Search for Common Ground (SFCG) Current Employment Opportunities

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes the peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, Search’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict – away from destructive approaches towards cooperative solutions. With more than 600 staff worldwide, Search implements projects in more than 30 countries across the globe.

We are recruiting to fill the positions of:

 

 

Job Title: Senior Finance Officer

Location: Yola, Adamawa
Employment Type: Full Time

Summary of Position

  • The Senior Finance Officer will be responsible for a range of bookkeeping responsibilities as well as providing support on finance and project budget management functions. Carrying out and recording relevant financial transactions as well as coordinating the financial coding of these transactions will all be part of your daily routine.
  • You will oversee the maintenance and reconciliation of bank records and, as SEARCH receives funding from a number of donors. You will be responsible for maintaining ledgers and contributing to the regular financial reporting. You will also oversee the petty cash disbursements and reconciliation.
  • You will have a close working relationship with the Finance Manager and other finance and Accounts coordinator as well as building good relationships with the project leads, some of whom are based in other parts of the country.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
Book-keeping:

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date books of accounts;  review general ledger accounts regularly to ensure accurate postings;
  • Accurately and promptly process all accounting transactions, including operating expenses, procurement, travel, consultant payments, vendor payments, and transfer of funds to the other SEARCH sub-offices in Nigeria. Also, ensure recovery of advances and accounts receivables;
  • Maintain and ensure consistency in the application of accounting rules and procedures, including safeguarding of cash and checks;
  • Assist the Finance Manager to prepare the Monthly Financial Report (MFRs);
  • Ensure proper documentation of vouchers and receipts, financial reporting, proper coding of expenses, distribution of payments, tracking petty cash distribution and bank deposits;
  • Work closely with the Admin and Logistics Coordinator and other Finance and Accounts Coordinators to ensure timely payments for goods and services rendered to SEARCH;
  • Support Finance Manager to strengthen financial and accounting systems – identifying gaps, weaknesses and issues and recommending and implementing solutions;
  • Support Finance Manager to develop and update financial policies and guidelines;
  • Provide support during the grant and organizational audits;
  • Process journal entries and trial balance information
  • Consolidating accurate data entry into the Microsoft dynamic great plan (GP) accounting system for monthly reporting
  • Effectively support the Grants and Administrative Manager in preparing internal audits as per donor policies where appropriate
  • Responsible for review of partner’s report and upload

Financial Reporting:

  • Monitor financial transactions and accounting reports, and reconciliations of accounts to ensure accurate and up-to-date financial information.
  • Prepare donor reports and financial reports for the SEARCH Finance Committee and SEARCH Board and management reports for project managers
  • Prepare and Process monthly financial records (MFRs)
  • Generate and assign barcode to financial reports

Petty Cash Management:

  • Oversee the petty cash disbursement and ensure proper reconciliation and replenishment.
  • Verify all petty cash receipts for compliance
  • Perform cash count with the Admin officer and ensure the cash count form is signed by both parties.
  • Ensure regular update of the petty cash log and adequate supporting documents.
  • Ensure petty cash advances are retired in line with SEARCH policies.

Other duties:

  • Deputize for the Finance Lead in his/her absence
  • Keep colleagues appraised of developments in own area as appropriate
  • Contribute to staff meetings, and other internal meetings with appropriate content, views and suggestions
  • Fulfil requirements of internal staff management processes including performance reviews, supervisory meetings, etc.
  • Develop strong relationships with all SEARCH colleagues and partners to enhance their understanding of finance and build their knowledge; in particular, develop strong relationships with non-financial staff in remote offices, who will be responsible for day-to-day financial reporting and accounting

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Manage day-to-day workload of finance assistant as directed by the Finance Manager
  • Support and develop the capacity of finance assistant in field offices as directed by the Finance Manager

Job Requirements

  • 3 – 5 years experience as finance/accounts officer or coordinator or similar
  • B.Sc qualification in Accountancy or its equivalent
  • Good understanding of accounting principles
  • Effective oral and written English skills.
  • Good level of proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Good administrative and organizational skills and ability to keep documentation tidy and accessible
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to plan and organize multiple simultaneous tasks efficiently
  • Ability to work independently and ask for clarification where needed
  • A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Note

  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work.
  • All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Collaboration- Audacity – Tenacity – Empathy – Results. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest and Anti-fraud. Search is committed to safeguarding the interests, rights, and well-being of children, youth and vulnerable adults with whom it is in contact and to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for children, youth, and vulnerable adults.
  • Search for Common Ground does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Application Deadline  30th September, 2021.

 

 

 

Job Title: Case Management Coordinator

Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Employment Type: Full Time
Reports to: Child Protection Project Manager
Direct Reports: Case Management Officers (Child Protection); CPIMS Officer

About the Project

  • In the past decade, states in the North East region of Nigeria have faced frequent attacks by Boko Haram militants leading to widespread displacement, violations of national laws, international humanitarian and human rights laws, and a deepening humanitarian crisis.
  • Children, who are the most vulnerable members of society, have suffered the worst impacts as pre-existing problems of access to social protection, education and healthcare increase, new threats emerge, and the systems to protect children fails.
  • This project aims to ensure that children verified and separated from CJTF receive a comprehensive child protection package including counselling, psychosocial support and socio-economic reintegration and that their communities understand the importance of their separation and reintegration.
  • Search will work closely with the children, their families and communities, and CJTF to address the psychosocial and economic needs of the children and to influence the attitudes of communities and CJTF so they understand the negative impact of associating with armed groups on children and prevent the CJTF from using children.
  • By increasing the resilience of children associated with CJTF and increasing their employability, this project will facilitate lasting reintegration of these children and amplify positive narratives around their role in communities as productive civilian actors and agents for peace.

Position Summary

  • To ensure coordinated assistance to the vulnerable children and proper documentation for satisfactorily processing the cases and for accountability purposes: Plans, Coordinates and supervises daily case management activities in various LGAs in Borno State, supervises the database officer and the case management team ensuring synchronization of physical files and the database; ensures the Child Safeguarding Policy is implemented and promoted within the organization and across the wider partnership network.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Ensure identification, registration of the cases of vulnerable children and processing of all the cases in the database accordingly
  • Ensure synchronization of the physical files and the CPIMS+ database
  • Ensure open cases are followed up on monthly basis depending on the urgency and risk level as stipulated in the CPMS.
  • Lead the internal case conferences and ensure representation of Search for Common Ground in external case conferences
  • Conduct continuous capacity building of the case management team through mentorship, trainings and workshops
  • Strengthen the capacity of the Community Based Child Protection committee (CBCPC) members and maintain a database of all cases identified and processed by the CBCPC.
  • Conduct regular consultations with the psychosocial, education, enterprise, media and community mobilization staff to ensure that the cases identified within LGAs receive appropriate and timely support
  • Work closely with Design, Monitoring , Evaluation and Learning (DMEL) coordinator to ensure that the CPIMS and DMEL databases are synchronised
  • Ensure all internal and donor case management reports are submitted on time and work closely with the deputy project manager to draft monthly progress reports.
  • Build strong collaborative relationships with the partner agencies that will enhance referral pathways
  • Lead the coordination of child protection activities in Jere LGA and co-chair with ROHI, the CP LGA coordination meetings
  • Represents Search in external coordination meetings case management technical working group and child protection sub cluster working group.

