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Nigeria – A Protection Coordinator in Maiduguri

Starting date : As Soon As Possible

Duration of Mission: 12 months renewable

Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria


Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a Humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilian victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by addressing their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The association leads on average 200 projects per year in the following sectors of intervention: food security, health, nutrition, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures, water, sanitation, hygiene and economic recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 6 million people in more than 22 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Europe.

Following the intensification of the Chad Lake conflict in Nigeria (North East of the Country), PUI opened its Nigerian mission in 2016. PUI is also assisting the Nigerian refugees in Cameroon.

Find out about our history and values.

Humanitarian situation and needs

With the largest population in Africa (between 178 and 200 million inhabitants), Nigeria is ranked as one of the strongest economy of the continent relying on oil and petroleum products as well as mineral resources (gold, iron, diamonds, copper etc…). Despite a strong economy, Nigeria suffers from important development disparities between North and South provinces of the country, social and economic inequalities, and from a high rate of corruption at every level of the economic and administrative systems. Moreover, Nigeria is a very diverse country, hosting multiple ethnic groups and religion.

The on-going conflict in the North-East States of the country (states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe) and widespread violence triggered a large scale humanitarian crisis. This context is exacerbated by the extreme violence from armed-opposition groups ISWAP (Islamic State’s West Africa Province) and JAS (Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad) targeting civilian populations in NE Nigeria. In October 2019, there were 2 019 000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country according to the UNHCR and 7.1 million people were considered to be in a humanitarian emergency situation. Three years of conflict have seriously deteriorated living conditions in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States and have depressed agricultural production, exacerbating populations’ critical needs for life-saving assistance.

Our actions in the field

For the year 2020 our operational strategy is based on the following objectives :

  • Increase basic humanitarian assistance coverage to those in need within Borno State
  • Contribute to developing a deeper understanding of the humanitarian needs within communities Food and nutrition insecurity is reduced for crisis-effected populations
  • Self-reliance is strengthened within accessible and safe regions
  • The overall protection environment of targeted communities is enhanced
  • Vulnerable and conflict-affected individuals with specific protection needs and risks can access specialized protection services
  • Contribute to the reduction of morbidity and mortality especially for women, children

And the main programmatic objectives of the mission for 2020 can be synthetized as follows:

  • Continue and further develop the response to urgent needs of IDPs and Host Communities living in Maiduguri City through Food Security, Health, Nutrition and Protection activities.
  • Further develop the integrated multi-sector response in Maiduguri City with the widening of the sectoral scope of PUI intervention by adding Protection, WASH… to the response portfolio (either directly or through coordinated approach with external actors)

Develop the support to vulnerable populations in Monguno, through the launch of 2 Health, Nutrition and Protection projects.

Find out more about our response to the crisis.


As part of our activities in Nigeria, we are looking for a Protection Coordinator.



The Protection Coordinator enforces the mission’s technical strategy and the quality of current and future programmes during the design, implementation, and evaluation stages. He/She provides support to the programme directors (Field Coordinators and Project managers) and ensures protection mainstreaming through a working relationship with other technical coordinators and MEAL department.

The Protection Coordinator position aims at strengthening the capacity of the organization to deliver on high quality protection programs. The Protection Coordinator will work under the Deputy Head of Mission Programs and in close collaboration with the other technical coordinators (Medical, MHPSS, Food Security and Livelihood) and the MEAL department in order to ensure that protection is well established within the organization.


  • Programmes: He/She provides functional support, related to technical aspects, to program managers during programme implementation; he/she ensures technical guidance and capacity building of the protection team and Programs Department (technical unit and MEAL department)
  • Evaluation/Strategy: He/She takes part in developing the operating strategy and proposes new services to respond to needs identified in the target country.
  • Human Resources/Training: He/She provides technical support to programme department in hiring for technical positions, and supervises the technical training provided in response to identified needs;
  • Representation/Coordination: He/She coordinates PUI’s representation to partners, donors, and authorities within the sector, in the technical field of expertise, and ensures that information about the mission is properly distributed. Act as PUI focal point for all coordination forums related to protection, including the Protection Sector, GBV and CP sub-sectors, etc.

To know more about our offer, look at the complete job description on our website.

Expériences / Formation


Master’s degree in a relevant subject, such as human rights law, refugee law, IHL, migration, international relations and/or international development


  • Previous experience working in context of mixed migration and internal displacement, with good knowledge of the protection issues affecting forcibly displaced individuals
  • Excellent technical knowledge of protection standards and principles and capacity to develop effective responses according to needs and relevant frameworks
  • Commitment to integrate gender, conflict sensitivity and accountability into programming
  • At least 3 years in protection program management or a similar position in an international context
  • Experience in working in environments with similar protection threats as in Nigeria required.

Knowledge and skills:

  • Solid experience in project development and management
  • Strong capacity building, facilitation, and presentation skills
  • Good knowledge of institutional donors regulations and policies
  • Ability to work flexibly in a diverse team, with proven leadership skills
  • Knowledge : Word, Excel (advanced), Outlook, Powerpoint

Languages: Excellent English writing and speaking skills


  • Employed with a Fixed-Term Contract – 12 months renewable
  • Starting Date: As Soon As Possible
  • Monthly gross income: from 2 200 up to 2 530 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
  • Paid Leaves Policy: 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

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