Nov 14, 2017

Nigeria: Nigeria – A Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Accountability Coordinator in Maiduguri

NGO/UN Job Vacancy



Organization: Première Urgence Internationale
Country: Nigeria
Closing date: 30 Jan 2018

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 190 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 7 million people in 21 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.

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Humanitarian situation and needs :

Following the intensification of the Chad Lake conflict in Nigeria (North East of the Country), PUI has decided to also respond to this crisis (since the organization already assists the Nigerian refugees in Cameroon).

General Context :

With the biggest population in Africa, (between 178.000.000 and 200.000.000 habitants), Nigeria is ranked as the first economy in Africa mainly thanks to oil and petroleum products as well as mineral resources (gold, iron, diamonds, copper etc…). Despite a strong economy, Nigeria suffers from huge socio-economic inequalities, and from high rates of corruption, at every level. Within this volatile environment, the insurgency in the North-East of the country and the linked widespread violence triggered a large scale crisis.

Indeed, over 2.5 million people are forcibly displaced in the Lake Chad Basin region due to the Boko Haram insurgency, and new displacement continues. Resorting to terror, widespread sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), forced recruitment and suicide bombings, Boko Haram attacks on civilians persist. Ongoing threats from Boko Haram in all affected countries as well as the absence of basic services have created acute humanitarian and protection risks for those impacted by the crisis, including refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and local communities. Despite considerable advances in counter-insurgency operations, continued insecurity led to new large-scale and secondary displacements towards Cameroon and inside Niger.

The end of 2016 and first months of 2017 have seen an increase in attacks in north-eastern Nigeria, while the security situation in Chad’s Lake region, Cameroonian border areas and Niger’s Diffa region remains volatile and unpredictable. In 2016, a great number of civilians were released from Boko Haram captivity in north-eastern Nigeria with the liberation of Local Government Areas (LGAs) where some 800,000 persons had been trapped over past years. Assessments conducted in newly recovered areas reveal severe humanitarian and protection conditions. Still, many people remain inaccessible to humanitarian actors due to insecurity, particularly in Nigeria’s Borno State and border areas of Cameroon and Niger.

Humanitarian consequences:

The violence in the Lake Chad Region has uprooted around 2.3 million civilians within their own countries, including over 1.8 million IDPs in Nigeria alone. In addition, some 200,000 Nigerian refugees have fled to neighboring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

As of March 2017, close to 1,200,000 refugee returnees have been registered in Nigeria, sometimes under conditions that have not been voluntary, safe and dignified. Many of these return movements have resulted in secondary displacements as areas of origin remain insecure and inaccessible. Between 2015 and mid-2017, the number of Nigerian returnees registered by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) reached nearly 360,000 individuals. They represent individuals both registered in official refugee camps and others who fled the insurgency but were never registered in the countries of asylum. The number of registered returnees between January and May this year stood at 19,257 individuals.

The crisis has adversely affected the most vulnerable civilian populations, particularly women and children, older persons and those with disabilities or serious medical conditions. Around 60 per cent of those displaced are children and the number of female and child-headed households is on the rise because male heads of households have either disappeared, been killed or fear to return to join their families. Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is widespread, and many people have suffered the trauma of violent experiences.

The Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) 2017 estimated some 14 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Nigeria across the six states of the north east. In determining the response for 2017, humanitarian partners agreed to focus on states assessed as the most affected by the violent conflict, infrastructure destruction, mass displacement, ongoing insecurity and ensuing factors. The most critical areas requiring humanitarian assistance are located in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states where 8.5 million people are in need of urgent life-saving assistance.

Our action in the field :

PUI is present in Nigeria since April 2016. The NGO is targeting the needs of crisis affected populations in Borno State through a gradually implemented comprehensive integrated response.

PUI started its intervention with a focus on urgent needs pertaining to access to food commodities for IDPs and host communities (through a cash-based approach) and then up-scaled its response with the inclusion of Primary Health Care and Nutrition activities. This was focused on populations living in Maiduguri (capital city of Borno state).

Also, as access and logistics were and remain a main constraint for the humanitarian community, PUI launched an inter-agency logistics platform in Maiduguri managing storage and cargo and servicing around 30 different humanitarian organizations.

