Senior Military Advisor, Nigeria (Africa)

Abuja, NIGERIA · Full-time · Senior

About The Position

Description:

Center for Civilians in Conflict’s mission is to improve protection for civilians caught in conflicts around the world. We call on and advise international organizations, governments, militaries, and armed non-state actors to adopt and implement policies, tools, and training to prevent civilian harm. When civilians are harmed, we advocate for the provision of amends and post-harm assistance. We bring the voices of civilians themselves to those making decisions affecting their lives. 

The Senior Military Advisor will be a highly valued member of the CIVIC’s Nigeria Team and Field Leadership Team. The postholder will be responsible for the design and delivery of high-quality training to the Nigerian Armed Forces, engaging and managing relationships with the Nigerian Armed Forces.

Job Purpose:       Implement security force training in support of CIVIC’s programs

Location:           Abuja, Nigeria

Travel:             Up to 35% required

Reporting to:        Country Director, Nigeria

Working with the Country Director, Sr. Advisor Training, and the rest of the in-country team, Senior Military Advisor (US-based), Senior Protection Advisor (US-Based), and the Africa Program Director, the SMA will provide military-specific strategic guidance and management of CIVIC’s Nigeria program portfolio throughout program implementation.

Duties include:

●     Support CIVIC’s projects to strengthen civilian protection policy, practice, and training of the Nigerian government and military.  

●     Cultivate strong working relationships with senior government, military, and civil society leaders.

●     Lead the design and delivery, in close coordination with Sr. Advisor Training, Senior Military Advisor (US-based) and Senior Protection Advisor (US-based) on protection of civilians and civilian harm mitigation training for Nigerian Armed Forces at the strategic, operational and tactical levels, including national-level training schools and professional military education institutions.

●     Assist the Nigerian Armed forces with development of context specific training sessions and SOPs in line with protection of civilians.

●     Advise the Nigerian Armed Forces on the implementation and practices and process to improve civilian harm mitigation. 

●     Promote the representation, training, and advocacy on civilian protection and harm mitigation.

●     Assess training efforts to identify best practices and provide recommendations to diverse stakeholders in order to improve civilian protections.

●     Lead the development and implementation of the training program strategy by consulting with staff, partners, and other interested parties.

●     Conduct monitoring and reporting of activities in support of project reporting requirements.

●     Contribute to, or write op-eds, blogs, and articles highlighting issues important to CIVIC when possible. With the permission of the Country Director, speak with media about our work in the region.

●     Research and draft publications (such as reports and briefing papers) and advocacy materials discussing CIVIC’s work.

●     Work with the Country Director and broader team to develop medium-term strategy, advance program objectives, deliver ambitious work-plan, and identify new opportunities.

●     Work with the Country Director to identify possible funding opportunities for program work and perform other duties as required to further the CIVIC’s mission and goals

●     Build Strategic relationships and partnerships with key foreign missions’ Military Attaches such as EU, US, UK, Germany, Russia, and France.

●     Engage, and as appropriate coordinate with military advisors such as ECOWAS, BMATT, the EU among others on current security issues within the sub regions.

●     Work with the monitoring, evaluation and learning team to track on the effectiveness of trainings delivered from time to time.

●     Dependent on experience, support the design and deployment of support to the East Africa and Sahel programs based in Nairobi and Mali respectively.

Requirements

Qualification & Skills Sets of Candidate:

Applicants must have the following qualifications and experience:

●     Past Military Experience at Strategic Level of the Nigerian Armed Forces (equivalent of a Brig. General or at least Lt Col in the Army or in other services).

●     Graduate of Senior Professional Military Education (Nigerian or Foreign Equivalent of National Defence College or Service War College, such as Army War College Nigeria).

●     Current operational experience in internal security operations (ISO) inside Nigeria (defined as serving in ISO within the last 4 years, experience in the Northeast preferred); experience serving in a peacekeeping operation preferred.

●     Experience training Nigerian Armed Forces or other armed forces required; experience training on protection of civilians or International Humanitarian Law or serving as Directing Staff at a military institution is strongly desirable, Flexibility, cultural awareness and sensitivity.

●     Computer literacy including proficiency in Excel, Word, Power Point, etc.

●     Fluency in written and spoken English.

●     Ability to write high-quality narrative and qualitative reports.

●     Demonstrated experience networking with donors, government officials and the private sector.

●     Strong personal network in the Nigerian Armed Forces,

●     Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop collaborative relationships, especially in a multi-component project.

●     Superior analytic, communication and interpersonal skills, including training and facilitation skills and demonstrated experience working with multicultural teams.

●     High level of integrity in dealing with co-workers and with programs.

●     Service as Brigade Commander/Chief of Staff or on Theater/Division level staff in ISO, (preferably in operations or intelligence) is strongly desirable.

●     Familiarity with Operational Design is desirable.

●     Prior experience working at a non-profit desirable.



Interested candidates are to apply on CIVIC’s website.

Interviews will be held on rolling basis until the position is filled.

         

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