Position:                                            Project Coordinator - Integrated Mangrove Forest Management and Livelihoods in Nigeria

Location:                                            Calabar (with regular travel to field sites in Cross River State)

Reporting to:                                    Country Director

Remuneration:                                Commensurate with position and experience

Deadline:                                          15th August 2019          


United Purpose (UP) is an international development organisation that works to sustainably reduce poverty and improve the lives of some of the world's poorest communities. Established in 1976, the organisation has nine country programmes in Africa, Asia & South America.

Using a community-led approach to eradicating global poverty and inequality, we lift people up out of poverty by creating solutions that last. Our unique approach combines ground-breaking innovation with decades of deep personal relationships and community-driven solutions to solve the problems faced by those furthest left behind and most marginalised.

In Nigeria, UP has been working for almost two decades with local partners and rural communities in the country’s South East. We implement projects funded by major international donors that aim to address gender inequalities and rights abuses, improve sanitation and access to water, foster accountability, preserve vital ecosystems and develop sustainable livelihoods.


The purpose of this post is to manage implementation of the Integrated Mangrove Forest Management and Livelihoods in Nigeria (IMFOMALN) Project funded by the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund (CEPF). UP is the Implementing Agency for the Project that aims to empower local communities to engage in sustainable management of critical mangrove forest ecosystems and contribute to sustained behaviour change and alternative livelihoods that consolidate ecological connectivity.

The post-holder will lead coordination of all project activities and resources, as well as providing technical assistance to project partners. This will involve regular visits to field sites, communicating effectively with partners and other stakeholders, identifying and sharing project impacts, and liaising closely with UP’s finance and support staff to ensure effective communication. This position also provides leadership to UP’s Environment & Livelihoods Programme, including leading the development of Programme activities in line with UP’s wider strategic plans and the process of identifying and developing relevant grant proposals.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

·      Coordinate with and between all bodies and institutions involved in the IMFOMALN project at the community level and ensure effective implementation of activities in achieving programme results

·      Liaise closely with key stakeholders in the participating communities and ensure synergies in the area of developing implementation plans, coordination, capacity building, M&E, advocacy and accountability

·      Participate in regular meetings with key stakeholders at the community/civil society/Local Government level, ensuring there is a common understanding of the project’s objectives and outcomes

·      Ensure there is a full commitment to the programme by all partners and providing support towards timely delivery of human and material resources in the targeted communities

·      Provide weekly updates and monthly reports as per the approved format, summarising progress made in project implementation, lessons learned, recommendations for improvement, and case studies

·      Contribute to updating the log-frame and results against programme indicators on a quarterly basis with more detailed input provided towards the preparation of annual reports

·      Provide feedback to partners and staff on project performance based on data collected and findings, and lead partner staff in reviewing project plans as part of the learning and sharing process

·      Responsible for reviewing project activities with implementing partners and facilitating quarterly planning and review processes

·      Responsible for developing and submitting quarterly and semi-annual financial and narrative reports

·      Systematically monitor programme performance and data for key indicators of project components and ensure management reports are collected, analyzed and made available to the programme staff.

·      Capacity building of implementing partners, especially Integrated Mangrove Watch Association of Nigeria, on reporting, developing work plan and budget, and improving learning & sharing mechanisms

·      Share project learning with the wider UP Country Programme team and UP globally when necessary

Person Specification


University Degree in Geography, Sociology, Rural Development, Environmental Management or a field related to Environment & Livelihoods

3-5 years professional experience in a similar position

Proven track record of planning and managing projects with multiple stakeholders, delivering expected outputs, and leading capacity building and training for local institutions and communities

Solid knowledge and understanding of community-based approaches to development and of working with partners (CSOs, LGAs and community-based organizations)

Excellent planning, co-ordination and prioritisation skills, with ability to maintain quality on multiple tasks

Excellent communication and facilitation skills, with ability to build effective working relationships

Ability to work under pressure with little supervision to meet deadlines and manage multiple priorities

Working knowledge of basic computer software (Word, Excel, E-mail operations)

Gender and intercultural sensitivity

Fluency in English and pidgin languages


Masters Degree in a relevant discipline

Experience in international NGO / donor sector

Experience in managing donor-funded projects, including grant management and reporting

Technical expertise in any of the following areas: agricultural enterprise development, environmental advocacy, youth and women’s livelihoods empowerment

Experience of team leadership and clear examples of supervisory skills and line-management

Knowledge of participatory research methods, results-based monitoring and action learning

Positive outlook and proactive problem solving skills

Experience and skills of using audio/visual equipment to capture development impacts

Knowledge and experience of best practice approaches to gender and disability issues

Knowledge and understanding of contextual diversity of Cross River State and its languages

What we offer

This position offers the right candidate the opportunity to gain senior-level experience with an international NGO. We provide a competitive remuneration, high-quality training and support, and, above all, a respectful and empowering working environment and the opportunity to make a real impact.

How to apply

Send a CV and a cover letter to the following e-mail address:

In the cover letter, please ensure to explain the following:

  1. Why you are applying for the position

  2. How your skills and experience meet the person specification

  3. When you would be able to take up the position if it were offered to you

Deadline for applications is 15th August 2019. You are recommended to apply early, as applications will be assessed as they are received. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

United Purpose is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against applicants on the basis of gender, religion, ethnicity, age, disability, religion or sexual orientation. United Purpose also has a Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy, which reflects our commitment to protecting the people with whom we work. All candidates will be expected to comply with this policy and its procedures.