in West Africa Project. This position is contingent upon U.S. Congressional funding confirmation. The anticipated start date, should the funding become available, is October 1, 2021.

Background:

The LEADERS program will work directly with the four of the five pilot Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) National Centers for the Coordination of the Response Mechanisms (NCCRMs) to improve capacities to better identify, analyze and respond to risks, threats and vulnerabilities in West Africa by enhancing analytics, creating deeper synergies and linkages with other early warning systems, including the ECOWAS ECOWARN system, developing tailored training plans, creating thematic and technical working groups to enhance regional synergy and cooperation, and optimizing joint and multistakeholder analysis and planning for the design of targeted and actionable response.

The goal of this project will be to enhance strategic prevention and stabilization efforts in West Africa through increasing the ability of the NCCRMs to identify and respond to the major risks affecting their countries through Early Warning (EW) analytics in cooperation with ECOWAS headquarters.

To achieve the goal and objectives, LEADERS will employ a facilitative approach to EW, called the Joint Analysis and Response Process (JARP), that links and leverages existing systems. The JARP process is a comprehensive, four-stage, Early Warning and Early Response (EW/ER) process. The process begins with Stage 1: EW Data Assessment using the Human Security Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (HSRVA) methodology developed with the ECOWAS Early Warning Directorate (EWD). The process continues with Stage 2: EW Analysis using the Human Security Analysis Framework (HSAF) methodology developed with the EWD. The process then shifts to Stage 3: Collaborative Response Planning using the ECOWAS Response Planning Framework (ERPF) developed with the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF) Secretariat and Internal Steering Committee (ISC). The ERPF is the multi-stakeholder process for generating and recommending specific interventions based on the foregoing analysis. The process concludes with Stage 4: An After-Action Review (AAR) that engages key ECOWAS internal and/or external stakeholders using the AAR Manual developed with the Directorate of Political Affairs (DPA). The JARP process also integrates gender, youth, and social inclusion considerations throughout the four stages using tools and concepts previously developed by USAID Reacting to Early Warning And Response Data in West Africa (REWARD) and ECOWAS, including the Early Warning Gender Integration Manual. While these stages make up a holistic process, they can each be done as standalone processes depending on the needs of the users.

Scope of Work & Expected Outputs

  • Perform program design and implementation functions as required, including assisting the project team in enhancing regional synergy and cooperation on EWER; identification and training of Data Coordinators to be based in each of the four NCCRMs; and co-facilitating virtual and in-person trainings on EWER methodologies and the JARP. The successful applicant will be trained on the JARP modules prior to the workshop with FFP.
  • Responsible for the coordination, planning, execution and delivery of program tasks and activities, including logistical support, financial oversight, and coordination for all field-based, regional activities, and EWER /JARP trainings.
  • Liaise and coordinate with ECOWAS HQ, the regional NCCRMs, and other partners to the LEADERS project to ensure the achievement of project objectives and goals.
  • Support the preparation of project deliverables and M&E, including annual workplans, project activity report, and other project-related updates and reporting materials in accordance with CSO requirements and deadlines.
  • Represent the project at regional, national and international fora, including technical conferences, etc.
  • Regular travel to, and support for data work and analysis at, the four NCCRMs in Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau and Liberia.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution, international development, or a related field.
  • At least five years of international development experience in conflict early warning, conflict resolution, data analytics/analysis, EWER systems, and field-based research.
  • Proven track record of program management, including report writing and M&E support.
  • Excellent representation and communication skills (oral and written), including cross-cultural skills, media skills, and the ability to deal with counterparts at all political, social and economic levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively coordinate virtually with team members deployed across multiple locations and time zones.
  • Ability to work individually and collaboratively to undertake tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite of programs (especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Fluency in speaking, reading, and writing in French and English is required.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • This position has supervisory responsibilities over regional Data Coordinators.

Travel:

  • This position requires travel to the four NCCRMs in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, and Liberia.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send their CV and a cover letter to admin@fundforpeace.org