Search for Common Ground Nigeria

Project Officer

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Job Description

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict – away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 600 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects from 55 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.

The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff that is committed to its mission and values. You will be joining a highly motivated staff with a good team spirit and there will be opportunities to grow in the role.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Project Officer
Locations: Maiduguri – Borno and Yola – Adamawa

About the Project

  • Search for Common Ground is implementing the Constructing Coalitions to Reduce Human Rights Abuses in Northern Nigeria project to meet the critical capacity needs of local human rights actors and structures and establish much needed forums to rebuild the torn divisions between communities and security actors to support effective locally-led and owned accountability structures.
  • Constructing Coalitions to Reduce Human Rights Abuses in Northern Nigeria aims to build a constituency of human rights coalitions that can accompany and support Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in order to reduce the prevalence of human rights abuses within the targeted states.

Job Description

  • We are currently seeking for a Project Officer to provide programmatic support, including planning, organizing, and coordinating communication and project activities.
  • The position is full time, based in Maiduguri – Borno State and another in Yola – Adamawa State with frequent field visits to target LGAs within the State (up to 30%).
  • S/he will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Project Coordinator and closely with the project team.

Duties and Responsibilities
Support the timely and successful implementation of activities:

  • Assist in planning, organizing, and coordinating program activities
  • Facilitate dialogue sessions and meetings with relevant Human Rights actors
  • Participate to radio programs when delegated
  • Manage budget activities and ensure proper use of the activities’ fund in full compliance of Search’s policies
  • Coordinate and arrange all logistics for various meetings, and trainings, including invitations, venue, participants travel and accommodation;

Create and nurture positive working relationship with Human Rights relevant stakeholders:

  • Provide support to the Senior Project Coordinator in identifying key Civil Society Organizations and stakeholders;
  • Create and maintain a database of all relevant contacts
  • Communicate with relevant project stakeholders and mobilize them to ensure their participation to the project’s activities
  • Represent Search to local authorities meetings, when delegated
  • Develop and nurture relations with relevant state, NGO, religious bodies and other stakeholders at the local, state and national level;

Contribute to reporting efforts:

  • Keep track of project progress and feed in Search’s monitoring and evaluation system;
  • Writing and producing reports that include but not limited to activity reports, context updates, monthly reports, quarterly reports, success stories, and case studies;
  • Analyze the context within the scope of the project and provide inputs for regular context updates;
  • Any other duties assigned by the line manager.

Job Requirements
Minimum years of experience


Other Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies, Human Rights, Law, Conflict Analysis, Social Studies or a related field;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Hausa.
  • Strong IT skills (Email, Microsoft Office applications, Google Drive, Google Docs, Sheets, Presentation).
  • Good reporting capacity and experience
  • At least three (3) years of relevant practical experience working on Human Rights related issues;
  • At least two years’ experience working with a non-profit as a project assistant, preferably in a international NGO;
  • Excellent knowledge of Borno/Adamawa State, with a recent living experience

Personal skills:

  • Passion for human rights issues
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a team environment
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a multicultural team environment
  • Capacity to communicate non-violently and proactively with partners and colleagues
  • A peacebuilder’s state of mind
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and handle multiple tasks simultaneously

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

The following should be included in your Cover letter:

  • Outlining why you think you are the best fit to make a positive impact on the reduction of human rights abuse in the northeast.
  • How your experience and qualifications fit the requirements,
  • Projected start date,
  • Minimum salary requirements (or current salary)
  • Where you found this posting.


  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted.
  • No phone calls please.
  • Please see our website for full details of our work

Application Deadline 3rd July, 2017.

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About Search for Common Ground (SFCG)
Search for Common Ground (or SFCG) is an international non-profit organization operating in 34 countries whose mission is to transform the way the world deals with conflict away from adversarial approaches toward cooperative solutions. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with the majority of its 600 employees based in field offices around the world including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. To date, SFCG has created independent radio programming, developed a ...
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Job Summary
June 26, 2017
Offer Type
Minimum of 3years
Borno /Adamawa
Salary Range
N0.00 - N0.00K
July 3, 2017
NGO / Community Services /Project Management
NGO / International Agencies
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