Education

  • University Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology or other related fields.

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience in child protection case management
  • Experience working with CPIMS
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Minimum of 4 years management/ supervisory experience.
  • Excellent training and facilitation skills.
  • Experience working with Children Associated with Armed Groups.
  • Experience working in emergency settings.
  • Experience working in different communities in Borno State.
  • Experience working with refugees, IDPs, host communities, and other vulnerable populations.

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to partner and work collaboratively with staff and families, the ability to work as part of a team to support children and families
  • Good understanding of Child Protection Minimum Standards and the Inter-Agency Guidelines for Case Management and Child Protection.
  • Familiarity with referral pathways in and around Maiduguri
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Strong analytical and reporting skills.
  • Knowledge of a local language (Hausa, Kanuri)

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Application Documents
Interested candidates should send the following to our Career Portal:

  • Current resume
  • Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date).

Note

  • Please compile your writing sample and resume into one document as the system only has the functionality to upload two documents per application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • The recruitment will be conducted on a rolling basis.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work.

Application Deadline  30th Septemeber, 2021.

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Child Protection Information Management (CPIMS+) Officer

Locations: Maiduguri, Borno
Employment Type: Full-time
Reports to: Case Management Coordinator
Direct Reports: The CPIMS Officer will have no direct reports

Position Summary

  • The Child Protection Information Management Officer supports the information management of the “Supporting the Socio-Economic Reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Groups, and other vulnerable children, in North-East Nigeria” project by ensuring records of each individual child’s case are captured on the CPIMS. This includes all stages of the case management process such as registration, initial assessment, case plan, referrals, follow up and review, and case closure.
  • The CPIMS Officer will ensure that data trends and analyses are able to be extracted from the information entered into the system. They will also ensure data is gathered to report in monthly 5Ws, shared with UNICEF. This will ensure high-quality information management of target beneficiaries in the project.
  • The CPIMS Officer will also support with broader admin, finance, procurement, and logistics documentation to support the team in implementing project activities in a timely manner.
  • They will also support the Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Team as required.
  • Working Relations: Child protection Community Case Worker, Case management Officer and Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (DMEL) coordinator

About the Project

  • In the past decade, states in the North East region of Nigeria have faced frequent attacks by Boko Haram militants leading to widespread displacement, violations of national laws, international humanitarian and human rights laws, and a deepening humanitarian crisis. Children, who are the most vulnerable members of society, have suffered the worst impacts as pre-existing problems of access to social protection, education and healthcare increase, new threats emerge, and the systems to protect children fail.
  • This project aims to ensure that children verified and separated from CJTF receive a comprehensive child protection package including counselling, psychosocial support and socio-economic reintegration and that their communities understand the importance of their separation and reintegration. Search will work closely with the children, their families and communities, and CJTF to address the psychosocial and economic needs of the children and to influence the attitudes of communities and CJTF so they understand the negative impact of associating with armed groups on children and prevent the CJTF from using children. By increasing the resilience of children associated with CJTF and increasing their employability, this project will facilitate the lasting reintegration of these children and amplify positive narratives around their role in communities as productive civilian actors and agents for peace.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lead on data entry into the Child Protection Information Management System Plus (CPIMS+). Ensure all cases are entered systematically.
  • Ensure the information on the physical case files is synchronized with the CPIMS+
  • Develop a case coding system for hard copy cases and ensure these are stored in a safe and confidential manner, according to data protection principles.
  • Support the project team in drafting weekly and monthly reports.
  • Draft meeting minutes as required.
  • Support Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (DMEL) team in tracking and analysing all pre and post-tests conducted in the northeast.
  • Update action plan tracker for the project in Maiduguri.
  • Support in documenting all project data.
  • Support in conducting quality assurance (DQA) on a quarterly basis.
  • Support in tracking the distribution of tickets during participatory theatre performances.
  • Work closely with the Case management Officers to prepare the monthly 5Ws.
  • Identify training needs on CPIMS+ and deliver the training to the case management team.
  • Represent Search at external meetings related to information management e.g. monthly CPIMS Task Force meetings.
  • Support the project team in preparing administrative/ financial/ logistical documentation, including Purchase Requests/ Advance Requests/ Travel Requests as needed.
  • Support the project team in drafting training reports following delivery of training per activities outlined in the proposal and work plan.

Requirements
Education:

  • University Degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Statistics, or other relevant fields.

Required Experience:

  • At least 2 years experience in information management, database management, and data analysis.
  • At least 1-year of experience with CPIMS+ (Child Protection Information Management System).
  • Excellent understanding of data protection and confidentiality principles.

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Highly organised with excellent attention to detail.
  • Experience working on child protection programmes and knowledge of child protection principles including the best interests of the child.
  • Experience working in emergency settings
  • Experience working in different communities in Borno State
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills

Desirable:

  • Ability to work individually and within a team with limited supervision
  • Good analytical, problem-solving and project planning skills
  • Community-oriented and respect for local culture
  • Excellent IT skills, particularly with MS Office – Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • Strong command of both written and spoken English
  • Actively seeks support in addressing difficulties in execution of duties
  • Strategic thinking and effective contribution to own work and organisational development
  • Sound judgement and decision-making in complex situations
  • Strong emotional intelligence including self-awareness
  • Leads by example to motivate high performance of others
  • Strong commitment to continuous learning.
  • Knowledge of a local language (Hausa, Kanuri) is desirable
  • Holds self and others to account to deliver on agreed goals and standards of behaviour
  • Demonstrates a high degree of professionalism/integrity
  • Provides good administrative and logistical support to team

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Note

  • Interested candidates should submit their Current Resume and Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date).
  • The recruitment will be conducted on a rolling basis.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please

Application Deadline  7th October, 2021.

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Deputy Programme / Economic Reintegration Manager

Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Employment Type: Full Time
Reports to: Child Protection Manager
Direct Reports: The Deputy Project Manager will provide administrative and functional line management to the 13 project staff.

