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Programme Officer - Gender And Inclusion at Christian Aid

Christian Aid (CA) is a UK-based international NGO, partnering with others to end poverty in Africa. At the heart of this vision is the transformation of the lives of people who live in poverty, empowering them to have a brighter future. Christian Aid works in more than 30 countries and has been operating in Nigeria since 2003. The Nigeria Country programme focuses on Community Health and HIV, Accountable Governance including humanitarian response and Gender.


About your Role:

Why does the role exist? What is its purpose? (around 25 words) 

  • To be responsible for supporting and managing Christian Aid partnerships and rogrammes with support from Senior Programme Coordinator - Gender and inequality as well as the effective disbursement of funds to Christian Aid partners working on the programme with particular interest on work regarding Governance, Gender, Inequality, Inclusion and working with Faith Leaders/actors.
  • To contribute to the representation and brand of Christian Aid in country,
  • engage with and promote communications and fundraising, including institutional donors.
  • The role requires technical specialism in areas such as gender inequality in voice & accountability interventions, health interventions, humanitarian interventions, inclusion, gender-based violence and protections in humanitarian situations.
  • Also very critical to the role is the ability to identify opportunities and strategies of working with faith actors especially in religious divers’ settings.
  • To contribute to the development of Christian Aid Gender policy and faith leaders’ strategy.

Role Context
What does the department do? Is the role part of a team? How big is the team and where does the job fit in? (An organogram is helpful here)

  • The role works within the International Programmes family and the wider Programme Funding remit.
  • The role is part of the Nigeria team and will be responsible for representing CA in Kaduna
  • The role is based in Kaduna, Nigeria and is key in providing support to Christian Aid partners to ensure that everyone, regardless of gender, age or other dimension of diversity is treated equitably and given fair and free opportunity to participate and have influence in activities, decisions and structures which affect their life; both at community and
  • at the state level.
  • The role will support Christian Aid partners to push for the domestication of the Child Rights Act in Kaduna state and in other identified northern states.
  • Key delivery area for this role is to evidence change brought about by the intervention through monitoring and evaluation.
  • state in the area of gender and inclusion and strengthening our interfaith work in Kaduna and Plateau states among others.

Key Outcomes (Between 4 and 6) 

  • Strong portfolio of partners able to respond and support Christian Aid’s advocacy, fundraising and communications agenda focused on development work on gender and inclusion, and work with faith leaders.
  • Compliance with financial policies and procedures including reporting requirements and contribution made to other team members in the development and implementation of partner capacity building and training.
  • Grant proposals based on strong planning and evaluation procedures using Christian Aid’s internal systems with donors and foundations.
  • Positive relationships developed with partners through effective communication.
  • Decisions on programme work in the country informed by Christian Aid’s strategic focus areas.
  • Strong linkages between partner work and advocacy, communications and fundraising roles.
  • This role may include direct fund raising with foundations and donors.

Role requirements
Relationships (key relationships, frequency of contact, purpose of contact liaison/influencing/negotiating, etc)

  • Relationships with partners and institutional donors.
  • Represents Christian Aid and the programme externally with partners, other NGOs, donors and other agencies.
  • Appraise, monitor and review programme in line with CA requirements.


  • The position is line managed by the Senior Programme Officer – Gender and Inequality.
  • The role links up strongly with the Programme Finance Officer, Programme Officer-Accountable Governance and communication Officer (Governance) for programme leveraging, linkages coherence and visibility.
  • Has a key role in ensuring good relations with other roles in communications, fundraising and advocacy in Christian Aid.
  • Maintains excellent relationships with other country office staff and with fundraising teams in London.

Decision Making:
(Accountability, level of decision making and impact of them, authority to make decisions, how often, responsibility for resources) 

  • Required to make significant decisions on programme work in the country with special interest on gender, inclusion and faith leaders work (as agreed with the Senior Programme Coordinator -Gender and Inequality); and also as informed by Christian Aid strategic direction in country and globally.

