Protection Project Manager, UNICEF at COOPI - Cooperazione Internazionale

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COOPI started its operations in North-East Nigeria in July 2014 to carry out a rapid evaluation of the most relevant constraints suffered by the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) displaced by the food crisis and the Boko Haram insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin.

COOPI’s aim is to support the most basic and pressing needs of communities affected by the conflict. COOPI is providing a multi-sectoral emergency response to the IDPs, returnees and host population focused on food security, nutrition, protection, and education. COOPI main area of intervention is Yobe State but we are also present in Borno.


Scope of the Vacancy

The Project Manager is responsible for the overall activities’ planning, execution, and reporting of his/her projects. He/she is directly assigned to, and responsible for the supervision of all logistics, HR, financial and overall functioning aspects of his projects.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of base and in line with the Program Coordinator, he/she:

Designs the detailed work plan in line with the project guidelines and description, guaranteeing the smooth implementation of all the activities on-time, on quality, and on-budget;

In cooperation and synergy with the project staff, plans and monitors the activities’ progress, in compliance with the contract signed with the donor, with donor’s and COOPI’s procedures, and with the specific Project Structure and Reporting Lines definition, making use of the financial instruments provided by the organization;

In collaboration with the Administrative and the Logistics team, plans and monitors the expenditures in line with the project’s implementation needs;

In cooperation with the Program Coordinator, finalizes the data provided by the Child Protection Officer, supports the preparation, in compliance with the deadlines, of the narrative reports expected by the donors and by the partners;

Coordinates the overall project: supervises the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the staff; monitors the accuracy and efficiency of the case management activities; in collaboration with the Child Protection Officer, deals with possible cases which cannot be addressed by the available and ongoing referral network;

Contributes in consolidating the case management referral network by establishing proficient collaboration with the partners working in the targeted areas and actively suggesting gaps and recommendations to the supervisors;

Contributes and approves the line of training designed by the Child Protection Officer;

Represents COOPI with the local / State authorities and partners (SEMA, MSWSD, MYASD, NGOs and UN agencies at local level Protection Working Group meetings);

In collaboration with the Program Coordinator and head of the base, prepares all the formal communication and contract modification requests (ex. budget modification) of the project;

Manages the goods purchased for the project; for all goods purchased by the project, support updates of the inventory and guarantee the respect of the policies and guidelines, in cooperation with the Logistics Office;

In collaboration with the Program Coordinator and in synergy with the specific reporting lines of the projects, promotes and manages relations with the local government institutions, NGOs, and other local partners available in the area;

Executes any other task necessary to the good and timely completion of the projects, identified in the mutual agreement.

In coordination with the Administrative team, supports in hiring of new staff directly related to the project and conducts staff appraisals Upholds COOPI’s mission and Charter of Values;

Follows and enforces all COOPI codes of conduct and policies (globally and in-country);

Performs any other duties as requested by the supervisor.

Minimum Requirements

Master’s Degree in Education, Legal Studies, Sociology, Political Science and /or Humanities or any related field.

At least 3 years of working experience in/with INGO on Protection area

Proven interest & commitment to humanitarian and development principles and a demonstrable understanding of conflict/post-conflict development contexts

Experience in data collection, analysis, and report writing

Excellent in English (oral and written)

Experience in designing and conducting training in INEE and Child Protection issues especially in the areas of human rights, gender, capacity building, added advantage, SGBV

Ability to plan, organize work, communicate and reports effectively (both in writing and verbally)

Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines

team player, effective communicator, successful negotiator, creative and analytical thinker, active learner, able to work in a multicultural environment

Excellent communication skills, calm, with a good sense of humor

Proven commitment to accountability practices

Ability to function effectively under stressful conditions such as heavy workloads, and deadlines.

Excellent Microsoft Office applications skills (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Emails, Skype, Web researchers)

Knowledge of and adherence to COOPI Code of Conduct, understand other international development guidelines.

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COOPI - Cooperazione Internazionale

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)




NGO/Community Services & Dev

Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

3 - 5 years