Vacancy Announcements - OSIWA & Transparency in Nigeria
Open Society Initiative forWest Africa (OSIWA)
Nigeria Country Office Program Officer for Law, Justice and Human Rights
The Open Society Initiative for West Africa, OSIWA, is looking for an experienced Program
Officer who will work in the Nigeria Country Office.
The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is dedicated to advocating and supporting
initiatives that promote open societies where good governance, basic freedoms, and citizen
engagement prevail. OSIWA is working to achieve this mission in the fifteen (15) Economic
Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) countries and Cameroon, Chad and Mauritania.
Programs operate around four main strategic pillars, which include: Governance (political and
economic governance); Public Health and Development (with emphasis on HIV/AIDS); Law,
Justice and Human Rights; Information Technology, Communication and Media.
The Nigeria Program seeks to promote better systems and operations of governance at the local,
state and national levels to ensure efficiency, democratic values, culture and practice, citizen’s
access to and participation in government/governance, and the respect, promotion and protection
of human rights.
Purpose: To provide the Law, Justice and Human Rights component of Nigeria Program with
technical and administrative services relating to projects/grants and program administration and
implementation as well as a variety of support in the area of information collection.
Accountability: The Program Officer will be accountable to the Nigeria Country Coordinator.
Qualifications: Candidates should be holders of a postgraduate degree in law, public policy,
international relations or related fields and at least 5 years of work experience in human rights
fields and governance in Nigeria as well as experience in project management and administration.
Skills: Demonstrated commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights and the rule of
law as well as participatory governance issues is required. Strong analytical capacity and
experience in project planning and monitoring; computer skills (MS Word, Excel and
PowerPoint), knowledge of basic accounting, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as
well as the ability to learn quickly and expand scope of functions.
Language proficiency: Complete fluency in English is a must, and a working knowledge in
French will be a bonus.
Additional requirements: Pleasant, diplomatic manner and disposition in interaction with
officials at all levels and with the general public; Integrity, professional discretion and ability to
handle confidential information; Ability to assume ultimate responsibility, work under pressure;
Ability and volition to work extended hours and undertake regional travels.
Keep current with developments in the sector throughout Nigeria and attend relevant meetings
and keep abreast with issues, concerns and needs that should inform the effective
implementation of the Nigeria Country program strategy;
Develop, implement and manage initiatives of the Nigeria Office on Law, Justice and Human
Rights, and work to provide operational and financial monitoring;
Review incoming requests for partnership and prepare recommendations for presentation to
Collaborate with the Country Coordinator and other Nigeria Office Country Program Officers
to prepare the country Office work plan;
Represent the Country Coordinator at relevant meetings and other activities as assigned by the
Record and process requests for assistance including generating acknowledgement letters to
Monitor and implement timely and appropriate payment to grantees;
Review and assess narrative and financial reports provided by grantees and making
recommendations for action;
Maintain and update the grants management system for law human rights and justice portfolio
of the Country Office;
Provide Program-related administrative support, including but not limited to;
Assist with the preparation of presentations for conferences and meetings;
Regular collection and analysis of data that inform the development of Law, Justice and
Human Rights programs of the Nigeria Office;
Maintain a comprehensive data of networks in the sector and liaise with relevant organizations
– including the OSI network and the OSIWA regional program – for synergy building;
Update advocacy issues, initiatives and coalitions in Nigeria;
Source for Program-related materials and publications;
Initiate and develop publications by OSIWA on the Nigeria Law, Justice and Human Rights
Provide regular updates on program implementation that has to be put on OSIWA web site;
Provide support for dissemination of Program activities/outcomes; and
Other duties as required by the Country Coordinator.
1. Country Office has a reliable backstop for the effective implementation of the Country
strategy on Law, Justice and Human Rights;
2. Recommendations from the country office in the area of Law, Justice and Human Rights
reflect the issues, concerns and needs in Nigeria;
3. Country Office has reliable and up to date records of the status of projects regularly on Law,
Justice and Human Rights;
4. Effective management of grants portfolio and the data in GMS is achieved;
5. OSIWA web site is regularly updated with program implementation contents from the Nigeria
Office Law, Justice and Human Rights program and other visibility measures – including
regular publications in the area – are achieved.
If you are a proactive and resourceful team player with a passion for human rights and governance
issues in Nigeria, please send a resume (CV) in English with a brief cover letter by email with the
reference line: Law, Justice and Human Rights Program Officer for Nigeria Country Office to:
firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 28, 2009.
Salary: Commensurate with experience with benefits.
No telephone enquires, please. The Open Society Initiative for West Africa is an Equal
Only short listed applicants will be contacted. If you don’t hear from us by March 13th, 2009,
please consider your application was not successful.
Additional information about the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) can be found