Solidarites International Vacancy for a Head of Mission, Nigeria

Solidarites International For over 35 years, the humanitarian aid
organization SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has been committed to providing
aid in the event of conflict and natural
disasters. Our mission is to
provide aid as quickly and as efficiently as possible to endangered
populations by meeting their vital needs: drinking water, food and

Solidarites International is recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Nigeria – Head of Mission
Abuja, Maiduguri [if possible, accessible areas of the north-western states (Yobe, Borno, Adamawa, Gombe)]

Background of the Mission
Following several alerts raised in 2015 by Action Against Hunger (ACF)
and Doctors without Borders (MSF), SI has been considering for the last 5
months a further intervention in Nigeria, and specifically in the
north-western states (Yobe, Borno, Adamawa, Gombe), impacted by the
presence of Boko Haram and by the fighting between this non-state armed
group (NSAG) and the Nigerian military forces.

Following a desk review period of 2 months, the emergency desk has sent a
team composed of three persons (one head of mission, one WASH
coordinator, one logistician) for a 20 days exploratory mission in Abuja
and in Maiduguri. The scope of this mission was to establish contact
with all relevant stakeholders, launch the registration process and
determine how and through which angle it would be relevant and feasible
for SI to open a mission. The conclusion of the exploration was that it
would be relevant for SI to open a mission in Nigeria: the uncovered
needs are high, the security situation slightly improved as well as the
access, the funding is not yet available but should be in the future
and there is a clear added value of having an emergency oriented NGO
such as SI in this context.

A political crisis:

  • Boko Haram, the Nigerian jihadist group affiliated to Daesh, has
    since March 2015th lost some ground and battles against the Nigerian
  • However the number of terrorists attacks (in public places such as market) has increased.
  • According to the Global Terrorism Index, in 2014 the
    organization was on the top of the list of the terrorists groups that
    caused the highest number of death worldwide: 6644 in one year against
    6073 for Daesh.
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Internally Displaced People:

  • In six years of conflict with brutal attacks on the civilian
    population in north-eastern Nigeria, over 20 000 people have been killed
    and 2.2 million are displaced within the country.
  • 91%, of the total number of internally displaced people (IDPs) are living in the North-East.
  • The main reason for displacement cited by 89% of the IDPs is the conflict.
  • In the state capitals, the IDPs are living in the camps (8% of
    the total displaced population); however, the majority is in host
    communities (92%) where they are receiving limited or no assistance

An extensive access issue:

  • The armed conflict has affected civilians already living in
    precarious conditions and undermined poverty reduction and development
  • The recent opening of direct UNHAS flights between these 4 states’ capitals broadened the humanitarian coverage.
  • However, the response remains centralized in IDP camps and urban center only.
  • While some internally displaced people (IDPs) live outside the
    four states of focus, these states, Adamawa, Borno, Gombe and Yobe, have
    been disproportionally affected by the crisis and are prioritized and
    referred to collectively here as north-east.

Objectives of the mission

  • Manage a team of 2 to 3 assessment managers
  • Ensure a follow up of political and socio economic context evolutions related to the conflict in North Eastern states.
  • Ensure SI visibility in all relevant coordination platforms and
    liaise bilaterally with all relevant partners, such as proposed by
    first exploratory team.
  • Follow up the registration process and ensure the liaison with the federal and state authorities
  • Contribute to the identification of local partner(s) and design the modalities and framework of the partnership
  • Potentially prepare the opening of SI mission: sizing staff and
    logistics, requesting support from HQ, logistics, HR and administrative
  • Follow up of humanitarian context evolution: access, gaps in the
    response, evolution of the humanitarian response (partners, coverage,
  • Reinforce and detail the operational strategy of SI such as designed by the first exploratory team
  • Lead the multi-sectorial assessment of needs in Maiduguri
    neighborhoods and potentially out of Maiduguri in IDPs settlements of
    main Borno cities. Contribute to the report drafting.
  • Lead the proposal making process and liaise with donors in that regard
  • Design SI security strategy and rules for an intervention in Maiduguri neighborhoods and outside of Maiduguri.
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Hereunder is the list of final documents expected from the team:

  • Assessment report
  • Project proposal draft
  • Security plan draft
  • Pack of documents for briefing of next teams
  • Situation report on a rolling basis

We Offer
SI will offer you:

  • A salaried post: according to experience from 2300 euros gross
    per month, plus 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly, and a monthly
    Per Diem of 500 USD.
  • Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance
    package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and
    surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses,
    repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential
    vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.

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

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