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ICLA Officer Nigeria Maiduguri

Maiduguri (Nigeria)

  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Maiduguri (Nigeria)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Legal - International Law
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-27

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Position:                                          ICLA Officer

Reports to:                                     ICLA Team Leaders

Supervision of:                               TBC

Duty station:                                  Maiduguri

Travel:                                             70%

Project number:                            NGFM 2104, NGFM 2019

Duration and type of contract:   6 months with possibility of extension, depending on grants approval

All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organisation’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity and accountability. These attitudes and believes shall guide our actions and relationships.

  1. Role and responsibilities

The purpose of the Information Counselling and Legal Assistance Officer is to provide support to the ICLA Team Leaders and contribute to the implementation of the ICLA programme in Nigeria, Borno State.

Generic responsibilities

These responsibilities shall be the same for all positions with the same title. The responsibilities shall be short and essential. Details belong in the Work and Development plan.

  • Ensure adherence with NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
  • Implement delegated CC projects according to plan of action
  • Ensure that project targets beneficiaries most in need, and explore and asses new and better ways to assist
  • Promote and share ideas for technical improvement
  • Actively facilitate and maintain Liaison and collaboration with relevant local and national authorities and stakeholders and represent NRC in relevant forums/cluster/working groups.
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy
  • Involve and inform communities and community leaders about the activities to ensure accountability.
  • Break down the annual operational plans into weekly, monthly and quarterly implementation plans
  • Prepare periodic progress reports and other documents as required
  • Perform any other professional duties as requested by the ICLA Coordinators, ICLA Team Leaders and ICLA PM.

Specific responsibilities

  • Implement the legal assistance programs including HLP , CDR and identity documentation activities innovatively to adapt to location and context, in line with proposals, strategies and donor requirements and optimise opportunities for synergies
  • Contribute to the planning procedures and tools for implementation of ICLA projects in line with proposals, strategies and donor requirements
  • Document project achievements and deliverables
  • Monitor technical quality of ICLA projects and maintain transparency of implementation progress
  • Contribute to an effective M& E system in the country
  • Support and integrate gender, protection and advocacy priorities into ICLA programme design
  • Contribute to the development of the ICLA strategy, technical SOPs/guidelines and Macro LFAs for Nigeria
  • Contribute to the development of funding proposals, project budgets and donor reports
  • Contribute to coordination  and management of the  ICLA project implementation (activities, budget and project documentation) in line with proposals, strategies and donor requirement
  • Supervise Project Assistants , ensure transfer of relevant skills for quality program implementation
  • Provide technical assistance to the ICLA Project Manager and contribute to the development of a quality ICLA program in line with the Nigerian context.

Critical interfaces

By interfaces, NRC means processes and projects that are interlinked with other departments/units or persons. Relevant interfaces for this position are:

  • Strategy and project planning and implementation: ICLA Specialist, ICLA Project Manager, ICLA Project Coordinators, ICLA Team Leaders, ICLA Officers
  • Supervision: ICLA Assistants
  • Program support: Finance, Logistics, HR and Area Manager  

Scale and scope of position


ICLA Assistants


UNHCR, IOM, IRC, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, National Identity Commission, Human Rights Commission, Nigerian Bar Association, Legal Aid Council, NEMA, SEMA, Local Courts, other community decision makers


DFID, ECHO and other budget TBC covering ICLA activities


Post holder is responsible for contributing towards writing of GORS



  1. Competencies  

Competencies are important in order for the employee and the organisation to deliver desired results. They are relevant for all staff and are divided into the following two categories:

1. Professional competencies

These are skills, knowledge and experience that are important for effective performance.

Generic professional competencies:

•      Experience from working as an Officer in a humanitarian context, especially legal experience is valued

•      Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities

  • Minimum 3 years experience from practice as a lawyer . Experience from working in the field of humanitarian assistance is an advantage.
  • Must have a good knowledge of the laws and policies governing HLP issues and Identity documentation
  •  Must possess a bachelor of law degree and must have been called to the Nigerian Bar( be able to practice as a lawyer in Nigeria) and be conversant with international humanitarian and Human Rights law
  • Excellent communication skills – written and spoken – in English required.
  • Fluency in one or more of the national/regional languages (Hausa, Fulani and Kanuri preferred)
  • Must be willing to work as a team member, take direction, and share technical skills with colleagues and counterparts
  • Computer literacy in word processing and spreadsheets is required,
  • Must be able to work under pressure

Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Knowledge of the context in Nigeria
  • Experience with humanitarian activities

2. Behavioral competencies (max 6)

These are personal qualities that influence how successful people are in their job. NRC’s Competency Framework states 12 behavioural competencies, and the following are essential for this position:

  • Planning and delivering results
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • Handling insecure environment
  • Ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision.
  • Highest standards of ethics and integrity
  1. Performance Management

The employee will be accountable for the responsibilities and the competencies, in accordance with the NRC Performance Management Manual. The following documents will be used for performance reviews:

•            The Job Description

•            The Work and Development Plan

•            The Mid-term/End-of-trial Period Performance Review Template

•            The End-term Performance Review Template

•            The NRC Competency Framework

Female and Kanuri speaking qualified Nigerian candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


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