Position Summary

  • The Deputy Project Manager supports the direct implementation of the “Supporting the Socio-Economic Reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Groups, and other vulnerable children, in North East Nigeria” project. This will ensure timely and quality implementation of all project activities as defined in the proposal.
  • The Deputy Project Manager will motivate, inspire and support the project team through leadership and line management. The Deputy Project Manager will work closely with the Child Protection Manager to provide complementary management of the overall project.
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Relationship:

  • Reports to: Child Protection Manager
  • Direct Reports: The Deputy Project Manager will provide administrative and functional line management to the 13 project staff.
  • Working Relations: Child Protection Manager; Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager; Media Coordinator, North East; Psychosocial Support Coordinator; and other Senior Managers.

About the Project

  • In the past decade, states in the North East region of Nigeria have faced frequent attacks by Boko Haram militants leading to widespread displacement, violations of national laws, international humanitarian and human rights laws, and a deepening humanitarian crisis. Children, who are the most vulnerable members of society, have suffered the worst impacts as pre-existing problems of access to social protection, education and healthcare increase, new threats emerge, and the systems to protect children fails.
  • This project aims to ensure that children verified and separated from CJTF receive a comprehensive child protection package including counselling, psychosocial support and socio-economic reintegration and that their communities understand the importance of their separation and reintegration. Search will work closely with the children, their families and communities, and CJTF to address the psychosocial and economic needs of the children and to influence the attitudes of communities and CJTF so they understand the negative impact of associating with armed groups on children and prevent the CJTF from using children.
  • By increasing the resilience of children associated with CJTF and increasing their employability, this project will facilitate lasting reintegration of these children and amplify positive narratives around their role in communities as productive civilian actors and agents for peace

Roles and Responsibilities
Team Management:

  • Motivate, inspire and support the project team through leadership and Administrative Line Management. This includes approving leave, timesheets, support with financial processes and pastoral care.
  • Provide informal supervision and check-ins with each team members to assess their performance, and support with any areas identified.
  • Carry out Development Evaluation Processes for each annual year, including identifying challenges and successes of team members.
  • Support in identifying capacity building needs for the team and collaborate with the Child Protection Manager to respond to these e.g. through developing trainings, coaching, reflection sessions, and lessons learned meetings.
  • Provide training to the project team, including community-based personnel such as Community Case Workers on Code of Conduct, with integrated PSEA (Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse). Violations will be investigated through HR in Abuja, however ensure the necessary information is shared with the Child Protection Manager.

Programme Implementation, Oversight, and Quality Assurance:

  • Actively follow up with the team on day-to-day implementation and status of activities pending or delivered, according to Project Work plan.
  • Actively monitor the project through field visits and ongoing communication with partners and team to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential challenges. Discuss any issues that arise with Child Protection Manager and identify solutions to resolve these/ refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
  • Provide direction to project activities to meaningfully address needs as identified by the project. Ensure solution-focused approach applied consistently.
  • Ensure accurate implementation of the project work plan and support the Child Protection Manager in drafting the work plan if needed.
  • Advise Child Protection Manager of context-specific analysis and recommendations relating to the project.
  • Ensure socio-economic reintegration activities are conflict-sensitive, and promote an inclusive, community-based approach to reintegration, as guided by the Paris Principles and Guidelines on Children Formerly Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups, while being in the best interest of the child.
  • Work closely with the DMEL Team to ensure to ensure ongoing relationship building, support to the project and informal feedback on project activities.
  • Ensure periodic meetings such as interviews and focus group discussions with beneficiaries to ascertain their wishes and feelings in relation to the project to ensure project quality and best interests upheld.

Reporting:

  • Support with completing project documentation in accordance with project policies and funding source requirements.
  • Support in drafting and completion of monthly, quarterly and end of year project reports
  • Provide technical input to project implementation to achieve targets, contribute to progress reports as requested, technical reports, and other deliverables.

Budget Management:

  • Support preparation/ review of necessary financial documentation e.g. relating to Purchase Requests, as lead by the budget available per activity as needed. Ensure these are submitted to Child Protection Manager for approval.
  • Support Child Protection Manager as needed on budget-related tasks e.g. forecasting, costing work plans, tracking allocations, reviewing budget versus actuals, etc.
  • Escalate any budget discrepancies/ issues/ needs identified to the Child Protection Manager.

Representation and Coordination:

  • Build coalitions and networks with local partners for project’s effectiveness. Continue to mobilize these networks to support smooth implementation of project objectives and sustainability.
  • Provide substantive support to meetings such as conferences, workshops including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, planning of high-level visits.
  • Maintain donor communication in absence of Child Protection Manager.
  • Represent Search in external meetings, including Child Protection Working Group Meetings, Reintegration Technical Working Group or other meetings, as requested.

Economic Reintegration:

  • Motivate, inspire and support the project team through leadership and Administrative Line Management. This includes approving leave, timesheets, support with financial processes and pastoral care.
  • Provide informal supervision and check-ins with each team members to assess their performance, and support with any areas identified.
  • Carry out Development Evaluation Processes for each annual year, including identifying challenges and successes of team members.
  • Support in identifying capacity-building needs for the team and collaborate with the Child Protection Manager to respond to these e.g. through developing trainings, coaching, reflection sessions, and lessons learned meetings.
  • Provide training to the project team, including community-based personnel such as Community Case Workers on Code of Conduct, with integrated PSEA (Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse). Violations will be investigated through HR in Abuja, however ensure the necessary information is shared with the Child Protection Manager.
  • Actively follow up with the team on day-to-day implementation and status of activities pending or delivered, according to Project Work plan.
  • Actively monitor the project through field visits and ongoing communication with partners and team to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential challenges. Discuss any issues that arise with Child Protection Manager and identify solutions to resolve these/ refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
  • Provide direction to project activities to meaningfully address needs as identified by the project. Ensure solution-focused approach applied consistently.
  • Ensure accurate implementation of the project work plan and support the Child Protection Manager in drafting the work plan if needed.
  • Advise Child Protection Manager of context specific analysis and recommendations relating to the project.
  • Ensure socio-economic reintegration activities are conflict-sensitive, and promote an inclusive, community-based approach to reintegration, as guided by the Paris Principles and Guidelines on Children Formerly Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups, while being in the best interest of the child.
  • Work closely with the DMEL Team to ensure to ensure ongoing relationship building, support to the project and informal feedback on project activities.
  • Ensure periodic meetings such as interviews and focus group discussions with beneficiaries to ascertain their wishes and feelings in relation to the project to ensure project quality and best interests upheld.
  • Support with completing project documentation in accordance with project policies and funding source requirements.
  • Support in drafting and completion of monthly, quarterly and end of year project reports
  • Provide technical input to project implementation to achieve targets, contribute to progress reports as requested, technical reports, and other deliverables.
  • Support preparation/ review of necessary financial documentation e.g. relating to Purchase Requests, as lead by the budget available per activity as needed. Ensure these are submitted to Child Protection Manager for approval.
  • Support Child Protection Manager as needed on budget related tasks e.g. forecasting, costing work plans, tracking allocations, reviewing budget versus actuals, etc.
  • Escalate any budget discrepancies/ issues/ needs identified to the Child Protection Manager.
  • Build coalitions and networks with local partners for project’s effectiveness. Continue to mobilize these networks to support smooth implementation of project objectives and sustainability.
  • Provide substantive support to meetings such as conferences, workshops including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, planning of high level visits.
  • Maintain donor communication in absence of Child Protection Manager.
  • Represent Search in external meetings, including Child Protection Working Group Meetings, Reintegration Technical Working Group or other meetings, as requested.
  • Lead on the design and implementation of the Economic Reintegration component of project, leading the project team to undertake activities in a timely manner.
  • Ensure Code of Conduct and PSEA training are delivered to all mentors and ensure regular follow-up. Ensure they all sign the CoC and are aware of how to report.
  • Ensure Code of Conduct and PSEA training are delivered to children and ensure they are aware of how to report.
  • Ensure high-quality mentors are identified to train selected children. Undertake continual relationship-building and open communication with mentors.
  • Assist partners to identify, cultivate and sustain relationships necessary to create a community support network necessary to sustain reintegration efforts.
  • Ensure vocations are selected based on findings from Market Analysis.
  • Undertake quality assurance checks by following up with children and mentors. Flag any concerns and share updates with Child Protection Manager and team.
  • Provide coaching in areas identified through quality checks.

