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Jobs at the North East Regional Initiative Nigeria

An International Development Organization is seeking qualified Nigerian nationals for the following positions:




The Finance Officer will assist the Finance Director in developing and managing the project’s financial systems. S/he will work under the supervision of the Finance Director and will support him/her in all matters related to financial management, financial reporting, subcontracting. S/he will also assist the Finance Director in ensuring sufficient funds are available for effective and efficient implementation of project activities and support programs. Specific areas of responsibility include financial report preparation, review and submission to headquarters and cash flow management. Some travel is expected.

Reporting & Supervision:
The Finance Officer reports to the Finance Director.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Monitoring program and work plan budgets
Providing assistance in supervising accounting
Reviewing day-to-day accounting
Developing and submitting financial reports, when needed
Ensuring compliance with all donor and home office procedures
Implement systems and ensure proper checks and balances to mitigate potential for fraud or improper use of funds
Liaising with HQ, partners, financial institutions and others on financial issues
Coordinating development of activity budgets and management of field expenses
Determining cost projections and submitting requests for funds on a monthly basis
Verifying accounting files
Assisting in monitoring procurement procedures and expenses
Tracking and reporting on financial aspects of grants
Occasional travel to field offices to oversee systems, conduct training, set up systems and accounts, etc.


Minimum relevant Bachelors’ degree or professional accounting/financial qualification is required.
Minimum three years’ financial administration experience is required.
Experience of working with international organizations / NGOs is desirable.
Competent in computers and using financial software is required.
Understanding of budget and cost control management is required.
Excellent written and spoken English is required.
Ability to work under pressure and efficiently handle multiple tasks is required.
Ability to work under own initiative or as a part of a team is required.
Ability and willingness to perform occasional travel to meet program goals
Fluency in one or more of the local languages is highly desired

Position based in Borno (1) and Yobe (1) State respectively

Position Start Date: Immediately


The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer designs, develops and implements a monitoring and evaluation system within assigned area. S/he gathers, analyzes, and processes complex information related to all aspects of program activity implementation. The incumbent carries out his/her work according to an established standard operating procedure for collecting data, monitoring project progress and measuring program inputs/outputs. This position will be based at Borno and Yobe respectively with extensive travel to project sites, and the head office in Abuja.

Reporting & Supervision:
The M&E Officer technically reports to the M&E Manager based in Abuja and administratively to the State Program Manager in Borno and Yobe, respectively.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Coordinate weekly with M&E Manager to determine priority tasks. Ensure the state team is aware of and up to date on all M&E tasks and reports.
Conduct site visits during the project implementation phase for each grant in assigned areas.
In concert with the M&E Manager, develop Monitoring and Evaluation plans for field-level projects.
Produce a “routine monitoring report” (RMR) according to an approved template for each site visit prior to the indicator verification visit.
Accurately interpret Bills of Quantities (BoQ) and grant database file shared by head office to determine indicators according which the Officer will be evaluating projects.
Draft “final evaluation reports” (FER) based on prescribed format after visiting a grant site for verification of indicators.
Identify lessons learned, constraints, and project impacts based on determined theme and/or sector for inclusion in FERs.
Share observations from monitoring visits with M&E Manager when findings demonstrate questionable actions.
Serve as primary point of contact for Grants Office when developing impact assessments, success stories and weekly reporting.
Serve as primary point of contact for Grants Office when additional information is needed to close grants.
Undertake comprehensive analysis of projects based on history of site visits; present findings to M&E Manager in a concise and professional manner.
Participate in professional training and development activities, as necessary.
Represent the program positively and professionally in both internal and external environments.
Perform other tasks, as assigned.

REQUIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:Secondary school certificate is required; University degree in international development, social science, economics, or related field is desired.
Two years’ experience in field monitoring, evaluation design, empirical and statistical analysis, management information systems and/or information management design is required.
Proficiency at using Microsoft office software: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc. is required.

Strong analytical skills are required.
Prior experience with USAID or US Government funded projects is highly desirable.
Attention to detail and ability to follow up on tasks to completion is required.
Experience of working in a conflict environment is a plus.

Written and spoken fluency in English is required.
Fluency in one or more of the local state languages in the North Eastern part of Nigeria is required.


Position Start Date: Immediately


The State Engineer will support the Engineering and Environmental Compliance Manager to ensure that all projects are implemented in accordance with sound technical, environmental and engineering standards.  The State Engineer provides technical support, training and supervision to project engineers who are implementing small and medium-sized infrastructure subprojects. The State Engineer will provide technical input to NERI staff during the project identification, development and implementation: including budget preparation, scheduling, environmental reviews and compliance monitoring, preparing and reviewing designs, and progress monitoring and reporting. The State Engineer will ensure that all infrastructure projects are completed within the available timeframe, allowing sufficient time for close down, demobilization, handover, final invoicing, and, if necessary, contract termination.

