ZOA International

Country Representative (F/M)

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Job Description

ZOA is an international NGO with its Head Quarters in The Netherlands. ZOA offers RELIEF to people who are affected by conflict or natural disasters. ZOA wants to contribute to a new perspective of HOPE in which people work together for a promising future in dignity and mutual trust. Together with the affected communities we work on the RECOVERY until they can provide to take care of their livelihoods. ZOA works in fifteen countries in Africa, Middle East Region and Asia and has approximately 1000 employees worldwide.

ZOA recently started setting up operations in Nigeria, supporting IDPs of Boko Haram affected states. ZOA starts up operations from Maiduguri.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Country Representative (F/M)

Maiduguri, Nigeria
Starting date: As soon as possible
Duration position:1 year with possible extension
Workhours: Full time (40 hours)

Job Summary

  • An exciting opportunity exists for a highly motivated, independent and experienced Country Representative to work with ZOA in Nigeria.
  • ZOA is conducting needs assessments in Maiduguri in preparation for submission of proposals to major donors. The projects will address needs in WASH, shelter, food security and psychosocial support. ZOA envisages a 3 year programme depending on success on raising funds. As the security situation improves, ZOA wants to assist IDPs in relocating to their villages of origin.
  • The initial appointment is for 12 months with annual extensions up to 3 years.

Your Challenge

  • The Country Representative is responsible for the integral management of projects in Nigeria and represents ZOA at a national level in the country. The Country Representative reports directly to the Disaster Response Director.

Your Main Tasks and Responsibilities

  • The Country Representative is the legal representation for ZOA in Nigeria;
  • Member of the management team of ZOA Nigeria;
  • Overall management of the ZOA programmes in Nigeria;
  • Project cycle management, including formulation, budgeting, integration with programme planning, writing, monitoring and reporting;
  • Planning, implementation, and monitoring of project activities;
  • Monthly activity and financial reporting, including realization of activities vs budget utilization;
  • Quarterly progress reporting (narrative and financial) at programme organisation level;
  • Approval of expenditures and related cost allocations, on the basis of approved project and programme organisation budgets;
  • Annual review of progress towards programme objectives.

Strategic planning:

  • Development and maintenance of strategic programme planning, in accordance with ZOA’s programmatic approach with corresponding annual programme budget as an input to the Country Annual Plan (CAP).

Internal organisation:

  • Human resource management for the country programme team;
  • Supervision and periodical evaluation of the performance of the members of the country programme team;
  • Implementation and monitoring of financial, personnel and security policies and procedures.

Donor relations:

  • Pro-actively conduct acquisition of locally available donor funding, write proposals and contribute to ZOA Nigeria’s response to calls for proposals;
  • Narrative and financial donor reporting.


  • Initiating and maintaining effective working relations with relevant stakeholders at national level (government, local authorities, UN (clusters), INGOs; LNGOs, etc.).


  • Responsible for the selection, coordination, capacity building and donor compliance of local implementing partners.


  • Ensures that the security plan is up to date and that all staff adhere to it;
  • Maintains contact with security network such as UNDSS, INSO;
  • Leads response to security incidents or changes in security context.
Job Requirements
Minimum years of experience


Other Requirements

Your Profile

  • Being a Christian adhering to the Christian identity of ZOA;
  • The candidate is expected to fully support the vision and mission of ZOA.


  • Bachelor or university Degree in a Humanitarian, Development, or other relevant field;
  • At least five years relevant work experience in similar context of working in a volatile context;
  • At least five years of relevant management experience in an international setting;
  • Good spoken and written command of English.

Skills and Attitude:

  • Good verbal and written communication skills;
  • Good networking skills;
  • Conceptual and writing skills;
  • Analytical skills;
  • Effecting delegation;
  • Organisational sensitivity;
  • Participative leadership;
  • Flexible attitude, yet results oriented;
  • Interpersonal and cross cultural sensitivity;
  • Coaches, challenges, and provides opportunities for growth;
  • Able to work under pressures, to cope with stress and meet deadlines;
  • Able to work in a sometimes fluid and insecure environment.

Special conditions

  • This job is based in Maiduguri and requires visits to Abuja for meetings.

We offer

  • ZOA offers a challenging job, within an inspiring and motivated International NGO. ZOA provides for good benefits and remuneration.

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

Do you have any questions?
If you have questions about this vacancy, you can contact Mrs. Charity van Bemmel HR Officer, email: zoa.vacancies@zoa.nl .


  • ZOA operates with an equal opportunities policy and is committed to diversity in the workplace. Qualified women and men, people of all nationalities, and cultural backgrounds, and candidates with disabilities are welcome to apply.
  • CV’s of no more than 5 pages in length are appreciated.
  • Please provide at least 3 references related to your previous employment listed in the application. References of previous positions held should not be older than five years.
  • Only selected candidates will be contacted and invited to participate in the process of recruitment. A written test may be part of the recruitment procedure. Documents that do not match the profile above will not be considered. Internal candidates will have priority, in case of similar results.

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About ZOA International
ZOA is an international relief and recovery organization supporting vulnerable people affected by violent conflicts and natural disasters in fragile states, by helping them to realize dignified and resilient lives.ZOA operates in more than 15 countries, in difficult locations where our field staff directly provides assistance to the most vulnerable victims of displacement. The countries in which ZOA is present are Afghanistan, Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Liberi...
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Job Summary
November 25, 2016
Offer Type
Minimum of 5years
Salary Range
N0.00 - N0.00K
December 6, 2016
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