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Program / Department Summary
The INGO Forum in Nigeria was formed in late 2014 owing to a need for a collaborative platform for effective and principled NGO interaction, engagement and coordination of humanitarian, recovery and development interventions in Nigeria.
leadership on advocacy and policy engagement; and liaison with government / donor / UN engagement and engagement ensuring the perspectives of INGOs and affected populations are ultimately included in decision-
making processes. The INGO Forum is governed by an elected Steering Committee of Country Directors and a Chair that work alongside a full term Secretariat to fulfil the function of the Forum.
The INGO Forum is administratively hosted by Mercy Corps through March 2020 in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja with a field office in Maiduguri.
General Position Summary
The INGO Forum Deputy Director will provide field level support to the Forum and its member organizations supporting humanitarian efforts in the north-
east BAY states (Borno, Adamawa and Yobe) through high quality information exchange, coordination, multi-stakeholder engagement, facilitating effective INGO representation in decision-
making mechanisms, and advocacy efforts.
S / he will serve as the primary liaison linking Abuja coordination structure with up-to-date realities from the north-east response.
In collaboration with humanitarian managers of member organizations based in BAY, s / he will facilitate action-oriented coordination discussions and identify opportunities for improvement of coordination, operational responses, adoption of principles and standards, and maintain a high level of context analysis both within INGOs and on behalf of INGOs with other partners or stakeholders.
The post holder will have strong diplomacy skills, be able to navigate complex humanitarian issues, build productive relationships and maintain strong networks with key stakeholders with the aim of working towards an accountable and principled response.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Senior Level Coordination
oriented coordination meetings and identify gaps, duplication and opportunities for enhancing coordination be it information exchange, inter-
agency assessments or analysis, problem solving, joined up responses and common messaging. · Regular travel to Yola and Damaturu and deep field locations to engage with partners and identify coordination and advocacy gaps.
Representation and Advocacy
Information Sharing / Communication
level realities in NE Nigeria and capital-level coordination in Abuja. · Maintain and develop induction and guidance materials for new humanitarian actors leading on briefings and support as required.
Finance & Compliance
Administration and Management
Accountability to Beneficiaries
INGO Forum team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work.
Senior Liaison Advisor and Administration and Logistics Officer
Reports Directly To : Director based in Abuja.
Works Directly With : Director, Government Engagement and Partnerships Manager, Policy Advisor, Programme Support Officer, Senior Information Management Officer, Admin and Logistics Officer, Senior Liaison Advisor other INGO Forum staff, INGO Directors and managers, Host Agency Mercy Corps finance, operations and security team members.
Knowledge and Experience
paced and often demanding environment. · Proven experience in influencing for policy change and practice desirable · Demonstrated experience in facilitating meetings in high-
pressure professional setting · Demonstrated experience in lobby and engaging with high level actors with strong evidence from the field · Exceptional interpersonal skills and experience in humanitarian setting.
The position will be based in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria and it requires frequent travel to field locations in Borno (25%).
Accommodation in Maiduguri will be in team housing with host agency staff. Considering the frequent travel from / to different field locations, this position will require flexibility in terms of accommodation and logistics.
Housing in the field will be in hotels or guesthouses where available. Security in the field locations require additional vigilance and accessibility will be reassessed continuously.
Access to good medical services in northeast is limited. Phone communication, internet, electricity and water is available but might be erratic.
The location is eligible for hardship and R&R benefits. Given the nature of the humanitarian response, working hours require flexibility and working through weekends / evenings will be necessary.