Work as a Country Director, Nigeria

  • Full Time
  • Nigeria

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Country Director, Nigeria
Organization: Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)

Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) has been operating in the north-east of Nigeria since 2017, delivering humanitarian assistance and conflict-affected areas. As a hybrid programme, NCA works closely with national partners but also implements its projects in WASH and GBV/ASRH operationally. The country programme is embedded in the UN-led response in the BAY-states (Borno, Adamawa and Yobe), which reflects its funding base. The Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF-OCHA), UNICEF and UNFPA are important partners. The main donor is NMFA via the SPA.As our new Country Director, you will be situated in Maiduguri, Borno, where you will lead the country office with currently 40 national staff members. You will directly line manage the office’s senior management team and a few other staff members including 4 expatriate colleagues. You will live together with your colleagues in the Maiduguri guesthouse.

Next to ensuring good strategic leadership and day to day management of the country office including representation, is working on further diversification of the portfolios funding base.

You will skilfully represent programme priorities to donors, national and regional partners while providing effective leadership to the senior management team. You will make use of your excellent communications skills in retaining and developing relations, internally and externally with the head office in Oslo, a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, and thrive in evolving and challenging security environments. Travelling between Maiduguri and Abuja is an important necessity for the role.

In NCA we seek leaders who are motivated by our vision, our work, and our values, and who wish to take part in developing our organizational- and leadership culture. To reach our goals, we need leaders who can set direction, lead change, develop organizational culture and use our human and financial resources in the best possible way.

The position is a one-year contract with possible extension. NCA Nigeria is a non-family duty station with a current 8-weeks R&R cycle. NCA will provide you with housing and comprehensive insurance.

Duties and responsibilities

 Ensure quality development of the humanitarian portfolio including programme planning, reporting and cooperation between the consortium’s actors.
 Fundraise, network, maintain and further develop relations with external stakeholders, government representatives, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Abuja, donors and potential new donors, relevant civil society networks and private sector actors.
 Anti-corruption work.
 Commit to maintain a positive team environment and build excellent people management.


 Proven strong management skills.
 Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in humanitarian responses, including first management experience in vulnerable contexts.
 Experience with institutional donors and fundraising. 
 Demonstrated experience multi-tasking and success in securing funding for country programmes.
 Demonstrated experience in line-management of international and national staff.

 Master’s degree or equivalent in relevant subject including but not limited to development, social sciences, humanitarian assistance and management. Extended relevant experience may compensate for an academic degree.

Personal qualities

 You’re a constructive and diplomatic relationship builder, with excellent interpersonal skills.
 Structured and action oriented in your work.
 Strong analytical skills and capacity to think strategically.
 In your communication with staff, you manage to motivate, support and engage, but you’re also able to be clear and timely in your feedback when needed.
 Culturally sensitive with excellent communication and decision-making skills.
 Comfortable in participating in church- and multi-religious networks but also in UN coordination.

 Good at networking and maintaining professional relationships.
We encourage all qualified persons to apply for a job with us, regardless of gender, age, disability or cultural background. Through our recruitment portal, you can register and submit your CV, write an application / cover letter and attach relevant certificates. Only applicants using this electronic portal will be considered for the position.Before you apply:

We kindly ask you to carefully read the ACT Code of Conduct for the prevention of misconduct, including corruption, fraud, exploitation and abuse, including sexual; and to ensure child safeguarding and the Protection from Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse and Child Safeguarding policy before you submit your application. If you are the selected candidate for this position you will be asked to complete and sign our Code of Conduct and Protection from Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse, and Child Safeguarding Policy.In accordance with core humanitarian principles, NCA implements a range of safeguards to prevent or reduce the possibility of humanitarian aid falling into the wrong hands. This includes those individuals and groups who are subject to sanctions by the United Nations Security Council. As part of this process, NCA will screen the details of the successful candidates for this post against the sanctions lists maintained by the UN and by some of NCAs governmental donors.

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