Starting date: February 2024
12 months (renewable)
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The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) has been working in Nigeria since 2013 mediating for peace across Middle Belt and North East States. HD has recorded significant strides in its efforts while working closely with top level stakeholders and communities using a multi prong strategy of bottom-up and top to bottom approaches in order to ensure that its efforts bring lasting peace. The approach is inclusive and ensures participation at all levels including women, youth and people living with disability. To date, HD has successful facilitated five formal inter-communal dialogue processes in Jos, Southern Plateau, southern Kaduna, Agatu and Konshisha and Oju areas of Benue state. The intercommunal dialogues have culminated in the signing of peace declarations/agreement which communities are currently implementing with support from HD. In the North east, HD facilitated the drafting of an Alternative Narrative (AN) document, that is widely accepted and is utilized as a tool for dialogue and reconciliation by a cross section of stakeholders including state and non-state actors. Moreover, in view of the worsening impacts of climate change on conflict situations, HD has piloted and facilitate climate-focused peace processes that have culminated in the signing of resource sharing peace agreements in Benue state.
Reporting to the Project Manager-Nigeria , the Project Officer will have the following responsibilities:
Project Management:Support the day-to-day management of project activities including:Monitoring the political situation in specific regions and developments relating to the Nigeria programme and the impact on the respective project(s), as well as research and analyse subjects related to the project(s);Supporting the organisation and co-ordinating project meetings, including the conceptualisation and formulation of meeting agendas as well as the drafting of meeting reports and mission notes;Contributing ideas and suggestions on the project including the preparation of project work plans and calendars and the implementation of project activities; Manage all financial aspects of the projects including budgets under the supervision of the PM; Together with the PM , s/he will maintain and strengthen links with related parties and partners, including donors, as well as liaise with high level external parties;
Grant Management:Oversee the management of donor grants including: Reviewing, formulating and managing budgets; Preparing internal and donor-related project reports (narrative and financial) in consultation with the relevant point persons; Prepare project and fundraising concept notes, proposals and narrative/review reports;
Additional project support:Undertake assessments and explore possible new initiatives; Carry out research and analysis on subjects related the project; Help identify, pursue and manage new mediation work in the region; Represent and promote HD in different contexts to parties and outside audiences in the region; Maintain a good working knowledge of the facts on the ground in order to engage with all stakeholders; Any other tasks as requested by the Project Manager
The successful candidate should have:5-10 years of work experience in conflict resolution or in a similar function in the Nigeria region and internationally Understanding of project management; Post-graduate study or equivalent by experience in conflict resolution, international relations, development studies, international humanitarian law, gender, peace and security or other related fields; Experience with a regional or international organisation preferred; Excellent oral and written skills (English required, French an asset); Experience of and sensitivity in communicating with multicultural and diverse audiences (including senior government officials, politicians, opposition groups, national and local NGOs and conflict- affected communities; Contextual knowledge and understanding of Nigeria will be an added advantage; Strong understanding of peace and security issues.
The successful applicant should have:Good interpersonal skills; The ability to handle confidential information; Excellent representational skills; Strong multi-tasking skills; A proactive and self-motivated approach.
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