Full-time CAFOD: Country Representative — Nigeria Vacancy
CAFOD is the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales.
We work with partners across the world, wherever the need is greatest, to bring hope, compassion and solidarity to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice. We work with people of all faiths and none.
The Job : Country Representative — Nigeria
Job Status: Full Time Job,Graduate/Exp
To lead the programmatic and partnership aspects of CAFOD’s involvement in Nigeria, in line with the agreed strategy. The scope of the post falls into the following functions:
Nigeria Country Programme (humanitarian, development and advocacy) including: ownership of the Nigeria Thematic Framework (and potentially develop Country Strategy); programme quality and working closely with and in support of partner organisations in Nigeria to build strong and mutually supportive partnerships. This is exercised in consultation with the Head of Region – Africa and in line with the overall direction of the region/group/organisation for CAFOD.
Office Management: Managing the country office, leading and managing the staff team and where necessary engaging short-term consultants for specific inputs.
Financial and Funding Accountability: Budget authority and management for the Nigeria programme ensuring good financial management of CAFOD funds and donor funds, overheads and programme expenditure.
Representation: Internal and external representation of the Nigeria programme Ensuring that CAFOD is effectively represented to key local and international players and networks, including the local church, institutional donors and other key contacts.
Communication and Learning: Contributing to the strengthening of CAFOD’s institutional response to the challenges in Nigeria, through shared learning and information for development education,
Security management and risk management: Hold responsibility for managing and ensuring appropriate country security and adherence to CAFOD policy and guidelines.
Programme development and overview of country programme(s) (20%)
Develop and co-ordinate the implementation of CAFOD’s strategy for Nigeria, underpinned by CAFOD’s Vision, Mission and Values, the Strategic Framework ‘Just One World’ and the thematic framework (with potential to develop Country Strategy Paper); and encouraging and modelling innovation and effective collaboration.
Ensure that all programmes (humanitarian, development and advocacy) and projects are appraised, monitored and evaluated according to CAFOD’s procedures and partnership values.
Take forward capacity strengthening processes and develop opportunities for more systematic learning and sharing amongst partners and within CAFOD itself.
Initiate the appraisal and funding of new programmes of work in line with CAFOD’s strategic priorities, and within budgetary and workload capacity.
Ensure that CAFOD responds appropriately to requests for humanitarian and development support, and that appraisal, monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian and development programmes takes place in line with Core Humanitarian Standards.
Ensure that CAFOD maintains and improves the accompaniment model and partnership with CCFN in Nigeria.
Contribute to the strategic direction of CAFOD’s work, inputting into regional and Africa-wide processes and policies, and providing ideas, initiatives and information for development education, fundraising, campaigning and advocacy work.
Country office management (20%)
Ensure compliance on CAFOD’s registration in country, keeping documentation up-to-date and secure.
Ensure the country security plan is accessible and up-to-date, and provide effective security management, including staff security and risk mapping.
Oversee, maintain and protect office assets and support systems. This includes computer software and hardware, vehicles, casual staff, bank accounts and procurement.
Ensure that all necessary policies and procedures are in place and followed by staff in terms of security, procurement, safeguarding children, use of equipment, medical cover, local terms and conditions – including salary scales. Provide for training of staff in such policies as necessary.
Team management (20%):
Manage the CAFOD country office and lead on recruitment and management of staff according to CAFOD’s management standards, so that staff are empowered and the effectiveness of the team is maximised.
Lead, manage and support direct reports, including setting objectives, conducting annual performance development reviews, providing coaching and ensuring team members have individual development plans. The job holder may be required to manage volunteers and staff remotely.
Ensure effective and appropriate systems and processes for team learning and development.
Lead wider cross organisational teams/initiatives relating to the programme, such as media and communications work, advocacy, co-financing initiatives, humanitarian response.
Financial and funding accountability (15%)
Plan, manage, and review budgets (programme budget, office overheads budget, back-donor funded programmes), in line with CAFOD’s financial policies and guidelines and according to the requirements and deadlines set by the Head of Region — Africa
Ensure that CAFOD and back-donor funds are used in the most effective and prudent way, demonstrating good stewardship and compliance with all of CAFOD’s policies and procedures as well as those of back-donors
Manage core costs budget and staffing budget
Ensure accurate and timely financial reporting in accordance with CAFOD’s finance guidelines
Represent CAFOD effectively in the country in relationships with the Catholic Church, Caritas and CIDSE sister agencies, respecting CAFOD’s partnership values and ethos.
Represent CAFOD effectively in the country with NGOs, UN clusters, other international organisations and relevant departments of the Government of Nigeria.
Liaise with the country office of institutional donors in order to raise the profile of CAFOD’s work.
Monitor and ensure that the programme takes advantage, where opportunities arise, for in-country funding, in line with CAFOD’s strategic priorities and with budgetary and workload capacity.
Maximise opportunities for collaboration with sister agencies, for integration into country- based church networks and for engagement in local advocacy work.
Communication & Learning (5%)
Act as prime spokesperson for CAFOD in country with all external stakeholders.
Increase awareness about the work of CAFOD partners in Nigeria with CAFOD’s UK constituency and strengthen our corporate education, fundraising, campaigning and communications work.
Ensure provision of on-the-ground support for the organisation of CAFOD exposure visits and other visits from CAFOD’s London office as necessary
Facilitate partner involvement in CAFOD’s campaigning work and, vice versa, to increase CAFOD’s engagement with partners’ campaigns.
Ensure that staff are properly informed and appropriately consulted on key issues relevant to the country programme.
Ensure that staff are properly informed and appropriately consulted on relevant key organisational issues of the CAFOD.
CAFOD recognises the personal dignity and rights of children, towards whom it has a special responsibility and a duty of care and respect. CAFOD, and all its staff and volunteers, undertake to do all in our power to create a safe environment for children and young people and to prevent their physical, sexual or emotional abuse. CAFOD is committed to acting at all times in the best interests of children, seeing these interests as paramount. This post involves responsibility for people who will have contact with children or young people and applicants will be subject to specific checks related to child protection issues.
This list of duties and responsibilities is by no means exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake other relevant and appropriate duties as required. This job description is subject to regular review and appropriate modification.
Understanding and experience of international development and programme management and quality standards;
Looking outwards; Understanding and first-hand experience of effective and values-based partnership work between northern and southern organisations and communities;
Managing resources; Makes effective use of ICT, particularly for distance communication
Managing our performance; Able to manage competing work demands ;
Able to manage a team of staff including staff at a distance
Taking the lead; Sets an example of what can be achieved
Understanding and first-hand experience of institutional funding work/projects, priorities, trends and donor conditions;
Experience using programme cycle management tools effectively to deliver work within an agreed programme framework, including programme integration;
Able and committed to facilitate or support the development of partners’ capacities;
Financial management understanding and experience;
Ability and willingness to travel for approximately 12 weeks per year), sometimes at short notice and to areas of potential risk;
Previous work experience in Nigeria;
Understanding of key country humanitarian trends and/or previous experience on humanitarian work.
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