Christian Aid (CA)

Food Security and Livelihood State Coordinator 

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Job Description

Christian Aid (CA) is a UK-based international NGO, partnering with others to end poverty in Africa. At the heart of this vision is the transformation of the lives of people who live in poverty, empowering them to have a brighter future. Christian Aid works in more than 30 countries and has been operating in Nigeria since 2003. The Nigeria Country programme focuses on Community Health and HIV, Accountable Governance including humanitarian response and Gender.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Food Security and Livelihood State Coordinator

Borno State
Department: International
Contracted Hours: 35
Report to: Senior Programme Coordinator- Humanitarian

Role Purpose

  • To lead Christian Aid partnership and programmes and to support the effective disbursement of funds tto Christian Aid partners working on the humanitarian programme in the North East.
  • To contribute towards the smooth administration of the programme working with the local office team and local partners and have regular contact with external partners in the course of work wilst supporting communications andd fundraising including from institutional donors

Role Context

  • The Officer will be based in Borno field office with frequent trips to project communities in Borno and other Northeast states (Gombe and Adamawa).
  • She/he will support Christian Aid’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria with special focus on the Food Security and Livelihood interventions.
  • She/he will support Christian Aid’s funded programmes implemented by Christian Aid’s partners in the Borno and other northeast states.
  • She/he will assist in the development, implementation and monitoring of Christian Aid’s Food Security & Livelihood humanitarian response, providing effective and timely support (including capacity building) to partner organisations, enabling them to implement the rapid, effective and principled response to emergencies, and ensuring that this is in line with Christian Aid’s country strategy and Humanitarian Standards.
  • She/he will be representing CAID in sector working groups meetings/activities and engage in the right networks, while increasing the profile of CA humanitarian and resilience work and its visibility in the region.

Key Outcomes
(Between 4 and 6)

  • Develop and support a strong CA local partner portfolio in Borno and other part of the northeast with regards to Food Security and Livelihood programming whilst promoting knowledge sharing and best practices through effective stakeholder consultations.
  • Participates in resource mobilization and budget monitoring activities for CA projects in Borno and other states of northeast.
  • Identify & build relationships with relevant groups including Government (NEMA & SEMA), Donors, NGOs, security agencies, UN Agencies, host communities and IDPs thereby contributing to a multi-stakeholder engagement which aims at developing a mechanism to monitor and implement FSL cluster/sector decisions and recommendations.
  • Participate and ensure adequate reporting of sector meetings and other relevant information sharing mechanism for the purpose of coordination
  • Compliance with financial policies and procedures including reporting requirements and contribution made to other team members in the development and implementation of partner capacity building and training.
  • Ensure programme learning and documentation both internally and externally practices is put in place and thereby contributes to CA’s country/region/global humanitarian evidence base through programme development, delivery and evaluation processes.

Job Requirements
Minimum years of experience


Other Requirements

Role Requirements

(Key relationships, frequency of contact, purpose of contact (liaison/influencing/negotiating )etc.


  • The role holder will be required to work closely with partner organisations. Work closely with the country team staff , particularly humanitarian, advocacy, communication and fundraising staff in the UK.

Decision Making:
(Accountability, level of decision making and impact of them, authority to make decisions, how often, responsibility for resource)

  • Proposing action CA should take in its response to the humanitarian crisis
  • Under the supervision of the Senior Programme Coordinator (SPC), ensuring funds are spent for the purposes they were approved and properly accounted for
  • Supporting the preparation of Christian Aid’s plans for effective utilisation of funds
  • Preparation of reports and proposals to donors as required
  • Liaison with partners and facilitating partner capacity building.

Analytical Skills:
(Responsible for one discrete area or several strands within a function, how much creativity, analysis and judgement or routine/semi-routine)

  • Some problems or issues encountered in work are likely to be complex.
  • Looks beyond and challenges data/information to generate recommendations/ outcomes that are not readily apparent from the data/information alone; seeks for and initiates new and diverse sources of information to test solutions and direction.
  • Detailed risk assessment may be required.
  • Expected to question processes and ways of working to identify changes that will improve organisational performance.