Qualifications / Experience
Education:

  • An Advanced University Degree (Master’s or higher) in Business Management, Economics, Social Work, Psychology, Social Science or related field; a first Degree with commensurate years of experience will also be considered.

Required Experience:

  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in socio-economic development, planning and management in child protection-related areas is required.
  • Experience in emergency response is essential
  • Relevant experience in programme development in child protection related areas in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is considered as an added advantage

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Highly organized and systematic with excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Excellent cross-cultural communication and working skills, enjoys a multicultural work environment;
  • Excellent training and communication skills
  • Proven ability to work independently under difficult conditions
  • Excellent advocacy skills
  • Fluency in English is required.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Application Documents
Interested candidates should send the following to our Career Portal:

  • Current resume
  • Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date).

Note

  • Please compile your writing sample and resume into one document as the system only has the functionality to upload two documents per application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • The recruitment will be conducted on a rolling basis.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work.
  • All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Collaboration- Audacity – Tenacity – Empathy – Results. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest and Anti-fraud. Search is committed to safeguarding the interests, rights, and well-being of children, youth and vulnerable adults with whom it is in contact and to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for children, youth, and vulnerable adults.
  • Search for Common Ground does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations

Application Deadline  7th October, 2021.

 

 

 

Job Title: Finance Assistant

Location: Yola, Adamawa
Employment Type: Full Time

Position Summary

  • Search for Common Ground seeks a Finance Assistant to provide financial support, liaising closely with the Admin and Logistics in the offices and the finance team to ensure good record-keeping, as well as liaising with the housekeeping staff to support the smooth running of the office.
  • The position holder will be responsible for a range of bookkeeping responsibilities as well as providing support on finance and project budget management functions.
  • Carrying out and recording relevant financial transactions as well as coordinating the financial coding of these transactions will all be part of your daily routine. You will oversee the maintenance and reconciliation of bank records and, as SFCG receives funding from a number of donors.
  • You will also be responsible for maintaining ledgers and contributing to the regular financial reporting.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support the Finance Lead in effective financial management of the project.
  • Ensure proper documentation of vouchers and receipts, financial reporting, proper coding of expenses, distribution of payments, tracking petty cash distribution and bank deposits;
  • Work closely with the Admin and Logistics unit to ensure timely payments for goods and services rendered to SFCG;
  • Support Finance Lead to strengthen financial and accounting systems – identifying gaps, weaknesses and issues and recommending and implementing solutions;
  • Ensure compliance with SFCG and donor accounting requirements.
  • Undertake regular reconciliation and other expenditures and income, according to agreed timeframes and standards.
  • Collaborate with SFCG finance teams in order to fulfill payments and other project expenditures.
  • Ensure that all expenditure is charged to the correct budget line.
  • Liaise with the Finance Lead to ensure smooth and proper coordination related to regular payments and purchases
  • Ensure overall financial compliance and management across the consortium
  • Follow up with consortium partners for financial tracking and spending rate
  • Conduct internal verification within the consortium to ensure costs eligibility and compliance
  • Maintain regular communication and provide support to finance teams of Search’s partner
  • Support the reporting process by ensuring all documents supporting transactions are collated, reviewed and reconciled before submission to the Finance Lead for upload to the system.
  • Support the Finance Lead to maintain a tracker of all subcontracts and other activities under grants.
  • Review and monitor budget performance by analyzing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.
  • Manage transactions effectively and efficiently to ensure quality reporting.
  • Carries out tasks in support of assigned activities, such as photocopying, processing paperwork, and organizing meetings.

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting & Finance.
  • An ICAN Certification or Master’s Degree in Accounting would be an added advantage.

Required Experience:

  • 1 – 2 years ́ professional experience providing financial, administrative, logistical, and/or operational support
  • Experience working in an NGO or civil society is a plus
  • Experience working with little or no supervision

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Proven interest & commitment to humanitarian and development principles and a demonstrable understanding of conflict/post conflict development contexts
  • Excellent in English (oral and written)
  • Ability to plan, organize work, communicate and reports effectively (both in writing and verbally)
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines; team player and effective communicator,
  • Strong IT skills (Email, Microsoft Office applications, Google Drive, Google Docs, Sheets, Presentation).
  • Good reporting capacity and experience
  • Ability to function effectively under stressful conditions such as heavy workloads, and deadlines.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Note

  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work
  • This position is based in Yola, Nigeria with frequent field visits within the State.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work.

Application Deadline  30th September, 2021.

