Vacancy: Yobe State University Center For Research And Capacity Development On Humanitarian Studies Begins Recruitment

Yobe State University, Damaturu.
Center for Research and Capacity Development on Humanitarian Studies (CRCDHS)

The Centre for Research and Capacity Development in Humanitarian Studies (CRCDHS) has specifically been established for people with or without prior field experience who wish to undertake or develop a career in the humanitarian sector. In addition, the Centre is engaged in teaching, capacity development for practicing professionals and research related to emergency humanitarian response. Initial success has been attained through hosting of food security focused emergency response training offered by the World Food Programme (WFP)

The Centre is now developing a course module for Diploma training programme that will give evidence-based training on globally recognized core humanitarian competencies that are essential for anyone involved in disaster response and/or humanitarian assistance.

The core deliverable of the Centre is to students and practitioners prepared with sound knowledge of the background and context of humanitarian emergencies, doctrines and operational procedures for response, familiarity with the international humanitarian law and well framed awareness of the some of the current trends and dilemmas of emergency situations.

The inter linkages and integrated nature of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are of crucial importance in ensuring that the purpose of CRCDHS are met.

The centre is an institutional learning platform for humanitarian organizations to optimize locally based teaching capacity. In view of WFP’s ongoing technical cooperation with NEMA and SEMA the Centre supports related activities through institutional support to enhance preparedness capacities, emergency response and disaster risk reduction.

Learning Areas

Technical areas of learning, research and expertise to be incorporated into the Centre’s curriculum include topics already being offered by WFP and other learning areas as follows:

Humanitarian Needs Assessment and response planning;
Food security and nutrition;
Water and sanitation;
Public health in emergencies;
Education and protection;
Disaster management and risk reduction;
Logistics and supply chain in emergency settings;
GIS and Humanitarian Information Management;
Cash Based Transfers and Financial Inclusion;
Nutrition-sensitive programming;
Project design;
Humanitarian Coordination;
Recovery and rehabilitation of distressed communities;
Fundraising for emergency response;
Accountability and results based management;
Security and safety in emergency operations;
Stress management and trauma counseling;
Research and advocacy;
Ethical dilemmas;
Information Management;
Humanitarian Framework.

Strategic Focus

The CRCDHS’s strategic focus is to provide an anchor from which humanitarians and other actors can derive resources for project activities to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfill their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment. Practitioners and students will also engage in scholar practitioner undertaking aimed to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainable managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.

The experience in the North Eastern Nigeria has produced profound lessons that will contribute to learning aimed at ensuring that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature. This will include fostering peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.

CRCDHS’s expanding partnership and association is intended to contribute to sustainable development, based on a spirit of strengthened local, regional and international solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all communities, all stakeholders and countries. CRCDHS’s association to NEMA, SEMA, WFP and cognate organizations is intended to be a springboard towards a more regional outlook while retaining attention to the local response capacity in Yobe State and North Eastern Nigeria in general.

Learning Need

There is, however, an evident lack of technical capacities within the Yobe State and North Eastern Nigeria in general, in the design and implementation of desired response programmes. In the same vein, the CRCDHS intends to roll-out a programme that will, on one hand optimize the existing technical and human capital focusing on ending hunger and building sustainable communities, while on the other hand seeking to develop new capacities to deliver such programmes.
Request for Resource persons

Learning Resource Area:

Emergency Response, Rehabilitation and Recovery


Yobe State University, Damaturu.

Center for Research and Capacity Development in Humanitarian Studies (CRCDHS)


Lake Chad Region (Initially targeting North East Nigeria)


2.0 Objectives

· To enhance thematic and technical knowledge and competencies of CRCDHS and its partner organizations in the areas of emergency response, recovery and rehabilitation.

