Project Officer at International Alert


We are one of the world’s leading peacebuilding organisations, with nearly 30 years of experience laying the foundations for peace. We work with local people in over 25 countries around the world to help them build peace, and we advise governments, organisations and companies on how to support peace.

  • Job Type Full Time
  • Experience 4 years
  • Location Bauchi , Yobe

International Alert is one of the world’s leading peacebuilding organisations, with over 30 years of experience supporting communities, advising governments, organisations and companies on how to build peace. Alert works with people in conflict-affected and threatened areas to make a positive difference for peace; to improve the substance and implementation of international policies relevant to peacebuilding; and to strengthen the peacebuilding sector. Alert currently has field offices in Sub-Saharan Africa, South and South-East Asia, Central Asia and the South Caucasus, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. International Alert began operations in Nigeria in 2011 as a partner on security governance within the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation programme (NSRP). Since then, we have launched a social cohesion programme in the Northeast, while expanding our technical advisory in conflict and gender sensitivity to various governance and reform programmes. Purpose International Alert has launched a twenty-four (24) months project titled “Matasa Ku Taso: Youth Arise!”, in Bauchi and Yobe states, funded by the European Commission (EC). The Youth, Crisis and Fragility project builds on Alerts’ previous engagements in Yobe which highlighted that youth exclusion from decision-making on peace and security, local governance, and development is a key cause of fragility globally. The overall objective of the project is to increase the leadership role of young people in addressing local drivers of conflict and fragility in Bauchi and Yobe States through enhanced youth participation in conflict prevention, mitigation and management, and increased youth access to decision-making on local development and economic empowerment initiatives. The post holder will support the project coordinator in planning activities while also working with partners in activity implementation. S/he will be involved in activity monitoring and liaising with project stakeholders, and periodic reporting The Project Officer supports the Coordinator in planning activities, working with partners to implement, monitoring and liaising with project stakeholders, and reporting.

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Key Responsibilities:

Project implementation a. Work with the Project Coordinator and implementing partner to develop and update monthly, quarterly and annual workplans b. Ensure financial and logistical preparation of activities in line with workplan and project strategy c. Develop and maintain relationships with key project stakeholders at activity sites, including implementing partner staff d. Lead and facilitate activities, as required e. Monitor the conflict context in activity sites and provide timely feedback to the Project Coordinator f. Liaise and coordinate with other NGOs operating in activity sites

Financial management a. Plan activity expenditure and request funds in a timely and accurate manner b. Oversee expenditure during activities (including implementing partner activities) and ensure this is in line with project outcomes, and Alert and donor policies c. Ensure compliant financial documentation is collected during activities

Reporting, monitoring and evaluation a. Contribute to developing and implementing project monitoring and evaluation plan b. Collect quantitative and qualitative information during activities in line with M&E plan c. Support project assessments, at inception, mid-term and end of project evaluations, including participating in data collection d. Prepare activity reports and contribute to donor reports e. Collect case study information and follow-up with project participants

Coordination with other Alert staff and stakeholders in the region a. Participate actively in the management processes of the team, including team meetings, sharing of information, context analysis, and strategy development b. Participate in relevant state level strategic forums, as delegated by line manager c. Collaborate with the Security Officer to provide regular security and context analysis which will inform program adaptation. d. Any other reasonable activities as determined by the line manage

Qualifications and Experience

  • University degree in relevant field
  • At least 4 years of work experience in community engagement or similar field. Experience with an international NGO would be an asset
  • Demonstrated experience working in the field of governance, peacebuilding and working with youth.
  • Experience working on youth’s engagement interventions in a similar context
  • Excellent coordination and communication skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Good knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to work under pressure and in a high-risk security environment
  • Willingness to travel regularly to rural locations

English (oral and written), and Hausa fluency. Knowledge of any other languages prevalent in Bauchi and Yobe would be an advantage.

Method of Application

Please send in a CV of maximum 3 pages and a cover letter of maximum 1 page in word or PDF format as one document to nigeria@international-alert.org using the job tittle and location as the subject of the email. Include your salary requirements.

Applications that do not follow the above requirements will not be considered. The closing date for this application is 5pm 19th March 2021,

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, you can assume your application has been unsuccessful. Please do not send follow-up emails or calls. International Alert is an equal opportunities employer. All applicants will be judged strictly on the basis of merit

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