DFID Nigeria Job for a Conflict Adviser

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
Job Summary

  • 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

  • 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.
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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.

Technical Competencies:

  • 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.
  • 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
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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 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.

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