Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The Farmer-Herder Conflict remains one of the most challenging threats to peace and security in Nigeria, especially in the North Central Region (“Middle Belt”) of the country, and adjacent, States, particularly Benue, Plateau, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Taraba and Adamawa. The violence has exacted a heavy toll on thousands of people and has frayed many of the connectors, especially inter-ethnic and inter-religious ones, at the local level. The response, however, has remained overwhelmingly security-dominated. Lacking effective structures and systems to engage in dialogue in a proactive manner based on early indicators, violence escalates, and a reactive security response is triggered. The crisis has highlighted a need to support affected states in enhancing and expanding upon the capacities to engage in this crisis in a proactive and preventive manner that leverages dialogue as a primary tool of mitigating the impact of the conflict.
In recognition of a growing need to provide a holistic response to the crisis, the Federal Government developed and launched the National Livestock Transformation Plan in January 2019. The framework provides a holistic approach to addressing this crisis, while aiming to lay the foundations for longer term security, peace and transformation of the livestock sector.
The United Nations has also scaled up its efforts to respond to the crisis, notably through two projects that target the states of Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba. The Integrated Approach to Building Peace in Nigeria’s Farmer-Herder Crisis Project was designed to address the farmer-herder conflict through enhancing preventive capacities, by promoting dialogue and proactive engagement; building mutually beneficial economic relationships between farmers and herders; improving the effectiveness of the security response through strengthened human rights monitoring and accountability; and providing an impartial and evidence-based narrative to defuse the politicized debate and help mobilize a broader response. The overall goal of the project is to contribute to peaceful coexistence in the Middle Belt, with a focus on Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba States. The project is funded by the UN Peacebuilding Support Office. It is implemented by four UN Agencies-UNDP (lead), FAO, UN Women and OHCHR, drawing from their experiences and building on their work.
In recognition of the cyclical nature of violence in many of the affected communities, the project aims to immediately scale up efforts around promoting dialogue, inter-ethnic and inter-religious understanding, and social cohesion in the target area to support a transformation of the ethnic and communal violence witnessed in the target areas. This advert, therefore, seeks the services of a competent national, with expertise in the peacebuilding to support coordinate this project.
Objective of the Assignment:
The overall objective of the assignment is to ensure that results-based approaches are integrated for effective tracking, monitoring and documentation of project impact.. This position will ensure platforms for learning, knowledge exchange are established in project locations while also ensuring that monitoring and envaluation systems are applied across board.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager and Coordinator, the incumbent will act as the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer and will be expected to perform the following key functions:
Coordinate monitoring and evaluation activities in the implementation of the Project Document and Annual Work Plans:
Tracking and monitoring of project implementation:
Support the development of knowledge products:
Excellent interpersonal skills
Required Skills and Experience
The desired candidate for this assignment shall possess an advanced degree in Social Science, Information Technology, Development Studies or other relevant fields.