Analytical Skills:
(Responsible for one discrete area or several strands within a function, how much creativity, analysis and judgement or routine/semi-routine) 

  • Ability to collect and analyse data/intelligence from research on gender, Inequality in health and in governance at state and community levels. Ability to analyse and map various players/actors including faith actors in the gender, inequality, social justice and inclusiveness.
  • Ability to map and develop gender, inequality, social and inclusiveness work on partnerships, collaborations and networks. MEL techniques are crucial for this role, in addition to situation analysis to ensure safety.

Developing self and others:
(The extent to which the job holder is responsible for their own work, for influencing and/or directing the work of others, acting in an advisory/specialist capacity) 

  • The role has responsibilities of training partner staff and other team members on advocacy and lobbying for gender justice, social protection and inclusion; as well as strategies of working with faith leaders for improved outcomes.
  • Responsible for identifying his/her development needs and taking proactive actions to meet those needs.

Personal Specification
Applied skills/knowledge and expertise (Extent/type of knowledge, skills and experience required, extent to which a source of expertise
to others. Maybe a professional qualification but may be skills and knowledge gained through experience)

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in relevant field
  • Knowledge of development issues and current affairs especially in Northern Nigeria
  • Relevant experience of similar task and responsibilities, including administration
  • Direct experience of developing partners’ capacity
  • Progressive experience (for not less than 3 years) in implementing gender programmes
  • Understanding of advocacy, campaigning and lobbying and network building
  • Programme management experience and financial controls and procedures
  • Direct experience in working with faith leaders


  • Good knowledge of political and religious context especially in northern Nigeria.
  • Knowledge of indigenous organisations working with faith leaders, gender inequality,
  • inclusion and social protection in the region
  • Fluency in Hausa language
  • Understanding of partnership approach to international development
  • Understanding of gender and other forms of exclusion
  • Network and alliance building

IT competency required: 

  • Intermediate

Competency profile Level 2:
You are expected to be able to: 

  • Build partnerships:
    • Take on different work when necessary to achieve a team or organisational goal.
    • Actively consult with others to ensure you understand their needs or goals.
    • Listen to and take on board fresh perspectives and views even if you initially disagree with them.
    • Maintain on-going relationships with individuals and contacts through networks, based on mutual rapport and respect.
  • Communicate effectively:
    • Make complex things simple for the benefit of others.
    • Actively listen and question to check your understanding and draw out others when they are not expressing themselves clearly or seem to be holding back.
    • Be sensitive to what others may be feeling, based on what they say, how they say it and their non-verbal behaviour, adapting your style and approach to fit.
    • Address difficult issues when they arise, being honest and open.
  • Steward resources:
    • Implement ways to reduce the inefficient use of resources or pass the ideas on to someone who can make them happen.
    • Estimate the resources needed to achieve your own work plans or objectives and to deliver them in the most efficient and cost effective way.
    • Set and communicate realistic timelines for achieving tasks, working out how best to adapt as priorities change or unforeseen circumstances arise.
  • Deliver results:
    • Prioritise, plan and monitor own work to meet own and team deliverables to agreed performance or quality standards.
    • Acknowledge others’ priorities whilst being prepared to say “no” if there are genuine reasons why their needs cannot be met.
    • Use logical processes and relevant tools and techniques to report on information or analyse options.
    • Make timely and considered recommendations or decisions based on analysis of available data, information and evidence.
  • Realise potential:
    • Evaluate your own work and actively address gaps in knowledge and skills, without prompting.
    • Recognise how you react to feedback and manage reactions positively, acting on specific feedback from others.
    • Share your knowledge where it will help others to be more effective.
    • Provide instruction, constructive feedback and guidance to others to help them learn.
  • Strive for improvement:
    • Constructively challenge existing practice.
    • Seek better ways of doing things, taking into account the possible implications.
    • Make positive suggestions on a way forward when faced with challenges even if these fall outside own scope of work.
    • Look inside and outside Christian Aid for new ideas and evaluate them for own work.


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