Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, faces recurring food insecurity, environmental disasters, disease outbreaks, violent conflict, and a weakening economy. Despite massive oil revenues, a significant portion of Nigeria’s population lives under the poverty line. Out of a population of 196 million, over 2.1 million people have been internally displaced by crises and approximately 10.6 million are in need of humanitarian aid. USAID confronts these issues through programs that support five humanitarian sectors – water, sanitation and hygiene; healthcare; nutrition; food assistance; and shelter and settlements.

In 2019, ORB partnered with Management Systems International (MSI) to implement the Nigeria Monitoring Project (NMP). The purpose of NMP is to establish a third-party monitoring system to monitor, verify, and analyze trends on humanitarian programs in Nigeria funded by USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). The findings of this project are critical for ensuring the on-going improvement of humanitarian programs in Nigeria. The results help improve accountability towards program beneficiaries, and help better define program goals and procedures.

ORB is responsible for managing all third-party monitoring data collection for the project until 2023. This includes:

  • Identifying and training enumerators for data collection
  • Maintaining full-time staff to oversee all coordination of data collection 
  • Managing all logistics and physical security related to enumerator assignments
  • Managing the cross-checking of data collection, with special attention paid to ensuring data is accurate and valid

To do this, ORB has established four offices in Abuja, Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe States. These offices contain nine full time staff and 65 on-call enumerators who perform third-party monitoring across all 36 states in Nigeria. Through data collection, these personnel help to observe trends across implementing partner activity sites and all relevant humanitarian sectors. They also verify various aspects of program implementation, including delivery effectiveness, access to assistance, and access to feedback mechanisms.

This program builds on ORB’s experience in third-party monitoring, as well as ORB’s experience in West Africa. Want to learn more about our Third Party Monitoring in other countries? Contact us here: Contact – ORB International (