Sun. Oct 2nd, 2022

Justice & Empowerment Initiatives (JEI) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Lagos and Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and Cotonou, Benin. We empower poor and marginalized individuals and communities to lead the changes that they would like to see in their own communities whether greater access to justice for the poor, pro-poor urban governance and policy, or community-led insitu upgrading and development. Our work is community driven, community owned, and community sustained. Partner communities identify their needs and set priorities e.g. addressing violence, strengthening land tenure, or building drainages. These priorities feed into all aspects of our work.

We work hand-in-hand with urban poor social movements and grassroots networks, bringing technical expertise in a variety of professions to inform, strengthen and support community-led efforts to solve justice and development problems. Our ultimate goal is to build the capacity of poor and marginalized individuals to set up sustainable community-level and inter-community structures to support and leverage their efforts and resources to bring about lasting change.

We are seeking dynamic, creative, passionate, smart professionals to fill the positions below:

Job Title: Creative Media Officer

Locations: Lagos, Port Harcourt – Rivers or Cotonou (with regular travel between the 3 cities)
Employment Type: Full-time
Start Date: Immediately

Job Description

  • We are looking for a dynamic multimedia (photo, video, audio) producer to join our team as Creative Media Officer.
  • He/she will be an innovative thinker with strong technical skills, who is committed to access to justice and access to health for the
    poor and supporting grassroots efforts to engage in public dialogue and policy advocacy campaigns.
  • The Creative Media Officer will work with all JEI staff, community paralegals, community health advocates, and team of grassroots mediamakers, to co-create media projects across a wide variety of media projects, and disseminate / distribute same through impact media campaigns.

Responsibilities

  • Work with JEI staff, community paralegals, community health advoctes, and grassroots media-makers, among others, to coproduce short-form documentaries, advocacy campaign videos, social ads, podcasts and community radio programs, and other multi-media advocacy materials.
  • Train grassroots media-makers and community paralegals on videography, audio recording, photography, video and sound editing, scripting, etc.
  • Participate in project management, development of distribution strategy, and other responsibilities that go beyond media production.
  • Serve as a media technology resource for JEI, advising the organization on media technology, managing our media archive, developing and managing workflow, advising on hardware and software acquisitions, production and design technology, and more.
  • Assist with project implementation, including strategic distribution, outreach, and audience engagement efforts, which are unique to each project.

Qualifications

  • 3+ years  experience working in documentary or television production, radio production, design or media and technology.
  • 2+ years experience working in civil society, building and running programmatic activities
  • Ability to produce short documentary films from conception to production, to editing, to final distribution. The ideal candidate will be a “jack of all trades producer,” with solid editing skills and professional videography skills and field sound recording skills.
  • Strong technical knowledge of video and sound editing software, design software, and production equipment.
  • Other technical and design skills are a plus (but not required). These include: graphic design, motion graphics, UI design, coding, social media, etc.
  • Experience teaching or mentoring a significant plus
  • Bilingual fluency in English and French required.
  • Fluency in local languages a plus (incl. Pidgin, Yoruba, Hausa, Egun, Fon).
  • Must be willing to work at least one Saturday per month.

Remuneration

  • A competitive salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV, Cover Letter explaining your interest in the position, together with links to a portfolio / reel, to: opportunities@justempower.org using “Creative Media Officer” as the subject of the mail.

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Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

Job Title: Participatory Mapping & Data Specialist

Location: Lagos, Port Harcourt – Rivers or Cotonou (with regular travel between the 3 cities)
Hours: Full Time
Start Date: Immediately

Job Description

  • We are looking for a professional with significant experience in project or field research management and sophisticated policy-oriented data analysis to join our team as a Participatory Mapping & Data Specialist.
  • He/she will be an innovative thinker and with strong technical skills, who is committed to supporting and strengthening grassroots data generation and turning data into meaningful tools for urban planning and policy advocacy.
  • Participatory Mapping & Data Specialist will work with other members of JEI staff and grassroots community profiling and mapping teams.

