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Early Warning Coordinator - Nigeria
Search for Common Ground seeks a professional, motivated, and creative Early Warning Coordinator that will be responsible for the conduct of community early warning prevention and mitigation activities in Adamawa State. S/he will ensure that the conflict scanning is executed as planned; coordinate early warning observers, confirm and analyze reports and prepare monthly reports. S/he will work closely with the State project coordinator in the implementation of early warning and Conflict prevention activities.
About The Project
Search for Common Ground with support from the EU is starting a 18 months project titled “Contributing to the mitigation of conflict over natural resources between farmer and herder communities in Adamawa state, Nigeria (COMITAS)”. The project pursues four specific objectives: First, it will aim to strengthen traditional conflict resolution in the targeted locations in Adamawa state to support conflict prevention and mitigation efforts. Secondly, this project will aim to improve trust in authorities’ commitment to providing security and adequate resource management to help prevent communities to turn towards violence.Thethird specific objective of the project is to address the root causes of conflict between farmer and herder communities over natural resources and lastly, the fourth specific objective of this project is to improve intra and inter communalperceptions.The project will be implemented in Demsa, Girei, Numan, Lamurde, and Song local government areas in Adamawa State, Yola in Adamawa State.
This project” will work to contribute to the mitigation of conflict over natural resources . Search and her partners will work with authorities first at the lowest level (local administration, authorities, the judiciary) and other higher levels (State, Federal) where necessary. This approach, as developed has successfully applied, in USAID-funded “Building Bridges Between Herders and Farmers in Plateau, Nasarawa, and Kaduna States” program in the Middle Belt, consists of conflict prevention, dispute resolution, and sustainability beginning from the local level and conflict-affected people themselves.
The project will support community-based Early Warning and Early Response (EWER) to identify risks and partner with civil society, security or government actions to institutionalize strategies and approaches that will build community capacity and skills for sustainable peace.
Additionally, the project seeks to ensure conflicts identified through the EWER feed into multi-stakeholder forums for dispute resolution and higher-level policy change and create open and neutral spaces for farmer and pastoralist community members and leaders to identify collective solutions.
Roles and Responsibilities
Has the responsibility for managing the Early Warning System (EWS) and integrated hub in Adamawa state with guidance from the Conflict Analyst
Organize monthly meetings with Community Observers (COs) and quarterly meetings with Community Response Networks (CRNs) in Adamawa and Borno States.
Ensure that the EW system receives daily SMS/voice incident reports from COs, CRNs and other stakeholders and such reports are documented on the system and analyzed in real-time and disseminated to actors and communities for immediate response.
Collate and develop weekly EWS reports/analysis and Monthly update to be shared with donors and other stakeholders.
Develop bimonthly EWS bulletin to share in printed and electronic copies to local actors, government and stakeholders including NGOs.
Participate and share analysis of EWS reports with CSADs and PAD members.
Document key success stories from the EWS reports, incidences and/or responses of actors and stakeholders linked to the reports received from the system.
Support programmatic and logistical support and assistance to the State Project Coordinator
Serve as a link and intermediary between Search for Common Ground and local communities and partners.
Facilitate and organize field visits for Search staff, visitors and donors to local communities
Contribute to the preparation of funder reports
Participate in research in support of project implementation and development
Work with program staff in the development and continuous improvement of systems
Provide necessary support to implementing partners and government under the supervision of the program managers
Provide weekly and monthly progress report to supervisor and management team
As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in social science, arts, development studies or related field;
Additional education in conflict management, media for peacebuilding, communication for social change would be a strong asset;
At least three (3) years of experience in Early warning and conflict management or related fields
Relevant experience working in the non-profit and NGO sector;
Experience with conflict analysis tools;
Experience working in one or more of the following sectors: Conflict Resolution, Peacebuilding, Resilience, Protection, Governance and Livelihood
Substantial experience working with government officials, NGOs and communities;
Experience writing reports and project proposals;
Understanding of the social, political and economic context of the state and how it impacts on conflict drivers and conflict in the state and targeted communities;
Knowledge and experience in computers and crowd mapping software;
Experience working on conflict early warning systems;
Other Relevant Requirements
Ability to identify issues and to use sound judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of problems;
Good knowledge of the political, economic and social dimensions of Niger Delta region
Ability to work under extreme pressure in a highly stressful environment;
Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the EW/ER field;
Basics financial management skills;
Hausa language skills are essential;
Knowledge of other languages spoken in the state will be an advantage;
Strong command of English language, with excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal communication skills;
A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace; and
Ability to prioritize, plan and organize workflow to tight timeframes, handle multiple tasks, and be flexible with changing priorities.
Interested candidates should send the following to our Career Portal.
A) Current resume
B) Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date)
As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work.
All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Collaboration- Audacity - Tenacity - Empathy - Results. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest and Anti-fraud. Search is committed to safeguarding the interests, rights, and well-being of children, youth and vulnerable adults with whom it is in contact and to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for children, youth, and vulnerable adults.
Search for Common Ground does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.