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Conflict Adviser, DFID

Date Posted: 20/Feb/2014
Deadline: 17/Mar/2014
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DFID Nigeria is responsible for managing the British Government’s contribution to development in Nigeria, with the objective of supporting government and development partners at federal and state levels to reduce poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Conflict adviser, Northern Nigeria office, Kano This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, experienced and committed Nigerian professional to become Conflict Adviser based in Kano, with frequent travel to Abuja and across the North.

She/he will promote conflict prevention and peacebuilding, overseeing DFID’s conflict and security and justice programmes in the North, and ensuring that all of DFID’s work is informed by a robust analysis of conflict and its causes in the North.

She/he will play a key role in building strong relationships and influencing key actors in Northern states, particularly in Kano and Borno, on a range of programmes and policy issues.

Job Description/Duties 1. Lead conflict analysis for Northern Nigeria, conducting robust and strategic conflict analysis of Northern Nigeria, and providing quality cross-cutting conflict advice and analysis for DFID programmes in Northern Nigeria, across our Governance, Human Development and Growth portfolios.

  1. Support the implementation and monitoring of key programmes in conflict prevention, security and justice, working closely with lead advisers in Abuja. Oversee the Northern work of the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP) as well as supporting implementation of the Justice 4 All (J4A) and Nigeria Security Sector Accountability (NSSAP) programmes in the North.
  2. Ensuring Broader Conflict Sensitive Programming and Delivery, by ensuring conflict sensitive design of new DFID economic growth, human development and governance programmes in Northern Nigeria and supporting mainstreaming of conflict issues into DFID Northern Nigeria strategy.
  3. Effectively influence the approach of Nigerian Government officials, development partners and civil society to address conflict. The post holder will lead DFID Nigeria’s relationships with State Government and key actors in Borno state. They will work with and influence a wide range of relevant Federal and State government partners, civil society and traditional leaders on conflict reduction in Northern Nigeria.
  4. Assist the DFID Office in Northern Nigeria manage operating and programme risk, working with the DFID Risk Management Office to ensure its work takes on development perspectives and does not exacerbate conflict.
  5. Support the DFID Northern Nigeria office management, and contribute to DFID Nigeria corporate requirements, working collaboratively to help the wider DFID Northern Nigeria team to achieve its objectives including providing cover and support to other team members as needed.
  6. Support the wider DFID Conflict Cadre through participation inannual professional conferences, as well as providing support to advisers in other offices as part of the conflict cadre.

Reporting line: This post is shared between the DFID Northern Nigeria Office and the Governance and Social Development (GSD) Team in Abuja. The post holder will be joint line managed by the Deputy Head of DFID Northern Nigeria Office and the lead Conflict Adviser from the GSD Team.

Qualifications and Experience The successful candidate is expected to have the following qualifications, technical competencies and behavioural competencies.

Qualifications • Minimum of a Masters level qualification from an internationally recognised University in Conflict Studies, Peacebuilding or a related field. • Significant proven practical experience of providing conflict advice to development programmes and policy is essential. • Experience of design and management of conflict prevention and peacebuilding programmes, budgets and results delivery. • Proven cultural, social and political sensitivity for working in Northern Nigeria, preferably with a working knowledge of Hausa.

Technical competencies: 1. Conflict prevention and conflict sensitive development. A thorough practical and theoretical understanding of: conflict-sensitive design of poverty reduction programmes, including the relationship between conflict and development; role of state and non-state actors in promoting peaceful transformation; global, regional, and national factors affecting conflict; conflict-sensitive design, monitoring and evaluation of programmes aimed at preventing violence. 2. www.justjobsng.com Conflict response. A thorough practical and theoretical understanding of: direct and third party peace processes, ceasefires, mediation and peace agreements; post-conflict stabilisation assessment and planning; disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of former combatants; transitional justice, reconciliation and their role in mitigating future risks of violence; design and implementation of peace building programmes. 3. Conflict analysis. A thorough practical and theoretical understanding of: conflict analysis tools, methodologies, theory and practice; political analysis (power relations, political systems, elections); institutional appraisal and analysis; security sector, police and justice reform; human rights, international humanitarian law and other legal standards; role of gender in conflict issues; techniques for monitoring and evaluation.

Behavioural Competencies: 1. Make effective decisions: break down and simplify complex data, policy documents and similar information on conflict issues; assess and interpret information to identify main issues and to inform non-technical colleagues. 2. Deliver at pace: ensure tasks are done to the required standard and deadlines; plan work to meet individual, team and office-wide objectives, achieve high quality and value for money. 3. Lead and communicate: communicate clearly both orally and in writing, using appropriate language; communicate on a range of issues to diverse internal and external audiences. 4. Collaborate and partner: excellent team player; work effectively with government, development partner, civil society and private sector stakeholders, including traditional and religious leaders; build good relationships for partnership, implementation and support for DFID programmes, 5. See the bigger picture: develop and in-depth understanding and knowledge of how the role fits and supports organisational objectives and wider public needs. Scan the political context and take account of wider impacts to develop long term implementation strategies that maximise opportunities and minimise risks.

Remuneration: DFID offers a competitive salary and benefit package. The current salary for this position (graded A2L) full time per annum is N9, 479,244 inclusive of local taxes. An exceptional candidate may be offered a higher salary and benefits packages, with proportionate increase in the stretch of the job description.

How to apply:

How to Apply 1. The successful candidate will be assessed against the qualifications and experiences; technical; and behavioural competencies, as outlined above. 2. Qualified and interested candidates for this position should send an email to [email protected] to obtain an application form or to request further information. 3. Your completed application form should be sent electronically to[email protected] by the deadline of 12 noon on 17th March 2014. Applications will not be accepted after this time. 4. Interviews will take place on 2 and 3 April. The successful candidate will take up the post in August 2014.

DFID Nigeria is an equal opportunities employer. Applications are welcome from people regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender or disability. The appointment will be under local terms and conditions and is subject to medical and security clearances.

Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted and will be invited to join the next stage of the assessment process.

 







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