NGO Vacancies at the Women for Women International

Women for Women International – In countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International (WfWI) supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge and resources, she is able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community.

Since 1993, WfWI has served more than 462,000 women in 8 conflict-affected countries, including Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Sudan. Since 2002, we have worked with over 20,000 men worldwide to support women’s rights and gender equality.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Safety & Security Coordinator
Jos, Plateau State


  • The Safety & Security Coordinator is responsible for implementing security measures and procedures, and for ensuring compliance with WfWI security policies on behalf of the Country Director. He or she is also responsible for acting as the primary security liaison with the WfWI HQ Director of Safety & Security and any in-country security resources that are available.
  • Examples of these would include the INSO, US Mission, the OSAC Country Council, and security team members from other implementing partners and international organisations.
  • This is a key role of the SSFP who acts as the local threat monitoring staff member, assessing threats to the project including Terrorism, Kidnapping, Crime, Civil Unrest and Geo-Political instability.

Safety & Security:

  • Serve as the WfWI focal point for safety & security and liaise closely with the WfWI HQ Director of Safety & Security.
  • Ensure that all staff and activities comply with the country office and global safety and security policies and procedures.
  • An effective and secure communications plan is established and functioning communications equipment for all offices and field offices is maintained.
  • Effective safety and security management systems are in place, enabling programs while mitigating safety and security risks.
  • A Safety and Security Management Plan with appropriate contingency plans are developed and maintained, with contingency plans being practiced annually.
  • All facilities are managed and equipped to operate safely and securely.
  • All staff receive safety and security trainings, orientations, briefings appropriate to their roles and as determined by the assessed risks in the operational environment.
  • All safety and security incidents are reported to the designated authority in a timely manner (not exceeding 24 hours) and follow up actions are carried out in accordance with the relevant procedures.
  • Effective crisis management systems are in place to respond to any critical event in accordance with WfWI crisis management policies, procedures and templates.
  • Liaise with government security bodies as needed to ensure WfWI compliance with security requirements and approvals.
  • Conduct regular threat & risk assessments to identify security measures required in all WfWI, guest houses and training centers.
  • Ensure vehicle and staff movements are monitored according to procedures and that necessary safety and security equipment are available and in a serviceable condition.
  • Prepare security updates and reports as required.
  • Monitor flash notices and regular reports from UNDSS/INSO and share with staff as needed; attend security coordination meetings.

Transport Management:

  • Ensure that drivers follow all safety and security procedures and that drivers maintain their vehicles to expected standards.
  • Oversee usage protocol of all vehicle tracking devices and report any serious incidents immediately to the CD & HQ Director of Safety & Security.
  • Obtain necessary travel clearance /access permission from local authorities where applicable.
  • Ensure safe and adequate transport provision to all international staff and visitors.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Safety/Security Field with Management or related field. A Master’s degree is an added advantage.
  • 5years of relevant work experience in the Safety and Security field with a NGO or UN
  • Working knowledge of threat assessments, risk mitigation and ability to work on acceptance strategy at all levels.
  • Advanced level of understanding of various communications technologies, including VHF and HF radio systems, satellite phones, cell phones, etc.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work under high pressure
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues and external partners and suppliers
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented with strong analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • Language fluency in English (reading, writing and speaking) and local language (Hausa) skills are required
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook)
  • Strong commitment to WfWI’s mission and values
  • Ability to work outside of working hours as needed
  • Ability to travel is required.

Job Title: Director of Programs
 Jos, Plateau


  • The Director of Programs is a senior manager responsible for managing country office programs to ensure the highest quality, integrity, and efficiency with regard to programming.
  • The position line manages the Social Empowerment Manager, Economic Empowerment Manager, Monitoring & Evaluation Manager
  • The Director of Programs will deputize for the Country Director in her absence and is a member of the Senior Management Team.

Duties and Responsibilities
Program Compliance and Grant Management:

