Latest Jobs in Adamawa, Abuja at International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.


IRC entered Nigeria in October 2012 in response to a widespread flood disaster. IRC’s Emergency Response Team, with local partner CISCOPE (Civil Society Coalition for Poverty Eradication), implemented a project to support livelihoods and improve WASH in Kogi State from February to May 2013. This was followed by a 3-month nutrition and food security program in the same location from October 2013 to January 2014. IRC is now initiating programming in Adamawa State. The current project addresses malnutrition and associated health concerns among conflict-affected children in four districts. To support this project, IRC is opening offices in Yola and Mubi.


1. Finance Controller


Sector:  Finance                               
Location:              Nigeria                 
Employee Type:               Regular                
Employee Category:       Full Time                              

Background:

Nigeria is confronted with many challenges that affect its human security and development including: political corruption, conflict, climate change, poverty and weak governance.  With a population of over 160 million, Nigeria is Africa's most populous country and accounts for 47% of West Africa’s population.  Despite its middle income status, Nigeria possesses a stark dichotomy of wealth and poverty.  Although the country is rich in natural resources - the 6th largest producer of oil in OPEC, its economy cannot meet the basic needs of the people.  Nigeria is a rich country with grinding poverty and deprivation – 64% of the population lives on less than $1 a day.  Such disparity between the growth of the GDP and the increasing poverty is indicative of a skewed distribution of Nigeria’s wealth.



The country faces considerable security threats with implications to national and regional stability—an Islamist insurgency in the northeast and renewed instability in the Niger Delta.  The Boko Haram, which translated from Hausa means “Western education is forbidden”, is a militant Islamist political movement located in northeast Nigeria that is not afraid to use violence to achieve its aims.  The movement is fighting for a fundamentalist revival, forbids interaction with the Western World and seeks to establish Sharia law throughout the country.  The group is known for attacking Christians, bombing churches and attacking schools.  Due to the conflict, in mid May 2013 President Goodluck declared a state of emergency in 3 of the northeast states—Borno, Yobe and Adamawa—deploying Nigerian Armed Forces to the area.



In addition to conflict in the northeast, instability in the Delta and inter-communal violence though out the country, the elections scheduled for 2015 are a threat to the security environment. Analysts are speculating that emerging signs are pointed toward election-day violence and post-election violence.  President Goodluck has recently attributed violence in the Rivers State to the Presidential elections.  Inter-communal violence is problematic throughout the country but particularly impacts the Middle Belt.  The conflict over land, power and resources is between indigene groups and settler groups. Religion is a pertinent albeit secondary factor, which reinforces underlying tension.



The IRC is now in the process of establishing long term presence in Nigeria.  The EPRU/ERT led an emergency response through integrated livelihoods and WASH intervention in the Ibaji LGA, Kogi State between February to May 2013.  In partnership with the Civil Society Coalition for Poverty Eradication (CISCOPE), 54 communities benefited from distribution of seeds and seedlings, new farming techniques trainings, NFIs, WASH and hygiene promotion activities.   This was followed up by a 3 month nutrition and food security program in the same location.  IRC is anticipating opening an office in Yola, Adamawa State in North East Nigeria to address the issue of child malnutrition amongst other humanitarian concerns.



Scope of Work:

The Financial Controller has overall policy and management responsibility for the finance and accounting functions for the country program. The Finance Controller’s responsibilities include general controllership, staff training, management, treasury and budget functions.



The position will report directly to the Country Director.