Reporting & Supervision:
The State Engineer technically reports to the Engineering & Environmental Compliance Manager in Abuja and administratively to the State Program Manager in Borno. The State Engineer has no direct reportees, but oversees the work of up to 10 temporary project engineers at a time.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Directly supervise construction and renovation works in the program area, and/or provide technical assistance and supervision to Project Engineers for all NERI infrastructure projects within the program area

Assist the Program team in identifying and developing infrastructure projects. Input will include, but not be limited to, establishing constructability, identifying potential field difficulties, and budget preparation to include material, labor, equipment and service costs
Conduct final checks on project designs and specifications to ensure that all designs, drawings and BOQs are in accordance with sound technical, environmental and engineering standards before passing on to Abuja for final approval
Prepare EDFs, identifying mitigation measures into projects. Ensure that these mitigation measures are planned, budgeted and carried out
Conduct monitoring visits to infrastructure project sites, including unannounced visits in order to monitor progress and ensure compliance

Assist in evaluating and prequalifying potential subcontractors
Set up and maintain local price databases using inputs from the procurement teams, past activities and assessment visits.

Assist in the tendering, tender evaluation and contract recommendation processes for sub consultants and sub contracts.
Directly carry out, or oversee Project Engineer pre-final and final inspection of all infrastructure works
Technically review all invoices for state infrastructure subprojects submitted according to project invoice review procedures;
Interface with grantees, sub-contractors and vendors as required ensuring transparent program processes are upheld.

Participate in final review and close out of grant activities
Any other duties suitable to task and commensurate with ability

University degree in Civil Engineering or similar field of study.
5 years’ general work experience. # years specific work experience with a large portfolio assistance program providing infrastructure project implementation: Construction supervision as Resident Engineer, Construction Manager or Contractor’s Site Representative.

Familiarity with USAID Environmental Compliance regulations and experience in preparation of EDFs
Ability to work independently, think creatively and apply problem solving skills and provide technical supervision
Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to manage a diverse range of professional relationships essential.
Proficient oral and written communication skills in English
Fluency in Hausa or Kanuri desired.


Position Start Date: Immediately

The Office Cleaner will be responsible for daily cleaning and generator maintenance.  The office cleaner will ensure that the office is clean and orderly and presentable to visitors.  The office cleaner will keep tidy the kitchen, lobby, empty rubbish bins, ensure that the yard is clean and maintained and monitor generator usage, turning on the generator in the morning, and ensuring that the generator is secured in the evening. 

Reporting & Supervision:
The Office Cleaner reports to the Office Manager.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Keep office clean and orderly, including the kitchen, lobby and toilets
Empty rubbish bins
Maintain yard and basic landscaping duties
Secure generator and ensure that basic usage logs are maintained
Any other work as required

Secondary school certificate is required
Good communications skills
Excellent organizational skills
Ability to handle multiple and potentially competing deadlines


Location: Abuja (and Maiduguri)

Duration: 10 Months

Position Start Date: Immediately


Under a soon-to-start activity, NERI will kick start its Intellectual Entrepreneurship Cluster of Activities. The prime activity is the empaneling of 45 Fellows into Book Clubs. Fellows will also be provided capacity building in several subjects including Values and Institutions of Free Society in Mainly Muslim Countries, Free Market Economics (with a module on Islam and Free Market), Youth Activism and Creative Resistance, Social Media Training, Introduction to Activist Networks in Nigeria, Understanding Gender and Social Inclusion in Public Policy, Understanding Public Policy Making Process, The Legislature and Law making in Nigeria. Fellows will maintain blogs for sharing their reads and commit to being active on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and a few other.

NERI seeks a Book Clubs Facilitator to assist with selection of Fellows from a long list, set up and manage the Book Clubs, mentor club members and ensure that they are supported to meet the target on number of books to be read within the Fellowship period. The Book Club Facilitator will have responsibility for developing the operational framework for the Book Clubs, proposing for NERI's approval list of possible readings and facilitating regular Book Clubs feedback sessions and other activities as would be outlined in an approved work plans.

Reporting & Supervision:
This position reports to NERI’s Deputy Chief of Party in Abuja.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Participate in the shortlisting process to identify the 45 beneficiaries of the fellowship
Develop a framework for setting up the Book Clubs for the Fellows.
Undertake regular in site and online mentorship of activities of Fellows/Book Clubs
Propose for NERI’s approval a list of books and other reading materials that the Fellows and Clubs will read, analyze and write on during the Fellowship period.
Support Fellows/Book Clubs members to develop individual reading and writing schedule on the recommended books.
Monitor and Evaluate individual fellows on meeting agreed reading, analyses and writing schedule
Collaborate with NERI reporting team, providing additional narrative concepts and creative input towards development of Success Stories, reporting and related projects, as reasonably requested.

Minimum 3 years’ experience up and managing youth social networks in post-conflict settings.
Demonstrated ability to manage culturally diverse group in developing countries, preferably in West Africa.
Demonstrated skills and ability to manage critical review sessions with a culturally diverse team
Excellent communications skills and time management abilities.
Computer literate in Excel and Word.
Tertiary qualification in humanities, social science, peace building, creative writing or similar field of study considerable experience in-lieu of qualification.
Fluency in English required. Competence in Hausa desired.

Interested applicants for this position MUST submit the following documents to

A current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) listing all job responsibilities;
A cover letter; AND
Please reference the job title and location on the subject line, your cover letter and resume/CV.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

DUE DATE: 16 February, 2017


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