Programme Manager Nigeria At ZOA

Job location*:* Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria

Starting date: as soon as possible

Vacancy closing date: 19th of September

Duration position: 3 years

Workhours: full time

We are here for our neighbours in need, who are suffering in this broken world.

ZOA, as an international NGO, supporting vulnerable people affected by violence, conflicts, or natural disasters by helping them to realize dignified and resilient lives. Together, we can come to their aid in emergencies and remain faithful to communities as they recover – providing new opportunities for them to help themselves again. The work of ZOA is coordinated from the Netherlands. We are active in multiple countries in Africa, South America, the Middle East Region, and Asia. We work with approximately 900 employees worldwide and with (local) partners. We invite you to join our team of committed colleagues.

ZOA is looking for a

Programme Manager Nigeria

ZOA’s Programme in Nigeria

ZOA Nigeria is providing relief to people affected by the conflict in North East Nigeria since early 2017. Currently ZOA implements Food Security (in particular cash-based transfers), Livelihoods, WASH, and Peace building projects in Borno State. ZOA is active in a peri-urban setting around Maiduguri and has a field office in Northern Borno, in Monguno town, and in Southwest Borno, in Biu.

Your challenge

As a Programme Manager (PGM), you will lead the ZOA team in Borno state and provide programmatic direction. You will have integral management responsibility for the realization of the projects in this area, in accordance with applicable internal and external standards. To achieve the above, you are also expected to initiate and maintain effective working relations with relevant stakeholders. You are a member of the Country Management Team, in which strategic decisions of ZOA in Nigeria (beyond your individual responsibility and mandate) are discussed. You will be accountable to the Country Director of ZOA Nigeria.

Your main tasks and responsibilities

Overall leadership and integral management responsibility for program management in Borno state, Nigeria.

Leadership and management

  • Responsible for all ZOA programme activities within Borno state;
  • Member of country management team;
  • Gender and conflict sensitive approach to team management and project activities;
  • Capacity building and supervision of implementing partners.

Programme Management

  • Develop a strategic vision for the programme area, based on an ongoing context analysis;
  • Prepare an annual plan for the programme area, with the corresponding annual programme- and project area budgets, as an input to the Annual Country Plan;
  • Project Cycle management, including needs assessments, formulation of concept notes and the development of new proposals and budgets for prospective donors;
  • Reporting – monthly and quarterly activity reporting, including realization of activities versus target;
  • (Providing input to) narrative and financial donor reporting.


  • Human Resource Management: effective team building and good working relationship for programme staff;
  • Supervision and periodical evaluation of the performance of ZOA staff in Borno;
  • As budget owner, authorize project activities implemented in the programme area on the basis of budgets approved by donors;
  • Support the implementation and monitoring of financial, personnel and security policies and procedures;
  • In collaboration with the Manager of Operations (MoO) in Maiduguri, ensure (in)direct costs are allocated to project budgets.

Your profile


  • The candidate is expected to fully support the vision and mission of ZOA.


  • Bachelor or Master degree in a humanitarian, development or other relevant field;
  • Three to five years field experience in a development country;
  • At least three years Management experience in a comparable function;
  • Solid knowledge of Project Cycle Management;
  • Good spoken and written command of English.


  • Analytical;
  • Organizational sensitivity;
  • Writing skills;
  • Effective delegation;
  • Participative leadership
  • Provides regular feedback, acknowledges success and the need for improvement;
  • Coaches, challenges and provides opportunities for growth.


  • Flexible and adaptable;
  • Interpersonal and cross cultural sensitive;
  • Able to work under pressure and with strict deadlines;
  • Able to work in a sometimes fluid and insecure environment.

Special conditions

  • You will be based in Borno state, Nigeria;
  • This is not a family or accompanied post;
  • Rest and recuperation conditions apply for this post.

We offer

ZOA offers you a challenging job, an inspiring and motivated team in the programme country, and good benefits and remuneration.

Do you need more information?

For more information about ZOA, please visit at our website

If you have questions about this vacancy, you can contact Heline Bisschop, HR Advisor, email

How to apply

Interested and you want to apply?

ZOA operates with an equal opportunities policy and is committed to diversity in the workplace. Qualified women and men, people of all nationalities, and cultural backgrounds, and candidates with disabilities are welcome to apply.

If you are interested in this position, please apply directly via our website:

CV’s of no more than 5 pages in length are appreciated.

Please provide at least 3 references (including current line-manager and HR Director) related to your previous employment listed in the application. References of previous positions held should not be older than five years.

Please note that, as part of its recruitment process, ZOA carries out background and reference checks, with consent of the candidate. As ZOA participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme, all reference checks include a written questionnaire: the “Statement of Conduct”, which will be sent to past employers regarding Misconduct (such as sexual exploitation, abuse or harassment).

Only selected candidates will be contacted and invited to participate in the process of recruitment. It is our aim to inform all other candidates of their status in the recruitment process within 4 weeks after the vacancy has closed. A written test may be part of the recruitment procedure. Documents that do not match the profile above will not be considered. Internal candidates will have priority, in case of similar results.

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