Senior Programme Manager – Nigeria

Based in Abuja, Nigeria
Fixed term-12 months contract (renewable)
Starting date: June 2020

HD started its work in Nigeria in 2013 by facilitating dialogue between the communities involved in inter-ethnic/indigene-settler conflicts in Jos, Plateau State. The process then expanded from Plateau to the Kaduna and Benue states in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region. HD then began its work in North East Nigeria in 2016, facilitating dialogue between communities experiencing ethno-religious differences which had worsened following the Boko Haram-led insurgency. HD has also facilitated the production of an Alternative Narrative document whose thematic modules are now used to engage various stakeholders such as women, youth and religious groups in dialogue in the North East of the country.

Reporting to the Anglophone & Lusophone Africa Director, the Senior Programme Manager will have the following responsibilities:

Project Management:

-Oversee the day-to-day management of project activities including:

  • Overall strategic management of the Nigeria programme, in close collaboration with the Senior Advisors/Facilitators, and the Nigerian Advisors to the programme;
  • Monitoring the political situation in specific regions and developments relating to all projects in Nigeria and the impact on the respective project(s), as well as research and analyze subjects related to the project(s);
  • Liaising and representing HD with the key stakeholders in Nigeria including the government, civil society, donor agencies and international actors;
  • Contributing ideas and suggestions on the project including the preparation of project work plans and calendars to implement project activities;
  • Together with the Senior Advisors, s/he will establish, maintain and strengthen links with related parties and partners, including donors, as well as liaise with high-level external parties.

Grant Management:

-Oversee the management of donor grants including:

  • Fundraising for new programmes and consolidating HD’s existing funding initiatives for the Nigeria programme ;
  • Keep abreast of the situation in Nigeria and regularly update the team [EC1] on the changing context;
  • With the Nigeria team, lead development of new opportunities on HD’s intervention in Nigeria[EC2] , both consolidating HD’s existing areas of work and expanding to new areas in the country;
  • Manage the project staff and oversee the day-to-day programme management of the activities, including oversight of budgets, donor proposals, reports etc.;
  • Representing HD with ECOWAS, including exploring collaboration on mediation efforts in the region, and possible capacity building support to ECOWAS;
  • Keep abreast of events in the wider West African region (Anglophone) and share ideas for development of new business with the Regional Director.

Additional project support:

  • Undertake assessments and explore possible new initiatives;
  • Carry out research and analysis on subjects related the project;
  • Help identify, pursue and manage new mediation work in the region;
  • Represent and promote HD in different contexts to parties and outside audiences in the region;
  • Maintain a good working knowledge of the facts on the ground;
  • Any other tasks as requested by the Regional Director.


The successful candidate should have:

  • A minimum of 10 years of work experience in conflict resolution or a related field;
  • Understanding of project management/ strong background knowledge of Nigeria;
  • Post-graduate study or equivalent by experience in conflict resolution, international relations, development studies, international humanitarian law, gender, peace and security or other related fields
  • Understanding of and experience in gender and women’s issues;
  • Experience with a regional or international organisation preferred;
  • Excellent oral and written skills (English required, French is an asset);
  • Experience of and sensitivity in communicating with multicultural and diverse audiences (including senior government officials, politicians, opposition groups, national and local NGOs and conflict-affected communities;
  • Strong understanding of peace and security issues;
  • Articulate and strong communication skills.

The successful applicant should have:

  • Good interpersonal skills;
  • The ability to handle confidential information ;
  • Excellent representational skills;
  • Strong multi-tasking skills;
  • A proactive and self-motivated approach.

If you are interested in this position and you meet the qualifications described above, please send your resume (maximum 2 pages) with a short cover letter by 20 May 2020 to

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