Specific Responsibilities:

Controllership
Ensures that all policies and procedures are in compliance with IRC and funding source policies, procedures, and requirements.
As required establishes finance and supporting function policies, systems and procedures, and directs or performs their development, documentation, and implementation.
Manages the finance department activities and schedules to meet the financial reporting requirements and deadlines specified by New York and donors.
Identify requirements for and develop reporting formats to aid in the management of country operations and grant expenditures.
Provides country management and program staff with monthly actual-to-budget expenditure reports and analysis for all grants and unrestricted funds.
Ensure that on a monthly basis balance sheet reconciliations are completed on a timely basis and those final reconciliations and trial balances are reviewed with the Country Director.
Closely monitors all financial activities, and keeps the Country Director advised of all situations which have the potential for a negative impact on internal controls or financial performance.
Directs the preparation of, and approves all donor financial reports in respect to accounting, legal and contractual requirements and ensures the review of such reports by the Country Director and Regional Controller prior to submission.
Develops, schedules and performs or supervises the completion of country internal control audits, and initiates actions necessary to correct internal control weaknesses.
Facilitates and co-ordinates external, internal, donor or government audits.
Oversees the protection of the country’s assets (cash, inventory, NEP) through the enforcement of internal control policies and procedures.
Maintains current knowledge of local government requirements related to financial matters and ensures compliance with tax regulations and other legal requirements.
Is the principal liaison with IRC NY on all finance, accounting, grant budget management, and cash management matters
Training & Staff Management
Develops and implements a training program for the country’s international and national finance staff to ensure staff development and minimize IRC’s exposure when staff are absent or depart.
Maintains current job descriptions for all positions within the finance group.
Ensures comprehensive and constructive performance reviews are completed on a timely basis and facilitates discussion of performance and career options with all country finance staff.
Oversees training and technical support to country program, logistics and administrative staff for skills improvement in the areas of accounting, reporting and internal control.
Sub-grantees/Partners
Work with operation, grant and program on sub grantee/partner pre award assessment.
Develop training plan for sub grantees/partner on grant financial management and donor specific  requirements;    
Review sub grantees/partners book of accounts and financial documents as per the grant agreement. And ensure transfer of fund, reporting requirement, and liquidations are as per sub grant agreement.
Treasury
Supervises all country office bank relations and bank account activities including negotiation of fees, interest and currency exchange rates.
In compliance with IRC policy establishes country policies regarding cash holding limits, cash movements and foreign currency holdings.
Oversees the timely preparation, review and approval of all monthly bank account and cash reconciliation’s.
Establishes country policies on advance payments, credit terms, and use of bank payment instruments.
Designs, implements, and monitors systems, procedures and reporting necessary to maintain on current basis accurate forecasts of cash requirements for meeting future spending, including commitments entered into and which obligate IRC to future spending.
Supervises the preparation of Cash Transfer Requests to New York and ensures that appropriate balances are maintained to facilitate grant implementation.
Ensures the development and implementation of a plan to minimize the country’s foreign exchange exposure to currency gains and losses.
Supervises the collection of contractual and other receivables.
Budget
Assists with the preparation and revision of program and grant proposals and budgets.
Assists in the preparation and maintenance of the country’s Operating Budget; including preparation of budget guidelines to assist program managers in formulating budgets.
In compliance with donor requirements and IRC policy develops the “Field Operations/Overhead” budget and recommends a methodology for allocation of overhead to grant budgets.
Prepares the annual and monthly cash budgets based on approved funding.
Presents and facilitates the review of actual to budget expenditures with the Country Director and program managers.


Key Working Relationships:

INTERNAL:
Country Director and other senior country office staff
EXTERNAL:
External to the Country Office: Regional Controller, Regional Director, Internal Audit; IRC’s Program Directors and other key Program Staff.
External to IRC: Banking Managers, Donors and local government staff (taxation and regulation related), External Auditors.


Qualifications

Education:
A Bachelors degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Commerce or Finance with a recognized professional certificate in accounting such as CPA, or a Masters degree in Accounting.
Experience:
Minimum three years experience of managerial experience in the financial area of a non-profit organization.
Requires extensive experience in working with computerized accounting systems – preferably in SUN, standard spreadsheet and database programs.
Skills and Abilities:
Good written and verbal skills in the English language.
Must be comfortable in being a proactive member of the top-management team.  Must seek to identify and communicate potential problems and propose solutions to the level of management appropriate to effect solutions.
Must be able to function effectively in a loosely structured, but complex work environment and to set appropriate priorities and deal effectively with numerous simultaneous requirements
Ability to carry out responsibilities independently with minimal technical support from within the program organization.
Must be a patient and good communicator who can function in an organizational environment involving a diversity of cultures, languages, and personal interests and agendas.
Good at role of facilitator and team player in solving problems.
Committed to staff training and development.
Other details:

The position will be based in Abuja. This is an unaccompanied post.


