Programme Officer, CSSF Migration – Maternity Cover at the British High Commission (BHC) Nigeria

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We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Programme Officer, CSSF Migration – Maternity Cover

Job Ref.: 23/22 ABJ
Location: Abuja
Type of Position: Fixed Term
Grade: Executive Officer (EO)
Duration of Post: 9 months
Type of Post: British High Commission
Start Date: 1 November 2022
Job Subcategory: Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Programme Roles)
Job Category: CSSF (Conflict, Stability and Security Fund)

Main Purpose of Job

  • Support the Programme Manager at post in the delivery of CSSF Migration’s Collaboration Against Trafficking and Smuggling between Nigeria and Niger programme (CATS).

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide executive support to the Programme Manager, leading on the organisation of internal and external events, including arrangements for transportation, accommodation, refreshments  as may be required
  • Be the point of contact between the programme and the executive assistants to heads of beneficiary agencies in Nigeria and Niger
  • Contribute to the drafting and regular review of high quality documentation including programme documents, contracts, financial reports, progress reports, budgets and annual reviews
  • Regular liaison with CSSF migration secretariat in London
  • Support communication activities in the CSSF programme, and across the missions in Nigeria and Niger, to promote and raise the profile of the UK in the region
  • Support the programme manager in ensuring complementarity with other in-country and regional activities and funders, including liaising with bilateral and multilaterals donors and other diplomatic missions to ensure programme activity is complementary and not duplicative
  • Financial management, ensuring that purchase orders and invoices are raised according to the budgets, contractual payment schedules, and published guidance
  • Apply monitoring, evaluation, and learning principles to ensure that programme continues to deliver against its aims and achieves value for money through synergies and complementarity
  • Monitor project activity to ensure that it delivers against gender mainstreaming targets
  • Deputise for the Programme Manager, and represent the BHC, at external events with partners, beneficiaries, and other key stakeholders

Working Patterns

  • Normal working hours are from 8am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 8am to 1pm Friday
  • The role offers the opportunity to work from home, with an expectation that you will spend at least 40% of your working week in the office
  • Some regional travel to attend workshops and conference in Nigeria and West Africa may be required.

Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience  

  • Demonstrable experience of working with government officials and other stakeholders
  • Strong communications skills (both written and oral)
  • Computer literate, particularly a familiarity with the Microsoft suite of applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams)
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision
  • Ability to consider, and plan accordingly for, the wider positive and negative impacts of a particular programme or activity
  • Demonstrable experience of handling sensitive information and high ethical and professional standards

Language Requirements:

  • Language: English
  • Level of language required: Excellent written and spoken English

Desirable Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • Previous experience of working in a UK mission overseas
  • Understanding of regional political, security, stability and resilience issues
  • Awareness of project management concepts and a desire to
  • Knowledge of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning concepts

Required Behaviours:

  • Seeing the Big Picture, Changing and Improving, Working Together

Learning and Development Opportunities

  • The successful candidate will have the opportunity to undergo CSSF Programme Management training in the UK, subject to availability
  • Training on the new FCDO HERA system will be provided
  • A wealth of professional and personal development opportunities are available from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office Diplomatic Academy, local L&D Committee and e-learning programmes
  • There may also be an opportunity to study for a recognised project management qualification.

USD 1,827.80 / Month.

Application Closing Date
19th October 2022.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Additional information  

  • The role is available to internal candidates on temporary promotion
  • All candidates must be legally able to work and reside in the country of the vacancy with the correct visa/work permit status.

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