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Governance Assistant at International Rescue Committee, Maiduguri.

  • Entry Level
  • Full Time
  • Onsite
  • Maiduguri

Website International Rescue Committee

Job Description


The International Rescue Committee has been in Nigeria since October 2012 and came in response to a widespread flood disaster. IRC’s Emergency Response Team, with local partner, Civil Society Coalition for Poverty Eradication (CISCOPE), implemented projects to support food security, livelihoods, nutrition, and WASH in Kogi State. Beginning of January 2014, IRC shifted geographical location to the Northeast, in Adamawa state to provide humanitarian response to the conflict-affected populations. In the Northeast, IRC has operational offices: Yola and Mubi field offices in Adamawa State, Damaturu in Yobe State and Bama, Monguno, Gwoza and Maiduguri field offices in Borno State-with the latter office opened in October 2015. In both states, IRC is providing humanitarian support to internally displaced populations hosted in IDP camps, camp like settings, host communities and returnee populations. In 2023, the IRC began operations in Northwest Nigeria.

The IRC Nigeria country program is implementing multi-sectoral interventions in the sectors of: Health and Nutrition; Environmental Health; Child Protection; Education; Women’s Protection and Empowerment; Economic Recovery and Development, Protection Rule of Law and Governance. Most of these programs are driven in partnership with strategic local NGOs.


The IRC is implementing a BHA (Integrated Emergency Assistance for Displaced Persons in MMC/Jere) Consortium Project, featuring the strengthening of community and government structures, capacity building, information dissemination, referral services and organizational development. The IRC will strengthen the capacities of government authorities, local organizations, partners, and local communities via this BHA Project funded by USAID. This project is to be implemented in the environs of MMC/Jere, Borno State. 

Under the supervision of the Governance Officer, the Governance Assistant will together with other team members be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the BHA project in MMC and Jere. He/She will support the Governance Officers in implementing Governance projects and ensuring that projects run smoothly by providing technical support, training, and mentoring stakeholders both at government and community levels, and coordinating the implementation of project activities. He/She will support the Governance Officer in establishing and managing relationships with local partners, humanitarian actors, state authorities, beneficiaries and local/traditional leaders and contribute to the achievement of IRC Governance program and IRC SAP.

Major Responsibilities

Project planning and implementation

  • Assist Governance Officer in community entry in coordination with other sectors and partner within MMC/Jere
  • Support Governance M&E Officer to ensure project quality; for example, strengthening data collection, reporting, accountability initiatives, and documenting the impact of IRC presence in the field.
  • Ensure synergy and coordination of Governance programming with other IRC sectoral activities in Borno State, in close coordination and consultation with other Governance staff and other sectors.
  • Contribute and support effective monitoring, evaluation and learning processes and initiatives, and ensure effective data and information management for the BHA project.
  • Assist in carrying out major Capacity strengthening activities for and with community, Local government, and state government actors across all BHA outcome areas.
  • Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity, capacity strengthening and mainstream governance approaches into all activities as appropriate.
  • In close coordination with sectors, conduct Governance activity visits in target communities in MMC/Jere.
  • Collaborate with the Consortium Community Volunteers (CV) and ensure effective CVs coordination in implementing Communities.
  • Assist in establishing, overseeing, and ensuring the smooth running of Community Structures and their activities such as community dialogues and forums through community volunteers.

Administrative Support

  • Provide direct administrative support to the Governance team including photocopying, dissemination of documents, assisting the preparation of procurement-related documents, tracking purchase and payment requests, etc. 
  • Collect information, compile data, produce reports, and organize files as requested Governance Officer.
  • Support the development and maintenance of knowledge management systems for sharing information across the consortium, to other sectors within the IRC, and to external stakeholders.
  • Coordinate with IRC HR and Logistics teams as necessary to organize travel and administrative needs.
  • Carry out other tasks as assigned by the supervisor.

Key Working Relationships:

  • Position Reports to: Governance Officer
    Position directly supervises: Community Volunteers.



Education: bachelor’s degree in social sciences, economics, international affairs or related field required.

Work Experience:

  • At least 1 year of professional humanitarian/development experience; experience in Governance or Advocacy programming with focus on Stakeholder Engagements, Advocacy, Coordination and Capacity Strengthening highly desirable.
  • Experience with community engagement and participatory processes, including previous facilitation of group work with relevant populations, active participant of sectoral/social groups, and experience with capacity building or training exercises.  
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal), cultural sensitivity, flexibility, ability to improvise, team player. 
  • Able to solve complex problems through a reciprocal and consultative approach.
  • Ability to live and productively work under stress while maintaining a sense of humor.


  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required.
  • Knowledge of one or more local languages is obligatory. 

Computer/Other Tech Requirements:

Full professional competency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

Standards of Professional Conduct:

  • The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Gender Equality:

  • IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

Working Environment:

  • IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants based on merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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