Governance Manager- Internal Only (IRC Jobs)


Job Title: Governance Manager- Internal Only

·        Sector: Governance

·        Employment Category: Regular

·        Employment Type: Full-Time

·        Open to Expatriates: No

·        Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria

·        Work Arrangement: In-person

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee has been in Nigeria since October 2012 and came in response to a widespread flood disaster.

IRC’s Emergency Response Team, with local partner, Civil Society Coalition for Poverty Eradication (CISCOPE), implemented projects to support food security, livelihoods, nutrition, and WASH in Kogi State.

At the beginning of January 2014, IRC shifted geographical location to the Northeast, in Adamawa state to provide humanitarian response to the conflict-affected populations.

In the Northeast, IRC has operational offices: Yola and Mubi field offices in Adamawa State, Damaturu in Yobe State and Bama, Monguno, Gwoza and Maiduguri field offices in Borno State-with the latter office opened in October 2015.

In both states, IRC is providing humanitarian support to internally displaced populations hosted in IDP camps, camp like settings, host communities and returnee populations. In 2023, the IRC began operations in Northwest Nigeria.

The IRC Nigeria country program is implementing multi-sectoral interventions in the sectors of: Health and Nutrition; Environmental Health; Child Protection; Education; Women’s Protection and Empowerment; Economic Recovery and Development, Protection Rule of Law, and Governance. Most of these programs are driven in partnership with strategic local NGOs.


The Governance team of International Rescue Committee, via power integration, amplifies the voices of people whose lives have been impacted by conflict and crisis. We help them regain control of their future by championing their rights to influence the decisions that affect their cities, towns, and communities.

To achieve this, we Strengthen the ability and power of people affected by conflict and crisis to have a voice in how decisions are made in their communities. We also Support governments, civil society organizations, community representatives, and the IRC to respond to their voices and provide effective and inclusive services and Promote communications between leaders and the people they represent so that actions are meaningful and sustainable.

In line with the current IRC’s Strategic Action Plan (SAP) agenda which is to have governance programming integrated across sectors; the Governance Manager will support the SIDA project lead in integrating power across all the project outcome areas.

Job Overview / Summary

  • In this context, the IRC is seeking a highly skilled, dynamic, and experienced Governance Manager working under the supervision of the SIDA Project Lead, based in Maiduguri, and in close collaboration with the Snr SRHR Manager, based in Maiduguri, the WPE Coordinator and the Governance Coordinator.
  • The Governance Manager will work closely with the project team to implement Organizational Development processes for project partners and stakeholders.

Major Responsibilities

Program Management & Development:

  • Create and execute work plans, spending plans, procurement plans and related systems to ensure that project deliverables and deadlines are met, and targets achieved.
  • Participate in the development of proposals, budgets, and concept notes in coordination with the project lead.
  • Contribute to the implementation of the Power Integration Strategy for the Nigeria Country Program.
  • Collaborate with the Monitoring and evaluation team to ensure power indicators and targets are met.
  • Develop timely, high-quality, and result-based reports, annual work plans, project monitoring tracking matrices, target implementation plan and relevant project narratives and updates as required.
  • Sustain deep working collaborations with partners that are relevant in bringing about policy changes, i.e., Government, Legislators, International NGOs, and local NGOs, women, and youth associations in Nigeria.
  • Carryout monitoring visits to all intervention locations for the SIDA SRHR project to ensure program quality and compliance.

Grants Management and Reporting:

  • Manage and oversee grants; develop and maintain work, spending and procurement plans for the SIDA SRHR.
  • Participate in SIDA SRHR Grant Opening, Mid-Term and Closing meeting.
  • Prepare internal and external reports within agreed deadlines using IRC and donor formats, as required.
  • Ensure effective implementation of M&E systems throughout the lifetime of the SIDA SRHR project.

Representation & Coordination:

  • Establish and maintain relationships with other NGOs, international organizations, government stakeholders and MDAs.

Key Working Relationships:

  • Position Reports to: Project Lead
  • Position directly supervises: N/A
  • Other Internal and/or external contacts: Governance Coordinator
  • Internal: Supply Chain and Finance, Regional Policy Advisors, HQ Technical Advisors
  • External: Service provider, Traditional and Community Leaders, Local Government Authorities, Government Ministries/Agencies


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Community Development, Public Administration, Law, International Development, Project Management, or other relevant field; or Minimum two (2) years of experience in local governance, social accountability, public administration, institutional development, public-sector capacity building or related technical areas.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding governance in service delivery, particularly health/SRHR.
  • Solid experience in participatory, flexible, conflict and gender-sensitive programming and implementation.
  • Experience or knowledge of the Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA), OD and/or adaptive management a plus.
  • Strong track record in working in partnership with governments and civil society at various levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate and partner with communities, civil society, and government representatives.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency in written and spoken Hausa and/or Kanuri is preferred.
  • Ability to Travel: 50% of time if applicable.


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