Job Vacancies at COOPI – Cooperazione Internazionale, 18th May 2017

COOPI – Cooperazione Internazionale, is a
humanitarian, non-confessional and independent organization founded
in 1965 in Milan, Italy. For more than 50 years we have been
dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty and to supporting
populations affected by wars, socio-economic crises
or natural
disasters in their path to recovery and sustainable development, by
making use of the professionalism of local and international
operators, and through our partnerships with public and private
bodies and civil society organizations.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Project Manager
Location: Yobe State (Bade, Damaturu, Jakusko and Potiskum)
Duration of the Project: 6 months (with possible extension)
Starting Date: 1st June
Reports to: Program Manager
Donors: WFP
Basic Salary: COOPI salary grid
Scope of the Vacancy

  • He/she is responsible for the project’s execution, in technical,
    economic/financial terms, and in terms of resources management on
    field, in compliance with COOPI and the donor’s procedures.
  • He/she ensures the expected results attainment in budget management.

Responsibilities

  • Activity planning and management: in cooperation with the
    project staff, he/she plans and monitors the activities ‘progress, in
    compliance with the contract signed with the donor and with COOPI and
    the donor’s procedures.
  • Administrative and financial management: in collaboration with
    the Project Administrator/Administrative Coordinator he/she plans all
    expenditures to make.
  • He/she regularly monitors all made expenditures. In cooperation
    with the Project Administrator and in coordination with the
    Administrative Coordinator he/she prepares the Purchases Plan.
  • He/she ensures the organization and donor’s procedures respect when purchasing goods and services.
  • Reporting: In coordination with the supervisor and with the
    Administrative Coordinator, he/she ensures the preparation, in
    compliance with the deadlines, of all financial and narrative reports –
    interim and final – expected by the project.
  • He/she is responsible for the preparation of all formal
    communication and contract modifications requests (ex. budget
    modification) of the projects he manages.
  • Staff Management: In compliance with the country’s rules/laws
    and with the COOPI’s regulation in the country, he/she selects the local
    staff to be employed in projects.
  • By making use of the organization’s tools he/she evaluates the
    local staff employed for projects and he/she participates to the
    evaluation of his/her own project, upon request by his/her direct
    supervisor.
  • Goods management: he/she is responsible of the correct
    management of all goods purchased for the project, both directly and
    purchased by other offices/field offices. For all goods purchased by the
    project he/she updates the inventory, in cooperation with the
    Administrative Coordinator.
  • Institutional relations: In relation to the project of his/her
    competence, he/she communicates with the donors’ officers, the local
    authorities which are competent in the aspects related to the project,
    the project’s partners and beneficiaries, in compliance with the
    organization’s guidelines.
  • He/she coordinates and supervises the work done by all the
    project staff, in compliance with the organization’s security
    procedures. He/she is responsible for the initial and continuous
    training of the project staff under his/her responsibility.
  • New projects’ writing: upon request by his/her direct
    supervisor, and cooperating with the project staff, he/she elaborates,
    writes and prepares all necessary documents to present new projects, in
    accordance with the organization’s processes and procedures.

Requirements

  • Advanced degree in Food Security, Livelihood, Logistics or related field or equivalent work.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in the humanitarian field in similar roles.
  • Demonstrated experience in food distribution or related field.
  • Strong analytical and practical problem-solving skills;
  • Strong supervisory abilities, and demonstrated capacity of teamwork and of coordination with the relevant actors;
  • Very good inter-personal and writing communication skills;
  • Ability to organize work efficiently and deliver assignments in a timely manner often under time constraints;
  • Experience of working within an insecure environment with responsibility for security planning, monitoring and management.
  • Experience working on WFP funded projects (BSFP, GFD & Cash Based Transfers)
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English;
  • Computer literacy, with high proficiency in the use of standard
    office software applications (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel and
    PowerPoint).
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Job Title: Area Coordinator
Location:
Yobe State and Abuja
Duration:
6 months renewable
Starting date:
July, 2017
Area of intervention:
Northern states of Yobe and Borno
Context and Background

