Conflict Adviser, DFID Northern Nigeria Officer

DFID Nigeria

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DFID Nigeria is responsible for managing the British Government’s contribution to development in Nigeria, with the objective of supporting government and development partners at federal and state levels to reduce poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).



Job Summary

  • This Is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, experienced and committed Nigerian professional to became a Conflict Adviser for DFID Nigeria, supporting the work of the wider British Mission in Nigeria.
  • She/he will promote conflict prevention and peace building, overseeing DFID’s conflict and security programmes in northern Nigeria with a particular focus on the North East and ensuring that all of the UK’s working the North East is informed by a robust analysis of conflict and its causes.
  • Job Description/Duties
  • Lead conflict analysis for northern Nigeria, on behalf of the British Mission in Nigeria, conducting robust and strategic conflict analysis to inform British Government policies and programmes in northern Nigeria and provide quality cross-cutting conflict advice and analysis for DFID and for programmes funded by the cross-government Conflict, Security and stabilisation Fund(CSSF).
  • Support the implementation and monitoring of key programmes in conflict prevention, stabilisation, security and justice, working closely with lead advisers in Abuja. Be the Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) for British Mission conflict programmes focused on the North East. Be lead adviser in relation to the North-East for the Nigeria-wide Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP), including for the EU-funded component.
  • Ensure Conflict Sensitive programming and delivery of DFID governance, humanitarian, economic growth and human development policies and programming in Northern Nigeria.
  • Support UK information sharing and policy development on North East Nigeria across the British Mission.
  • Effectively influence the approach of Nigerian Government officials, development partners and civil society to address conflict in the North East. The post holder will work with and influence a wide range of relevant Federal and State government partners, civil society and traditional leaders on conflict reduction in North East Nigeria.
  • Assist the UK Risk Management Office to manage operating and programme risk.
  • Support the wider OFID Conflict Cadre through participation In annual professional conferences, as well as providing support to advisers in other offices as part of the conflict cadre.


Qualification and Experience

  • Minimum of a Masters level qualification in Peace building, Development, Political Science, Social Sciences or a related field, from a recognised University.
  • Minimum five-year experience in the field of conflict resolution and peace building. This should Include provision of conflict advice to development programmes or policy making institutions, experience of designing and managing conflict prevention and peace building programmes, experience in overseeing budgets and results delivery.
  • Proven cultural, social and political sensitivity for working in northern Nigeria, preferably with a working knowledge of Hausa.
  • Technical Competencies:
  • Conflict response. A thorough practical and theoretical understanding of: direct and third party peace processes, ceasefires, mediation and peace agreements; post-conflict stabilisation assessment and planning; disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants; transitional justice, reconciliation and their role in mitigating future risks of violence; design and implementation of peace building programmes
  • Conflict analysis. A thorough practical and theoretical understanding of: conflict analysis tools, methodologies, theory and practice; political analysis (power relations, political systems, elections);institutional appraisal and analysis; security sector, police and justice reform; human rights, international humanitarian law and other legal standards; role of gender In conflict issues; techniques for monitoring and evaluation.
  • Conflict prevention and conflict sensitive development. A thorough practical and
  • theoretical understanding of conflict-sensitive design of poverty reduction programmes, including the relationship between conflict and development; role of state and non-state actors in promoting peaceful transformation; global, regional, and national factors affecting conflict; conflict-sensitive design, monitoring and evaluation of programmes aimed at preventing violence.
  • Behavioural Competencies/Civil Service Competencies:
  • See the bigger picture: develop an in-depth understanding and knowledge of how the role fits and supports organisational objectives and wider public needs. Scan the political context and take account of wider impacts to develop long term implementation.
  • Make effective decisions: break down and simplify complex data, policy documents and similar information on conflict issues; assess and interpret information to identify main issues and to inform non-technical colleagues.
  • Lead and communicate: communicate clearly both orally and in writing, using appropriate language; communicate on a range of issues to diverse internal and external audiences.
  • Collaborate and partner: excellent team player; work effectively with government, development partner, civil society and private sector; stakeholders, including, traditional and religious leaders, build good relationships for partnership, implementation and support for DFID 

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DFID Nigeria

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)




NGO/Community Services & Dev

Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

5 - 7 years