Project Coordinator, Nigeria

We are seeking a Program Coordinator for a fixed term from February to June 2021 (5 months) to assist with the coordination of IWPR’s activities in Nigeria. In particular, the Project Coordinator will assist with delivery of the Africa Resilience Network project.

The Africa Resilience Network programme runs until June 2021, and will build a network of journalists, activists and analysts to identify and expose coronavirus-related misinformation.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter with project coordination experience for non-profit organisations in Nigeria, a track record in ensuring donor compliance, an understanding of the traditional and new media environment in Nigeria, and strong people skills.

The role will involve coordinating select local activities – in particular, overseeing a number of small grants awarded to journalists – in close consultation with IWPR’s existing in-country partners.

Competitive rates on offer.

You will:

  • Plan and coordinate, in conjunction with the Project Manager, operations and administration of IWPR’s programming in Nigeria
  • Coordinate IWPR specific program/s activity in Nigeria under the guidance of the UK-based Program Manager; ensure effective communication with IWPR representatives, local partners and partners in other countries
  • Representing IWPR, liaise with and report to local donor representatives on activities and progress as required to ensure smooth program implementation
  • Oversee small grants given to programs’ beneficiaries, including tracking progress, following up with individuals, handling financial backup documentation, and administering small monies
  • Complete all narrative and financial reports and documentation required by the programs, working with the Program Manager to ensure that all funds are used and reported properly
  • Apply IWPR monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) processes to measure and report on the program/s progress achieved by IWPR’s beneficiaries
  • Support development and fundraising for new programs in Nigeria and the region;
  • Assist with program media outputs, including editing work, as required
  • Work closely with the Program Manager to ensure clarity around long-term programming, operational, and funding requirements in-country
  • Support the Program Manager in development of funding proposals for IWPR’s work in the region, including desk reviews and editing proposals
  • Represent IWPR in external meetings, as required
  • Ensure a work environment that is non-discriminatory and promotes open dialogue on gender-related and culturally sensitive issues
  • Ensure that IWPR policies and procedures are well implemented and practised in-country where relevant, as well as ensure all donor / governmental regulations are strictly adhered to
  • Undertake other duties and assignments as may be assigned from time to time.

The successful candidate will have:


  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in management, communications, political science, international relations, public relations/affairs, marketing, journalism or any other related field


  • Minimum of 5 years relevant experience:
  • Working with a range of international donors, particularly US Government;
  • Ensuring full compliance to USG rules and regulations;
  • Coordinating programs and budgets including MEL, sub-awards and contracts;
  • Working with teams from diverse backgrounds across multiple locations and countries to achieve and sustain excellence;
  • Working with multiple sectors, achieving financial and contractual results.


  • Have exceptional interpersonal and relationship-building competencies, coupled with strong written and verbal communication skills, and be capable of managing conflict and conflicting views;
  • Have excellent report-writing skills with the ability to analyse and distil complex narrative and financial information;
  • Be a proven strategic planner and with strong technical knowledge, demonstrating conceptual and analytical ability, good judgement, and an adaptive and flexible capacity;
  • Have demonstrable proficiency in computers, software, spreadsheet and finance management packages;
  • Be extremely familiar with media, media development and / or using social media in a development context;
  • Have an understanding of research and research best practices;
  • Be energetic and forward thinking; a creative individual with intellectual depth and high ethical standards;
  • Be able to coach on professional and work ethics and implement them.


  • Strong command of English; capabilities in languages spoken across Nigeria is desirable.


  • Limited travel is expected due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, a willingness to travel should the situation allow, is expected.
Nairobi, Nigeria
Until filled

Principals only. No calls please. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. Only those who have been selected for interviews will be contacted. IWPR will never ask for payment for recruitment.

This position description is not an exhaustive list of all functions that the incumbent is expected to perform, but is instead a summary of the primary responsibilities and requirements of the job. The incumbent may be asked to perform duties not included in this position description. IWPR reserves the right to revise position descriptions at any time based on changes to the required job responsibilities. Staff will be informed of any changes to their job responsibilities.

Nairobi, Nigeria
Until filled
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