Nigeria- A Food Security and Livelihoods Coordinator
Nigeria- A Food Security and Livelihoods Coordinator
Type of contract
Fixed Term Contract
Expected start date
As soon as possible
Duration of mission
General Context :
With the biggest population in Africa, (between 178 and 200 million inhabitants), Nigeria is ranked as one of the first economy of the continent thanks to oil and petroleum products as well as mineral resources (gold, iron, diamonds, copper etc…). Despite a strong economy, Nigeria suffers from huge inequalities between rich and poor, and from a high rate of corruption, at every level. Moreover, a great ethnic diversity mixed with a federal mechanism make it a real powder keg. Within this volatile environment, the conflict in the North-East of the country (states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe) and the linked widespread violence triggered a large scale humanitarian crisis.
The conflict in the North-East
Boko Haram was created in 2001, with activity related to social actions and schooling. Over the years, the group started an armed rebellion against the government of Nigeria. Several members of the group were arrested, sparking deadly clashes with Nigerian security forces. The group’s founder and then leader Mohammed Yusuf was killed while still in police custody. This was the beginning of the radicalization of the movement and of the conflict still affecting the area in the present days. In 2015, the Nigerian army received the support of an occidental military coalition (US, France, British). The same year, Boko Haram pledged allegiance to ISIS and ended up divided into two branches: ISWAP (linked to ISIS) and JAS (the historical branch).
This ongoing conflict as well as the absence of basic services have created acute humanitarian and protection needs for those impacted by the crisis, including refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and local communities.
The armed conflict affected more than 14 million people, with 2 million forcibly displaced in the Lake Chad Basin region, and new displacement continues. Following the new conflict and military developments, several Local Governmental Areas (LGAs) of Borno State were deemed accessible to humanitarian aid by the Nigerian government. But outside of the capital cities, in the countryside, the security is not granted to the populations and to the humanitarian workers. Assessments conducted in newly accessible areas in Borno State revealed 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.
As of January 2018, close to 1,300,000 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 many areas of origin remain insecure and inaccessible. Projection for 2018 forecast new displacement and arrivals from the inaccessible areas (around 200,000). In total, at least 1.32 million of IDPs are located in Borno State. 50% of them are living in host communities. Around 60% 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) 2018 estimated some 7.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Nigeria across the three states of the north east (Borno, Yobe and Adamawa) with most needs concentrated in Borno State. In determining the scale of the response for 2018 (more than 1 billion USD consolidated appeal!), 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 millions of people are in need of urgent life-saving assistance.
The Food Security and Livelihood (FSL) Coordinator designs the intervention framework of the mission in term of Food Security and Livelihood (strategic positioning, programmatic approach, technical guidelines), supports the Food Security and Livelihood field teams in the implementation of their projects, and pilots the Food Security and Livelihood programs development.
Programmes: S/he supervises the technical rolling out of the programs and ensures the qualitative aspects of programmes (monitoring of objectives, respecting due dates and budgetary provisions, quality control) are properly implemented by the different stakeholders (program teams, field coordinators, partners).
Evaluation: S/he develops a high qualitative and quantitative research analysis on FSL opportunities and resilience mechanism to the current Nigerian crisis, to offer an adapted response in a challenging context of intervention for the sector.
Strategy & Development: S/he participates, for his/her technical sector, in the design of the operational strategy and suggests new operations according to needs analysis of the humanitarian situation. S/he participates actively (in coordination with other Technical Coordinators and the relevant Field Coordinators) in the definition and implementation of assessments and in the design and overall project cycle management of all FSL projects at mission level.
Human resources: S/he supports from a technical point of view the teams operating on FSL (recruitment, objectives definition, and evaluation).
Representation: S/he ensures and coordinates the PUI’s FSL representation at mission level with partners, sectorial coordination, relevant working groups, donors and different authorities.
Coordination: S/he ensures that information is efficiently communicated between the FSL teams and other teams (support, programs…) and ensures a proper coordination and information sharing with other national level coordinators (Log, Finance, Health, Protection,…..…) and with HQ technical advisor
Logistical, administrative and financial monitoring: S/he guarantees that logistical and administrative procedures are respected by the FSL teams and alerts/relays this information to the logistical and administrative coordination team.
Master in economics, social science, agronomy would be a major asset.
4 years as a manager of humanitarian projects
Strong experience in some of the following topic: economics both at macro and micro level, agricultural, food assistance programmingincluding use of cash transfer,, market analysis and market based approach,resilience support programs
Experience in participating to working groups or clusters
Excellent writing skills
Strong knowledge of project management
Detailed knowledge of donors (OFDA, ECHO, AAP, UN agencies etc)
English is mandatory, French is an asset.
Mobility: Extensive travel within the country may be required.
Fixed-Term Contract: 8 months
Starting date: July 2019
Monthly Gross Income: from 2 200 to 2 530 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI
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 »)
Break Policy: 5 working days at 3 and 9 months + break allowance
Paid Leaves Policy: 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months
Person in charge of this offer
Emmanuelle Gracia, Human Resources Officer for expatriates