Nigeria – A Nutrition Project Manager in Maiduguri








Fixed Term Contract




6 months



With the biggest population in Africa, (between 178 and 200 million inhabitants), Nigeria is ranked as one of the first economy of the continent thanks to oil and petroleum products as well as mineral resources (gold, iron, diamonds, copper etc…). Despite a strong economy, Nigeria suffers from huge inequalities between rich and poor, and from a high rate of corruption, at every level. Moreover, a great ethnic diversity mixed with a federal mechanism make it a real powder keg. Within this volatile environment, the conflict in the North-East of the country (states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe) and the linked widespread violence triggered a large scale humanitarian crisis.

The conflict in the North-East

Boko Haram was created in 2001, with activity related to social actions and schooling. Over the years, the group started an armed rebellion against the government of Nigeria. Several members of the group were arrested, sparking deadly clashes with Nigerian security forces. The group’s founder and then leader Mohammed Yusuf was killed while still in police custody. This was the beginning of the radicalization of the movement and of the conflict still affecting the area in the present days. In 2015, the Nigerian army received the support of an occidental military coalition (US, France, British). The same year, Boko Haram pledged allegiance to ISIS and ended up divided into two branches: ISWAP (linked to ISIS) and JAS (the historical branch).

This ongoing conflict as well as the absence of basic services have created acute humanitarian and protection needs for those impacted by the crisis, including refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and local communities.

Humanitarian consequences:

The armed conflict affected more than 14 million people, with 2 million forcibly displaced in the Lake Chad Basin region, and new displacement continues. Following the new conflict and military developments, several Local Governmental Areas (LGAs) of Borno State were deemed accessible to humanitarian aid by the Nigerian government. But outside of the capital cities, in the countryside, the security is not granted to the populations and to the humanitarian workers. Assessments conducted in newly accessible areas in Borno State revealed severe humanitarian and protection conditions. Still, many people remain inaccessible to humanitarian actors due to insecurity, particularly in Nigeria’s Borno State and border areas of Cameroon and Niger.

As of January 2018, close to 1,300,000 refugee returnees have been registered in Nigeria, sometimes under conditions that have not been voluntary, safe and dignified. Many of these return movements have resulted in secondary displacements as many areas of origin remain insecure and inaccessible. Projection for 2018 forecast new displacement and arrivals from the inaccessible areas (around 200,000). In total, at least 1.32 million of IDPs are located in Borno State. 50% of them are living in host communities. Around 60% of those displaced are children and the number of female and child-headed households is on the rise because male heads of households have either disappeared, been killed or fear to return to join their families. Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is widespread, and many people have suffered the trauma of violent experiences.

The Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) 2018 estimated some 7.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Nigeria across the three states of the north east (Borno, Yobe and Adamawa) with most needs concentrated in Borno State. In determining the scale of the response for 2018 (more than 1 billion USD consolidated appeal!), humanitarian partners agreed to focus on states assessed as the most affected by the violent conflict, infrastructure destruction, mass displacement, ongoing insecurity and ensuing factors. The most critical areas requiring humanitarian assistance are located in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states where millions of people are in need of urgent life-saving assistance.


Under the management of the Deputy Field Coordinator – Program and the technical supervision of the Medical Coordinator, the Nutrition Project Manager is in charge of ensuring the good implementation of PUI Nutrition activities in Maiduguri. The component under the Nutrition PM supervision, part of PUI integrated response to the Bolori II population needs, aims at managing and monitoring a comprehensive Nutrition approach included in PUI Health & Nutrition Program and comprising of:

Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) – identification, referral and treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) at OTP sites established at MoH-PUI health facilities. In the absence of Stabilization Center (SC) directly managed by PUI, SAM cases with complications will be referred to SCs managed by other partners.

Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) awareness raising (through Community Nutrition Mobilizers and Mother Care Groups).

This position will be critical to:

Foster good practices among the community regarding IYCF to reduce prevalence of Severe Acute Malnutrition and Moderate Acute Malnutrition in the areas of intervention.

Ensure a close follow up of cases identified and referred for treatment.

Ensure that appropriate care is provided to identified cases.

Ensure continuous training of all staff and community volunteers pertaining to PUI nutrition response.

Ensure a full integration of the nutrition component into the Health & Nutrition approach implemented by PUI.

Ensure close link with other program teams (Food Security, Protection and Community Outreach) as per the integrated response deployed by PUI in Bolori II.


Project planning and implementation: He/She ensures the proper implementation and monitoring of the nutrition activities, with a strong focus on its qualitative aspects.

Information sharing, assessments and referral system: As per the Integrated Community based approach developed by PUI in the area of intervention, he/she participates to the development and follow up of the internal and external referrals system linked with nutrition activities. He/she ensures an indepth analysis of data collected by the nutrition teams, and shares analysis and data with the HPM and other relevant departments.

Team management and capacity building: He/she supervises the nutrition teams. He/she supervises capacity building support to the project team as appropriate and training activities on the basis of identified needs. He/she suggests modifications in terms of nutrition team structuring and responsibilities’ split. He/she does not manage directly the nutrition teams included in the health facilities but supervises their activities in direct link with each facility focal point and the HPM.

Capitalization, reporting and development: He/she is responsible for the qualitative production of internal and external activities’ reports. He/she supports the Deputy Field Coordinator for Programs (DFCP) and/or Field Coordinator (FC) and the Grants Officer in providing sufficient and detailed information for program reporting for donors and PUI HQ. He/she contributes to ongoing capitalization efforts regarding program methodologies, lessons learnt and challenges. He/she drafts specific Activity Forms and Standard Operating Procedures as per the mission’s learning strategy in direct link with the MEAL department. He/she contributes to the adjustment of current intervention or/and development of new interventions on the basis of identified needs.

Representation and coordination: Upon request from his/her supervisors, he/she ensures and coordinates the PUI’s sectorial representation in the area which he/she is responsible for among partners, donors, authorities and other stakeholders and participate to the Ad Hoc relevant meetings. She/he ensures an efficient coordination with the other departments of the base.

Logistics and Finance: She/he coordinates with the Log and Admin/Finance teams to mobilize effectively the resources allocated to the program supervised, including financial and logistic forecasting any adjustments needed, taking into consideration determined budget and compliance with logistics and administrative procedures. He/she is responsible for the activity budget lines of his/her project budget and for following-up on the expenditures while providing monthly budget forecast.

Safety and Security: He/she contributes to compliance with safety rules within the mission, especially by the program team under his/her management and communicates any security/safety-related information to the base Security Focal Point.



Relevant master’s degree from an accredited academic institution preferably in Nutrition, Public Health, Social Work

Project management

Needs assessment


2 years as a manager of humanitarian projects

Previous experience with Nutrition interventions

Knowledge of integrated / multi-sector approach

Previous experience with database systems

Experience in elaborating curriculum and conducting trainings


Demonstrating good knowledge of UN and NGO mandates and programs in the humanitarian responses, post conflict construction and development/resilience

Excellent planning and organizational skills

Excellent writing skills

Very good Knowledge of project management

Good knowledge in handling data bases


English required



Monthly Gross Income: from 1 815 up to 2 145 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI


Cost covered:  Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…

Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation

Housing in collective accommodation

Daily living Expenses (« Per diem »)


Break Policy  : 5 working days at 3 and 9 months + break allowance

Paid Leaves Policy  : 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months