2.1 Areas of Intervention

· Facilitate training workshops as resource persons

· Write research papers, training materials and model policies as knowledge products for dissemination to CRCDHS’s partners and wider audiences

· Moderate seminars and roundtable discussions on topical and technical issues


Resource persons currently practicing in the humanitarian sector as well as academia will be expected to provide the initial wave of technical expertise available to kick-start this programme. In general from, Resource Persons will be expected to :

I. Participate in periodic or on-demand review of CRCDHS’s capacity assessment tools on thematic knowledge and competencies.

II. Undertake capacity assessments for partners on varied technical knowledge and competencies

III. As Resource Persons, facilitate capacity building interventions (training workshops, seminars and roundtable discussions) under guidance of the Capacity Building Specialist based at the CRCDHS

IV. Write researched papers, training materials and model policies on thematic issues (some of which may be the subject of capacity building interventions).

V. Participate in reviews of capacity building interventions

VI. Draft training materials and model policies on the technical learning areas

VII. The Assignment will at times entail travel across Yobe State, North Eastern and the rest of Nigeria as well as within the Lake Chad region.

Resource person will be expected to carry out the following:

3.1. Mobilization and Planning. This will include: (i) getting consensus on the objectives of the assignment between the Resource Person and the CRCDHS (ii) planning for the teaching and learning delivery activity on the process and deliverables; (iii) agreement on the final work plan and timeframe. Some of these tasks will be undertaken at short notice and with abrupt deadlines.

3.2. Document Review. Undertake in-depth review of literature pertinent to tasks at hand (e.g. literature from humanitarian sector-specific, integrated knowledge development, academic and non-academic sources etc.)

3.3 Consultations. Participate in planning meetings for capacity assessments, interventions and evaluations.

3.4 Report Writing. Drafting quality papers, model policies and training materials pertinent to assigned tasks.


- The Resource Person shall deliver capacity intervention reports (for capacity building activities assigned to them).

- Submission of concept papers, research papers, model policies and training materials as may be required

- Successful delivery of capacity interventions using participatory methods; e.g. conducting a participatory training workshop, seminar or roundtable and providing training materials as well.

- Submission of quality reports documenting the interventions.

4.1 Timeline Initial Training of Trainers’ delivery is expected before April 15, 2016


The Resource Persons selected will have the following expertise:

· Minimum - Masters University Degree in Humanitarian Studies, Emergency Response, Arts, Law, Human Rights or associated and relevant knowledge areas.

· S/he should have at least five years’ experience of institutional capacity development interventions targeting humanitarian, recovery and rehabilitation organizations in conflict or recovery in Africa.

· Good knowledge of traditional structures, community based civil society organizations and community based organizations in Africa.

· At least three years’ practitioner technical design and implementation in respective area of expertise as be learning areas (b) above.

· Excellent facilitation and training skills

· Excellent track record in academic writing and publications

· Experience in undertaking similar assignments in Africa

· Ability to work independently with minimal supervision


Interested and qualified candidates should submit their applications with the subject clearly marked as follows: The Director,

Please submit a CVs (3 pages Maximum per CV) containing a comprehensive profile of similar or comparable facilitation or resource person activity and referees to:Ali Haruna, Director, CRCDHS:


Management arrangements

The Resource Person shall be reporting to the Director of the CRCDHS.


Resource persons will work independently within locations of their choice or employment. However, the CRCDHS offers a Secretariat equipped with office and learning facilities for which the resource persons may wish or request to utilize by sending an email request to the Director, CRCDHS.

For each Resource Person expressing interest, he/she will indicate the level of availability as per below.


Period of Notice: When submitting statement of interest, please state the period of notice you would need to mobilize for a training.


Seven Days’ Notice

Two Weeks’ Notice

At least one Month
Vacancy: Yobe State University Center For Research And Capacity Development On Humanitarian Studies Begins Recruitment Vacancy: Yobe State University Center For Research And Capacity Development On Humanitarian Studies Begins Recruitment Reviewed by EMMANUEL CHINEKS on March 28, 2016 Rating: 5

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