Department for International Development Job in Nigeria for a Conflict Adviser

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 (SDGs).

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.

Job Title:  Conflict Adviser
Location: Kano
Job Description
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.

Job Description/Duties

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. Ensure Conflict Sensitive programming and delivery of DFID governance, humanitarian, economic growth and human development policies and programming in Northern Nigeria.
  4. Support UK information sharing and policy development on North East Nigeria across the British Mission.
  5. 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
  6. Assist the UK Risk Management Office to manage operating and programme risk.
  7. 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.
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Qualifications and Experience
The successful candidate is expected to have the following qualifications,
technical competencies and behavioural competencies.

  • Minimum of a Masters 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.

Technical competencies:

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  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, work across different sections of the
    British Mission in Nigeria.
  5. 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.
  6. Resilience: able to operate effectively in difficult contexts, understanding and ensuring respect for security requirements.
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Reporting line:
The post holder will be a member of the DFID Nigeria Governance and Social Development Team.

Contractual Arrangements:
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.

Working Pattern:
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 NGN15,858,082, which with annual step
increases rises to NGN20,477,257 after 5 years.

How to Apply
The successful candidate will be assessed against the qualifications
and experiences; technical; and behavioural competencies, as outlined
above using the Application form.
Interested candidates should request for the application form by sending an email to clearly indicating: A2 Conflict Adviser DFID Nigeria.

The completed Application form and a well-structured CV should be returned electronically to the same e-mail address above by 14th of September 2016.

Applications will not be accepted after this time.

Enquiries or requests for additional information already not provided above can be sent to Nse Alawani by email using

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
The successful candidate will be expected to take up post as early as October 2016.

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.

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