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NACGOND  

NACGOND

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

The National Coalition on Gas Flaring and Oil Spills in the Niger Delta (NACGOND) is a partnership of twenty-six member civil society groups that seek to address the lingering environmental degradation associated with oil spills, gas flaring and illegal oil bunkering in the Niger Delta. It is also a vehicle that civil society groups can use to proactively suggest tangible solutions to these key issues. NACGOND’s major approach is grounded in research and evidence-based advocacy, which aims to ensure the issues of oil spills and gas flaring are immediately fixed, however they are caused. 

NACGOND is currently advertising for the following position to work in the Port Harcourt Office on a 5-year advocacy project: 

Job Title: Senior Project Officer 

Location: Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Job Purpose: The Senior Project Officer will ensure the strategic direction of NACGOND projects focusing on management, supervision and quality control of the full cycle of programming from formulation to project delivery and reporting, achieving the following results: 

Strategic oversight of planning, budgeting and implementing of the project, tracking use of financial resources and timely achievements of project objectives; 

Setting up milestones and targets for the project and constant monitoring and project quality control,; and constant monitoring and analysis of the project environment, making recommendations for readjustments on a monthly and quarterly basis;

Regular aggregating and analysing reports and project documentation on project activities, outcomes and impact; 

Timely delivery of donor reports, in compliance with donor requirements, and other project documentation; 

Identifying, building and managing strategic partnerships which are central to the project and future projects whilst overseeing project relationships with local partner organisations and consultants; 

Representing NACGOND when requested by NACGOND Coordinator; 

 

Project design and early implementation

Lead on the strategic and operational planning process in the Nigeria office and prepare drafts of key strategic and operational planning documents, in close cooperation with the NACGOND secretariat and CWC

Coordinate revision of the project strategy with key project stakeholders/implementing partners  to ensure an updated and shared understanding of the strategy and accountability to project beneficiaries; 

Create an  effective and participatory M&E system through assisting in drafting of key documents of strategic and operational M&E by implementing partners 

Supporting the implementing partners in ensuring that each project has been assigned adequate human resources by preparing and managing staff schedules and timesheets, highlighting capacity gaps, recommending external consultants and supporting the selection process where necessary

External Relations and Communications:

Identify, build and leverage relationships that are key to promoting sustainability in the Niger Delta

Hold regular communication and networking with local partners, local and national institutions and external actors

Contribute to developing appropriate strategies for advocacy with key NACGOND partners

Contribute to the NACGOND external communications process by writing articles for the website and manage social media platforms

Design and implement project communications plans that feed into NACGOND’s external communications process 

 

Qualifications

Assessment of candidates will be based on proven experience and capacity with evidence of the following or equivalent experience as follows:

Post graduate degree in social sciences, environment, resource governance or related field; 

Spoken and written fluency in English - Written articles / examples of your writing ability in relation to governance in Nigeria;  

IT skills: word, excel and online communication skills; 

Strong oral and written communications skills; 

Proven experience supporting and managing project staff; 

Donor reporting experience - At least five (5) years of experience in environment, resource governance,  peace-building, development;  and/or related fields, including democracy and governance issues; 

Proven ability to negotiate multiple relationships with various partners; 

Demonstrated experience in financial management and program administration of grants; knowledge of major donor rules and regulations, and the ability to manage multi-donor funding; 

Demonstrated planning (including budgeting) and proposal writing skills; 

Excellent interpersonal and networking skills, as well as the ability to build and conduct effective professional working relationships at all levels, both internally and externally. 

 

Salary

Commensurate with experience and education, with excellent benefits

Interested candidates should send a brief cover letter and curriculum vitae to ; .  Applications must be received by Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Your application will be acknowledged but only shortlisted candidates will receive further correspondence.

For further information on NACGOND, visit www.nacgond.org.

 

DOCUMENTARY - THIS BONNY TRANSIT TOWN

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'This is Bonny, transit town' is a documentary that shares the experiences of fishermen and women in Bonny who's source of livelihood (the sea) has  been taken destroyed by the activities of oil and gas multinationals who operate within the island with disregard to the environmental and economic decadence they have caused since the advent of their operations.

This grass root fishing settlers express their disillusion with the so called 'black gold' and highlight the comfort it has stolen from them and the heartache it has brought them. 

 

 

Monitoring of Major Oil Spills in Ibeno LGA of Akwa Ibom State

LOCATION: DATE:
Ibeno community,  Ibeno LGA, Akwa-Ibom state April 24, 2015.

 

This report is based on the field trip to the above stated communities from 24th-25th April, 2015 by one  staff Umo Isua-Ikoh. Following an alert from the community on fresh oil spill in Ibeno, Akwa Ibom State to Peace Point Action (PPA), the National Coalition on Oil Spills and Gas Flaring in the Niger Delta (NACGOND) on Friday, 24th April, 2015 supported PPA to embark on immediate site visit to the spilled sites. The purpose was to verify the incidence of the oil spill into the community water bodies and to report and make recommendations to NACGOND and other related bodies.