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Location: Abuja
Experience: 3 year(s)

2. Field Coordinator

Sector:  Operations                        
Location:              Nigeria                 
Employee Type:               Regular                
Employee Category:       Full Time                              

SCOPE OF WORK: The Field Coordinator (FieldCo) leads the IRC’s response efforts in northern Adamawa, providing management guidance to ensure effective and efficient programming. As the IRC’s most senior representative in the field, the Field Coordinator must bring a senior leadership profile with a proven track record in managing emergency and refugee programming. The successful candidate will be well organized and able to represent IRC to partners including beneficiaries and donors. The FieldCo must handle sensitive, complex issues in a diplomatic way that puts the needs of the beneficiaries first.



RELATIONSHIPS: The FieldCo reports to the Operations Coordinator and supervises the Mubi Field team. The FieldCo will travel 50% to service delivery sites.



RESPONSIBILITIES:

Representation
Develop a sound understanding of the IRC and its programs such that the FieldCo can represent IRC Nigeria at the local level. Establish and maintain effective, professional relationships with local leaders and other stakeholders.
Security:
Act as security focal point for northern Adamawa and implement a local security plan
Regularly review and update the local security management plan based on constantly shifting environment;
Ensure staff are trained on, aware of and in compliance with IRC security policies and the local SMP;
Monitor the security situation in northern Adamawa, including attending security briefings, regularly meeting with local officials and listening to local staff and residents;
Keep senior management in Abuja and Yola and local staff informed of developments;
Provide a security briefing on arrival for all arriving staff and visitors;
Compile and submit weekly security reports to OpsCo, copied to CD.
Logistics:
Ensure smooth logistical support to program activities in northern Adamawa, including procurement, stock and asset management, vehicle operations, equipment maintenance and repair (including communications and computer equipment);
Staff Management:
Supervise northern Adamawa team including setting annual objectives and monitoring performance against targets; conducting performance evaluations; and taking corrective action as required; identify training needs; provide coaching and mentoring; recruit qualified staff for open positions.
Make recommendations to the OpsCo on contract extensions, promotions and disciplinary and grievance matters.
Ensure that performance evaluations for all staff are conducted on time, and review all evaluations to ensure quality and consistency; for field-based staff.
Finance and Budget Monitoring:
Oversee all budget expenditures in Mubi and ensure they are compliant with IRC and donor regulations;
Conduct weekly cash count with finance officer;
Review Monthly Budget vs. Actuals reports and Budget Expenditure Plans with program staff, ensure that relevant action is taken in a timely fashion;
Inform senior management of changing budget needs, and participate in budget development and revision processes.
Reporting:
Submit timely and accurate reports to the OpsCo and CD as required
Review finance, logistics, HR reports to ensure accuracy before submission
Systems Compliance and Improvement:
Assure adherence to IRC global and Nigeria-specific finance, logistics, IT, security, communications and HR/administration policies and procedures;
Ensure that all staff understand and follow the IRC Way;
Monitor the field office in accord with IRC’s Field Office Monitoring and Control procedures.
Other
Other relevant duties as assigned.


