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Nigeria Local Coalition Accelerator Country Lead

Adamawa State, Nigeria

Job Type

Full Time

Workspace

Onsite

About the Role

The LCA is an initiative led by the Share Trust (TST), a US 501c3, in collaboration with the Warande Advisory Centre (WAC), an African regional social enterprise based in Kenya. This position is part of the core team and will serve as the key LCA Share Trust/ WAC support staff member for the coalition. The Country Lead is expected to be in complete support of the partnership, and work with the N-LCA’s Project Management Unit (PMU).

Coach and Supporter:
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(1) Work closely with the coalition steering committee and PMU during implementation of the JAP.
(2) Attend orientation, governance formation, and Joint Action Planning meetings as requested.
(3) Conduct regular one-on-one check-ins to keep coalition partners on track.
(4) Provide support for problem-solving and conflict resolution.
(5) Communicate regularly with the Share Trust/WAC team to update on progress.

Support Network Building:
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(1) Collaborate with the PMU to help coalition members build networks/partnerships with key stakeholders.
(2) Focus on local funders, relevant government offices, and peer networks.

Reporting and Liaison:
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(1) Attend regular check-ins with the LCA Share Trust/WAC Team to keep the team updated on N-LCA progress.
(2) Share key N-LCA updates with coalition members.
(3) Serve as a liaison in bilateral or donor conversations regarding the coalition in Nigeria.

Collaboration and Conflict Resolution:
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(1) Facilitate seamless collaboration and support among NLCA members.
(2) Address and resolve conflicts by providing guidance and creating a harmonious and productive environment.

Capacity Strengthening and Influence enhancement:
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(1) Lead initiatives to actively involve and empower NLCA members.
(2) Foster a collaborative environment for collective change.
(3) Showcase a deep understanding of the LCA model and integrate best practices.
(4) Develop and execute a strategic plan to magnify impact.
(5) Collaborate with other LCAs for meaningful change.

Requirements

  • Minimum 8 years experience in the development and humanitarian sector.

  • Educational background in Anthropology or related subjects.

  • Familiar with project management tools.


The key purpose of this role is to:


  • Facilitator and Coordinator: The Country Lead supports members of the NLCA as they work together, facilitating problem-solving, and resolving conflicts within the coalition. They coordinate planning and review meetings for the coalition and are in charge of collecting and analyzing project results. 

  • Resource Mobilization: In addition to supporting NLCA members, the Country Lead  helps with coalition financial sustainability. They lead efforts to foster a collaborative environment for collective change, which may include identifying and securing resources for the coalition's initiatives.

  • Capacity Strengthening: The Country Lead promotes a deep understanding of the LCA model within the NLCA, integrating best practices to enhance both individual organizational effectiveness and coalition health. They fortify coalition structures, centralize content for orientation and training, and facilitate knowledge and resource exchange around the evolving LCA Road Map, ensuring the coalition's readiness and resilience.

  • Advocacy and Networking: The Country Lead works with the Project Management Unit (PMU) to drive strategic collaboration by fostering strong connections and partnerships within and beyond the coalition. They advise on advocacy efforts and facilitate networking with relevant stakeholders, amplifying the coalition's collective impact.

  • Knowledge Management and Learning: The Country Lead  ensures efficient knowledge transfer and learning by ensuring that the PMU maintains a central repository of coalition activity reports and data monitoring. They support continuous improvement, facilitating shared learning among coalition members and documenting the coalition's networking and influencing efforts for ongoing development.

  • Monitoring and Evaluation: The Country Lead  plays a crucial role in monitoring progress and cooperation among members of the coalition, joint activities, and shared learning. They assist the PMU in monitoring and documenting the networking and influencing work of the coalition, as well as maintaining a central repository of coalition activity reports and data monitoring.

  • Program Quality and Accountability: In addition to coordination and facilitation, the Country Lead also assists the PMU in ensuring program quality, accountability, monitoring, and effective and timely  financial and program reporting within the coalition. They coordinate the application of TST/WAC specific monitoring and capacity strengthening activities on behalf of the LCA global team.


Overall, the Country Local Coalition Accelerator Country Lead acts as a key support figure, responsible for enhancing the N- LCA's effectiveness, facilitating collaboration, and ensuring that resources, knowledge, and information flow smoothly among coalition members and stakeholders. This role is also critical because it facilitates cross-learning and best practices across the other global LCAs to engage in global advocacy and provides support for fundraising.


This role is full-time, and the contract will be initially for one (1) year, with the possibility of extension for an additional year.


All applications should take the form of a letter of interest showing why you're the best fit for this position and your latest CV. Please submit this to admin@warandeadvisory.com with the subject line “Nigeria Local Coalition Accelerator Country Lead” and should be received by C.O.B March 8, 2024.


About the Company

Context:
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Despite international commitments to re-target international assistance to local actors, the localization agenda has seen slow progress. Less than 1% of the $150 billion in ODA in 2018 reached local development actors. Grand Bargain signatories committed to targeting 25% of their humanitarian assistance to local organizations, and yet, in 2018, only 0.4% of all humanitarian funding went to local and national organizations (LNOs). This lack of progress has been notable, despite a clear evidence base that suggests that investing in local capacity can transform poverty outcomes. Community collective action is the bedrock for creating a strong civil society, and local and national actors can and should be at the center of the design and implementation of responses to poverty.

Local Coalition Accelerator:
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The Local Coalition Accelerator (LCA) is a new platform whose aim is to bridge the gap between bi-laterals, multi-laterals, philanthropy and local actors to fundamentally change the way that international assistance is designed and delivered. The LCA leverages, partners with and amplifies existing localization efforts to support coalitions of local actors who can effectively co-design and implement holistic, evidence-based programming at scale to address systemic, multi-sectoral problems. In parallel, we work alongside donor systems to shift processes to deliver more power and funding directly to local actors. The LCA model is grounded in the principles of Self Help and collective action, rooted in a robust evidence base for delivering impact by placing proximate leadership at its core.
The Nigeria Local Coalition Accelerator (N-LCA) is a collaboration of nine national Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Adamawa State. Together, they are working on community initiatives to tackle social, economic, and environmental challenges affecting frontline communities. Their focus is on supporting communities hit hard by climate change and insurgency, helping them recover and become more resilient. Specifically, they are concentrating efforts in the Northern part of Adamawa state, which has been severely impacted by a prolonged insurgency. Under the Joint Action Plans)(JAP), the coalition members engaged with stakeholders and communities to implement various activities. These activities aim to enhance preparedness and adaptive responses in communities, with a focus on improving resilience to climate change, livelihoods, healthcare access, and education for out-of-school children. Their efforts target forcibly displaced populations, refugees, returnees, and host communities in northern Adamawa State. Additionally, they aim to address gender inequalities, cater to the needs of children, and support people with disabilities (PWD).

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