Senior Community Action Plans Coordinator (59 months)

Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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Since 2009, Nigeria has been the scene of attacks by Boko Haram against the population. In particular, the north-east of the country is affected by destruction and displacement. More than 20,000 people have been killed and about 2.2 million people are displaced from their communities.

The project “Support to the internally displaced and resilience of host communities in the north and north-east of Nigeria” will be financed by the BMZ and the EU. It is in the context of Germany's commitment to "fight causes for displacement – stabilize host communities - support refugees". The project is in line with the EU action plan against refugee crises and with the national indicative programme of the 11th European Development Fund.

The project’s purpose is to improve the living conditions of internally displaced persons (IDP), the population in host communities and of idps returning to their communities of origin in north-eastern Nigeria.

The project focuses geographically on the federal states of Adamawa and Borno in north-eastern Nigeria where an estimated number of 5 million people is in need of support. With its measures of rehabilitation and development the project is complementary to humanitarian assistance which is provided by other actors. The planned interventions are closely coordinated and harmonized with other donors and stakeholders.

The project will be active predominantly in informal IDP camps and host communities and communities of origin of idps. It promotes the linkage of rehabilitation and development. The aims of the project are to stabilize living conditions in the IDP population and population of host communities, allow the resumption of social and economic life of idps while they return to their communities of origin as well as the rehabilitation and reconstruction of these communities. Access to formal and non-formal education, to health services, to energy, water and sanitation, the rehabilitation of road and other built infrastructure, the recapitalization of destroyed agricultural production materials, social transfers (cash transfers) and the revival of local economy are examples for areas of intervention. For the rehabilitation and reconstruction in communities of origin, the project will apply a community based and participative approach to draft community development plans. For its implementation the project will collaborate with consultants as well as consortia of international and national non-governmental organizations.



  • Providing leadership to a team of 6 technical staff
  • Providing leadership to the planning and implementation of community rehabilitation measures aimed at improving access to basic services and infrastructure in IDP host communities and communities of origin (Community Action plans, CAP) in Adamawa and Borno State
  • Accurate documentation of planning and implementation of activities in his/her field of responsibility
  • Maintaining a good flow of communication and information between all involved institutions/communities and counterparts and GIZ 




  • Leads general project planning and develops project concepts including preparation, organisation and moderation of context sensitive participatory Community Action Planning (CAP) processes and their implementation, management, monitoring, quality management, evaluation, communication and documentation.
  • Promotes social cohesion in the targeted communities through inclusive moderation of needs identification and prioritization processes.
  • Provides professional advisory services to and cooperates with line ministries, local government authorities and communities in Adamawa and Borno.
  • Plans, organizes and coordinates CAP team activities for the development of Community Action Plans (CAPs)
  • Provides leadership in the achievement of a cohesive team spirit and effective implementation of the CAP team workplans.
  • Compiles and communicates relevant information for team activities and assignments
  • Supports internal processes (e.g. support for proposal preparation, impact monitoring, project progress review, reporting etc.) 
  • Develops and organises quality assurance measures and suggests necessary changes, improvements and initiatives in the community action planning processes 
  • Ensures networking, cooperation, regular contact and dialogue with programme partners and other relevant actors in the field of his/her responsibilities (e.g. relevant government agencies at state and local levels, CSOs and individuals in the project environment and other projects and partners (local and international) 
  • Assists in the implementation of the projects communication and visibility plan, 
  • Supports local communities in communicating their needs, interests and efforts (e.g. for resource mobilisation, peer to peer popularisation of good practices etc.)
  • Ensures knowledge transfer to programme information system
  • Develops ready-to-use strategies and technical concepts, including guidelines, manuals and procedures for participatory community planning
  • Prepares the collection of good practices and documentation of lessons learned 
  • Draws up reports and presentation documents
  • Prepares appropriate input for various project/programme reports including annual reports, and contributes to the other reports required by the programme manager and GIZ Head Office
  • Supports the component manager in research activities and studies on relevant political issues which may benefit or affect the programme




Qualifications and  Requirements: 

  • Masters/MSc degree in social sciences, development related disciplines or sector related disciplines (agriculture, health, education). 
  • Professional experience
  • At least 6 years’ professional experience in a coordinating and leadership position
  • Experience in Participatory Rural Appraisal and Planning/strategic planning in the field of community development
  • Conversant with integrating cross cutting issues (gender, human rights, inclusion of persons with disabilities) in programme planning
  • Experience in the application of the “do no harm principles” (conflict sensitive moderation of participatory planning processes)
  • Proven knowledge and experience in strategic planning of multi-sectorial programmes
  • Good documentation and writing skills (drafting Community Action Plans)
  • Strong supervisory and coordinating competences
  • Very good communication skills
  • Conflict management and mediation skills will be an advantage
  • Very good working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office)
  • Fluency in written and spoken Hausa and English
  • Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management 
  • Good communication skills
  • A good team player who is willing to take on responsibility 
  • Innovative and possessing a positive attitude to change 
  • Willingness to travel regularly in northern Nigeria
  • Very good knowledge of languages widely used in Northern Nigeria, ideally a knowledge of Hausa
  • High level of problem solving ability 



Duty station

Yola ( travel within Northern Nigeria regularly)

GIZ Nigeria is an equal opportunity employer, both men and women are encouraged to apply. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted