Job Title : Senior Area Manager
Requisition ID : req7129
Location : Gwoza, Borno
Employment Type : Full-Time
Employment Category : Fixed Term
The International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian agencies, provides relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to survivors of natural disaster, oppression and violent conflict in some 40 countries.
IRC is committed to bold leadership, innovation, creative partnerships and assists people from harm to home.
IRC began working in Nigeria in October 2012 in response to a widespread flood disaster. Since then, IRC has expanded its program scope and size to make the greatest possible contribution to meeting humanitarian needs in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
IRC’s response includes integrated health, reproductive health and nutrition services, women’s protection and empowerment services, child protection, protection rule of law, environmental health, economic recovery and development, and education.
In 2015, IRC Nigeria developed a five year Strategic Action Plan, which has health and education as high priority program areas.
Scope of Work
Under the supervision of the Deputy Director Field Management, and through delegation of the Country Director, the Senior Area Manager has the overall responsibility for the timely implementation and operational direction of IRC’s projects / programs in his / her geographical area of intervention.
The Senior Area Manager is responsible for promoting programme integration while acting as a conduit and focal point for coordination as the senior representative of IRC in the area.
The Senior Area Manager is responsible for monitoring the humanitarian context to ensure programing is relevant and responsive to priority humanitarian needs.
The Senior Area Manager is also responsible for representing IRC externally at the field level, including in coordination fora, with other agencies, UN, State and LGA level government authorities and religious and traditional leaders for providing the direct link in communications between the Field Team and the Country Leadership Group and SMT in a timely manner.
The Senior Area Manager is responsible for providing security management of his / her geographical area and ensures all safety and security measures, including contingency plans and standard operating procedures are in place and update regularly in consultation with the Safety and Security Coordinator.
Success in this position requires an individual with demonstrated team leadership abilities; strong coordination and communication skills;
risk management skills; and an ability to promote acceptance of IRC’s program activities within the communities that we serve, while developing strong working relationships with other INGOs, local government officials, and community leaders.
Ensure the Safety and Security of IRC’s Assets, Property and Staff :
Ensure that the field security management plan (FSMP) and safety risk assessment (SRA) for his / her geographical area of intervention are up-to-date, and all staff understand and adhere to all policies relating to safety and security
Ensure that all field staff and all visitors receive security briefing within an hour of arrival and he / she is responsible for the implementation of all security protocols on health, safety and wellbeing of all staff and visitors with support from the Safety and Security Coordinator
Chair the monthly security focal group meetings, ensures attendance and participation from all members and that minutes are filed on Box and shared with Safety and Security Coordinator and action points followed up on in timely manner
In charge of supervising the work of the Security and Liaison Officer. He / She ensures that this staff has all the necessary tools to create and maintain good relationship with local administrative or security stakeholders
He / She in coordination with the Safety and Security Officer / Assistant ensures timely and regular collection of safety and security data and information likely to impact operations in his / her field of operations and dissemination with the Safety and Security Coordinator and his / her immediate supervisor regularly or on an ad-hoc basis if urgent
He / She verifies that the material and human resource means at his / her disposal are adequate to ensure the optimal safety of teams, materials and beneficiaries
In the event of a security incident, (regardless of whether it took place or was avoided), he / she ensures that the information is transmitted to the Safety and Security Coordinator his / her immediate supervisor without delay, and reported upon in accordance with IRC safety and security guidelines
Program support :
Works with Program Managers and Coordinators to play a leadership role in the timely and high- quality implementation of all programs, including spotting and resolving problems, problems through a proactive approach
Lead clear and regular communication to field teams about issues including strategy and prioritisation
Chairs the weekly inter-sector field level coordination meeting, facilitates dialogue between sectors, programmes and support and escalates challenges to relevant Coordinators, Senior Program Coordinators and Assistant Finance Control
Ensure that all staff understand and correctly promote client responsiveness mechanisms, and that M&E systems are strong and functional
Attend and participate in the project cycle meetings and ensure field perspective is shared with all relevant internal stakeholders
Provide local leadership on key program activities such as needs assessments, selection of beneficiaries and partners, as and when required
Ensures full compliance with project / grant agreements and with statutory and technical legislation issued by appropriate government authorities, including regular, proactive communication with the Grants Team
Works closely with the Senior Emergency Manager to monitor key indicators and local changes / developments, and to ensure that IRC responds in a timely and appropriate way
Closely monitor events in operational area (humanitarian situation, politics, and security, etc.), in order to identify potential challenges or opportunities for IRC interventions.
