Nigeria - A Nutrition Project Manager in Maiduguri

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 28 March 2018
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 30 April 2018

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Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a Humanitarian, 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 hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by addressing 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 on average 200 projects per 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 7 million people in more than 20 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Europe.

Following the escalation of the Chad Lake conflict in Nigeria (North East of the Country), PUI has decided to also respond to this crisis from Nigeria. (since the organization already assists the Nigerian refugees in Cameroon).

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Humanitarian situation and needs:

With the biggest population in Africa, (between 178.000.000 and 200.000.000 habitants), Nigeria is ranked as the first economy in Africa mainly thanks to oil and petroleum products as well as mineral resources (gold, iron, diamonds, copper etc…). Despite a strong economy (although the past few years witnessed a significant weakening of economic growth), Nigeria suffers from huge socio-economic inequalities, and from high incidence of corruption, at every level. Within this volatile environment, the conflict in the North-East of the country and the linked widespread violence triggered a large scale humanitarian crisis.

Indeed, millions of people have been forcibly displaced in the Lake Chad Basin region due to the so-called Boko Haram conflict, and new displacement continues. Resorting to widespread sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), forced recruitment and suicide bombings, Armed Opposition Groups’ (AOG) attacks on civilians persist. Ongoing conflict between AOG and Governmental Security Forces in all affected countries 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.

Assessments conducted in newly accessible areas 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.

Humanitarian consequences:

The violence in the Lake Chad Region has uprooted millions of civilians within their own countries, including over 1.8 million IDPs in Nigeria alone. In addition, some hundreds of thousands of Nigerian refugees have fled to neighboring Cameroon, Chad 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.

The crisis has adversely affected the most vulnerable civilian populations, particularly women and children, older persons and those with disabilities or serious medical conditions. Around 60 per cent 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 in the field:

PUI has been present in the region for more than a decade, implementing projects in Chad since 2004 and in Cameroun since 2008. In Cameroon, PUI is implementing a project in response to Boko Haram -related displacement in the Extreme North, and in Adamawa. In early 2016. PUI conducted an assessment in Maiduguri which confirmed the critical nature of the humanitarian situation and the need for a rapid intervention in order to address primary needs of people affected by the conflict in this area, especially those who had not received any assistance.

The PUI Nigeria Mission was officially opened in April 2016. Following the findings of the initial assessment, PUI prioritized two objectives: 1. Providing food aid to the IDPs and affected host communities in Maiduguri through a cash-based approach / 2. Improving accessibility to community-based protection mechanisms and psychosocial support for the most vulnerable HH of the IDP and local populations affected by the crisis.

Since then, PUI further developed its response in Bolori II area of Maiduguri city with the following main elements:
– Food aid through a cash-based electronic voucher approach
– Pilot livelihood recovery activities focused on fostering income generating activities for crisis affected populations
– Primary Health Care including nutrition services (OTP) through the management of one Primary Health Care Center and 3 mobile clinics (one additional – – PHC is being currently taken over by PUI who will manage it as of early 2018)
– Community sensitization in terms of health and nutrition through a community health network approach
– Logistics support (storage and cargo transport) for around 30 humanitarian actors intervening from Maiduguri

Click here for more information about our response to the crisis.

As part of our actions in Nigeria, we are looking for a Nutrition project Manager.

Under the management of the Deputy Field Coordinator – Program and the technical supervision of the Medical Coordinator and the Nutrition Advisor, the Nutrition Project Manager is in charge of ensuring the good implementation of PUI Nutrition activities in Maiduguri. The component under the Nutrition PM supervision, part of PUI integrated response to the Bolori II population needs, aims at managing and monitoring a comprehensive Nutrition approach included in PUI Health & Nutrition Program and comprising of:

– Community Based Nutrition and Infant and Young Children Feeding (IYCF) awareness raising (through Community Nutrition Mobilizers and Mother Care Groups), identification of acute malnutrition cases and referral to PUI facilities.

– Treatment of acute malnutrition cases within PUI health facilities (Outpatient Therapeutic Program and Stabilization Center) in direct collaboration (not management) of the Health Facilities Focal Points.

This position will be critical to:

– Foster good practices among the community regarding IYCF to reduce prevalence of Severe Acute Malnutrition and Moderate Acute Malnutrition in the areas of intervention

– Ensure a close follow up of cases identified and referred for treatment

– Ensure that appropriate care is provided to identified cases

– Ensure continuous training of all staff and community volunteers pertaining to PUI nutrition response

– Ensure a full integration of the nutrition component into the Health & Nutrition approach implemented by PUI

– Ensure close link with other program teams (Food Security, Protection and Community Outreach) as per the integrated response deployed by PUI in Bolori II

Training and Experiences: 


Relevant master’s degree from an accredited academic institution preferably in Nutrition, Public Health, Social Work
Project management
Needs assessment


Min.2 years as a manager of humanitarian projects
Previous experience with Nutrition interventions
Knowledge of integrated / multi-sector approach
Previous experience with database systems
Experience in elaborating curriculum and conducting trainings

Software: Pack Office and Google Earth very strong proficiency

Required Personal Characteristics (fitting into team, suitability for the job and assignment/mission):

Ability to provide/structure instructions clearly and concisely both orally and in writing
A high sense of discretion and integrity when dealing with sensitive protection information
High degree of responsibility, initiative, alertness, emotional stability, the ability to prioritize a heavy workload and to delegate accordingly
Professional attitude and the ability to build successful working relationships with contacts outside of the projects. Demonstrate an integrated approach and attitude through normal work activities and a thorough understanding of community-based protection issues in the country of operation
Self-motivated, flexible and adaptable to the needs of the team and organization
Strong commitment to support/develop capacity of national staff and developing second layer of leadership
Team player: proven management ability and inter-personal skills
Excellent communication skills
Problem solving and leadership skills
Ability to work independently while taking initiatives and showing a sense of responsibility
Sense of diplomacy
Analytical skills
Organization, rigor and ability to meet deadlines
Ability to live in a large community
Ability to work in volatile and secluded contexts Langues parlées


English mandatory

Fixed-Term Contrat – 6 months

Starting Date: April 2018

Monthly Gross Income: from 1 815 up to 2 145 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

For more information about our offer, please look at the complete job description on our website! 

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