Premiere Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians’ victims of marginalization and exclusion, or 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.
PUI is providing assistance to around 7 million people in 21 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Europe. Following the intensification of the Chad Lake conflict in Nigeria (North East of the Country), PUI opened its Nigerian mission in 2016. PUI is also assisting the Nigerian refugees in Cameroon.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title Field Coordinator
Reports to: Head of Mission
Scope of Duties
- Under the supervision of the Head of Mission, and through delegation of his/her authority, the Field Coordinator has the overall responsibility for the proper implementation and operational direction of PUI’s projects/programs in his/her geographical area of intervention.
- The Field Coordinator also monitors the context to ensure programing is relevant and responsive to priority needs. In this capacity, the Field Coordinator is also responsible for representing PUI publically at the field level, including in coordination fora, with other agencies, and for providing the direct link in communications between the Field Team and the Country team.
- Lastly, the Field Coordinator provides security management of his geographical area and ensures all safety and security measures, including contingency plans and standard operating procedures.
Specific Goals and Related Activities
- The Field Coordinator has responsibility for the overall timely delivery of PUI’s programs portfolio in his/her geographical areas of operations (including the sub-offices).
- The Field Coordinator with the support of the operational/technical coordinators concerned has overall responsibility for proper delivery of programs and the smooth running of support services in his/her geographical area of intervention. He/She also has the delegation of the Head of Mission for the safety and security of good and people under the responsibility of PUI in his/her area of intervention.
- The Field Coordinator is at the source of program development and operational positioning in his/her geographical area of intervention, in line with PUI country strategy and in conjunction with programmatic and operational technical coordinators.
- The Field Coordinator, as member of the Country Management Team contributes to the fulfilment of the aims and objectives of PUI’s presence in the country through other tasks as required and/or directed by the Head of Mission.
Ensure the Safety of Property and People of the Base:
- He/She ensures that the safety plan for the base is up-to-date, and that everyone knows and understands it (both international and national staff).
- He/She ensures data collection relative to the safety on his/her field of operations, provides analyses, and disseminates them to his/her immediate supervisor regularly or on an ad-hoc basis if urgent.
- He/She verifies that the material and human resource means at his/her disposal are adequate to ensure the optimal safety of teams, materials and beneficiaries.
- He/She alerts his/her immediate supervisor without delay in case of impending danger of teams or beneficiaries.
- In the event of a security incident, (regardless of whether it took place or was avoided), he/she ensures that the information is transmitted to his/her immediate supervisor without delay, and reported upon in accordance with PUI guidelines.
- He/She is in charge of supervising the work of the Security and Liaison Officer. He/She ensures that this staff has all the necessary tools to create and maintain good relationship with local administrative or security stakeholders.
Ensure the Implementation of Programs and Propose new Interventions:
- He/She ensures the smooth running of ongoing programs on the base (meeting of objectives, respecting time-lines, budgetary monitoring, contractual reporting…) and reports to his/her immediate supervisor.
- He/She sets up a formal coordination system, directs it in the field (meetings, written reports...), and reports to his/her immediate supervisor.
- He/She ensures proper filing of all documents produced in the context of the project(s), and ensures availability of the verification sources mentioned in the proposals.
- He/She proposes new interventions and discusses them with his/her immediate supervisor.
- He/She is involved in identifying needs and proposing / leading assessments on the basis of agreed TOR (Terms of Reference) and with endorsement from his/her immediate supervisor.
- When defining new operational activities, he/she coordinates the work of the relevant technical departments and of the administrative and logistical support teams, with a view to preparing project proposals that are complete, and in line with the donors’ formats and internal rules of PUI’.
- He/She participates in the Strategy development exercise of the mission.
Supervise Teams of National and International Staff at the Base:
- He/She supervises all national and international teams on the base.
- He/She guides the work of the internationals in the base, tracks the realization of their objectives, and leads the mid-term and final appraisal exercises.
- He/She participates in the hiring process, as well as in any decision related to the termination of employment contracts of national staff on the base.
- He/She ensures compliance with the Internal Rules and Procedures of PUI on the base.
- He/She makes sure that all national employees are subject to a written appraisal according to the mission’s internal regulations
- He/She delegates responsibility for the integration of any new employee on the base, and ensures, in particular, that the context of program implementation, safety rules, logistical, administrative, HR and financial procedures, as well as procedures for the use of communication and transportation are explained and understood.
- He/She completes training programs for expatriate and local staff (organizational support, methodology, technical support as the case may be organization of training sessions…).
- He/She drafts or delegates responsibility for the drafting of job profiles for expatriates about to be replaced or hired and sends them for endorsement to his/her immediate supervisor.
- He/She constructs the organizational chart of the base, and has it endorsed by his/her immediate supervisor and the HR Coordinator.
- He/She handles the management of interpersonal conflicts that arise on his/her base, and refers the matter to his/her immediate supervisor in the event that he/she is not able to resolve the dispute
- He/She is responsible of PUI reputation in his/her area of operation, and in that capacity ensures that the entire staff under his/her authority displays behavior consistent with the values upheld by the organization, with full respect for the local culture.
Ensure Logistical, Administrative and Financial Support for the Base:
- With support from the logistics coordinator, he/she ensures that the needs of the base are met (support, programming) and address these needs to the Admin & Financial Coo each month, while making sure that all donor’s and internal procedures are respected, and that commitments are in line with available budgets.
- He/She ensures that the base is equipped with the minimum of infrastructure (offices and housing) necessary for the execution of the work and accommodation of teams, in optimal conditions of safety.
- He/She is responsible for cost optimization; and uses budget tracking to achieve this; he/she ensures adequate financial resources for the running of the base.
- Regarding budget monitoring, he/she participates in team-based analysis (along with technical, administrative and logistics management) and is responsible for detecting anomalies and proposing adjustments to his/her immediate supervisor and to the Admin & Financial Coordinator.
- He/She ensures that accounting processes are respected by the admin base department, and communicated to the Admin & Financial Coo according to the agreed calendar.
- Together with the Admin & Financial Coo, he/she ensures that a system of internal oversight is in place at the base. He/She ensures compliance with procedures for undertaking expenditure commitments, and participates in the process of endorsing purchase orders.
Ensure the Representation of PUI in the Jurisdiction Covered by His/Her Base:
- He/She represents the organization before local actors, whether they are official or not, and ensures that good relations are maintained with each of them in compliance with PUI’s principles of neutrality and independence.
- He/She attends main coordination meetings when they take place, and participates actively.
- In the event of visits from donors, he/she participates in the organization and implementation of the visit.
Ensure Reporting and Dissemination of Information:
- He/She sends the internal and external reports to his/her immediate supervisor while meeting the internal deadlines for endorsement (Situation Report, incident report) and external contractual deadlines (project reports).
- He/She organizes the two-way dissemination of information: from the base to the field coordination and from the field coordination to the base (regular and ad-hoc Situation reporting).
- He/She attends internal coordination meetings and participates actively in the
Focus on top priority activities relating to the context of the mission:
- Oversee the operationalization of Maiduguri Base 2019 programming strategy, including project submission, capitalization on current programs and piloting the unfolding of 2019 projects.
- Improve general security management and monitoring, notably by ensuring that PUI security framework tools are regularly updated, and by fostering context and security sensitivity among international staff.
- Foster and monitor the implementation of a global capacity building plan for both national and international staff.
Number of people to manage and their position (international/national staff)
Required knowledge and skills
- Direct management:
- Internationals : 4 (Deputy Field Coordinator for Programs, Logistics Manager, Finance Manager, HR Manager)
- Nationals : 1 (Security and Liaison Officer)
- Indirect management:
- Internationals : 5 (Project Managers: Health, Nutrition, Food Security, Protection and Community Outreach, Logistics Platform)
- Nationals : Around 200
- Security Management
- Project Management
- Training in public health / Agriculture / Water, sanitation / other…
- Financial Management
Knowledge and Skills
- Minimum of 3 years (including management of health & nutrition activities)
- Food Security and Livelihoods (Desirable)
- Excellent writing skills
- Project Management skills
- Team Management
- Knowledge of procedures related to institutional donors (OFDA, ECHO, AAP, UN agencies …)
- Management of vehicle fleets, stocks, supply chains
- Excellent English oral and writing skills
Required Personal Characteristics (fitting into the team, suitability for the job and assignment):
- Ability to work independently while taking initiatives and showing a sense of responsibility
- Ability to withstand pressure
- Sense of diplomacy
- Analytical skills
- Capacity to adapt and showing organizational flexibility
- Organization, rigor and ability to meet deadlines
- Ability to work and manage affairs professionally and with maturity
- Ability to represent the activities and the mandate of PUI before local authorities
- Ability to integrate the local environment into operations, in its political, economic and historical dimensions
- Ability to work with various partners, in a spirit of openness, and with adaptable communications strategies
- Strong listening and negotiation skills
- Good people and communication skills
- Ability to remain calm and level-headed
- General ability to resist stress and particularly in unstable circumstances
- Mobility: Extensive travel may be required
- Ability to work in volatile / secluded deep field locations
- Ability to manage teams remotely
Monthly Gross Income: from 2,200 up to 2,530 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI
Application Closing Date
30th October, 2018.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Application (Resume and Cover Letter) to "Emmanuelle Gracia, Human Resources Officer" for Expatriates, at: [email protected]
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