Department for international Development (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
Sustainable Development Goals (SOGs).
This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, experienced and committed
Nigerian professional to become a Conflict Adviser for DFID Nigeria,
supporting the work of the wider British Mission in Nigeria.
DFID Nigeria is currently seeking for suitably qualified candidate to fill the position below:
Job Title: Conflict Adviser for DFID Nigeria
- She/he will promote conflict prevention and peacebuilding,
overseeing DFID’s conflict and security programmes in northern Nigeria
with a particular focus on the North East, and ensuring that all of the
UK’s work in the North East is informed by a robust analysis of conflict
and its causes.
- She/he will play a key role in building strong relationships and
influencing key actors in Northern states, particularly in Borno and
Yobe, on a range of programmes and policy issues linked with the
conflict in the North East.
- Lead conflict analysis for northern Nigeria, on behalf of the
British Mission in Nigeria, conducting robust and strategic conflict
analysis to inform British Government policies and programmes in
northern Nigeria and provide quality cross cutting conflict advice and
analysis for DFID and for programmes funded by the cross-government
Conflict, Security and stabilisation Fund (CSSF).
- Support UK information sharing and policy development on North East Nigeria across the British Mission.
- Effectively influence the approach of Nigerian Government
officials, development partners and civil society to address conflict in
the North East. The post holder will work with and influence a wide
range of relevant Federal and State government partners, civil society
and traditional leaders on conflict reduction in North East Nigeria.
- Assist the UK Risk Management Office to manage operating and programme risk.
- Support the wider DFID Conflict Cadre through participation in
annual professional conferences, as well as providing support to
advisers in other offices as part of the conflict cadre.
- Support the implementation and monitoring of key programmes in
conflict prevention, stabilisation, security and justice, working
closely with lead advisers in Abuja. Be the Senior Responsible Owner
(SRO) for British Mission conflict programmes focussed on the North
East. Be lead adviser in relation to the North-East for the Nigeria-wide
Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP), including for
the EU-funded component.
- Ensure Conflict Sensitive programming and delivery of DFID
governance, humanitarian, economic growth and human development policies
and programming in Northern Nigeria.
Qualification and Experience
The successful candidate is expected to have the following qualifications, technical competencies and behavioural competencies:
- Minimum of a Master’s level qualification in Peacebuilding,
Development, Political Science, Social Sciences or a related field, from
a recognised University.
- Minimum five-year experience in the field of conflict resolution
and peacebuilding. This should include provision of conflict advice to
development programmes or policy making institutions, experience of
designing and managing conflict prevention and peacebuilding programmes,
experience in overseeing budgets and results delivery.
- Proven cultural, social and political sensitivity for working in northern Nigeria, preferably with a working knowledge of Hausa.
- 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
- 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.
- 3. 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.
Behavioural Competencies/Civil Service Competencies:
- See the bigger picture: develop an in-depth understanding and
knowledge of how the role fits and supports organisational objectives
and wider public needs.
- 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.
- Resilience: able to operate effectively in difficult contexts, understanding and ensuring respect for security requirements.
- Make effective decisions: break down and simplify complex data,
policy documents and similar information on conflict issues, assess and
interpret information to identify
- 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.
- 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, work across different sections of the British Mission in
- The post holder will be a member of the DFID Nigeria Governance and Social Development Team.
- This is a permanent position. The Conflict Adviser will
initially be based in Abuja for an induction period of a few months and
should expect to move subsequently to Kano (where DFID has a regional
office) after the induction in Abuja.
- This post is a full time position and is not suitable for part time applicants.
- DFID offers a competitive salary and benefit package. Indicative
offers are inclusive of local taxes. Salaries are reviewed annually in
accordance with local Pay Determination Guidelines. The current starting
salary for this position (graded A2) full time per annum is NGN
15,858,082, which with annual step increases rises to NGN20,477,257
after 5 years.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should request for the “Application Form” by sending an email to: DIFDNIGERIARECRUITIN@DFID.gov.uk clearly indicating: A2 Conflict Adviser DFID Nigeria. The completed Application Form and a well-structured CV should be submitted electronically to the same e-mail above.
- The successful candidate will be assessed against the
qualifications and experiences; technical; and behavioural competencies,
as outlined above using the Application form.
- Enquiries or requests for additional information already not provided above can be sent to: Nse Alawani by email using: N-Alawani@difd.gov.uk
- Interviews will be scheduled to take place within a few weeks of the closing date.
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to
join the next stage of the assessment process. If you have not heard
from us after 4 weeks of the closing date indicated above, please
consider your application unsuccessful. Enquiries on the selection
process will not be acknowledged.
- The successful candidate will be expected to take up post as early as October 2016.
Application Deadline 14th September, 2016.