REQUIREMENTS:

Education
Degree in public administration, international relations or related field, advanced degree preferred.
Experience
At least 5 years work within a humanitarian agency, including field management and report writing
3-5 years experience managing, supervising and developing operational staff
IRC and Africa experience a plus
Skills
Good understanding of operations and humanitarian programming
Strong organizational skills, ability to coordinate and manage a diverse array of responsibilities: programs, logistics, security, finance and operations.
Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive situations diplomatically and possesses strong communication skills.
Ability to work well with people of varying backgrounds, cultures, education levels
Familiarity with IRC and donor (US, European, UN) policies and regulations
Excellent computer skills: MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook.
Fluency in spoken and written English, knowledge of Hausa a plus.
Additional qualities: ability to handle pressure, to solve problems, to prioritize work, honesty, flexibility, punctuality, sense of humor.


WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Security: The program site in northern Adamawa State is Security Level 3 – orange; travel is subject to defined security protocols.


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3. Environmental Health Manager

Sector:  Environmental Health                   
Location:              Nigeria                 
Employee Type:               Regular                
Employee Category:       Full Time   
Location: Adamawa
Experience: 4 year(s)
                          
Description

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.



IRC entered Nigeria in October 2012 in response to a widespread flood disaster. IRC’s Emergency Response Team, with local partner CISCOPE (Civil Society Coalition for Poverty Eradication), implemented a project to support livelihoods and improve WASH in Kogi State from February to May 2013. This was followed by a 3-month nutrition and food security program in the same location from October 2013 to January 2014. IRC is now initiating programming in Adamawa State. The current project addresses malnutrition and associated health concerns among conflict-affected children in four districts. To support this project, IRC is opening offices in Yola and Mubi.

SCOPE OF WORK: The EH Manager (EHMgr) is responsible for the WASH component of a humanitarian project in northern Adamawa State. Activities are focused on the assurance of proper water and sanitation infrastructure at health facilities where treatment of malnutrition is to be provided, along with hygiene promotion in communities in the project area. The EH Manager position will be based in Mubi, with travel to various localities where the project will be implemented

RELATIONSHIPS: The EHMgr reports to the Field Coordinator and supervises the EH team. The EHMgr will travel 50% to service delivery sites.



RESPONSIBILITIES:

Representation
Establish and maintain effective, professional relationships with relevant stakeholders.
Program Implementation
Overall management of the WASH interventions of an ECHO funded project.
Manage the project team and work with the nutrition team to identify infrastructure needs and ensure needed work is completed to acceptable quality standards as per national guidelines.
Develop hygiene promotion activities to be communicated in conjunction with nutrition messages in the targeted communities.
Ensure that community volunteers are trained to effectively carry out their role in hygiene promotion
Reporting
Prepare monthly field reports incorporating activity and financial progress for the EH projects
Prepare donor reports.
Program Development
Contribute to needs assessments and developing WASH concept notes and proposals; including, technical descriptions, staffing plans and budgets.
Security and Performance Standards
Be aware of and comply with IRC security policies and the local SMP
Ensure EH team are trained on, aware of and in compliance with IRC security policies
Work in accord with IRC performance standards (the IRC Way)
Other
Other relevant duties as assigned.


REQUIREMENTS:

Education
BSc / MSc in Water & Environmental Engineering / Management or Civil / Construction Engineering or Hydrology / Geology or similar field.
Experience
Minimum 4 years of EH (WASH, Watsan) management with an NGO in Africa.
Proven practical experience in EH project implementation, including hygiene promotion, engineering and M&E.
Experience coordinating with and building the capacity of local government and civil society partners.
Skills
Excellent management skills; able to work independently while being a strong team player.
Able to write clear and concise reports and to meet required reporting deadlines.
Able to work in an unstable security environment.
Computer literate in mapping with GPS as well as Microsoft Word and Excel.
Fluent in spoken and written English, knowledge of Hausa a plus.
Additional qualities: honesty, flexibility, punctuality, sense of humor, commitment to serve others.


WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Security: The program site in northern Adamawa State is Security Level 3 – orange; travel is subject to defined security protocols.

