INTERNATIONAL ALERT: Project Manager

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International Alert is one of the world’s leading peacebuilding organisations, with 30 years of experience supporting communities, advising governments, organisations and companies on how to build peace. Alert works with people in conflict-affected and threatened areas to make a positive difference for peace; to improve the substance and implementation of international policies relevant to peacebuilding; and to strengthen the peacebuilding sector. Alert currently has field offices in 15 countries, and was active in over 40 countries and territories across the world in 2014 in Sub-Saharan Africa, South and South-East Asia, Central Asia and the South Caucasus, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa. International Alert began operations in Nigeria in 2011 as a partner on security governance within the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation programme (NSRP). Since then we have launched a social cohesion programme in the Northeast, while expanding our technical advisory in conflict and gender sensitivity to various governance and reform
programmes.

Role Purpose: The Project Manager will be responsible for managing Alert’s scope of work of an EU-funded consortium project led by Save the Children, to Support Early Recovery from Conflict and Resilience Building in Yobe State. The PM will report to Alert’s Programme Coordinator as well as the consortium’s Team Lead. S/he will manage the day-to-day
implementation of Alert’s SOW from a programme and financial perspective, including ensuring adequate monitoring mechanisms. S/he will supervise project officers and coordinate with the finance, operations and monitoring and evaluation teams, as well as liaise with relevant stakeholders, including government and other INGOs. S/he will ensure the project is executed in compliance with Alert, donor and government regulations.

Reporting to: Alert Programme Coordinator and consortium Team Lead

Key Responsibilities:
1. Staff management

  • Line manage two project officers, including supervision of work-planning,implementation, reporting and monitoring; provide functional supervision of a finance and operations support officer
  • Performance manage two project officers in line with Alert’s HR procedures
  • Recruit and supervise technical consultants for project activities

2. Project management

  • Take overall management responsibility for Alert’s scope of work in the project, including developing and updating workplans and implementation strategies, and ensure alignment with other consortium partners
  • Ensure activities implemented in line with project objectives, on time and with quality
  • Ensure clarity about roles and responsibilities among project stakeholders
  • Monitor and continuously assess the operating context and the project activities, and recommend changes in approach accordingly
  • Ensure compliance with donor and Alert Nigeria operational policies
  • Liaise and coordinate with relevant stakeholders

3. Financial management

  • Develop project implementation budgets in close collaboration with the finance team
  • Oversee and monitor project expenditure in close collaboration with the finance team, ensuring expenses are appropriate and eligible
  • Plan and forecast grant expenditure, project activities, procurement and staffing to ensure compliance with the project contract and budget and to prevent overspending or under spending

4. Reporting, monitoring and evaluation

  • Oversee the production of project reports and case studies as required by Alert and the donor
  • Develop and implement a monitoring and evaluation plan in collaboration with M&E Officer
  • Identify appropriate fora for the dissemination of project information and materials, and organize appropriate dissemination activities

5. Coordination with consortium members, other Alert staff and stakeholders in the region

  • Ensure smooth communication and collaborative planning between Alert’s project team and other consortium team members
  • Participate actively in the management processes of the team, including team meetings, sharing of information, context analysis, and strategy development
  • Participate actively in State level forums on issues related to the project, particularly the
    Peace and Security Network, to promote cross-learning and collaboration with other
    organisations

6. Any other reasonable activities as determined by the line manager

Qualifications and Experience:

  • University degree in relevant field or 3 years of equivalent experience
  • At least 5 years of work experience in community engagement, with at least 2 years in a management role. Experience with an international NGO would be an asset
  • At least 3 years working in Northeast Nigeria or other emergency environment; strong knowledge of conflict dynamics in Yobe State
  • Excellent coordination and communication skills
  • Good writing skills and good knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to work under pressure and in a high-risk security environment
  • Willingness to travel regularly to rural locations

Language Requirement:English fluency (oral and written), Hausa fluency, Knowledge of other languages prevalent in Yobe State would be an advantage

Travel: Based in Damaturu with regular travel to Yobe LGAs, and sporadic travel to Alert’s Abuja and Maiduguri offices

To apply
Please send in a CV of maximum 3 pages and a cover letter of maximum 2 pages to
nigeria@international-alert.org by 5PM January 4th 2019. Include your salary requirements in your application. Applications that do not follow the above requirements will not be considered.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, you can assume your application has been unsuccessful. Please do not send follow-up emails or calls.

International Alert is an equal opportunities employer. All applicants will be judged strictly on the basis of merit.

This position is only open to Nigerian nationals.

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