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Fondation Terre des Hommes is looking for our delegation in Nigeria for a Protection Manager

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FonctionsAutre, Coordination, Gestion de projet
ActivitésAutre, Social
PaysAfrique, Nigeria
Date limite13/09/2018

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Position Start Date: 20th of August 2018

Duration: 9 months

Location: Monguno – Nigeria

Terre des hommes does not set closing dates for this position; recruitment is on-going until the position is filled


Contractual conditions:

Expatriate contract under Swiss labour code 2’950 CHF (~2’550 €) 4’300 CHF (~3’700 €) net /month according to experience x 13, Holidays: 25 days per year. Local accommodation and transportation, Health insurance, accident and medical repatriation insurance, return flight.



With the biggest population in Africa, (between 178.000.000 and 200.000.000 habitants), Nigeria is ranked as one of the first economies of the continent thanks to oil and petroleum products as well as mineral resources (gold, iron, diamonds, copper etc.). But a great ethnic diversity (more than language groups led by the family or clan manner) mixed with a federal mechanism make it a real powder keg. The current North-East Nigeria joined the Country following a plebiscite in 1961. The territory concerned made up much of what is now Northeastern Nigeria, and a large part of the areas affected by the North-East insurgency.

Borno State Insurgency

Boko Haram (Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād, »People Committed to the Prophet’s Teachings for Propagation and Jihad ») was officially founded in 2002. Boko Haram conducted its operations more or less peacefully during the first seven years of its existence (the government reportedly repeatedly ignored warnings about the increasingly militant character of the organization). The situation changed in 2009 when the jihadist rebel group Boko Haram started an armed rebellion against the government of Nigeria. Since then, the violence has escalated in terms of both frequency and intensity. In 2013, The Government of Nigeria (GoN) started to apply a state of emergency in North East Nigeria (Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa) andthe Nigeria forces launched an offensive in the Borno. The violence escalated dramatically in 2014, with 10,849 deaths.

Regional/International Impact

In 2014, Boko Haram militants attacked several Nigerian towns in the North and captured them. The insurgency spread to neighbouring Cameroon, Chad, and Niger thus becoming a major regional conflict. In 2015, a coalition of military forces from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger began a counter-insurgency campaign against Boko Haram. The coalition offensive forced Boko Haram to retreat into the Sambisa Forest (South East of Maiduguri City).

Recent Developments of the Conflict

Following the GoN counter-offensive and military support from the Occident, several capital cities of Local Governmental Areas (LGAs) of Borno State were liberated. But out of the city, in the country side, the Boko Haram superiority is still significant. Since the current insurgency started in 2009, it has killed 20,000 and displaced 2.3 million from their homes and was ranked as the world’s deadliest terror group by the Global Terrorism Index in 2015.

Humanitarian Consequences

The HNO 2017 estimated some 14 million people in need 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 highest numbers requiring humanitarian assistance are located in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe where 8.5 million people are in need of urgent life-saving assistance. The approach of the humanitarian community is to respond to the most life-threatening needs of 6.9 million people in the three most affected states (Borno, Yobe, Adamawa) of North East Nigeria, from an estimated 8.5 million people in need in the same states.
TdH’ Strategy/Position in the Country

Tdh has been present in Nigeria since mid-2017. The NGO is targeting the needs of crisis affected people in Borno State through providing access to basic services (Primary Health Care, Child Protection, Educational Support) and/or support with living conditions (WASH, NFI).


Main responsibilities:

  •  He/She is in charge of the implementation and supervision of the Child Protection project in Monguno (Kukawa & Kross Kawa) Borno State, Nigeria. He/she contributes to the development of a CP project strategy at country level together with the Protection Coordinator, the Child Protection Expert at HQ, and the Country Representative;
  •  He/she works in close coordination with governmental and non-governmental agencies, with the cluster system to develop, monitor and orientate the CP project;
  •  He/she is expected to participate in child protection assessments, programme design and implementation at proposal and strategy level, as well as support on fundraising, recruitment and procurement, liaising and linking with other sectors in general;
  •  He/she oversees the monitoring & evaluation of child protection activities;
  •  He/she follows Country Representative strategy to work with all relevant authorities at district and community level (civil, religious, police and all other services) for a better implementation, acceptance and ownership in improving the conditions to protect children;
  •  He/she will conduct his or her duties in respect of the Charter of Terre des hommes and the Tdh Child Protection Policy. Tdh expects that its contractors’ professional conduct reflect proper behaviour in accordance with local culture and traditions;
  •  He/She will and ensure that Child Protection principles are being incorporated into the emergency programs;
  •  He/she will conduct his or her duties in respect of the Charter of Terre des hommes and the Tdh Child Protection Policy.


