We are Now Hiring for a Program Officer, Advocacy & Human Rights

Job Title: Program Officer, Advocacy & Human Rights

Directly Reports to:     Director of Programs

Indirectly Reports to:  Executive Director

Works with:                      Programs Team

 

Job summary

This is position requires the candidate to work with the entire WHER team to protect and promote the rights of LGBT people and women especially lesbian, bisexual, and queer (LBQ) women in Nigeria. The PO supports the design, implementation, monitoring and documentation of WHER’s advocacy and human rights program activities. The PO will also serve as a liaison between WHER and external stakeholders and partners.

NOTE: This job requires knowledge of and willingness to work with the LGBT community. Homophobia and Sexism will not be tolerated.

Job Responsibilities

Program Specific

  • Devise advocacy priorities and strategies, identify advocacy opportunities, and undertake lobbying and advocacy directed at influencing governments, intergovernmental organizations, and human rights bodies and experts
  • Undertake policy research and analysis in the areas of law, and human rights
  • Draft advocacy documents including petitions, shadow reports, policy briefs, briefing papers, internal memorandums, and other campaign documents
  • Promote a rights-based approach in programming work on sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Engage policy makers and other civil society organizations on human rights issues including keeping abreast with relevant issues in the field;
  • Develop and implement programme proposals, work plans, budgets and project reports
  • Investigates and documents human rights violations and discrimination experienced by LGBT persons in Nigeria
  • Ensure that the service users are involved in all decision making by providing them with the information, knowledge and skills to make decisions for themselves.
  • Collect data and contribute to reports to demonstrate the impact of the service.
  • Recruit, train and supervise a team of motivated volunteer advocates who will support with service delivery by having their own caseload.
  • Develop and submit weekly and monthly activity plans in time for review and prior to implementation.
  • Build the technical capacity of programme staff in advocacy skills relevant to the implementation of the programme, through training and continuous mentoring. Submit a clear capacity building plan for this process.
  • Ensure quality control for all centralized and community level trainings organized for programme participants at all levels.
  • Compile field reports ensuring evidence based out puts on advocacy are reflected and submitted in time for inclusion into the main programme reports: Compile and submit a monthly summary of evidence-based highlights/ success stories on advocacy sector.
  • Support the development of activity indicators, monitoring and data capturing tool that relate to the sector.
  • Schedule and conduct regular field monitoring visits to identify, review and recommend relevant indicators for the successful delivery of the programme; monthly, quarterly and annual
  • Develop and analyze content for programme use.
  • Provide technical and sectoral inputs to/ during planning, organizing and coordination of programme assessments, surveys and or researches
  • Represent the programme on forums as and when delegated. 
  • Perform any other duties as required.

General

  • Work together with his/her team lead to design and implement programs & campaigns while ensuring all designed interventions remain compliant with donor, operational, finance, procurement and administrative systems.
  • Assist direct lead in strengthening systems for reporting on program progress against stated objectives and monitoring, according to all donor guidelines.
  • Where applicable, oversee content development and production of project information. This will include drafting content, interfacing with staff members to develop progress/success write-ups, sharing photos and even summaries as needed.
  • Liaise with other relevant key stakeholders within the LGBTQ community in and out of Nigeria.
  • During all project activities, monitor adherence to budgets, grant agreement, donor policies and procedures, and relevant external rules and regulations.
  • Resolve stakeholder problems as needs arise.
  • Meet with the government, civil society, security, donor, media, and private sector on a regular basis to collect necessary information and carry out required networking.

 

Support other team members to:

  • Work with partners/consultants/team to ensure that all projects are delivered on time, target and budget.
  • Support documentation of lessons learned and coordinate learning activities

 

Person specification

  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in Law, International Relations, Development Studies, management, social sciences, international development or other relevant field.
  • A minimum of 2 years of progressive work experience
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English required, including report development, writing and editing.
  • Experience in designing and implementing successful human rights programs, campaigns and initiatives.
  • A strong commitment to, and passion for, the principles and practice of human rights

Remuneration
Salary for this role is commensurate with experience and education

Application Closing Date
30th of September 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Method of Application
Send an application letter and curriculum vitae in PDF format to [email protected] clearly state the position title for which you are applying and your full names – starting with the surname first, then other names in the subject area of the email. Example: Program Officer, Advocacy & Human Rights (ABUJA) – MBU, Sisi Eko. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

 

Improving lives: Empowering Sexual Minority Women in Nigeria

Women’s Health & Equal Rights Initiative [WHER] has kicked off the first part of its ‘Pathways to Empowering Sexual Minority Women in Nigeria’ project with two workshops held in Abuja. The project aims to strengthen sexual minority women by psychologically empowering them and enhancing their capacity to become more financially stable.

Photo caption from the training in Abuja.

The workshops tagged ‘Psychological Empowerment and Leadership/Life-Skills Building Workshop’ were held on the 11th – 13th and 15th – 17th of August 2018 respectively with 45 women (aged 18 – 35) in attendance.

The project was focused on building self-esteem, self-confidence, self- acceptance and learning about sexual orientation and gender identity/expression through interactive training sessions.

Participants also learned about life skills such as negotiation, stress management and interpersonal communication.

Currently, similar workshops are being held in Lagos, and details will be provided at its conclusion.

