Project Director, Counter-Trafficking in Northeast Nigeria Supervisor

Country: Nigeria
Organization: Heartland Alliance
Closing date: 1 Jun 2020

Background: Heartland Alliance International’s Strengthening Services for Victims of Trafficking in Lake Chad Basin project will improve victim identification and comprehensive shelter-based services for victims of trafficking in Northeastern Nigeria. It will improve the capacity of state governments, civil society, and communities to protect and provide comprehensive services for survivors of trafficking in Northeast Nigeria, including former child soldiers and women and girls trafficked by combatants for forced labor and/or sexual exploitation. The project builds the capacity of existing local partner institutions providing services to survivors of trafficking, including, but not limited to the Nigerian National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), the Borno State Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Social Development (MWASD), and other community and grassroots organizations and leaders. Capacity will be built using a community-based, survivor-centered approach to trauma-informed mental health, yielding lasting improvements in the well-being of heavily traumatized survivors of trafficking. Additional information on Heartland Alliance International can be found at

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The Project Director will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing the implementation of victim-centered technical assistance to state governments and civil society in Northeastern Nigeria. The Project Director will ensure that all program activities are implemented in line with the project’s work plan and in accordance with HAI and donor requirements. The Project Director will be responsible for technical oversight of all components of the project and for quarterly reporting. The Project Director will also provide broader technical assistance to HAI across its diverse technical and geographic portfolios, strengthening the organization’s counter-trafficking programming, and promote HAI’s service and advocacy models.


Reports to the Nigeria Country Director and Director of International Programs in HQ

Supervises Northeast Nigeria Program Coordinator, Yobe State Project Officer, Admin and Finance Assistant and collaborates with Technical Advisors based in the U.S. and globally

Communicates with HAI Headquarters leadership and support staff

Collaborates with state governments, donors, and civil society

Build relationships with organizations working to combat human trafficking, implementing partners and donors in the region


Program implementation

Leads the implementation of the project

Develops and monitors assessments, work plans, budgets, and progress reports as required by HAI, donors and partners

Monitors project goals and partner/consultant activities to ensure project success

Ensures monitoring and evaluation activities and reporting to meet HAI’s standards, and are completed on schedule

Organizes relevant trainings, roundtables, events, and other activities to achieve project objectives

Manages the partner and collaborator relationships

External communication and program development

Represents HAI before NGO partners, government officials, funding sources, other partners, beneficiaries, and at conferences, meetings, and other outreach opportunities

Leads HAI’s representation among humanitarian coordination bodies in Maiduguri, Borno State on a regular basis, as well in Yola, Adamawa State, Damaturu, Yobe State, and Abuja FCT, when needed.

Develops, reviews, and finalizes program monthly, quarterly, and annual project reports

Develops policy briefs, program summaries, external submissions for cluster publications, and other documents related to HAI’s anti-trafficking work, to summarize and highlight HAI’s unique program approach for coordination agencies in Nigeria and globally, external donors and other stakeholders

Identifies new anti-trafficking funding opportunities and cultivates relationships with relevant actors to expand and enhance HAI’s anti-trafficking program portfolio

Financial management and grant oversight

Responsible for implementing activities in accordance with project or activity budgets

Consults with project coordinator and director of finance and administration regarding best practices for financial administration of project work

Monitors grant agreements, sub-agreements and MoUs for project partners

Works with Director of Finance and Administration to monitor budget and revise budgets, as needed


Responsible for managing the operations of HAI’s Office in Maiduguri, including logistics and security

Responsible for working closely with the Security Advisor to plan field visits and trips to neighboring states in an extremely volatile safety and security situation

Other duties, as assigned



Master’s degree, plus a minimum of 5-7 years in an international NGO setting, or similar combination of experience and education

5+ years of experience managing international development and civil society projects

Previous experience or understanding of the human trafficking environment in Sub-Saharan Africa, with at least 2 years working in the field(s) of anti-trafficking, refugee response, forced migration, and/or legal services

Strong knowledge of international human rights legislation bodies engaged in anti-trafficking victim protection

Previous experience in working on programs that have an access to justice and mental health and psychosocial support element.

Knowledge and prior experience with humanitarian coordination, including clusters systems and relevant humanitarian working groups and sub-working groups

Proven project management skills with experience managing multiple projects and/or working for an international organization in Sub-Saharan Africa region

Strong interpersonal and mentoring skills to work effectively with partners, government officials, local NGOs, media, and staff

Demonstrated success in project planning, financial management, program monitoring and evaluation, report writing, and identifying and procuring technical assistance

Previous experience planning, designing training materials, developing curricula and delivering training activities, facilitating workshops and round tables to diverse audiences

A track record that demonstrates energy and creativity, and the ability to successfully prioritize and manage competing priorities

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and presentation skills

Ability to work independently in a volatile and unstable environment with high safety and security risks, relying on remote support from Abuja and HQ most of the time


Essential – Fluent in English (read, write, and speak)

Preferred – Hausa, Kanuri, or other local languages is an advantage

Computer Skills: ability to effectively work using Microsoft Office (e.g. Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), and other software applicable to the area of work.

Resilience: this project is responding to a devastating human rights crisis and will address sensitive issues. Interested applicants should have a strong commitment to addressing the rights of victims of trafficking (VoT) with cultural sensitivity, respect, and confidentiality. Candidates should be flexible, patient, positive, and able to work effectively independently and as a member of a team. Adaptability to live in a compound with a highly restricted outside movement.

How to apply:

You can apply through the link HERE

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