View Vacancy - Head of Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) Nigeria - Internal Only Campaign (CAMPAIGN CANCELLED)

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CSSF (Conflict, Stability and Security Fund)

Main purpose of job:

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.


Roles and responsibilities:

The post-holder will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring that programmes designed fully reflect NSC strategy objectives and shifting context in Nigeria, including leading the development of our high quality, politically-astute   and agile programming for the new financial year (starting 1 April 2018).
  • Robust oversight of programme design, impact reporting and risk mitigation of the Nigeria CSSF, in a manner that is compliant with CSSF programme guidelines in terms of impact and Value for Money.
  • Acting as the Secretariat to the programme board, working closely with the High Commissioner as Chair, developing regular briefing for members, and advising and reporting on programmes, in close collaboration with the Security and Justice Adviser. Also chairing the programme board working group to prepare for board   meetings.
  • Playing a representational role outside of the High Commission, building strong relationships (in coordination with the Security and Justice   Adviser, DFID etc) with external partners to enable coherent programme delivery; including to unblock delivery issues, maintain a high level of buy-in for programmes and leveraging money from other donors into UK programmes.
  • Overseeing robust monitoring and evaluation and communicating widely and regularly the achievements of the Nigeria CSSF back to London, as well as to Nigerian interlocutors and the donor community; clear and strategic reporting and advice to senior management including the Head of CSSF West Africa, programme board and ultimately the Director-level Whitehall Africa Group (WAG) in London.
  • Building relationships with implementing partners, in partnership with programme SROs, and also building a strong network with FCO, DFID, NCA and MoD at post and in London.
  • Working closely with the Security and Justice Adviser for Nigeria, ensure that analysis and policy advice on conflict, security and peace building issues in the region is fed into CSSF programme design/delivery, working with political and security teams at posts and other Ministries across the region and in London.
  • 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).
  • Oversee programme compliance with best practice in programme, project, and financial management from within UK government and beyond, delivering through programme manager(s) and SROs.


The job requires the post-holder to have substantial experience of programme management (preferably CSSF), monitoring and evaluation, and ideally experience of working on conflict and security issues. Given the content of the job and the fact that the post is only for 6 months, we would require the jobholder to have security clearance (at Official Sensitive level) from UK government already in order to take up the post. Knowledge of working with the MOD and   NCA would be advantageous. They need to have a keen eye for impact and risk. They will need to develop and maintain a wide range of contacts, including   Head of Mission, Defence Attachés, Policy leads in London and other senior officials across HMG, government interlocutors, key donors and implementers. They will need to be a confident and consultative manager, able to supervise   and motivate focal points across several government departments.

UK official sensitive security clearance (given the content of the job and the fact that the post is only for 6 months, we would require the jobholder to have security clearance (at official sensitive level) from UK government already to be eligible to take up the post

Programme management (preferably CSSF) experience

Development experience.

Programme and project management / delivery skills


Conflict and gender sensitivity for CSSF; working with UK government; SAFE training (can be obtained prior to taking up post)
13 December 2017
Grade 7 (G7)
Fixed Term
6 months
British High Commission
1,398,418 Naira
1 February 2018

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.

Any other information:

Nigeria is one of HMG’s highest priorities in Africa. Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country (c180m), its largest economy and the world’s  twelfth largest oil producer. One in  five Africans is Nigerian. Two thirds of Nigeria’s c180m people live on under $1.25 a day. By 2050 its population is expected to grow to around 440m. Set against these opportunities,  Nigeria faces enormous challenges, including major security threats (from  instance from Boko Haram in the north-east, and insecurity in areas such as the  Niger Delta), huge corruption, tensions over land, resources and jobs, and a fragile economy. These challenges affect the Nigerian government’s ability to deliver effectively on security, development and   prosperity – in a country which is home to a quarter of Africa’s extreme poor. Nigeria has the potential to be major force for development across the continent. It has a strong influence on African politics, peace and security, and trade through ECOWAS/AU, and is a major contributor to peacekeeping. 

Abuja is one of the largest and most important UK missions in Africa, with a large High Commission, high profile DFID office and other departments and UK military represented. The CSSF team is expanding and dynamic, sitting at the heart of the High Commission. 

Abuja has a pleasant lifestyle, with a small-town feel with plenty of greenery. The climate is more pleasant and less muggy than on the coast.  There are a range of restaurants and many informal Nigerian open air fish bars. 

Sports facilities are very good, with High Commission swimming pools, gyms and tennis/squash courts. Culturally, there is a new multi-screen cinema, a French Institute, an increasing number of art galleries and the mega-hub of Lagos is a 1hr flight away. Abuja airport is increasingly well connected, with daily direct flights to London (only 6 hours away), Paris, Frankfurt, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Dubai, Jo’burg and elsewhere in West Africa.

This is initially a 6 months contract with possibility of extention

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