Call for Application: Program Officers

Call for Application: Program Officer

Available Slot: 2

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

Application Deadline: May 9, 2024

Type of Contract: Full-time

Department: Programs

Post Level: Support

Languages Required: English   

Duration of Initial Contract: Short Term (7 Months)

Yiaga Africa Initiative seeks the services of a Program Officer to support the implementation of its election observation project for the 2024 Edo gubernatorial election, including the deployment of the Process and Results Verification for Transparency (PRVT) to enhance electoral integrity in the state. The position is for Seven (7) months.

Yiaga Africa is committed to achieving a diverse, vibrant, innovative, and engaged workforce working to achieve the organization’s vision of  “a people-driven developed and democratic Africa”

Yiaga Africa promotes diversity in terms of gender, nationality, religion/belief, culture, and other forms of diversity. 

For this role, young women and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Yiaga Africa does not tolerate sexual exploitation and harassment, abuse, or any harassment and discrimination. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference, background checks, and training.


To promote broad public participation and enhance public confidence in the conduct of elections, Yiaga Africa will undertake a comprehensive observation of the 2024 Edo gubernatorial election including systematic observation of voting and counting at a representative random sample of polling units using the PRVT methodology and employing information and communication technologies (ICTs). 

The observation will provide the public, political parties, and electoral authorities with systematic, state-wide information on the conduct of the opening of polling stations, the voting process, and the counting of ballots, as well as verification of the official results based on statistical estimates using official results from a nation-wide representative random sample of polling stations.

If you have the required skills and experiences to excel as a Program Officer in our organization, do apply now!

The position is for Seven (7) months, subject to renewal based on performance and funding availability. The post holder would be expected to work 40 hours a week. The position has a competitive salary as obtainable in the industry.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The program officer shall work with the Elections Team in Yiaga Africa’s office based in Abuja and shall oversee the state focal persons’ activities to effectively implement the election observation Project.
  • The program officer shall lead in developing and maintaining a database for members of Local Government Area Supervisors and polling unit observers in the Edo state.
  • He/she shall work with other team members at the Yiaga Africa office to schedule, plan, and execute all training programs in the state.
  • He/she shall work with other members of the Elections team to compile and generate a draft report for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration Exercise, Presidential Elections, and the final project report.
  • He/she shall manage the State Focal Points, local government supervisors, and election observers in Edo state and ensure the accreditation and deployment of observers on election days.
  • He/she shall work as a data manager at the Data Center on Election Day.
  • Other Responsibilities as Assigned.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the values and ethical standards of Yiaga Africa.
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of Yiaga Africa.
  • Displays gender, regional, religion/belief, race, nationality, culture, age sensitivity, and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning:

  • Shares knowledge and experience.
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, acts on learning plan, and applies newly acquired skills.

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Ability to perform various standard tasks related to the provision of program support.
  • Good IT skills.

Leadership and Self-Management:

  • Focuses on results for the client and responds positively to feedback.
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Remains calm, in control, and good-humored even under pressure.

Required Skills and Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of cognate experience in democracy and good governance, or a related field.
  • Degree in law, political science, social sciences, humanities, or any related field.
  • Experience working on elections or democratic governance is an advantage
  • Proven experience and knowledge in PRVT or other forms of election observation models would be an advantage
  • Excellent facilitation skills
  • Excellent knowledge of project management and development
  • Strong analytical and report-writing skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure
  • Ability to manage logistics
  • Excellent IT skills with proficiency in MS Office
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • Detail-oriented and efficient
  • Self-motivated and able to work without close supervision

Language Requirements: 

Fluency in written and spoken English. Proficiency in French and/or any other language will be a plus.

How to apply

Interested candidates should fill out the job application form and upload their detailed resume containing their LinkedIn ID, Age, Address, and the contact of referees in MS Word documents here.

Submission should be concluded on or before May 9, 2024.

Only applications sent in the required format will be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Note: Application will be considered on a rolling basis. 

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