Search for Common Ground Job Vacancy : Enterprise Coordinator (Child Protection)

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict – away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 600 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects from 55 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.

The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff that is committed to its mission and values. You will be joining a highly motivated staff with a good team spirit and there will be opportunities to grow in the role.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Enterprise Coordinator (Child Protection)

Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Reports to: Child Protection Manager

Position Summary

  • The Enterprise Coordinator supports the direct implementation of the “Supporting the Socio-Economic Reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Groups including the Civilian Joint Task Force in North East Nigeria” program by supporting the economic reintegration of children through capacity building, enterprise skills development and accessing self or wage employment in local markets
  • This role will provide technical leadership to the economic reintegration program component, under the direction of the Deputy Program Manager/ Economic Reintegration Specialist. This will involve developing tools to quality assess and assure interventions, and take proactive measures to address needs identified within the program.
  • The Enterprise Coordinator will work closely with Enterprise Officers, under the direct supervision of the Deputy Project Manager/ Economic Reintegration Specialist, supported closely by the Child Protection Manager.
  • Working relations: Work closely with the Deputy Project Manager/ Economic Reintegration Specialist, Child Protection Manager, Enterprise Officers and other team members including M&E Officer, Education Officers and Community Mobilisers.

About the Project

  • In the past decade, states in the North East region of Nigeria have faced frequent attacks by Boko Haram militants leading to widespread displacement, violations of national laws, international humanitarian and human rights laws, and a deepening humanitarian crisis
  • Children, who are the most vulnerable members of society, have suffered the worst impacts as pre-existing problems of access to social protection, education and healthcare increase, new threats emerge, and the systems to protect children fails
  • This project aims to ensure that children verified and separated from CJTF receive a comprehensive child protection package including counseling, psychosocial support and socio-economic reintegration, and that their communities understand the importance of their separation and reintegration
  • Search will work closely with the children, their families and communities, and CJTF to address the psychosocial and economic needs of the children and to influence the attitudes of communities and CJTF so they understand the negative impact of associating with armed groups on children and prevent the CJTF from using children.
  • By increasing resilience of children associated with CJTF and increasing their employability, this project will facilitate lasting reintegration of these children and amplify positive narratives around their role in communities as productive civilian actors and agents for peace.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide support to Deputy Project Manager/ Economic Reintegration Specialist to carry out local market analysis to better understand the local livelihood systems, household economies, and market opportunities so that appropriate and economically relevant training and economic reintegration opportunities can be sought for the children.
  • Use the analysis report to identify constraints and opportunities for livelihoods improvement of children in Maiduguri.
  • Facilitate work plan development, implementation and ongoing monitoring to train targeted children of legal age in skills that will cater to the needs and demands of the local markets within Micro-Enterprise Trainings and ongoing mentoring.
  • Coordinate all enterprise related training activities that will take place in targeted communities.
  • Organize and coordinate business opportunities and administrative support sessions that will help trained children of legal age in identifying and accessing small business seed grants, employment opportunities, and information on available economic resources.
  • Identify, assess and select local artisans/small business owners in targeted communities.
  • Sensitize local artisans/small business owners in targeted communities by providing necessary support to empower children.
  • Monitor each young person’s partnership with his/her employer and carry out quality assurance visits each quarter to all businesses. Report findings and address any challenges observed.
  • Support teams to produce timely high quality reports and documentation both to meet donor and internal requirements as needed.
  • Provide technical input to project implementation to achieve targets.
  • Provide ongoing supervision and mentoring to Enterprise Officers.
  • Maintain record of expenditure and report these to Deputy Project Manager and Child Protection Manager.
  • Keep abreast of local context and security situation and share updates with the team as necessary.

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.


  • Degree in Business, Enterprise, Economics, or other relevant field.

Required Experience:

  • Minimum 3 – 5 years experience in enterprise development, particularly in the field of adolescents of legal age.
  • Experience working with Children Associated with Armed Groups, and knowledge of economic reintegration best practices
  • Minimum 1 year management/ supervisory experience.
  • Training experience relating to business and enterprise.

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Knowledge of sound enterprise business policies and procedures relating to financing, sales and marketing in the Northeast Nigeria;
  • Knowledge of a range of businesses supporting business start-ups and business expansions in Northeast Nigeria;
  • Familiarity with tool development and best practices in skills development trainings.
  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is considered as an added advantage
  • Strong networking, partnership and interpersonal skills;
  • Highly organized and systematic with excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent cross-cultural communication and working skills, enjoys a multicultural work environment;

Application Closing Date
28th February, 2019.

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