Advise senior management about strategic programming directions and issues affecting project implementation, or key local issues affecting future grants / projects developments, including spotting and flagging key gaps in provision / unmet beneficiary needs and flags these with a proposed solution
Operation support and Finance :
Ensure proper financial management systems are in place and followed in coordination with the Maiduguri based finance team / department.
Manage field operational budgets for all grants; liaise closely with finance to monitor cash flow, review BVAs and support programmes sector managers to ensure that spending is on track and properly allocated
Ensure that all policies, procedures and practices are in compliance with IRC, donor and national requirements
Responsible for cost optimization; and uses budget tracking to achieve this; he / she ensures adequate financial resources for the running of the area office
Regarding budget monitoring, he / she leads on field-based analysis (along with HR and Admin Officer, Supply Chain and Finance) and is responsible for detecting anomalies and proposing corrections and or adjustments to the finance team in Maiduguri
In coordination with the Finance Officer / Manager, he / she ensures that a system of internal oversight is in place at the Area Office level.
He / She ensures compliance with procedures for undertaking expenditure commitments and reviews procurements and payments in line with IRC’s approved authorization matrix
Responsible for reviewing and updating the operating budget and ensuring the process is consultative, inclusive and thorough to ensure no gaps are left unmet
Human Resource and Staff Management :
In Coordination with the HR and Admin Coordinator ensures that all new staff attend induction within a month of joining IRC
Adhere to and serve as a champion of the IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and ensure awareness and adherence by all staff, volunteers and visitors
Participates in the hiring process of new staff, as well as in any decision related to the termination of employment contracts of national staff in the area of operation in coordination with HR and Admin Coordinator and relevant Technical Coordinators and Managers
Is responsibility for discussing job expectations, performance, and objectives on an informal, quarterly basis with direct supervisees as a part of the annual Performance Review and Planning Process
Ensure timely completion and submission of monthly timesheets, probations reviews and annual performance reviews to the HR and Admin Manager
Support HR in tracking annual leave and follow up with respective Supervisors and Line Managers and ensure staff are utilizing their leaves and having a work life balance
Handle the management of interpersonal conflicts that arise in his / her area, and refers the matter to his / her immediate supervisor in the event that he / she is not able to resolve the dispute
Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.
Key Working Relationships :
Direct Supervises : Safety and Security, Finance, HR and Admin, Supply Chain and MIP for program and M and E staff
Internal : Senior Program Coordinators, Technical Coordinators and Managers, Senior Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager, Supply Chain and HR and Admin Coordinators and Managers, Safety and Security Coordinator / Manager, Assistant Finance Controller and Managers, Senior Grants Coordinator and Managers, M and E Coordinator and Manager and SMT
External : IRC Clients, INGOs, LNGOs, LGA and State Level government authorities, traditional and religious leaders and donors, as required.
Qualifications and Experience
University degree in Management, Community Development or equivalent qualification.
3 years minimum professional experience with preference for experience working with international NGOs;
Strong sense of personal integrity and proven staff management and team building skills.
Strong Supply Chain management skills.
Computer skills in Microsoft Office; Excel and Strong Computer skill.
Excellent management and organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
Must be able to work independently while being a strong team player with proven management and leadership skills.
Solid ability to provide team-building, coaching, and development for staff as well as encourage cross-functional collaboration and cooperation
Ability to live and work under pressure in an unstable working environment while maintaining a positive attitude;
Experience and reliability in carrying out safety and security protocols
Strong negotiation skills essential with experience in conflict resolution desirable;
Experience of working with local stakeholders such as local and international NGOs, government etc.
Fluency in English.
Knowledge of Hausa and Kanuri language is added advantage
Commitment to women’s rights and IRC’s vision, mission and values, including sensitivity to cultural settings