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Project Manager – United in Security Project

Location: Benue
Employment Type: Full Time

Position Summary

  • Search for Common Ground seeks a professional, motivated, and creative Project Manager that will work with Search’s program teams to design and implement Search strategy for the project ensuring that the project addresses real needs and contributes to the organization’s national, regional and global strategies.
  • The position entails project logic and strategy development; team leadership; project development and management; financial, operations, and administrative oversight for the project; security management; liaise with key stakeholders and Search representation.
  • The position requires an experienced conflict transformation, peacebuilding and or development expert, conversant with project management cycles and managing a field office.
  • The position holder must be organized and experienced in culturally identifiable conflict and context analyst capable of steering various project activities in Adamawa and Benue, to respond to real-time conflict, peace efforts, security and the overall aim of conflict transformation.
  • The Project Manager must have good diplomacy skills and capable of negotiating with challenging stakeholders and also lead a diverse team.
  • The position holder advises the Country leadership on the project needs, strategies, staffing issues, local context, and dynamics.
  • This position holder will seat at our Benue office with frequent travels to Adamawa state. She/he will work under the direct supervision of the Head of Office – Middle Belt.
  • The position holder will directly supervise the project implementation and have a team of officers and assistants.
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About the Project

  • National and international attention, garnered by the #EndSARS protests have shone a light on the history of impunity experienced by Nigerian security forces and amplified messages calling for greater accountability of security actors accused of human rights violence. This moment presents a window of opportunity to further entrench security sector reform through a collaborative and rights-based lens, empowering stakeholders at all levels, including communities, CSOs, media professionals, government authorities, and security actors.
  • The project will aim to enhance the role of CSOs and communities in constructively engaging security forces, while increasing the capacity of security actors to effectively assume their roles and responsibilities in a manner that upholds human rights standards. Through trainings, dialogue, advocacy, and peace and security initiatives, these actors will work together towards shared solutions to persistent security challenges.
  • Search’s proposed intervention is informed by strong evidence from over 10 years of lessons learned and networks built through our human rights and security sector accountability programming in Nigeria.
  • The overall goal is to strengthen engagement and advocacy processes to reduce human rights abuse by security forces in North East and North Central Nigeria.

Roles and Responsibilities
Representation and coordination:

  • Under the guidance of the Head of Office – Middle Belt, represents Search in the project implementation initiatives;
  • Provides orientation of Search at the local level and supervises all staff under the project;
  • Provides strong coordination support to NGOs, partners, and national authorities through the establishment of wider consultation and collaborative processes to achieve the 3 objectives of the project.
  • Responsible for the coordination of all project activities
  • Be Search’s media contact for the project when delegated by the Country Director / Head of Office – Middle Belt;
  • Represent Search with donors in the absence and instance of the Head of Office.

Program strategy, development, and planning:

  • Support in implementing Search’s strategic directions in the region;
  • Collaborate with relevant staff in other Search offices for quality program development and planning;
  • Support in coordinating new business development, including coordinating the development of concept notes and proposal; and
  • Advises Country Management on program needs

Program oversight, quality assurance, reporting:

  • Ensures proper implementation of the project based on continuous monitoring and analysis of the core objectives of the projects
  • Leads the project and facilitate attainment of project expected results in the implementation states, in close collaboration with the Head of Office;
  • Ensures effective application of results-based management methodologies.
  • Develop and monitor project work-plans, effectiveness, and achievement of results;
  • Monitors budgets versus actuals and cash-flow for the project;
  • Steer the project’s activities to meaningfully address needs in the ever-changing context;
  • Ensures all donor and internal reports are submitted within internal deadlines and to expected quality;
  • Build coalitions and networks with local partners for the project’s effectiveness.

Human Resources Management and Organizational Development:

  • Provide leadership support to the project staff and promote best practices in human resources management;
  • Ensure compliance with Nigerian law and SFCG procedures on the project;
  • Provide leadership support for the adequate implementation of the performance management system, including performance objectives and planning, review, appraisal, and staff development; and
  • Provide Coaching and Counseling advice to staff when necessary and lead initiatives to develop staff capacity

Leadership:

  • Attend the regular PQT meetings and contribute to the discussions around overall strategy and direction of the country program and the organization;
  • Ensure that the project is maintaining a coordinated and agreed information exchange both internally and in its dealing with external parties;
  • Ensure effective implementation and compliance with the overall finance and guidance manual and compliance with procedures required by grant or contract agreements;

Requirements
Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related area required while a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution, International Relations, Project Management or related field would be an added benefit;

Required Experience:

  • At least 5 years of experience in peacebuilding, advocacy, dialogue, Do No Harm, training and capacity building related work.
  • At least five (5) years of experience in managing teams and projects in the field of conflict resolution, conflict transformation, advocacy and training development or related fields.

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Knowledge of and exposure to a wide range of peace, conflict transformation, governance, development and humanitarian issues;
  • Good knowledge of the country context and ability to network with both civil society and public sector
  • Ability to review and analyze and interpret financial reports, budget versus actuals, financial projections and procurement documentation;
  • Good interpersonal and networking skills, as well as the ability to conduct professional working relationships;
  • Analytical capacity, including the ability to analyze and articulate peace, human security and conflict issues;
  • Ability to work with people at all levels, ranging from high-level national officials to community leaders;
  • Experience in setting performance objectives of teams and leading a team.
  • Willingness to keep abreast of new developments on security sector reforms, policies,  laws  and peace-building fields;
  • Good knowledge of North East and North Central, including the political, economic, religious and social dimensions;
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite) and other software
  • Detail-oriented with ability to meet deadlines, both prescribed and self-imposed
  • Willingness and desire to learn while demonstrating self-initiative
  • Ability to adapt to new cultures and work in diverse environments.

Added Advantage:

  • Language Skills: (Native/Fluent/Basic)
  • English Language (Fluent)
  • Hausa, Tiv and Fulfude (an added advantage).

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Application Documents
Interested candidates should send the following to our Career Portal:

  • Current resume
  • Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date).

Note

  • Please note that the system only has the functionality to upload two documents per application. Should you have other documents to support your application, kindly merge them as a single document before uploading. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work.
  • All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Collaboration- Audacity – Tenacity – Empathy – Results. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest and Anti-fraud. Search is committed to safeguarding the interests, rights, and well-being of children, youth and vulnerable adults with whom it is in contact and to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for children, youth, and vulnerable adults.
  • Search for Common Ground does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Application Deadline  28th September, 2021.

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Senior Community Mobilization Officer

Locations: Maiduguri, Borno
Employment Type: Full-time
Reports to: Deputy Project Manager
Direct Reports: Community Mobilization Assistants

Position Summary

  • The Senior Community Mobilization Officer whose primary aim is to mobilize and facilitate the active participation of beneficiary children, caregivers, community leaders and other stakeholders in project activities, dialogue meetings of the target population to participate in planning, monitoring and implementation and evaluation of project initiatives on the “Supporting the Socio-Economic Reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups including the Civilian Joint Task Force in North-East Nigeria” programme.
  • The Senior Community Mobilization Officer will contribute to detailed planning and implementation of project mobilization activities in line with Search’s Conflict Sensitivity and Common Ground Approach, always ensuring that Children’s Best Interests are promoted.