We are now hiring for a Finance and Accounting Officer

Job Title: Finance & Accounting Officer
Location: Abuja
Reporting To: Executive Director & Director of Programs
Collaborates with: Entire Project Team

About WHER:
The Women’s Health and Equal Rights (WHER) Initiative is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established with the aim of promoting a deeper conceptual knowledge of sexuality, gender identity, and sexual orientation; providing access to health and other support services to sexual minority women through research, education, advocacy, empowerment and other direct services. Our goal is to advance and promote the well-being and equal rights of sexual minority women in Nigeria by addressing the health and psychosocial effects of the dual discrimination (homophobia and sexism) faced by sexual minority women and their underrepresentation in the LGBTQ and women’s movement in Nigeria.

NOTE: This job requires knowledge of and willingness to work with the LGBT community. Homophobia and Sexism will not be tolerated.

Job Purpose
• To create, implement and maintain strong financial systems, processes and controls that ensure accurate and transparent record keeping and transaction processing.
• This role requires the individual to take responsibility for all financial operations and lead on the organization’s auditing requirements.
• This role has a strong emphasis on setting and following robust processes and controls with a commitment to integrity, transparency, learning and continuous improvement.
• You will ensure that WHER’s financial performance is correctly measured on a monthly basis and help to coach WHER staff to understand the financial life cycle of their projects from the start to conclusion.

Key Areas of Responsibility

Financial Management
• Support the review and development of financial policies and make sure they are implemented to maintain integrity and transparency throughout the organization
• Ensure organization complies to grant conditions and internal financial policies and highlighting areas of concern when the time comes
• Take responsibility for the posting of financial transactions into the accounting software in an accurate, timely and transparent manner
• Ensure the Chart of Accounts and Project Codes structure is adhered to for recording transactions within the accounting system
• Oversee the processing of payroll and all relevant pension, taxes and other associated costs
• Monitor staff advances and send monthly report for review
• Ensure monthly controls and reconciliations are performed with petty cash and bank accounts
• Ensure that our paper filing records for accounting transactions, banking and taxes are fully documented, well structured, transparent and easily accessible
• Ensure that documentation for all accounting transactions are complete, transparent and robust
• Ensure consultants, vendors and other stakeholders are paid on time
• Maintain a fixed asset register and ensure alignment between the accounting system and inventory
• Produce and review balance sheet, income statement and other financial statement reports and send monthly summary reports highlighting issues and trends
• Conduct financial risk analysis and recommend risk management strategies.

Project Accounting, Budgeting and Financial Reporting

• Ensure fund requests, advances, payments and retirements fulfil all requirements as per grant conditions and organizations policies and ensure that payments are supported with adequate valid receipts and documentation
• Ensure that advances are retired promptly and completely
• Prepare the organization’s cash flow projections, monitor variances in actual results and highlight important issues as relevant
• Complete monthly project cash reconciliations and bring any discrepancies to a resolution in order to fully account for donor funds
• Prepare timely and accurate budget and financial reports as required
• Provide all necessary financial documents and information fundraisers to prepare funding requests including budgeting
• Be responsible for monitoring the budget utilization and communicate any issues supervisor
• Manage the day to day finances, including processing invoices and following up on recharges and payments

Financial Support and Monitoring

• Provide information and ongoing training to WHER staff to ensure the financial success of projects
• Flag any material issues and variances and propose and monitor actions.
• Respond to donor financial queries and recommend actions to the Executive Director as required

Audit and Control

• Maintain relationships with banking, tax and regulatory authorities to ensure that the organization is up-to-date
• Lead on all of the external statutory and programmatic audit processes by preparing the accounts and providing all required financial information, documentation and analysis.
• Review, propose and implement solutions for taking corrective actions for all audit recommendations and findings
• Manage the external audit and ensure audit requirements are monitored throughout the project life.
• Ensure that all financial documents are properly stored and archived for referencing and verification during internal and external audits
Other
• To shadow and understand the work of the program staff and support/help them in their tasks when necessary.
• This role holder is expected from time to time to carry out any other duties that are within the scope of the organization including administrative functions.

Qualifications & Skills

• A University degree in accounting, finance or a related field.
• At least three years of experience in financial and accounting work, solid experience budgeting, planning and reporting on internationally funded projects.
• Experience of delivering financial transactions through strong internal processes and controls
• Experience of maintaining a control environment through following policies, processes and internal controls
• Experience in financial reporting, audit coordination and liaising with regulatory bodies (e.g. tax)
• Experience of managing funds requests, disbursements, retirements and managing cash operations
• Experience of managing an accounting system and maintaining transparent and appropriate transaction processing Ideally a track record in NGO financial accounting
• Good working knowledge of computerized accounting software packages (ideally QuickBooks) and high-level of proficiency with Excel is an added advantage
• Commitment to instilling a culture of integrity, transparency, learning and continuous improvement
• Ability to prioritize own workload and work with minimal supervision.
• Experience of working in a team and managing and developing staff
• Excellent English language skills in both writing and speaking.

Remuneration
Salary for this role is commensurate with experience and education

Application Closing Date
Friday, 25th May, 2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Method of Application
Send an application letter and curriculum vitae in PDF format to [email protected] clearly state the position title for which you are applying and your full names – starting with the surname first, then other names in the subject area of the email. Example: Finance & Accounting Officer (ABUJA) – MBU, Sisi Eko. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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