Nigeria – A Base Human Resources Manager in Maiduguri

Country: Nigeria
Organization: Première Urgence Internationale
Closing date: 3 Aug 2020

Starting date : September 2020

Duration of Mission: 6 months

Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria

Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians’ victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The association leads on average 200 projects per year in the following sectors of intervention: food security, health, nutrition, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures, water, sanitation, hygiene and economic recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 6 million people in 22 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Europe.

Following the intensification of the Chad Lake conflict in Nigeria (North East of the Country) and in order to respond to the health, food security, nutrition and livelihood needs, PUI opened its Nigerian mission in 2016.

Find out about our history and values.


With the largest population in Africa (between 178 and 200 million inhabitants), Nigeria is ranked as one of the strongest economy of the continent relying on oil and petroleum products as well as mineral resources (gold, iron, diamonds, copper etc…). Despite a strong economy, Nigeria suffers from important development disparities between North and South provinces of the country, social and economic inequalities, and from a high rate of corruption at every level of the economic and administrative systems. Moreover, Nigeria is a very diverse country, hosting multiple ethnic groups and religion.

The on-going conflict in the North-East States of the country (states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe) and widespread violence triggered a large scale humanitarian crisis. This context is exacerbated by the extreme violence from armed-opposition groups ISWAP (Islamic State’s West Africa Province) and JAS (Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad) targeting civilian populations in NE Nigeria. In December 2019, there were 2 019 000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country according to the UNHCR and 7.9 million people were considered to be in a humanitarian emergency situation. Three years of conflict have seriously deteriorated living conditions in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States and have depressed agricultural production, exacerbating populations’ critical needs for life-saving assistance.

The conflict in the North-East

In 2001, the group called Boko Haram initiated social action and education activities in response to a corrupt state that leaves out a large part of the population. Over the years, the group began to carry out violent actions and to start a real armed rebellion against the government of Nigeria. In 2015, the Nigerian army received military support from neighboring countries (Cameroon, Niger, Benin and Chad) and a Western military coalition (United States, France, United Kingdom) to support their actions against armed-opposition groups in NE Nigeria. In August 2016, a schism was observed between JAS (Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’Awati Wal-Jihad – the historical branch) led by the historical member of the group: Abubakar Shekau and ISWAP, the current Caliphate province in West Africa led by Al Barnawi, appointed by Al Baghdadi of Raqqa. Since then, the State of Borno has been under the influence of these two armed groups and civilian populations subject to extreme violence and the devastating consequences of the conflict.

Since 2015, the Government of Nigeria (GoN) and his allies in the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) have retaken control of some of the AOGs’ controlled aread, starting with Maiduguri MMC and others towns, but the conflict continues, reducing humanitarian actors’ access to civilians. This large-scale violence in north-eastern Nigeria and on its borders is causing massive internal displacement, particularly in Borno State, and has resulted in one of the world’s largest protection crises, in which civilians face serious risks to their lives, safety, well-being and human rights.


For the year 2020 our operational strategy is based on the following objectives :

  • Increase basic humanitarian assistance coverage to those in need within Borno State
  • Contribute to developing a deeper understanding of the humanitarian needs within communities
  • Food and nutrition insecurity is reduced for crisis-effected populations
  • Self-reliance is strengthened within accessible and safe regions
  • The overall protection environment of targeted communities is enhanced
  • Vulnerable and conflict-affected individuals with specific protection needs and risks can access specialized protection services
  • Contribute to the reduction of morbidity and mortality especially for women, children

The main programmatic objectives of the mission for 2019-2021 can be synthetized as follows:

  • Continue and further develop the response to urgent needs of IDPs and Host Communities living in Maiduguri City through Food Security, Protection, Health, MHPSS and Nutrition activities.
  • Further develop the integrated multi-sector response in Maiduguri City with the widening of the sectoral scope of PUI intervention by adding WASH… to the response portfolio (either directly or through coordinated approach with external actors)
  • Continue and further develop the logistics support to the humanitarian community with the Air Cargo program

Continue to further develop the activities at Monguno Field Base with the provision of health, Protection and nutrition services for IDPs and host communities.

Find out more about our response to the crisis.

As part of our activities in Nigeria, we are looking for a Base Human Resources Manager in Maiduguri.


Under the responsibility of the Field Coordinator, the Human Resource Manager is responsible for the management of national staff at base level through the implementation of the Nigerian mission Internal Staff Regulation (ISR) and overall internal rules, guidelines and tools. S/he supports the Human Resources Coordinator in defining and implementing the roll out of the HR pack, ensures legal and administrative support to managers for all Human Resources related matters and actively participates in implementing training and development programs for national staff. S/he actively participates in scaling and recruiting the human resources needs at base level.


  • Human Resource (HR) Guidelines: S/he participates to updating the ISR and pertaining guidelines and tools, and is responsible for its proper application at base level, while respecting the legal framework of the country of operation in this regard.
  • Administrative Oversight and Career Tracking: S/he is responsible for the administrative management of national teams at base level in close collaboration with the Field Coordinator and the HR Coordinator (recruitment, hiring, remuneration, follow-up, appraisals, training, dismissals…).
  • Work Organization: S/he makes recommendations and participates in the rationalization and optimization of the Human Resources of the base.
  • Risk Analysis: S/he analyzes risks in relation to HR questions, and issues alerts / recommendations, if necessary.
  • Internal coordination: S/he centralizes and disseminates information within the base, in close collaboration with the Field Coordinator and the HR Coordinator, and consolidates activities’ internal reporting in that regard.



  • University degree in Human Resources or a related field


  • Minimum 2 years of experience in a similar position (NGOs and/or private companies)

Knowledge and skills

  • Good analytical and writing skills. Good management capacities and team leadership spirit
  • Good knowledge of the MS office software – Including Word, Outlook. Excellent in
  • Excel.
  • Good skills in reports and contracts
  • redaction
  • Good knowledge of institutional donor
  • (ECHO, UN agencies, etc.) procedures
  • and financial guidelines
  • Knowledge of humanitarian actors

Candidate’s Qualities

  • Communication skills
  • Diplomacy
  • Rigor
  • Ability to withstand pressure
  • Analytical skills
  • Capacity to delegate and to supervise the work of a team
  • Ability to work on own initiative and collaboratively as part of a diverse team and manage a varied workload
  • Proven management ability and inter-personal skills
  • Great sense of confidentiality
  • Ability to work in secluded and volatile contexts
  • Ability to live in large community


  • English mandatory: Excellent command in
  • Writing and editing documents in English.


  • Employed with a Fixed-Term Contract – 6 months
  • Starting Date : September 2020
  • Monthly Groos Income: from 1 815 up to 2 145 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI**
  • Cost Covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…
  • Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation**
  • Housing in collective accommodation**
  • Daily Living Expenses(« Per diem »)**
  • Break Policy: 5 working days at 3 and 9 months + break allowance**
  • Paid Leaves Policy: 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months**

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