About the Project

  • In the past decade, states in the North East region of Nigeria have faced frequent attacks by Boko Haram militants leading to widespread displacement, violations of national laws, international humanitarian and human rights laws, and a deepening humanitarian crisis. Children, who are the most vulnerable members of society, have suffered the worst impacts as pre-existing problems of access to social protection, education and healthcare increase, new threats emerge, and the systems to protect children fail.
  • This project aims to ensure that children verified and separated from CJTF receive a comprehensive child protection package including counselling, psychosocial support and socio-economic reintegration and that their communities understand the importance of their separation and reintegration. Search will work closely with the children, their families and communities, and CJTF to address the psychosocial and economic needs of the children and to influence the attitudes of communities and CJTF so they understand the negative impact of associating with armed groups on children and prevent the CJTF from using children. By increasing the resilience of children associated with CJTF and increasing their employability, this project will facilitate the lasting reintegration of these children and amplify positive narratives around their role in communities as productive civilian actors and agents for peace.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develop a work plan, implement and monitor all activities related to community strengthening activities; Supervise the community mobilization team.
  • Develop and maintain a good relationship with the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) and organize periodic meetings with the committee members.
  • Facilitate community engagement and dialogues to identify key community needs that can be addressed through the community-strengthening initiatives; Support the communities to implement and monitor the progress of the selected community-strengthening initiatives;
  • Coordinate the mobilization of the community members for the various project activities ensuring age gender and diversity inclusion.
  • Develop a feedback mechanism for communicating Search for Common ground programmes and receiving feedback from the communities.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders including government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs and other relevant actors.
  • Prepare activity reports, monthly reports and make inputs to quarterly and final narrative reports.
  • Keep abreast of local context and security situations to provide feedback on Search’s Weekly context analysis.
  • Represent Search in external meetings, including Child Protection Working Group Meetings, Reintegration Technical Working Group or other meetings, as requested.

Requirements
Education:

  • University Degree or equivalent in Social Science, Education, Psychology, or a related field.

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of 3 years experience in the field of community work, particularly with children.
  • Experience working with Children Associated with Armed Groups, and other vulnerable children.
  • Experiencing coordinating activities within a large project.

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Familiarity with principles including the best interest of the child, do no harm, humanitarian principles, amongst others.
  • Strong cross-cultural communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Highly organized and systematic, with excellent attention to detail.
  • Experience working in emergency settings
  • Experience working in different communities in Borno State
  • Experience working with refugees, IDPs, host communities, and other vulnerable populations
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Knowledge of a local language (Hausa, Kanuri, Shuwa) is a must.

Desirable:

  • Good analytical, problem solving and project planning skills.
  • Ability to prioritize, plan, organize workflow to tight timeframes, handle multiple tasks, and be flexible with changing priorities.
  • Community-oriented and respect for local culture.
  • Good IT skills, particularly with MS Office – Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • Strong command of both written and spoken English.
  • Holds self and others to account to deliver on agreed goals and standards of behaviour.
  • Demonstrates a high degree of professionalism/integrity.
  • Provides good administrative and logistical support to a team.
  • Strong attitude towards teamwork and collaboration.
  • Actively seeks support in addressing difficulties in the execution of duties.
  • Strategic thinking and effective contribution to own work and organisational development.
  • Sound judgement and decision-making in complex situations.
  • Strong emotional intelligence including self-awareness.
  • Leads by example to motivate high performance of others.
  • Strong commitment to continuous learning.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Note

  • Interested candidates should submit their Current Resume and Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date).
  • The recruitment will be conducted on a rolling basis.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Application Deadline  7th October, 2021.

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Senior Education Officer

Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Employment Type: Full Time
Reports To: Deputy Project Manager
Direct Reports: Education Assistant

Position Summary

  • The Senior Education Officer’s primary aim is to support the implementation of the education components of the “Supporting the Socio-Economic Reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups including the Civilian Joint Task Force in North East Nigeria” programme. More specifically, providing and coordinating support to the children separated from CJTF to resume school, continue their formal education, receive necessary back-to-school kits, and support ongoing monitoring of their progress.
  • The Senior Education Officer will implement education programmes in line with Search’s Conflict Sensitivity and Common Ground Approach, always ensuring that Children’s Best Interests are promoted.

About the Project

  • In the past decade, states in the North East region of Nigeria have faced frequent attacks by Boko Haram militants leading to widespread displacement, violations of national laws, international humanitarian and human rights laws, and a deepening humanitarian crisis. Children, who are the most vulnerable members of society, have suffered the worst impacts as pre-existing problems of access to social protection, education and healthcare increase, new threats emerge, and the systems to protect children fails.
  • This project aims to ensure that children verified and separated from CJTF receive a comprehensive child protection package including counselling, psychosocial support and socio-economic reintegration and that their communities understand the importance of their separation and reintegration. Search will work closely with the children, their families and communities, and CJTF to address the psychosocial and economic needs of the children and to influence the attitudes of communities and CJTF so they understand the negative impact of associating with armed groups on children and prevent the CJTF from using children. By increasing the resilience of children associated with CJTF and increasing their employability, this project will facilitate lasting reintegration of these children and amplify positive narratives around their role in communities as productive civilian actors and agents for peace.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • With support from the Child Protection Manager and Deputy Project manager, develop, implement and monitor education work plans.
  • Work closely with the case management team to verify the children identified for the education programme (both formal and Accelerated Learning) and maintain the documentation per location.
  • Follow up closely the beneficiaries reintegrated back to school to monitor their attendance and performance/progress and work closely with the case management team to address other needs that may hinder the children’s access to education.
  • Conduct the mapping of all the formal schools within the project locations well in advance and ensure reintegration of the project beneficiaries to the schools nearest to their communities.
  • Draft MoU with the State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) and State Emergency for Mass Education (SAME) to strengthen collaboration.
  • Conduct assessment of the items required for the back to school kit in line with the curriculum and ensure timely procurement and distribution to the beneficiaries.
  • Closely work with psychosocial support team to provide life skills and career guidance support for children within the caseload.
  • Prepare accurate monthly, quarterly and final narrative reports, and Sector 5Ws
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders including government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors
  • Represent Search in interagency education sector meetings and any other relevant meetings including bilateral ones with stakeholders such as the School Principles, Ministry of Education and the State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) and State Emergency for Mass Education (SAME).

Requirements
Education:

  • University Degree or equivalent in Education, Psychology, Social Science, or a related field.

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years experience in the field of education and with children.
  • Experience working with Children Associated with Armed Groups, and other vulnerable children.
  • Familiarity with principles including the best interest of the child, do no harm, humanitarian principles, amongst others.

