Vacancy for the Post of Defence and Security Programme Officer
Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), a Transparency International chapter in Nigeria, is a non-governmental, non-profit organization based in Abuja, Nigeria. CISLAC has been working with partners on the transparency and accountability of the Nigerian defence and security sectors. In the last decade, Nigeria has seen an increase of more than 500% expenditure on defence and security, while numerous crises around the country continue to inflict a heavy toll on citizens’ daily lives and reduce economic activity far below Nigeria’s enormous potential.
In CISLAC’s 2018-23 Strategic Plan, one of the six focus areas specifically targets corruption and lack of accountability in the defence and security sectors. CISLAC’s defence and security portfolio builds on the “Strengthening Accountability in the Nigeran Defence Sector (SANDS)” project, which was launched in 2016 and is funded by CSSF (UK FCO) under their Security and Justice Reform Programme in Nigeria. It is implemented by Transparency International Defence and Security (TI-DS) in partnership with CISLAC. The project has aimed to strengthen defence accountability infrastructure in the country through enhanced accountability, transparency and civil society engagement. The project ends in March 2019.
While the SANDS project has established national and regional CSO platforms, facilitated integrity building of the armed forces and opened avenues of cooperation with the Nigerian defence and security establishment, the lack of openness of the sector and endemic corruption require sustained pressure from international and national stakeholders. To this effect, CISLAC aims to build on the achievement of SANDS beyond the project end by enlarging the defence and security portfolio to call for greater public scrutiny of the sector. In the context of the rapid growth of defence and security spending, this is necessary to hold government to account and ensure defence institutions and the armed forces are working on behalf of those they are designed to protect.
CISLAC is looking for a full-time Programme Officer to strengthen the defence and security portfolio. The Defence and Security Officer (DSPO) will be a CISLAC employee and will be employed according to Nigerian labour law. She/he will report to two programme managers (Programme Manager, Anti-Corruption Department and Programme Manager, Defence & Security) who will in turn work together with TI-DS on defence reform strategy, activities and reporting. The recruitment process will be conducted jointly between CISLAC and TI-DS. The contract will be offered for an initial period of 12 months and the position will be enumerated according to the CISLAC salary scale. The job is based in Abuja with frequent travel across Nigeria and possible international travel.
Key Duties and Job Description:
- Research: Undertake research and analysis and provide regular updates on the defence and security sector in Nigeria
- Event coordination: Support the coordination and management of events organised by CISLAC and partners within the defence and security portfolio;
- Fundraising: Contribute to business development to secure additional resources and support the identification of new project opportunities in Nigeria and West Africa on defence and security.
- Network: Build a strong network with other stakeholders in the defence and security sector within and outside of Nigeria;
- MEL and knowledge management:Support monitoring, evaluation and learning activities to monitor impact, manage organisational knowledge systems and facilitate organisational learning within the area of corruption and accountability in the defence and security sectors;
- Portfolio coordination: Support the coordination of CISLAC’s defence and security portfolio as assigned by the management;
- Perform other tasks as directed by CISLAC management.
- MA degree or similar in political science, international relations, peace and security studies, or substantive relevant professional experience;
- Subject knowledge of the political system, actors and dynamics in Nigeria’s defence and security sectors;
- 3-5 years of working experience in the defenceand security sector or similar;
- Credible track record of research and report writing;
- Ability to undertake conflict analysis, political economy analysis and SWOT analysis of political contexts;
- Excellent people and communication skills, skilled at building strong working relationships and a team player;
- Demonstrated experience in project management and donor liaison;
- Excellent command of verbal and written English and other Nigerian languages;
- Knowledge of the dynamics and opportunities of the defence and security sector is an advantage;
- IT skills including perfect proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
A self-motivated individual with the ability to quickly assimilate new information and to manage multiple tasks at the same time.
This person must be organised and be able to structure their work well with limited management support. They should be a quick thinker, able to analyse complex problems and communicate them succinctly and able to produce strong written work. High attention to detail is absolutely essential, while keeping in mind the big picture. It is essential that the applicant has demonstrated experience of project and budget management.
A commitment to CISLAC’s core values: Transparency, Accountability, Integrity, Solidarity, Courage, Justice, Democracy and equity is assumed.
The deadline for applications is the 31st of December 2018. Applicants should send the following items, preferably in pdf format.
Applications must include:
(1) cover letter, no more than two (2) pages,
(3) a writing sample of no more than three (3) pages and,
(4) three references.
Applications should be sent to CISLAC NIGERIA: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Defence and Security Programme Officer.
Please note that due to the very high volume of applications we receive, we greatly regret that we are unable to send personalised acknowledgements or give feedback on applications.