Solidarités International (SI)

Nigeria – FSL Program Manager (H/F)

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Solidarités International (SI) is recruiting for Full time Nigeria – FSL Program Manager (H/F)

Job Description

For over 35 years, the humanitarian aid organization SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has been committed to providing aid in the event of conflict and natural disasters. Our mission is to provide aid as quickly and as efficiently as possible to endangered populations by meeting their vital needs: drinking water, food and shelter. After providing emergency aid, our humanitarian teams accompany the most vulnerable families and communities until they recover their livelihoods and self-sufficiency, to enable them to deal with the challenges of an uncertain future with dignity. SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is particularly committed to fighting water-related diseases, the primary cause of death in the world today. Drawing on their expertise, our teams develop and carry out aid programs in the fields of water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as in the essential domains of food security and reconstruction. In 2014, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL teams, comprising 188 international and 1742 national employees. The association is directed by Jean-Yves Troy. Founded by Alain Boinet and presided by Edouard Lagourgue, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is a non-profit organisation under the French 1901 charities law. An annual general meeting is held each year, and the charity has a Board of Governors and a steering committee.

Job Title: Nigeria – FSL Program Manager (H/F)

Duration of the mission: Until end of December 2020, high possibility of extension

Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria, with regular visits on the field


Nigeria has been going through an acute political and military crisis for years, which has affected millions of lives. Solidarités International (SI) has been answering the needs of displaced populations, as well as host communities in the Borno State for almost 4 years. The targeted areas of intervention are WASH, shelter, logistics, food security and livelihood. 7 programs are currently running:

  • Multi-sectorial project over 3 years in Monguno, Ngala, Askira/Uba and Hawul
  • Logistic Platform project in Monguno
  • Emergency WASH and Shelter response on all 4 Borno bases
  • Emergency WASH in Health in Maiduguri and Monguno
  • Emergency WASH in Maiduguri, Monguno and Dikwa
  • WASH response for vulnerable IDPs and host communities in Dikwa
  • Emergency WASH response for new onset manmade disaster in Ngala

To learn more about what we do in Nigeria, please click here.

More than 220 people(approx. 200 Nigerian staff and 20 international staff) are working on the Nigeria mission today. They are operating from 5 different locations:

  • Liaison office: Abuja.
  • Coordination office: Maiduguri.
  • Operational bases: Maiduguri, Monguno, NGala and Dikwa.

The mission has a forecasted budget of more than EUR 11M. Europaid, ECHO, OFDA, CDC and the UN (NHF, WFP) currently fund it. SI is confident in the mission’s potential to grow in the upcoming years.

You’ll join one of the last humanitarian actors still operating in the area – thus remaining faithful to its mission: taking aid further.



Food vouchers, agro-assistance and income generating activities (IGA) are the 3 major emergency FSL expertise needed for this job. More specifically, you will be helping over 16 000 beneficiaries by overseeing the following:

  • Distribution of food vouchers during lean season
  • Income generating activities (kits distribution and training)
  • Livestock distribution (sheeps and goats)
  • Seeds and tools distribution to restart agricultural activities

You will be based in Maiduguri, and will be directly coordinating activities in two different areas: Monguno and Ngala. As a consequence, the job involves remote management, as well as regular visits to the field bases when relevant and allowed.

The FSL activities fall under a multi-sectorial project funded by EuropeAid. This project is planned over 3 years and has started in January 2018. SI is working in consortium with ALIMA who is lead on the partnership.

Please note that this is an expatriate position.


You are in charge of:

  • Implementing and achieving the objectives defined in the proposals.
  • Supervising the operational teams allocated to the program.
  • Guarantying the proper execution and the quality of the implemented program
  • If applicable, suggesting adjustments or developments to ensure its relevance.

In addition, the FSL-PM is in charge of assisting the DCD-Programs in developing new programs in FSL sector in Nigeria.


