Job Vacancy at Search for Common Ground (SFCG) for a State Coordinator

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit
organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With
headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels,
Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations,
and governments
deal with conflict – away from adversarial approaches
and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties
understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a
total of approximately 600 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects
from 50 offices in 35 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the
Middle East, and the United States.  The organization is an exciting and
rewarding place to work, with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff that
is committed to its mission and values. You will be joining a highly
motivated staff with a good team spirit and there will be opportunities
to grow in the role.

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is recruiting to fill the position  below:

Job Title: State Coordinator
Summary of Position

  • The State Coordinator will work with SFCG’s program manager and
    program teams to ensure that all program activities in the state are
    implemented efficiently and timely and to high standard. Management of
    the whole program management cycle.
  • The State Coordinator also negotiates access to program
    participants in all targeted areas and communities in the state. In the
    absence of the program manager, the State Coordinator represents SFGC in
    the state.
  • S/he will work under the direct supervision of the Program
    Manager and in close coordination with other team members. The position
    will be based in Maiduguri and will include frequent travels to
  • The role also entails effective internal coordination with all
    program and cross-cutting teams (such as media, design monitoring and
    evaluation (DM&E), finance and support) to ensure that all program
    activities are adequately supported by these technical departments as
  • Externally, the role ensures effective coordination with all
    relevant stakeholders that include program participants, security
    services, state officials, National Human Rights Commission, local and
    international NGOs, United Nations (UN) agencies and others.
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Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement an effective coordination strategy for the state;
  • Stakeholder mapping in the states;
  • Coordination and implementation of all SFCG program activities in the state;
  • Represent SFCG at state coordination and humanitarian coordination meetings.
  • Maintain updated stakeholder contact lists for the state and targeted communities (these must be updated on a monthly basis);
  • Supporting the program manager in writing and producing reports
    that include but not limited to context updates, monthly reports,
    quarterly reports, success stories, and case studies;
  • Ensure efficiency and transparency in the use of program resources in the state;
  • Supervise other staff in the state, which may include program assistants;
  • Support assessments, evaluations and monitoring activities in the state;
  • Contribute to new business development;
  • Managing relations will all partners and sub-grantees in the state;
  • Develop and nurture relations with state, security, NGO, UN and other stakeholders in the state;
  • Analyze the context in targeted communities and the state on a daily basis and provide inputs for regular context update;
  • Mobilize program participants, the media and stakeholders for events and program activities
  • Supporting the DM&E and media and communications units;
  • Advise the program manager and senior management on needs for program implementation strategy in line with evolving context; and
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder
    may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with
    the above key duties.
  • Any other legitimate duties assigned by the line manager.


  • Bachelor’s degree in social science, arts, development studies or related field;
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in project cycle
    management, coordinating project activities, outreach, and/or advocacy;
  • Basics financial management skills;
  • Hausa and Kanuri language skills a must;
  • Knowledge of other languages spoken in the state will be an advantage;
  • Strong command of English language, with excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal communication skills;
  • A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace; and
  • Ability to prioritize, plan and organize workflow to tight
    timeframes, handle multiple tasks, and be flexible with changing
  • Experience with project design, planning and management tools
    that include but not limited to log frames, Gantt charts, monitoring and
    evaluation plans, stakeholder’s analysis matrices, and budgets;
  • Substantial experience working with government officials, NGOs and communities;
  • Experience writing reports and project proposals;
  • Understanding of the social, political and economic context of
    the state and how it impacts on conflict drivers and conflict in the
    state and targeted communities;
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How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply 

Application Deadline  12th August, 2016.

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