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3. Operations Coordinator

Sector:  Operations                        
Location:              Nigeria                 
Employee Type:               Regular                
Employee Category:       Full Time                              

SCOPE OF WORK: The Operations Coordinator (OpsCo) is a key staff position on the IRC Nigeria team. OpsCo oversees critical support functions and represents the organization at the state level. The OpsCo is responsible to ensure that all the necessary systems, policies and procedures are up-t-date, rolled out, understood and implemented in all locations.



RELATIONSHIPS: The OpsCo is a member of the country senior management team, reports to the Country Director and supervises the Mubi Field Coordinator and support staff in Yola. The OpsCo will travel 50% to field sites.



RESPONSIBILITIES:

Representation
Represent IRC Nigeria in Adamawa State. Establish and maintain effective, professional, senior level relationships with the host government, program partners, national and international NGOs and UN agencies.
Develop a sound understanding of the IRC’s programs such that the OpsCo may act in the stead of the CD when delegated to do so.
Policies, Procedures and Coordination
Ensure functional operational support is in place in all sites to achieve results across program sectors.
Implement IRC global operational policies. Review IRC SS operational policy manuals, devise a plan for updating them and ensure their consistent enforcement. Identify operational policy voids and develop new policies as needed.
Ensure compliance with IRC and donor regulations with regard to supply chain functions.
Develop an annual operations plan with regular follow up.
Serve as a focal point and maintain communication with HQ operations staff, DRDO and Regional Security Adviser.
Coordinate across operations units, across field sites and with programs and finance departments.
Supervise the Field Coordinator through regular visits and remote support.
Ensure that IRC’s field office monitoring and control standards are met.
Budget & Finance
Produce content for new budgets covering operational requirements and provide advice on procurement related budgeting, including a capital equipment replacement plan.
Maintain close working relations with the Finance Controller to ensure full and coordinated support to operations.
Oversee grant operations budget lines.
Administration and Human Resources
Ensure that operations staff have annual performance plans and evaluations
Review national staff salaries and benefits and recommend adjustments when needed
Work with the HQ Human Resources Department in implementing the global HRIS
Identify operations staff knowledge areas that require strengthening and provide the appropriate training.
Logistics/IT
Verify that country logistics policies are appropriate, documented, disseminated and required monitoring processes are effective.
Assist logistics staff in working effectively with other units to improve planning and resource utilization.
Undertake periodic system reviews of procurement, vehicle & fuel, asset, warehouse/inventory, suppliers and vendor contracts and communication systems to identify areas for improvement and compliance with IRC policy.
Ensure key/routine reports, (PO/PR tracking, fuel consumption, procurement plans) are prepared and communicated.
In collaboration with the IT department ensure IT systems support Internet communication throughout the country program.
Security
Serve as security focal point for the country program by attending meetings and gathering and disseminating relevant information.
Ensure that the Security Management Plan and SOP’s are regularly updated.
Support CD in troubleshooting specific security incidents..
Provide management support and oversight in implementing security policies and procedures.  Ensure staff are trained in basic security procedures.
Ensure office and residential locations are safe and secure.
Other
Other relevant duties as assigned, including: Participation in IRC initiatives, task-forces, committees, and strategic planning processes.


REQUIREMENTS:

Education
Masters degree in a relevant field.
Supply chain / logistics qualifications highly desirable
Experience
5 years experience managing an operations team supporting multi-sector humanitarian programming within an international NGO in a cross-cultural setting.
Working knowledge of US, European and UN donor regulations regarding supply chain functions.
IRC and Africa experience desirable
Skills
Able to work in a high-pressure situation, solve problems and resolve conflicts.
Able to independently organize work, prioritize tasks and manage time.
Strong interpersonal skills, able to coach and support others
Self-motivated, honest, highly responsible, and punctual.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, fluent in written and spoken English
Advanced computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). Competency in database and GPS and asset.


WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Security: Yola is Security Level 2 - yellow. The program site in northern Adamawa State is Security Level 3 – orange; field travel to this site is subject to defined security protocols.


