Head of Office – Niger Delta at Search for Common Ground (SFCG)

Search for Common Ground which is currently in 36 countries, is an international non-profile organization with a mission to transform the way the world deals with conflict.

Head of Office - Niger Delta at Search for Common Ground (SFCG) 1

Job Title: Head of Office – Niger Delta

Location: Nigeria
Employment Type: Temporary Contract (6 months)

Our Program
We launched our programs in Nigeria in 2004. Now in 2020, the country program has offices in Abuja, Jos, Maiduguri, and Yola. We work with partners in target states of the country. Dialogue, media and capacity building are primary tools utilized across all our programs. Each program is adapted to specific local context and conflicts, and all apply common ground tools from our toolbox.

Our Nigeria Niger Delta offices are currently supporting a host of programs around conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding in a humanitarian context, the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus, developing an early warning and early response system, promoting the role of youth and women in preventing violent extremism, supporting return and reintegration of internally displaced people and refugees, COVID-19 Communication initiatives, and supporting social cohesion and providing psychosocial support. Activities in these areas include capacity building, dialogues, peace architecture, media programming, trainings and forums targeted at other Humanitarian and Development actors, participatory theatre and collaborative joint activities.

We Are Searching for

  • We are looking for a Head of Office for our Niger Delta program currently covering Bayelsa, Delta and Port Harcourt states. Based in Delta, with frequent travel to other field offices as well as occasional travel to field activity locations, the position will be responsible for all aspects of programmatic, financial and administrative coordination and leadership of the office and various programs.
  • Principle tasks will be to oversee the entire Niger Delta regional program portfolio, determine appropriate implementing mechanisms to achieve projects’ strategic goals, serve as the primary program liaison for donors, partners and stakeholders in the region, oversee regional-level planning and budgeting, and reporting/evaluations, ensuring compliance with management and financial procedures and overseeing and managing security of teams and organizational assets.
  • The position will report to the Country Director, and work closely with the West Africa Regional Program Manager. Working language for this position is English. The Head of Office is a Senior level position and is a member of Search Nigeria’s Leadership and Management Team (LMT).

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Represent Search at the regional level with partners, donors, local and international organizations, and government authorities and ensure Search activities are visible. In accordance with Search advocacy policy, advocate for common ground solutions to various conflict situations in the region;
  • Represent Search in strategic meetings, conferences, forums and other public events and contribute towards consolidating and raising the profile of Search;
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with local organizations and networks and establish national and regional strategic relations and alliances with partners and civil society working in common cause with Search objectives;
  • Continue Search’s engagement around the Humanitarian-Development-Peacebuilding Nexus as a key convening actor; and
  • Promote Search’s organizational identity and capacity to all stakeholders and partners in the Niger Delta and ensure Search remains relevant to the changing needs of the people who most need it.   

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field such as social sciences, law, development studies, etc. However, a Bachelor’s degree and five (5) additional years of relevant international development experience can be substituted for the Master’s degree.  
  • At least 8-10 years of progressively responsible experience in the successful implementation of international development activities, with preference given to conflict mitigation and/or violent extremism prevention programs – at least three (3) years of which must be in senior program management, including direct supervision of professional and support staff.  
  • Prior experience in awarding and managing sub-grants to local organizations to promote conflict mitigation, violent extremism prevention, and/or democracy and governance goals.  
  • Strong knowledge of and experience in conflict transformation, dialogue, negotiation, and mediation approaches
  • Significant experience in project management at a high level in a non-profit environment
  • Demonstrated experience with budgeting, project development, fundraising, proposal and report writing, and grants management

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Deep understanding of the social, political and conflict dynamics in Nigeria;
  • Demonstrated skills of using different conflict analysis frameworks;
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills;
  • Excellent working knowledge in English
  • Attitude for teamwork and good leadership skill
  • Knowledge using qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis tools;
  • Knowledge of early warning systems;
  • 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 priorities

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

Application Requirements

  • Current resume
  • Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date)


  • 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 responsibilities.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work.
  • All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Shared Humanity – Empathy – Impartiality – Inclusivity – Courage – Hope – Humility – Audacity. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest and Anti-fraud.
  • Search for Common Ground does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Deadline: November 30, 2020

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