Consortium Team Leader – MMC/Jere BHA project Nigeria


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is currently recruiting for the position Consortium Team Leader – MMC/Jere BHA project Maiduguri, Borno, Nigeria

Sector: Program Administration

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Yes

Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria

Job Description

The Consortium Team Leader will oversee the “Integrated Emergency, Recovery and Resilience Response for Crisis- Affected Persons in MMC and Jere” project, funded by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), and implemented from March 2022 through February 2024.

Job Overview

·        The Consortium Team Leader will provide overall leadership, management, and the strategic vision to the implementation for the “Integrated Emergency, Recovery and Resilience Response for Crisis-affected Persons in MMC and Jere LGAs, Borno State, Nigeria” project.

·        The Consortium Team Leader will work closely with and under the supervision of the IRC Deputy Director of Programs (DDP).

Major Responsibilities

Technical Quality Assurance and Strategic Oversight

• Provide overall technical leadership, financial oversight, strategic vision of implementation and operational management of the program

• Provide high quality leadership, coordination and strategic vision to the consortium, with hands on management ensuring program activities achieve the greatest coverage and impact possible, coordinated inputs and technical/managerial quality and programming that is data driven and adapts and changes with the context.

• In coordination and collaboration with IRC MEAL Coordinator work with the consortium to develop and ensure a strong MEAL system in place for the consortium that adheres to program quality standards and procedures

• Ensure that through area-based approach there is optimal delivery of a comprehensive package of essential cross sectoral services to the targeted beneficiaries

• Lead the harmonization of approach by the consortium, e.g case management referrals, registration, modality selection, referrals, etc.

• Lead the strategic coordination with government services and systems

• Mobilize and ensure transparent and constructive communication with Consortium partners and IRC management in responding to donor requests

• Support the implementation of IRC’s Partnership (PEER) system across all areas of sub-award management of consortium partners.

Program Management, Implementation Oversight and Compliance

• Lead and ensure quality of Project Cycle Meetings throughout project period, including ensuring that opening, implementation, learning and close-out meetings are planned and conducted in a timely manner with full participation of the consortium and all relevant stakeholders/staff

• Provide leadership to the consortium for timely and high-quality implementation of programs, and promote regular reviews of program progress - both internal and external - and budget spending (i.e., through tracking spending plans, BvA meetings, etc).

• Responsible for project management, oversees the implementation, follow up and effective monitoring of IRC and partners’ Program work, expenditure, M&E and procurement plans, organizing, among others, joint and regular monitoring and review meetings, assessing progress and proactively identifying challenges and solutions in order to attain program outcomes.

• Monitors the use of the budget and ensure sound financial management and the use of funds;

• Actively contributes to the development and review of program approaches, making concrete recommendations for changes in partners' activities, approaches, and areas of action as appropriate.

• Ensure that programs and partnerships are implemented in compliance with BHA regulations as well as IRC internal policies and procedures

• Work closely with the Grants Managers to ensure that the consortium partners understand key compliance for donors and IRC internal rules and regulations, and any red flags are addressed immediately

• Conduct frequent field visits to all project sites for monitoring, quality control and program staff mentoring and coaching

• Ensure the production of clear and quality donor reports, both narrative and financial, by the consortium

Promote Project Learning and Analysis

• Create an environment of continued learning, encouraging innovation and auto-critical analysis, capitalizing on lessons learned to inform programmatic and strategic decisions and contributes to the knowledge base of the sectors covered by the program.  

• Work with the M&E team to build and foster a culture of learning and reflection that uses data to design and adapt programs.

• Coordinate with other BHA consortium in MMC/Jere for key assessments and learnings

• Take lead to ensure there is harmonization of surveys or assessment by the consortium with other BHA consortium partners in MMC/Jere especially for food assistance (FA) and multipurpose cash assistance (MPCA).