  • There have been major HR gaps in the FSL department and it has lacked technical support for the past few months
  • Implementation of FSL activities and IGA in semi-urban environment
  • Implementation of IGA with important monitoring and coaching component
  • Catching-up of implementation delays (IGA)


  • Supervise the implementation of Food Voucher and Agricultural intrants distribution to IDPs and Host communities (June-September)
  • Supervise and monitor IGAs implemented in Monguno and Ngala (May-November)
  • Capitalize on intervention methods and techniques and on the experiences acquired by Solidarités International and other participants in the FSL activities.
  • Develop SI FSL strategy and program in Borno State.


  • You will manage 1 PM-Assistant at Coordination level and 2 Team Leaders at base level with several officers.
  • You’ll be part of the program team, which is led by a Deputy Country Director for Programs, and is made of a Cholera task force department, an FSL department, a WASH department, a MEAL department, a Grants management department.
  • You’ll also work on a regular basis with the support services team, which includes a finance department, an HR department and a logistics department.
  • You’ll be under the direct management of the DCD-P, who has been working with SI for a while now.

You’ll also be in touch regularly with your desk and technical advisors in HQ, whose members are here to provide frameworks, support and advice.

Job Requirements
Minimum years of experience


Other Requirements


Main skills needed

  • University diploma in an FSL-related sector / discipline
  • At least 2 years of experience on a similar position
  • Strong experience in project management
  • Experience in remote management
  • Experience in volatile security contexts
  • Ability and willingness to handle a high workload under pressure
  • Fluent in English

Previous experience with SI is a plus, as well as a previous experience in IGA and/or semi-urban environment is an asset (formal and informal camps, host communities)

Do not apply if…

  • You do not have the following: diplomatic skills, patience, perseverance / endurance, intercultural skills.
  • You are scared when you hear the words “donors”, “external partners”, “capacity building”.
  • You are not comfortable with processes, remote management, HQ involvement.
  • You don’t like working in a fast paced-environment, you are not field-oriented or do not have a hands-on mentality.


Salaried position

Salary: According to experience, starting from EUR 1980 gross per month (EUR 1800 base salary + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly)

Monthly Per Diem: USD 600

SI covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate’s country of residence and the mission.

Break policy

  • 1 break of 7 working days every 3 months + USD 850 allowance (for each break).
  • 1 day off per worked month.

Possibility to spend a weekend to Abuja every 6 weeks, on demand, and if allowed by context. Ticket paid by SI.

These days off, as well as the breaks, are not deducted from the paid leaves that are paid every months with your salary: they are offered by SI.

Social and medical cover:

Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.


The FSL Manager lives in SI’s compound – guest house (GH) with the other international staff. He/she has private room and shares the bathroom and the kitchen. The GH is next to the office and located in a residential area.

The expatriates are from different backgrounds and nationalities. They are hard-workers, highly involved in their jobs, but they are united and work well together. They also enjoy spending time together on a regular basis.

Despite the current political and humanitarian context in Borno state, Maiduguri provide proper living conditions. Electricity is available at the office and at the GH (except a small period during the night), communication and internet are available, either on the SI provided network or the 4G network. All essential goods (food, hygiene etc..) can be bought locally in the small shops around the office, or in the pre-validated supermarket. There is a dense social life in Maiduguri, and visits to other NGOs are possible, as well as some pre-validated places.

The constraints related to security do exist (movement restrictions, curfew at 9:30PM.), but they are bearable, as they allow personal activities. However, please note that the security constraints are more important when it comes to field deployments outside Maiduguri: stricter rules have to apply.

Method of Application

Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.

We do not need a 3 pages-long letter that details everything you’ve done so far though – that’s what your CV is for!

However we would really like to know why you are interested in this mission / SI. A few paragraphs are completely acceptable, and we are ok with bullet points.

Please bear in mind that we receive a high volume of applications, which means it can take us a few weeks to get in touch with you.

If you are shortlisted, please not that SI’s recruitment process usually includes: an HR interview, reference checks, written test, technical interview.

Eventually, please note that the vacancy may close before the deadline.

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About Solidarités International (SI)
Solidarités International is a non-profit organization working in areas of conflict and natural disasters. Its main aim is to provide quick and effective support for people in life-threatening situations by meeting their vital needs: water, food and shelter. The organization also has a particular focus on unsafe drinking water and food insecurity among the most vulnerable populations. Solidarités International, an organization founded in 1980 by Alain Boinet under France’s 19...
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