The spill which was first noticed on Sunday, 19th April 2015 as alleged by the community paralyses fishing activities being the major occupation of the people. Communities mostly affected include: Itak Idim Ukpa, Itak Idim Ekpe, Itak Ifa, Atia and New Barrel. 

At Itak Idim Ukpa, residence of the area pleaded Exxon Mobil to save the community from odor of decomposed body of sea whale that died due to the oil spill. The said body of the monster was deposited at the shore of the Atlantic Ocean precisely at Itak Idim Ukpa since Sunday 19th April, 2015 through the tidal waves.

Unhappy about this development, Mr. Samuel Effiong Ekpo, Itak Idim Ukpa community youth said ‘Exxon Mobil always played politics about our environmental plight, each time spills occurs, they will hurried come and promise cleaning up the mess but in vain’.

A fisher Man, Intelligent Etim UdoEsu, said, ‘Fisher men always suffered when there is oil spill, no fishing, no money to feed the family, our buyers do not see any fish to buy. It all about the entire community problem’.  

For Edidiog Effiong who said he took up fishing to enable him further his education at Heritage Polytechnic, Eket, ‘Life is becoming unbearable as fishing is no longer profitable of recent due to frequent oil spills by Mobil, you can see the body of the big fish killed as a result of the spill, it really affects my future plans’. 

The newly elected youth leader Inua Eyet Ikot, Mr. Gabriel Gregory who took over from Mr. John Bassey said, the spill compelled Ibeno youths to halt Exxon Mobil operations in the area since Monday, 20th April, 2015. Mr. Gabriel requested the oil company to embark on immediate environmental cleanup of the spill for the sake of environmental safety.

As at the time of our visit, the location of the oil spill was yet to be known but was affirmed by the community that Joint Instigation Venture (JIV) is yet to be conducted.

 

Challenges

  • Increase tidal waves significantly make the journey to be risky.
  • Fears of possible attack by sea pirates 
  • Unwillingness of some community members to give out information
  • Lack of continues cooperation by the immediate past youth leader. 

 

Recommendation/immediate action taken

  • Urgent need for NACGOND to engage Exxon Mobil on advocacy visit to minimize frequent oil spill occurrence within the community.
  • Urgent need for NACGOND to facilitate the removal of the skeleton of the decomposed sea whale to museum for historical purposes and as advocacy tool.
  • NACGOND member organizations on field visit should be equip with safety apparatus.

 

Ibeno Oil Spill, 2015
Ibeno Oil Spill, 2015

 Reporter

 PPA

Thousands of Barrels of Shell Oil Spill Into Niger Delta

Reuters
BONNY ISLAND, NIGERIA—

Niger Delta fishermen are no strangers to seeing oil spill into their waters from leaky pipelines, but even they were shocked by the scale of the slick stretching for miles from a Shell facility across the swamps and into the ocean.

Some 3,800 barrels spilled recently, according to an investigation by Shell and government officials. It ranks as one of the worst in Nigeria for years, local environmental activists said.

A Shell spokesman said that some 1,200 barrels had been recovered as of Tuesday, and "recovery efforts are continuing" at the site on the Okolo Launch on Bonny Island.

Shell said the spill was caused by a failed crude theft. Nigeria, Africa's top oil producer, loses tens of thousands of barrels per day to oil theft that often causes spills, although many are also caused by corroded pipelines.

Shell shut down its 28-inch pipeline carrying Bonny Light crude Nov. 22, but the origin of the spill was from the smaller 24-inch pipe, which was shut last year.

Crude washed up in pools in front of beach shacks in the affected site, coating the roots of palm trees and leaving a trail of dead sea life. In some areas, people scooped up the crude to fill drums and jerry cans.

"We saw dead fish, dead crabs. ... This spill occurred seven, eight nautical miles from the shore ... [so] the volume runs into thousands of barrels," said Alagoa Morris, head of the Niger Delta Resource Center for Environmental Rights Action.

"We can't go fishing anymore. It has destroyed our fishing equipment,'' Bonny fisherman Boma Macaulay said, adding that it was the worst spill he had seen for at least five years.

Shell is under pressure to pay damages on other spills. Parliament said last month that it should pay nearly $4 billion for a spill at the offshore Bonga oilfield.

The Bodo community in Ogoniland is also suing  for two massive spills in 2008 that devastated the area.

Shell said SPDC — a Shell-run joint venture majority-owned by the Nigerian government — deployed booms to contain the the latest spill.

A fisherman who has others working for him, Emmanuel Reuben, said his revenue had dropped sharply from an average of up to 50,000 naira ($280) a day to barely 5,000 naira a day because of the spill.

"That's not even enough to fuel the boat I use for fishing,'' he said.

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