Other Relevant Requirements

  • Strong cross-cultural communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Highly organised and systematic, with excellent attention to detail.
  • Experience working in emergency settings
  • Experience working in different communities in Borno State
  • Experience working with refugees, IDPs, host communities, and other vulnerable populations
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Good analytical, problem solving and project planning skills.
  • Ability to prioritise, plan, organise workflow to tight timeframes, handle multiple tasks, and be flexible with changing priorities.
  • Community-oriented and respect for local culture.
  • Good IT skills, particularly with MS Office – Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • Strong command of both written and spoken English.
  • Knowledge of a local language (Hausa, Kanuri) a must.
  • Holds self and others to account to deliver on agreed goals and standards of behaviour.
  • Demonstrates a high degree of professionalism/integrity.
  • Provides good administrative and logistical support to the team.
  • Strong attitude towards teamwork and collaboration.
  • Actively seeks support in addressing difficulties in the execution of duties.
  • Strategic thinking and effective contribution to own work and organisational development.
  • Sound judgement and decision-making in complex situations.
  • Strong emotional intelligence including self-awareness.
  • Leads by example to motivate high performance of others.
  • Strong commitment to continuous learning.
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How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Application Documents
Interested candidates should send the following to our Career Portal:

  • Current resume
  • Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date).

Note

  • Please compile your writing sample and resume into one document as the system only has the functionality to upload two documents per application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • The recruitment will be conducted on a rolling basis.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work.
  • All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Collaboration- Audacity – Tenacity – Empathy – Results. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest and Anti-fraud. Search is committed to safeguarding the interests, rights, and well-being of children, youth and vulnerable adults with whom it is in contact and to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for children, youth, and vulnerable adults.
  • Search for Common Ground does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations

Application Deadline  7th October, 2021.

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Senior Enterprise Officer

Locations: Maiduguri, Borno
Employment Type: Full-time
Reports to: Enterprise Coordinator
Direct Report: Enterprise assistant

Position Summary

  • The Senior Enterprise Officers work closely with the Enterprise Coordinator to implement the economic reintegration component of the “Supporting the Socio-Economic Reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Groups, and other vulnerable children, in North-East Nigeria” project.
  • This will ensure timely and quality implementation of all project activities as defined in the proposal.
  • The Senior Enterprise Officer will support and coordinate training for enterprise beneficiary children to ensure they are equipped with technical skills and knowledge.
  • Enterprise Assistants will then ensure children of legal age are matched with mentors from their local community to develop skills through informal apprenticeships, before then being supported with seed grants to procure basic items to set up small scale businesses in their area of skills development.
  • The senior Enterprise Officer will motivate, inspire and support children in target communities in making informed choices regarding their skills development, to assist them in the future.
  • Working Relationship: Case Management Officers, Community Mobilization Officers, Caseworkers.

About the Project

  • In the past decade, states in the North East region of Nigeria have faced frequent attacks by Boko Haram militants leading to widespread displacement, violations of national laws, international humanitarian and human rights laws, and a deepening humanitarian crisis. Children, who are the most vulnerable members of society, have suffered the worst impacts as pre-existing problems of access to social protection, education and healthcare increase, new threats emerge, and the systems to protect children fail.
  • This project aims to ensure that children verified and separated from CJTF receive a comprehensive child protection package including counselling, psychosocial support and socio-economic reintegration and that their communities understand the importance of their separation and reintegration. Search will work closely with the children, their families and communities, and CJTF to address the psychosocial and economic needs of the children and to influence the attitudes of communities and CJTF so they understand the negative impact of associating with armed groups on children and prevent the CJTF from using children. By increasing the resilience of children associated with CJTF and increasing their employability, this project will facilitate the lasting reintegration of these children and amplify positive narratives around their role in communities as productive civilian actors and agents for peace.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Identify & organize micro-enterprise training courses/workshops to facilitate the development of ‘start your own business skills of the target participants; Work directly with the enterprise beneficiaries providing training in microenterprise and  enrolling them in the apprenticeship programmes
  • Develop activity plans, terms of reference (TORs) and Purchase Requests (PRs) for the enterprise activities.
  • Support individual beneficiaries to open bank accounts
  • Conduct community mapping and maintain a database of artisans who can provide mentorship to the enterprise beneficiaries in various project locations; conduct safety assessment of all the identified artisans.
  • Provide support and information to target participants on job-seeking skills through support and referrals to other initiatives to increase their chances of employability;
  • Provide necessary support through Business Opportunities and Administrative Support sessions that will help trained target participants in identifying and accessing business startup kits, employment opportunities, and information on available economic resources;
  • Conduct weekly and ad-hoc monitoring visits to the beneficiaries under apprenticeship to assess the progress and conditions of their working environment.
  • Collect monitoring data from the field in line with program indicators and submit regular updates, reports and case studies on success stories and lessons learned;
  • Prepare activities reports on a regular basis and contribute to the period progress reports; Keep proper records of field expenditures when appropriate and report on these to the Project Manager;
  • Keep abreast of local context and security situations to provide feedback on Search’s weekly context analysis.

Requirements
Education:

  • University Degree or equivalent in Agriculture, Marketing, Business Management, Social Science, or a related field.

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years experience in marketing, livelihood, or a related field.
  • Minimum 2 years experience with business and strategy development processes.
  • Experience working with Children Associated with Armed Groups.

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Familiarity with principles including best interest of the child, do no harm, humanitarian principles, amongst others.
  • Strong cross-cultural communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Highly organised and systematic, with excellent attention to detail.
  • Experience working in emergency settings
  • Experience working in different communities in Borno State
  • Experience working with refugees, IDPs, host communities, and other vulnerable populations
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills

Desirable:

  • Native of Kanuri, Shuwa Arab
  • Good analytical, problem solving and project planning skills.
  • Ability to prioritise, plan, organise workflow to tight timeframes, handle multiple tasks, and be flexible with changing priorities.
  • Community-oriented and respect for local culture.
  • Good IT skills, particularly with MS Office – Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • Strong command of both written and spoken English.
  • Knowledge of a local language (Hausa, Kanuri) is a must.
  • Holds self and others to account to deliver on agreed goals and standards of behaviour.
  • Demonstrates a high degree of professionalism/integrity.
  • Provides good administrative and logistical support to the team.
  • Strong attitude towards teamwork and collaboration.
  • Actively seeks support in addressing difficulties in the execution of duties.
  • Strategic thinking and effective contribution to own work and organisational development.
  • Sound judgement and decision-making in complex situations.
  • Strong emotional intelligence including self-awareness.
  • Leads by example to motivate high performance of others.
  • Strong commitment to continuous learning.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Note

  • Interested candidates should submit their Current Resume and Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date).
  • The recruitment will be conducted on a rolling basis.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please

Application Deadline  7th October, 2021.

