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The Mines Advisory Group (MAG) is a global humanitarian and advocacy organisation that finds, removes and destroys landmines, cluster munitions and unexploded bombs from places affected by conflict.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Programme Officer, Nigeria
Location: Abuja / Maiduguri, Borno
Line managed by: Country Director
- To provide support to grant management and grant administration, business development, representation and public relations as directed by the Country Director (CD).
- To produce funding proposals for approval as required by the CD and Programmes Department UK.
About the Role
- This is an exciting opportunity to join our team and play a key role in the development of our Nigeria programme.
- Reporting to the Country Director, the Programme Officer will have responsibilities for leading on and managing the process of proposal development, report writing, grant management and assisting the Country Director to meet contractual requirements.
- You will work closely with both colleagues in MAG’s Manchester office and MAG’s operational staff in Nigeria, managing and coordinating programme information and data to accurately draft proposals, reports and assist the Country Director to monitor contractual compliance.
- You will also work closely with the Country Director to create and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in Nigeria including donors, partners and other parties as required.
Grant management; grant monitoring and reporting:
- Provide day-to-day monitoring of grants, contracts and expenditures according to work plans agreed by the CD
- Support the CD to ensure that the country program objectives are achieved in regards to grant management and preparation of donor reporting.
- Provide timely and accurate information, analysis and reports on current grants and proposal status as required by CD and MAG UK office.
- Assist the programme in the monitoring of contracts and MoUs, and in monitoring the progress of projects conducted by grantees of MAG.
- As directed by the CD to provide relevant support to local grantees to ensure that contractual obligations can be fulfilled.
Business development, research, and donor relations:
- Lead the drafting of high quality narratives for funding proposals and concept notes, conducting desk research and coordinating with other departments as necessary to prepare strong proposals;
- Support relationship management with donors, partners, other humanitarian NGOs and other parties as required;
- Research donor priorities and strategies and assist the CD to align MAG’s projects to donor priorities;
- Assist in the planning and hosting of programme visits by MAG staff, donors and partner agencies.
- Develop log frames, work with the programme staff to develop indicators and set targets;
- Support the programme staff with project conceptualisation and project planning;
- Conduct desktop needs analysis research to feed into new business development ideas;
Information Management (IM):
- Develop and maintain systems for recording programme activities and outputs;
- Provide relevant materials, case studies, photographs, events and media contacts in line with MAG’s corporate profile, identity and message as directed by the CD and in co-ordination with MAG UK office Communications Department;
- Establish appropriate internal reporting formats and ensure effective internal information flows.
- Work with IM department to make sure systems are fit for purpose and provide suggestions to ensure that the information management system meets donor reporting requirements
- Coordination, Content Creation
- Represent MAG at coordination meetings such as the mine action sub-cluster, protection cluster, etc.;
- Analyse data and communicate lessons learnt internally;
- Develop and maintain systems for recording programme activities and outputs for donor reporting;
- Review case studies and other public relations content produced by communications team;
- Support and mentor programme/communications department staff as necessary;
- Liaise with MAG UK office to ensure that required general programme and country data is communicated effectively.
All International staff are expected to undertake the following general duties:
- Work within the framework of MAG’s core values, promoting its ethos and mission statement.
- Work towards achieving programme and/or department business plan objectives
- Understand and uphold the standards outlined in MAG’s Safeguarding Framework, acting with due care and attention to safeguard the wellbeing of anyone that comes into contact with MAG’s work and reporting concerns if they do arise.
- This is a non-contractual document that can be varied from time to time as circumstances dictate.
- This job description is intended to summarize the main duties and responsibilities of the post; this is not intended to be a full and exhaustive list of tasks.
- Ensure familiarity with and adhere to all MAG policies and procedures and keep informed of MAG activities
- Undertake and apply learning from appropriate training and development programmes.
- Undertake role in developing countries and areas in conflict where standards of living may be basic.
- Undertake the role in a manner appropriate to the cultural context and within the local legal framework.
- All MAG staff are expected to demonstrate flexibility and willingness to perform appropriate tasks when the need arises.
- Some Job Descriptions may be supplemented by specific Terms of Reference.
- The successful candidate will need experience working in international aid or development, ideally overseas in a conflict / post conflict environment and be able to demonstrate the ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
- The ability to work in dynamic teams of national and international staff and produce written material of the highest quality is essential.
- It is also important that candidate is self-motivated, flexible and has an enthusiastic approach to work.
- The successful candidate should also have experience leading on the coordination and writing of reports and leading on proposal development for a range of institutional donors and have excellent literacy, numeracy and IT skills.
- Experience of developing and supporting projects
- Experience of working overseas on development/humanitarian projects
- Able to undertake frequent travel within the country and region
- Ability and willingness to live and work in a potentially insecure and politically sensitive environment requiring diplomacy
- Cultural sensitivity
Essential Skills and Knowledge:
- Project design and planning skills
- Proposal writing skills
- Report writing skills
- Awareness of relevant security issues in project design
- Excellent organisational skills with the ability to coordinate activities
- Good literacy, numeracy and IT skills (e.g. Word/Excel)
- Ability and willingness to undertake routine administrative tasks
- Research skills
- Commitment to humanitarian and capacity building principles
- Knowledge of international humanitarian development needs and related issues
- Ability to work to a budget
- Innovative, creative and proactive with an analytical and solution-oriented approach
- Determined and committed to high quality standards
- Ability to represent and promote MAG
- Commitment to MAG’s strategic direction and core values
- Self-motivated, flexible and enthusiastic approach to work
- Commitment to MAG’s equal opportunities policy.
- Ability to establish effective working relationships at all levels internally and externally
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to meet deadlines and work calmly under pressure
- Knowledge of relevant institutional donors with an understanding of their needs and requirements
- Understanding of legal issues in relation to contracts and charity and company law.
MAG staff are rewarded with generous benefits:
- Salary: The starting salary package for this position is GBP36,796 (USD45,738) per annum including all allowances and this increases with service.
- Accommodation: MAG will provide accommodation in-country.
- Leave: We recognise our staff work hard and need the appropriate time out to stay motivated. You’ll have a minimum of eight weeks out of the programme per year
- Flights: MAG provides three international flights home per year
- Insurance: All international staff are automatically covered by MAG’s comprehensive insurance package including: Personal accident and medical expenses insurance; Death by natural causes insurance and access to 24-hour medical assistance including evacuation and repatriation.
How to Apply
For further information about this opportunity, as well as the application form, please download the candidate information pack, below:
Please return the Application form to [email protected] by the closing date of Sunday 22nd May. Please advise us of any dates that you would not be available for interview if you were shortlisted.
- MAG is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion. If you think you would be suited to one of our roles we would welcome your application regardless of your background.
- We strive to provide an inclusive and supportive working environment where all employees feel respected and supported in fulfilling their potential.