A2L Conflict Adviser at DFID - Department for International Development

Closing Date: 12 September, 2018

Experience: 3 years

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’S fight against global poverty, delivering aid to those in need all over the world.

The Department for International Development (DFID) in Nigeria is responsible for managing the British Government's contribution to development in Nigeria, with the objective of supporting government and development partners at federal and state levels to reduce poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


  • This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, experienced and committed Nigerian professional to become a Conflict Adviser for DFID Nigeria, supporting the work of the wider British Mission in Nigeria.

  • She/he will promote conflict prevention and peacebuilding across the British Mission and engage in a brood range of issues, including inter- communal conflict resolution, DDR, reconciliation, security and justice, stabilisation and tackling structural drivers of conflict.

  • She/he will provide technical advice to DFlDs conflict and security programmes, as well as ensuring the conflict sensitive implementation of humanitarian and development programmes.

  • She/he will work to ensure that all the UK’s work in Nigeria is informed by a robust analysis of conflict and its causes.

  • The successful candidate will become part of the Governance and Social Development team, working closely with its members as well as other relevant colleagues across DAD and the wider mission, She/he will report directly to the A2 conflict adviser, who wilt provide support and mentorship to ensure a positive transition into DFID, the mission and the conflict cadre.

  • The post holder will piay a key role in building strong relationships and influencing key actors in relevant states on a range of programmes and policy issues.

Purpose of the Job

  • Provide robust and strategic conflict analysis to inform British Government policies and programmes in Nigeria. Provide quality crosscutting conflict advice for DFID and for programmes funded by the cross-government Conflict, Security and Stability Fund (CSSF).

  • Support the implementation and monitoring of key programmes in conflict prevention, stabilisation, security and justice, working closely with lead advisers in Abuja.

  • Ensure conflict sensitive programming and delivery of DFID governance, humanitarian, economic growth and human development policies and programmes.

  • Support UK information sharing and policy development on conflict dynamics, incidents and analysis across the British Mission.

  • Effectively influence the approach of Nigerian Government officials, development partners and civil society to address conflict related issues.

  • Assist the UK Risk Management Office to manage operating and programmatic risks.

  • Support the wider DFID Conflict Cadre through participation in annual professional conferences, as well as providing”support to advisers in other offices as part of the conflict cadre.

Educational Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of a Masters level qualification in Peacebuilding, Development, Political Science, Social Sciences or a related field, from a recognised University or equivalent experience/academic work.

  • Minimum three yearst experience in the field of conflict resolution and peacebuilding. This should include: development of robust conflict analysis; provision of conflict advice to development programmes or policy making institutions; experience of designing and managing conflict prevention and peacebuilding programmes; and experience in overseeing budgets and results delivery.

  • Desirable: proven cultural, social and political sensitivity for working in northern Nigeria.

Required Competencies Core competencies:

Evidence of meeting the following UK civil service competencies most be provided in the applications:

  • Seeing the Big Picture

  • Making Effective Decisions

  • Leading and Communicating

  • 4Building Capability for All.

Details of the above UK competencies are available at: http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/civil-service-competency-framework-july-2012.pdf

Please note that candidates will be assessed at Level 3.

Technical competencies:

  • Candidates will also be expected to show evidence of meeting the following technical competencies. Assessment of these wIll farm the basis for accreditation into DFID’s conflict cadre, which is an essential requirement of the job and will be tested at application and interview.

Details of the technical competencies can be found at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/553163/Conflict-sept16.pdf

Please read this carefully and note the requirements at A2L level:

  • Shared advisory competencies: Understanding of international development Use of evidence Programme design and management, including monitoring and evaluation, and value for money Developing and implementing policy Applying economic and commercial concepts Understand the potential of digital technology.

  • Conflict and political analysis and strategy development: undertaking conflict and political analysis and applying it in order to develop strategies to address the risks of conflict and instability.

  • Conflict sensitivity: understanding relationship between our interventions and the conflict context, minimising harm and maximising peacebuilding effect.

  • Conflict prevention, stabilisation peacebuilding and state building: the development and implementation of polices programmes and interventions to address conflict, fragility and violence.


  • DFID offers a competitive salary and benefit package Indicative offers ore inclusive of local taxes. Salaries are reviewed annually in accordance with local Pay Determination Guidelines. The current starting salary for this position (graded A21) full time per annum is NGN12,695,565.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates are to request for an "Application Form" by sending an email to: AfricaHRHubRecruit@DFID.GOV.UK clearly indicating: A21 Conflict Adviser, DFID Nigeria.

The candidate must complete the "Application Form" and "Conflict Adviser Self-assessment', and send it to: AfricaHRHubRecruit@DFID.GOV.UK and DFIDNIGERIARECRUITIN@DFID.GOV.UK with a copy of their most recent CV. Please quote the following reference number when applying “NIG/021 8”. Failure to do so may result in your application not being viewed. Note

  • Closing date of applications is midnight on the date stated above. Applications shown as being received after this time will not be accepted.

  • Interviews will be scheduled to take place within a few weeks of the closing dote.

  • DFID is an equal opportunities employer and will not discriminate on the grounds of gender, race and/or ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age, socio economic background, mobility, family, marital and/or partnership status and religion.

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