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We are organising programmes for cultural academics, artists and creatives. You can find them all here.

MOWAA is dedicated to furthering the education, research and exhibition opportunities for West African Art and Archaeology.  Learn more about our current initiatives and programmes and how we are contributing to the local and arts ecosystem in Benin City.

Category March 2023

MOWAA Appointments

MOWAA Strengthens Focus on Modern and Contemporary Art with Two New Appointments

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Research & Conservation September 2023

Futures of Archaeology

MOWAA hosts their first ever West African Archaeology Seminar in Benin City, Nigeria

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July 2023

MOWAA partners with Oxford University's School of Archaeology

New horizons for Africa-led scientific research through multi-year partnership with Oxford University’s School of Archaeology

MOWAA announces partnership with Oxford University’s School of Archaeology
MOWAA announces partnership with Oxford University’s School of Archaeology

Our recent stories

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MOWAA Institute hosts inaugural seminar on West African archaeology

September 25 2023

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MOWAA Institute hosts inaugural seminar on West African archaeology
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MOWAA Collaborates with Christie’s to raise funds for the MOWAA Campus and Institutional Initiatives

September 25 2023

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MOWAA Collaborates with Christie’s to raise funds for the MOWAA Campus and Institutional Initiatives
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Nigeria Announces Its Official Participation in the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale

August 31 2023

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Nigeria Announces Its Official Participation in the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale

Internships & Residencies

In 2022, we launched our first edition of Open Learning, engaging over 500 students across 5 schools in creative workshops, essay writing, and visits to a live dig site.

Supported by the Open Society Foundation, this initiative exposes young students to diverse career paths in the arts, creative, and heritage economy.

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Our current job listings

  • MOWAA requires an IT Manager to run, maintain, monitor and implement IT systems on a plethora of projects being run by the organisation. Your primary responsibility is to be the point of contact for IT matters to ensure the smooth, efficient running of the projects and support best-practice implementation by project members. Good communication skills, strong technical competencies, and a proactive nature are key to the role.

    Duties and responsibilities:
    IT Planning & Resource Management

    • Act as the key IT specialist with comprehensive understanding of MOWAA’s IT setup, infrastructure, and functions as an organization
    • Support the Heads of Finance and Digital Programmes to prepare and monitor MOWAA’s annual IT budget and strategy.
    • Conduct bi-annual gap analysis and keep track of the organisation’s hardware and software needs
    • Assess and advise on IT requirements at the start of each new project and advise the organization’s leadership on the selection, costs, integration complexities, and timelines.
    • Carry out ad hoc research on specific software or hardware, as needed
    • Be responsible for managing subscriptions, installing and upgrading MOWAA’s hardware and software.
    • Work with MOWAA Finance to ensure timely treatment of on-going billing and invoices
    • Be responsible for installing and upgrading system components.
    • Report on data and software usage, using the in-built reporting metrics and surveys.

    Data Management & Security

    • Manage and monitor use of the Document Management System (DMS) setup in Microsoft SharePoint – acting as the main point of contact for the organization. This includes documenting and mapping any new Team or Communication sites set up in support of the project.
    • Organise and administrate access to SharePoint and folders/data within.
    • Run good data management and encourage best practice for digital information being created by MOWAA or transferred to the MOWAA from external sources.
    • Ensure appropriate and consistent formats according to a set of project or predefined standards.
    • Administer data and network security for MOWAA’s projects, including group policy and email security.
    • Review and update MOWAA data management and information security policies as appropriate (reviewed at least annually).
    • Ensure compliance with the Nigeria’s national information and data standards and global best practice, and lead on local compliance projects.

    Technical Support

    • Setup new team sites and email addresses and help new members in the first-time access process.
    • Be a point-of-contact for troubleshooting with staff members and help resolve their IT, software and hardware issues.
    • Support data conversion and transfer between software used across MOWAA.
    • Coordinate the IT needs and resolve arising issues of MOWAA staff members, contractors, and externals.
    • Consult with MOWAA teams and departments to estimate and resolve IT issues.
    • Input into data storage approaches, file management and expansion methods aligned with MOWAA’s growth.

    Staff Training & Guidance

    • Run regular training sessions and need assessments for existing and new staff members based on needs and demand.
    • Create training guidance relating to MOWAA’s Digital, Data Government & IT Policies to ensure adherence, security and efficiency of our internal systems and processes.
    • Contribute to the development of MOWAA’s IT related policies and Digital Strategy
    • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of global best practices in data management, cyber security, AI applications and other relevant technologies with possible benefit for MOWAA.

    Qualifications and Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in information technology, computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, or equivalent knowledge acquired by work experience and training.
    • Minimum 5+ years’ experience in the field of information technology, systems administrator, network administrator is required.
    • Excellent problem solving and project management skills.
    • Good people skills, particularly interfacing with management and administrative staff.
    • Able to independently perform necessary application configurations
    • Strong troubleshooting and performance tuning skills

    How to apply:Please submit a 1-page cover letter and CV to careers@wearemowaa.org. including the job title in the email subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

  • The HSE Officer will play a pivotal role in promoting and maintaining a culture of safety, health, and environmental responsibility within the organization. They will be responsible for implementing and overseeing HSE programs and procedures to safeguard our employees, contractors, and the surrounding environment throughout the construction project.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • HSE Compliance: Ensure compliance with all local, national, and international HSE regulations and standards relevant to archaeological and construction projects.Risk Assessment: Conduct regular risk assessments and site inspections to identify potential hazards, assess risks, and develop mitigation strategies.
    • Training and Education: Develop and deliver HSE training programs for employees, contractors, and visitors to raise awareness and promote safe practices.
      Incident Reporting: Investigate and report all workplace incidents, accidents, and near-misses, and develop strategies to prevent their recurrence.
    • Emergency Response: Develop and implement emergency response plans and procedures, including evacuation plans and first-aid protocols.
    • Protection: Implement measures to minimize environmental impact during construction, including waste management, pollution control, and conservation efforts.
    • Safety Equipment: Ensure the availability and proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety gear on the construction site.
    • Documentation: Maintain accurate records of all HSE-related activities, incidents, and training sessions.
      Continuous Improvement: Continuously monitor and evaluate HSE performance and make recommendations for improvements.

    Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree in occupational health and safety, Environmental Management, or a related field.
    • Proven experience as an HSE Officer in the construction industry, particularly in projects related to archaeology or historical preservation.
    • Relevant HSE certifications (e.g., NEBOSH, IOSH, HSE Level 3).
    • In-depth knowledge of local HSE laws and regulations in Nigeria.
    • Strong communication and leadership skills.
    • Ability to work effectively in a multicultural and diverse team.

    Preferred Qualification:

    • Experience working on archaeological or heritage preservation projects.
    • Familiarity with international best practices in historical site preservation and construction safety.

    How to apply: Interested candidates are invited to submit their resumes, cover letters, and copies of relevant certifications to: careers@wearemowaa.org

  • The Administrative and Guest Relations Officer will play a crucial role in managing various aspects of our organization, including guest relations, facility management, supplies, transportation, and special event coordination. They will ensure that our guest houses are maintained to the highest standards, supplies are stocked efficiently, the fleet is well-managed, and special events are executed flawlessly.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Guest Relations: Provide exceptional service to guests, handle inquiries, and address concerns promptly and professionally.
    • Facilities Management: Oversee the maintenance and cleanliness of guest houses, ensuring they meet the highest standards of comfort and hygiene.
    • Supplies and Restocking: Manage inventory and procurement of supplies, ensuring that essential items are stocked and replenished in a timely manner.
    • Fleet and Transport Management: Coordinate transportation services, including vehicle maintenance, scheduling, and driver supervision.
    • Special Events: Plan, coordinate, and execute special events hosted at the facility, including meetings, conferences, and celebrations.
    • Administration: Assist in administrative tasks, such as record-keeping, managing office supplies, and handling routine paperwork.
    • Budget Management: Assist in budget planning and monitoring for the areas under your responsibility.
      Team Coordination: Collaborate with other departments and teams to ensure seamless operations.

    Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management, Hospitality, Business Administration, or a related field.
    • Proven experience in hotel or front office management, with a strong understanding of guest relations.
    • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
    • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
    • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Proficiency in using MS Office and relevant software.
    • A customer-focused approach and a strong commitment to delivering outstanding service.

    Preferred Qualification:

    • Previous experience in facilities management and event coordination.
    • Knowledge of local regulations and guidelines related to hospitality and transportation.
    • Familiarity with inventory management and procurement processes

    How to apply: Interested candidates are invited to submit their resumes, cover letters, and copies of relevant certifications to: careers@wearemowaa.org

  • The geomatics lead will also be in charge of the collection, analysis and storage of remote sensing data. Working with partners as appropriate, they will oversee drone, Lidar drone and geophysical surveys, integrating the results into ArcGIS databases. The geomatics lead will work closely with other members of the MOWAA archaeology team to ensure that they have the data when they need it in the form it is required. This is likely to require producing maps and illustrations for method statements, reports and publications. The person should also have a good understanding of digital archiving and metadata, enabling them to develop schema for different datasets as appropriate.

    Key Responsibilities

    Data Collection

    • Working closely with the MOWAA archaeology lead and BM colleagues, develop a structured approach to the collection, processing, and use of geospatial data during the forthcoming archaeological investigations at the MOWAA Pavilion.
    • Gain an understanding of the available equipment and software and assess whether different/additional approaches are required.
    • Develop a structured data workflow for site data.
    • Develop a clear plan with regards to the medium and long-term management of site geospatial data.
    • Agree appropriate deliverables with the MOWAA/BM archaeological leads;
    • Management and development of geospatial databases
    • Responsible for on-site geomatics (DGPS/total station, drone, photogrammetry, Lidar)
    • Management, maintenance, and upkeep of geomatics equipment

    Analysis

    • Undertake any necessary processing of the data in order to make it usable by the archaeological team when undertaking interpretation and preparing site reports;
    • Provide site drawings/plans/sections as required by the archaeological team based on data collected on site;
    • Undertake relevant analysis of digital data (eg the creation of 3D photogrammetric models);#Support the development of reporting of the excavations by the development of digital illustrations.

    Management and Storage

    • Working with MOWAA’s digital team, agree formats and locations for the short and long-term storage of geospatial data

    Preferred Qualification:

    • Bachelor’s degree or higher in archaeology or related field, preferably combined with a degree, experience or training in the use of geospatial technology
    • At least 3 years’ relevant experience in archaeological fieldwork, preferably including aspects of geospatial data management
    • Ability to collaborate, learn quickly and work independently
    • Proficiency in relevant surveying, 3D and GIS software’s
    • English fluency (required)

    How to apply: Interested candidates are invited to submit their 1 page cover letters and CV/resume to: careers@wearemowaa.org