International Alert: Project Manager


Job Title: Project Manager
Reporting to: Northeast Programme Coordinator

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 a project on the reintegration of women and girls who have been held in captivity by Boko Haram. The programme will provide economic support, psychosocial and reintegration support, and case management to targeted women and the children. The PM will report to Alert’s Programme Coordinator. S/he will manage the day-to-day implementation of the project 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.

Key Responsibilities:
1. Staff management

  • Line manage three project officers, including supervision of work-planning,
    implementation, reporting and monitoring; provide functional supervision of a finance
    and operations support officer
  • Performance manage thre 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 project implementation, including
    developing and updating workplans and implementation strategies
  • 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
  • Develop and implement a monitoring and evaluation plan in collaboration with M&E
  • Identify appropriate fora for the dissemination of project information and materials, and
    organize appropriate dissemination activities

5. Coordination with other protection stakeholders and with Alert staff

  • Ensure smooth communication and collaborative planning with other NGOs providing
    support to the same target groups
  • 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, Protection Cluster, etc. to promote cross-learning and
    collaboration with other organizations

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

Qualifications and Experience:

  • University degree in peace and conflict studies, social studies, psychology, or related field
  • At least 5 years of work experience in community engagement, with at least 3 years in a management role.
  • At least 2 years of experience with an international NGO in a conflict or humanitarian setting
  • Experience in GBV, psychosocial support, child protection and related field strongly desirable
  • Experience working with UN donors desirable
  • Excellent coordination and communication skill
  • 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 Requirements:
English fluency (oral and written), Hausa fluency
Knowledge of other languages prevalent in Borno State (Kanuri, Shuwa,
etc.) would be an advantage

Travel: Based in Maiduguri, with regular travel across the northeast.

To apply
Please send in a CV of maximum 3 pages and a cover letter of maximum 2 pages to by 5PM March 25th 2019. Include your salary requirements in your application. Applications that do not follow the above requirements will not be considered.

This position is only open to Nigerian nationals.

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.


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