Solidarités International Job Vacancy: Head of Exploratory Team - Abuja, Maiduguri - Nigeria

"We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference." Nelson Mandela

Locations: Abuja, Maiduguri [if possible, accessible areas of the north-western states (Yobe, Borno, Adamawa, Gombe)]

Starting date: 18/03/2016

Duration: 20 days

Closing Date: 09/03/2016

Background of the mission
Following several alerts raised in 2015 by Action Against Hunger (ACF) and Doctors without Borders (MSF), SI has been considering for the last 5 months a further intervention in Nigeria, and specifically in the north-western states (Yobe, Borno, Adamawa, Gombe), impacted by the presence of Boko Haram and by the fighting between this non-state armed group (NSAG) and the Nigerian military forces.

Following a desk review period of 2 months, the emergency desk is looking for a team including a head of team and a program manager for a two week assessment mission.
Depending on the results of the assessment mission, the deployment of a representative of SI and of a technical team for a longer period will be considered.


- A political crisis
Boko Haram, the Nigerian jihadist group affiliated to Daesh, has since March 2015th lost some ground and battles against the Nigerian army. However the number of terrorists attacks (in public places such as market) has increased. According to the Global Terrorism Index, in 2014 the organization was on the top of the list of the terrorists groups that caused the highest number of death worldwide: 6644 in one year against 6073 for Daesh.

- Internally Displaced People
In six years of conflict with brutal attacks on the civilian population in north-eastern Nigeria, over 20 000 people have been killed and 2.2 million are displaced within the country. 91%, of the total number of internally displaced people (IDPs) are living in the North-East. The main reason for displacement cited by 89% of the IDPs is the conflict.

In the state capitals, the IDPs are living in the camps (8% of the total displaced population); however, the majority is in host communities (92%) where they are receiving limited or no assistance

- An extensive access issue
The armed conflict has affected civilians already living in precarious conditions and undermined poverty reduction and development efforts. While some internally displaced people (IDPs) live outside the four states of focus, these states, Adamawa, Borno, Gombe and Yobe, have been disproportionally affected by the crisis and are prioritized and referred to collectively here as north-east.

The recent opening of direct UNHAS flights between these 4 states’ capitals broadened the humanitarian coverage. However, the response remains centralized in IDP camps and urban center only.

Objectives of the mission
  • Explore the contextual potential scenarios in north eastern states.
  • Identification of humanitarian sectorial and geographical gaps in the humanitarian response in the north-western states and potential opportunities for SI intervention added value.
  • Conduct a preliminary assessment of the security and access situation in targeted states, including a comparative assessment of the access management by other organizations.
  • Design the outlines of an emergency response for SI, taking in considerations humanitarian gaps and accessibility constraints.
  • Establish a first liaison with coordination platforms, relevant stakeholders (key contextual interlocutors, humanitarian agencies, donors) and position SI as a potential responder to the current crisis, in relation with the mandate of the organization.
  • Draft a first list of contacts and platforms to follow-up at desk level, including local, national and regional (Dakar) interlocutors.
  • Identify and evaluate potential national implementing partners, with a focus on their reliability and access capacity.
  • Identify relays and potential national liaison officers to continue the collection of information after the team departure.
  • Assess funding opportunities in the mid-term (ECHO, DFID, …)
  • Identify and prepare all necessary steps for the registration of SI in Nigeria, along with relevant coordinator.
Hereunder is the list of final documents expected from the exploratory mission team:
  • Strategic report, including:
    • 4Ws
    • Positioning of donors (list of potential funding opportunities) and UN relevant agencies
    • SI positioning suggestion: geographical, sectorial
    • Potential response mechanisms and methodologies suggestions
    • Key recommendations on the access considerations
  • Updated contact lists
  • Preliminary price list
  • Basic information on administrative data
We offer
SI will offer you:
  • A salaried post: according to experience from 2300 euros gross per month, plus 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly, and a monthly Per Diem of 500 USD.
  • Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.
Contact : Pauline CARTERY, Recruitment & Follow Up Officer

How to apply:

Application process
Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English. CV only applications will not be considered.


NB : The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension