The British High Commission (BHC) is recruiting to fill the vacant position below:
POSITION : Head of Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF)
The job holder will oversee the delivery of a portfolio of Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) programmes contributing to the delivery of the UK’s National Security Council’s Strategy for Nigeria which seeks a more stable, secure, prosperous and resilient Nigeria. The CSSF in Nigeria is worth about £20mn in FY 17/18, covering a range of security and stabilisation programmes; this budget is likely to rise in subsequent years. It is a very exciting and fast-paced role in an ever-changing context, and the UK has high ambitions for what we want to achieve through our CSSF programming to support Nigeria. Abuja is a large UK mission, with representation from a range of UK Ministries, and also has one of the Department for International Development’s (DFID) largest offices and programmes worldwide.
The jobholder will operate with a high degree of autonomy, setting out complex programme decisions for senior management, including the High Commissioner.
They will work very closely with the Nigeria Security and Justice Adviser, as well as with the rest of the Nigeria CSSF team and wider West Africa CSSF team, and will report to the Head of CSSF West Africa (also based in Abuja).
They will need to actively manage significant networks of cross government stakeholders, both at post and in London, including at senior levels, to ensure the Nigeria CSSF is delivering some great results, and fulfilling its obligations such as high quality reporting, good financial management and wider compliance.
The role will oversee a range of CSSF programmes, including those being implemented by Ministry of Defence (MoD) and National Crime Agency (NCA), in collaboration with the Security and Justice Adviser, strengthening the strategic links between CSSF and other programming in Nigeria (most notably DFID which has one of its largest programmes in the world in Nigeria). They will also need to build strong and trusted relationships with Nigerian stakeholders, and other multilateral and bilateral partners, to ensure maximum coordination and effect from our programmes.
They are responsible for ensuring that programme delivery is of the highest quality and able to stand up to internal and external enquiry including UK parliamentary committees, the Independent Commission on Aid Impact and media scrutiny.
They will lead on programme monitoring and evaluation and ensure that the results and impact of programmes are well-communicated to various audiences.
The jobholder will act as the official Secretariat of the Nigeria CSSF programme board, responsible for overseeing delivery of the CSSF in support of the Nigeria NSC Strategy. The Secretariat will set the agenda, develop briefing for members, work closely with the Chair of the board (the High Commissioner) and Programme Senior Responsible Officers (SROs) to advise and report on and, where appropriate, challenge programmes that may not be performing as intended.
Qualifications and Experience
Desirable Qualifications and Experience: Conflict and gender sensitivity for CSSF; working with UK government; SAFE training (can be obtained prior to taking up post)
Required Competencies: Seeing the Big Picture, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering Value for Money, Delivering at Pace
Other benefits and conditions of Employment
Learning and development opportunities:
There is a lot of on-the-job support from the Joint Programme Hub and Stabilisation Unit, as well as plenty of CSSF-related training opportunities, including CSSF Project and Programme Management; M&E; PRINCE II; HMG Security and Justice training; Working with the military (MoD). There are also many wider FCO personal development opportunities including through the Diplomatic Academy.
Starting Monthly Salary
1st February, 2018.