Finally, and as resilience of affected communities remains a priority for the organization, a pilot livelihood recovery project has been launched in order to decrease reliance on direct assistance and foster aid sustainability.

The main programmatic objectives of the mission for 2018 are:

  • Continue and further develop the response to urgent needs of IDPs and Host Communities living in Maiduguri City through Food Security, Health and Nutrition activities.
  • Further develop the integrated response in Maiduguri City with the widening of the sectoral scope of PUI intervention by adding Protection, 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 from Maiduguri City Warehouse
  • Develop gradual integrated responses in areas with significant gaps in needs coverage within Borno State LGA outside Maiduguri with a priority given to Health, Nutrition and Food Security activities.

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As part of our activities in Nigeria, we are looking for a Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Accountability Coordinator.

The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator is responsible for guiding the overall MEAL strategy and implementation or related activities within projects while providing timely and relevant information to stakeholders. The MEAL coordinator will support PUI’s operational and technical staff in ensuring the accountability of PUI’s programme in Lebanon by developing the appropriate MEAL strategies and protocols for each project/specific technical sector. He/she will provide technical MEAL guidance and leadership at all level of the Country Program, by leading efforts to document progress, effectiveness and impact of PUI´s intervention in the country. The MEAL Coordinator will ensure the use of technically appropriate needs assessment, monitoring and evaluation methods, contributing therefore to improve the quality and effectiveness of PUI humanitarian action.

Under the supervision of the Deputy Head of Mission for Programmes, and in cooperation with technical coordinators and MEAL staff in the operational bases and at coordination level, the MEAL Coordinator will:

  1. Lead the design and the roll-out of a sound and adapted-to-context MEAL strategy and operational guidance based on PUI institutional approach
  2. Ensure the quality of the logical framework and MEAL approaches within new sectors, programmes and projects and support reporting;
  3. Ensure the development and implementation of MEAL plans for each sector, programmes and projects, provide specific technical support for the conduction of assessments, surveys and ad-hoc data collection and analyses all through the project and programme cycle management;
  4. Sensitise and build the capacity of staff for an enhanced transparency, accountability and learning mind set in the mission and in the framework of a continuous capitalisation and learning approach.

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Training and Experiences

Training

Bachelor’s or Master degree in a field related to Project Management, international development and/or social sciences

Professional Experience

  • Minimum of 3 years experience in Project Management in an emergency and unsecured context
  • Familiarity with principles and current approaches to monitoring and evaluation in relief and development programs, using both quantitative and qualitative methods

Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong experience in donor requirements and expectations, particularly ECHO, UE, UNICEF, UNHCR, AFD and BPRM
  • Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through training and mentoring
  • Prior knowledge of the country/region an asset;

Software

Pack Office – Strong computer skills essential, including ability to operate Microsoft Word, Excel, Project and database management software, statistical packages

Required Personal Characteristics

  • Capacity to delegate and to supervise the work of a multidisciplinary team;
  • Demonstrated experience in monitoring and evaluation design, applied survey and research;
  • Proven capacity for analyzing and synthetizing comprehensive information and technical data;
  • Ability to write and edit reports under deadline pressure;
  • Ability to guarantee effective and timely outputs;
  • Good communications kills for public presentations;
  • Ability to work on own initiative and collaboratively as part of a diverse team and manage a varied workload;
  • Self-motivated, flexible and adaptable to the needs of the team and organization
  • Strong commitment to support/develop capacity of national staff and developing second layer of leadership;
  • Proven management ability and inter-personal skills;
  • Problem solving and leadership skills.

Languages

English – High level of proficiency

French – Desirable

Proposed Terms

Employed with a Fixed-Term Contract – 12 months

Starting date : Novembre 2017Salaire / Indemnité

Monthly gross income: from 2 200 up to 2 530 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

To know more about our job offer, look at the complete job description on our website!


How to apply:

Please send your application (Resume and Cover Letter) to Emmanuelle Gracia, Human Resources Officer for Expatriates at recrutement@premiere-urgence.org with the following subject : “MEALCo – NGA”.