Developing self and others:

  • (The extent to which the job holder is responsible for their own work, for influencing and/or directing the work of others, acting in an advisory/specialist capacity)
  • Typically involved in developing others’ skills by directing project work or in coaching and mentoring others including CA partners.
  • May have the direct responsibility for developing, coaching and motivating one or more staff, undertakes performance reviews and development of action plans to improve the performance of others, whether staff or volunteers.

Person Specification

Applied Skills/Knowledge and Expertise
(Extent/type of knowledge, skills and experience required, extent to which a source of expertise to others. Maybe a professional qualification but may be skills and knowledge gained through experience)


  • Degree - B.Sc, B.A degree in Development related field. S/he must have at least three years’ NGO experience
  • Knowledge of: of emergency relief, rehabilitation and development issues, capacity building tools and techniques, SPHERE and Red Cross Code of Conduct
  • Some relevant experience of WASH and Protection as well as livelihoods approach in relief and recovery
  • Experience of the programme management cycle especially around intervention on Food security including project appraisal, monitoring and evaluation
  • Understanding of partnership approach to emergency/humanitarian work and experience of working with local partners
  • Working under own initiative with a variety of different stakeholders
  • Experience of working with large budgets
  • Facilitation of capacity building programmes.
  • Strong report writing, analytical and documentation skills with Good interpersonal, organisational and communication skill.


  • Specialised qualification in emergency and/or development work.
  • Ability to speak and understand Hausa
  • Understanding of the political, social and economic context of the region and the humanitarian/development issues and challenges it faces
  • Understanding of peace building and conflict resolution
  • Experience of organisational development
  • Experience of policy, advocacy and communications work and cash transfer programming in humanitarian responses

IT competency required:

  • Intermediate

Competency Profile
LEVEL 2 - You are expected to be able to:

Build partnerships:

  • Take on different work when necessary to achieve a team or organisational goal.
  • Actively consult with others to ensure you understand their needs or goals.
  • Listen to and take on board fresh perspectives and views even if you initially disagree with them.
  • Maintain on-going relationships with individuals and contacts through networks, based on mutual rapport and respect.

Communicate effectively:

  • Make complex things simple for the benefit of others.
  • Actively listen and question to check your understanding and draw out others when they are not expressing themselves clearly or seem to be holding back.
  • Be sensitive to what others may be feeling, based on what they say, how they say it and their non-verbal behavior, adapting your style and approach to fit.
  • Address difficult issues when they arise, being honest and open.

Steward Resources:

  • Implement ways to reduce the inefficient use of resources or pass the ideas on to someone who can make them happen.
  • Estimate the resources needed to achieve your own work plans or objectives and to deliver them in the most efficient and cost effective way.
  • Set and communicate realistic timelines for achieving tasks, working out how best to adapt as priorities change or unforeseen circumstances arise.

Deliver Results:

  • Prioritise, plan and monitor own work to meet own and team deliverables to agreed performance or quality standards.
  • Acknowledge others’ priorities whilst being prepared to say “no” if there are genuine reasons why their needs cannot be met.
  • Use logical processes and relevant tools and techniques to report on information or analyse options.
  • Make timely and considered recommendations or decisions based on analysis of available data, information and evidence.

Realise Potential:

  • Evaluate your own work and actively address gaps in knowledge and skills, without prompting.
  • Recognise how you react to feedback and manage reactions positively, acting on specific feedback from others.
  • Share your knowledge where it will help others to be more effective.
  • Provide instruction, constructive feedback and guidance to others to help them learn.

Strive for Improvement:

  • Constructively challenge existing practice.
  • Seek better ways of doing things, taking into account the possible implications.
  • Make positive suggestions on a way forward when faced with challenges even if these fall outside own scope of work.
  • Look inside and outside Christian Aid for new ideas and evaluate them for own work.


Interview Date
21st December, 2016.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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About Christian Aid (CA)
Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.Christian Aid is the official relief and development agency of 41 British and Irish churches, and works to support sustainable development, stop poverty, support civil society and provide disaster relief in...
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Job Summary
December 15, 2016
Offer Type
Minimum of 3years
Salary Range
N0.00 - N0.00K
December 21, 2016
NGO / Community Services
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