  • Since the declaration of state of emergency in the Nigerian
    federal States of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa, the escalation of the Boko
    Haram insurgency has led to multiple displacement crises, with
    communities fleeing their area of origin to take refuge in camps or host
    communities.
  • In 2014 there was a substantial increase in violence related to
    Boko Haram and the counter insurgency operations, consequently creating
    acute and largely unmet humanitarian needs, as IDPs are cut off from
    their homes and livelihoods, basic services, kinship and social ties.
  • In September 2014, COOPI began operating in north eastern
    Nigeria in response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the insurgency,
    established its operation in Bauchi State and later expanded to Yobe
    State considering the heightened presence of IDPs in the LGAs of Fika,
    Damaturu, Potiskum, Geidam and Yunusari. 
  • COOPI has recently developed a cash & voucher based response
    system in Nigeria to address the food insecure communities while
    integrating this approach with a nutrition component – community
    outreach, referral system, IYCF campaign and appropriate therapeutic
    services addressed to malnourished children and pregnant and
    breastfeeding women.
  • Given the unfolding large scale emergency in the north eastern
    Nigeria, COOPI plans to scale up its current operations in Yobe state
    and reach newly accessible areas, in addition to areas receiving
    Nigerian returnees from Niger, with its multi-sectoral services
    including food security, cash transfer programming, nutrition and
    protection.
  • Recently, COOPI initiated an assessment mission in Borno State
    and establishes a presence in Maiduguri to launch operations in the most
    affected area of the Lake Chad crisis. COOPI is currently operating in 5
    LGAs in Yobe State, reaching about 25,000 individuals among IDPs and
    host communities with a multi-sectoral intervention covering nutrition,
    food security and child protection.
  • Furthermore, COOPI plans to set-up operations to extend its
    humanitarian services to affected populations in Borno state, including
    the capital Maiduguri and newly accessible areas in the state, where the
    most vulnerable populations are stuck with insufficient basic services
    to respond to their immediate needs in a dignified manner

Position Description

  • In close cooperation with all the different positions in place
    at Country Coordination level, the Area Coordinator is responsible for
    the overall management of quality of program, staff management,
    logistics, security, finance and procedures’ respect. Delegated by the
    Head of Mission, he/she represents COOPI with donors, institutions,
    NGOs, local government and international agencies available in the area.
  • He/she guarantees the correct project implementation and the donors’ procedures respect.
  • He/she cooperates with the Head of Mission in the definition of
    the Country Strategy and intervention priorities for its area of
    competence.

Responsibilities
Institutional Relations:

  • Delegated by the Head of Mission, he/she manages relations with
    institutional donors and potential ones. In coordination with the Head
    of Mission, he/she represents COOPI in its area of competence through
    relations with institutions, NGOs, local and international
    organizations, and partners. He/she is also responsible for the
    Organization’s reputation in the area.
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New Opportunities Identification:

  • He/she verifies and proposes to the Head of Mission the
    intervention priorities to consolidate new opportunities of involvement
    in the area.
  • He/she cooperates with the Head of Mission in the identification
    of new project opportunities in his/her area of competence. Delegated
    by the Head of Mission he/she participates to the elaboration of the
    strategy for his/her area of intervention.

Project Management and Strategy:

  • Always referring to the Head of Mission and in coordination with
    the Project Managers, he/she coordinates and directly supervises
    projects, guaranteeing their correct implementation in conformity with
    contractual obligations and donors’ procedures, and in line with the
    COOPI’s procedures and management standards.
  • He/she coordinates the elaboration, writing, and necessary
    documents preparation for presenting new projects, referring to the Head
    of Mission.
  • He/she is responsible for the preparation of projects’ reports
    and all monitoring documents requested by the coordination office.
    He/she ensures that all official and administrative documents are
    transmitted to the Country Coordination.

Country Office Management:

  • He/she is responsible for all different aspects linked to the
    country office management: economic and financial situation, logistics,
    and local staff management, in conformity with the organization’s
    guidelines. He/she guarantees the Country Regulation and the respect of
    the organization’s procedures.

Staff Management:

  • He/she is responsible for the local staff management and
    training, in his/her area of competence, in close cooperation with the
    relative functions at Country Coordination level, whose indications
    he/she follows. He/she coordinates the expatriate staff, monitoring
    their activities, and participates to the staff evaluation, together
    with the Head of Mission.

Safety:

  • He/she is responsible for the expatriate staff security in the
    area, and for the correct implementation and respect of the general
    security regulation.

Economic and Financial Management:

  • He/she is responsible for the economic management of his/her area of competence.
  • He/she supervises the financial management and, in cooperation with the Area Coordination

Administrator and the Administrative Coordinator:

  • He/she participates to the preparation of coordination and
    projects’ budgets. He/she ensures – through the administrative function –
    the respect of financial reporting deadlines and the
    organization/donor’s procedures.

Profile

  • Advanced Degree in International Education, International
    Development, Health and Nutrition or a related field or equivalent work.
  • Strong analytical and practical problem-solving skills;
  • Strong supervisory abilities, and demonstrated capacity of teamwork and of coordination with the relevant actors;
  • Very good inter-personal and writing communication skills;
  • Ability to organize work efficiently and deliver assignments in a timely manner often under time constraints;
  • Minimum 3 years experience in the humanitarian field and in a
    similar position, with a track record of success and results achieved;
  • Previous experience with an international humanitarian NGO is an advantage;
  • Desirable experience of working on EU/ECHO, USAid/OFDA, UN and Italian Cooperation;
  • Experience of working within an insecure environment with responsibility for security planning, monitoring and management.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English;
  • Computer literacy, with high proficiency in the use of standard
    office software applications (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel and
    PowerPoint);
  • Valid driving license.


How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Application Deadline: 28th May, 2017.

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