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Solidarités International seeks to recruit a deputy country director for programs – Maiduguri, Nigeria

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FonctionsAutre, Coordination, Gestion de projet, Encadrement, Direction, Organisation, Administration, Ressources Humaines
ActivitésAgriculture, Environnement, Animation, Formation, Education, Autre, Développement économique / Micro finance, Droit, Economie, Finance, Administration, Génie civil, Hydraulique, Informatique, Communication, Logistique, Mécanique, Ressources Humaines


Desired start date :  ASAP

Duration of the mission : 1 year

About the mission in Nigeria

Solidarités International opened the Nigeria mission over the summer 2016. Starting with a single project, this mission has quickly expanded and SI is now a major WASH and shelter actor in the Borno State.

The current political and military crisis has affected millions of lives in the area and SI is answering the needs of displaced populations and host communities in Borno State. The targeted areas of intervention are WASH, shelter, logistics, food security and livelihood.

In Nigeria, we currently run seven programs as follow :

  • Multi-sectorial project of 3 years in consortium with ALIMA in Monguno, Ngala and Askira/Uba ;
  • Logistic Platform project in Monguno ;
  • Emergency WASH and Shelter response in Monguno, Dikwa and Ngala ;
  • Emergency WASH in Health project funded in partnership with ALIMA in Maiduguri, Monguno and Dikwa ;
  • Integrated multi-sector lifesaving assistance to Conflict Affected Population in Maiduguri, Monguno and Dikwa ;
  • Emergency WASH response for vulnerable IPDs and host communities in Dikwa ;
  • Emergency WASH response for new onset manmade disaster Ngala LGA.

The mission has potential to continue developing relevant and mandate-based interventions to cover the humanitarian needs in the area and to ensure a real humanitarian impact. The team is well staffed with very diverse profiles (former SI, former national staffs from several SI missions, various backgrounds and technicalities). Overall, the atmosphere is very good, people get along well and they love to play volleyball on Sundays.

Here are the key numbers and information about the mission :

  • 5 bases (Maiduguri, Abuja, Dikwa, Ngala and Monguno) plus Coordination Office in Maiduguri ;
  • The number of expatriates is around 20 ;
  • The national staff are approximately 190 ;
  • The total budget of the mission is around 7,7 million euros.

About the job…

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 programme 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 Technical Coordinators (WaSH, Shelter and MEAL).

Under the supervision of the Country Director and with the support of headquarters teams, the Deputy Country Director for Programs is responsible for :

  • 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 is continuously in direct contact with the projects managers and the field teams ;
  • 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 (Shelter / WASH / FSL) ;
  • Partnerships and representation: the mission is working with many partners such as ALIMA, PUI, ACTED, REACH, INTERSOS and TDH. The coordination of these actors must be closely monitored and improved. A regular participation in coordination meetings must also be ensured ;
  • Reporting and proposal writing: the DCD, with the support of the Grants manager, is in charge of drafting reports to donors. S/he is the one responsible for the strategic direction of proposals ;
  • Structuration: The mission is young and has grown very rapidly. As a result, the mission needs to be structured and strengthened to ensure a serene future. Considering the strategic position of the DCD, he/she has to ensure that all departments are communicating well and evolving together in the same direction.

The main challenges :

  • Security : the volatile security context can reduce the access to the areas of implementation, which can sometimes causes delays. Furthermore, the regular clashes between the different stakeholders of the conflict are causing important movements of population. Thus, the programs, and more globally the mission, should show a strong adaptation and reactivity capacity ;
  • Contractors : SI’s activities are requiring strong technical skills and heavy machinery (borehole drillings). Thus, SI has to rely on contractors to conduct those works, and the DCD with the programs teams should closely monitored the contractors ;
  • Lack of coordination : the several organizations active on the field are not coordinating enough, which has an impact on the implementation of the activities ;
  • Management : the DCD has the direct management of four staffs: a grants manager, a WASH Coordinator, a Shelter advisor and a MEAL Coordinator. As functional manager of the program team at base level, the DCD should have regular exchanges with the Program managers, without overlapping the Field Coordinators ;
  • Communication channels : In Maiduguri, both of the operational base and the coordination team are located. It will be important to ensure that communication schemes are in place and that there is no confusion between base and coordination (decision-making, roles and responsibilities).

Your profile :

  • Masters’ degree or equivalent in related sectors ;
  • Previous experiences in emergency contexts and high volatile environments ;
  • Previous experiences in strategy and programming ;
  • Ability to delegate, and at the same time, to follow up several projects in several areas ;
  • Ability to set up and orientate coordination mechanism in an operational way ;
  • Strong leadership and ability to inspire and bring together various profiles ;
  • Previous experiences in managing a consortium and strong partnerships with other NGOs ;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills ;
  • Ability to prior tasks and manage a large scope of work ;
  • Proven writing and spoken English are required.

Living conditions :

The living conditions of the base are comfortable (A.C, comfortable beds, TV, ping pong table, good cooking etc) with possibility of finding a wide range of goods for cooking. Despite restriction (curfew & limitation of movement), the level of activities is good (Sport: Soccer, volleyball…and interactions with other INGO). The multicultural environment allows for enriching exchanges and extensive discussions, as the atmosphere is very uplifting. The problematic aspect is that security procedures are quite restrictive (which is normal given the context) but it means that movement are limited and that knowledge of the city and the culture will be also very limited.

Si will offer you :

  • According to experience, starting from 2860 euros gross per month (2600 base salary + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) + valorization of your experiences ;
  • A monthly Per Diem of 600 USD ;
  • SI also covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate’s country of origin and the place of assignment.

Vacation :
During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time-off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 3rd and the 9th month (with 750 USD allocated by Solidarités). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 14-day period after six months spent on the mission (Solidarités will cover travel costs).

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.

Application process :

  • Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English. CV only applications will not be considered ;
  • NB:  The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension ;
  • For further information about Solidarités International, please consult our website:

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