Responsibilities

  • Train and support grassroots community mapping and profiling teams to strengthen community profiling, mapping, and enumeration processes to ensure consistency and accuracy of data, timely data capture, and regular data review and cleanup.
  • Analyze mapping, profiling, and enumeration data and create/generate maps, reports, and other “knowledge products” to feed into policy advocacy work and action-oriented publications.
  • Manage mapping, profiling, enumeration and other field research components of various projects to ensure project targets are achieved.
  • Participate in project management and other responsibilities beyond mapping and profiling data analysis as part of the JEI team.

Qualifications

  • Degree in Social Sciences or other relevant field are welcome.
  • 3+ years’ experience in survey design, field research, data management and data analysis.
  • Demonstrated skills in survey design, data collection, data cleaning/management, and data analysis. Experience with mapping, data collection, management, and statistical analysis softwares a significant plus.
  • Strong writing and research skills.
  • Training and teaching skills mandatory.
  • Experience working with grassroots movements a significant plus.
  • Experience as an entrepreneur or in a startup environment a plus.
  • Bilingual fluency in English and French required.
  • Fluency in local languages a plus (incl. Pidgin, Yoruba, Hausa, Egun, Fon).
  • Must be willing to work at least one Saturday per month.

Remuneration
A competitive salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV, Cover Letter explaining their interest in the position to: opportunities@justempower.org using “Participatory Mapping & Data Specialist” as the subject of the email.

Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Job Title: Public Health Lead

Location: Lagos, Port Harcourt – Rivers or Cotonou (with regular travel between the 3 cities)

Job Description

  • We are looking for a health or public health professional to join our team as the Public Health Lead to coordinate our work around access to health for the urban poor.
  • This position requires an individual with substantial knowledge of health, preferably with public health background, and of teaching health education with a special focus on low literacy, multi-lingual, urban poor populations.
  • The Public Health Lead must be committed to access to health and access to justice for the poor and to supporting grassroots efforts to engage in public dialogue and policy advocacy – especially around access to health care and health services.
  • The Public Health Lead will work with all members of the JEI team, community health advocates, community paralegals, and the broader network of urban poor communities.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV, Cover Letter explaining their interest in the position to: opportunities@justempower.org using “Public Health Lead” as the subject of the email.

Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

Job Title: Financial Literacy Specialist

Location: Lagos, Port Harcourt – Rivers or Cotonou (with regular travel between the 3 cities)
Hours: Full Time
Start Date: Immediately

Job Description

  • We are looking for a professional with significant experience in financial literacy
    education and business planning support for microenterprises to join our team as a Financial Literacy Specialist.
  • He/she will be an innovative thinker and with strong technical skills, who is committed to supporting financial literacy education aimed at urban poor communities and strengthening financial literacy and business planning/management skills for microentrepreneurs with lower levels of formal education.
  • The Financial Literacy Specialist will work with other members of JEI staff
    and grassroots community volunteer teams to develop and roll out financial literacy training / capacity building programs and other initiatives aimed at strengthening financial resilience of urban poor households.
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Responsibilities

  • Develop training materials and work with grassroots volunteer teams to roll out community financial literacy and business planning campaigns
  • Develop financial model for decentralized bulk-purchase initiatives
  • Build capacity of savings cooperatives established to serve urban poor social movements including targeted trainings for members, and professional support to design, model, test out, and iteratively improve the economic initiatives that use pooled resources to increase resilience of urban poor households
  • Document and analyze regulatory and other barriers limiting financial inclusion of the urban poor to feed into policy advocacy work and actionoriented publications.
  • Participate in project management and other responsibilities beyond financial literacy and business planning as part of the JEI team.

Qualifications

  • Degree in Finance, Economics, Business or other relevant field are welcome.
  • 3+ years experience in financial literacy, business planning, or related field.
  • Demonstrated skills in teaching and training (especially at the grassroots or community level), and extensive knowledge of financial literary and micro-enterprise business planning/capacity building.
  • Strong writing and research skills.
  • Experience working with grassroots movements a significant plus.
  • Experience as an entrepreneur or in a startup environment a plus.
  • Bilingual fluency in English and French required.
  • Fluency in local languages a plus (incl. Pidgin, Yoruba, Hausa, Egun, Fon).
  • Must be willing to work the occasional Saturday.