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4.Nutrition Coordinator

Sector:  Health                  
Location:              Nigeria                 
Employee Type:               Regular                
Employee Category:       Full Time                              

SCOPE OF WORK: The Nutrition Coordinator (NutCo) will be responsible for the vision, strategy, design, implementation and management of IRC’s Nutrition Program in Nigeria, working in collaboration with the senior management team in Abuja, and directly with the team in the field.

RELATIONSHIPS: The NutCo reports to the Field Coordinator and supervises the field program team. The NutCo will travel 50% to service delivery sites.



RESPONSIBILITIES:

Coordination and Representation
Develop a sound understanding of the IRC and its programs such that the NutCo can represent IRC Nigeria. Establish and maintain effective, professional relationships with relevant stakeholders.
Plan and coordinate IRC Nigeria nutrition interventions;
Participate in the national Nutrition Cluster; ensure leadership of the Regional Nutrition Sub-Cluster
Participate in internal coordination and management meetings to promote effective and efficient information sharing, problem-solving and decision making.
Program Management
Oversee implementation of nutrition-related grants and management of budgets, including budget forecasting, development of spending plans in cooperation with other departments.
Ensure the appropriate utilization of and reporting on resources to deliver programs
Prepare all necessary documentation for Grant Opening, Review and Closing meetings
Technical Monitoring and Program Quality
Provide technical supervision of, and technical support to IRC Nigeria Nutrition programming activities;
Ensure that nutrition programs utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines, as prescribed by the Ministry of Health and WHO/UNICEF;
Ensure that all nutrition activities are consistent with established best practices;
Oversee the collection and timely reporting of data and statistics for all nutrition programs in line with IRC’s REL (Research, Evaluation & Learning) guidelines and according to internal and donor requirements;
Ensure appropriate follow-up and decision-making on data relevant to IRC nutrition programs;
Ensure all stakeholders are provided with updates on the nutrition program in Nigeria, including CD, Technical Unit, donors etc.
Strategic Planning and Program Development
In collaboration with the Nutrition Technical Advisor and the CD, lead the development of an IRC Nutrition Program strategy in line with IRC Nigeria Strategy.
Lead technical assessments as a basis for nutrition program development;
Monitor evolving needs of the target communities and adjust the programmatic priorities as necessary;
Coordinate and develop project proposals (logical frameworks and appropriate, realistic and measurable indicators) for the IRC Nigeria Nutrition Program under the supervision of the CD.
Staff development
Ensure the ongoing capacity building of program staff.
Ensure respect for IRC HR policies during the recruitment process.
Provide timely and quality performance evaluations.
Promote the IRC Way with all supervisees
Security:
Ensure staff are trained on, aware of and in compliance with IRC security policies and the local SMP.
Reporting:
Submit timely and accurate reports to the CD as required
Review program reports to ensure accuracy before submission
Other
Other relevant duties as assigned.


REQUIREMENTS:

Education
Advanced degree in Nutrition
Related licensure
Experience
At least five years international professional experience, including significant experience managing nutrition programs; specifically in the Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) and nutrition BCC approaches.
Experience integrating nutrition into multi-sectoral programming, particularly with the health, WASH, food security and livelihoods sectors.
Experience coordinating with and building the capacity of local government and civil society partners.
Experience conducting assessments, preferably using participatory approaches and/or SMART and SQUEAC surveys;
IRC and Africa experience desirable
Skills
Excellent management skills; able to work independently while being a strong team player;
Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive situations diplomatically, able to work well with people of varying backgrounds, cultures, education levels
Able to write clear and concise reports and proposals and to meet required reporting deadlines;
Able to work in unstable security environments;
Competent in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook
Fluent in spoken and written English, knowledge of Hausa a plus.
Additional qualities: ability to handle pressure, to solve problems, to prioritize work, honesty, flexibility, punctuality, sense of humor.


WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Security: The program site in northern Adamawa State is Security Level 3 – orange; travel is subject to defined security protocols.

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23rd January, 2014

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