15 Sep 2016
Job in Kano at Adam Smith International for a Senior Manager, Inclusive Economic Growth Team
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Adam Smith International is recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Senior Manager, Inclusive Economic Growth Team
Tracking Code: 89-140
Location: Kano, Nigeria
Position Type: Full-Time/Regular
About the Inclusive Economic Growth Team:
- The Inclusive Economic Growth team is one of our core areas of expertise. We specialise in the design and implementation of programmes that adopt a market systems approach (often referred to as “Making Markets Work for the Poor”), and work on numerous projects related to agriculture, public-private dialogue, business environment reform, business for development, and trade across the world.
- The Mafita programme is a high profile project involving high levels of senior stakeholder engagement and is DFID’s flagship Skills Development programme.
- The programme is based in Kano and covers three key states: Kano, Kaduna and Katsina.
- The programme is focussed on supporting 68,000 marginalised young people in northern Nigeria, with an emphasis on women, adolescent girls and (the socially and economically marginalised) Almajirai, to find full-time, skilled employment or self-employment through skills development. MAFITA addresses a number of challenges, including socio-cultural norms which limit women’s access to education, particularly formal schooling and skills training, and their ability to attend formal schools or training centres
- You will join the Investment Climate, Skills and Urban Markets team within the wider Inclusive Economic Growth Practice.
- The role will be Kano-based and key responsibilities will include taking on project management responsibilities for the MAFITA project.
- You will also support the team’s research, communication and knowledge management activities, liaising closely with external stakeholders and Adam Smith International colleagues.
- Act as member of the programme’s Senior Management Team, taking decisions on programme strategy, approval of spending on projects and resource planning;
- Provide financial oversight of interventions including maintenance of a resource burn-rate, an accurate financial forecast and provision of other management reports;
- Ensure the project milestones are met and project deliverables completed on time and to a high standard;
- Support implementation of interventions including logistics and administration, financial management, organisational development, reporting, recruitment, and contracting;
- Support weekly, quarterly and annual reporting to the client;
- Identify opportunities for new business development, and lead development of small to medium size tenders; with minimal supervision. Play a key role in securing large programmes as part of a wider bid team;
- Develop a strong network of advisers and partners to support winning and delivery of new programmes;
- Support research and knowledge management for the Investment Climate, Skills and Urban Markets team, in particular driving forward thought leadership/communication pieces on issues relating to Skills Economic Development.
- Manage key stakeholders and building and developing client relationships;
- Support technical teams in the design, planning and budgeting of interventions;
- Ensure project plans are maintained effectively and that they feed into a master plan;
- Maintain a milestones dashboard and an issues and risk register and effectively escalate and issues;
- Maintain a resource plan of resource requirements;
- Identify and recruit local staff and project consultants;
- Supervise the local finance and administration team;
- Outstanding written and spoken English. Hausa language ability a plus.
- A postgraduate Degree in Economics, Political Science, International Development, Business Management, or other relevant field from a top-tier university;
- Experience in a blue chip consultancy, development, or a relevant field;
- Practical experience implementing relevant development projects in developing countries, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa;
- Experience leading business development initiatives, or tendering new opportunities working for a development agency;
- Experience of working with donors, key implementers and thought leaders;
- Demonstrate a track record of successfully delivering complex multi-year projects and business development;
- Be willing to be based in Kano;
- Demonstrated experience of using initiative, client-orientation, risk taking, and working in complex and time-pressured contexts;
- Knowledge of other inclusive economic growth themes (investment climate, market systems development, skills development and urban markets). Experience relevant to Skills Development and Market Systems development is particularly desirable;
- Experience managing project teams, consultants and other stakeholders, in particular private sector firms is desirable.
- Experience undertaking relevant research and producing high quality written research outputs;
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