Function details:

Line Management and Human Resources Management

  • Oversee the recruitment needs of the Protection Team, including the development and revision of job descriptions.
  • Ensure the whole team has a clear understanding of the Tdh CP mandate and project through initial and ongoing induction meetings followed by regular weekly and ad-hoc get-together with relevant staff.
  • Lead and manage staff, encouraging effective team work and providing supervision and guidance, including regular and constructive feedback.
  • Report security incidents and difficulties encountered with any staff members to the Country Representative.
  • Organise and lead weekly team meetings and provide weekly program updates and movement plans to the relevant support teams.

Project Management

  • Develop, implement and monitor the Protection project in the target area, in accordance with multiple objectives, activities and targets outlined within current donor proposals and in line with the project budget.
  • Ensure that activities are appropriately monitored and evaluated and propose, when deemed necessary, amendments to the protection strategy, in consultation with the Protection Coordinator, Country representative and the CP Expert at HQ.
  • Contribute to the initial and regular assessments of the Protection project and activities’ impact, through field visits and staff communications.
  • Forecast and follow up on expenditures related to the Protection project and participate in budget revision exercises.
  • Develop the project’s M&E plan, including the design and development of data collection tools and ensure its correct implementation and monitoring at field level.
  • Collect data and information to report on project indicators and ensure that the project is on track, making adjustments where necessary.
  • Contribute to project proposal development and fundraising in close collaboration with the Protection Coordinator and Country Representative.
  • Prepare timely purchase requests in line with the Protection project needs.
  • Support required actions by the administration related to protection team management and supervision.
  • Identify logistic and admin support needs related to the project and communicate these to the relevant log/admin support person.

Technical Competences

  • Capacity to establish a referral pathway for severe cases under the supervision of the Protection Coordinator and the CPiE Expert at HQ.
  • Project Strategy and planning under the supervision of the Coordinator and Country Representative and participate in designing strategies and objectives for improved support to beneficiaries, actively contributing to its monitoring, evaluation and revision.
  • Participate in CP assessments and contribute to other assessment design and implementation if required.
  • Participate in the review of the strategy for Tdh in Nigeria if requested.
  • Oversee the implementation of the project database and its supporting database tools.
  • Ensure correct data protection procedures and filing.

Coordination and Representation

  • Work in close collaboration and consultation with authorities, non-government actors, cluster system.
  • Work in close collaboration and consultation with the Protection Coordinator, the Deputy CP Project Manger and in coordination with Tdh other departments (programme and support).
  • Increase Tdh visibility across project locations and participate in relevant meetings.
  • Represent Tdh in foras and meetings held at community location level.
  • Develops a network to facilitate the project acceptance and stake holder’s contribution and ownership.

Capacity building

  • Ensure quality intervention through initial and refresher training on child protection in emergencies, psychosocial support and case management to dedicated Protection staffers, including community volounteers. Continued coaching and mentoring of staff shall be guaranteed throughout the project’s duration.
  • According to project activities, take a lead on designing and delivering capacity building training and workshops to target beneficiaries, including health workers, implementing partners and institutions.
  • Coordinate with other Tdh sectors to ensure child protection is mainstreamed into health and wash/hiygiene sectors.
  • Work in close collaboration and consultation with available government structures, non-government actors, cluster system and community representatives.
  • Coordinate with other departments (programme and support) as per needs.


  • Comply with Tdh Security Regulations.
  • Reports any security/safety incident and/or risk to the Security Manager.
  • Informs Protection staff under his/her supervision on security rules defined by the Country Representative.




  • University degree in Social Studies, Project Management and/or related subject;
  • Minimum 3 years of work experience as child protection project manager in humanitarian contexts with an INGO;
  • Thorough knowledge of interagency guidelines, standards and best practices in child protection, MHPSS and related subjects;
  • Strong working knowledge of the project cycle management with a focus on implementing project in hardship locations.


  • Required: organized, sense of human relations, diplomacy, communication skills, ability to work under pressure;
  • Desirable: proactive, autonomous, rigorous, analytical, willingness and motivation to work in an international and intercultural context;
  • Excellent written and spoken English;
  • Advance IT skills.

Child Safeguarding Policy:

  • Raising awareness within the Foundation on violence against children
  • Providing guidance to employees and others and defining expectations when it comes to preventing, raising, denouncing and responding to issues of child abuse
  • Reducing the risk of child abuse by selectively recruiting employees and others
  • Reducing the risk of child abuse by developing a culture of open and informed leadership within the organization and in our work with children

We offer an exciting and varied work, useful and meaningful, in a team that wants to make a difference for vulnerable children.

Are you interested? Do you want to face this challenge?



We will only consider complete online applications corresponding to the required profile.

Your application must include a complete CV and a covering letter. Additional documents such as diplomas and work certificates will only be required in case of an interview.

If you are not shortlisted, your file will be destroyed by us, according to the rules on data protection.

If you face difficulties in applying online, please contact our HR department: [email protected]

Terre des hommes provides equal working conditions for men and women. Furthermore, for candidates with equivalent qualifications and for positions with responsibilities, applications from women are strongly encouraged.

The recruitment and selection procedures of Terre des hommes reflect our commitment for child security and protection.

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