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Case Management Officer (Child Protection)

Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Employment Type: Full Time
Reports To: Case Management Coordinator
Direct Reports: Child Protection Community Case Workers

Position Summary

  • The Case Management Officer supports the direct implementation of the “Supporting the Socio-Economic Reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Groups, and other vulnerable children, in North East Nigeria” project through ensuring the provision of case management services for children in need of protection, in addition to supervising, mentoring and technical support to Case Management Assistants and Community Case Workers. This will ensure a quality case management response to select beneficiaries to support their well-being and protection.
  • The Case Management Officer will work closely with all team members including Case Management Assistants, Community Case Workers, Community Mobilisers, Education Officers, Enterprise Officers, in addition to the Deputy Project Manager and Child Protection Manager.

About the Project

  • In the past decade, states in the North East region of Nigeria have faced frequent attacks by Boko Haram militants leading to widespread displacement, violations of national laws, international humanitarian and human rights laws, and a deepening humanitarian crisis. Children, who are the most vulnerable members of society, have suffered the worst impacts as pre-existing problems of access to social protection, education and healthcare increase, new threats emerge, and the systems to protect children fails.
  • This project aims to ensure that children verified and separated from CJTF receive a comprehensive child protection package including counselling, psychosocial support and socio-economic reintegration and that their communities understand the importance of their separation and reintegration.
  • Search will work closely with the children, their families and communities, and CJTF to address the psychosocial and economic needs of the children and to influence the attitudes of communities and CJTF so they understand the negative impact of associating with armed groups on children and prevent the CJTF from using children. By increasing the resilience of children associated with CJTF and increasing their employability, this project will facilitate lasting reintegration of these children and amplify positive narratives around their role in communities as productive civilian actors and agents for peace.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide on-the-job mentoring and technical assistance to Child protection Community Case Workers.
  • Ensure alignment with Inter-Agency Case Management Guidelines, standardized operating procedures and tools.
  • Adherence to key child protection principles including best interests of the child and do no harm.
  • Ensure adherence to child safeguarding and Code of Conduct. Ensure any violations are escalated to the Child Protection Manager in a timely manner.
  • Together with the Child Protection Manager, ensure the establishment and implementation of work plans, setting clear targets and activity plans.
  • Ensure suitable allocation of Case Management Assistants and Community Case Workers across the range of target communities to ensure adequate coverage for beneficiary children.
  • Ensure that Case Management Assistants and Community Case Workers follow case management steps ensuring that each step is properly implemented and documented in the individual’s file.
  • Undertake periodic case audits to ensure quality interventions and relevant principles applied.
  • Ensure Case Management Assistants and CPIMS Assistant register and regularly update cases in the Case Management Information Management System as well as hard copy files.
  • Support individual cases, when necessary, and provide regular monitoring of all aspects of case management services.
  • Support development of Service Mapping and Referral Pathways, instructing Community Case Workers to feed in to it as necessary, to support beneficiaries’ access to services. Share updates with Child Protection Sub-Sector Working Group.
  • Represent Search at relevant case management as required. Take adequate minutes and share updates with Child Protection Coordinator/Manager.
  • Conduct weekly supervision meetings with all Community Case Workers, providing technical advice on cases and psychosocial support. Facilitate peer-to-peer support groups where appropriate.
  • Monitor timescales for response, decision-making, follow-up and review.
  • Review staff caseloads to ensure that they are manageable and share challenges with Child Protection Coordinator/Manager.
  • Ensure case information and data is collected systematically and accurately. Maintain accurate records and information management.
  • Ensure implementation of information management protocols, particularly in terms of confidentiality of data (including database).
  • Ensure regular communication with Child Protection Manager on activities’ updates, achievements and challenges via meetings, reports and ad hoc communication upon request and needs. Flag urgent issues when they arise.
  • Manage Case Management Assistants to follow up on administrative and logistical procedures connected with the accomplishment of the planned activities.
  • Ensure proper use of equipment and other material resources available to the project.
  • Deliver monthly technical capacity building sessions on all aspects of child protection and case management for Community Case Workers. Provide ongoing mentoring to elevate quality.
  • Perform any other duties as required by the supervisor or Line Managers as may be reasonably requested.
  • Share necessary security updates with Security unit in areas of intervention to ensure safety of beneficiaries and team members in ongoing risk assessments.
  • Prepare accurate monthly and make inputs to quarterly and final narrative reports.
  • Ensure all cases are entered in the CPIMS+ and are managed appropriately.

Requirements
Education

  • University Degree or equivalent in Social Work, Psychology, Law or Sociology

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of 3 years case management experience in Child Protection
  • Minimum of 3 years in an advisory/ technical role
  • Minimum of 3 years management/ supervisory experience
  • Good understanding of Child Protection Minimum Standards and the Inter-Agency Guidelines for Case Management and Child Protection.
  • Experience working with Children Associated with Armed Groups
  • Knowledge of types of child abuse and their impact (violence, abuse, neglect, exploitation)
  • Familiarity with referral pathways in and around Maiduguri
  • Understanding of psycho-social support
  • Experience working in emergency settings
  • Experience working in different communities in Borno State
  • Experience working with refugees, IDPs, host communities, and other vulnerable populations
  • Experience in Community Based Protection programming
  • Experience using CPIMS (Child Protection Information Management System)
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Excellent ability to develop positive helping relationships with children and caregivers.
  • Strong reporting skills capturing case management information.

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Knowledge of risk assessment to ensure changing protection concerns captured.
  • Good analytical, problem solving and project planning skills.
  • Community oriented and respect for local culture.
  • Good IT skills, particularly with MS Office – Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • Strong command of both written and spoken English.
  • Knowledge of a local language (Hausa, Kanuri) a must.
  • Holds self and others to account to deliver on agreed goals and standards of behavior.
  • Demonstrates a high degree of professionalism/integrity.
  • Provides good administrative and logistical support to team.
  • Actively seeks support in addressing difficulties in execution of duties.
  • Strategic thinking and effective contribution to own work and organizational development.
  • Sound judgments and decision-making in complex situations.
  • Strong emotional intelligence including self-awareness.
  • Leads by example to motivate high performance of others.
  • Strong commitment to continuous learning.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Application Documents
Interested candidates should send the following to our Career Portal:

  • Current resume
  • Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date).

Note

  • Please compile your writing sample and resume into one document as the system only has the functionality to upload two documents per application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work.
  • All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Collaboration- Audacity – Tenacity – Empathy – Results. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest and Anti-fraud. Search is committed to safeguarding the interests, rights, and well-being of children, youth and vulnerable adults with whom it is in contact and to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for children, youth, and vulnerable adults.
  • Search for Common Ground does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Application Deadline  7th October, 2021.

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