• Collaborate with other BHA consortium in MMC/Jere for key learnings and best practices within the consortium and other donor consortiums

Coordination & Representation

• Lead the consortium in developing public messaging and profile of the project

• Represent the consortium in external relationships with the donor, various relevant government line ministries, technical agencies and organizations and; key events relating to the project

• In coordination with the Consortium Management Committee and DDFM, assist in organizing donor visits by supporting staff in the smooth design and running of field visits

Staff Performance Management, Learning & Development:

• Hire, supervise, and build the capacity of team members in relevant technical and management competencies.

• Develop and implement management capacity building approaches and plans to strengths of the consortium team

• Coach, train, supervise and mentor direct-report staff, including communicating clear expectations, setting annual performance objectives, providing regular and timely positive and constructive performance feedback, and providing documented semi-annual performance reviews.

• Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.

• Approve and manage all time, attendance and leave requests to ensure adequate departmental coverage; ensure monthly, accurate timesheet submission and carry out probationary reviews.

• Hold high-quality meetings with each direct report on a regular and predictable basis, at least monthly.

• Provide a measurable development plan including on-the-job learning with the aim of strengthening technical capacity, exchanging knowledge within the team and providing guidance on career paths.

• As required identify staff performance issues and work with Human Resources to document and address these in accordance with the National Staff Employment Policies.

• Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.

• Promote and monitor staff care and well-being. Model healthy work-life balance practices. Support appropriate interventions in response to identified staff care needs of both national and international staff.

• Demonstrated experience in supervision both international and national staff and look for opportunities to support staff in their career growth, where appropriate. As part of succession plan and nationalization goals, identify, train and develop capability and capacity of national staff to successfully transition role and responsibilities, by the end of assignment.

• Adhere to and act in accordance with the IRC Global HR Policies and Procedures and communicates through word and example a high standard of compliance with all applicable policies and regulations.


Key Internal Contacts:

 Country Program:  SMT, Senior Program Coordinators, Senior Grants Coordinator, MEAL Coordinator, Compliance Coordinator, Program and Technical Coordinators etc.

Key External Contacts:  Government stakeholder, Technical Line Ministries and Relevant Sectors

Job Requirements


• Master or equivalent experience in development studies, international relations, Humanitarian Assistance, Political Sciences, Social Administration, or other relevant degrees etc.

Work Experience:

• Minimum of 10 years of progressive senior management experience in managing integrated, multi sectoral programs in humanitarian and development program

• Demonstrated and strong experience managing a consortium of international NGOs as Team Leader or Project Director level

• Demonstrated experience in Area Based Approach to programming

• Experience in managing USAID funded program is strongly preferred

• Should possess minimum 7 years of international assignments experiences in humanitarian and development work

• National candidates are also encouraged to apply and should have minimum of 10 years of experience in senior management role

• Demonstrated experience and ability to build and maintain relationships with governments, technical line ministries, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, private sectors and partners

• Experience working in Sub Saharan Africa especially in West Africa

Demonstrated Technical Skills:

• Provide high quality leadership and strategic vision to the consortium, with hands on management ensuring program activities achieve the greatest coverage and impact possible, coordinated inputs and technical/managerial quality and programming that is data driven and adapts and changes with the context

• Demonstrated experience in program management, project design and use of project design tools

Demonstrated Managerial/Leadership Competencies:

• Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills with evidence of ability to build and maintain good relationship with people in wide range and levels of organizations (consortiums, government, private sector, NGOs etc).

• Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures and work independently and cooperatively with team members.

• Ability to handle a large and dynamic workload, work under pressure and meet deadlines

• Delivers quality results for clients, partners and colleagues.


Languages:  Fluency in English (spoken and written)


Computer/Other Tech Requirements:

• Full professional competency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. 

Ability to Travel: At minimal

Method of Application

Interested and qualified applicants should follow the link below to submit CV and application letter.

Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria

Application Deadline: Not Specified


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