Remuneration
A competitive salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV, Cover Letter explaining their interest in the position to: opportunities@justempower.org using “Financial Literacy Specialist” as the subject of the email.

Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

Job Title: Accountant / Finance Manager

Location: Lagos
Employment Type: Full-time
Start Date: Immediately

Job Description

  • We are looking for a committed accounting professional with significant experience in NGO/non-profit accounting to join our team as an Accountant / Finance Manager based in Lagos to oversee financial management across offices in Lagos, Port Harcourt, and Cotonou. He/she will work with, train, and oversee finance-related staff in both offices and report directly to the Co-Executive Directors.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure that JEI’s financial system runs properly in order to process financial information and generate accurate reports.
  • Ensure that internal controls are maintained at an acceptable level.
  • Manage and minimize risks affecting JEI’s assets.
  • Ensure compliance with JEI financial policies, procedures set out in this Manual and any additional donor compliance requirements.
  • Ensure timely preparation of all internal and external financial reports.
  • Work with Co-Executive Directors on project and general budgeting.
  • Be responsible for all aspects of cash management including:
    • Monitoring accounts receivables, processing of staff payroll, and collection of debt and managing pre-payments.
    • Direct, mentor/coach, appraise and supervise the other finance staff.
    • Ensure that internal financial reports are generated accurately and disseminated in a timely manner.

Qualifications

  • At least 3 years experience in NGO/non-profit accounting and financial management. Please describe the required experience in a short cover letter. Candidates with more experience are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • HND and/or B.Sc. in Accounting or other relevant field.
  • Working familiarity with IFRS and other relevant international standards.
  • Professional certification a significant plus.
  • Experience working with Quickbooks / other accounting software a plus.
  • Supervision / management experience a plus.
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Remuneration

  • A competitive salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV, Cover Letter and at least two professional references to: opportunities@justempower.org using “Accontant / Finance Manager” as the subject of the mail.

Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

Job Title: Staff Attorney

Location: Lagos (with occasional travel)
Employment Type: Full Time
Start Date: Immediate

Job Description

  • We are looking for a committed individual with significant civil litigation, criminal defense, and alternative dispute resolution experience to join our team as a Staff Attorney based in Lagos.
  • He/she will be an innovative thinker and with strong technical skills, who is committed to using the law as a tool for social change and supporting grassroots legal empowerment and access to justice.
  • The Staff Attorney will work with members of JEI staff, community paralegals, and members of grassroots movements we support.

Responsibilities

  • Work with JEI’s legal team and community paralegals to provide grassroots legal aid and legal education to urban poor populations in Lagos, with a focus on persons living in slums/informal settlements, persons working in the informal economy, persons living with disabilities, and minorities.
  • Train, encourage, and supervise community paralegals in Lagos.
  • Draft and file legal processes and make court appearances.
  • Conduct legal research in support of strategic litigation and advocacy.
  • Participate in project management and other responsibilities beyond paralegal supervision, litigation, and research as part of the JEI team.

Qualifications

  • At least 5 years experience in civil litigation and criminal defense. Please describe the required experience in a short cover letter. Candidates with more than three years’ experience are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Degree in Law and admission (current) to the Nigerian Bar.
  • Demonstrated ability to use law as a tool for social change.
  • Strong legal writing, legal research, and oral advocacy skills.
  • Training / teaching skills required.
  • Experience working with grassroots movements a significant plus.
  • Training and experience in human rights law a plus.
  • Training and experience in land law a plus.
  • NGO project management experience a plus.
  • Experience litigating cases before ECOWAS Community Court of Justice and/or the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights a plus.
  • Experience as an entrepreneur or in a startup environment a plus.
  • Fluen cy in “broken” / Pidgin English required. Fluency in Hausa, Egun, and/or Yoruba languages skills a significant plus.

Remuneration
A competitive salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV, Cover Letter and two Writing samples from relevant work to: opportunities@justempower.org using “Lagos Staff Attorney” as the subject of the email.

Note:

we are an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse workforce. While all applications will be acknowledged.
• We reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement
• We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements
• Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
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