Organization: Première Urgence Internationale
Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilian victims of marginalization and exclusion, or those hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The association leads in average 200 projects a year in the following sectors of intervention: Food Security, Health, Nutrition, Construction and Rehabilitation of infrastructures, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Economic Recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 6 million people in 22 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.
General Context :
With the biggest population in Africa, (between 178 and 200 million inhabitants), Nigeria is ranked as one of the first economy of the continent thanks to oil and petroleum products as well as mineral resources (gold, iron, diamonds, copper etc…). Despite a strong economy, Nigeria suffers from huge inequalities between rich and poor, and from a high rate of corruption, at every level. Moreover, a great ethnic diversity mixed with a federal mechanism make it a real powder keg. Within this volatile environment, the conflict in the North-East of the country (states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe) and the linked widespread violence triggered a large scale humanitarian crisis.
The conflict in the North-East
Boko Haram was created in 2001, with activity related to social actions and schooling. Over the years, the group started an armed rebellion against the government of Nigeria. Several members of the group were arrested, sparking deadly clashes with Nigerian security forces. The group’s founder and then leader Mohammed Yusuf was killed while still in police custody. This was the beginning of the radicalization of the movement and of the conflict still affecting the area in the present days. In 2015, the Nigerian army received the support of an occidental military coalition (US, France, British). The same year, Boko Haram pledged allegiance to ISIS and ended up divided into two branches: ISWAP (linked to ISIS) and JAS (the historical branch).
This ongoing conflict as well as the absence of basic services have created acute humanitarian and protection needs for those impacted by the crisis, including refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and local communities.
The armed conflict affected more than 14 million people, with 2 million forcibly displaced in the Lake Chad Basin region, and new displacement continues. Following the new conflict and military developments, several Local Governmental Areas (LGAs) of Borno State were deemed accessible to humanitarian aid by the Nigerian government. But outside of the capital cities, in the countryside, the security is not granted to the populations and to the humanitarian workers. Assessments conducted in newly accessible areas in Borno State revealed severe humanitarian and protection conditions. Still, many people remain inaccessible to humanitarian actors due to insecurity, particularly in Nigeria’s Borno State and border areas of Cameroon and Niger.
As of January 2018, close to 1,300,000 refugee returnees have been registered in Nigeria, sometimes under conditions that have not been voluntary, safe and dignified. Many of these return movements have resulted in secondary displacements as many areas of origin remain insecure and inaccessible. Projection for 2018 forecast new displacement and arrivals from the inaccessible areas (around 200,000). In total, at least 1.32 million of IDPs are located in Borno State. 50% of them are living in host communities. Around 60% of those displaced are children and the number of female and child-headed households is on the rise because male heads of households have either disappeared, been killed or fear to return to join their families. Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is widespread, and many people have suffered the trauma of violent experiences.
The Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) 2018 estimated some 7.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Nigeria across the three states of the north east (Borno, Yobe and Adamawa) with most needs concentrated in Borno State. In determining the scale of the response for 2018 (more than 1 billion USD consolidated appeal!), humanitarian partners agreed to focus on states assessed as the most affected by the violent conflict, infrastructure destruction, mass displacement, ongoing insecurity and ensuing factors. The most critical areas requiring humanitarian assistance are located in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states where millions of people are in need of urgent life-saving assistance.
Our actions on the field
The main programmatic objectives of the mission for 2019 can be synthetized as follows:
- Continue and further develop the response to urgent needs of IDPs and Host Communities living in Monguno City and newly accessible LGAs through an integrated approach.
- Stabilize the integrated multi-sector response in Maiduguri City with the widening of the sectoral scope of PUI intervention by adding Protection, WASH… to the response portfolio (either directly or through coordinated approach with external actors).
- Develop a mid-term to long-term strategy for Maiduguri area, integrating livelihood approaches and exit strategies from emergency programming.
As part of our actions in Nigeria, we are looking for a Head of Mission.
The Head of Mission is responsible for supervising all PUI’s operation within the country. S/He is the first official representative of PUI inside the country. S/He is in charge of the smooth functioning and the evolution of the mission. He defines and/or adjusts the positioning and the country strategy of the organization in comparison to the socio-political and humanitarian context, and leads the operations and development of the response programs accordingly.
The Head of Mission direct and shape the strategic positioning of PUI within the country to achieve the organizational vision, mission and objectives.
S/He supervises the programmatic and functional management, as well as the geopolitical environment analysis.
S/He is the first representative of the organization towards Governmental bodies, NGOs, Institutional donors and other stakeholders linked to the PUI activities.
S/He takes a leading role in developing, overseeing implementation, reviewing and monitoring of the Country Humanitarian response and ensuring the same in line with the global strategic positioning/thematic focused sectors of PUI.
S/he promotes the necessary fundraising for ensuring a smooth running of the operations, the grant management as well as the programs’ sustainability.
S/he is responsible for overall financial and human resources management of the organizational structure.
Training and Experiences
Experience : 3 years of humanitarian experience in project co-ordination.
Successful experience in expatriate team management and multi-sector programmes.
Experience in security management
Previous experience as Head of Mission in an NGO or OSI
Kwowledge and skills:
Excellent writing skills
Detailed knowledge of the donors (OFDA, ECHO, UN agencies, EuropeAid, AAP…
Languages: English is mandatory, French is an asset.
Mobility: Extensive travel may be required
Fixed-term contract: 12 months (renewable)
Starting date: May 2019
Monthly Gross Income: from 3 190 up to 3 520 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI.
Cost covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…
Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation
Housing in collective accommodation
Daily living Expenses (« Per diem »)
Break Policy : 5 working days at 3 and 9 months + break allowance
Paid Leaves Policy : 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months
Please send your application to Emmanuelle Gracia, Human Resources Officer for Expatriates, at firstname.lastname@example.org sous la référence « HOM_NGR »