  • Ensure that all aspects of the WfWl core program, including social and economic skills training, as well as grant-funded initiatives and non-core program activities, are implemented with the highest quality, efficiency, and integrity according to organizational mission and goals.
  • Assume primary responsibility for managing grant deliverables and program reports required by donors and WfWl-Headquarters for all grants and special initiatives.
  • The Director of Programs may assign other staff members as appropriate lead for specific grants but bears overall responsibility for ensuring that all grants are appropriately managed, spent before expiration in line with budgets (or modified in a timely manner), well-monitored, and that all reports are complete, accurate and submitted by deadline.
  • Work closely with, and facilitate coordination amongst, the senior managers to ensure that all aspects of the program are delivered in accordance with the standards set forth in the WfWl Program Framework & Guidelines (and other associated global guidelines) as well as grant documents, and that delivery of services meets the key program outcomes of sustaining an income, wellness, decision-making, and social networks/safety nets; must be prepared to explain any differences between expected and actual program results.
  • Ensure that all data collection, monitoring, evaluation and reporting on any aspects of the program is conducted according to global guidance, in a timely manner, according to the highest possible standards, and is used not only for reporting but for internal learning which translates into improved programming
  • Support the Country Director and the SMT to identify new communities to serve and ensure that women who are enrolled into the program meet the selection criteria and are well briefed on their expected participation.
  • Review and approve the dismissal of participants who do not meet program requirements from the program in a timely manner and that administrative and financial processes are updated accordingly.
  • Ensure that all training (in life skills education, numeracy and business skills, cooperative development and vocational skills) is following the established WfWl curricula, with appropriate tailoring to the Nigeria context, and being delivered in a high-quality manner using interactive adult learning techniques and methods.
  • Conduct spot-checking of all program components and activities to ensure quality and compliance with organizational program standards. This could include but is not limited to, site visits, attending trainings, holding focus group discussions, reviewing enrollment and graduation forms, verifying sponsorship payments, etc.
  • Provide leadership around efforts to consistently improve the effectiveness and accountability of programming and to appropriately address challenges as they arise.
  • Lead the CO in the proposal and development of innovative approaches and programming activities. Coordinate with HQ/UK technical advisors to lead the CO team in developing and rolling out new areas of complementary programming and innovations.

Planning & Strategy Development:

  • Together with the Country Director, oversee the annual operational planning and budgeting for the country office, in collaboration with the local staff and HQ.
  • Take a lead role in developing strategic direction for WfWl-N and participate in all strategy development for the country office and organization as required.

Financial and Human Resource Management:

  • Ensure that financial management of all core programming and grants is effectively conducted.
  • Ensure that costs are managed in line with approved budgets.
  • Review monthly financial statements and budget variance reports and work with Finance department to make any needed adjustments or corrections.
  • Liaise with Finance and technical leads in HQ to recommend and draft any formal budget amendment requests to donors.
  • Lead the development of new grant proposal budgets with the support of other senior managers..
  • Participate in the recruitment, hiring and on-boarding of all programmatic managerial level positions.
  • Participate in Senior Management Team meetings and other staff meetings as required.
  • Manage performance of all direct reports in line with WfWl’s performance management framework, including setting of annual performance objectives, annual performance development plans, annual performance appraisal and regular one-on-one meetings regarding progress throughout the year.

Fundraising and Representation:

  • Assist the Country Director in developing fundraising opportunities, writing proposals, and cultivating new donor relationships.
  • Assist the Country Director in maintaining good working relationships with local and international partners, donors, relevant government agencies, and community leaders and groups.
  • Participate in meetings and seminars both nationally and internationally, as requested by Country Director.
  • In the absence of the Country Director, manage the country office and lead and represent the organization to external audiences and stakeholders.
  • Any other duties as required.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in International Development, Social Sciences, Business Administration, or relevant field. Bachelor’s Degree will be considered in lieu of Master’s Degree if the candidate has at least 10 years of relevant work experience at a managerial level;
  • Minimum of 10 years’ relevant work experience, preferably in the NGO sector, of which at least 5 years at managerial level/
  • Demonstrable understanding and experience of gender issues and proven commitment to addressing gender inequalities in all key areas of responsibility;
  • Strong dedication to supporting women’s grassroots social, economic and civic organizations;
  • Proven experience of using participatory tools and methodologies for program identification, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing budgets, financial reporting, grant proposal writing, managing implementation of grants (programmatic and financial) and donor reporting;
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and team-building skills;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and ability to make independent decisions;
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise and motivate a team of people through a participatory and enabling management style;
  • High level of maturity and cultural sensitivity;
  • Knowledge of the political, economic and social context of Nigeria;
  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout Nigeria and the region, and internationally as required;
  • Citizen or legally able to work in Nigeria;
  • High level of fluency in English required (reading, writing and speaking skills);
  • Fluency in Hausa language is an added advantage
  • Strong computer skills including working with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and MS Outlook.



How To Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit an updated CV, Cover Letter and three professional References to: Please put “Job Title” in the Subject line.

Application Deadline 25th February, 2019.

Note: Only shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview. No telephone inquiries please.