Oxfam Novib Jobs for EFSL Assistants in Adamawa, Yobe & Borno

Oxfam Novib is a world-wide development organization that mobilizes the power of people against poverty. Our program is focused on economic justice, gender justice, governance
and humanitarian work with a stronger focus on influencing the power
dynamics that create poverty and inequality.
Oxfam Novib is recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: EFSL Assistant
Adamawa, Yobe & Borno

Oxfam Purpose

  • To work with others to overcome poverty and suffering

Team Purpose

  • To ensure implementation of food and nutrition security
    activities and contribute to stabilisation of affected households in
    Borno State.

Job Purpose

  • To support the implementation of food security and livelihoods activities.


  • Supervising/ monitoring resources within defined boundaries or a
    specialist area, which may include people, assets and/or budgets.
  • Flexibility to anticipate and resolve challenges within the operational context.
  • Influences functional/ operational and specialist planning.
  • Influence staff and volunteers in Oxfam and develop effective relationships with external bodies.
  • Supervise Oxfam and partner staff in the field offices and field operations.
  • Providing support and advice to team leaders on areas of work covered in their remit.
  • Provides support for and supervises implementation of operational plans to agreed standards.
  • Assists with the development of solutions to diverse and complex problems and develops solutions to more routine problems.
  • Applies information received in a variety of formats primarily from field officers and partner staff. .

Over the past year, Boko Haram (BH) has intensified attacks which have
spread from north-east Nigeria to Cameroon, Chad and Niger, affecting
some 20 million people. Suicide bombings and raids targeting civilians
in villages and in cities around the Lake Chad basin have caused
widespread trauma, prevented people from accessing essential services
and destroyed infrastructure. Across the region, over 2.8 million people
are displaced; most of whom are sheltered by host communities that
count among the world’s most vulnerable.

The combined effect of growing insecurity, fast population growth and
severe vulnerability resulting from a changing climate, environmental
degradation, poverty and under-investment in social services is
translating into record numbers of people in need of emergency relief.
There are 9.2 million in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of
violence committed by Boko Haram; Nigeria is hosting 7m, Cameroon 1.5m,
Niger 460.000 and Chad 257.000. There has been widespread violence
against civilians not only by BH but the military operations against the
group have also caused serious protection risks and violations.

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Women and girls kidnapped by Boko Haram have been subjected to physical
and psychological abuse, forced marriage, sexual slavery or forced
labour. Boys have been forcibly enrolled as combatants and young girls
used as suicide bombers, men have been killed. Boko Haram has targeted
health facilities and schools, forcing health care workers and teachers
to flee from where they are most needed.

The increasing number of attacks and arrival of displaced children have
placed an additional burden on already weak health and education
systems. Insecurity, displacement, disrupted agricultural activities and
cross-border trade continue to undermine communities’ livelihoods and
have resulted in a sharp rise in food insecurity. Some 4.4 million
people facing severe food insecurity urgently need support in the
region, 90 per cent of them in north-east Nigeria, with 50,000 people
are in Phase 5, the highest level of food insecurity under the Cadre
Harmonisé classification. Throughout the region, an estimated 223.000
severely acutely malnourished children could die if not urgently

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides support and supervise Oxfam and Partner staff in implementing food security/livelihoods.
  • Applies gender-sensitive approaches to the community work and be
    comfortable to be involved in or lead community sensitisation and
    awareness sessions.
  • Actively supports and collaborates with the field officers and EFSL Field Manager
  • Works with the MEAL team to monitor the impact of our work on the people and report against project indicators
  • Applies accountability systems to ensure that communities we
    work with are able to engage in programme design and implementation, and
    are aware of and can use the Feedback and Complaints system managed by
  • Provides support to community consultation work including
    holding community meetings and focus group discussions, promoting social
    mobilisation, beneficiary targeting process, beneficiary registration,
    and post-distribution monitoring, food security and livelihood
    assessments, market prices surveillance monitoring, trader and money
    transfer assessment.
  • Prepares weekly and monthly plans
  • Ensures that EFSVL is integrated with other programme teams,
    including water and sanitation engineering teams, and public health
    promotion teams.
  • Supports protection teams with identification of cases, including use of feedback and referrals
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Educational Qualification and Work Experience

  • Educational background in a relevant discipline (preferably
    Sociology, Agriculture, Microenterprise Development, Economy) or
    substantial community development experience.
  • Experience in Food Security and Livelihood programs;
  • At least two years of experience in appropriate community
    mobilisation, livelihoods, and/or cash programming in early recovery
    setting with national or International organizations.
  • Experience in community action planning processes


  • Knowledge of market based food security and livelihood interventions, in emergency contexts, including cash transfers
  • High level of interpersonal and communications skills
  • Fluency in spoken and written English.
  • Strong commitment and sympathy to Oxfam aims and values – which
    are inclusiveness, diversity and accountability. This also includes
    commitment to Equal Opportunities (e.g.: gender, race, disability).
  • Proven ability to work creatively, innovatively, using owns
    initiative with limited direct supervision as well as a working
    effectively as a team player.
  • Knowledge and experience of baseline assessments, data gathering
    within communities, understanding and experience in gender analysis,
    promoting gender equity, and an active commitment to promoting the
    interests of marginalised people
  • Data collection experience; comfortable using mobile devices.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV’s to: vacancies-nigeria@oxfamnovib.nl

Application deadline 26th September, 2016

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