2019 FCO Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) Nigeria Programme Officer Vacancy

Deadline: April 12, 2019.

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Main purpose of job:

The job holder will work directly to the Deputy Head of CSSF Nigeria, supporting the delivery of a portfolio of Conflict, Security and Stability Fund (CSSF) programmes which work towards a more stable, secure, prosperous and resilient Nigeria. The CSSF portfolio in Nigeria will be worth approx £25m in the next financial year and covers a range of security and stabilisation programmes, including on Security and Justice Reform (SJRP), and in the North East and Delta regions of the country.

The CSSF Nigeria team works to and is co-located with the West Africa team, which oversees approx. £36m p.a. programmes across the region (with Nigeria inclusive). The CSSF Nigeria programme is delivered by partners from a range of different government departments and each overseen by a Senior Responsible Owner (SRO). The jobholder will be responsible for the effective management of programmes and underpinning projects funded by the CSSF in Nigeria (and wider West Africa as needed). This involves working with programme leads, SROs, implementing partners and stakeholders to help manage and monitor projects within the CSSF portfolio to time, cost and quality.

The post-holder will be responsible and accountable for:

  • Provide regular reporting on projects progress to the Deputy Head of CSSF Nigeria. Work with programme leads and implementing partners to monitor progress against set criteria to deliver programme and component objectives
  • Lead on due diligence processes and financial/programmatic spot checks for programmes in compliance with CSSF requirements
  • Create and maintain schedules of key projects and programme milestones (Start/end dates, report due date, monitoring/spotcheck visits required dates,etc)
  • Lead on contractual arrangements and documentations with implementing partners and/or multilateral organisations ensuring compliance to terms and conditions.
  • Lead on timely review and monitoring of activity-based budgets of implementing partners to ensure that delivery is to time, cost and quality, identify problems and successes, escalating as needed.
  • Providing accurate financial profiling, forecasting, monitoring and reporting for all programmes managed monthly/quarterly
  • Highlight successes, risk and opportunities, and help identify and assess new projects plans.
  • Provide support to annual reviews or other high-level CSSF visits. Follow up on review recommendations for implementers and relevant stakeholders.
  • Liaise with finance manager on ensuring accurate and timely budget and spend figures are reported to CSSF London colleagues within approved allocation.
  • Ensure all programme documents, agreements and other key correspondence are saved on EasyFile.
  • Hold PRISM responsibilities for FCO projects managed thus ensuring activity costs are captured in the period they occur.

This role requires the jobholder to have some experience in financial management.



  • Experience in programme management.
  • Financial management experience
  • Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering Value for Money, Managing a Quality Service




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