Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians’ victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency.
The association leads on average 200 projects per year in the following sectors of intervention: food security, health, nutrition, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures, water, sanitation, hygiene and economic recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 6 million people in 22 countries - in Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Europe. Following the intensification of the Chad Lake conflict in Nigeria (North East of the Country), PUI opened its Nigerian mission in 2016. PUI is also assisting the Nigerian refugees in Cameroon.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Protection Project Manager
Location: Monguno, Borno
Employee status: Employee
Type of contract: Fixed Term Contract
Expected start date: 15/08/2019
Duration of mission: 6 months minimum
With the biggest population in Africa, (between 178 and 200 million inhabitants), Nigeria is ranked as one of the first economy of the continent thanks to oil and petroleum products as well as mineral resources (gold, iron, diamonds, copper etc…). Despite a strong economy, Nigeria suffers from huge development disparities between North and South of the country, from inequalities between rich and poor, and from a high rate of corruption, at every level of the economic and administrative system.
Moreover, Nigeria experiences a great ethnic and religious diversity. Within this volatile environment, the conflict in the North-East of the country (states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe) and the linked widespread violence triggered a large-scale humanitarian crisis.
The Conflict in the North-East
The group now called Boko Haram was created in 2001, with activity related to social actions and schooling. Over the years, the group started an armed rebellion against the government of Nigeria. Several members of the group were arrested, sparking deadly clashes with Nigerian security forces. The group’s founder and then leader Mohammed Yusuf was killed while still in police custody. This was the beginning of the radicalization of the movement and of the conflict still affecting the area in the present days. In 2015, the Nigerian army received military support of neighboring countries (Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin) and of an occidental military coalition (US, France, British). The same year, Boko Haram pledged allegiance to ISIS and ended up divided into two branches: ISWAP (linked to ISIS) and JAS (the historical branch).
This conflict as well as the previous lack of basic services have created acute humanitarian and protection needs for those impacted by the crisis, including refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and local communities.
The armed conflict affected more than 14 million people, with 2 million forcibly displaced in the Lake Chad Basin region, and new displacement continues. Following the new conflict and military developments, several Local Governmental Areas (LGAs) of Borno State were deemed accessible to humanitarian aid by the Nigerian government. But outside of the capital cities, in the countryside, the security is not granted to the populations and to the humanitarian workers. Assessments conducted in newly accessible areas in Borno State revealed severe humanitarian and protection conditions. Still, many people remain inaccessible to humanitarian actors due to insecurity, particularly in Nigeria’s Borno State and border areas of Cameroon and Niger.
As of January 2019, close to 3.4 million displaced and returnees have been registered in Northern Nigeria, sometimes under conditions that have not been voluntary, safe and dignified. Projection for 2019 forecast new displacement and arrivals from the inaccessible areas (around 200,000). In total, at least 1.32 million of IDPs are located in Borno State. 50% of them are living in host communities. Around 55% of those displaced are children and the number of female and child-headed households is on the rise because male heads of households have either disappeared, been killed or fear to return to join their families. Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is widespread, and many people have suffered the trauma of violent experiences.
The Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) 2019 estimated some 7.1 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Nigeria across the three states of the north east (Borno, Yobe and Adamawa) with most needs concentrated in Borno State. In determining the scale of the response for 2019 (more than 1 billion USD consolidated appeal!), humanitarian partners agreed to focus on states assessed as the most affected by the violent conflict, infrastructure destruction, mass displacement, ongoing insecurity and ensuing factors. The most critical areas requiring humanitarian assistance are located in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states where millions of people are in need of urgent life-saving assistance.
Under the supervision of the Field Coordinator Monguno, and the technical guidance of the country Protection Coordinator, the Monguno Protection PM is in charge of developing and ensuring the good implementation of project activities. The component under the Protection PM supervision, part of PUI holistic response to the Kukawa population needs, aims at setting up and managing a Protection program through a community approach in the area of intervention (Kukawa LGA) with the objectives to:
- Contribute to community awareness on key topics: IDP rights, GBV, self-care and personal hygiene, key protection and child protection messages
- Setting up a strong community network in collaboration with Consortium partners (Protection, WASH and Shelter actors) and in link with PUI health and nutrition activities (public health surveillance, detection and referral of malnutrition cases)
- Identify, monitor and refer (internally and externally) individuals with specific needs
- Design and implement a protection monitoring strategy and regular protection monitoring activities
- Develop monthly protection monitoring analysis and reports to inform current and future programming and conduct local advocacy efforts
- Identify multi-sector emerging needs in the targeted areas and perform rapid assessments and referral (internally and externally)
- Strengthen PUI knowledge of the community
- Further improve PUI’s acceptance within the community
- Work closely with the Mission MEAL department in order to bridge accountability, needs’ assessments
- This position will be critical to:
- Ensure protection needs of the targeted populations are regularly monitored
- Reinforce PUI integrated approach through the set-up of robust internal referral pathways (with Nutrition, Health, Food Security, Accountability teams)
- Strengthen PUI reactivity responding to emerging humanitarian needs (outbreaks, new displacements in the area of intervention, etc.)
- Offer support to vulnerable individuals through a clear and complete internal and external referral pathway
Project Planning and Implementation:
- She/he implements the base’s Protection strategy by leading the setup of a Community Outreach Network in the areas of intervention, conduct of regular protection monitoring activities, and setting up the referral/information sharing systems
- She/he monitors program progress, including the qualitative and quantitative aspects in line with international standards
Information Sharing, Protection Monitoring and Referral System:
- He/she participates to the development and follow up of the internal and external referrals system
- He/she ensures an in-depth analysis of data collected through protection monitoring activities, and shares analysis and data with the relevant departments and actors
- He/she contributes to the design and supervises the implementation of multi-sector assessments and leads the relevant internal and external referrals pertaining to the needs identified.
Team Management and Capacity Building:
- He/she drives the recruitment and supervises the Protection team’
- He/she supervises capacity building support to the project team as appropriate and training activities on the basis of identified needs
- He/she suggests modifications in terms of Protection team structuring and responsibilities’ split.
Capitalization, Reporting and Development:
- He/she is responsible for the qualitative production of internal and external activities’ reports, and Project Monitoring Tools
- He/she supports the FC and the Grants Officer in providing sufficient and detailed information for program reporting for donors and PUI HQ.
- He/she contributes to ongoing capitalization efforts regarding program methodologies, lessons learnt and challenges. He/she drafts specific Activity Forms as per the mission’s learning strategy in direct link with the MEAL department
- He/she contributes to the adjustment of current intervention or/and development of new interventions on the basis of identified needs.
Representation and Coordination:
- Upon request from his/her supervisors, he/she ensures and coordinates the PUI’s sectorial representation in the area which he/she is responsible for among partners, donors, authorities and other stakeholders and participate to the Ad Hoc relevant meetings. She/he ensures an efficient coordination with the other departments of the base.
- One part of this project is funded through a Consortium of 6 INGOS.
Logistics and Finance:
- She/he coordinates with the Logs and Admin/Finance teams to mobilize effectively the resources allocated to the program supervised, including forecasting any adjustments needed, taking into consideration determined budget and compliance with logistics and administrative procedures
- He/she is responsible for the activity budget lines of his/her project budget and for following-up on the expenditures while providing monthly budget forecast and updating the Operational Follow Up tool on a bimonthly basis.
Safety and Security:
- He/she contributes to compliance with safety rules within the mission, especially by the program team under his/her management and communicates any security/safety-related information to the base Security Focal Point.