Job Vacancy: Head of Programmes

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Job Vacancy: Job title: Head of Programmes

Job description: COOPI is looking for a Head of Programmes in Nigeria

COOPI started its operations in North-East Nigeria in July 2014 to carry out a rapid evaluation of the most relevant constraints suffered by the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) displaced by the food crisis and the Boko Haram insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin. The organization started in 2021 new operations in North-West, in Sokoto and Kaduna regions, focused on DRR and resilience building of communities affected by natural disasters. COOPI aims to support the most basic and pressing needs of communities affected by the conflict. COOPI is providing multi-sectoral emergency response to the IDPs, returnees, and host population focused on food security, nutrition, protection, and education. COOPI’s main area of intervention is Yobe, but also in Kaduna and Sokoto states in the Northwest Nigeria with Disaster Risk Reduction programs. COOPI is currently implementing projects funded by UN agencies, USAID, ECHO.

Description of the role

The Head of Programmes (HoP) is the focal point for COOPI programs in Nigeria. S/he will be responsible for defining programs, drafting intermediate and final project narratives and budgets. He/she will manage the supervision, monitoring and coordination of ongoing projects and support the Head of Mission in relations with donors and partners. S/he will report directly to the Head of Mission.

Main responsibilities


Project Development

  • Lead the definition and implementation of the country program strategy, with the support of the HoM, Emergency Response Lead and Program Advisors
  • Review priorities and strategies of main institutional donors and propose the submission of project proposals according to COOPI’s expertise and geographical presence;
  • Lead the development of new project proposals (ECHO, USAID, WFP, EU and various UN Agencies);
  • Review priorities and evidence from ongoing and closed grants;
  • Collaborate with Head of Operations and Country Admin for logistical and financial requirements;

External coordination

  • Meet regularly with donors and partners, consolidating the position of COOPI in the country. Engage new potential donors and partners, working closely with the HoM and program advisors;
  • Manage donors visits, liaising with the HoM and PMs;
  • Represent COOPI in relevant fora and ensure institutional positioning of the Organization in the Country;

Monitoring & Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

  • Approve M&E plans for projects in alignment with planning documents and to Logical Frameworks;
  • Provide required inputs for the development of data collection tools, questionnaires, surveys, as required by the projects;
  • Provide quality assurance of M&E reports (e.g. KAP surveys, Monitoring Reports, PDM.);
  • Use collected data/lesson learnt to enhance internal learning with the HoM for proposal development;
  • Use M&E data, innovation and evidence collected in the on-going and past projects for engaging new donors and partners;
  • Ensure linkages and learning among technical advisors;
  • Carry out field monitoring missions in the areas of interventions;
  • Ensure the financial monitoring of the projects and monitor the respect of COOPI’s and donor’s procedures;

Project Reporting

  • Ensure a final review of all project narrative reports (interim, quarterly and final);
  • Ensure the submission of reports according to internal and external submission deadlines;
  • Ensure that sources of verification of accomplished activities meet quality standards and are available;

Human Resources Management

  • Identify HR needs in the framework of existing and/or new programmes;
  • Provide essential inputs to the definition of ToR and Job descriptions for programme staff members;
  • Participate in the recruitment process for programme staff at level 2 management; upon request of the Head of Mission and HQ support the recruitment process of international staff;
  • Support the definition of HR plan for new approved programmes;
  • Provide continuous training on the job and capacity development, including mentorship and coaching, of staff assigned under the humanitarian programmes;
  • Provide evaluation of the performance of staff members, as required by COOPI’s HR Manual;

Communication and visibility

  • Support for the production and distribution of communication and visibility tools and products for COOPI in Nigeria;
  • Gathering the necessary data and information in collaboration with the field teams to produce communication products;



  • University master’s degree in relevant subject (post graduate degree required);
  • A minimum of 5 years of work experience in project formulation, implementation and coordination with an International NGOs (Early Recovery, DRR and FSL background is preferred);
  • Experience in working with different Donors (ECHO, EU, USAID, AICS, WFP and other UN agencies);
  • Good knowledge of humanitarian standards and principles;
  • Excellent report and proposal writing skills in English;
  • Proactive aptitude in terms of planning and coordination with different bodies, institutions and reference points;
  • Target oriented and problem-solving aptitude;
  • Strong managerial skills;
  • Good leadership skills, aimed at managing and motivating a team;
  • Positive ability to bear stressful and complicated situations;
  • Diplomatic and confidentiality skills;
  • Advanced IT skills;
  • Embrace COOPI’s vision and mission.


  • Previous experience in the Region is an asset;
  • Knowledge of Italian will be considered an asset;

We reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the application closing date, once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

Please note that only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on rolling basis and the vacancy will be closed when filled, thanks for understanding.

COOPI Cooperazione Internazionale is an Italian secular and independent humanitarian organisation fighting against all forms of poverty to improve the world. Founded in 1965, today COOPI is present in 33 countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East, with both emergency and development projects carried out by expatriate staff – an average of over 270 people per year – and national staff. The main institutional funders are the European Union – ECHO and INTPA – USAID, UN agencies, the Italian Government, local authorities and other European Governments.

Location: Abuja, FCT

Job date: Fri, 24 Nov 2023 08:10:53 GMT

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