Programme Manager: Democracy at Work

Who are we looking for? 

Hbs is looking for a full-time Programme Manager who can develop, coordinate and manage all projects under the Democracy at Work component of the Abuja Office. The ideal individual is a highly motivated self-starter, who is as comfortable in a boardroom as in a community roundtable seminar. A person with experience in promoting civic, human and women’s rights. Someone with a network of contacts among activists, civil society organisations, academia and media.

What will be your key roles and responsibilities?


  • Analyse national, regional and international socio-political developments relevant to the Democracy at Work component in order to adapt the conceptual approach and project activities
  • Represent and promote the Foundation’s strategies and principles at stakeholder meetings, networks, conferences and other events
  • Identify, provide support to and actively collaborate with partners, including of trainings and orientation

Project Management: 

  • Develop, plan, implement, monitor/evaluate and report on (including financial) all programme activities under the Democracy at Work Component 
  • Plan and support the organisation of events
  • Manage and monitor contracts with partner organizations, contractors and consultants
  • Manage the component’s budget 

Networking and Communication:

  • Maintain contacts with the programme relevant national and international organisations as well as journalists in mainstream media and social media influencers
  • Contribute to the website and other social media channels of the office 
  • Maintain a supporter and contact database

What are some of the mandatory requirements?

  • Master Degree in Political Science, Development Studies, Gender Studies, Sociology, International Relations, or related fields 
  • At least five years of relevant experience in a senior position, preferably with an international organisation working in Nigeria 
  • A demonstrated ability to advocate for women’s rights issues locally, nationally, and ideally internationally, including an ability to initiate and follow through on advocacy
  • A passion for civic engagement and social justice as well as a demonstrated commitment to the goals and priorities of the organisation
  • Excellent understanding of civic rights issues as well as gender and diversity concepts 
  • Excellent conceptual and analytical skills (verbal and written)
  • Excellent project cycle management skills, including experience in M&E
  • Good knowledge of budget planning and controlling
  • Good knowledge of MS Office, MS Excel, power point
  • Good knowledge of common social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook) 
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills in English 
  • Highly motivated, pro-active individual with demonstrated ability to work under minimal supervision
  • Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities
  • Ability to work within a diverse and multi-cultural setting
  • Familiarity with feminist theory and practice is desirable 

What do we offer?

We offer a challenging, creative and intellectually stimulating career experience as part of a global network of passionate professionals that drive social innovation, transformation and political change. We believe in honouring our staff’s commitment to our work and vision by providing opportunities for the professional and personal growth of our team members. The salary will be based on industry norms commensurate with skill and experience. Benefits include insurance and pension schemes.

How to apply?

Please email your application to with the subject line: Application: Programme Manager Democracy at Work. Include a cover letter and a detailed CV with at least three references. Application deadline is 13 October 2020. 

The position is available from 01. December 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Final round of interviews and related assessments will take place in November 2020. 

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About the Organization

Who is hbs? 

The Heinrich Böll Stiftung (hbs) is a political foundation affiliated with the Green Party in Germany. The hbs Abuja Office acts as a people-centric green think-tank and dialogue platform. We work with activists and thinkers in civil society, business and politics to stimulate public debate and action for a socially just and sustainable Nigeria. The Democracy at Work component of our programme focuses on issues such as the promotion of civic rights and public participation in political decision-making. Going forward, the component is envisaged to include a strong emphasis on the promotion of gender democracy and feminism in Nigeria.