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Project Manager: Northeastern Nigeria, Center for Civilians in Conflict

  • full-time job
  • Nigeria
  • Posted 6 months ago
  • Applications have closed

Center for Civilians in Conflict

Project Manager: Northeastern Nigeria

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION: Center for Civilians in Conflict’s mission is to improve protection for civilians caught in conflicts around the world. We call on and advise international organizations, governments, militaries, and armed non-state actors to adopt and implement policies, tools, and training to prevent civilian harm. When civilians are harmed we advocate for the provision of amends and post-harm assistance. We bring the voices of civilians themselves to those making decisions affecting their lives.

JOB PURPOSE:  Lead CIVIC’s new programs in Borno state in support of civil-military relations, training, research, and advocacy to prevent and address civilian harm in the ongoing conflict.

LOCATIONMaiduguri, Nigeria (primary duty station) with occasional travel to Abuja

TRAVELUp to 30% required (domestic and to the US as necessary)

REPORTING TOSenior Program Manager (in Washington, D.C.)

STAFF REPORTING: Program & Training Officer, researchers, trainers, and partners.

KEY FUNCTIONS: The Project Manager will lead CIVIC’s new project in Borno state to conduct a gendered analysis of civil-military relations, create community platforms to improving civ-mil relations, support an assessment of current training and policy gaps in ongoing operations, support dialogue and civilian protection training with security forces, and lead CIVIC’s advocacy aimed at increasing the understanding and commitment to civilian protection and harm mitigation by all groups, including local government officials, security forces, self-defense groups, and Boko Haram.


  • Work with SPM, Regional Program Manager, and Nigeria Program & Training Officer to design, manage, and implement research, assessment, security force training, and community programs in support of CIVIC’s Nigeria program;
  • Travel regularly (with CIVIC staff and alone) across Borno, Nigeria and Abuja to mobilize support for CIVIC’s work;
  • Build strong relations with state and local officials, security forces, community-based and civil society organizations and like-minded INGOs;
  • Support gender-sensitive operational assessment of existing training gaps in ongoing operations in the Northeast relating to civilian protection, harm mitigation, and community engagement;
  • Support the design and implementation of roundtable discussions and training modules for security forces, police, and other security actors in Borno state.
  • Design and conduct gendered analysis of civil-military relations in Borno state with recommendations for improving relations, training, self-protection, and community participation;
  • Manage and train CIVIC staff and partners in Borno state;
  • Organize and conduct civil-military roundtable discussions to discuss current challenges, gaps, and opportunities to strengthen relations.
  • Build strong working relationships with civil society actors in Borno state for increased community coordination and local capacity building;
  • Support other research and drafting of publications (reports, briefing papers, etc), advocacy materials discussing CIVIC’s Nigeria work, and media representation;
  • Represent CIVIC with NGO networks and government stakeholders and promote effective collaborations and partnerships;
  • Perform other duties as required to further the organization’s mission and goals.


  • Well organized, self-motivated, and able to conceptualize, manage, and implement projects in unstable environments;
  • Deep knowledge of Nigeria & the Lake Chad Basin region including related to humanitarian and security issues;
  • In depth understanding of civilian protection issues in armed conflict;
  • Proven ability to think analytically and plan strategically, including setting objectives and identifying and capitalizing on opportunities for our work;
  • Experience in security force training, research, and advocacy;
  • Ability to network extensively and build partnerships with community leaders and civil society organizations in sensitive political and security environments;
  • Experience working with an NGO/CSO in a fast paced program environment;
  • Effective in participatory facilitation, community organizing, advocacy, and leadership development;
  • Poise, flexibility, discretion, and mature judgment to handle and respond appropriately and professionally in a fast-paced, high-pressure atmosphere;
  • Willingness and experience working with security forces and understanding of the military/civilian/humanitarian spaces; and
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills.


  • B.A. in international affairs, political science, African studies, or related area; MA, MS, or JD preferred;
  • Minimum 7-10 years relevant full-time staff level work experience required, including work in active and recently active conflict zones and experience in civilian protection, conflict analysis, community engagement, training, field research, advocacy, and project management.
  • Either from the Lake Chad Basin region or extensive experience in northeastern Nigeria;
  • Demonstrated strong work ethic;
  • Passion for CIVIC’s subject matter and willingness to take on the responsibilities and duties as a key member of our team; and
  • English language fluency mandatory. Advanced proficiency in Hausa preferred.

SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with experience

DEADLINE: Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis and qualified candidates will be contacted for interview. The deadline for applying is August 15, 2016. Please apply early.


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