Country: Nigeria
Organization: Solidarités International
Closing date: 20 Dec 2021

Desired start date: 15/12/2021

Duration of the mission: 12 months

Location: Maiduguri with regular field visits when allowed


SI is present in North-East Nigeria since 2016 and is currently operating in 4 bases across Borno State (Maiduguri, Monguno, Ngala, Dikwa) with outreach capacities across all BAY States through its emergency component. Current coordination is based in Maiduguri, while a representation office is set up in Abuja.

In 2020, SI opened a base in Zamfara State to start Emergency Response in North-West, where the security and humanitarian situation deteriorated in the past few years. In NW, SI is currently active in Gusau and Anka with RRM capacities across Zamfara State.

Security and humanitarian situations in both North-East and North-West as well as epidemic outbreaks, continue to affect millions of lives in those areas. SI is responding to the humanitarian needs of displaced populations and host communities through Wash, Shelter & NFI, FSL and Emergency activities. Through a strategic partnership, SI also promotes an integrated approach with health, nutrition and protection sectors.

In Ngala and Dikwa, SI is currently implementing ECHO, BHA and NHF projects with a primary focus on Wash, Shelter & NFIs as well as Emergency Response for new needs arising.

The annual budget of the mission is around 9 million euros in 2021. The mission has potential for development in its current intervention area and in the North-Western part of Nigeria, where limited actors are currently present.

Mission: size, bases, budget, number of expatriates and national staffs.

  • 5 operational bases: Maiduguri, Dikwa, Ngala and Monguno in Borno State, Gusau in Zamfara State
  • Coordination Office in Maiduguri, Representation Office in Abuja.
  • The number of expatriates is variable between 18 and 20
  • The national staff is about 220 staff
  • The total budget of the mission is around 9 million euros


In close collaboration with the Country Director (CD), the DCD’s prime objectives are to provide leadership and management of the strategic programming, overseeing the strengthening of SI’s program development, quality and accountability. The DCD ensures the internal coherence between program activities and is responsible for ensuring that programs are driven by needs, based on evidence, adaptable to contextual changes and conflict sensitive, monitored closely and resourced appropriately. The DCD is part of SI Senior Management Team and has direct line-management of the Program Coordination team (WaSH Coo, Emergency Coo, MEAL Coo, Shelter Coo Assistant and FSL Coo Assistant).

Main Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Development
  • Program Development & Quality Management
  • Institutional knowledge building
  • Donor, Grant, Relationship management and external representation
  • Head of Office Maiduguri – Human Resources, Finance and Logistics
  • Staff Performance Management and Development

Priorities for the 3 first months

  • Follow-up and Coordinate on-going WASH response (including Epidemics) in both Northeast and Northwest Nigeria;
  • Support the development of sector-specific strategies, strengthening of RRM department;
  • Ensure project management and technical monitoring tools are developed and in place across all the WASH programs;
  • Actively engage in external coordination with humanitarian partners, and contribute to raising the profile of SI aligned with its three-fold strategy

ORG CHART POSITION (reporting and functional relationships)

Line manager: Country Director

Line report(s): WaSH Coo, Emergency Coo, MEAL Coo, Shelter Coo Assistant and FSL Coo Assistant

Functional manager: HQ Desk Program Responsible

Functional report(s): Field coordinators


  • Strategic Direction: Collaborate with the CD to develop a program strategy and related processes consistent with the association’s policies and population’s needs.
  • Project Implementation: the DCD has to follow up programs team and monitor the activities to make sure they are implementing it on time. He/She is continuously in direct contact with the technical coordinators and the field teams; Plays a key role in incorporating protection and DRR mainstreaming within Wash activities
  • Quality Follow-up: the DCD is in charge of ensuring and improving the quality of all activities with the support of the MEAL team and the technical department (WASH / FSL/Shelter).
  • Partnerships: Position requires strong coordination capacities as well as leadership in order to coordinate multiple and different actors across different states;
  • Representation: A regular participation in coordination meetings must also be ensured as well as external representation with the donors and local authorities.
  • Reporting and proposal writing: he/She is responsible for the strategic direction of proposals and supports the development of the proposals in coordination with the Grants Coordinator.
  • Structuration and internal coordination: The mission has grown rapidly. He/she will be in charge of the internal coordination mechanisms and processes implementation.
  • Security: Complex security and regulatory environment that impacts capacity to deliver goods and services to the deep-field areas as well as can limit access of humanitarian staff. He/She is involved in the Limited Access Programming strategy implementation, for what it concerns the Programs. Furthermore, the regular clashes between the different stakeholders of the conflict are causing important movements of population.
  • Communication channels: ensure that communication schemes are in place and that there is no confusion between base and coordination (decision-making, roles and responsibilities).


Education and experience

  • Master’s Degree, ideally in Humanitarian Program Coordination, International Development, International Relations;
  • Minimum 5 years work experience in similar setting and responsibility (conflict / post conflict country);
  • Experience in implementing/supervision emergency and/or early recovery projects;

Knowledge and technical skills

  • Excellent management skills specially of large scale program (experience in HR, projects and stress management);
  • Good and proven writing and spoken English are required;
  • Knowledge of emergency and/or early recovery programing;
  • Technical knowledge of WASH, Shelters, RRM and/or MEAL is an asset;
  • Excellent strategic vision

Transferable skills

  • Advanced leadership and management skills;
  • Advanced analytical and writing skills;
  • Advanced communication skills;


  • Skills transfer ability highly appreciated;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Anticipation and self-organization capacities;
  • Willingness to work in complex and volatile environments;
  • Ability to work under stress/pressure and meet tight deadlines;


A salaried post: according to experience from 2860 euros gross per month (2600 base salary + 10% annual leave).

Per Diem: 600 USD / month.

Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.

Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. Our policy was just modified: from now on, Solidarités offers you 7 working days ever three months, with a 850 USD allowance for each break. In addition to these regular break, SI adds a day off per worked month. These days off as well as the breaks are not deducted from the paid leaves that are paid every months with your salary as they are offered by the organization.

Living conditions

The candidate will be accommodated in the guesthouse in Maiduguri.

Living conditions in Maiduguri are good, despite the security restrictions. Electricity and internet are available at the office and at the GH at all times. Volley-ball court, ping pong, and some gym equipment are available in the GH. All essential good (food, hygiene etc..) can be bought locally in the small shops around the office, or in the pre-validated supermarket. There is a good social life in Maiduguri, even though it has been slowed down by the Covid-19 context. Visits to other NGOs are possible, as well as some pre-validated places City Star restaurant, ICRC Lezzy Lizard bar.

Context and Security

Security context is challenging in both North East (Borno) and North West (Zamfara), Nigeria, justifying specific arrangements in terms of movements to the field.

How to apply:

Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English via this link: CV only applications will not be considered.

NB: The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension

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